"Fun Fact: Elephants crave the taste of human blood!"
The newest trailer for Ubisoft's forthcoming Far Cry 4 game plays out like a horrific documentary on elephants, one in which you learn the purported "fun fact" that elephants crave the taste of your blood. That probably isn't true in the real world (we certainly hope it isn't!), but in Kyrat, the fictional Himalayan region that serves as the setting in Far Cry 4, you better believe it's true.
Microsoft is finally ready to talk about its next version of Windows
Up to this point, we've mostly had to rely on leaked photos and videos of Windows 9, codenamed Threshold, to understand what Microsoft has in store for us beyond Windows 8. Well, the wait for official information is almost over. Microsoft has begun sending out invitations to members of the press for a "Windows event" it plans to hold on September 30, 2014, in San Francisco.
Comes in more than a dozen capacities and form factors
Micron, the memory chip maker based in Boise, Idaho, announced its M600 SATA solid state drive. According to Micron, the M600 represents a next-generation design that sets a new bar for low-power, high-performance storage for PCs. There are 13 different variations to choose from ranging in capacity from 128GB to 1TB and in 2.5-inch/7mm, mSATA, and M.2 single-sided form factors.
Maxthon developers claim Nitro is the fastest PC browser in the world
Growing tired of the same collection of browsers? If you're looking to try something new and aren't already familiar with Maxthon's offerings, you can download the beta of Maxthon Nitro (MxNitro), supposedly the fastest browser available for the PC, according to the developers. Compared to the previous version, it loads three times faster, and compared to whichever browser you're using now, the developers say it fetches and loads webpages "considerably quicker."
Just when we were beginning to get used to the idea of 4K resolution TVs and monitors, Dell went and teased us with a 32-inch 5K panel that it plans on releasing later this year for $2,499.99. With a resolution of 5120x2880, that's 70 percent more pixels than 4K, and to drive that many pixels you'd need to utilize two DisplayPort 1.2 ports. We don't expect 5K to be a mainstream thing anytime soon, but for those who plan on playing with that many pixels, you'll be happy to know that the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 standard, which supports 5K monitors.
Google's ambitious goal of getting a smartphone into the hands of more than five billion people who don't currently own one starts today with the unveiling of the first Android One handsets in India. These low-cost smartphones are intended for emerging markets and will retail for around 6,399 ruppes (around $105 in U.S. currency). Several manufactures are on board, the first of which include Micromax, Spice, and Karbonn.
Might we finally see Minecraft make its way to Windows Phone?
When it comes to billion dollar acquisitions, secrets are hard to hold onto. Hence the rumors heading into the weekend that Microsoft was close to announcing a deal for Mojang, the developer responsible for the wildly popular Minecraft title. So, it should come as no surprise that Microsoft today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Mojang for a cool $2.5 billion.
Twitch, the popular videogame streaming site recently acquired by Amazon, is being used to propagate malware that specifically targets Steam users, security firm F-Secure revealed in a blog post Friday. Gullible Steam users are being lured into clicking a malicious link contained in bot-sent raffle invites on Twitch that promise them the opportunity to win such prizes as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive items. On the other side of that link, there is usually a Java program asking for some basic personal info, a congratulatory message, a malicious Windows binary file, and an empty Steam wallet.
Talks reportedly initiated by Minecraft creator Markus Persson
Microsoft’s rumored acquisition of Sweden-based Minecraft developer Mojang could be worth as much as $2.5 billion, according to a Reuters report published Friday. This is considerably higher than the $2 billion figure reported by the Wall Street Journal, which was the first news outlet to claim that such a deal was in the works when it published a report, citing “a person with knowledge of the matter,” on Tuesday.
Taiwan-headquartered Shuttle is at it again, doing what it does best. The company, which specializes in small form factor (SFF) computers and barebones, has announced two new diminutive barebones. The new XH81 and XH81V are, per the company, “compact 3L media players” that are ideal for kiosks, vending machines, digital signage and POS applications.