Just like you're supposed to do when dealing with the undead, Microsoft aimed for the head when it cut off support for Windows XP last month, the legacy operating system that's proving impossibly difficult to kill. Despite the risk of unpatched vulnerabilities (a pretty big deal) and no more tech support (largely a non-issue for consumers, but important for some businesses), Windows XP is installed on more PCs than Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Vista combined.
The GPU wars certainly heated up in the past year or so, and they don't show any signs of cooling down. It's not just a game of playing leapfrog for the performance crown anymore, either. When all things are equal (or close to being equal), game bundles can be the nudge you need if you're on the fence. With that in mind, EVGA let us know that it's giving away copies of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs with the purchase of select GeForce GTX graphics cards.
There haven't been very many "Wow!" moments since Mozilla switched to a rapid release schedule for its Firefox browser that includes frequent updates with mostly minor upgrades. Not this time. Mozilla today rolled out Firefox 29, and with it is a brand new look and feel. Mozilla wanted to give Firefox an "elegant" design while simultaneously overhauling the layout so that it would be the most customizable version yet.
AMD's latest drivers get rid of in-game flickering in Titanfall when running a CrossFire configuration
It takes a little longer for AMD to release driver updates since deciding to abandon a monthly refresh cycle. As such, it's been a little more than four months since the last batch of WHQL-certified Catalyst drivers hit the web, and if you've been getting antsy, you'll be happy to know the wait is over. AMD's Catalyst 14.4 drivers have gone gold and are now available to download in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors for Windows and Linux.
Child protection laws prevent Cortana from interacting with kids under 13 years old
Here's something interesting -- if you're planning to purchase a Windows Phone device for your child who's not yet 13-years-old, be aware that the Cortana voice assistant software will give him or her the silent treatment. The revelation came in a Microsoft forum post in which a father asked why Cortana was telling his daughter she needs to be older to use that feature.
If you’ll allow this prospective pirate to get personal for a moment, we really didn’t want to like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Having spent far, far too long killing this and that in the ol’ Animus throughout the five previous major titles in the six-year franchise, we’re starting to get the feeling that Assassin’s Creed is borrowing a page from the Call of Duty franchise—it refuses to just up and die.
Note: This article was originally featured in the February 2014 issue of the magazine.
Say goodbye to flickering in Titanfall when running CrossFire
AMD this week made available to download its Catalyst 14.4 driver in Release Candidate (RC) form. The release follows the launch of AMD's dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card, which the Catalyst 14.4 RC drivers support. It also boasts full support for OpenGL 4.4, Mantle beta driver improvements, CrossFire fixes and enhancements, and a spattering of bug fixes, including the resolution of game flickering in Titanfall when CrossFire is enabled.
Score free games with the purchase of select AMD graphics cards from qualifying vendors
In an effort to help tip the scales in its favor, AMD's been enticing gamers in need of a new graphics card with free game offers if they purchase a select Radeon GPU. AMD's Never Settle bundle has proved popular and continues to evolve with better offers and more robust terms. With that in mind, AMD just expanded its Never Settle Forever program to include more titles, more graphics card options, and a delayed redemption option.
Move over Precise Pangolin and Windows XP, Trusty Tahr is here
The Ubuntu team recently announced the release of what is only the fifth long-term support (LTS) version of the popular Linux distro. In keeping with the current Ubuntu release cycle, this latest LTS release, dubbed Ubuntu 14.04 “Trusty Tahr”, comes two years after the last one.
Nvidia's hotfix addresses issues users have been having with certain 4K panels
There are some growing pains associated with 4K displays, at least for PCs. Quirky issues tend to pop up due to the way the technology works. To run a 4K panel at 60Hz, you need to use a DisplayPort cable, which supports the refresh rate using Multi-Stream Transport (MST). However, this essentially treats a 4K panel as two displays, which introduces weird side effects. A new hotfix from Nvidia is intended to address these issues.