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Creative Labs was instrumental in evolving PC audio with notable products, like the Sound Blaster 16, AWE 32, AWE64, Live!, Audigy, X-Fi, and Extigy, and algorithms like EAX technology. Most of its competitors through the last three decades, like Yamaha, ESS, Turtle Beach, Auzentech and M-Audio, evolved their product line-ups or faded into obscurity. There were acquisitions of Aureal and Sensaura technologies that further boosted Creative's technology portfolio, too. Sound cards seem passé nowadays, as motherboard manufacturers hop up high-definition audio codecs with higher quality op-amps, capacitors,... Read more...
The wonderfully retro and incredibly rare Nintendo PlayStation has now been made fully functional. The Nintendo PlayStation did not initially include any games. Gaming and electronics freak enthusiast Ben Heck of the Youtube channel The Ben Heck Show, however, recently managed to get Super Boss Gaiden running on the console. How did Ben get the console to work? After experiencing a few initial roadblocks, Ben replaced a number of capacitors in order to get the CD ROM to work. The board contained a CD ROM controller chip, a digital signal processor, and a microprocessor. The microcontroller... Read more...
Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro Media Player is getting an upgrade thanks to the ability to support 4K video playback. Users will be able to save 4K videos on a USB stick or home server that can be played via the Media Player App.Users will of course need a 4K television to watch the videos in 4K and will also need a USB drive that has already been formatted as extended storage for the PS4. PS4 Pro owners can also, of course, watch 4K content from streaming apps such as Netflix and YouTube. The Media Player update will also support 4K VR video content for those that own a Playstation VR. 4K VR videos... Read more...
Action From Halo 5: Guardians Warzone Firefight Halo 5: Guardians’ Warzone multiplayer mode is one of the main reasons gamers keep coming back to the title. The large maps and intense action are one of Halo 5’s mainstays. But in an update due to be released soon, 343 Games and Microsoft are kicking things up a few notches and introducing a new mode, dubbed Warzone Firefight, that takes the multi-player Warzone concept and scales it up to what they’re claiming is “the biggest Halo cooperative experience ever in franchise history”. In Warzone Firefight mode, up to eight players can work together... Read more...
Synaptics was been working on a comprehensive, yet simple to use, fingerprint authentication technology that the company hopes will make a big splash with gamers and corporate users alike. Although it’s had a couple of names over the last year or so, Synaptics’ upcoming IronVeil technology -- as it is now known -- is just about ready for prime time. We’ve had the chance to play with a pre-production Ttesports Black V2 mouse featuring IronVeil for a couple of weeks and definitely think the technology has merit, for a few reasons.IronVeil is really a combination of hardware and software. The IronVeil... Read more...
The incredibly hyped Star Wars Battlefront is set to release on November 17 in North America, which by all accounts isn't far off at all. So it's with much anticipation that fans of the series - those who've been praying for this game to become a reality since the release of Battlefront II in 2005 - are awaiting news of a beta. Well, that wait is now over. Well... kind of. There's still a bit of information missing. Namely, the fact that EA can't give us an exact launch date for the beta. But, there is something to look forward to: when it does land, it's going to be available for the PlayStation... Read more...
The initial batch of reviews for Konami and Hideo Kojima’s ridiculously anticipated Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain hit the internet over the weekend, and those of you leaning to the skeptical end of the spectrum may have noticed something peculiar about them: The final scores are exceptionally high, yet many of them lack the detail you’d expect to accompany a sprawling open world game several years in development. That’s because they originated from a controlled review event hosted by Konami. And while a review event isn’t inherently evil by definition, and shouldn’t be grounds to outright... Read more...
Amidst rumors and leaked images, Star Wars fans finally get a glimpse of the new movie. The teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens has been released online for everyone to watch. Clocking in at 90 seconds, the teaser trailer opens up with a shot of the desert, which could be Tattooine, with a voice in the background asking, “There has been an awakening, have you felt it?” Shortly afterwards a Stormtrooper pops up without his helmet looking distressed and taking quick, short breaths before turning his head at the sound of droids setting up a sinister and dark tone for the... Read more...
Sony is looking to make some changes in its business structure in order to start making a profit. Back in October the company reported a $1.25 billion net loss for the second quarter and revealed that it expects a $2.1 billion loss for the fiscal year. At an investors meeting, Sony revealed that its goals for TV and smartphones would be to turn a profit, even if that meant that sales would slide as much as 30 percent, but plans to focus more on its gaming division."We're not aiming for size or market share but better profits," said Sony Mobile Communications president Hiroki Totoki at the conference,... Read more...
It appears that Sony has become the victim of a massive ransomware hack which has resulted in the company shutting down. An unnamed source spoke to Business 2 Community claiming that the company shut down after its computers in New York and around the nation were infiltrated. The source, according to the website, is an ex-employee of Sony Pictures who has a friend that still works for the company. According to the source’s friend, allegedly, every computer in Sony’s New York Office, and every Sony Pictures’ office across the nation, bears an image from the hacker with the headline “Hacked By #GOP”... Read more...
It's best not to let the actions of a relative few be viewed as a reflection of society as a whole, otherwise we might as well throw in the towel and call it a day. Why? On Friday, Facebook went down in some areas for a period of time. It's annoying when that happens, but it took a new level of idiocy for some Los Angeles residents to call 911 about the outage. Yes, it's come to that. Posting status updates and eagerly checking for likes and comments has become such an addictive past time that some users are willing to tie up emergency 911 phone lines to inquire why the police aren't sending resources... Read more...
Let's not tread lightly here, we all know how the stereotypical video gamer is portrayed on TV, and perhaps in our own minds sometimes as well -- overweight, anti-social, hyperactive (especially on chat), lazy, living in their parents' basement, and the unflattering list goes on. Just reference the "Make Love, Not Warcraft" episode of South Park to see several of those traits played out. It's amusing (the episode, that is), but are gamers getting a bad rap? Most definitely yes, a new survey reveals. First, let's talk about age and sex (as in gender). According to a study called "The New Face of... Read more...
Unless you're willing to live out the rest of your life as a hermit, you'll notice there's a pecking order wherever you go. This is especially true among teenagers, but what might surprise you is exactly how their social statuses are determined these days. Instead of name brand clothes, which has been the case for many years, a teen's social status is largely determined by food and electronics. No joke! Piper Jaffray told the International Business Times that fashion apparel ruled the day in 2005, but "today it's food." That's a first in 13 years -- where a teen choose to dine out has a bigger... Read more...
Watch out all you instant messaging applications, Snapchat just learned how to send texts in traditional form. What started off as a disappearing photo and video sharing service is now becoming a full-fledged communication platform that combines fun and functionality. Suddenly it starts to make sense why Snapchat rejected two separate (and obscenely priced) offers from Facebook -- one for $1 billion and a followup offer for $3 billion -- which itself went on to acquired WhatsApp. The WhatsApp acquisition is working out well for Facebook so far, but as Snapchat grows, team Zuckerberg may regret... Read more...
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