Unless a playable demo manages to leak onto the web like the trailer for the upcoming Max Payne movie did, Far Cry fans won't be catching a sneak hands-on peak of the hotly anticipated sequel, Far Cry 2. Slated for release sometime before Christmas, Ubisoft's first person shooter isn't being developed by the same team that conceived the original game, and will sport a new game engine. Because of the changes, gamers are holding their collective breaths on whether or not the follow-up can maintain the same appeal that made the first game such a surprise hit, but it looks like that won't be known until it ships.
Far Cry 2's creative director Clint Hocking explained the decision not to release a demo saying there's no way to offer a teaser without giving up a significant amount of game play. "I don't know too many people who are willing to give away a 12-hour game or free," Hocking said.
The last time Sony slashed PS3’s price, it immediately translated into much improved sales. However, Sony isn’t too keen on cutting prices at this time, according to its CFO Nobuyuki Oneda. This denial comes amidst rumors that suggest the Xbox 360 Pro console – one with the 20gigs drive – will soon receive a $50 price cut.
Even though the PS3 has climbed back to a position of moderate strength after the abyss it plunged into almost immediately after launch, it still is making huge losses. But Oneda told a forum in Singapore that he expects the gaming division to churn profits this fiscal year. Sony can do a world of good to PS3’s prospects by expanding the console’s small games library than lowering prices.
Pretty soon you might be able to build a complete PC with nothing but OCZ-branded components and peripherals. Adding to the list of power supplies, RAM, USB thumb drives, videocards, coolers, and mice is OCZ's new Elixir keyboard. The keyboard kicks off OCZ's Alchemy line of gaming products, whch the company says "is designed to offer gamers quality gaming solutions that deliver both exceptional performance and value." Products in the Alchemy line will evidently target budget-minded gamers, and could potentially give Razer a run its money.
Getting back to the Elixer, the new keyboard claims a combination of ergonomic and sturdy design. Features include 10 blue macro keys with 3 user-programmable profiles, mode selection (standard PC or customized gaming mode), a pop-up menu shortcut, and eight multimedia keys. Rounding out the feature-set are membrane tactile keys with all rubber-coating and a USB port. The Elixer will carry an MSRP of $29.99, putting it in a good position to compete other similarly spec'd gaming keyboards at much higher price points.
It all sounds good in theory, but can OCZ pull off releasing quality gaming peripherals at budget prices?
In the future, tech analysts might look back at the Nintendo DS as being responsible for kicking off the touch-screen revolution. Since the DS's debut, we've seen Apple's iPhone take the mobile phone market by storm, Microsoft push its Surface technology, caught glimpses of touch functionality expected to ship with Windows 7, and now it appears dual-touchscreen notebooks may be on the horizon too.
OLPC talked about using dual-touchscreens it its next generation XO-2 laptop. At half the size of the original, former OLPC CTO Mary Lou Jepsen says the XO-2 will employ dual indoor-and-sunlight displays capable of providing "a right and left page in vertical format, a hinged laptop in horizontal format, and flat, two-screen continuous surface for use in tablet mode."
But OLPC isn't the only one working on a dual-touchscreen notebook. Hit the jump to see learn what V12 Designs has in store for 2010.
Investor's Business Dailysays "Hackers always are on the lookout for the most vulnerable spot on your personal computers. These days, that weakest link might be your flash thumb drive." They're easy to exploit by malware and easy to lose. How do you cope with the security risks and potential data loss of the humble thumbdrive? Are you encrypting your thumbdrives?
For a closer look at thumbdrive security, and a chance to give us your tips, see us after the jump.
A man of ordinary sanity doesn’t need sophisticated e-mail filters for egregiously unconvincing messages from someone lodged in a war torn African country, informing the recipient of how the sender miraculously found him, of all Homo sapiens, and a deal worth millions awaits him. But, unfortunately enough, perfectly sane people do fall prey to such messages, and don’t fare too well against the slightly more plausible fake eBay and Paypal e-mails either.
eBay and its cognate company Paypal have tied-up with internet behemoth Google to immunize Gmail users from phishing attacks. Fraudulent e-mails, claiming to be from eBay or Paypal, would be purged by using DomainKeys and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM). However, Paypal admits that the technology still needs some polishing. DomainKeys has been used for a while now and, in fact, most Yahoo Mail users might recall e-mails from some major domains including Paypal having a stamp of approval from Yahoo Domain Keys: Yahoo Domain Keys has verified that this message was sent by XYZ.com. All said, this is a good move.
Tip: If you want to be absolutely sure about your precious Paypal and eBay accounts, don’t ever click through to these websites from links embedded in emails, no matter how credible they might appear to your untrained eye. Also change your password as often as you can, preferably, as often as once a month.
What would be a better way to celebrate the release of The Dark Knight than with your own version of the Batmobile? Impress your comic-book fanboy friends when you roll up to the movie theaters in your new Batmobile Tumbler and watch the ladies swarm to your ride.
Okay, so this may not be the life size Tumbler you were expecting to show off to your crew, but Kevin Core’s 1/6-scale Batmobile Tumbler featured in our January 2008 issue is the next best thing. After winning Rig of the Month with his inventive creation, Kevin is finally putting his rig up for sale. This 28” x 17” x 11” mini-PC features seven hard drive LED lights, 10 LED headlines, and some other nifty features. It's not a particularly powerful rig, but we can't help but admire the effort. If you're interested in owning a piece of Mod-of-the-Month history, grab your wallet, start your web browser, and head over to the auction page now!
Rambus, the technology company turned responsible for RDRAM has filed suit against Nvidia claiming that they violated 17 of its memory patents. Rambus’ lawsuit alleges that at least six of Nvidia's product lines infringe the Rambus patents including chip sets, graphics processors and applications processors. They ask for an injunction that would prevent Nvidia from selling the products as well as damages.
Tom Lavelle, senior vice president and general counsel at Rambus was quoted as saying, "For more than six years, we have diligently attempted to negotiate a licensing agreement with Nvidia, but our good faith efforts have been to no avail," he adds, "We are left with no other recourse than litigation to protect and seek fair compensation for the use of our patented inventions,".
Can you smell the bull? I better get my rubber boots it’s getting thick. His own statement shows this to be an attempt to force Nvidia to cough up something to make Rambus go away and they haven't been interested. Nvidia has yet to comment on the suit.
The nascent ultra-portable market has been bristling with brimful of good news and has been extremely sprightly. But finally there is some bad news from the world of netbooks. Asustek has announced that it could only manage to ship 1.7 million of its Eee PC netbooks in the first half of 2008 and failed its own expectations by 300,000 units.
However, unperturbed and undeterred, Asustek is sticking to its target of 5 million Eee PC shipments in 2008. A shortage of Intel’s Atom processors is being held responsible for Asustek’s failure to meet its Eee PC shipping forecast. If the shortage persists than Asus might find it difficult to meet its shipping forecast for 2008. Moreover, it has got worthy competition in form of the MSI Wind which is a lot more enticing with its relatively cheaper, more value-for-money price tag.
AMD's stock fell by as much as 7 percent today following news the company would take a total of $948 million in charges in the second quarter. Most of the charges will come from a continuing deterioration in the goodwill value of its former ATI handheld and DTV units. For those who slept through economics class, a goodwill value is an intangible asset representing the difference between the purchase price of an asset and its fair market value based on repuation, established client base, and profitability.
Despite ATI's recent success in the graphics market, the $5.4 billion acquisition continues to cost AMD in write-downs since it was purchased in 2006. Last year, AMD took a massive $1.6 billion write-down for ATI's declining goodwill, just one of many financial and executive woes AMD has suffered since purchasing the graphics company.
A comparatively small portion ($32 million) of the total charges is going towards restructuring, mostly the result of severance payments paid in the second quarter that will continue through the rest of the year. The rest are being attributed to a declining value in other investments the company has made.