Not all internships are as easy as making coffee in exchange for a glowing reference. In fact, according to Chinese media, over 1,000 students from the Xi’an Institute of Technology have been working on the PlayStation 4 production line at Foxconn as part of a work experience partnership. Apparently, the interns are treated much like employees, so apart from the work’s questionable relevance to future careers, they get paid and have something for the CV. All is not quite as above board as it sounds, though, for Foxconn has admitted to Quartz that some students were designated night shifts and overtime in disagreement with internship protocol. Foxconn says it’s taken steps to make sure it won’t happen again, and was keen to highlight the voluntary nature of intern participation. However, reports claim the Xi’an Institute of Technology is withholding course credits necessary for graduation, thereby forcing students to pull drone duty and help address the rabid demand for Sony’s next-gen console. While we’re surprised to hear that an educational establishment is allegedly party to such a scheme, Foxconn has always had a penchant for controversial working arrangements.
Ranged classes can be hard to handle from a design standpoint. Lord of the Rings Online had exactly that problem with Hunters; players felt that one of the class trait lines was the “main” line and the others were just supplementary. The latest development blog explains how that issue has been corrected: the developers have given the Bowmaster, Huntsman, and Trapper of Foes lines unique roles and specialties on the battlefield.The Bowmaster is a stationary high-DPS ranged specialization that requires a steady spot for consistent damage. The Huntsman, meanwhile, emphasizes mid-range mobility and rapid output of weaker attacks. Trapper of Foes fills out the roster by focusing on crowd control and AoE, trading in some damage for more group offerings. Players can start enjoying these changes when the expansion goes live in November.On an unrelated but important note, players impacted by the game’s outage issues earlier in the month have now been compensated via time extensions for subscribers and free Turbine Points for lifetime members. It’s not a class revision, but it’s certainly a welcome bit of recompense.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a new game from Ubisoft Montpellier created with the UbiArt Framework engine, which powers Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends and the upcoming Child of Light. The hand-drawn story is set during World War I and follows five individuals attempting to survive the war, each of their fates tied together by one medical service dog.Valiant Hearts relies on a mixture of platforming and environmental puzzle solving, and uses a picture-in-picture comic book presentation style to propel the plot. There are also light stealth elements, as evidenced by a scene in which one of the characters tosses a rock to distract a guard.Presentation is exaggerated in Valiant Hearts: Burly German soldiers drink beer and bite on big pretzels, lending slight levity to what is typically a somber setting.Valiant Hearts: The Great War is in development for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, and will be released on digital stores sometime in 2014. Gallery: Valiant Hearts: The Great War | 13 Photos 13 +9
It appears the tests of an IPTV-ready TiVo on Sweden’s Com Hem service went well, as the provider is officially launching service September 30th. It’s also built a few new service packages around the three tuner, 1TB HDD-equipped DVR, with the TiVo Max option offering about 80 channels and TiVo Combo Max bundling internet and phone service. Another part of some of the TiVo packages is a TiVoToGo offering that let’s users stream several live TV channels and video on-demand to other devices, along with DVR scheduling and remote control features from the iOS app. The other juicy detail is that, like Virgin Media in the UK and Google Fiber in the US, Com Hem will allow the Netflix app on its set-top boxes. The Netflix feature is expected to launch on its TiVos in December, and we figure there will be plenty of customers ready, with a claimed 45,000 already preregistered for the new boxes since May 15th. Show full PR textLaunch of Com Hem’s TiVo service on October 7- Game changing service with new functionality and more contentCom Hem is completely transforming its television offering and providing an entirely new way to watch television based on your personal preferences. The TiVo® service from Com Hem gathers television channels, film store, on-demand services and apps on a single platform, and makes the content available whenever and however you want on you television, computer, mobile phone or tablet.Through the TiVo service, Com Hem will offer its customers lots of new and exciting content. We are proud to announce that Netflix will be available through Com Hem’s TiVo service as of December. Com Hem will also be launching a number of new channels to its channel lineup, as well as the new British video on demand service, Cirkus. Com Hem will be increasing the number of channels in all packages, and its largest package, Tivo Max, will include around 80 channels.Com Hem also presents a new way to package its television service. The TiVo box, which features a 1 TB hard drive and three turners for triple recording, will be included in the subscription of all packages, and the new TiVoToGo™ service, with which you can bring your television with you anywhere you want, will be included in the monthly cost for the three largest packages. The cost of Com Hem’s TiVo service begins at SEK 149 a month.45.000 customers have preregistered for the service since May 15.On October 7, Com Hem will be unveiling the launch campaign for its new television service, TiVo, which is the company’s largest launch ever. As of September 30, the service will be available through comhem.se, Com Hem’s customer service and with retailers.Com Hem’s TiVo service is unique in Sweden since it gathers content from television channels, on-demand services such as Cirkus, CMore Play and Viasat Film, as well as an on-demand and film library with more than 12,000 titles on a shared platform, and makes all content integrated and searchable.”Although there are a number of great television services in the market today, none of them gathers all content into a single service. This results in a rather complicated world for consumers, who must keep track of what content is available and where to find it. To date, no one has taken on the role of aggregating and integrating all services onto a single platform, thus simplifying the television experience. This is precisely our vision with TiVo, in which we want to gather, package and deliver an all-inclusive television solution that provides seamless access to the best content, whenever you want and on the device of your choice,” says Tomas Franzén, CEO of Com Hem.TiVo from Com Hem is television customized to your needsFunctionality and hardwareOne of the distinguishing features of the TiVo service is the intelligence of the “TiVo Mind” service, through which TiVo learns what shows you enjoy and recommends shows that you like. TiVo stores all suggestions on a customized play list – “My TiVo.” You can also create your own wish lists using TiVo that prompt the service to record all shows with your favorite actor, director or featuring subject matter that you like. TiVo from Com Hem becomes television based on you, your personal needs and your schedule.The service includes a digital box with 1 TB of storage space, which corresponds to up to 500 hours of content to watch, and a triple recording function that enables you to record three shows simultaneously. These properties in a digital box are currently exclusive to Com Hem.A series recording function also allows you to easily record every episode of a series. Com Hem’s TiVo service works with both cable television and IPTV.”Now that we have become part of the TiVo family, we can offer a television service that is constantly evolving. TiVo is investing USD 120 million annually to develop its services, which is unprecedented in the Swedish television market. The service’s functions have taken TiVo years to develop. In addition, Com Hem has spent 18 months adapting the service to the Swedish market. Combined, this means that our television offering is at the absolute forefront of what is currently on offer among Swedish operators,” says Asanga Gunatillaka, Product Director at Com Hem.Exciting new content on TiVo from Com HemNetflix coming soon to Com HemToday, Com Hem announced that it has signed an agreement with Netflix, the world’s leading internet television streaming service. Using the Netflix app on Com Hem’s TiVo service, Com Hem’s customers will be able to watch critically acclaimed series such as House of Cards, Hemlock Grove, Arrested Development and Orange is the New Black, as well as documentaries, children’s shows and other content available through the service. This is the first time that Netflix is being offered through a Swedish pay-tv supplier.”We are naturally extremely pleased to be able to offer Netflix in our TiVo service and make their first-class selection available to our customers. The partnership also showcases TiVo’s considerable advantages as a comprehensive home-entertainment platform. Through our TiVo service, we are gathering the best content in the market and making it both available and searchable on a single platform,” says Asanga Gunatillaka.Netflix will be launched in Com Hem’s TiVo service in December.Cirkus gathers British drama series, comedies and factual television on a single platformAs of December, the British service Cirkus will be available on Com Hem’s TiVo service. This service provides Com Hem’s TiVo customers with access to the very best in British television.Read more about Cirkus here: http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/comhem/pressreleases/com-hem-foerst-ut-med-cirkus-populaera-program-fraan-brittiska-bbc-och-itv-i-ny-play-kanal-876050Expanded packages and new channelsTiVo from Com Hem is available in four different package offerings: TiVo Bas, TiVo Mellan, TiVo Plus and TiVo Max. Compared with previous package offerings from Com Hem, several popular channels have been moved to less expensive packages. All packages have been expanded and the largest package, TiVo Max, will soon include 80 channels – 12 more than the former XL package. Another change is that the TV4 SportXtra HD channel will become part of a standard package (TiVo Max).We also have the pleasure of welcoming a number of new channels to Com Hem, including MTV Live HD, Mezzo Live HD, Travel Channel HD and Ginx TV. A bit later this autumn, we will also add the channels Fuel TV HD, Kanal 5 HD and Horse & Country to our selection.New package offersTiVoToGo™ – included as standard in the larger package offersOn October 7, Com Hem will be launching TiVoToGo™, a new cloud-based service that comprises an integrated element of the TiVo experience. TiVoToGo™ is a standard part of the TiVo Mellan, TiVo Plus and TiVo Max packages. The service gives customers increased flexibility to be able to watch their favorite shows on their computers, tablet computers or mobile phones. With TiVoToGo™, you can stream live television, watch shows after they have aired and restart television shows. TiVoToGo™ will offer a vast selection right from the beginning and then continuously be expanded over time. Channels including SVT, BBC, MTV, Nickelodeon, Turner and National Geographic will be available right away. TV4 is expected to be added to the TiVoToGo™ selection in December.TiVoToGo™ will initially only be available for iPad and iPhone and offers the ability to control your TiVo box and to time the recording function and delete recorded material, both at home and away. TiVoToGo™ will enhance your television experience by allowing you to search for content and information about shows while you watch television. TiVoToGo™ also functions as a touch-screen smart remote control. The TiVoToGo™ app includes integration with social media.The TiVo box with a 1 TB DVR hard drive will be standard in all packagesThe TiVo box will be a standard feature in all packages. Free service and free repair are included in the subscription.Prices and launch offerThe TiVo-packages will be available for a monthly cost between SEK149 and SEK439.Two lead offers are available at launch:Try TiVo Max for the price of TiVo Mellan, 279SEK, for the first 3 monthsAt launch, Com Hem will offer new customers to try TiVo Max for the price of TiVo Mellan, that is SEK279 for the first three month. After three months you select the package that suits you.Try TiVo Combo Max for the price of TiVo Combo Mellan, 299SEK, for the First 3 monthsFor only an additional 20 SEK per month for the first 3 months customers can, in addition to trying TiVo Max, can experience superfast 250Mb broadband and home phone, including Com Hem’s telephony app for smartphones which saves customers money on their call costs when away from home.
I’ve taken my share of ribbing from the youngins on the Massively staff (as well as the readers!) about my continuing obsession with Ultima Online, but I can’t help it: It’s hard not to love the game that effectively started it all, especially in an age when MMORPGs have veered so dramatically from the standards set for them by the earliest titles. Next week, Ultima Online turns 16, and you’d better believe we’ll be at the party. To honor the game, of course — not just to gobble free cake.Earlier in the summer, we took a deep dive into the current state of the game (as well as its music!), but since that article ran, Mythic has been ratcheting up the update machine. It’s bringing out new veteran rewards, an anniversary event complete with the usual round of anniversary festivities, and a new patch that includes tweaks to the Clean Up Britannia rewards and turn-in system, new Halloween content, and new character titles. Oh, and did I mention players will be embarking on the first part of a new dynamic story arc? With any luck, this one won’t end with the brick-by-brick destruction of a beloved NPC town (but hey, at least actions in the game have permanence!).The big party is happening this Saturday, September 21st, on the test server so that everyone can attend no matter his home server. Expect a hedge-maze scavenger hunt, design contest, and storytelling event, complete with some pretty pricey prizes. See you there, and happy birthday, UO!
official blog. This particular round of hotfixes seems to mainly concern encounters within in the Siege of Orgrimmar raid. However, there are a few class tweaks, as well as a few new adjustments to the Timeless Isle as well.On the Timeless Isle, the Fire-Watcher achievement now only requires players to obtain 2,000 Bloody Coins, rather than 10,000.Lor’themar Theron and Varian Wrynn will no longer taunt Galakras in that encounter. Meat shields, they are not.The raid leader’s boss progression in the raid instance now determines which bosses are still available to kill on Flexible Raid difficulty.Read on for the full list of hotfixes. RygariusSeptember 13ClassesDruidTalentsForce of Nature Treant summoned by Restoration Druids should no longer die immediately after casting Swiftmend and Efflorescence.PriestShadowLanding a killing blow with Shadow Word: Death should no longer incorrectly grant 2 Shadow Orbs.WarlocksDestructionConflagrate now has a 15% chance to generate an additional Burning Ember.Incinerate now has a 15% chance to generate an additional Burning Ember.TalentsSoul Link is no longer incorrectly being applied to the second demon summoned through Grimoire of Service.QuestsThe Darnassus Mission: Players on this quest should no longer be placed into an incorrect phase when using Curious Bronze Timepiece from Journey to the Timeless Isle.Raids, Dungeons, and ScenariosThe raid leader’s boss progression in the raid instance now determines which bosses are still available when starting a Flexible Raid. Check out this forum post for a detailed explanation on the change.Siege of OrgrimmarNorushenPurifying Lights now always spawn in the same locations on Flexible Raid difficulty.Damage from Titanic Corruption’s Hurl Corruption ability can now be absorbed by damage absorption shields.Sha of PrideFixed an issue where players were able to obtain a second Titan Runestone from the Sha of Pride after having already received one on a different difficulty setting.GalakrasFlames of Galakrond is now more responsive in detecting when it passes through a player and provides a a clearer visual as the flames decreases in severity.Lor’themar Theron (Horde)/King Varian Wyrnn (Alliance) no longer uses taunt on Galakras.Spoils of PandariaReduced the delay before Crates of Pandaren Relics may be opened on Flexible, Normal and Heroic difficulties.MalkorokMalkorok will now correctly apply Fatal Strikes on a tank even if they successfully dodge his melee attacks.Kor’kron War Wolf’s Dread Howl now works like a normal fear and can be removed or dispelled by non-self cast abilities. Self-cast abilities like Berserker Rage or Will of the Forsaken do not work at this time and will be addressed in a future patch.Mistweaver Monks stunned with the Touch of Y’Shaarj affliction will no longer be impossible to hit due to Dematerialize.Thok the BloodthirstyFixed an issue where players can take damage from creatures that are still locked in their cage.Garrosh HellscreamFaith, Hope, and Courage effects no longer stack with each other while in the Realm of Y’Shaarj.Battlegrounds and ArenasRogues can no longer use Shadowstep on Antipersonnel Cannons in Strand of the Ancients.ItemsEffects for Legendary cloaks no longer activate while fighting against other players.Timeless IsleFire-Watcher achievement now requires players to obtain 2,000 Bloody Coins as an Emissary of Ordos or Ordon Fire-Watcher (down from 10,000 Bloody Coins).Players will now correctly receive credit for Big Bag of Herbs towards the Going To Need A Bigger Bag achievement.Proving GroundsLava pools created by Illusionary Flamecallers should no longer damage Monk statues or Shaman totems. source
long signaled that embedded chips will play a major role in its future, and it’s backing up that claim by providing a glance at its 2014 roadmap. The highlight is Bald Eagle, a 35-watt x86 processor designed for demanding tasks like gaming; it should include up to four Steamroller cores, and it will optionally sport on-chip Graphics Core Next video. Devices that need even more visual power will use Adelaar, a dedicated graphics chipset that includes both GCN and 2GB of built-in memory. It’s reportedly fast enough to be useful for PC video cards, not just the usual set-top boxes and smart TVs.Two system-on-chip designs are also joining AMD’s lineup. Hierofalcon is built with data centers in mind, and carries up to eight ARM Cortex-A57 cores; Steppe Eagle, meanwhile, is a combination of upgraded Jaguar x86 cores and GCN that should speed up AMD’s low-power G-series processors. With the exception of Hierofalcon, all of the new embedded chips should be available in the first half of next year. AMD hasn’t named any early customers, but its embedded silicon tends to reach products that you’d recognize. Check out the roadmap after the break. AMD Embedded Roadmap from AMDShow full PR textAMD Details Embedded Product RoadmapAMD extends ambidextrous strategy to embedded customers becoming the first to offer choice of ARM or x86 SoC, APU or CPU options coupled with industry-leading AMD Radeon graphicsSUNNYVALE, Calif. -9/9/2013AMD (NYSE: AMD) today disclosed its roadmap for the fast-growing embedded computing market, as it becomes the first company to offer both ARM and x86 processor solutions for low-power and high-performance embedded compute designs. The new lineup includes two best-in-class x86 accelerated processing units (APUs) and central processing units (CPUs), a first look at a high-performance ARM system-on-chip (SoC) and a new family of discrete AMD Embedded Radeon™ graphics processing units (GPUs) expected to launch in 2014. These additions provide the embedded industry’s engineering community with more choices to match their exact design needs, and are designed to offer improvements in performance-per-watt and performance-per-dollar. Together with the recent launch of the award-winning AMD Embedded G-Series SoC family that set a superior bar for performance-per-watt low-power multicore APUs, these latest additions to the embedded product roadmap further signify a strategic push by AMD to focus on the high-growth embedded market.The embedded systems market is vast and forms the underpinning for the Surround Computing era. This market is comprised of different segments of which intelligent embedded devices – those enabled with high-performance microprocessors, IP connectivity, and high-level operating systems – are quickly becoming the most significant. A recent VDC Research report indicates the market for CPUs in traditional and intelligent embedded systems will grow 36 percent from roughly 330 million units in 2013 to more than 450 million units by 2016 with x86 and ARM architectures accounting for 82 percent of the total addressable market (TAM)1.”AMD is committed to providing the embedded community with the solutions required to succeed in today’s transformative market as it continues to expand at an unprecedented rate,” said Arun Iyengar, vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. “There are different customer needs in different segments of this market — from low-power to high-performance, Linux to Windows, x86 to ARM — and now with our upcoming product portfolio, we are addressing them by providing embedded design engineers with a range of solutions backed by our embedded longevity program for supply stability assurance to fit their every need.””The unprecedented rise of intelligent connected solutions over the next several years will require a myriad of ultra low-power to ultra high-performance solutions connecting devices to the cloud,” said Jim McGregor, Principal Analyst with TIRIAS Research. “With their new roadmap, AMD leverages both ARM and x86 computing and graphics architectures to fulfill the company’s vision of creating an ambidextrous ecosystem. The current products combined with the new roadmap offer price, performance and power options to meet the needs of embedded designers.”2014 AMD Embedded RoadmapIn 2014, AMD plans to bring to market two new high-performance AMD Embedded R-Series processor families: the “Hierofalcon” CPU SoC family based on the ARM Cortex™-A57 architecture and the “Bald Eagle” APU and CPU offering based on the x86 microprocessor architecture codenamed “Steamroller.” The upcoming “Steppe Eagle” APU SoC is designed to provide improved performance while extending the low-power characteristics of the current AMD Embedded G-Series SoC family. In addition, “Adelaar” will bring to market the first discrete GPU based on AMD Graphics Core Next architecture for embedded systems.”Hierofalcon” CPU SoC”Hierofalcon” is the first 64-bit ARM-based platform from AMD targeting embedded data center applications, communications infrastructure and industrial solutions. It will include up to eight ARM Cortex™-A57 CPUs expected to run up to 2.0 GHz, and provides high-performance memory with two 64-bit DDR3/4 channels with error correction code (ECC) for high reliability applications. The highly integrated SoC includes 10 Gb KR Ethernet and PCI-Express Gen 3 for high-speed network connectivity, making it ideal for control plane applications. The “Hierofalcon” series also provides enhanced security with support for ARM TrustZone® technology and a dedicated cryptographic security co-processor, aligning to the increased need for networked, secure systems. “Hierofalcon” is expected to be sampling in the second quarter of 2014 with production in the second half of the year.”Bald Eagle” APU/CPUWith “Bald Eagle,” AMD continues to build on its heritage as a leading provider of x86 solutions for the embedded market. “Bald Eagle” is the next generation high-performance x86-based embedded processor available as both an APU and CPU featuring up to four new “Steamroller” CPU cores within a 35W TDP. The APU products will provide the new power-optimized AMD Radeon™ Graphics Core Next GPU architecture and HSA enhancements for high-performance embedded applications, making it a superior solution for next-generation digital signage and embedded digital gaming. The “Bald Eagle” family will also introduce new power management features, such as configurable TDP, allowing engineers more design flexibility. “Bald Eagle” is expected to be available in the first half of 2014.”Steppe Eagle” APU SoC”Steppe Eagle” will further extend the performance and low-power range of the current award-winning AMD Embedded G-Series APU SoC platform with an enhanced “Jaguar” CPU core architecture and AMD Graphics Core Next GPU architecture that include new features for increased CPU and GPU frequency. Designed for low-power embedded applications, “Steppe Eagle” is designed to offer increased performance-per-watt both at a lower TDP than the current AMD Embedded G-Series APU SoC, as well as extending the high-end performance above 2 GHz. “Steppe Eagle” also provides embedded design engineers the flexibility to leverage the current AMD Embedded G-Series APU SoC board design and software stack for a variety of applications with footprint compatibility. “Steppe Eagle” is expected to be available in the first half of 2014.”Adelaar” discrete GPU”Adelaar” is the next-generation discrete AMD Embedded Radeon GPU based on Graphics Core Next architecture specifically designed for embedded applications. Bringing industry-leading performance to embedded applications, “Adelaar” comes as a market-differentiating multi-chip module (MCM) with pre-qualified and integrated 2 GB of graphics memory. The “Adelaar” GPU family will deliver rich 3D graphics, multi-display support and support for DirectX® 11.1, OpenGL 4.2 and both Windows and Linux. “Adelaar” is expected to be available in the first half of 2014 with seven years of planned supply availability as an MCM, mobile PCI express module (MXM) and standard PC graphics card.With current and future offerings, AMD is actively pursuing the intelligent embedded device market with a broad ecosystem of software and hardware partners supporting multiple operating systems including Windows and Linux. In particular, the company is focusing on:* Industrial Control & Automation* Digital Gaming* Communication Infrastructure* “Visual Embedded”:- Digital Signage- Thin Client- Medical Imaging- Auto Infotainment* Set-top-Box/Internet-enabled smart TV* Printing/Imaging* Digital Surveillance* Storage* Military/Aero”AMD has quickly embraced the need to deliver the right SoC for the right task in one of the industry’s most comprehensive product portfolios for the embedded community,” said Tom Cronk, executive vice president and general manager, Processor Division, ARM. “The addition of devices based on the 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 processor to their embedded roadmap gives designers of high-performance embedded systems a solution that delivers incredible savings in terms of both energy and system cost.”
revive the Venue brand, we assumed it was referring to Windows tablets. And indeed it was — it just announced the Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro running Windows 8.1. But what we didn’t know was that Dell was also planning on getting back into the Android market, and that these devices, too, would fall under the Venue brand. Here at a press event in New York City, the company announced the Venue 7 and Venue 8, both of which run Android 4.2.2 (upgradeable to KitKat) and will be offered in both WiFi-only and 4G configurations.As you’d expect, they’re exactly what they sound like: the Venue 7 (pictured) has a 7-inch screen, and the Venue 8 is — yep — an 8-incher. Neither is particularly high-end: each has a 1,280 x 800 IPS screen and a 2GHz dual-core Intel Z2580 processor. The Venue 7 only has 16GB of internal storage, we’re told, though the Venue 8 will be offered with either 16 or 32 gigs. Either way, you have a microSD slot at your disposal if you need more space. Pricing is set at $150 for the Venue 7, while the Venue 8 will cost $180. Both will be available October 18th. Gallery: Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 hands-on | 20 Photos 20 +16 Gallery: Dell Venue 7 | 4 Photos 4 +1 Gallery: Dell Venue 8 | 3 Photos 3 +1 Show full PR textDell Introduces New Line of Tablets and Updated XPS Laptops: Create, Share and Access Content from Virtually AnywhereNew Dell Venue tablets offer the ability to connect, share, and access content with easeXPS 11 is the world’s thinnest, lightest and most compact 2-in-1 in the world with the world’s first Quad HD display on an 11.6-inch 2-in-1XPS 15 powerhouse laptop offers the world’s first 15.6-inch Quad HD+ display for jaw-dropping visuals and the ultimate experienceNew York, Oct. 2, 2013 – Dell today took a bold step in unveiling a new family of tablets and new laptops, including a 2-in-1 Ultrabook. The Dell Venue line of tablets is comprised of four new ultrathin models designed to address the changing way people live and work today. Dell’s “damned sexy” tablets, as described by leading Enderle Group analyst, Rob Enderle, deliver leading performance and quality, backed by Intel processing technology. With compact designs that make it easy to stay connected on the go, the Dell Venue tablets have an exquisite fit and finish.In addition to the versatile new Dell Venue tablets, Dell is introducing new XPS laptops, each with breakthrough displays for a phenomenal viewing experience with vibrant, crisp images in any available screen size. The new XPS 11, the thinnest, most compact 2-in-1 in the world, also features the first Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display on an 11.6-inch 2-in-1. The XPS 15 multimedia powerhouse boasts a stunningly thin design, and offers as an option the first 15.6-inch Quad HD+ (3200 x 1800) display in the world, which is the highest resolution available on a laptop of that size. Dell is also refreshing its award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook with faster processors, touch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display and improved battery life. With these three laptops, Dell is leading the industry with the highest resolution displays possible.”People today expect the best experience possible from their technology – they are counting on it to keep them connected and move with them, wherever they are,” said Sam Burd, vice president Dell Personal Computing Group. “The new Dell Venue tablets and XPS laptops give customers the stellar experience they expect from us, with performance that allows them to work how they want, when they want, in a design they’ll be proud to show off and own.”Dell Venue Tablets: Connect, Share and Access Content with EaseDell Venue tablets are designed to give people on-the-go a wide-selection of sizes and options to meet their varying needs. From 8 and 11-inch Windows-based tablets complete with keyboard and stylus options, to the 7 and 8-inch Android tablets, Dell has created a dedicated brand of tablets to meet the needs of customers who are the epitome of the evolving workforce.The Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows 8.1-based tablets combine the level of performance, design and responsiveness end-users love while giving IT departments what they need – the ability to integrate into an existing corporate environment with full compatibility with current Windows applications and Microsoft Office integration. Both tablets feature optional advanced security features and services such as TPM and Dell Enterprise Services.The lightweight Dell Venue 8 Pro runs Windows 8.1, has a bright HD IPS display, advanced connectivity options and provides long battery life so range anxiety is no longer an issue. People can also stay productive with Office 2013 Home & Student, included with the device, and the optional Dell Active Stylus.The Dell Venue 11 Pro, also based on Windows 8.1, provides ultimate 2-in-1 flexibility with the power of an Ultrabook, convenience of a detachable keyboard and experience of a desktop. Unlike competitive tablets, it has a user removable/replaceable battery, and its large, Full HD display with wide viewing angles makes it easy to read and create content while staying mobile. It is also available with a variety of keyboard and stylus options:Dell Active Stylus makes it easy to annotate, draw or take notes.Dell Slim Keyboard, designed for travel, also serves as a cover for the screen when folded up.Dell Mobile Keyboard with integrated battery provides all day productivity with a full-sized keyboard while extending the battery life.Dell Tablet Desktop Dock delivers full productivity on a desk with USB 3.0 ports, and dual display out ports for display extension.The Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8 Android-based tablets are affordable, feature-rich tablets for people who want to be constantly connected wherever they are. Both tablets have an upscale fit and finish, and are designed with longevity in mind with the right components so that customers will be just as delighted with their tablet one year from now, as they are on the day they take it out of the box.All Dell Venue tablets are based on Intel processing power for speed, responsiveness, and battery efficiency. The Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8 feature Intel Atom Z2760 (“Clover Trail”) processors, while the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro feature the new Intel Atom quad-core processors, code named “Bay Trail.” The Venue 11 Pro offers up to 4th Generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processor options and Intel vPro for manageability.Dell XPS Laptops and 2-in-1: The Ultimate Experience with Gorgeous DisplaysDell’s award-winning XPS laptop line just got even better with the new XPS 15 powerhouse laptop, the introduction of the XPS 11 2-in-1, and an update to the flagship XPS 13 Ultrabook. In keeping with the XPS tradition of offering the best computing experience in any product category, the XPS laptops and 2-in-1 feature machined aluminum, carbon fiber, vibrant displays, and Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for performance, durability and the ultimate experience.Starting at 2.5lbs[i] and just 11-15mm thin, the XPS 11 is the world’s thinnest, lightest and most compact 2-in-1 Ultrabook available today, offering a tablet-first design with laptop functionality. It easily transitions from tablet to laptop with a 360 degree rotating hinge design, and an innovative solid surface backlit touch keyboard that provides a superb experience from lap to bag. With a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, the highest resolution display in an 11.6-inch 2-in-1 today, the XPS 11 has a bright, crisp viewing experience. The display also features True Color viewing powered by eeColor, which enables customers to enjoy true, rich consistent color in nearly any lighting environment.The XPS 15 continues to be a multimedia powerhouse delivering the highest resolution in its class, and incredible power in an ultra-thin, light wedge design, starting at 4.44lbsi. The XPS 15 is the first 15.6-inch laptop in the world to feature a Quad HD+ display, and also available with a touch option, boasts over 5.7 million pixels – five times the amount of standard HD – for jaw-dropping resolution. Designed for creative enthusiasts, the XPS 15 packs 4th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 quad core processor options and NVIDIA discrete graphics options. Every XPS 15 boots and resumes within seconds with hard drive configuration options from 500GB to 1TB[ii], both with a 32GB mSATA SSD, to a 512GB solid state drive, all including Intel Rapid Start Technology[iii].The award-winning XPS 13, with its 13.3-inch, edge-to-edge display that innovatively fits into a footprint similar to an 11-inch laptop, is razor thin and light, starting at under 3lbsi. It is now even faster with 4th generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD 4400 graphics, and has longer battery life for the mobile professional who values a sleek design, responsiveness and ultimate mobility. Its Full HD display provides a brilliant viewing experience and is now even more versatile with a touch option.”Dell appears to have its innovative mojo back,” said Tim Bajarin, President of Creative Strategies. “These new products clearly emphasize Dell’s commitment to create innovative mobile solutions for businesses and consumers and I believe represent some of the best products they have made in many years.”Personal and Professional Content Anytime, AnywhereThe Dell PocketCloud application is pre-installed on all XPS and Venue products, helping users build their own “personal cloud” and remotely manage personal and professional content. By combining PocketCloud with the portability of the new Venue tablets and XPS laptops, mobile workers will be able to enjoy an easy and connected experience with access to all of their apps and content from virtually anywhere.Get the Most Out of Your Technology with Dell ServicesDell customers can get the most out of their technology with Dell Services, dedicated to keeping them connected and productive, whether they’re using their Dell Venue tablet or XPS purchase for work or home. In addition to the Dell Limited Hardware Warranty, consumers can elect to include additional protection such as Accidental Damage Service[iv], Premium Phone Support and Rapid Return for Repair after Remote Diagnosis[v], which means that their system will be repaired and returned to them within 3-5 business days after remote diagnosis. Likewise, business customers can be rest assured that their devices will fit seamlessly and securely into their corporate IT environment with Dell Enterprise Services like ProSupport[vi] on the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro tablets.Availability and PricingThe Dell Venue 7, Venue 8, Venue 8 Pro, and new XPS 15 will be available from October 18 on www.dell.com in the United States and select countries around the world. The Venue 11 Pro, XPS 11 and the updated XPS 13 with touch will be available in November. Starting prices are as follows:Venue 7: $149.99Venue 8: $179.99Venue 8 Pro: $299.99Venue 11 Pro: $499.99New XPS 15: $1,499.99XPS 11: $999.99New XPS 13: $999.99
Ella in Valley of the Four Winds might say, “How are you today, WoW Insider readers?”Those Azerothian apples may be lovely indeed — but everything’s better with bacon. Ella’s right about the satisfactions of sharing an apple, but you may find you don’t especially want to share this version. We’re going to show you how to skill up your apple-baking technique with one of the shortest, simplest, most delectable recipes we’ve ever run on Well Fed Buff. Half a Lovely Apple … With BaconIngredients1 or 2 apples, sliced into wedgesBaconCinnamonI’ve used quite a few different varieties of apple for this recipe; it’s hard to find one that doesn’t taste good. Organic is a smart choice, since apples tend to be one of the most pesticide-laden fruits. The easiest way to get nice, even wedges is to use one of those handy-dandy apple slicers. Rinse it off immediately after use for easy-peasy clean-up.PreparationPreheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.Line a baking sheet with foil; no cooking spray is necessary.Coil one piece of bacon around each apple wedge and place it on the baking sheet.Sprinkle each wrapped wedge lightly with cinnamon (not cinnamon sugar, just plain cinnamon).Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until the apples are soft throughout when pierced with a fork.A word for those of you who might be uncertain about trying the cinnamon: Keep in mind that not only is cinnamon frequently used in sweet baked goods but also in savory dishes like Indian food, so it will complement both the bacon and the apple. Use a light hand and give it a shot — I don’t think it will be a deal breaker for you, even if it doesn’t prove to be your favorite.My favorite time to enjoy Half a Lovely Apple … With Bacon is with (or as) breakfast. It also makes a perfect dessert if we’ve scrounged up salads for dinner and find ourselves still a bit unsatisfied. Pump things up to main serving status by tucking a chicken tender inside the bacon alongside the apple, as did the cook who made the batch shown in the header image. Be sure to adjust your cooking time to ensure that the chicken is fully cooked throughout.Bon appétit!
My interest in Final Fantasy XIV is not purely about racing to the endgame, but I am well aware there is an endgame. And while I’m easily distracted by the pursuits of other goals such as leveling Arcanist, I’d rather be on the early side to the party. There’s nothing wrong with not being the first at endgame, but I’d prefer to beat the rush, if you know what I mean. So my playtime has been focused a bit more toward getting to the end of the story quick-like.This also means going through a lot of Final Fantasy XIV’s dungeons. I’m not quite up to the last rush, but considering a lot of people I see are still moving into stuff I left behind a while ago, I’m still a bit ahead of the parabola. So let’s take a look at the dungeons along the path from level 1 to level 50 after the initial set (which I covered back in beta). HalataliThe first three dungeons require a visit, but this is the first dungeon in the game that’s optional. There’s a quick quest explaining what it is and why you should go there (there’s stuff in there), but if you want to reach the level cap without ever stepping inside (and without ever filling out your Grand Company hunting log), you can feel free. That having been said, there’s some good stuff in here, and it’s another step up of the mechanics that were present in the first three dungeons.All three bosses require dealing with adds, and that means that all three are really requesting that DPS players step up their game. Tanks can easily hold the bosses with few issues, but DPS can’t be on cruise control either. It’s a theme that is lightly addressed early on and reaches a climax much later, so look forward to that.The Thousand Maws of Toto-RakI remember when this place was the new hotness. I’ve still got treasure kicking around that I picked up from this dungeon in 1.0, some of which is still great, some of which… not so much. The overall layout hasn’t changed too much, although the back-and-forth just to fight a single boss is helpfully gone. It’s still filled with puks, landtraps, and diremites, along with a few ochus and mushrooms for variety.Where Halatali asks DPS to step up to the plate, this dungeon is all about putting extra pressure on the healers. There’s a lot of poison thrown around and damage that even smart DPS can’t avoid, forcing healers to accept that they’re not going to have everyone topped off at all times. The emphasis on Esuna gets a bit obnoxious if you’re dealing with a lot of melee, though.Haukke ManorHaukke has the unfortunate drawback of being right below the next dungeon, which means very few people want to run it. It also has a disproportionately crazy final boss, with far too many adds that can overwhelm tanks pretty quickly. It also has charming atmosphere and some reasonable treasure for its level, and it’s the first dungeon where entering as a job rather than a class will have tangible benefits beyond stat allocation, so there’s that.This dungeon also requires you to do a bit of marking, on the second boss if nowhere else. The first two boss fights are dull, and most of the trash is forgettable, but the final boss can spit out huge numbers of adds in short order and winds up feeling just a little disjointed. A more restrained approach might have been better here. You have to see it at least once as part of the story, but most people won’t go back.Brayflox’s LongstopThis is probably one of my favorite dungeons, although the random drops kill me in here. This is the second dungeon to contain a unified set of armor for each role (Battlemage, Infantry, and Cavalry) and also one of the most treasure-laden dungeons available, with good odds of getting five greens and four aetherial items on a single run. If it dropped tomestones, no one would ever leave. I still probably won’t leave for quite some time, as despite my best efforts I haven’t seen an Infantry Shirt drop once in my several dozen runs.Better yet, each of the four bosses is multifaceted without being overly complicated. The first boss is pretty dull, but the second two require DPS players to be alert beyond simply “attack adds”; the dragon at the end requires everyone to be alert, quick, and reactive. Add the goblin-saving mission in the middle and it’s impossible not to be happy that this is a part of the mandatory progression.The Sunken Temple of QarnScrew this place.Sunken Temple of Qarn is apparently a dungeon designed to make me hate my job, this game, dungeons, group content, bees, boss fights, trash fights, ancient ruins, and video games in general. As I write this I have run it precisely once because two fellow RPC members were kind enough to accompany me in, an act of selflessness which means I now owe them a great deal of my blood. Running it again sounds about as pleasant as reliving the day that I was informed my father had died unexpectedly in his apartment.The problem here isn’t that the dungeon is mechanically complex; it’s that a lot of these mechanics give you absolutely no control over what happens. You can legitimately pay attention to everything you need to do and still find yourself wiping more than once. It’s an optional dungeon but not really because your Grand Company hunting log sends you here. And while I understand all of the goals of the mechanics in here, this is one of the only places where all of the mechanics combine to form something that is distinctly not even remotely fun.Cutter’s CryBrayflox is memorably fun, Qarn is memorably awful, but Cutter’s Cry is just… there. This dungeon has precisely one redeeming feature, and that’s the final boss. The layout is annoying (as are the random sand explosions) and the treasure is nothing to write home about. Boss one is irritating as both a healer and a tank, and boss two is trivially simple.The chimera at the end, though… this is where it gets interesting. Aside from requiring you to duck his cone effects that emerge at 45-degree angles from the front (enough to hit the tank in front while also catching unwary DPS on the flank), he also has three abilities to observe. One requires you to run away from him, one demands that you collapse onto him, and the last one sends a bolt of power for players to run from before it explodes.It’s complex and requires a lot of management of position without ever relying upon adds or cheap tricks. I absolutely love it. It’s a shame it’s also in a dungeon that I otherwise will happily ignore from here on out because seriously, no point.Stone VigilThe first dungeon in which you can start picking up endgame currency, Stone Vigil is more like Brayflox than its predecessors. It’s not a treasure extravaganza, but the bosses are the right mix of challenge and fun, the layout is clean without being simple, and the pulls along the way aren’t something you can face on autopilot. A solid dungeon all around.The second boss really puts the truth to how important good DPS play really is; the boss is trivially easy to tank to the point where I just stood in the doorway tanking without even moving on my first run through. Running later as DPS it became a lot trickier and more involved. The last boss, meanwhile, will really force everyone to play at peak — there are lots of mechanics so that everyone stays active, but nothing that’s cheap or overly ornate. Fun place, really.Dzemael DarkholdThis place was brutal in 1.0. It’s still pretty intense now, but somewhat less so. What does drag the overall experience down a bit is how many patrols wander through the place, often out of sight until they crash into you face-first. It makes the paths between the bosses far more stressful than they need to be.As for the bosses, the first one requires players to move between safe zones while managing adds and the otherwise invulnerable boss, a mechanic nicely foreshadowed before the fight by showing off the boss along the way. The second is fairly boring, but the third is another very mobile fight requiring a lot of effort from the whole party without ever being cheap. There are adds (after a fashion) and even an instant-death attack that’s as fair as you can ask for in an MMO.And this is only the stuff leading up to the endgame runs. Five more dungeons remain from here on out.Feedback is welcome down below or via mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You know the drill by now. Next week, it’ll be time to discuss the main story content, and the week after that I’m going to talk about how gil rules everything around you.From Eorzea to Vana’diel, there is a constant: the moogles. And for analysis and opinions about the online portions of the Final Fantasy series, there is also a constant: The Mog Log. Longtime series fan Eliot Lefebvre serves up a new installment of the log every Saturday, covering almost anything related to Square-Enix’s vibrant online worlds.
RygariusOctober 7ClassesPriestHolyTo help address issues with input lag, Mastery: Echo of Light now heals for three times as much every 3 seconds (was once every 1 second). Total amount healed remains unchanged.ShadowTo help address issues with input lag, Vampiric Embrace now heals every second instead of every time the Priest deals Shadow spell damage. The total amount healed remains unchanged.Class ArmorCorrected an issue where the Tier-16 Shadow 4-piece set bonus was improperly applying the damage bonus to additional spells when multiple instant cast spells are cast at the same time.RogueTalentsCorrected an issue with Cloak and Dagger that could allow Rogues to bypass some targeting and line-of-sight restrictions.CreaturesEvermaw’s spawn is no longer tied to Dread Ship Vazuvius.Moonfang should now always drop something when defeated.Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios Siege of OrgrimmarSpoils of PandariaCorrected an issue where Spark of Life had more health than intended on Flexible difficulty.Garrosh HellscreamGarrosh Hellscream should no longer use Malice against players who have an Iron Star fixated on them on Heroic difficulty. source
A very strange thing happened during the three months I tested the revamped Camera app in iOS 7. I started out relying, as usual, on Camera+. It’s been a mainstay on my iPhone for several years. But as the weeks went by, I found myself using that popular app less and less until it’s now sitting a bit lost on the home page of my iPhone.While the built-in Camera app isn’t that far removed from its iOS 6 counterpart, there are a number of changes that make it better than what it was.Option buttons that were once on the picture itself now rest on a semi-transparent panel that overlays the image. In Square mode, these bars are black. You’re presented with four camera modes that you swipe among: Video, Camera, Square and Pano for panorama. Those who get the iPhone 5s will get a fifth option: Slo-mo. iPad and iPhone 4 users do not have the Panorama option.In Photo and Square mode, you can apply a live filter to an image before you take it, a feature that Instagram fans are used to. When in landscape mode, most of the options flip to accommodate the new view — except for the mode toggles. Those remain in portrait orientation, which is a bit odd. The iPad gains HDR mode, but it doesn’t have the live filters. If you take a photo with a filter and don’t like it, you can remove or change it after the picture is taken.Those who have an iPhone 5 or newer will be able to zoom in and out while shooting video. You can use burst mode on older models of the iPhone, and it works pretty well, but you don’t get the speed nor the auto-selection mode that burst mode on the iPhone 5s has.As in earlier versions of the Camera app, you can do some limited editing. For the most part, unless you’re planning to push your photo to social media right that second, you’re better off doing post-processing through Snapseed, Camera+ or iPhoto.The main thing that keeps me from completely singing the praises of the new Camera app is that, at least for me, it’s still very crash-happy. Not in burst mode, as I expected, but when toggling among filters and using Panorama. But, part of me wonders if it’s because I’m using an iPhone 4S for this review and not a 5. Regardless, it shouldn’t be crashing this much for a phone that’s still being offered by Apple.Still, I find that I’m not relying on third-party camera options as often as I used to. There’s some things that they still excel at, but I no longer feel that the built-in Camera is a poor alternative to these apps. Still, if you want decent post-processing, you’re better off doing so in another app.
official blog. Along with a few tweaks to the Siege of Orgrimmar raid are some adjustments to creatures and quests on the Timeless Isle and elsewhere.Burning Berserkers and Eternal Kilnmasters on the Timeless Isle will no longer charge players who are not in combat.Zarhym should now be behaving himself and properly despawning after the event to search his body has begun.Hunters on the Timeless Isle that use Dire Beast should no longer be summoning snakes of unusual size.Read on for the full list of hotfixes. RygariusSeptember 11ClassesHunterTalentsDire Beast should no longer summon snakes that were larger than usual while on the Timeless Isle.MageGeneralFixed an issue where a Mana Gem modified by the Glyph of Loose Mana was restoring more mana than intended. The total amount of mana restored should now be the same as an unglyphed Mana Gem.QuestsA Change of Command: The gate leading to High Marshal Twinbraid at Lion’s Landing should now be open, allowing Horde characters to complete the quest.A Vision in Time: Fixed an issue where the music wasn’t playing correctly after using Vision of Time.Ace in the Hole: Fixed an issue preventing players from being able to complete the quest.Bad Feeling, Worse Result: Players are now able to use the Lin Family Scroll to resummon the Ghost of Lin Da-Gu.When Death is Not Enough: Fixed an issue preventing players from being able to complete the quest.CreaturesBurning Berserkers and Eternal Kilnmasters no longer use Fiery Charge on targets who are not in combat.Dread Ship Vazuvius now deals less damage with its Cannon Barrage, the range of its knockback ability has been reduced, and can apply its Eerie Fog effect more readily.Nomi should now have the correct conversation text for players on the appropriate reputation level.Zarhym should now properly despawn after a player has started the event to search for his body.Rare creatures in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms should now follow the correct tapping mechanics.Raids, Dungeons, and ScenariosSiege of OrgrimmarThok the BloodthirstyThok the Bloodthirsty’s rate of energy regeneration should now increase properly after each use of Deafening Screech on Flexible, Normal, and Heroic difficulty.Garrosh HellscreamEmbodied Despair can no longer be stunned.ItemsCapacitive Primal Diamond no longer has a 1-second internal cooldown for the Capacitance effect.Cliffbreaker Breastplate should now correctly have a socket bonus for Strength instead of Intelligence.Gar’tok, Strength of the Faithful should no longer be incorrectly flagged as a caster weapon.Spark of Zandalar should now be awarding the appropriate amount of Strength to players based on the item’s level instead of the player’s level.Timeless IsleA Rock-breaking Hammer will now always be available to players inside of the Mysterious Den.Snowdrift Tiger Talons, Riverspeaker’s Trident, and Flameheart Shawl will now properly destroy rocks in the Mysterious Den.Bug FixesPlayers in the Silent Sanctuary area in Vale of Eternal Blossoms should no longer be put into an incorrect phase.Items that starts a quest with Tina Mudclaw should now be dropping at the appropriate friendship faction levels.Fixed an issue where the Healer Proving Grounds had a chance to cause the realm to crash. source
Etsy, the online marketplace for DIYers, just announced several changes to its seller policies, giving store owners significantly more control over how they run their businesses. Going forward, sellers will be able to hire as many employees as necessary, as well as use outside companies to deliver their products and outsource manufacturing to third parties (provided they receive Etsy’s approval).Most notably, these changes allow for a wider definition of “handmade” — now, the idea for an item simply must originate with the seller. This means 3D-printed items can carry the prized handmade distinction, for instance. And this change isn’t just about semantics; previously, Etsy customers could assume items that didn’t look handmade were breaking the site’s rules and consequently steer clear. As CEO Chad Dickerson explained in a blog post, these policy updates are meant to address confusion over the site’s extensive “Do’s and Don’ts” guidelines — and to lure back sellers who “felt Etsy’s policies were too intrusive and restrictive.” There’s still a good deal of fine print to go along with the new guidelines, though, so check out the source links for more details.