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Some DirectX 12 features will require next-gen graphics hardware PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 March 2014 03:01

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At the Game Developers Conference, Microsoft unveiled DirectX 12, the next version of the company's widely-used graphics API. One major feature of DirectX 12 is lower-level abstraction; that is, game developers will have better access to graphics hardware with improved utilization of the CPU. This feature will be available across nearly all current-generation GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia. However DirectX 12 isn't just a one trick pony. To get the full array of features that will come with the new API, you'll need new graphics hardware, just like with previous DirectX iterations. Two features for new hardware that have been revealed are new blend modes and conservative rasterization, but according to Microsoft, there's still a few more features to be revealed. It'll be interesting to see how long it takes game developers to implement the features of DirectX 12 that require new hardware...Keep up-to-date with DirectX 12 by visiting windows8newsinfo forum often.

 

 
Unreal Engine 4 Demoed on Snapdragon 805 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 22 March 2014 16:55
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This week’s big tech event was GDC 2014, the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Obviously, mobile devices were also there to showcase the power of the latest CPUs, that will turn slates into console rivals. Below you can see a Snapdragon 805 reference design tablet demoed with Unreal Engine 4 on board. The Adreno 420 GPU is actually being tested here and the graphics look spectacular on it. Snapdragon 805 fully supports Unreal Engine 4 and 4K video streaming. The aim of Nvidia and Qualcomm is to finally give us an alternative to the PS3 and Xbox 360 graphics on mobile. The Snapdragon 805 solution seems to generate impressive graphics, but we’ll have to wait for finalized devices to truly be impressed by it. The Adreno 420 brings a 40% performance enhancement compared to the Adreno 330 predecessor and adds support for D3D-11 classes and OpenCL 1.2 API. Tessellation is also supported, improving the graphics level in a game, particularly one that uses a lot of polygons...Qualcomm demos their latest tablet design on our forum.
 
Digital Cutting Board PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 22 March 2014 16:42
cutting board tablet
The Almighty Board is the ultimate kitchen assistant. This smart-board will simultaneously serve as your cutting board, display your recipes, provide step-by-step directions and weigh your ingredients out for you. After you wash it, it will even tell you if it has been cleaned enough to avoid cross-contamination or food poisoning. If only it could do the dishes too! We’ve seen the jokes and various gags that have suggested that Apple’s MacBook Air can not only double as a kitchen knife, but could also be used as a cutting board as well. Injecting a bit of seriousness into the idea, designer Jaewan Jeong has come up with a cutting board dubbed the Almighty Board. It is essentially a digital cutting board that not only allows users to cut up meat, vegetables, fruits, etc on it, but will also provide users with a variety of information...More and better images can be found on our forum.
 
Apparently Microsoft Can Just Read Your Email Whenever It Wants PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 22 March 2014 00:00
This post originally appeared in Business Insider. Microsoft authorized a search of a blogger's Hotmail account after it learned that the blogger was receiving leaks from an employee, according to an indictment filed in federal court. In the case, former Microsoft staffer Alex Kibkalo is accused of using various Microsoft accounts to send proprietary code and software to the blogger relating to an upcoming release of Windows 8, the indictment says. The blogger is not named. The events happened in September 2012. At the time an unnamed "source" contacted Microsoft to say they had received some information from a blogger with a reputation for leaking Microsoft software releases ahead of the official launch dates. The indictment says: 140320_BI_MicrosftEmail1 Courtesy of DOJ Only after Microsoft and its private security company, Trustworthy Computer Investigations (TWCI), finished its probe of the blogger's Microsoft accounts did they
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Twitter to drop the @ symbol PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 March 2014 04:46
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Is Twitter planning on ditching it’s tried and tested people tagging system by dropping the @ symbol from its social stream? Some sources are suggesting this could be possible, as the friendly network is currently working on trials and a new ‘@-free’ tweet feed has been seen for Android. Yes, it’s a really surprising move considering Twitter has used the @ symbol to allow its 200 million-plus active worldwide users to reply to and mention one another in their 140 character messages or tweets since the very beginning of the micro-blogging social network in 2006. The unexpected change is supposedly designed to ‘streamline’ the tweets and make them less confusing for newcomers who may be inexperienced in the realm of @ symbols and hashtagging. With very little detail to go on at the moment we don’t think Twitter would remove tagging altogether and perhaps may look to take a page out of Facebook’s book and present interpersonal mentions without the unsightly pigtail at the start...Stay connected to our forum to stay up-to-date on this development at twitter.
 
Unity 5 - A new realistic game engine PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:03
Unity 5
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is almost upon us and this event is focused on bringing together game developers, designers, professionals, and people that are involved in the development of games. Unity, as we all know, powers quite a few visually stunning games on the mobile front, especially for apps on Windows Phone and Windows 8.1. For example, Temple Run, Wreck-It Ralph, Drift Mania: Street Outlaws, and Gunpowder are just a few Windows Store and Windows Phone titles that are powered by the Unity 3D engine. Unity 5, on the other hand, is set to change the way we look at mobile games, whether we play it on a desktop computer, tablet, or console. Unity 5 is set to bring advanced lighting, physics, and audio effects to mobile gaming, as you can see in the embedded video below. Your next Windows Phone or Windows 8.1 game might just be powered by Unity 5 (when it becomes available) and its time you mentally prepared yourself for some stunning gameplay...Check out windows8newsinfo forum to learn more.
 
OneNote becomes top free download for Mac PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 02:08

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Microsoft’s new OneNote note-taking software for Mac, released earlier, has quickly risen up the charts of the Mac App Store, pushing aside many of Apple’s own apps to become the top free app in the store as of tonight. OneNote for Mac surpassed Apple’s OS X Mavericks to claim the most downloads among free Mac apps for the day, according to the public rankings in the Mac App Store. The Mavericks update has dominated the category since its release last fall. The momentum bodes well for Microsoft as it aims to make more inroads among Apple users. Microsoft is reportedly slated to unveil its Office apps for iPad next week, although those are expected to be tied to a paid Office 365 subscription, not distributed for free. The company, under new CEO Satya Nadella, is trying to strike a balance between supporting its traditional Windows and Office franchises, and expanding and supporting its overall user base by making apps for competing platforms...More on this interesting development and the download link are posted at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
AMD Gaming Tablet PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 22 March 2014 16:48
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Nvidia and Qualcomm are not the only companies fighting to get a bigger market share in the area of mobile gaming, but also AMD. They have the Mullins family of APUs, that are ready to fight the Snapdragons and Tegras. The reference design AMD Project Discovery is a 11 inch slate with DockPort and it’s demoed below. This is a fanless device capable of 3D graphics and AMD must be careful here, because the previous mobile initiative called Temash wasn’t very well received. Mullins is based on Puma cores with 28 nm production process and a GPU with Graphics Core Next architecture. This enhances the performance by 35% compared to the Temash CPU power and by 22% in the GPU area. The reference design demoed below (made by Quanta) had at  its core a quad core Mullins APU clocked at 1.2 GHz, combined with 2 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 60 GB SSD, on which Windows 8.1 64 bit should fly well...Visit windows8newsinfo forum to learn more and watch demos video of this amazing tablet.
 
Microsoft Employee Responsible For Windows 8 Leaks Arrested PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 22 March 2014 14:23
Leaking information like company information, software, and so on can land a person in pretty hot water. If you might recall it was about a couple of years ago when copies of Windows 8 began making their way around the internet? It was discovered that a Microsoft employee by the name of Alex Kibkalo was the one responsible for those leaks. After a year’s worth of investigation, Kibkalo was recently arrested for stealing Windows-related trade secrets. Apparently Kibkalo, a senior architect at Microsoft, was motivated to leak the Windows 8 files, which were under a strict NDA at that time, due to a poor performance review that he was given during his tenure at the company. According to the reports, not only was Windows 8 leaked, but he also leaked Windows 7 files and the Microsoft Activation Server Software Development Kit which when reverse engineered, could allow hackers to crack the Activation process within Windows, meaning that pirated copies of Windows 7 could
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Windows 9 release date, news and rumors Updated What do we know about the future PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 March 2014 13:51
With Windows 8 and now Windows 8.1, Microsoft tried - not entirely successfully - to make tablets part of a continuum that goes from number-crunching workstations and high-end gaming rigs through all-in-one touchscreen media systems and thin-and light notebooks down to slender touch tablets. The general consensus is that it still has a long way to go to produce a unified OS. Despite rumours of an aggressive development and shipping schedule, there's no official word about what's in the next version of Windows, but there are plenty of rumours (many of them from Chinese enthusiast sites that claim to have leaked builds), plus more reliable information from job adverts for the Windows and Windows Phone teams. Could it be that we'll get Windows 8.2 first? There are also patents, which may or may not be relevant, and some rare comments from developers on the Windows team. Here's what we've heard about Windows 9 and what we think is happening.
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Hacked Emails PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 March 2014 04:41
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It is common practice for corporations to charge the government for data requests.  There is a cost associated with maintaining records and having a legal departments comply with thousands of government requests over a year.  A charge for a request is a balance that ensures governments do not go overboard in data requests.  In fact the government is suing Sprint for over-charging the government for data requests. Documents released by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) show that what appear to be invoices and emails between Microsoft’s Global Criminal Compliance team and the FBI’s Digital Intercept Technology Unit (DITU), and purport to show exactly how much money Microsoft charges DITU, in terms of compliance costs, when DITU provides warrants and court orders for customers’ data.  The SEA has been targeting Microsoft and mostly recently gained access to the Skype social media accounts. The latest invoice provided, from November 2013, is for $281,000...More on this story can be found at windows8newsinfo forum.
 
Project Morpheus PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 March 2014 08:58
Project Morpheus
The second coming of the 90s virtual reality fad has really kicked off and following in the footsteps of the Oculus Rift, Sony has officially unveiled its own offering to this exciting revival of the digital gaming platform, which is called Project Morpheus. Project Morpheus was announced by Sony Worldwide Studios at the Game Developer’s Conference this week as a wearable gaming gadget designed for use with the PlayStation 4 console, working in co-operation with the DualShock 4 controller and the PlayStation Camera. The head-mounted gear features a 5-inch LCD display that sits just in front of the wearer’s face, boasting eye-busting realism with Full HD 1080p virtual reality visuals and 90-degree rotation – but let us bear in mind the crowd-funded Oculus Rift, on the other hand, offers a slightly better 110-degree span. Despite having changed form since the giant gaudy face accessories of yesteryear, this re-imagining does resemble something you’d see worn by electro-funk duo Daft Punk...Read more on our forum.
 
Worst Thing Windows XP Users Can Do Is Nothing PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 02:01
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Apathy. The destroyer of many a dreams. Users across the globe are scampering to make sure that they end up on the safe side of the spectrum once support for Windows XP finally ends. The technology world has never seen an event like this, and it probably never will. Hundreds of millions of computers are still running an aging (and soon to be unsupported) operating system. Already one of the weaker operating systems when it comes to security, hackers and cybercriminals will soon bombard Windows XP with any and all exploits that they can get their hands on. These next few weeks, this final stretch before the retirement is just the proverbial calm before the storm. This time we have another expert, the CEO of Progressive, a firm that provides migration services say that Windows XP will soon become very vulnerable to attacks. And Robert Cioffi believes that the worse thing Windows XP users can do is wait for this to happen...As the countdown continues follow the demise of Windows XP on our forum.
 
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