Here we go! The community site Diabloii.net is reporting that Blizzard will be announcing the third game in its epic Diablo series at this week's Worldwide Invitational in Paris. That's right. Diablo III is on its way!
"With this week's speculation over the Blizzard teasers, more and more reports in the media, and numerous tips coming direct us at IncGamers from reliable inside industry sources in the past 24 hours, we now have confirmation from inside sources to say that Diablo 3 WILL be announced on Saturday at WWI Paris 2008."
With all the crowing over Rockstar's hidden sexual content unlocked through the now infamous Hot Coffee mod, you'd have thought it was Vivid Entertainment and not Take-Two Interactive who published Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. As it turns out, most gamers weren't so offended after all, and it appears the lawyers were the ones looking to cash in more than anyone else. Why? Keep reading to find out.
Put your virtual pencils down, you can stop signing the Save XP petition now. In an open letter to Windows customers this week, Bill Veghte, Microsoft's senior VP, squelched any hopes the software maker would grant the soon-to-be retired OS another reprieve. But while Microsoft will officially pull the plug on XP at the end of the month, it will still provide security patches "and other critical updates" all the way up until April, 2014, nearly 13 years after XP first debuted. Veghte also reiterated that XP will continue to be sold on low-end PCs, as well as offered as a downgrade option when buying Vista Business or Ultimate. And as for Windows 7? Look for the new OS sometime around January, 2010.
Move over MacBook Air, and make room for a sexier, slimmer model. Rahul Sood, founder of VoodooPC and CTO of the HP Voodoo Business Unit, is showing off a pre-production Envy 133 notebook, and if looks could kill, we'd all find ourselves in a world of hurt just for peeking. Sporting a gorgeous Scuderia Red paint job with Italian racing stripes and finished off with a custom laser engraving, the carbon fiber Envy 133 looks poised to win accolades for both inner and outter beauty. Weighing in at a scant 3.4 pounds and measuring just .70 inches thick, the new Intel Centrino-powered Envy boasts a backlit keyboard, instant-on technology for quick access to the web and Skype, and USB, eSATA, and HDMI ports. Just don't expect to do much gaming on the integrated Intel GMA X3100 graphics.
Who says Windows isn’t comparable to Linux on a supercomputer? A beta version of Microsoft’s Windows HPC Server 2008 recently came online at a supercomputer built and maintained in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois and ranked No. 23 in the world with a problem-solving performance of 68.5 teraflops. Eweek.com reports that “it runs on commodity hardware and reported 77.7 percent application efficiency on 9,472 cores, making this facility one of the most powerful supercomputing systems in the world and the fastest Windows cluster to date”. They go on to say that when they deployed Windows HPC on over 1,000 nodes, they went from bare metal to running the Linpack benchmark programs in just four hours.
Microsoft has announced that the release candidate version of Windows HPC Server 2008 will be available for download sometime during the last week of June.
Feeling nostalgic for the 80’s Knight Rider version of The Hoff or his sidekick, KITT? Mio is releasing a Knight Rider GPS complete with all new voice prompts from William Daniels as KITT. It also includes hundreds of recorded names so it can address you by name when you’re tired of pretending to be “Michael” (if your name is on the list. It seems Devon, Bonnie, and Wilton are missing). Fortunately the graphics on Mio’s Knight Rider GPS, are way better than what the 80’s version of KITT had. It even has a KITT icon that represents where you are at on the map. All you need now is your 80’s Trans-Am and black leather jacket. The Knight Rider GPS is due out in August and expected to cost around $270.
OCZ has partnered with Fatal1ty (or more aptly, the corporate entity known as Fatal1ty), “to deliver a range of exciting new memory and power supply products that are engineered specifically to meet the unique needs of gamers worldwide”. In non-sales speak that means they are going to stick the “Fatal1ty” name on some RAM to sell to the masses. It’s a Jedi Salesman mind trick. Think you are going to play like Fatal1ty if you buy his RAM, Video Card, Motherboard, or whatever? Hardly.
Google recently shut the door on Microsoft with a major online ads deal with Yahoo. Having warded off any possible threats to its throne in the immediate future, Google can look to consolidate its gains. And consolidate it will. Mark Mahney, financial analyst at Citibank Investment Research, expects Google to earn $1 billion from display ads alone in 2009.
Currently Yahoo is the leading player in the global online display ads industry – not to be confused with search ads - worth $22 billion annually. Google will be able to trim Yahoo’s lead in 2009 by auctioning display ads space across its bouquet of prime internet properties that includes Youtube, Google Videos, Images, Maps and Finance, and DoubleClick.
The internet juggernaut has finally solved its Youtube conundrum and will start feeding video ads to the website’s legion of video buffs. Mahney anticipates $500 million in Youtube display ads sales alone in 2009.
The internet’s guardian of sorts ICANN will vote on relaxing rigid norms that currently govern top level domains like the ubiquitous .com domain. ICANN members will cast their vote on Thursday (June 26th, 2008) on a wide array of changes. If the members uphold the proposed steps then there will be sweeping changes that will surely augur well for freedom on the internet.
There are plans for laxer norms for top level domains that are currently assigned only to countries. Under the proposed arrangement, companies would be able to extend their brands to the internet in the best way possible by turning them to a top level domain. To boot, there is a possibility of top level domains in languages other than English, and the .xxx domain might finally be round the corner. Will ICANN vote for a new era of domains – Domain 2.0? Let’s see.
Why hello there. Fancy bumping into you here. I’m Norman, Maximum PC’s newly minted Online Editor, though you might remember me from such roles as Norm the Intern at PC Gamer magazine. Along with our esteemed Editor-In-Chief Will Smith, I’d like to welcome you to the new Maximum PC website. We’ve been working on the website re-launch for the past few months, and we’re thrilled to finally be able to share it with you.
But before you jump in, I want to take this opportunity to spotlight some of the fancy new features of the site, including a few that you’ve been requesting for a long time. Read on for more!