News http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/4/%252Fu46168/article/news/ocz_ditching_dram_market_focus_ssds en Gabe Newell Vetoes Valve's Decision to Remove Hatred from Steam Greenlight http://www.maximumpc.com/gabe_newell_vetoes_valves_decision_remove_hatred_steam_greenlight_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hatred_banner.jpg" alt="Hatred Banner" title="Hatred Banner" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Controversial game returns to Steam Greenlight</h3> <p>In case you haven't heard, Hatred is an isometric shooter that even the developers -- Destructive Creations -- claim is "disturbing." It's about an antagonist with a "hatred for humanity" who wanders the outskirts of New York seeking out innocent victims. Or simply put, "Yes, it's a game about killing people" for no other reason than the main character's "deep-rooted hatred" of, well, everything and everyone. Or of himself. Whatever -- <strong>the subject matter prompted Valve's Doug Lombardi to yank the title from Steam Greenlight yesterday, only to have his decision vetoed today by Gabe Newell</strong>.</p> <p>"Based on what we've seen on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam," Lombardi explained to Destructive Creations as the reason why it was pulled. His decision sparked a debate and a bit of controversy in and of itself, especially since at the time it had over 13,000 "yes" votes, moving it to the number seven spot on the Greenlight list.</p> <p>A day later, Newell reversed the decision after he did a bit of investigating.</p> <p>"Yesterday I heard that we were taking Hatred down from Greenlight. Since I wasn't up to speed, I asked around internally to find out why we had done that. It turns out that it wasn't a good decision, and we'll be putting Hatred back up. My apologies to you and your team. Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers," Newell said.</p> <p>All the publicity from the controversy has no doubt helped Hatred ascend to the number one spot after being brought back to the Greenlight. That doesn't necessarily mean it will make it to Steam, though it's hard to picture any other scenario at this point.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gabe_newell_vetoes_valves_decision_remove_hatred_steam_greenlight_2014#comments doug lombardi Gabe Newell games hatred steam greenlight stream Valve News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:38:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 29109 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Releases GeForce 347.09 Beta Driver http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_releases_geforce_34709_beta_driver_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_1.jpg" alt="Nvidia" title="Nvidia" width="228" height="176" style="float: right;" />For best performance in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes</h3> <p>Standard warning always applies to pre-release software and drivers -- if you'e running a mission critical rig or otherwise need to minimize the risk of buggy behavior, then stay away. Savvy? For everyone else, especially those who want to live on the cutting edge, be advised that <strong>Nvidia just made its GeForce Game Ready driver, release 347.09, available to download in beta form</strong>.</p> <p>According to Nvidia, 347.09 offers the best possible gaming experience for Metal Gear Solid: V Ground Zeroes and Elite: Dangerous. Otherwise, it's a pretty straightforward driver update with new and updated application and 3D Vision profiles, and updates to 3D compatibility mode in certain games.</p> <p>Specifically, Nvidia added an application profile for Project CARS, along with the following 3D Vision Profile updates:</p> <ul> <li>Alien: Isolation - Not recommended</li> <li>Elite: Dangerous - Not recommended</li> <li>Escape Dead Island - rated as Fair</li> <li>Far Cry 4 - Not recommended</li> <li>Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes - Not recommended</li> <li>Middle-EArth - Shadow of Mordor - Not recommended</li> <li>Reisdent Evil Revelations 2 - Disabled</li> <li>The Vanishing of Ethan Carter - rated as Fair</li> </ul> <p>You can download the <a href="http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us" target="_blank">driver here</a> and check out the <a href="http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/347.09/347.09-win8-win7-winvista-desktop-release-notes.pdf" target="_blank">release notes here (PDF)</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_releases_geforce_34709_beta_driver_2014#comments Drivers elite: dangerous geforce 347.09 beta metal gear solid v: ground zeroes nvidia Software News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:54:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 29108 at http://www.maximumpc.com Look for More Business-Class Laptops Pairing SSDs with HDDs in 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/look_more_business-class_laptops_pairing_ssds_hdds_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hdd_ssd.jpg" alt="SSD and HDD" title="SSD and HDD" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Falling prices have vendors more willing to adopt low capacity SSDs</h3> <p>Solid state drive pricing has fallen off a cliff in recent years, which is largely the result of lower cost NAND flash memory chips. Since then, SSDs have continued to trickle downwards in price, though at a much slower pace. Nevertheless, with costs still trending downward, <strong>laptop vendors are expected to offer more business-class laptops with both SSD and HDD storage options inside</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141216PD213.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a>, the proportion of hybrid business-use notebooks -- laptops equipped with an SSD for the OS and HDD for storage -- currently sits at around 10 percent, though looking ahead to next year, those in the notebook supply chain say they expect that number to double to 20 percent.</p> <p>This is based on the expectation that the price for a 128GB SSD will drop to $60 in the first quarter of 2015, which would be equal to the cost of a 1TB HDD, <em>Digitimes</em> says. So what's likely to happen is there will be a bunch of business notebooks that pair a 128GB SDD with a 500GB HDD.</p> <p>Why the prominence in business-class laptops? These tend to be more expensive than consumer notebooks, which makes it easier to squeeze in upgrades like this. And with cloud-based storage taking off the way it has, vendors don't need to worry so much about equipping laptops with increasingly capacious HDDs, or so the theory goes.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/look_more_business-class_laptops_pairing_ssds_hdds_2015#comments Hard Drive Hardware HDD laptop notebook solid state drive ssd storage News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:44:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 29107 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony Preps Attachable OLED Smart Glasses for CES Debut http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_preps_attachable_oled_smart_glasses_ces_debut_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_smart_glasses_accessory.jpg" alt="Sony Smart Glasses Accessory" title="Sony Smart Glasses Accessory" width="228" height="218" style="float: right;" />Compact accessory turns your existing eyewear into a set of smart glasses</h3> <p>The wearables category is shaping up to be a big one, or at least manufacturers will give the segment the ol' college try. We expect to see a bunch of wearable devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, especially since we're already seeing a handful of products hit the web ahead of the convention. Take Sony for instance -- <strong>Sony is developing a compact and lightweight single-lens display module that it says can turn various eyewear into smart devices</strong>.</p> <p>It's equipped with a high-resolution color OLED microdisplay and a micro-optical unit that's supposed to bring out the full potential of the display's image quality. There's also a miniaturized control board with arithmetic processing capabilities that Sony claims is on par with smartphones.</p> <p>Comparisons to Google Glass are inevitable, and though you can use Sony's device with different eyewear, the press shots show end results that are reminiscent of several Google Glass wearables. And of course both offer a way to interact with the world in a new way.</p> <p>"By simply attaching it to a pair of fashionable glasses, goggles, sunglasses, or other type of eyewear, you can instantly gain access to visual information that adds a level of convenience to your everyday life," <a href="http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201412/14-118E/index.html" target="_blank">Sony explains</a>. "The module also has potential applications in sports or for work, among other areas, displaying helpful information that supports you in the activity you are engaged in. And this is all done in a small sub-window that does not obstruct your field of vision."</p> <p>Sony plans to provide software development kits (SDKs) to partnering organizations. It also wants to enter into mass production within the coming year.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_preps_attachable_oled_smart_glasses_ces_debut_2014#comments CES display oled smart glasses sony wearables News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:22:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 29106 at http://www.maximumpc.com BlackBerry Classic Tips Hat to the Past, Kicks Off Comeback Strategy http://www.maximumpc.com/blackberry_classic_tips_hat_past_kicks_comeback_strategy_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/blackberry_classic_0.jpg" alt="BlackBerry Classic" title="BlackBerry Classic" width="228" height="197" style="float: right;" />Old school philosophy with new school hardware</h3> <p>Well, it's official -- <strong>BlackBerry (the company formerly known as Research In Motion, or RIM) launched its BlackBerry Classic today</strong>, a "no-nonsense" phone that harkens back to the Canadian handset maker's glory days with a physical QWERTY keyboard and built-in trackpad. It also sports several modern amenities and upgrades to go along with its keyboard, like a browser that's three times faster compared to the BlackBerry Bold 9900.</p> <p>The 3.5-inch touchscreen offers 60 percent more screen space while the phone as a whole offers 50 percent longer battery life, BlackBerry claims. Other features include a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 128GB via microSD), 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 8-megapixel rear facing camera with enhanced optics and upgraded imaging sensors, and BlackBerry 10 OS (10.3.1).</p> <p>"We listened closely to our customers’ feedback to ensure we are delivering the technologies to power them through their day – and that feedback led directly to the development of BlackBerry Classic," <a href="http://press.blackberry.com/press/2014/blackberry-classic--familiar-qwerty-design-packs-high-performanc.html" target="_blank">said John Chen</a>, Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry. "BlackBerry Classic is the powerful communications tool that many BlackBerry Bold and Curve users have been waiting for. It’s the secure device that feels familiar in their hands, with the added performance and agility they need to be competitive in today’s busy world."</p> <p>With the BlackBerry Classic, BlackBerry is hoping to attract fans of physical keyboards, both loyal and new, as it attempts to regain a level of relevancy in the mobile space that it hasn't seen since Android and iOS skyrocketed to the top. According to data provided by IDC, BlackBerry OS is clinging to a meager 0.5 percent share of the worldwide smartphone market, compared to Windows Phone at 2.9 percent, iOS at 11.7 percent, and Android at 84.4 percent.</p> <p>The unlocked BlackBerry Classic runs <a href="http://shop.blackberry.com/store/bbrryus/en_US/pd/productID.310234500/Currency.USD" target="_blank">$449 on BlackBerry's website</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/product/B00OYZZ3VS/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=bbclassic-20&amp;linkId=2UVALKBYIDNGYW3M" target="_blank">$499.99 on Amazon</a>. AT&amp;T and Verizon have also confirmed plans to sell the device beginning sometime next year.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/blackberry_classic_tips_hat_past_kicks_comeback_strategy_2014#comments BlackBerry blackberry classic Hardware keyboard mobile smartphone News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:58:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 29105 at http://www.maximumpc.com Hearthstone Arrives on Android Tablets http://www.maximumpc.com/hearthstone_arrives_android_tablets_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Welcome to the world of Hearthstone</h3> <p><img src="/files/u166440/hearthstone.jpg" alt="Hearthstone" title="Hearthstone" width="200" height="158" style="float: right;" />Hearthstone has been a major success for Blizzard that boasts, at last count, 20 million players. Released in March, the digital collectible card game continues to grow at a rapid pace and is available for PC, Mac OS X, and iPad devices. However, Android users have been left out until now. On Monday, <strong>Blizzard announced that Hearthstone is now available on Android tablets</strong>.</p> <p>Android tablet owners can now download the game, based on Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise, for free on Google Play or the Amazon Appstore. Initially, the Android version of Hearthstone was available only to players in Australia Canada, and New Zealand as part of phase one, but is now available globally. However, Blizzard advises those who picked up the Android version through a third-party channel should delete that version and download it from Amazon or Google Play.</p> <p>The <a title="Heartstone for Android tablets" href="http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/17141107/hearthstone-now-available-on-android%E2%84%A2-tablets-12-15-2014?abt=nav1&amp;utm_expid=68589644-24.yOgsCsWhSz-gOSDIbl82Wg.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fus.battle.net%2Fhearthstone%2Fen%2Fblog%2F%3Fabt%3Dnav1" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">announcement</span></a> comes shortly after the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, the latest card expansion for Hearthstone. As an incentive, those who decide to give the game a try on their Android tablet will earn a free pack of classic cards. All you have to do is play a complete game of Hearthstone in Play, Arena, or Practice mode and, win or lose, you’ll earn the free card pack.&nbsp;</p> <p>For those wondering if they Android device can handle the game, the minimum requirements for an eligible device is a 6-inch screen or larger, runs Android 4.0, and 1GB of RAM. Some of the Android tablets that can run Hearthstone include Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6, Asus Google Nexus 7, Nvidia Shield Tablet, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.&nbsp;</p> <p>For a list of all Android tablets capable of running Hearthstone, feel free to visit Blizzard’s <a title="Hearthstone support page" href="https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/hearthstone-system-requirements" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">support page</span></a>.</p> <p>As for when Hearthstone will be available on smartphones, Blizzard stated that more news will be provided in early 2015</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hearthstone_arrives_android_tablets_2014#comments android Android Tablet blizzard card game hearthstone Gaming News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:34:12 +0000 Sean D Knight 29104 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Lets You Choose Air or Water Cooling for $640 http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980_lets_you_choose_air_or_water_cooling_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980_0.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" title="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Choose your own adventure (in cooling)</h3> <p><strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Poseidon GTX 980 with DirectCU H2O</strong>, a hybrid thermal solution that lets users choose between air or water cooling. The cooler sports a custom vapor chamber that comes in direct contact with the card's GPU for better heat dispersal, while copper heat pipes and extended cooling fins help whisk heat out and away from the card.</p> <p>Using water cooling, Asus ROG says the Poseidon GTX 980 can achieve temperatures that are up to 27C lower compared to reference, which the company claims will translate into up to 10 percent faster performance in Watch Dogs and 7 percent in Battlefield 4 (through less throttling, presumably).</p> <p>Asus said it used high end components for longevity -- things like black metallic solid state capacitors, 10-phase Super Alloy Power chokes, hardened MOSFETs, and Digi+ VRM for clean and stable voltage. There's also a tough backplate made of aluminum alloy and a die-cast thermal armor with thermal pads to prevent bending.</p> <p>The Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 will be available soon for $640 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980_lets_you_choose_air_or_water_cooling_2014#comments air cooling asus Build a PC games graphics card Hardware poseidon gtx 980 Republic of Gamers ROG Video Card water cooling News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 29103 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Gives Shield Hub a Material Design Makeover http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_gives_shield_hub_material_design_makeover_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/grid_ui.jpg" alt="Grid UI" title="Grid UI" width="228" height="143" style="float: right;" />Nvidia was all nestled all snug in its bed, while visions of Lollipop's Material Design danced in its head</h3> <p><strong>Nvidia today announced that its Shield Hub received some major updates along with a new look</strong>, improved GameStrem experience in console mode, and better connectivity to GRID, the company's on-demand game streaming service that resides in the cloud. The new layout comes hot on the heels of Android 5.0 Lollipop making its way to Nvidia's Shield Tablet, which is where the "Material Design" comes into play.</p> <p>Following the redesign, you can see more of your games with less scrolling in the Shield Hub. It's supposed to be easier to navigate with large lists that make finding games a cinch. It all reflects Google's Material Design language introduced in Lollipop with subtle animations, layers, and updated iconography.</p> <p>There's also an improved GameStream experience in console mode. If you have a fast Wi-Fi connection (5GHz 802.11n/ac required), you can configure a display output of 1080p at 60 frames per second. Just go to My Games &gt; Streaming Setting (top right) &gt; Show Advanced Options &gt; Quality and set the Max Resolution to 1080p and Frame Rate to 60fps.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_gives_shield_hub_material_design_makeover_2014#comments games material design nvidia shield News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:10:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 29102 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lite-On to Unveil Zeta Solid State Drive for Consumers at CES http://www.maximumpc.com/lite-_unveil_zeta_solid_state_drive_consumers_ces_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lite-on_zeta.jpg" alt="Lite-On Zeta" title="Lite-On Zeta" width="228" height="210" style="float: right;" />Look for Lite-On to light up the SSD scene</h3> <p>Tired of seeing the same old players participate in the solid state drive wars? If so, you'll be glad to know another warrior is entering the battlefield. That warrior is <strong>Lite-On</strong>, and come CES, the company that's perhaps best known for manufacturing affordable optical drives (dating back to when optical drives weren't necessarily affordable) <strong>will try its hand at making consumer grade SSDs</strong>.</p> <p>The company partially spilled the beans in a <a href="http://us.liteonit.com/us/news/news-n-events/340-ces-2012-lite-on-unveils-solid-states-drives-and-mydisk-software-suite-" target="_blank">press release</a> on its website, saying it will unveil "ultra high-speed" SSDs featuring True Speed Technology.</p> <p>"TrueSpeed is a technology that works to prevent the drastic write speed degradation that can occur with SSDs and delivers highly stabilized long-term performance, which provides enterprise, corporate, and OEM customers with a real-world performance advantage," Lite-On explained.</p> <p>Chinese-language website <a href="https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&amp;tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.expreview.com%2F37760.html&amp;edit-text=&amp;act=url" target="_blank"><em>expreview.com</em></a> tipped the can all the way over and spilled the rest of the beans. If the site's information proves accurate, Lite-On's first consumer SSD will be called Zeta. It will use Hynix 16nm MLC flash memory and come in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities. All three will offer up to 520MB/s read transfers, while write speeds will be rated at up to 150MB/s for the 128GB model, 290MB/s for the 256GB model, and 430MB/s for the 512MB model.</p> <p>Lite-On isn't going after the speed crown obviously, and instead is focusing on price. While it's early, pricing at the moment looks to convert to around $71 (128GB), $129 (256GB) and $258 (512GB) -- respectable, though not spectacular by any means. Here's crossing our fingers that domestic and street pricing end up a bit lower.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lite-_unveil_zeta_solid_state_drive_consumers_ces_2014#comments Build a PC CES consumer electronics show Hardware Lite-on solid state drive ssd storage zeta News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:11:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 29100 at http://www.maximumpc.com Pirate Bay Crew Breaks Silence, Talks Raid and Possible Return http://www.maximumpc.com/pirate_bay_crew_breaks_silence_talks_raid_and_possible_return_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/pirate_bay_rock.jpg" alt="Pirate Bay Rock" title="Pirate Bay Rock" width="228" height="208" style="float: right;" />Admins of the recently raided torrent site The Pirate Bay speak out</h3> <p>Swedish authorities <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/swedish_police_raid_pirate_bay_sinking_popular_torrent_site_2014">took down The Pirate Bay (TPB)</a>, once considered the most popular torrent site on the planet, following a raid in which police seized computers, servers, and various other electronic equipment. While <strong>TPB co-founder Peter Sunde had some scathing remarks to share about the site and its crew, the current admins had remained silent following the raid, until now</strong>.</p> <p>"We were not surprised by the raid. That is something that is a part of this game. We couldn't care less really," Mr. 10100100000 <a href="http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-crew-responds-to-the-raid-copies-and-the-future-141215/" target="_blank">relayed to <em>TorrentFreak</em></a> through an encrypted channel. "We have however taken this opportunity to give ourselves a break. How long are we supposed to keep going? To what end? We were a bit curious to see how the public would react."</p> <p>Flat out, the current admins don't know if a comeback is in the cards, though if TPB does rise up again, "it'll be with a bang," Mr 101001000000 added. He didn't elaborate on what exactly he meant by that. In the meantime, copycats and mirror sites have popped up, some of which are adding new content.</p> <p>As for which is the best alternative torrent site to visit while TPB decides its future, Mr 10100100000 says that's something the "swarm" has to decide.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/home_of_chaos/5333738554" target="_blank">Flickr (thierry ehrmann)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/pirate_bay_crew_breaks_silence_talks_raid_and_possible_return_2014#comments bittorrent file sharing Mr 10100100000 the pirate bay torrent tpb News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:41:41 +0000 Paul Lilly 29099 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Issues Hotfix for Windows 10 Update Issue, 12 Percent of Users Rejoice http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_issues_hotfix_windows_10_update_issue_12_percent_users_rejoice_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_fix.jpg" alt="Windows Fix" title="Windows Fix" width="228" height="208" style="float: right;" />All is good again</h3> <p>Around one out of 10 Windows 10 users ran into trouble when trying to install a update intended to fix a problem that was causing Explorer.exe to frequently crash following an upgrade to Windows 10 Build 9879. The problem was further exacerbated by the fact that Microsoft said it didn't have a new build planned until early 2015. If you're one of the people who ran into trouble, here's a heads up that <strong>Microsoft has released a hotfix</strong> to address the issue.</p> <p><a href="http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_tp-windows_update/how-to-install-windows-10-technical-preview-update/7454922c-cbcf-49f7-ba52-a2d85a5b4bdc" target="_blank">According to Microsoft</a>, the problem affected about 12 percent of PCs when installing the update. In those instances, the update would fail to install, and after doing some digging, Microsoft determined there were two underlying bugs that needed squashed.</p> <p>The first is that in Build 9879, Microsoft introduced some new System Compression code that systems with SSDs can take advantage of to reduce disk usage by the OS. However, the logic for low-space detection would get inverted in some instances, and Windows compresses automatically as a background operation.</p> <p>A second bug appeared on PCs that had system compression enabled. It would muck with how the file system tracks deletes, causing the installer to think the temp files failed to extract correctly.</p> <p>There was a workaround for the problem, though now the easiest solution is to apply the new hotfix that's now available through Windows Update, according to Microsoft's <a href="https://twitter.com/GabeAul/status/544612956198039553" target="_blank">Gabriel Aul</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_issues_hotfix_windows_10_update_issue_12_percent_users_rejoice_2014#comments hotfix microsoft operating system OS patch Security Software windows 10 News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:27:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 29098 at http://www.maximumpc.com Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition Receives Steamworks Update http://www.maximumpc.com/dark_souls_prepare_die_edition_receives_steamworks_update_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/dark_souls.jpg" alt="Dark Souls" title="Dark Souls" width="200" height="122" style="float: right;" />Praise the sun!</h3> <p>Mention Games for Windows Live to a PC gamer and chances are that they are going to cringe. Microsoft’s online gaming service has caused many issues for the games it has been attached to and, upon the news that Microsoft would do away with it, some publishers have been making the effort to remove GFWL from their games. Today, <strong>From Software announced a new update for Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition that replaces GFWL with Steamworks</strong> and joins other developers who have made the transition.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a title="Dark Souls update announcement" href="http://steamcommunity.com/games/211420/announcements/detail/206368522048405952" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">update</span></a> will allow players to transfer their save data and achievements from GFWL over to Steamworks between now and February 16, 2015. Afterwards, the developer warns players that the new version of the game, using Steamworks, will become the default version and all save data and achievements will be lost if they haven’t been transferred. Once the game has been updated, gamers will no longer need to login to a second platform in order to play Dark Souls.&nbsp;</p> <p>Unfortunately, there have been issues being experience by some players who have mods, such as DSfix, installed. However, in the case of DSfix, there is a <a title="DSfix mod update" href="http://blog.metaclassofnil.com/?p=652" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">new version</span></a> of the mod available that should hopefully address these issues. As for other mods, that are causing problems, players might have to completely remove them for now. &nbsp;</p> <p>The update has been a long time coming ever since it appeared that Microsoft would no longer support GFWL when a support update on Xbox.com stated, “Games for Windows Live will be discontinued on July 1, 2014.” However, the message was removed and, in June of this year, the company stated that it will continue to support the service.&nbsp;</p> <p>For those who need to save their information, From Software has <a title="Dark Souls update instructions" href="http://steamcommunity.com/app/211420/discussions/0/626329187083042093/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">posted instructions</span></a> on how to transfer the game’s data to Steamworks for both digital and physical copies of the game.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/dark_souls_prepare_die_edition_receives_steamworks_update_2014#comments dark souls Dark Souls prepare to die edition from software games for windows live GFWL Steamworks Gaming News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:02:47 +0000 Sean D Knight 29096 at http://www.maximumpc.com Xbox App Pops Up in Leaked Windows 10 Build http://www.maximumpc.com/xbox_app_pops_leaked_windows_10_build_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/xbox_logo.jpg" alt="Xbox Logo" title="Xbox Logo" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />Yes console games, we can all get along</h3> <p>There are several interesting things taking place in the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_windows_10_build_9901_packs_slew_ui_changes543">leaked Windows 10 build</a>, the one that Microsoft is apparently <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_turns_new_leaf_isnt_bothered_windows_10_leaks_2014">super calm</a> about making the rounds. One that we wanted to touch a bit more on is a <strong>new Xbox app</strong>. This is something that Microsoft is still working on, as the app clearly states when it's fired up, but the Redmond outfit is so excited about it that it wanted to give early users a sneak peek.</p> <p>The folks over at <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/14/7389563/windows-10-xbox-app-cortana-features" target="_blank"><em>The Verge</em></a> have been playing around with Xbox app. They say it appears to act as a gateway into the entire Xbox ecosystem -- you'll have access to achievements, your friends list, activity feeds, and the Store. And since it's an extremely early version, there's speculation that the final release might include SmartGlass integration as well.</p> <p>As our sister site <a href="http://www.pcgamer.com/windows-10-leaked-build-reveals-new-xbox-app/" target="_blank"><em>PC Gamer</em> points out</a>, there's a chance this could be what Microsoft's Phil Spencer was referring to a week ago when he said it was "time for us to talk about gaming on Windows." We're crossing our fingers that Spencer was hinting at something more than an Xbox app -- as cool as that is, accessing our Xbox achievements on our Windows rigs isn't exactly game changing.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/xbox_app_pops_leaked_windows_10_build_2014#comments app Gaming microsoft operating system OS Software Windows windows 10 xbox News Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:30:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 29095 at http://www.maximumpc.com Cicret Braclet Turns Your Arm into a Touchscreen Display http://www.maximumpc.com/cicret_braclet_turns_your_arm_touchscreen_display_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cicret_bracelet.jpg" alt="Cicret Bracelet" title="Cicret Bracelet" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Nice forearm, what's the resolution?</h3> <p>The wearable category has opened the door to several interesting product ideas, one of which is a <strong>bracelet that turns your arm into a touchscreen</strong>. Say what? It's called the Cicret Bracelet (pronounced "Secret") and it's currently in development, though you won't find it hanging out on any crowdfunding sites. Instead, the developers are seeking donations on their own in hopes of raising 700,000 euros to finish the first prototype.</p> <p>It's an interesting design that makes use of a picoprojector and various proximity sensors, the latter of which pick up your gesture actions and commands. Just like a glass touchscreen, you can tap your forearm and perform touch functions, even when it's wet (taking a bath, for instance).</p> <p>Supposedly the device can do anything a phone or tablet can do, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2871401/The-bracelet-turns-ARM-touchscreen-Cicret-projects-emails-videos-games-skin.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em> reports</a>. That includes things like read emails, hop around the web, play games, watch videos, make calls, and more.</p> <p>It's being built to sync with an iPhone, though it can also function as a standalone device. Should the project come to fruition, it will cost around $475 and come in 16GB and 32GB models in choice of 10 colors.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cicret.com/" target="_blank">Check it out</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9J7GpVQCfms" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/cicret_braclet_turns_your_arm_touchscreen_display_2014#comments bracelet cicret technology touchscreen wearables News Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:51:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 29093 at http://www.maximumpc.com Skype Will Begin Translating Your Speech Today http://www.maximumpc.com/skype_will_begin_translating_your_speech_today_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/skype_translator.jpg" alt="Skype Translator" title="Skype Translator" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />¿Cómo estás?</h3> <p>Voice over IP communication is entering a new era, one that will hopefully help break down language barriers. Or so that's the plan. <strong>Using innovations from Microsoft Research, the first phase of the Skype Translator preview program is kicking off today with two spoken languages</strong> -- Spanish and English. It will also feature over 40 instant messaging languages for Skype customers who have signed up via the Skype Translator sign-up page and are using Windows 8.1.</p> <p>It also works on preview copies of Windows 10. What it does is translate voice input from someone speaking English or Spanish into text or voice. The technology relies on <a href="http://blogs.skype.com/2014/12/15/skype-translator-how-it-works/" target="_blank">machine learning</a>, so the more it gets used, the better it will be at translating audio and text.</p> <p>"This is just the beginning of a journey that will transform the way we communicate with people around the world. Our long-term goal for speech translation is to translate as many languages as possible on as many platforms as possible and deliver the best Skype Translator experience on each individual platform for our more than 300 million connected users," Skype stated in a <a href="http://blogs.skype.com/2014/12/15/skype-translator-preview-an-exciting-journey-to-a-new-chapter-in-communication/" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>Translations occur in "near real-time," Microsoft says. In addition, there's an on-screen transcript of your call. Given the many nuances of various languages and the pace at which communication changes, this is a pretty remarkable feat that Microsoft's attempting to pull off. There's ton of upside as well, from the business world to use in classrooms.</p> <p>If you want to test it out yourself -- and Microsoft hopes you do, as it's looking for feedback at this early stage -- you can register for the program by <a href="http://www.skype.com/en/translator-preview/?intcmp=blogs-_-generic-click-_-skype-translator-preview-an-exciting-journey-to-a-new-chapter-in-communication" target="_blank">going here</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/G87pHe6mP0I" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/skype_will_begin_translating_your_speech_today_2014#comments microsoft Skype Software Translation VOIP News Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:57:41 +0000 Paul Lilly 29092 at http://www.maximumpc.com