Torrents have gotten a bad rap over the years as a platform for sharing illegal movies, music, TV shows, and software, but they have quite a few legitimate uses as well. For example individual developers, content creators and non-profit organizations can simply set up a Torrent, share it with a couple people and let it self propagate, significantly reducing the cost overhead of purchasing file hosting or content delivery.
However, unlike traditional file delivery methods such as through HTTP/HTTPS or through FTP, in order to download a Torrent file, a Torrent client is needed and of course not all Torrent clients are created equal. As such, today we’ll be [...]
Last week, the GTA V modding community was in an major uproar after popular modding tool OpenIV was shut down by GTA V publishers Take-Two and Rockstar Games.
Shortly following the shutdown, the GTA V modding community voiced their feedback on GTA V through multiple outlets, chief among them GTA V’s review page on Steam which went from positive to mixed within a matter of hours with tens of thousands of recent reviews showing overwhelmingly negative.
Realizing the monumental screw-up that had occurred, Rockstar and Take-Two reversed their decision on banning mods and updated their online knowledge-base to say, “Rockstar Games believes in [...]
According to a recent announcement, Apple intends to end a licensing deal with UK chip designer Imagination Technologies, a company that has supplied Apple with its PowerVR GPU license for many years.
In 15 to 24 months, Apple claims that their mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iWatch, etc. will no longer use intellectual property from Imagination Technologies. Apple’s new direction means that Imagination would lose out on a massive amount of royalties.
Despite Apple’s announcement, Imagination Technologies believes that Apple would find it difficult to circumvent its patents and believes that even if Apple [...]
AMD stocks surged almost 9% today as rumors that an Intel/AMD licensing agreement has recently been completed. According to a recent forum post on HardOCP by Kyle Bennett, “The licensing deal between AMD and Intel is signed and done for putting AMD GPU tech into Intel’s iGPU.”
AMD licensing graphics technology to Intel has been rumored for quite some time as Intel’s current licensing deal with AMD competitor, Nvidia, is expected to end in March 2017. The current Intel/Nvidia licensing deal is worth approximately $1.5 Billion and netted Nvidia approximately $67 million last quarter.No further details about the deal has been revealed at this [...]
If you go to the movies often, you’re probably pretty familiar with THX. You’ve probably seen the THX logo or at least you’ve heard the signature THX Deep Note. Founded by famous movie maker George Lucas in 1983, THX has been an audio technologies company that primarily certifies audio devices to ensure that anything certified by THX would be able to deliver the consistent THX sound signature we all know and love. Over the years, THX has certified everything from movie theaters to computer speakers to home theater in a box solutions and more.
While audio products company Creative had been one of the primary owners of THX with a 60% share of the [...]
In a recent report from the WSJ, Qualcomm is allegedly in talks to acquire NXP Semiconductors in what may be a $30 billion deal – one almost as big as the Softbank/ARM $32 billion acquisition which completed earlier this month. According to people familiar with the matter, a deal could be reached within the next two to three months.
While many of us are familiar with US based Qualcomm, Netherlands based NXP Semiconductors isn’t as well known. However, NXP Semiconductors is a semiconductor company with a very wide array of technologies that are very commonly used today. One of their most commonly used technologies is NFC, or Near Field Communications, [...]
A new report from Dutch technology site PCM recently reported that HP is now blocking non-HP branded ink cartridges though the printer firmware.
Last week it was discovered that a number of HP printers began blocking non-HP branded ink cartridges. After further investigation, it was discovered by online ink retailer 123inkt.nl that HP programmed a date in the printer’s firmware that would cause 3rd party ink cartridges to stop working. HP had apparently began implementing processes to block non-HP branded ink cartridges last year by utilizing security chips in the cartridges of HP OfficeJet, OfficeJet Pro and OfficeJet Pro X printers.
According to HP, [...]
Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank recently acquired British semiconductor design company ARM in a $32 million USD deal making it the biggest technology acquisition of the year. Pending a likely approval from ARM shareholders, SoftBank’s offer of $32 million USD (~$67.28 per share) is a whopping 42.9% over ARM’s $22.3 billion USD (~$47.08 per share) valuation as of closing last Friday.
Among those familiar with the chip industry, this quite possibly one of the least expected acquisitions to take place as SoftBank currently has no operations in the semiconductor business. That said, given ARM’s dominance in the mobile and IoT markets, the [...]
Seven leading Internet companies have announced the Alliance for Open Media project. Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Amazon, Cisco, and Intel founded the alliance with the aim of accelerating the development of the next-generation media formats, codecs, and technologies. This is most likely a move to combat the potential licensing royalties of 4K video streaming by the group HEVC Advanced as well as the royalties currently imposed on the existing H.264 codec.
While Alliance for Open Media extends beyond just creating video formats, the group’s current priority is to create the next generation of royalty-free video codec specification as well as [...]
When it comes to fun trade shows, Computex Taipei has always topped the list. There, hundreds of technology vendors show off their latest products, and for someone who loves computer hardware, it’s like being a kid in a candy store. Computex this year however, has been a little different.
As soon as case maker ThermalTake revealed their new W100 and W200 product line, CaseLabs VP Kevin Keating, went on Facebook to post an angry letter accusing ThermalTake of “stealing” CaseLabs’ product designs.
While it has been pulled, he made a pretty convincing argument as well. For example, the ThermalTake W100 compared to CaseLabs Merlin [...]