Back in 2009, there was an epic LAN party called the CyberFusion that was held at Multimedia University in Cyberjaya. It was so epic that it still holds the record for the longest LAN party in the world as certified by the Guinness World Records. This year, CyberFusion will return once again although the event organizer don’t have any plan to break any records this time around.
Scheduled to take place on 27 to 29 December 2013 at MyCORE Cyberjaya, the registration for the event have already closed by the time we discovered it since there were only 100 spots available at this year’s edition of CyberFusion. That being said, there is an area which is reserved for PlayStation 4 and the community team that is responsible for this area are currently looking for fellow PS4 owners to come join in the fun.
For RM 60, participants will receive a t-shirt together with five meals per day throughout the event. Additionally, participants will also be provided with a DVI-based display, LAN cable, Internet connection and power sockets. Do note that you have to being your own PlayStation 4 console, PS4 games, DVI-HDMI converter (or your own display, if you prefer that way) and headset to the LAN party.
Since the event will take place just one week after the official release of PS4 in Malaysia, it sounds like a perfect place to game and mingle together with other PS4 owners. To learn more, just head on to the event’s thread at the PlayStation section of Lowyat.NET Forums or contact the coordinator directly by e-mail to zaynal78[AT]yahoo.com.
It seems like the folks at Sony Computer Entertainment are having a great success with their brand new baby, the PlayStation 4. After managed to sell more than 1 million units within 24 hours of the PS4′s launch in North America, the release of the console in Europe, Australasia and Latin America last weekend have further increased the number to 2.1 million units.
Since the console will also reach our shores very soon, expect the numbers to go up very soon. After all, there is virtually nothing than can stop them from achieving that as Xbox One is not yet officially available in this region at the time being. In fact, Xbox One is expected to arrive in Asia only towards the end of 2014.
Hence, there is plenty of time for SCE to strengthen PlayStation position in this region. There might be some pricing issues but then again, PS4 does has the advantage of being the only next generation consoles to be officially available in our market.
So, who’s buying a PS4 later this month?
[Source: PlayStation Asia Blog]
Samsung’s Galaxy J, the Korean giant’s flagship device that was exclusive only in Japan, looks likely to be heading out to international waters. Members of the Taiwanese press have received an invitation about an upcoming launch event that is likely to feature the Galaxy J smartphone.
On paper, the Galaxy J is a hybrid between the company’s two flagship devices, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3: a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 2600mAh battery, and 32GB of expandable storage. The Galaxy J is also water and dust-proof too; a feature that is a staple among Japanese smartphones.
Now, the press invite may only indicate a Taiwan release on December 9, but it does bring about the possibility of a global release. Since the Galaxy S4′s release, other companies have released more powerful and arguably better flagship smartphones. Certain reports also indicate that sales of the Galaxy S4 have been below the company’s initial expectations, so it may be that Samsung may release a “Galaxy S4 refresh” ahead of its upcoming Galaxy S5 flagship next year.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one regarding the possibility of availability here in Malaysia.
Android 4.4 KitKat may have only been around for about a month or so but it looks like 1.1% of active Android devices out there are already running on this latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system. The statics have just been published on Google’s latest OS dashboard for developers that breaks down everything to help developers know what level of the Android SDK to target with app releases.
That’s not the only version that is growing though, according to the latest stats from the dashboard, the number of devices running on Jelly Bean has been increasing rather rapidly too, up 54.5% compared to 52.1% last month. While majority of devices are still running on 4.1.x (37.4%), the biggest change this month is Android 4.3, up to 4.2% from 2.3%.
Still running on an older version of Android or just received Android 4.3? Don’t worry though, Android 4.4 update for some of the latest devices in the market should be on their way; Sony has confirmed that Android 4.4 for their latest devices will be released early next year, some HTC One should already have the latest update with Sense 5.5, and according to rumors, Samsung’s Android 4.4 update for the Galaxy S4 and Note III should arrive in January 2014. Find out more about the statistics over at Google.
Released to the public in October, the Windows 8.1 or previously codenamed “Window Blue” is considered as one of the major post-release milestone for the operating system. So, what’s next? Well then, say hello to the “Threshold” which is said to be the code name for the next major set of updates for Windows.
Interestingly, Threshold (named after a planet in Halo universe) is said to cover three main Windows NT-based products which include Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox One OS. The exact details of the updates that will be included into Threshold are not yet known at the time being but it apparently will bring the three OS closer together through the support of the same set of “high value activities” across all three OS.
However, there is still a long way to go before consumers get to see Threshold in action as it is scheduled for release in Spring 2015. Before that takes place, Windows 8.1 users will first see the release of Update 1 for their OS which will be out in Q2 2014 alongside “Windows Phone Blue” a.k.a the Windows Phone 8.1.
Nevertheless, it is good to know that Microsoft is not sitting on their laurels after releasing Windows 8.1 to the market. Additionally, Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox One users will soon have plenty of things to see and share with each other.
Computer scientists have developed a malware prototype capable of transmitting audio signals. The idea is that this would enable it to send transmit information out of locations without an internet connection. While this particular piece of software is only a proof-of-concept model, it does reveal another potential security weakness.
The researchers from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing, and Ergonomics recently published their findings in the Journal of Communications, news that came after a security researcher reported that his computer was transmitting small amounts of network data after the network card was removed.
Using a pair of Lenovo notebooks, the German researchers manage to use inaudible sounds to allow the two devices to communicate. Currently, the range of the sounds is only about 20 metres; but it is theorised that this can be increased by infecting many systems with the malware and having them repeat the signal.
[Source: ars technica]
Having filed for bankruptcy late last week, SSD pioneers OCZ have now agreed to sell off all of the company’s assets to one-time rivals Toshiba for $35 million. The deal will reportedly close within 60 days, and will see the company also absorbing OCZ’s employees on top of its intellectual properties.
To be more specific, the Toshiba deal will see the company acquiring OCZ’s “client and enterprise solid state drive business”, as well as the “proprietary controllers, firmware, and software, as well as the teams responsible for bringing those solutions to market.” Finally, the OCZ brand name will also be owned by Toshiba once the deal closes, though it is not yet known if Toshiba – who also sells consumer and enterprise SSDs – will continue to sell OCZ-branded SSDs.
(Source: Ars Technica)
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When AMD announced their brand new Radeon R9 200 graphics cards series few months ago, they have also announced the R9 290X Battlefield 4 Edition cards at the same time. Hence, we thought that such arrangement are limited to the high-end R9 290X/290 GPU but it seems like things now might have changed as GIGABYTE have recently unveiled a trio of non-R9 290 BF4 Edition cards.
Instead, these cards are equipped with R9 270, R9 270X and R9 280X GPUs. Out of the three cards, the R9 280X (GV-R928XOC-3GD-GA) and R9 270X (GV-R927XOC-2GD-GA) come standard with GIGABYTE’s own Windforce 3X triple-fan cooling setup while the R9 270 (GV-R927OC-2GD-GA) features Windforce 2X dual-fan setup.
In terms of specifications, the GPU on these cards run at a maximum speed of 1100MHz for the R9 280X and R9 270X, while the R9 270 is able to go up to 975MHz. Of course, each of the graphics cards above also comes with a game key that users can use to redeem for Battlefield 4 through EA’s Origin store which is why they are labelled as BF4 Edition in the first place.
GIGABYTE didn’t provide any release or pricing information for these new R9 200 series BF4 Edition graphics cards but since all of them have appeared on GIGABYTE Malaysia’s official website, it is very possible that these cards will be made available at local retails soon enough.