Technology can do wonderful things. From giving someone the ability to walk to letting you read news from anywhere in the world on a device as small as your palm. In the latest move to use technology to help people, a website looks to help explain Dyslexia to people who don’t quite understand how the illness works.
Someone looks to help others understand how people with Dyslexia see writing and have done so through a website which actually contains the first paragraph from Wikipedia describing the condition. You can find the original text here but if you are interested in seeing how Dyslexia affects people you may be more interested in this site.
The text appears to scramble itself, replacing one character with another while others move around all over the paragraphs. This is how some people would describe dyslexia, making even the simplest of sentences difficult to understand while large paragraphs become like ancient texts to those affected. As someone who suffers from dyslexia, I can understand what it is getting at. The simplest of texts can become difficult and while others say they “understand” being able to compare the experience to something like what the website shows goes a long way to helping people, both dyslexic and not, understand one another and the difficulties a subtle condition like this can have on everyday life.
Oh the irony of this news which turns out that satirical website The Onion has apparently and accidentally broken a genuine breaking news story, which must have been a surprise to the editorial team.
The Onion published their standard comic style of article stating that the US had offered Israel a “nice big shipment of weapons” to try to abate its anger of the Iran nuclear Deal. It was a good piece until just 24 hours later there were reports in the standard truthful-ish media outlets that there were suspicions of this happening in real life. This was particularly noted by Israeli newspaper Haaretz, who compared the similarity to its own story which was published the following day that carried the headline, “Obama offers military upgrade to help Israel swallow bitter Iranian deal”.
Officials at the Pentagon have delivered a repost to these allegations by briefing the media over the weekend that, in fact, Israel would not be offered any weapons to make up for the Iran deal.
Sometimes satire has a funny way of holding a mirror up and predicting what is in fact true. If there were private negotiations behind the scenes between the US and Israel, then both sides would not publicly admit to it. Next time I’m going to think twice about that report of President Obama inventing jet boots before flying to the moon and high fiving an alien.
Steve Jobs was a visionary in the technology industry unlike anyone before or after him. He often predicted things that became essential facets of our everyday lives.
Take for instance the “Macintosh in a book”, which he predicted in early 80s and essentially became the iPad of 2010. There’s also the cloud and remote storage, something he understood in 1997, and you can hear him predict in this video. He realised the importance of “interpersonal computing” while at NeXT, before Sir Tim Berners-Lee developed the World Wide Web on a NeXTcube that would become the world’s first web server.
In fact, I think Jobs’ ideas about “interpersonal computing” are quite often missed in the story arc of his life when we hear about it in the press. Quite often we hear of how he only changed the PC business with the Macintosh, then the music industry with iTunes and the iPod, followed of course by smartphones with the iPhone and then tablets with the iPad. To me, he was an essential figure in the creation of the internet and the web as we know it today.
Not only because the web was born on a NeXT computer, but because Steve Jobs understood and really pushed for the networking standards and concepts that make the internet of today a reality. The NeXTcube featured high-speed ethernet, graphical e-mail and object-orineted programming in 1988. The concepts that the NeXTSTEP OS introduced led to the familiar WebObjects platform used widely on the internet today.
So it’s no surprise that a largely unseen Playboy article has been uncovered today that says Jobs predicted that we’d all buy computers just for access to a “nationwide communications network”… in 1985. Here’s a snippet from it, but you can read the full thing at the source link bellow.
“Playboy: What will change?
Jobs: The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people-as remarkable as the telephone.
Playboy: Specifically, what kind of breakthrough are you talking about?
Jobs: I can only begin to speculate. We see that a lot in our industry: You don’t know exactly what’s going to result, but you know it’s something very big and very good.
Playboy: Then for now, aren’t you asking home-computer buyers to invest $3000 in what is essentially an act of faith?
Jobs: In the future, it won’t be an act of faith. The hard part of what we’re up against now is that people ask you about specifics and you can’t tell them. A hundred years ago, if somebody had asked Alexander Graham Bell, “What are you going to be able to do with a telephone?” he wouldn’t have been able to tell him the ways the telephone would affect the world. He didn’t know that people would use the telephone to call up and find out what movies were playing that night or to order some groceries or call a relative on the other side of the globe. But remember that first the public telegraph was inaugurated, in 1844. It was an amazing breakthrough in communications. You could actually send messages from New York to San Francisco in an afternoon. People talked about putting a telegraph on every desk in America to improve productivity. But it wouldn’t have worked. It required that people learn this whole sequence of strange incantations, Morse code, dots and dashes, to use the telegraph. It took about 40 hours to learn. The majority of people would never learn how to use it. So, fortunately, in the 1870s, Bell filed the patents for the telephone. It performed basically the same function as the telegraph, but people already knew how to use it. Also, the neatest thing about it was that besides allowing you to communicate with just words, it allowed you to sing.”
Reddit has officially launched its own live-blogging platform by the named of Reddit Live. The platform was previously in ‘open beta’ for a few months, having covered Twitch Plays Pokemon and the conflict in Ukraine up until now.
It is said that only Reddit employees were able to create live streams and authorize trusted users to contribute to them during its beta stage. However, now anyone can user Reddit Live and submit their own threads to a dedicated subreddit. Compared to normal Reddit posts, these Live posts are said to automatically update in your browser in real-time. The Reddit Live feeds are said to feature embedded support for tweets, which can eventually host images, YouTube videos and article links.
While Reddit is not a traditional publisher, the new addition could become the default platform for user-credited live blogs. The Reddit platform has proven to be an effective crowdsource of online information, but with some difficulties since April 2013 when the website received some harsh reactions to the Boston Marathon bombings. Reddit should be careful in future endeavors if it wants its latest Live platform to steer away from such incidents in the future.
Last week while we were attending Computex 2014, the eTeknix team, or more importantly myself, and the eTeknix boss Andy, stopped by the Kingston head office for a quick tour of their factory. This factory is their central hub where they create their memory products such as SSDs and ram modules. We joined a few other press teams from other global publications for the tour and set about getting into the lovely air conditioned building, away from the humid air of Taiwan.
We were greeted at the front desk by a few of the engineers and higher ranking officials, where we signed in and were awarded our VIP passes before being led up to a conference room deeper within the building.
They’ve got a lot of great products to their name and the front hall was highlighted with a lit display, featuring all their latest awards and products.
Our gorgeous attire for the day, including some very swanky foot covers, take note that I’m being sarcastic.
Andy strutting his stuff.
Myself looking equally stunning in this white gown and blue foot cover combo.
In this room, they solder memory modules onto SSDs, the products work their way down the automated production line one step at a time, although I was surprised at just how quick these machines can turn out a near finished product.
There are seemingly endless banks of these machines, each with a specific task such as cutting the PCB’s, soldering, checking, testing, heating and more.
Reels of components are rolled out like a ticker tape printer as each machine stamps the components onto the board and other machines solder them in place.
Each component is laid out on computer screen, which them assembles them based on the laid out specifications.
The boards are made in blocks, and then cut and drilled and labled, ready to be placed in their individual chassis.
This room is packed full of the components needed to create the modules, and given that there are a lot of tiny components to each SSD or memory module it’s no wonder they have so many shelves to store it all on (there were many more than you can see here).
Testing is a big part of the manufacturing process, not to mention firmware testing, patching and similar tasks. Endless banks of test benches were setup for testing everything from SODIMMS, DDR modules and SSDs.
This machine is a high performance scanning machine, it takes photographs of the finished PCB and checks it against its database for errors, making sure every product is in perfect condition. This task used to be done by hand, but the high capacity demands of the factory means that this machine had to take over the task to speed up production.
It is capable of testing multiple boards at a time as you can see with the huge banks of PCBs lining the bottom of the machine.
Yet more testing equipment.
These complete machines apply the chassis to the products, as well as the first stages of printing and adding their labels.
Starting to look more like a retail product now.
The final finish can still be done by hand in some parts of the factory. These boards are now finished after their printing, soldering, cuttings, mounting, testing and labelling.
From here on, they are boxed, packed and shipped directly out to retailers. Everything prior to shipping is done in house by Kingston, as they don’t outsource any of the manufacturing.
It may not seem like much, especially given the clinical nature of the production line, but this is where Kingston SSD and memory products are born. The factory turns out tens of thousands of them and it’s rather hypnotising to see them churned out so efficiently on the production line.
Thank you Kingston for letting us tag along and see where the magic happens, as well as letting us share these images with the eTeknix community.
With the news about the InWin S-Frame now out in the wild, we can also share with you even more details of how the chassis was created. We stopped by the InWin head office to check out their product development suite, as well as their factory to see how they make their products. Of course, we had to cut a few bits from the tour in our coverage a few days ago, but now that the NDA is over, we can show you all these extra pictures of the InWin S-Frame. Once the team have a design in mind, they draft up the early concepts and put them on the board. Obviously the models on the left don’t look much like the S-Frame, but you can see how the design has grown into the more familiar model on the right. Here we see their design process diagram, a process they follow to guide them towards creating a complete product. I do love the final design, but some of these other prototypes do look pretty sweet. Once they’ve got a design they’re happy with, it is crafted out of paper and card, giving them a model to build their first prototypes from. The chassis frame is designed to be made from a single panel of aluminium. That single piece is huge, as you can see it’s over 6ft long and once the complex cuts have been made it requires a lot of skill to bend and fold the metal to the required shape. The tolerances are pretty tight when it comes to manufacturing, but the way each is made means that there are likely to be some very subtle differences in each folds angle from chassis to chassis, making each one a little unique, albeit by amounts so small you wouldn’t notice. In the office they have a few of the early prototypes for the S-Frame and other InWin chassis, as well as smaller samples of the components and materials used. Colour swatches for the aluminium finishings. Here we see a stunning black and gold model, I do prefer the black and red one we’ve seen, but this does look stunning. Plus this might be the first case that looks great with those gold covered ECS motherboards. Hey look, it’s the new D-Frame mini ad the full size D-Frame strutting their funky stuff! An early prototype for the H-Frame hiding away on top of a unit in the corner. A crazy pink finished H-Frame, same the camera doesn’t do the colours finish much justice. The thinking area, here they’ll sit and play around with other chassis (including those from rival brands), read books, look at comics and all kinds of crazy stuff to find inspiration for their next product. An InWin Tao, the stunning aluminium and glass construction which we reviewed a while back. One of the designers desks complete with drawing board, high quality monitor, and of course an awesome guitar setup for when he needs a little break to boost his creativity. Leaving the design room, we now return to the factory. Here you can see the H-Frame being measured with this laser measuring machine, testing the tolerances of the product and making sure its suitable to be a retail product. Once complete, the chassis are boxed up, loaded onto the truck and shipped out to retail. We’ll have the S-Frame in for review very soon and look forward to sharing even more details with you over the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more updates and of course even more coverage from this weeks Computex event.
Welcome back to our tour of the InWin factory in Taiwan, we’ve already looked at how InWin create their plastic chassis moulds and metal components in the last two parts of the tour. Now we move on to some of the finer details in the production line.
As you can see in the picture above, the panels are ran through a special spray painting machine which gives them the first part of the final finish. This is done in a sealed room and protective breathing gear must be worn while working here.
Once sprayed, the panels are laid out on trays to cool and dry, making them ready for the next step in production.
Some of the panels are also run through an oven to help seal and dry the paint work, and given that Taiwan is already a hot place, you can imagine it’s pretty hot here, we suspected it was around 45c and we were only there for a few minutes.
Our favourite feature of the factory wasn’t the cool products we saw, it was these air conditioning units on the wall, we spent way longer than InWin would have liked staring at this while enjoying the cool air it provided.
The final details of the builds require a more hands on approach, printing techniques are used to put logos and other designs onto chassis panels, each one done one at a time.
Smaller components require bigger production lines, allowing finer details and cleaning of parts such as the 5.25″ drive bay covers, buttons and front panels.
Once all the parts are complete, having gone through their extensive manufacturing processes, they’re bolted together. Here you can see a team of people screwing together the H-Frame mini.
A final few screws and a clean, they’re wrapped and placed in their boxes.
Leaving the final product ready to go to retail.
One of the super computers used to run the production lines, nothing major, but we love a good giggle at old computers.
Here you can see the two banks of tooling machines we saw in part 2, it’s a huge line up of machines at full speed we find that InWin can turn out around 1 million cases a month here!
All the products are then stacked up neatly, ready to ship out around the world for resale.
And here we see InWin loading up a fresh batch of the finished products. All of which were designed, manufactured and dispatched from this factory. From the smallest parts to the biggest panels, InWin do it all themselves and we’re very grateful they let us in to see how it all comes together.
Welcome to part two of our InWin factory tour, we’ve already seen how they produce their tooling components and injection moulds to create the plastic components of a chassis, so what’s next? Well since some of the biggest parts of a chassis are the panels, which come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but also consist of many other small metal components such as hard drive bays, motherboard backplate etc, you need a lot of big machines to create them.
CNC machines are a big aspect of this and InWin have some pretty powerful ones that offer a multitude of cutting techniques, although the most popular here is certainly the laser cutters such as the one below.
The CNC machine above is churning out metal components, which are then stacked in these bays ready to work their way further down the production line.
The cut panels are still in the early states, but if I’m not mistaken, these are going to become server chassis.
Further down we have some even more impressive CNC machines, these two giant cutters can perform 64 different cuts thanks to its huge tool bank, allowing it to produce complete components and several of them at any one time.
Here you can see one of the parts it has made, which looks like a hard drive bay before it has been bent into shape. The giant machine has used multiple tools at once to cut the multitude of shapes required for this design.
There are a lot of tools needed for each production run, which are all kept on hand here. Obviously there are a few missing, since they’re in the machines which are currently cutting.
Here are even more tooling components which are used as templates for chassis components, just like the moulds we say in the first part of the tour, they’re huge and heavy, even those used for small components are likely a 100lbs and above.
This is one of the technical aspects of the production line, metal sheets are folded in a press by an engineer. Each fold has to be lined up by hand and done one at a time, so more complete chassis designs can take quite a while to perform.
This was easily one of the coolest things on the tour, a simple metal sheet starts its life here and is picked up by the suction cups above, before being passed along to the machine on the left.
It is then drilled, stamped, pressed and beaten by one machine at a time before being passed onto the next one in this long line. Each has their own job to perform and the final component is put in a stack all the was at the end of this row of machines.
More tooling once again, this machine here is used to drill the motherboard screw holes into the motherboard back plate.
Smaller components require finer machines ad continual die stamping is used to create thing such as PCI slot covers, brackets and covers.
Metal roll is fed through the machine and literally stamps out the shapes and components needed.
We’ve been very fortunate this week, as the eTeknix team were invited along to a special tour of the InWin factory in Taipei, allowing us a first hand look at every aspect of product design, development and production. InWin have proven themselves time and time again over the last few years with their special edition cases such as the H-frame and D-Frame, that they have a passion for engineering great products. So let’s get started and take a quick look at some of the aspect of how InWin produce these products.
The first room we entered was filled with high-end machines that construct and test various components. This included CNC equipment, an EDM (electrical discharge machine), laser measuring systems and more. In here they can create the various tooling components needed for moulds, presses, stamps and other manufacturing components required.
the laser measuring system checks the tolerances of a component against its intended specifications, as things need to be absolutely precise before going into mass production.
Multiple devices are required to complete the early manufacturing processes as some machine can cut edges, others can only cut rounded shapes and devices such as the wire cut can create perfect square edges, which when combined can produce the various components moulds and tools required for the production of a chassis.
Here you can see the tooling mould for a chassis, the lines down the left side of it are what will later for the PCI expansion slots on the back.
Each one of these components is a tool, used by the larger machines in the factory as a guide to cut and stamp out USB ports, audio jacks and other bumps, grooves and cuts; can also confirm they’re freaking heavy to hold too.
In the next room we have the next step in creation some of the incredibly complex moulds that are needed to create a PC chassis, right from the high-end models that InWin make, right down to their small budget and OEM models.
These two huge moulds way hundreds of pounds and are used in an injection moulding system to create the little chassis front panel you can see on display in front of them.
Again here we have two more huge moulds, these two are used to form that intricate little front panel cover you can see on the table.
There are often hundred of parts to each mould, taking a huge amount of engineering to create using the tools in this room, as well as the cutting and measuring equipment we saw in the previous room.
These moulds are huge and InWin have a huge amount of them stacked up and ready to go for each product they create, while also keeping older models on hand should they need to produce a revision or re-use components.
Two huge lines of massive machines use plastic, which is injected under high pressure and force into the moulds, then released down a conveyor belt to be prepared and stacked, ready for the next step in production.
The plastic used for the moulds starts out as simple plastic chips, any left over or waste plastic trimmed from the mould is later recycled back into these chips so that nothing is wasted.
We will be back very shortly with part 2 of the tour, stay tuned.
When it comes to gaming, we as consumers are not exactly short on options; we have games consoles, PC’s, mobile devices, dedicated handheld games consoles and many other gadgets that allow us to enjoy one of modern societies favourite pastimes. Gaming on the big screen with our consoles or Steam’s Big Picture mode, our gaming PC’s when sat at our desk, handheld games consoles and mobile devices when we’re out and about. However, let’s not forget the one feature they don’t really put on the box for our hand held systems, they’re great for playing games while sat on the loo!
Gone are the days where we could all pronounce “disodium cocoamphodiacetate” from our endless reading of the back of a shampoo bottle, these day’s we spend our time on the throne checking our emails, chatting on Facebook, reading the news and watching clips on YouTube. In fact, smart devices such as our phones are likely to blame for us all spending more time in the bathroom than we actually need to, so why not take things to the next level and find an even better entertainment device for the bathroom.
Mobile gaming is one thing, but we all know the kind of effect this has on our smartphones battery life and while Tablets offer benefits such as bigger screens, they’re often not much more powerful than high-end smartphones, so there is little innovation in the quality of the games we play on these devices. The Nvidia Shield however does offer some unique tricks that are ideal for gaming around the house, with Game Stream you’re able to let your PC do all the graphical hard work, allowing you to play games from your PC directly onto the Shield. That’s right, high end PC gaming while sat on the toilet, welcome to the future.
First lets explain Game Stream a little, because a few things need to be in place before you can take advantage of this awesome feature. First of all you’re going to need a gaming PC equipped with a 6xx series Nvidia GPU (sorry AMD fans, but this simply will not work for you), The minimum GPU is the GTX 650 or the GTX 600M matched up with something like the i3-2100 3.1GHz or AMD Athlong II X4 620 or above for 720p Game Stream, those wanting to get up to 1080p @ 60FPS video stream quality will need a GTX 660 and an i5/FX 6-Core or above to handle the video rendering and streaming efficiently. Other general stuff you’ll need is the latest GeForce Experience app on your PC as well as the latest GeForce drivers. You’ll also need a minimum of a 801.11a/g router, but an 802.11n dual band is router is recommended.
“NVIDIA uses the H.264 encoder built into GeForce GTX 650 or higher GPUs along with special streaming software integrated into GeForce experience to stream games from the PC to SHIELD over Wi-Fi with ultra-low latency. Gamers use SHIELD as the controller and display for their favourite PC games as well as for Steam Big Picture.”
Of course there are just a couple more things you’re going to need to get all this to work, an Nvidia Shield and some games on your PC to stream to it. That plus all the stuff above may sound a lot, but in reality there is a good chance that most of you reading this own a half decent gaming PC, a half decent router and a stack of games already built up in your Steam library after a few years of hoarding games from sales. So let’s get right into the good stuff and see what you could be playing while you’re on sat on the throne.
If you’re on the market for a new headset, chances are you’ve got more than one option on your shopping list, you’ll be looking for the best return on investment and you’ll want to find the headset that is best suited to your needs. Today I’ll be departing from our usual headset review format and showing you three headsets, putting them head-to-head and finding the strengths and weaknesses of each. At my disposal I have the TteSports Cronos, the Speedlink Medua NX and the CM Storm by Coolermaster Ceres 300. They’re all quite varied in terms of features, price and style, but they all have one thing in common, they’re all available for under £60.
The TteSports by Thermaltake Cronos headset is priced around £55 from most major online retailers, making it the most expensive of the collection that I have here today. The Speedlink Medusa can be picked up at most major retailers for around £50, but a little Google-fu will net you a brand new one for around £40 from some of the top eBay sellers making it the second most expensive option and finally we have the CM Storm by Coolermaster Ceres 300, which can be picked up for a very affordable £28. I’m hoping that by covering these three products we can work out if you need to spend more money to get the kind of performance you desire, or perhaps you’ll be able to save yourself some money by downgrading. There is only one way to find out, so let’s put these headsets to the test, but first let’s take a closer look at what you get in the box.
First up we have the TteSports Cronos; in the box you’ll find the headset, a rubber sleeved 4-pole cable (for mobile use), a braided dual 3.5mm + USB power connector cable, a simple user guide and a nice quality protective bag.
The speed link Medusa comes hard-wired with a fairly standard cable and comes bundled with a quick install guide and a zip up protective bag.
Finally, we have the Ceres 300, which comes bundled with a user guide, a hard wired cable and a detachable boom microphone.
2014 is already proving to be a great year for tech lovers, and with the PC market currently offering a mixture of incredible value and high performance components, there has never been a better time to be a PC enthusiast. Yet for all the high-end hardware on the market that we have available to us today, we can’t help but look forward at what is coming next. There’s always something just around the corner that makes you want to delay your next upgrade, something bigger and better that promises to be a real game changer. Today we thought it would be great to take a quick look at some of the hottest things that could hit the market this year.
Improved Performance And Power Consumption From DDR4 Memory
First up we have DDR4 memory, this one has been a long time coming and while it may not offer huge performance increases over current offerings, it’s improved reliability and lower power usage is certainly a tempting option. With new hardware that supports DDR4 slowly working its way towards the consumer market it’s nice to see that there may be some changes in the memory market later this year, and that’ll hopefully pave the way to big performance increases further down the line.
Cheaper 4K Capable Monitors And Devices
4K gaming is quite a popular topic these days, but 4K isn’t just about gaming, it can be used for movies, content creation or the most popular thing in the internet world, porn doge memes. The only issue with 4K is that it’s insanely expensive compared to its 1080p and 1440p counterparts. The screens are very expensive, and even recent price cuts to sub $1000 still leave it out of the reach of many. We expect this year will see not only the screens coming down in price, but to also be followed by price cuts in 4K capable graphics cards.
Faster And More Powerful Graphics Hardware
Speaking of new graphics cards, we love the current line up of graphics cards that are on the market. AMD are pushing some gorgeous hardware and Nvidia have some serious powerhouses of their own, but the grass is always greener on the other side and we would be crazy to not be excited about what is coming next from the red and green camps. With Maxwell and Volta from Nvidia and further developments from AMD with their GCN (Graphics Core Next) and APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) hardware, PC gaming is set for some big changes. Getting ultra-high graphics on 4K hardware is far from easy, so more powerful and more efficient hardware, as well as huge changes in memory management will help a lot.
High Performance Next-Generation CPU’s
Going hand in hand with the new graphics cards and memory products we’re looking forward to, we’re even more excited about the next generation of CPU hardware from both Intel and AMD. With Broadwell and Skylake, as well as an even more advanced range of APU’s on the horizon, we can expect support for DDR4, unified memory, faster data transfer speeds and advancements in power management and a whole lot more. Personally I’m looking forward to Skylake more than anything, but for now my Ivy Bridge will do me just fine. If AMD keep boosting the power in their APU’s enough, we may also have a great solution for compact gaming rigs and SteamBox style builds.
Ultra-High Performance And Capacity SSD’s
It’s not often that I can get too excited about storage, SSD’s are great for boosting system performance and they’re endlessly more powerful than their mechanical counterparts. However, their performance seems to be hitting its limits and short of RAID configurations, there isn’t much else that can be done. New memory controllers, as well as other advances should see some nice improvements later this year, but we’re hoping there is another big change ahead that will see massive gains in terms of read and write times, not to mention power consumption and price reductions.
That about wraps it up for our most wanted tech and when combined you can see that we’re hoping for a pretty broad improvement in performance across the whole spectrum of PC components and devices. With 4K working it’s way to becoming common place and prices of UHD displays dropping we’re going to need lightning fast, and large capacity storage devices to handle all the rendering, massive textures and more that come with it, just look at the 48GB needed to install Titanfall and you can see where we are heading! Then you’ll need more powerful graphics cards to enjoy them to their full potential, and the added performance and power management of new CPU’s and memory products certainly couldn’t hurt either.
What tech are you looking forward to later this year? Will you be upgrading now, or are you planning on holding out for the next generation of hardware? Let us know in the comments section below.
Given the news surfaced from former NSA analyst, Edward Snowden, it seems that U.S. officials are proving to be desperate, having one of their representatives stating that journalists are Edward Snowden’s ‘accomplices’.
The U.S. officials are still attempting to reason with Snowden and his continuous espionage disclosures from his former workplace. However all attempts have failed, having Snowden still in exile and in hiding, while news continues to flow. But it looks like the U.S. officials are becoming desperate now, having James Clapper, the Director of the National Intelligence, demanding his journalist “accomplices” return leaked documents.
Names and fingers have not yet been pointed, but rumors are that Clapper is looking at The Guardian with some ‘furious’ eyes. Though news will not be stopped, no matter what, since we live in an age where everyone is allowed to think what they want and say what they have to say. On the other side, Clapper demonstrated that the U.S. government is becoming more and more desperate as time passes. Are they hiding even more secrets not ‘deemed for our knowledge’? By the looks of it, it might seem so.
Spokespeople on Clapper’s side later clarified and said the U.S. official “was referring to anyone who is assisting Edward Snowden to further threaten our national security through the unauthorized disclosure of stolen documents related to lawful foreign intelligence collection programs.” Snowden may have recently been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, but government officials would still like to see him face espionage-related charges. Trying to equate journalists to accomplices clearly is a long stretch for a government administration desperate to make sure similar whistle-blower actions don’t take place in the future.
A lot of focus has been flying around the internet recently about the Sony PlayStation 4, and rightly so, its a big hardware launch and likely the biggest this year. Sony has invested over a $100 Million in the marketing campaign for the upcoming launch that could very well change the way we play for ever. Or will it?
Their are quite a few console hardware releases this year, some bigger than others, some likely doomed to fail or fall into obscurity, but no matter which way you look at it, 2013 is an easy year to find something to play on. One way or the other though, the market is about to get very busy and with so many platforms hitting the market running everything from Android OS, to custom firmware its hard to keep track of who is making what, when, why and how much.
This year seems to be the year where gamers will have a choice for almost every budget, and with devices ranging from under £100 to up to possibly even £1000 to choose from, this is going to be a year of difficult birthday and Christmas present choices to say the least.
So lets not hang around, lets dive straight into the first of the eight consoles and gaming platforms that you can expect to see later this year.