When it comes to epic battles of ginormous proportions, there was only ever really one video game series that came to mind, the Total War series. Featuring crusades from medieval England and feudal Japan, the Total War series took you everywhere in history to conquer and battle with the finest of units. That is all set to change with their latest series taking you not somewhere in time, but in reality with Total War Warhammer. Sadly if you want to enjoy the game you may have to wait just that little bit longer.
Total War Warhammer will now release a month later than previously indicated, now launching on May 24th instead of the original release date of April 28th. In his official press release creative director, Mike Simpon said “this could be the best Total War game we’ve ever made. We don’t want to rush it”.
Carrying on to say that the game will be “enormous”, they want to be certain that it will play well and their reviewers have had a chance to enjoy every part of it before launch date.
Alongside this announcement comes the recommended specs for your computer, so you now have that extra month to make sure your Empire can take on the Orc hordes in style.
PC Minimum Specs: Expected around 25-35 FPS on campaign map and in a 1v1, 20 units vs 20 units battle, default graphics preset set to “Low”
Operating System: Windows 7 64Bit
Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo 3.0Ghz
Hard Drive: 35 GB
Video Card: (DirectX 11) AMD Radeon HD 5770 1024MB | NVIDIA GTS 450 1024MB | Intel HD4000 @720P
*PC integrated graphics chipsets require 4GB ram, e.g. Intel HD series
PC Recommended Specs: Expected around 45-55 FPS on campaign map and in a 1v1, 20 units vs 20 units battle, default graphics preset set to “High”
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla took to Twitter today to say that the car company will be unveiling its new product line. The new product line will not be a car and will unveil the new line at its Hawthorne Design Studio on Thursday April 30th, at 8pm.
That is all that was offered as a teaser, and it has many wondering if this means that it will be showing the new stationary battery pack that is designed to power an entire home. Last month Musk said that Tesla was nearing the launch of that product so this is very likely what it will end up being. Though as The Verge stated “But this is Tesla and Elon Musk we’re talking about, so the chance of a different, unforeseen surprise is always there”, something that is very true.
Major new Tesla product line — not a car — will be unveiled at our Hawthorne Design Studio on Thurs 8pm, April 30
Microsoft is planning to get a voice messaging feature up and running on its Xbox One, which is due to arrive with the new firmware this April. Xbox One dashboard preview testers are said to be able to test the new feature this week, having them be the first to leave audio clips in their friends’ inboxes.
An interesting aspect of this feature is that it will allow Xbox One as well as Xbox 360 owners to exchange voice messages. Aside from the latter, Microsoft is said to be adding a new ‘What’s On’ section for the dashboard that would feature games and series tailored to a user’s preferences, as well as providing dedicated servers for users struggling with party chat connections.
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The latest StarCraft title, Legacy of the Void, is said to be the closing story for the StarCraft 2 series. It was first announced at BlizzCon last year, but Blizzard did not mention when it will be released.
While Blizzard is known for taking its time with their titles, The Daily Dot gives some hope that the release date is close than expected. Their sources say that the closed beta for Legacy of the Void should be launched at the end of March or early April, pointing out that gaming press and esports organisations have been told to submit their requests for beta keys.
“It’s great timing for them. WCS Season 1 will be all but over and this will give players plenty of time to stream the beta and generate some excitement. As things stand the beta is pretty much ready to launch with the balance team just tweaking a few units.”
Blizzard stated that StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void will not be an expansion, but a standalone game. It is said to focus on the Protoss side of the story and should ultimately end the StarCraft 2 story as a whole.
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One tiny note nestled in with Apple’s Q1 earnings announcement on Tuesday, was the news that the Apple Watch will now ship in April. While many of the rumours suggested a March launch, Cook said that it will indeed be coming in April.
Was this the plan all along, or has the watch been delayed? Well many of the rumours have pointed towards exactly that. While the device was usable at their event in September, Apple only showed working units to a select few journalists, suggesting even then that things were still under development.
The biggest issue now though is battery life. Apparently the company has been working hard to get the battery life as high as possible, aiming to get at least nightly charges out of it, something which has apparently been achieved by a margin.
We’ll have to see for ourselves when it does finally arrive in April.
There is a lot of tension as we approach April and the moment when Microsoft will reveal Windows 9 and release the latest big update for Windows 8, which is expected to fix and add features noted by users along the way. We will be able to see and probably know the exact path Microsoft is going to take with the latest Windows platform, but until then, we hear of more rumors, this time regarding the release date of Windows 9.
News has been spreading that Windows 9 will not be released in April 2015, as previously noted. According to “WZor”, who is said to be a credible source with solid information from inside Microsoft, the new operating system will be released somewhere at the end of October, noted to be the 24th of October on his Twitter page. The date mentioned is said to be the deadline for Windows 9 RTM, which should be sent to PC manufacturers in order to start shipping new PCs and laptops with the latest operating system.
This means that the April 2015 date has been way off. We can even see a service pack being released for Windows 9 until we get to April 2015. But, as always, take the information with a grain of salt. We should be able to get more official information when we reach the BUILD conference in April, and possibly a roadmap for Windows 9.
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Bloomberg reports that around 95% of ATMs around the world still run on Microsoft’s 12 years old operating system, which is going to be discontinued in April. Though update support will still be available until 2015, they will still be susceptible to a variety of malware and viruses.
Still, ATMs run on a stripped version of Windows XP called “Embedded”, which is said to be less vulnerable to malware. But since we are talking about Microsoft Windows, nothing is that safe, especially with it being discontinued. And we are not talking about an information machine or coffee maker here, ATMs are extremely important devices which contain currency! A few weeks ago we saw a few cash machines infected with viruses with the help of a USB drive. Imagine what an outdated operating system in ATMs will be like to hackers.
The more bad news comes from Aravinda Korala, CEO at ATM software provider KAL, who states that he expects only 15% of ATMs in the US to be upgraded by the time Microsoft terminates support for Windows XP. Though Microsoft can sell custom support agreements for devices such as ATMs, the cost can soar quickly, to the extent that can lead to a much higher price than upgrading them altogether.
The cost to upgrade a single ATM to Windows 7 can range from a few hundred dollars if its hardware is adequate, to thousands of dollars if new components are required, according to Dean Stewart, executive at ATM maker Diebold. Although not all ATMs can be upgraded by the April deadline, they will still be able to operate, only with a greater risk of malware infection than before. However, customer balances are said to be safe under the standard protections banks offer to ATM users against fraud.
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Nokia Lumia 2520 has just been launched and there are already reports of a new Lumia tablet in the works. There were rumors of an 8-inch tablet that is expected to be released next year, having only the codename Illusionist to go by. Also, the screen indicated it could also be Lumia 2520’s little brother.
It turns out that the Nokia Illusionist may in fact be the upcoming Lumia 2020. There are also rumors about the next Lumia tablet stating it will be a high-end tablet, and not a cheaper option. Furthermore, Nokia also is eager to get involved in the tablet marketplace, having an unofficial release date for the Lumia 2020 set for Q1 next year, meaning we should see the new tablet in stores by April 2014.
There is not much information to go by, such as specs, pricing and official market availability. Given the vague release date information, Nokia will probably reveal it in the upcoming couple of months, possibly at CES in January.
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