Confirmed: Max Payne 3 PC uses DirectX 11 (Updated: New PC Screenshots)


Confirmed: Max Payne 3 PC uses DirectX 11 (Updated: New PC Screenshots)

Rockstar Games has confirmed that the third game in popular Max Payne franchise titled as “Max Payne 3” will support DirectX 11 and tessellation on PC.

Max Payne 3The news was confirmed by Simon Ramsey from Rockstar in a recent interview to PC Games Hardware. This is really a great news for all PC gamers across the globe.

Max Payne 3 will launch on May 15 for PS3 and Xbox 360. PC version of the game will launch on May 29 in North America and on June 1 in Europe. You can check out stunning Max Payne 3 PC screenshots.

Updated: Rockstar has just released four new PC screenshots, i don’t need to tell you guys how it look. Check it out below and decide yourself.

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“Outraged” Apple issues update on celebrity cellphone nude photo breach


“Outraged” Apple issues update on celebrity cellphone nude photo breach

Apple on Tuesday issued a statement regarding the hacking of dozens of celebrities’ cellphones that exploded over the weekend as actual and fake nude photos spread across the Internet. Apple says its iCloud service was not breached.

Nevertheless speculation about the breach has put cloud services such as Apple’s iCloud into a spotlight they’d rather avoid following the exposure of private photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst.

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Here’s what Apple had to say about the incident on Tuesday afternoon:

We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved. To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4232. 

Cisco extends Wi-Fi reach


Cisco extends Wi-Fi reach

Cisco is expanding its place in the Wi-Fi industry with the purchase of wireless vendor Linksys in a $500 million stock deal.

Both companies already manufacture Wi-Fi products, though Linksys is strong in the domestic market, providing access points and routers; Cisco is strong in corporate WLAN sales. The deal is expected to close in July. Linksys will operate as an independent unit, Cisco officials told analysts.

Along with an extensive 802.11b (AirPort) product portfolio, Linksys is one of the leading edge vendors who have begun shipping 802.11g products – marketed by Apple as AirPort Extreme. Though the standard is currently unratified, analysts and industry insiders expect the final specification to emerge in June or August, when the IEEE standards body meets. Hardware elements of the specification are understood to be more or less complete, though software elements remain to be agreed. Most vendors – including Apple – have prepared for this by ensuring their 802.11g products are software upgradeable.

“Linksys’ leading positioning in home networking offers a tremendous top-line growth opportunity for Cisco,” said Dan Scheinman, Cisco’s senior vice president of corporate development. He added: “We believe Linksys has optimized the business model required for success in this market.” Cisco does not anticipate any significant pricing changes on Linksys products.

Cisco initially thought it would internally build a consumer-focused wireless products portfolio, Scheinman said. But as it began developing plans, it decided that only a unit with a low-cost, high-volume operating model could succeed, and that building such a unit would take several years and require an expensive up-front investment.

Buying Linksys, a company with a leading share of the market and an established brand name, will allow Cisco to “jump start” its entry, he said.

Analysts predict the Wi-Fi industry will grow exponentially this year, as the standard is adopted by new markets, such as telecoms and consumer electronic devices.

Expert AppleScript training announced


Expert AppleScript training announced

World-renowned AppleScript expert John Thorsen from TECSoft returns to the UK to offer an intensive three-day AppleScript training course between February 21 to 23, 2006.

The course takes place at Apple’s UK office and costs £845. Aimed at beginners and experienced users, attendees will be shown how to build powerful workflow solutions through a series of hands-on exercises.

“Find out how to script FileMaker Pro, iView MediaPro, InDesign, the Mac OS X Finder and other scriptable applications. Learn how to use AppleScript to join applications together to create powerful software automation solutions,” Apple explains.

Pre-registration is required.

PAX East's Youngest Game Developers at the Indie MegaBooth | The Hole Story


PAX East’s Youngest Game Developers at the Indie MegaBooth | The Hole Story

Girls Make Games 2014 Grand Prize Winner The Hole Story was showcased at PAX East Indie MegaBooth.

Students at Girls Make Games summer camp in 2014 designed their first game The Hole Story nominated 2014 GMG Grand Prize WinnerCreated by junior developers from the ages of 10-16 yeard old, these amazing and talented young ladies studied C++ and game design to produce their very first game. Flying from California, the junior game designers are the masterminds behind the amazing the story of a princess wishing to be herself.
 
Focusing on empowering young girls, the junior developers wanted to cultivate characters who are in charge of their own destinies and futures. The game follows the protagonist Wendy, an aspiring archeologist who unexpectedly travels back in time to find and rescue a princess. As she finds her way home, the game focuses on solving riddles, looking for clues, rescuing a missing princess, and learning major lessons about identity and courage along the way.
 

I got to meet two of the junior developers, Samantha and Serena about their experiences working with Girls Make Games.

Girl Make Games is funded by Kickstarter supporters and gaming companies seeing the value of more game design classes for younger girls.

To find out a Girl Make Games program near you, head on over to their website. The Hole Story is now on Steam Greenlight. For those interested in why it matters so much to foster programs like these, check out the video below.

People Matter! Armored Warfare Details Crew Growth 


People Matter! Armored Warfare Details Crew Growth 

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My.com’s Armored Warfare, currently taking beta applications, adds even more complexity and customization to war with the addition of Crews and Commanders.

Crews in tank/warfare related games is nothing new. We’ve seen this addition in some other strategy based combat games, but Armored Warfare seems to be taking things a few steps further. Crews will have specialties such as artillery gunners and main battle tank gunners, and will level up as they engage in battle. As they level, new skills will become available that enhance the operation of your tank without compromising the efficiency stats on the tank itself. Think faster reload times and you’ve got the idea.

While crews are tank specific and cannot move from one tank to another, Commanders have more range and level along their own path as they move from tank to tank when needed. Commanders also come with a complete back story and biography. Commander characteristics and skills can vastly change the output of your mobile death machine adding bonuses and abilities such as Perception (which increases the field of vision of the tank while the commander is aboard) and Eagle Eye (which increases maximum aiming accuracy.)

With 60 levels of growth and skill selections to make for your Commanders, yes you can have multiple Commanders, it sounds like the art of war just got a little more customization in Armored Warfare. Check out the full details here.

Apple updates MacBook Air line


Apple updates MacBook Air line

Apple announced two new Macbook Airs on Wednesday – and they’re way more than speed-bumps. Think of them instead as a cross between the last-generation of the company’s ultra-thin laptop and the iPad.

Wednesday saw the release of an updated 13.3-inch Air, which superficially resembles its predecessor. But there’s also an entirely new 11.6-inch model. And none of the revamped MacBook Air models comes with a hard drive: They rely instead on flash storage built into the motherboard.

“We think it’s the future of notebooks,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs told the audience at the company’s Back to the Mac press event.

Both MacBook models are thinner than what Apple offered before: 0.68 inches at their thickest, tapering to 0.11 inches. (The last generation ran from 0.76 inches to 0.16.) They’re also lighter: The 11.6-inch model weighs 2.3 pounds, the 13-inch 2.9; the old 13-inch model weighed in at 3 pounds even.

The MacBook Air features a full-size keyboard as well as the glass trackpad found on other Apple portables. “These are areas where you don’t want to sacrifice,” Jobs said.

In explaining Apple’s decision to remove a built-in hard drive in favor of flash storage, Jobs pointed out that solid-state drives perform faster and more reliably, making them ideal for portable computers. They also allow Apple to make a smaller and lighter notebook. “We know the benefits,” Jobs told reporters.

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In the UK, The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air are immediately now via the Apple Store (www.apple.com/uk), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorised Resellers.

The 1.4 GHz 11-inch MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage starts at a suggested retail price of £849.00 inc VAT (£722.55 ex VAT) with a 128GB model for £999.00 inc VAT (£850.21 ex VAT).

The 1.86 GHz 13-inch MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starts at a suggested retail price of £1,099.00 inc VAT (£935.32 ex VAT) with a 256GB model for £1,349.00 inc VAT (£1,148.09 ex VAT

iTunes Japan transforms PC music trend


iTunes Japan transforms PC music trend

In just four days, iTunes grabbed 27.78 per cent (by Yen value) of what existing music download services sold in the first six months of 2005, Japan Today suggests.

Citing figures from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), Japan Today reports that music download sales to computers were worth 540 million Yen (£2.71 million) in the January to June period.

iTunes Music Store Japan sold one million tracks in just four days after its launch last week. With 90 per cent of its available tracks sold at 150 Yen (75p), the news indicates Apple to have already reached sales valued at 150 million Yen or more – in four days.

This represents a significant fraction (27.78 per cent) in revenue terms of computer download sales generated in the first six months of 2005 in Japan before iTunes launched.

However, event this achievement is dwarfed in comparison to the activity around mobile phone music downloads in the territory, particularly of ringtones, the report explains.

RIAJ data shows 96 per cent of the 14.16 billion (£71.2 million) Yen value of downloads was acquired using a mobile phone, with computer downloads accounting for a relatively paltry 540 million Yen.

The country has already tuned-in to 3G services. Services such as iMode have become traveller’s essentials in Japan.

All currency exchange calculations conducted Friday August 12 at 12pm.

The iPhone WireLurker malware – what you need to know


The iPhone WireLurker malware – what you need to know

There’s a scary new piece of malware that collects call logs, phone-book contacts and other sensitive information from Apple iPhones and iPads. Should you be worried?

The malware was first discovered by researchers at Palo Alto Networks who dubbed it WireLurker and said it exhibited behavior that had never been seen before in malicious software targeting Apple’s platforms.

It works by infecting software downloaded from the Web into a desktop or laptop computer. Once installed, the malware waits for an iPhone or iPad to be connected via USB, then it scans the mobile device to see what software it contains. If a target app is installed, it copies the app from the mobile device to the desktop or laptop PC, infects the app and then copies it back.

Once infected, the malware appears to collect data from the user but, to date, no other malicious activity has been discovered, said Palo Alto Networks.

For hundreds of millions of Apple iOS users, malware is a scary prospect. The platform has seen so few attacks that many users don’t run antivirus software.

If you’re one of them, you probably don’t have much to worry about from WireLurker.

The primary route of initial infection has been through several hundreds apps offered through a third-party Chinese software site called Maiyadi, so if you’ve kept away from that you’re almost certainly safe.

Secondly, the malware primarily targets iPhones that have been “jailbroken” — that is had some of their security removed so certain apps can be run on them. There is a version that targets conventional iPhones and carries an Apple digital security certificate, but researchers say even that version requires that users approve it before it runs.

And finally, it targets popular Chinese apps like Taobao, Alipay or Meitu, so if you’re not running those, you have another layer of protection.

Palo Alto Networks estimates several hundred thousand iPhone and iPad users have nonetheless been infected.

For the rest, Apple has blocked affected apps so that should halt infection this time.

The limited nature of the security problem might turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Engineers at computer security companies and Apple will be able to analyze the way WireLurker works and prevent similar malware from spreading the same way in the future.

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn’s e-mail address is [email protected]

Grand Theft Auto V Mod Opens Up Buildings For Exploration | grand theft auto v


Grand Theft Auto V Mod Opens Up Buildings For Exploration | grand theft auto v

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Modder opens up the interiors to buildings all over GTA V, creating the best mod to date.

It hasn’t taken that much time for modders to streak to break into the PC release of GTA V and have all sorts of fun. There have been mods that turn bullets into cars, allow for personal flying, and even put the entire city underwater. However, modder NewTheft(TaazR) created what I consider to be the best mod to date – and all it does is open up the interiors for many buildings across Los Santos.

What this mod has done is allow the player to freely walk in and out of the front doors of 32 new buildings throughout the game. Some of these buildings are places that were only accessible during story missions, and others are areas that were cut from the final release and just left behind a locked door. The craziest part about this is mod that a majority of these buildings are populated with NPCs . 

There is an issue with some buildings that didn’t come with operable doors, so the modder simply set it up to teleport you inside when you stand in front of the door, but this doesn’t take away from the fact that you can explore areas never seen before.

You can check out more info on this mod at the GTAforums.com