You would think that after the Federal Communications Commission reclassified the Internet as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 that Netflix would be all smiles, considering the implications it has on imposing net neutrality rules. And sure enough, Netflix is putting its happy face on, but the company is also showing signs of what The Wall Street Journal has dubbed "lobbyist's remorse," an appropriate description for what Netflix CFO David Wells had to say on the subject.
During GDC, Valve was making quite an impression with attendants who experienced the company’s SteamVR demonstration (you can read about the experience). But it wouldn’t have been impressive if it weren’t for some of the titles that are being developed. Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang was able to interview a couple of the developers at Cloudhead Games about its VR title The Gallery: Six Elements.
Show of hands, how many of you are rocking a Cougar brand power supply? Or Cougar brand anything? Now put your hands down if you don't live in the U.S. We suspect there aren't that many left in the air, and that's something the German company is hoping to change through intriguing product releases. Cougar's newest item up for grabs is its CMD Digital Power Supply, and it's unique in a few different ways.
The tech colossus has reportedly assigned ‘tens of engineers’ to the project
Virtual reality was all the rage at the recently-concluded Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, with the SteamVR-powered HTC Vive headset stealing the show and some of Oculus Rift’s gradually-accumulated thunder. But brace yourselves for another head-turning entry into the nascent VR market. According to the Wall Street Journal, an effort to develop a VR-optimized version of Android is currently underway at Google. This, the paper says, is the search engine giant’s response to last year’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR by Facebook.
For those eagerly awaiting the next official build of Windows 10 Technical Preview, we have a sneak peek of what’s to come. A bunch of previously unseen Windows 10 screenshots leaked onto the web Thursday courtesy notorious Russian leaker WZor. These latest leaked images, all from the as-yet-unreleased build 10031, show a number of changes.
The encryption flaw was previously thought to only affect Google and Apple products
A few days back, Apple and Google products were found to be affected by a longstanding vulnerability, which stems from a now-defunct U.S. government regulation enjoining tech companies to use encryption no stronger than 512 bits in “export-grade” software — so that it could maintain a cryptographic edge over its adversaries. Well, how could Microsoft be left behind? The Redmond-based company issued a security advisory Thursday to warn that all supported versions of Microsoft Windows are also affected by FREAK (Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys), as the SSL/TLS flaw is called.
Be that as is it may, company is not entirely blameless
On Thursday, a uTorrent user going by the handle “Groundrunner” took to the popular torrent client’s official forum to report something fishy. Updating to the latest version of the client (3.4.2 build 38913), he complained, “silently installed a piece of software called EpicScale” (a cryptocurrency miner) on his machine. He also linked to a web page littered with similar complaints — some dating back to early Feb — from angry uTorrent users. As was to be expected so close on the heels of Lenovo’s Superfish fiasco, it didn’t take long for a furor to erupt around these sensational claims.
Valve’s tools are there to “keep PC gaming moving forward”
Valve certainly turned heads with its SteamVR experience and other announcements about Source 2 and Steam Machines during GDC 2015. But the announcements didn’t stop there. The company also held a presentation that Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang was able to record, where Valve boss Gabe Newell talked about Steam Machines, Steam Link, Source 2, Steam Controller, Vulcan, and the growth of PCs.
One of the things that motion controllers have helped popularize is the fitness gaming category. We've seen it on consoles and the PC alike, and it's a trend that isn't going away. Just the opposite, there are new products coming out to make gaming even more physical. While at GDC, we stopped by to check one of them out -- the Realm resistance training controller, which is intended to make you forget you're getting a workout.
Take a peek at the first game using Oxide's Nitrous engine
The future of AMD's Mantle is up in the air since AMD recently told developers to focus on DirectX 12 instead. However, it doesn't appear as though AMD is ready to completely dismantle its API, which will have a future in Vulkan, the next version of the OpenGL API. You may recall that Oxide Games was a big proponent of Mantle -- check out our interview from a year ago. How does Oxide feel today? To find out, we headed to Oxide's booth at GDC and talked about a number of things.