Strategy veterans announce Kickstarter campaign for a new team-based, action-strategy game.
Developer Petroglyph is hoping to raise $700,000 through Kickstarter to fund Victory, a World War II team-based, action-strategy game set where the gamer collects companies of units and does battle in quick online matches. Petroglyph's team is mostly comprised of former Command & Conquer developers. They have nine titles under the collective belt and two more in development, including Victory.
Starting today, students with a qualifying email address can try Office 365 for half a year.
Between books, tuition, and booze, going to college is an expensive proposition. It's understandable, then, if students aren't particularly anxious to sign up for a monthly subscription fee for Office 365, Microsoft's cloud-based productivity suite, but when you start throwing around the world "free," it's a good way to get their attention. And so it goes, Microsoft today is offering to let students with a qualifying .edu email address try out Office 365 for an entire semester.
Mozilla is intentionally ignoring Apple’s mobile platform.
iOS users have a ton of alternate browser choices these days, but only if you don’t mind using a severely gimped and re-skinned version of Safari. Google for example has chosen to port over a version of its highly successful Chrome browser, however unlike the situation on the desktops, iOS Chrome is significantly slower than Safari. Apple currently forces competitors to make use of its much slower UIWebView rendering engine, while the built in version of Safari has access to the significantly faster Nitro engine. This policy ensures competitors are unable to match Safari in the speed department, and Mozilla claims this is the primary reason why they currently have no intention of developing for the platform.
With a little help (and a lot of cash) from nostalgiac gamers, Lord British will hop back into the RPG saddle.
It's been a long time since I played an Ultima game. In fact, Ultima VI: The False Prophet was the last in the franchise that I logged any significant time with (anyone remember typing in "spam spam spam humbug" to access the cheat menu?), though there have been several follow-up titles since then. A series of events led Ultima creator Richard Garriott to sell the rights of the franchise to Electronic Arts and ultimately separate himself from the company, though not from the world of RPGs. Provided his Kickstarter campaign can raise $1 million -- and it likely will -- the man known as Lord British will again look to shake up the RPG universe.
Mobile malware on the Android platform is on the rise.
Remember Symbian? Few people actually care about the mobile platform these days, and that's evidenced by the reduction of mobile malware aimed at Symbian, which dropped from 29 percent in 2011 to 19 percent in 2012, according F-Secure's latest Mobile Threat Report (PDF). Android, on the other hand, is more popular than it's ever been, and as a result, 79 percent of all mobile malware is targeted at Google's open source OS.
By itself, Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) is still the most popular version of Google's open source OS.
Google first announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean around 8 months ago, and after all this time, the latest version (Android 4.1 and 4.2) has slow rolled itself onto 16.5 percent of all Android devices. Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x) is still the most prevalent version of Android, accounting for 44.1 percent of all Android gadgets, which is based on those that have accessed Google Play within the past 14 days, Google reports.
Valve co-founder Gabe Newell is probably sitting in a room right now looking over the various Linux titles available on Steam and, in his best Mr. Burns voice, saying "Excellent" with his fingers clasped together. With the introduction of Counter Strike: Condition Zero (CS:CZ) to Valve's Linux catalog, the number of Linux games available on Steam now sits at exactly 80 titles, Valve announced in a blog post.
Reacting to user feedback, Microsoft changed its policy regarding Office 2013 license transfers.
It's been said the squeaky wheel gets the oil, and what better place to make a commotion than the Internet? That's what happened a couple of weeks ago when Microsoft confirmed in a blog post that Home and Student, Home and Business, and Professional versions of Office 2013 would be tied to a single PC and non-transferable, even if your PC breaks post-warranty or if you buy a new one. Bummer, right? Not anymore.
GeForce GTX 680 owners will see performance gains in several titles using Nvidia's latest drivers.
Nvidia on Monday made available new beta drivers for GeForce graphics card owners. The GeForce 314.14 drivers, while not yet officially certified, are said to increase performance by up to 23 percent for GeForce 400, 500, and 600 series GPUs in several PC games versus the GeForce 314.07 WHQL-certified drivers. Naturally, results will vary depending on your particular setup.