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Planning to call in sick to school or work tomorrow so that you can play Evolve all day long? Brace yourself, a 3GB patch is coming. Developer Turtle Rock Studios says you'll need to download and apply the massive patch before jumping into online play. By applying the update, you'll benefit from improved load times, better matchmaking, and network bandwidth optimizations, to name a few of the fixes. “What can you really add to Evolve at this point? It’s already gone gold!," Turtle Rock Studios stated in a blog post. "This question came up a lot over the course of the Open Beta weekend in January.... Read more...
Are games getting too complex? One person who thinks they are is Richard Hilleman, chief creative officer for Electronic Arts. Speaking at the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas recently, Hilleman lamented that games are "too hard to learn," pointing out that it can take several precious hours just to get in a groove with a basic title. "Our games are actually still too hard to learn. The average player probably spends two hours to learn how to play the most basic game," Hilleman said. "And asking for two hours of somebody's time--most of our customers, between their normal family lives...to find two... Read more...
There are few pieces of software as ubiquitous as Microsoft's Office, and given its prominence for the past two-and-a-half decades, it's a hard ruler to overthrow. But that notion doesn't tame the likes of Google. In fact, the company's come forward about its plans to dethrone Microsoft Office, and nab at least 80% of its business. Now that's what we call ambition. Google's Microsoft Office chase began ten-years-ago with the launch of its Google Apps platform. Today, Google Apps has become a solid all-in-one solution for businesses wanting to move most of their data... Read more...
The Grand Theft Auto franchise is still making Take-Two Interactive bookoo bucks, with the latest installment -- Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) -- having now sold more than 45 million units on console, including 10 million on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game has yet to launch for PC -- it was originally supposed to debut on Windows on January 27, 2015, but was delayed until March 24. Sales of GTA V contributed to $531.1 million in revenue for Take-Two's fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2014, on a GAAP basis, along with net income of $40.1 million, or $0.42 per diluted share. On a non-GAAP... Read more...
When engaged in war, it's of utmost importance to keep plans and secrets secure. On the other side of the coin, it's likewise important to do what you can to gather intelligence on the opposition -- something quite difficult given the obvious fact that the opposition is also doing its best to keep its secrets, secret. But lest we forget that there are sometimes much easier ways to get information you need. Sometimes it can involve social engineering of the most modest levels, because after all, the bearers of this important information are still human. Hackers targeting the Syrian opposition (an... Read more...
There's a weird issue affecting some Office 365 and OneDrive users, myself included, but what's even worse is the way it's being handled by Microsoft's online support system. I'll get to that in a moment, but first let's discuss the problem at hand, which is that some users recently ran into a problem getting Word 97-2007 Document files (*.doc) to upload to OneDrive. I first encountered the issue last week, and after successfully syncing many Word 97-2007 Document files for months prior, I suddenly encountered an error message that prevented me from uploading my files to OneDrive. "SAVE AGAIN ... Read more...
Don't worry, it's not at all creepy that we know you've been playing a lot of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on your gaming platform of choice. We haven't been peeking in your window or anything like that, though we did spy some data from NPD Group, a popular consumer market research firm which just posted a bunch of game related statistics, including the top 10 highest selling retail games in the U.S. for 2014. CoD:AW took the top spot, though it wasn't the only CoD title to make the list. So did its predecessor Ghosts, the tenth main CoD game. Given the popularity of these titles (Ghosts raced... Read more...
There's no denying that Android is the dominant platform in the mobile world -- market share figures from different sources all tip the scales heavily in the open source operating system's favor. However, market share is only part of the equation. The other part is profits, and according to analyst Chetan Sharma, global profits in the Android hardware sector dropped in 2014 by half compared to the year prior. This is notable because it's the first year there has been any kind of significant drop in Android hardware profits. And that's not a knock against the mobile OS, though it is a reflection... Read more...
Today is your last chance to score games on Steam at discounted prices as part of Valve's Steam Holiday Encore Sale, a special promotion in which it brought back 40 of the most popular deals for a very limited time. It kicked off on December 31, 2014, and runs through today, ending at precisely 1 PM EST. In other words, better get a move on if you want to stack your Steam library!And don't worry, we feel your pain of being tempted by sale after sale, only to end up with a Steam library that's bulging with games we've still never played. The thought process is always the same, "These prices are... Read more...
It's the beginning of a new year, one that's already being highlighted by a flood of recent Tizen-based smartphone launches. Oh wait, that didn't happen. Drats, we were cautiously optimistic that Tizen could make a splash in the smartphone sector, and while that's still possible, Samsung is switching focus for the time being to make Tizen a staple of its Smart TV lineup. Not just one or two models, either. Instead, Samsung announced that all its Smart TVs in 2015 will come with a new platform built around Tizen, which the company hopes will spur a bunch of app releases. "Building... Read more...
Windows 8 wasn't the hit Microsoft hoped it would be, and while it could have ignored all the haters and made sure that its next Windows OS would follow in 8's footsteps, it's instead decided to be wise about things. As we've seen multiple times over the past couple of months, Microsoft really wants to make sure that Windows 10 is the best Windows OS ever. After all, it's gone as far as to skip over an entire version number to distance it from the debacle that was 8. And, I have to admit; I'm really looking forward to it. Today, those looking... Read more...
Rather than debate what's good or bad about Windows 8, let's just all agree that it failed to capture the collective audience that Microsoft hoped it would. Despite big ambitions, it was just last month that Windows 8 and 8.1 combined finally overtook Windows XP in market share, though it still resides on less than two out of 10 desktops, according to data from Net Applications. Our point? There's a lot riding on Windows 10, which we'll learn more about during a scheduled event on January 21, 2015. Microsoft has begun sending out invitations to members of the press to join the company on its Redmond... Read more...
If you've been patiently and eagerly awaiting the launch of Assassin's Creed Unity, the good news is the game is now available. Whether you find it fun and entertaining is another matter entirely. Some users and review sites are reporting graphical glitches, performance problems, and other annoying bugs, and as it were, Ubisoft's share price in Europe plummeted 9 percent after the game launched. Are the two related? Yahoo Finance seems to think so, saying that Ubisoft would have been better served by delaying Assassin's Creed Unity the way Take-Two Interactive does with its popular Grand Theft... Read more...
When you spend $3.2 billion acquiring a company, it's good form (and business) to do something with the newly acquired asset after the fact. That's how much Google paid to absorb Nest and its line of smart, connected thermostats and smoke detectors, and after six months since completing the deal, there's a major software update available intended to make its smart thermostat even smarter. One of the big features of Nest is its Auto-Schedule function. Using this feature, the thermostat learns the temperatures you like and then sets them automatically. With the 4.3 software update that's now available,... Read more...
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