Kindle Users Must Update To Keep Using Online Services

When people think of e-books most will associate the word with the Kindle, Amazons e-reader. The reason being is that the kindle has become the symbol of e-readers, with the electronic ink making the original device easier to read than a traditional screen and the latest version including everything from Netflix to Angry birds. If you own a kindle though you may want to update otherwise you won’t be able to use their online services.

Revealed by Amazon, anyone using an outdated version of kindles software will need to update by March 22nd, 2016 or they will lose the ability to download books from the cloud, access the kindle store or even use other services provided by the device.

Failure to install the update by this date will provide users with the following message:

Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again

If you find this message on your kindle after March 22nd you will have to do a manual update to regain access to kindles services. Below you have a list of the version that each type of kindle will need to be at in order to keep using the services.

Kindle 1st Generation (2007) 1.2.1 Use Wireless
Kindle 2nd Generation (2009) * 2.5.8 Use Wireless
Kindle DX 2nd Generation (2009) * 2.5.8 Use Wireless
Kindle Keyboard 3rd Generation (2010) ** 3.4.2 or higher Use Wi-Fi
Kindle 4th Generation (2011) 4.1.3 or higher Use Wi-Fi
Kindle 5th Generation (2012) 4.1.3 or higher Use Wi-Fi
Kindle Touch 4th Generation (2011) ** 5.3.7.3 or higher Use Wi-Fi
Kindle Paperwhite 5th Generation (2012) ** 5.6.1.1 or higher Use Wi-Fi
Kindle Paperwhite 6th Generation (2013) No Update Needed No Update Needed
Kindle 7th Generation (2014) No Update Needed No Update Needed
Kindle Voyage 7th Generation (2014) No Update Needed No Update Needed
Kindle Paperwhite 7th Generation (2015) No Update Needed No Update Needed

For more information regarding how to update or how to find out your software’s current version, please check out Amazon’s post here.

There Was ‘No Intention’ to Make a Red Dead Redemption PC Version

Red Dead Redemption is one of the greatest open world games ever created and PC gamers have been longing for a PC release for many years. Sadly, it seems this was never up for consideration according to Red Dead Redemption’s lead multiplayer designer, Kris Roberts who said during a Twitch stream:

“I don’t think there was ever an intention to have a PC version of Red Dead Redemption. I was actually really shocked that they did a PC version of Grand Theft Auto V. Obviously in development, we were all PC based and had it running for win32 clients for the entire development. But as far as the licensing for the consoles and stuff, it was pretty much always going to be an X360 and PS3 title… we never really seriously talked about optimizing it for PC.”

The popularity of PC gaming has dramatically increased over the last decade so that could explain Rockstar’s initial dismissive nature towards the platform. Hopefully, the sales of GTA V on PC will provide enough encouragement to make them port the game to PC in the future. This is a possibility if Rockstar decides to make a HD remaster for the current-generation consoles.

I do find it a bit perplexing to hear Roberts’ surprise regarding Grand Theft Auto V. Firstly, the GTA franchise had strong roots on the PC and every single major release has eventually come to the platform. Not only that, PC gaming is already a resounding success and becoming more profitable than consoles. Therefore, to limit a huge title like GTA V to the consoles wouldn’t make business sense. Rockstar were very shrewd and managed to get certain customers to purchase the game on Xbox 360/PS3 then current-generation consoles and finally PC.

On another note, retail console games have a very short lifespan and years down the line, the majority of sales result in very little money due to the second hand market. PC gaming is a completely different beast with the modding community and Steam sales. I’m honestly finding Roberts’ analysis and general train-of-thought to be extremely contradictory.

Thank you The Dark Side of Gaming for providing us with this information.

Second Generation of Chromecast Rumoured For Announcement Next Month

Google have announced several big products in the past, ranging from the high-end Google Glass to the low-end, as well as innovations such as the modular smartphone Ara. One of their more successful pieces of technology has been the Chromecast, and it is set for a new generation with rumours spreading stating that the next version could be announced as soon as next month.

Chromecast is a small dongle and from the looks of it, you would expect not much, but the small device packed a big punch and was in many was a forerunner to the generation of home media streaming. The original Chromecast supported features such as streaming Twitch and a whole host of apps, including Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. By turning any TV is a wireless streaming device for pictures, movies and online content the Chromecast quickly became popular.

The next generation looks to improve on this according to files found by 9to5Google. The documents indicate that not only will the next version contain improved Wifi and a slew of new features, of which “Fast Play” seems to be designed for streamlining connecting your devices in a quick and simple fashion.

The new Chromecast seems to also support something titled Chromecast Audio, a system where you can connect Chromecast to your speakers by auxiliary cord. With multi-room support and “high-quality” sound, the new Chromecast could see you streaming your party music all over your house.

With more and more features being added and upgrades like this, the Chromecast could quickly become my go to device for streaming any media content. What about you, do you stream media content in your home? Would you be looking at a Chromecast or do you avoid media streaming?

Thank you The Verge for the information. 

Image courtesy of Youtube user Marques Brownlee.

Xbox One Now Supports Borderlands

There are many games which claim to be “game of the year” or even claim to be unique. Borderlands is one that can claim both these titles with ease. With Gearbox’s popular first person shooter game built for the previous generation only PC gamers have been able to enjoy the series in its entirety without switching consoles. Come November that is set to change with the introduction of backwards compatibility to the Xbox One.

Borderlands has officially been announced as joining the roster of games that people can enjoy and play in November when 360 games will become playable on the Xbox  One.

Not only does the core game gain support but also the DLC’s that include such great areas as The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, The Underdome Riot led by Mad Moxxi and even the Claptrap Robot Revolution. The game will support Xbox live, so be it on 360 or Xbox One, you and your friends can get back to freeing Pandora. Alongside the Xbox One playable version you will also be able to carry over your achievements and your save game files, meaning that bit you were stuck waiting for your friend to log in for, can now be completed with friends from all over the world.

I don’t know about you, but more Borderlands can never be bad news, I am currently dusting off my copy of Borderlands 2 and will see you all on Pandora.

Thank you Xbox news for the information.

Image courtesy of Steam and Gearbox.

Mozilla Firefox 40 Released

Firefox’s existence has been somewhat rocky over the past few years, from the browser market becoming more competitive with the increased competition from Google Chrome to Microsoft’s new Edge browser, to the irritated reaction from Mozilla’s CEO who has rallied against Windows 10 over how consumers select a default browser.

So what does the latest incarnation of Firefox have in store for consumers? Well, Firefox 40 is out today (11th August 2015) which sees mostly under the hood improvements. These include enhanced compatibility with Windows 10, although previous versions do work with the new OS, this is more moving the browser in line with touchscreen devices and includes “close” buttons on tabs which are now bigger and the address bar also has bigger fonts. It has also revised tabstrips and toolbars plus a custom Windows 10 theme.

Other key changes include an improved and expanded malware detection feature in Firefox, which is able to identify malware downloads in all supported platforms as well as warn users about potentially unwanted software. Users can also receive suggested titles in the new tab page based on categories Firefox matches to browsing history. Improved scrolling, graphics, and video playback performance with off main thread compositing (GNU/Linux only) and a Graphic blocklist mechanism improved: Firefox version ranges can also be specified, limiting the number of devices blocked, and smoother animation and scrolling with hardware vsync (Windows only)

Warnings for unsigned extensions will be displayed and they’ll be blocked completely in Firefox 41

As for security, the below image illustrates what has been fixed in Firefox 40,

This update will be rolled out within the next day or so within the standard methods, Firefox might also need to revise the new version naming, otherwise it won’t be long before we reach Firefox 100 and above.

Thank You Firefox Notes for providing us with this information

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Here Are the First Signs That Microsoft Is Getting Ready for the Windows 10 Launch

As the release date for Microsoft’s latest Windows build draws near, we see the company taking the first steps in prepping for their most anticipated date, July 29th. If you are a Windows Insider, you might already be familiar with the company’s recent move.

As of Monday, Microsoft suspended all new preview builds for Windows 10, stating that the next build will be rolled out on the production channels. However, Microsoft still needs a lot of testing before the launch date, so they are most likely focusing on wrapping up the clean install and upgrade process so that Windows Insiders can test and flag any major problems that could arise during the installation or upgrade process. There were a lot of problems with the Windows 8.1 update, especially with the Update 1, where users were even forced to clean install the OS after encountering serious problems during the upgrade process.

To be noted is that even pre-release activation keys will not work on earlier versions of Windows 10 preview builds. There is no word if Microsoft will release a fresh batch of keys for users who still didn’t get a chance to test Windows 10, but they will most likely be forced to upgrade from earlier Windows versions, since Microsoft is expecting a lot of people to migrate to the latest build after it launches.

The move to suspend preview builds also hints at the release of the first RTM build, which was expected last week. This means that the build will be shipped soon enough to OEMs such as Dell, Acer, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo to install and start shipping Windows 10-powered PCs on July 29th.

Thank you PCWorld for providing us with this information

Say Goodbye to Metro Skype App

Microsoft says that the Metro version of Skype is not that popular and it won’t continue with it. All users will be moved over to the Desktop version next month, having the Metro service close on the 7th of July. That’s in less than a month now, so wouldn’t an earlier heads up be nice?

Even so, Microsoft says that it wouldn’t make sense to have two apps delivering the same service on its latest operating system, namely Windows 10, since both Desktop and Metro apps will now open and interact in the same way. They say that while Skype for desktop is made for keyboard and mouse use, it does very well with touch input too.

While Metro Skype will redirect everyone to download the Desktop version of Skype after the 7th of July, Windows RT users will still be able to use the Metro version until upgrading to Windows 10.

We heard that Microsoft is planning on integrating the Skype feature in the latest Windows build, but we don’t know what it will include exactly. ZDNet states that Microsoft is also planning on releasing a dedicated Skype bundle. This means a new and improved Skype Messaging, Phone and Video service will be rolling out in the near future.

The exact release date of the new Skype bundle is not yet clear, but rumour has it that Microsoft plans to make it available to existing Windows 10 users sometime this fall. So what do you want to see in the new version of Skype? Let us know!

Thank you ZDNet for providing us with this information

Microsoft Listed the Features You Won’t See in Windows 10

As the release of Microsoft’s latest distribution of Windows approaches, we all need to be informed on what changes to expect from the company. This is why the company listed a few deprecated features for users to know what the final build will miss compared to previous versions.

Of course, we will see some driver compatibility issues at first with older hardware, but we are more interested in what features are not included compared to Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. From what we can see, Microsoft is stripping out the Media Center completely, along with Windows 7’s gadgets.

Solitaire, Minesweeper and Hearts Games will be removed as soon as users upgrade to Windows 10, but the latest distribution is said to come with a new version of the latter games named Microsoft Solitaire Collection and Microsoft Minesweeper. Also, I don’t think anyone is using a Floppy Disk nowadays, but it’s nice to see you can still get support for it through additional drivers. The full list of deprecated features can be viewed below:

Feature deprecation section

  • If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center and you install Windows 10, Windows Media Center will be removed.
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
  • Windows 7 desktop gadgets will be removed as part of installing Windows 10.
  • Windows 10 Home users will have updates from Windows Update automatically available. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users will have the ability to defer updates.
  • Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts Games that come pre-installed on Windows 7 will be removed as part of installing the Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft has released our version of Solitaire and Minesweeper called the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” and “Microsoft Minesweeper.”
  • If you have a USB floppy drive, you will need to download the latest driver from Windows Update or from the manufacturer’s website.
  • If you have Windows Live Essentials installed on your system, the OneDrive application is removed and replaced with the inbox version of OneDrive.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information

Synology Release the Final Version of DSM 5.2

After a beta run, Synology has released the latest update to their award-winning NAS operating system DiskStation Manager (DSM) version 5.2. The new version of the system brings a list of fixes but also a list of useful features and improvements on the already great system. Among the improvements are improved security, better network management, and the refined Note Station.

Security is an important factor and Synology gives provides a duality of this with AppArmor and SMB3 encryption for your local network. The AppArmor supports package profiles and can defend against potential security threats while the integration of SMB3 encryption allows DiskStation users a secure file transfer between their Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 systems and their NAS.

The Cloud Station also got an upgrade with a more beautiful and flexible system. You now have the ability to customize the maximum number of file versions according to shared folder, get a totally redesigned system tray menu, and an overall improved and optimized system requiring fewer system resources. You can also sync between your DiskStation and the public cloud and it’s never been easier than now. You can set bidirectional or one-way sync for greater flexibility, encrypt data before sending it to the public cloud services, and you got the choice of Amazon S3, regional services (SFR, hicloud, Megafon Disk, Yandex Disk), or WebDAV cloud storage sites.

The network connections also been improved and the DiskStations now supports ALB Link Aggregation and failover without the need for a costly switch and the hassle of setting up your 802.3ad, which can be a very tricky situation. You simply get more options for a better throughput and speed using your current hardware.

Synology also added the Web Clipper extension for Chrome which allows users to quickly and easily save interesting web content to their Note Station for later reference. The comprehensive task management features will let you organize to-do lists according to different notes, priority, and due dates. This is a feature that really can make your everyday life easier, just as the NAS in itself did when you got it.

The new SSO Server transforms your DiskStation into a Single Sign-On server, helping to streamline the authentication process when logging into various DSM services. In addition, the software containerization solution Docker is available on select Synology NAS models, allowing for the deployment of more packages, such as Redmine, GitLab, and LXQT.

Synology users should be able to download the new Operating System directly from the NAS dashboard and those who participated in the beta program should also check if they are among the reward winners.

Windows XP Has More Users than Windows 8.x, Not Bad for an OS That Is 14 Years Old

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that there are still many people using Windows XP. Though, it may be surprising to learn that the desktop market share of the 14 year old OS has more market share than the recent Windows 8 versions (Win 8/ Win 8.1).

According to Net Application’s collected data Windows 8.x ended March with 14.07% of the market share for desktops. Windows XP ended the month with 16.94%, beating Windows 8.x by 2.87%.  Going back to November 2014 Windows 8.x had a combined market share of 18.65% against XP at 13.57%. Surprisingly November 2014 was the only month that Win 8.x beat out XP. This is pretty surprising given that XP is no longer officially supported by Microsoft, with support having been ended a year ago. Could this be the reason for Microsoft saying that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade? It would be a safe bet just by looking at the numbers, and with Windows 10 actually looking pretty great, it is a win for everyone.

Source: Hot Hardware

In Win 707 Full-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Following hot on the heels of our review of the gorgeous In Win 703 Mid-Tower, which was one of the best value for money mid-towers we’ve ever reviewed! We’ll now be taking a look at the 703’s big brother, the 707 Full-Tower chassis.

The 707 is designed for high-end gaming system builds and comes with an impressive array of specifications that make it perfect for the job. There’s room for huge E-ATX motherboards, some of the larger PSUs on the market, eight expansion slots and eight hard drive bays. You’ll also find an impressive array of fan and radiator mounting options, with a huge 206mm of clearance for a CPU tower cooler; more than enough for any high-end rendering, workstation or gaming system.

The left side panel has a huge tinted window, which will be perfect for showing off your system. Those of you who are fans of In Win products will notice that this is the same side panel as the In Win GR-One, which is due to the fact that the 707 is based around the GR-One, but it has of course been tweaked and improved significantly, as you’ll see throughout this review.

Both the left and the right side panel are cut from thick steel, so there’s no chance of them flexing or rattling anytime soon. Both panels are held in place by a pair of thumbscrews at the back for easy access and you’ll also find an extra fan vent on the right side panel, which is great for shifting any unwanted heat from your motherboards VRM.

The front panel of the 707 is absolutely stunning and while the colours look miss-matched due to my camera flash, the aluminium finish on the front panel and the plastic cover of the 5.25″ drive bays matches up very nicely under normal lighting conditions. It’s also one of the coolest looking front panels I’ve seen and the red trim certainly adds to the overall aesthetics.

Around the back of the 707, you’ll find four rubber routing grommets at the top, a 140/120mm fan mount with a 140mm fan pre-installed, eight expansion slots and a lot of extra ventilation down one side.

The top panel has room for up to three 120mm fans, or a water cooling radiator of up to 360mm.

The front I/O panel is nicely designed and features all the usual connections.

There are four large feet on the base, which provide great stability while also giving ample ground clearance for any bottom mounted cooling. There are two clip-in mesh filters on the base, one for the PSU air intake, the other on the bottom fan/radiator mounts.

Tinder Plus Set to Launch This Monday

It looks like a new version of the Tinder app is set to launch on Monday. Bearing the name of Tinder Plus, the app is said to include some new features compared to the free version at a $9.99 price tag.

There is also mention of a subscription package within the app, leading to the conclusion that Tinder is yet again trying to set a new pricing structure. So far, the current version of the app is known to include subscription packages ranging from $0.99 to $19.99 per month.

A subscription to Tinder Plus is said to grant the user the Rewind feature, granting him or her the ability to reverse previous left swipes. The Passport feature seems to come in the new version as well, expanding a user’s searches beyond the current geographical location set by the smartphone.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

NZXT Introduced New S340 Color Edition Cases

It isn’t that long time ago that NZXT introduced the black and white coloured S340 chassis that was very well received everywhere. Now they’re back with two new dual-coloured versions of this beautiful and price-competitive case, one in black and red and one in black and blue.

The NZXT S340 is made from cold-rolled steel and has a front-bay-less design for increased aesthetics while still bringing all the features you’d like in a case. Support for AIO coolers, PSU shroud, support for extra long graphics cards and much more.

The new version adds either a red or blue accent to the top of the front panel, and also a hint of it inside on the cable cover bracket. Both red and blue are common motherboard and GPU colours, allowing users to build some beautiful colour themed builds in this chassis.

The two new versions aren’t limited to specific vendors like some of the ones we’ve seen in the past, but will be available in Europe early 2015 for a similar price as the current version, €69.99.

Thanks to NZXT for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of NZXT

Lian Li Releases Windowed Version of the PC-Q33

Lian Li has released a windowed version of their PC-Q33 flip-open mini-ITX case, the PC-Q33W. The new version is exactly the same as the previous except that it has a window on each side panel. This is of course aimed at DIY builders that want to show off their fancy little mITX build.

The 18 liter case supports CPU coolers up to 180mm, ATX PSUs up to 200mm, and low-profile GPUs up to 220mm. You can fit three 2.5-inch and two 3.5-inch drives into it and it also has support for one 120mm AIO cooler.

The windowed version is available for both the silver and the black variant and it has a suggested retail price of $124.99. The sad news is that it is North America only for now, though I’m sure that it’s just a matter of time before everyone in the world will be able to get their hands on one.

Thanks to Lian Li for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Lian Li

Windows 10 Will Be Version 10.0, Not 6.4

Microsoft Windows has forever had an incredibly complex numbering scheme. With all its different versions and sub-versions – 3.x, 9.x, NT, many have struggled to understand how Windows 7 was seventh and equally how Windows 8 was eighth.

Well with Windows 10, Microsoft shook everything up, jumping a whole number. You’d think this would make everything even more complicated, but now Microsoft is planning to set things straight.

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will actually be version 10.0, not 6.4 (which is what it would have been). This should finally solve any numbering confusion.

The company has said that the new numbering shouldn’t cause any compatibility problems, although developers have plenty of time to be sure of that before Windows 10 is released to the public late next year.

Source: The Verge

 

The Pirate Bay Rolls Out New Mobile Website

Piracy has always been a serious issues for law enforcement agencies, governments and multimedia corporations. There have been numerous attempts aimed at stopping piracy throughout the years, but all failed. Looking at The Pirate Bay for example, it even had an increase in traffic recently, despite all the crack-down attempts so far. The latest news however further tells us that the popular torrent website isn’t going to fade away anytime soon too.

The team over at The Pirate Bay is said to have made a mobile version of its website, extending the reach of its piracy content to the mobile sphere. The previous website which users were taken to when accessed on a mobile device is said to have been basically a shrunken version of the desktop version. It was not very responsive and usable from a mobile device, as Ubergizmo states, but that is bound to change.

“The normal version of the site renders like crap on mobile devices. We will add more features later on, such as personal RSS feeds so users can browse torrents at work or school, and start the downloads at home.” The Pirate Bay team states.

The new version is said to be more mobile-friendly, as per the picture above detailing the mobile version in comparison to the old shrunken-down version, and aims to deliver its website’s content on-the-go to users who do not have a desktop or laptop in front of them. This however will not be good news for record labels, publishers and movie studios, who might think that the new ‘optimization’ would further increase piracy activities.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information
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New Version of Valve Steam Controller Comes With Analogue Stick

Valve is going forward with its Steam controller, making changes and releasing new and improved versions. Its latest sneak peek of the new Steam controller version which is currently in development shows that the controller comes with an analogue stick for the very first time, as seen in the pic below.

This new version is said to represent the third major design change shown to the public so far. The original prototype of the Steam controller revealed in September had fewer buttons and two large trackpads, along with a touchscreen. The second one show in January had its touchscreen removed and received two symmetrical sets of ABXY face buttons.

Valve is said to have avoided the analogue stick in previous versions because it wanted to replicate the controller experience using haptic feedback infused trackpads in the form of weighted electro-magnets. Either way, it is not currently certain if this will be the final version of the Steam controller or more changes are to be made before its release.

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information
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Raspberry Pi ‘B+’ To Come with More USB Ports and Improved Power Management

The miniaturized computer known as Raspberry Pi, a device for developers and users wanting to create cool stuff as a hobby, has not changed in the past two years. This means that the computer has, more or less, had the same specs and features as it first launched a little over two years ago.

However, the newest addition tends to bring some change to all of the mainstream models so far. It is said that the Raspberry Pi “B+”, the new addition to the family, may still have the same BCM2835 processor and the same amount of RAM, namely 512 MB, as the original version, but it uses less power. In addition, the new version has more connectivity options and other upgrades compared to the previous Raspberry Pi Model B. Below are the key upgrades made to the B+ version as stated by Eben Upton, the creator of the Raspberry Pi computer, as well as a list of model comparison between all Raspberry Pi versions:

  • More GPIO: The GPIO header has grown to 40 pins, while retaining the same pinout for the first 26 pins as the Model B.
  • More USB: We now have 4 USB 2.0 ports, compared to 2 on the Model B, and better hotplug and overcurrent behaviour.
  • Micro SD: The old friction-fit SD card socket has been replaced with a much nicer push-push micro SD version.
  • Lower power consumption: By replacing linear regulators with switching ones we’ve reduced power consumption by between 0.5W and 1W.
  • Better audio: The audio circuit incorporates a dedicated low-noise power supply.
  • Neater form factor: We’ve aligned the USB connectors with the board edge, moved composite video onto the 3.5mm jack, and added four squarely-placed mounting holes.

It is said that the new Raspberry Pi Model still uses a 5V Micro-USB power supply, but is able to manage more devices thanks to the improved power management. Though the Model B+ is out and available for everyone out there, the Raspberry Pi Foundation are said to still keep the original Model B in production as long as demand still exist for it. The new version is said to be sold through the Element 14 and RS Components stores.

Thank you Arstechnica for providing us with this information
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Google Releases Dart 1.1, Improves JavaScript Performance

Google released its own JavaScript alternative, Dart, a couple of months ago, while claiming to be just as good if not better than the common JavaScript. While Dart is really good in its own V8 JavaScript engine, it did not perform as well when compiled with the help of its own dart2java tool in a normal JavaScript code. And since no browser do not use native Dart applications, it did not look so good.

But it seems that Google released a new version, Dart 1.1, which Google developer Seth Ladd states it fixed the performance problems with the converted JavaScript code. It now shows an increase of around 25% or more (depending on the benchmark) compared to previous code from Dart 1.0.

“Dart2js now generates JavaScript that performs as well as, if not better than, the idiomatic JavaScript equivalent,” Ladd wrote in his article.

Ladd also mentions that there is increasing interest in using Dart for server-side applications. The new Dart 1.1 comes with extra features, including support for large file, process signal handlers, file copy, as well as accessing the UDP networking protocol and terminal information, making it easier to write streaming media applications.

Furthermore, HTTP stack has been optimized, along with decrease in latency for various I/O operations. The Dart language spec as well as other documentation has also been updated to meet the new changes in the newer version.

Thank you The Register for providing us with this information

Ratings and Reviews Added in the Latest Microsoft Store Update for Windows Phones

Microsoft has recently updated their Store application for Windows Phone to version 2.3 which is said to bring improved customer experience in the catalog, but according to WP Central the store is still a little slow and confusing to use as no category for phones exists and users also need to use search to find Nokia Lumia devices.

In spite of the above, the new 2.3 version displays ratings and reviews for products, as well as allowing users to add shortcuts to the favorite categories. Another neat feature pointed out is the ability to see what’s going on at your local store directly form the Microsoft Store app. If you want to attend an event at your local store, you can use the app to view a schedule of what’s happening there in the next few weeks.

Windows Phone users can also browse the app to shop online for products available through the Microsoft Store. A list of the store’s features and improvements can be viewed below:

Features:

  • Find your nearest Microsoft Store
  • See store details including hours, map and directions
  • Schedule an Answer Desk, Personal Training, Personal Shopping or Business Consultation appointment
  • View events happening at a particular store
  • See latest Microsoft Store news from Facebook, Twitter and the Microsoft Blog
  • Shop for Microsoft Store products online

New in version 2.3:

  • Improved customer experience in the catalog
  • Ratings and reviews for products
  • Favorite shortcut to your favorite categories

It is not a massive improvement, as the Store app still needs a lot of work added to it, but at least Microsoft is taking things further instead of the other way around. For more information about the latest Store update you can head on over to the Windows Phone website here.

Thank you WP Central for providing us with this information

Oculus Rift Not Needed for EVE Valkyrie


Hilmar Petersson, CEO of CCP announced that people were playing without Oculus Rift since there was a limited number going around at the development studio. When asked if the game could launch with both VR and non-VR versions he replied: “It could be a game like that, absolutely.”

Being a stand-alone version and only a multiplayer, not interacting with the EVE universe as much as Dust 514 does, the game may see versions on quite a few platforms, including current and next gen consoles.

However it’s to early to be saying anything definitively one way or another. The game isn’t due out until sometime next year, possibly around the time the consumer version of Oculus Rift gets released. What there is to point out is that the VR experience is “the core” of what Valkyrie is trying to achieve.

The Valkyrie idea grew out of a tech demo that turned heads internally and then turned heads externally when it was shared at the Eve FanFest. Now the game is currently being shaped by a team of 20 CCP members from Newcastle, led by former senior producer of Mirror’s Edge, a “somewhat of an expert in tight, motion sickness-inducing gameplay” as Petersson stated.

The game is announced to be released in 2014 and could be a major turnaround to how MMO and gaming alike is experienced.

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Thank you NextPowerUp and Eurogamer for providing us with this information.

Image and video courtesy of NextPowerUp.