Jonathan Blow's "the Witness" Will Support Valve VR | The Witness


Jonathan Blow’s “the Witness” Will Support Valve VR | The Witness

The Witness developer endorses Valve’s new VR system.

Jonathan Blow, the creator of Braid and the upcoming game The Witness, announced today that his game would support Valve’s announced virtual reality system, as well as other VR devices. 

Valve’s system, announced earlier this month at Steam Dev Days. According to Lee Vermeulen, who got a chance to try out the system, it’s a step up from the current VR frontrunner Occulus Rift; 

The resolution difference is massive, I couldn’t detect any visible latency, but most importantly the head position tracking seemed perfect. The actual feeling of presence was there – something I don’t image Oculus will have for years.

Late last year, Jonathan Blow tweeted a picture hinting at the stereoscopic rendering that would be necessary for VR development. While he couldn’t talk about it directly there, it started accurate speculation about the Witness being developed with virtual reality in mind. 

 In November of last year, Blow started experimenting with creating scenes from the Witness that are playable on the system, and in theory the whole game is playable on Valve’s VR device. 

Blow writes on the Witness blog that he feels that VR is an important part of the future of game development: 

Right away I could see games you might design for this system that had been impossible before; so it isn’t just a matter of the system being very immersive (which it is) but that it can take video games in general to a new place.

Overall this seems like a very positive endorsement for the Valve VR system. 

What do you think of the rise of VR? 

Apple decorates WWDC venue with “Where a whole new world is developing” banner


Apple decorates WWDC venue with “Where a whole new world is developing” banner

Apple has begun decorating San Francisco’s Moscone West convention center in preparation for WWDC 2013, which is set to kick off on Monday.

Banners now grace the walls of the venue of this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, featuring the WWDC 2013 logo first unveiled when Apple announced the dates of the event in April. In addition, the banners feature the tagline “Where a whole new world is developing.”

Read more: WWDC 2016: Dates, how to get tickets and what to expect

[Via Apple Insider]

SEE: Decoding Apple’s WWDC 2013 logo: what does it mean?

Apple on Monday released its WWDC 2013 companion app, providing attendees with maps and schedules for the conference, developers unable to attend the event with daily videos from the event, and everyone else with the latest news. The app sports a flatter, more minimalist design than previous years – a style expected to be on its way for the entire iOS user interface with iOS 7.

Apple has said that developers will be treated to an “in-depth look” at the future of iOS and OS X during WWDC, which we expect means the unveiling of iOS 7 and OS X 10.9. Apple could also use WWDC 2013 to launch new Macs, including a new Mac Pro, as well as MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineup refreshes.

SEE: What to expect from Apple at WWDC 2013

All 5000 tickets for WWDC, which set developers back more than £1000 each, sold within two minutes of going on sale in April, a new record for Apple. Last year, it took around two hours for the tickets to sell out.

See also:

Apple is growing; why not WWDC?

Apple site hints at sharp-cornered app icons in iOS 7

iPhone 6 release date, rumours and leaked images

How much will Apple change iOS and OS X?

New iPhone ‘will launch in October’


New iPhone ‘will launch in October’

The new iPhone is coming soon – but not as soon as some may have thought, it has been claimed.

The All Things Digital blog reports that a source with inside knowledge claims the iPhone 5 will launch in October, not September.

Last week, the China Times reported that the iPhone 5 would launch between 6 and 15 September.

But the source claims that though reports that US mobile network AT&T was blocking staff from taking holidays in the last weeks of September might be true, it isn’t in preparation for an Apple launch.

When pressed by All Things Digital about the launch date for the iPhone 5 the source said October, but did not give a precise date.

Of course, it looks as if the iPhone 5 will be announced in September – Apple traditionally holds a music-themed event in that month, though iPhone announcements usually come at WWDC in June, though that didn’t happen this year. It is entirely conceivable that an iPhone 5 could be announced but not actually launch for a few weeks after that. The big question is, though – will there be more than one new iPhone announced?

Microsoft updates Office 2004


Microsoft updates Office 2004

Microsoft has released Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.2.4 Update.

The company describes the new software as fixing “vulnerabilities in Office 2004 for Mac that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.”

The 57.5MB update, which is for all versions of the suite and its constituent applications, integrates all previously released Office 2004 for Mac updates, and also addresses issues in PowerPoint 2004 and Entourage 2004.

The new software is available for English, German, French, Italian, Swedish, Japanese and Dutch language versions and requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 (or higher) and a G3-powered Mac or better.

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Macs ‘no brainer’ for London recording studio


Macs ‘no brainer’ for London recording studio

London recording studio Sahara Sound boasts such clients as The Darkness, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, Scissor Sisters, Stereophonics and Travis – and the whole facility relies on Apple hardware and software.

Producer Seth Mowshowitz told Apple: “The full integration of the laptops, the desktops, the wireless network and the .Mac accounts are what makes our workflow possible.”

“The PowerBooks are indispensable. We’re also a bunch of musicians here – we design, we produce and we write music. So it really helps to have one device through which we can achieve all of these tasks,” he added.

No brainer

Chief engineer Javier Weyler said: “Kitting out the studio with Apple technology was a no-brainer. There was no question that we’d use anything else. You have the professional software you need on the Mac – it’s an industry standard.

“No one who is serious about the music business works with PCs (except perhaps for composing). Although I must admit, we do have one rather lonely PC, which we keep in the corner and occasionally use for accounts.”

“All round, the Mac is a sturdier machine, easier to troubleshoot and more solid to work with”, he said.

Apple iPod partner Inventec breaks IPO market record


Apple iPod partner Inventec breaks IPO market record

One Apple’s main iPod component suppliers in Asia sold its shares on Taiwan’s Stock Market for the first time today and posted the biggest one-day rise for an initial offering in the market’s history.

Inventec Appliances stock ended the day at NT$140.5 ($4.17) per share, up more than 30 per cent from its offering price of NT$108, thanks to the work it does for Apple, stock market analysts said.

The Taiwanese contract electronics maker has become famous for making iPods, despite an official policy not to talk about its customers. But at a recent press conference to talk up Tuesday’s stock market listing Inventec executives said they had been working with Apple since 1993, and hinted at recent orders from the company.

Alex Kao, a vice president at Masterlink Securities in Taipei, said the ties to Apple helped Inventec Appliances’ stock market debut overcome an otherwise hostile environment for stocks.

“I thought it could have been even better, but the overall market isn’t very good right now,” he said.

Taiwan’s main stock index has dropped 6.5 per cent since the beginning of October, closing Thursday at 5,721.31.

Inventec also produces its own line of mobile phones under the OKWAP brand and makes other small gadgets on behalf of clients.

The Taiwanese company’s revenue rose to NT$72.2 billion ($2.14 billion) during the nine-month period ending September 30, from NT$42.2 billion during the same period last year. Its net income for the first nine months this year was NT$2.29 billion.

Won't Blame You If You Don't Believe This, But Half-Life 3 Is Confirmed | Half Life 3


Won’t Blame You If You Don’t Believe This, But Half-Life 3 Is Confirmed | Half Life 3

We can’t believe it and we don’t blame you for doubting too. But this is real folks. Half-Life 3 is confirmed for a 2015 release!

*Editor’s Note* This is a  hoax. The article was in celebration of April Fools’ Day. Please treat any information in this article as false. However, please feel free to click the link below which leads to a very well made fan trailer for Half Life 3. Thank You!

OMG! HOLY CRAP! OMG! OMG! GASP GASP!! SHhjbljkdnhkfojnhpoknhloaiju;l!!!!! Yeah, you get the point.

The day has finally come! Rejoice fellow Freemans, for Valve has finally announced HALF-LIFE 3!!! WOOOOT!!!  

Sources at Valve confirmed the news earlier this morning: 

“We are proud to finally announce that yes, we are working on Half-Life 3 and we are working toward a fall 2015 release.”

If you have been living under a rock, on Mars, or anywhere outside the proximity of Earth, then let me explain some things. 

Half-Life is a game released by Valve back in good ol’ 1998. The game was so great that it spawned a popular mod which eventually became what we know as Counter Strike. After that, Half-Life 2 came out and revolutionized what a first person shooter could be on a PC.

A few years later, Valve releases the Orange Box, which contains a well-known game called Portal, which is based in the Half-Life universe. So needless to say, the Half-Life franchise is incredibly important to gaming culture and is one of the staples of the gaming industry.

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However, since the release of the last episodic expansion for Half-Life 2, titled Half-Life 2: Episode 2, back in 2007, no official information has come out to suggest that Valve would release a new Half-Life or even if it was in development at all. Some rumors even suggested that Valve would never revisit the game because of being focused on other franchises like Counter Strike or Left 4 Dead.

Well those naysayers were wrong, weren’t they? MWAHAHAHAH.

Let me say that I am so glad to finally know that a new game in one of my most beloved franchises is finally going to release. I don’t even care if I have to play it on SteamOS or buy a SteamBox. It will be well worth it! I can finally know what happened to Gordon and Alyx. I can finally see a next-gen version of that famous red crow bar. I can finally play Half-Life 3!

So are you as excited about Half-Life 3 as I am? Please comment below and share.

Destiny servers going down for maintenance ahead of Rise of Iron livestream


Destiny servers going down for maintenance ahead of Rise of Iron livestream

Bungie has announced it will be taking the servers down for Destiny on June 9, 2016 for a scheduled maintenance.

The scheduled maintenance is taking place the same day as Bungie has scheduled a Destiny-related livestream, which was announced just last week. The maintenance will kick off at 8am PT and is expected to complete prior to 1pm PT. Starting at 8am PT, players will not be able to log into Destiny in order to prepare for maintenance. Then, at 9am PT, players will be removed from all activities as Destiny’s servers will be taken offline. As usual, Guardians will receive prior notice via in-game messaging to alert them to the upcoming server maintenance period.

Coincidentally, the livestream will begin at 10am PT / 1pm ET, which Bungie plans on offering its first glimpse at what awaits Guardians later this year. Whether or not tomorrow’s maintenance has anything to do with Bungie’s upcoming livestream is yet unknown, but seeing how both are scheduled on the same day and will take place around the same time makes us believe Guardians should expect something from tomorrow’s announcement to be immediately available in Destiny.

Earlier today, we learned Destiny: Rise of Iron will release on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this fall thanks to a leak that came directly from Bungie. The Rise of Iron expansion involves a centuries-old wall along the southern border of Old Russia collapsing, allowing Fallen mutants to scavenge tombs of the Golden Age. What they unearth turns out to be more dangerous than even the Fallen can understand.

TLOU: Remastered Photo Mode Coming Via Day One Patch, Lack Of In-Game Footage Due To "Quick Fire Nature of Project"


TLOU: Remastered Photo Mode Coming Via Day One Patch, Lack Of In-Game Footage Due To “Quick Fire Nature of Project”

The Last of Us: Remastered on Playstation 4 will come with a Photo Mode, pretty similar to the one included by Sucker Punch in Infamous: Second Son.

Today, Naughty Dog’s Community Manager Arne Meyer shared some more details about The Last of Us: Remastered’s Photo Mode.

The Last of Us: Remastered

Arne revealed that photo mode will be added to The Last of Us: Remastered via day one patch which will also include Grounded DLC and documentary on the making of The Last of Us. However details regarding the exact working of Photo Mode in The Last of Us: Remastered was still not shared.

One of the things that we wanted to include was the share mode, especially after we saw the reaction for the inFamous photo mode, Arne Meyer told Eurogamer. As to how exactly it’ll work, there are still no concrete details. Generally speaking we want to break the camera so you can move around, with depth of field. We were already experimenting with that. We don’t have a full feature list just yet.

It’s something that’s added in the day one patch,” Meyer continued. “It’s just to add a couple of features. It was one of things where if we wanted to hit our timeline and do a couple of extra things it’s in that day one patch.

Arne also revealed the reason behind the lack of in-game gameplay footage, he stated that its due to quick-fire nature of the project that there’s little footage shown till date.

We’d have liked to show more,” said Meyer. “Even from a technical side we would have liked more than six months to do something. It’s really come down to how we’ve had to put the game together really quickly. We’ve set a date for ourselves, and honouring a year anniversary felt right. It was driven by a timeline. The game came together that fast.

The Last of Us: Remastered is scheduled to launch on July 29 exclusively on Playstation 4.

IBM: Security threat prevention isn’t ‘dead’ yet!


IBM: Security threat prevention isn’t ‘dead’ yet!

There’s been much discussion in the security industry that preventing malware-based infiltrations into the enterprise is nigh on impossible, and the new security mantra should be “rapid detection is the new prevention.” On that, IBM begs to differ.

“There’s a lot of talk in the industry that prevention is dead,'” says Marc van Zadelhoff, vice president strategy, product management and alliances, IBM Security Systems, which today introduced software and services oriented around the counter-argument that prevention ought to be a realistic expectation in IT security defense. “In our view, sure it’s hard, but it’s possible.” It’s not a 100% guarantee that prevention will always be possible, he acknowledges, but prevention should be the focus of enterprise security strategy.

To that end, IBM is offering what it calls the IBM Threat Protection System, which includes an endpoint security agent for Microsoft Windows and the Apple Mac that was developed out of the Rapport software that IBM gained in its acquisition of of security firm Trusteer.

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The Rapport software has been widely distributed by financial services firms to online banking customers to protect them against financially-focused malware threats like ZeuS botnets. IBM took that core anti-malware technology and developed additional software intended for the enterprise which it calls the Apex Malware Prevention capability. It takes on detection of zero-day attacks by looking at how malware is behaving and blocking actions against the user that are deemed malicious. “It stops it from installing,” says van Zadelhoff.

As part of this, IBM is also offering what it calls the Threat Detection Appliance which can integrate threat intelligence gathered by the Apex endpoint software and share it with IBM’s security information and resource management product, QRadar, which is used for security management.

As part of its threat-protection push this week, IBM has also established a program called Critical Data Protection in which its security advisers will help companies identify the most critical and sensitive information the company has to determine how best to secure it.

“It’s about the crown jewels,” says Kris Lovejoy, general manager of IBM Security Services. She notes that insurance companies want to write cyber-insurance policies around the “crown jewels” of an organization but one challenge is that many times the IT department isn’t necessarily even aware of where those jewels actually exist in the massive amounts of data stored in some companies.

Ellen Messmer is senior editor at Network World, an IDG website, where she covers news and technology trends related to information security. Twitter: MessmerE. E-mail: [email protected]

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