Video games as a recreational pastime have been slowly exploding in popularity since the release of the first home console, the 1972 Magnavox. Throughout it all there have been games that were burnt into our cultural memories, games so popular that their names still reverberate to this day.
Electronic Arts is one of few companies that have been there throughout most of this modern gaming era (founded in May 1982 by gaming legend Trip Hawkins), they have had many years to build one hell of a gaming catalog. Reaching deep into this back catalog EA looks to be preparing a reboot of an all time classic, Desert Strike.
Fans of the original Desert Strike series may soon be taken back to 1992, back to the year Desert Strike first took over the console and computer gaming world. While there have been a number of follow up games it has been nearly 20 years since the 1997 release of Nuclear Strike, the last real Strike game.
Anyone that’s had a cat knows that they can tend to demand attention, the purpose of these affections has now been revealed, and it seems there is a plan. Charged with many roles our pets provide far more than we ever suspected. Their roles far more defined than we could ever believe.
Little did we know that a cats behavior is no random happen-stance, cats, and other pets for that matter, have a plan, and who would have guessed it’s all laid out in the cat manual, “Taking care of Your Human.” The hugely popular video provides a unique perspective of feline world, drawing us in with its cleverly constructed cuteness then providing an advertisement punch line, this is an advertisement for Purina kitty litter after all.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is this cats take on our human world. Sit back, relax and warm up your happy face this one’s a grinner. Be sure that any house pets are out of the room too, they can’t know that we know, it may upset the balance.
Finding the perfect present for the person that has everything is now an easy task with the cyborg cockroach Roboroach. By far our favourite present that no one believes is real Roboroach is a high tech remote control for a cockroach, cockroach not included.
Far from science fiction this is a real device that once attached to your pet cockroach will allow you to control left and right movements via an iPhone app. Backyard Brains have single handily created the world’s first cyborg kit while simultaneously managing to gross out almost the entire world.
Roboroach is one of those polarizing products that you will love it or hate, and as with most polarizing products it forces us to face some weighty issues. When I first started this article it was with he assumption that Roboroach was simply a cool gadget for Christmas, watching the video however made my stomach turn. Yet this technology may bring with it many positives, we still have much to learn about neural circuits and neural biology. So should we take an early ethical hit to help in the future?
AMD’s APU13 developers conference is well under way and the news continues to flow thick and fast. AMD it seems has its own technological revolution underway, a revolution that began with consoles adopting PC technology. A revolution that is now taking over the PC world with technology perfected within the PS4.
With the release of the next generation consoles out of the way AMD is now free to introduce this technology to the PC. Technology that includes hUMA memory architecture, TrueAudio DSP’s and Mantle compatible next generation GPU cores.
The first of these next generation PC products will be the Kaveri desktop APU, to be followed shortly after by the ultra low power APU’s Beema and Mullins. AMD’s recently demonstrated Project Discovery tablet is based on the Mullins APU. All of which will be on show at the highly anticipated CES conference, January 2014.
Qualcomm, makers of the silicon running a world of portable devices is getting into the watches, smart watches to be precise. The makers of SnapDragon have this week announced the release of the Toq smartwatch.
In a market crowded by big name companies and vapourware galore Qualcomm needs to have one hell of a party trick to ensure success, it does and its call a Mirasol Display. An always on full colour, full frame rate display that looks better when faced with outdoor lighting.
The ticless Toq smartwatch is set for release on December 2, cyber Monday in the states, for that not unsubstantial price of $350 USD, ordered through Qualcomm’s website.
Sony Entertainment has stoked the publicity fires in the build up to the release of the Breaking Bad box set, like throwing petrol on a fire messing with an ending is dangerous stuff. This ending however dares to take Breaking Bad in a whole new direction, and wins by making that direction hilarious.
Combining two of his favourite roles Bryan Cranston revels in this chance to see worlds collide, a collision that doesn’t often end well as proven by mash-ups. This alternative ending though is one of those rare gems that works, and works well.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the alternative ending that will have you watching the whole series over again. Sit back, relax and prepare to be taken away to this alternative universe of comedy.
Blipverts, the stories that you may have missed while you were looking the other way. Here to help us this week with the Blipvert selection process is our local Microsoft Azure server, a server we lovingly named DeathStar001.
DeathStar001 has joined us for the week to help with cloud server testing but early on we realized he had a talent for finding interesting stories that went under the radar. Our personal favorite has to be the Russian driving video with a twist, the Russian military driving video. This time round the world’s largest hovercraft is filmed landing on a busy beach in Russia, spectacular.
Also be sure not to miss robot suicide, F-Type Coupe spotted, the SR-72 concept, a new Highpants construction, the Mi3 smart phone and the Taranis stealth drone visits Australia.
Speaking at a Nation Press Club event in Canberra Australia, Russian security expert Eugene Kaspersky caused a stir when he informed reporters that the International Space Station (ISS) has been infected by malware.
Even though the ISS has no internet connection in a traditional sense the flow of human traffic provides the perfect vector for electronic viruses, especially the USB sticks and laptops that they bring. Apparently this is not an uncommon situation aboard ISS. In the early days a number of PC’s were running Windows XP and this was an issue, switching many of these machines to Linux has reduced the impact.
“The space guys from time-to-time are coming with USBs, which are infected. I’m not kidding. I was talking to Russian space guys and they said, ‘yeah, from time-to-time there are viruses on the space station,’” Kaspersky told reporters.
Need for Speed and Ken Block present Gymkhana 6, the tyre melting insanity continues. Ken Block, the man that can turn any straight piece of tarmac into a million corners has returned to demonstrate his sideways abilities on a more traditional gymkhana grid. Gymkhana 6 drops back to the simplicity of open tarmac, no Hollywood sets or city street backdrops this time around.
Blocks aim for Gymkhana 6 was to build the ultimate Gymkhana course; he then proceeds to melt his tyres across its entirety. Four wheel drifting the EcoBoost rally car through the real world video game course Block once again demonstrates why he is the king of getting sideways.
As racing advisor for Need for Speed Rivals Gymkhana 6 is simply the most public product of his involvement with the game. This is however his chance to put the pedal to the metal in his 2013 Ford Fiesta ST RX43 rally car (650bhp /and 650ft-lp), the results of which are nothing short of spectacular.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is Ken Blocks Gymkhana 6. Sit back, buckle up and get ready for 6 minutes of adrenaline inducing action.
In the build up to the eminent release of the PlayStation 4 Sony has turned the dials on their marketing machine to max power. One of the funniest video’s to appear from the creative minds at Sony has to be the Perfect Day video. Cleverly melding team play fun and a mix of games being previewed all set to a funny premise and a catchy beat.
The graphics for the advertisement are provided by PS4 release games and the quality ranges from good to outstanding. For anyone wondering if the new PC chipset is really much faster than the eight core monster that lived within the PS3 the answer is ‘Yes’ the PS4 looks to be better, much better than the previous generation.