We obviously favor gaming on the PC, and that's not about to change. However, we also recognize that some gamers like to groove on multiple platforms. Apparently so does Asus, which just announced its Strix 2.0 headset with support for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, smartphones, and tablets. Granted, you may look a little funny wearing one of these things on the bus as you battle enemies on your smartphone, but hey, the option is there.
The movie North Korea supposedly didn't want you to see
Despite the efforts of hackers who were apparently ticked off with Sony Pictures Entertainment over The Interview, a far-fetched comedy in which the CIA enlists the help of TV personalities played by Seth Rogan and James Francos to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, millions of Americans watched the movie since its Christmas Eve debut. More precisely, The Interview grossed $15 million in total consumer spending after just four days of being released online, Sony said in a release.
Unlike desktop PCs, you can't just open up your laptop and insert an audio card for discrete audio processing. However, there are USB-based solutions, including Asus' new Xonar U3 Plus, a pocket-sized USB sound solution with a built-in 150-Ohm headphone amp, DSP (digital signal processor), and other features. According to Asus, the Xonar U3 Plus is essentially a smaller version of its existing Xonar U5 and gaming-oriented U7 Echelon Edition with Sonic Radar.
A new mid-range GTX 900 Series card may be imminent
We expect to see quite a few product announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, which runs from January 6-9. However, rumor has it one part that won't make the trip is Nvidia's GeForce GTX 960 graphics card. Instead, a Chinese-language website thinks it's privy to Nvidia's plan to launch the GeForce GTX 960 on January 22, 2015.
The next step in China's effort to block all things Google
After several months of service disruptions, China appears to have found a way to block access to Google's Gmail service through third-party email clients. China had already been disrupting service to Gmail for the better part of six months, though users have been able to login via third-party software. As of Friday, that was no longer the case, and Internet users in China are pretty peeved about it.
Microsoft recently revealed some interesting stats and trends about Windows and Windows Phone, and among them is a tidbit that Windows Phone app developers may want to pay attention to. As it turns, most Windows Phone app downloads come from so-called "low memory" devices. On Windows Phone 7.x devices, low memory refers to having 256MB or less of RAM, and 512MB or less on Windows Phone 8.x handsets.
Keys that can adapt to different applications and languages
We’ve already seen dynamic keyboards featuring tiny OLED or LCD screens in place of run-of-the-mill plastic keys, but a new PC peripheral outfit named Jaasta thinks that the dynamic keyboard that the world really needs is the one it is currently developing — the Jaasta Wireless E Ink Keyboard.
The northern Portuguese port city of Porto is now home to the largest and most advanced vehicular Wi-Fi network in the world. The network, built by a startup that originated in the city itself but is now headquartered in California, consists of over 600 wireless router-toting vehicles — buses, cars and even garbage trucks — and is responsible for providing wireless internet connectivity to around 70,000 people each month, who would’ve otherwise had to rely on cellular data.
It took nearly three days for the service to stagger back to its feet
Hacker group Lizard Squad took down both Microsoft and Sony’s online gaming networks on Christmas Day with denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that continued into the wee hours of Friday, December 26, 2014. (The attacks supposedly came to an end when the hackers agreed to Kim Dotcom’s offer of 3,000 free vouchers for premium Mega accounts in exchange for stopping the DDoS campaign). While Microsoft was able to get its Xbox Live service back up and running on Friday itself, Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN), for some inexplicable reason, continued to remain offline for over two days after the DDoS campaign against it came to a halt.
Minneapolis is now home to ‘fastest service the world has ever seen’
A couple of months back, South Korean ISP (internet service provider) SK Broadband gave those attending the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan a glimpse of its upcoming 10Gbps (gigabits per second) internet service while the rest of the world, including the U.S., looked on with envy. Well, not so fast. Minnesota-based ISP US Internet has just beaten the South Korean company to the 10Gbps punch by announcing the roll out of a 10Gbps fiber broadband service in Minneapolis.