Chris Taylor wastes no time getting down to business. The legendary real-time-strategy game developer announced Thursday that his most recent title, Supreme Commander, will be getting a sequel less than a year after its original release. Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance will be published by THQ and released some time in November 2007. The sequel will follow the same story as the original – pitting battling robots against each other in the Infinite Wars – but will be released as a standalone title that doesn’t require players to own the original. “Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance is not only the continuation of the epic story that is unfolding inside the game’s universe, it is the continuation of our goal to move the bar for RTS gaming even higher than ever,” said Taylor, CEO of developer Gas Powered Games, in a statement. Expected additions include a full single-player campaign, additional multiplayer features, and perhaps most … [Read more...] about Supreme Commander Sequel On The Way
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Most people love movies. And since you are currently reading a tech site, I’m going to assume that you are probably more a movie lover than most people. But while people love movies, what they don’t love so much is the experience of actually going to the movies. Take your pick from the many possible reasons: Inconvenience, poor performance, the glaring red EXIT light that shines on the screen like a vengeful overlord, the floors sticky with food and DNA spillings of countless others, the rude behavior of other movie goers, the high-priced snacks, that masochistic love-hate relationship with synthetic butter…PRIMA Cinema is a new company that wants to bring day-and-date viewing of first run movies right to your home.Further exacerbating the issue is that technology has advanced to the point where many people now own home theater systems that rival or exceed the commercial experience. Better sound, no blown speakers or crackling drivers, and a big bright image from a … [Read more...] about PRIMA Cinema brings in-the-theaters movies home for $500 each … and it’s worth it!
After nearly a week with the Surface Tablet (more like a five-day work week), I’ve retired my laptop and large tablet, replacing them both with this one product.This is a generation 1.0 product, and I had a lot of worries based on some of the first reviews. Some said it was slow and wouldn’t keep up with my typing; others were concerned that the kickstand wasn’t very sturdy; others told me the cool magnetic power cord was a pain, that there weren’t enough apps, that lacking Outlook was a deal killer, and that the cameras really sucked. Generally these early reviews were full of crap (though not always), and I think this may be the best first-gen PC product I’ve ever tried.Let’s revisit what makes the Surface and other Windows 8 products different, cover some of the misconceptions, and then we’ll get down to my experience using the Surface Tablet.What it does and what it doesn’tThe first Surface tablet out the door is the RT version, which … [Read more...] about Can you really live on the Surface? First impressions from a week leaving the laptop at home
After years of abuse at hands of Fox, the rights to the character of Daredevil have reverted to Marvel Entertainment, clearing the way for a new Daredevil film in the Marvel film universe.Fox, who recently held the rights, had until October 10, 2012 to put a Daredevil movie in production, or according to the original contract the rights would revert back to Marvel. After the financially successful but critically beaten 2003 film starring Ben Affleck, Fox had repeatedly shown its commitment to rebooting the character, ideally in a film without Jennifer Garner coming anywhere near the character of Elektra. As time went on though, Fox seemed to cool on the idea.Director Joe Carnahan was the last person attached to the film, and went so far as to create a short sizzle reel (below) for his proposal, which would have taken the character back to the 1970s. Fox passed on that idea, but continued to negotiate with Marvel.At an Iron Man 3 press conference, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel … [Read more...] about A new Daredevil movie may be on the way, as the rights come home to Marvel
You can breathe a sigh of relief, Brazil, because Whatsapp service has been restored.A judge had ordered a 48-hour ban of the popular messaging app in the country, after months of lobbying by telecom firms to ban the “unregulated” and “illegal” service. But Judge Xavier de Souza said the service should be restored immediately, as it was “not reasonable that millions of users be affected by the inertia of the company,” according to the BBC. Updated on 12-17-2015 by Julian Chokkattu: Added news of Whatsapp service being restored. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on his social media site that Whatsapp service is back online. “WhatsApp is now back online in Brazil,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Your voices have been heard and the block has been lifted. Thank you to our community for helping resolve this.”WhatsApp is insanely popular in Brazil because of the free calls and texts offered on Wi-Fi or cellular. … [Read more...] about WhatsApp service has been restored in Brazil, but more Internet trouble is still on the way
Not surprisingly, the world has not come to an end. But, the end of the year 2012 is most certainly right around the corner. Before we A/V geeks and tweeps get all sloppy on cheap champagne and start slurring out “Auld Lang Syne,” we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the more notable moments (and, in some cases, lack thereof) that 2012 had to offer the world of home theater and A/V gear.4K/Ultra HD beats up on OLEDWhile the bellwether that is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) had us thinking OLED televisions would be dominating A/V headlines this year, it was 4K (later renamed Ultra HD) TV that wound up stealing the limelight in 2012. It’s hard to believe that OLED made its US television debut nearly five years ago at CES 2008. That’s five years of eager anticipation, five years of repeatedly thinking that maybe, just maybe, this is the year OLED would truly arrive. And yet, here we are; still waiting. To be fair, both Samsung and LG made big … [Read more...] about Pressing replay on the year in home theater
Internet market researcher eMarketer has drastically lowered its estimates on how much businesses will spend on online video advertising in the near future.The New York City-based firm expects spending on online video ads to reach US$505 million by the end of this year, down from the $1.35 billion eMarketer predicted earlier this year.eMarketer also sharply reduced projections for future spending on online video ads from earlier estimates of $4.3 billion by 2011 to $1.9 billion by 2011."It doesn't come as a surprise," Sid Parakh, an equity analyst with McAdams Wright Ragen who covers Microsoft, told the E-Commerce Times. "Microsoft talked about some weakness in their online ad business during its last quarterly conference call. Auto companies and financial institutions like home lenders and insurers just aren't advertising as much."The reduction in expected spending on online video ads will have minimal impact on Microsoft's advertising segment, Parakh said."Microsoft's focus is still … [Read more...] about Researchers Step Way Back From Earlier Online Video Ad Estimate
In the closing hours of the 2012 Coachella music festival last Sunday, rappers Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre did the impossible: they brought fellow hip-hop legend Tupac back to life… as a hologram. Videos of the stunning, high-tech reincarnation skyrocketed to viral status, and the show has become a controversial conversation centerpiece for, well, anyone with an Internet connection. In this latest edition of DT Debates, staff writer Molly McHugh and associate editor Nick Mokey battle it out over the ethics of bring the dead back into the temporal realm with the use of holographic technology. Molly Holograms are right up there with flying cars and personal robots – things I was told I was going to have in the future. Of course, the second we get them, we have to first freak out over everything wrong with them instead of marvel at this incredible technology and its possibilities. How many sci-fi movies did you watch growing up where seeing someone was as easy as … [Read more...] about DT Debates: Is bringing the dead back to life as holograms awesome, or just wrong?
In my dumber days when I ran Microsoft Windows, I was more concerned with backup programs. After I moved into the Linux desktop, I became much less paranoid about system failures. The Linux environment just never crashed.That does not mean that I never make backup copies of my critical data files. It's just that I do not worry about the Linux OS crashing to the point that I have to reinstall everything from scratch. That was the nudge with Windows that pushed me to migrating to Linux.Still, stuff does happen when you entrust your data to a computer. Despite Linux's resilience, hardware issues can still render the OS, a key program or a file it produced unretrievable. Hey, stuff happens.So I am prepared for mishaps with two easy-to-use backup programs. Keep and Back In Time take care of my working data and system configuration. Either application does the job without question. But I alternate backup operations so I do not get any surprises. I like redundancy.Keep is a backup system for … [Read more...] about LINUX PICKS AND PANS 2 Smart Backup Apps Show You the Way to Go Home
The world of smart home hubs continues to expand as every major tech giant puts pedal to metal and seeks to surpass the competition. Who owns this space may just own the digital home — and everyone from Google to Apple to Samsung is trying to find that perfect combination of affordability and functionality that will convince consumers to buy. Smart home hubs are a glimpse to the future, displaying how the interconnectedness of things is making its way to our immediate environment. Everything from TV to refrigerators and thermostats can be monitored and altered with the best smart home hubs at the click of a button, or by using a simple voice command. If you’re currently shopping for a hub but don’t know what makes the ideal product, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best smart home hubs in the market based on price and capabilities. Don’t know where to even begin? Start by reading our guide to building smart apartment, which walks through … [Read more...] about Add to your home’s brainpower with the best smart home hubs on the market