Monday, February 25, 2013

Crysis 3 Unleashed


Electronic Arts recently released the much anticipated first person shooter "Crysis 3". Crysis 3 is developed by Crytek and published by Electronic Arts for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Crysis 3 is direct sequel to its predecessor and the whole plot of the game takes place after the events of Crysis 2. Watch the launch trailer below.

Plot
Players take on the role of Prophet as he returns to New York in 2047, 24 years after the events of Crysis 2. Prophet is said to be on a "revenge mission" after uncovering the truth behind C.E.L.L.'s motives for building the quarantined Nanodomes.

Graphics
Crysis 3 runs on CryEngine 3 and looks amazing. CryEngine 3 allows tessellation in real-time, improved ocean and water rendering, enhanced character technology, and dynamic volumetric light beams and light shaft effects. These new technologies are appreciated in the visuals of Crysis 3, from the lush environments and lighting effects, to the detailed characters.

PC System Requirements
Minimum
Operating System - Windows Vista / 7 / 8
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon x2 5200+ 2.7 GHz
Memory - 2 GB RAM (Windows 7 & 8); 3 GB RAM (Windows Vista)
Hard drive space - 12 GB free space
Graphics Card - NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 / AMD Radeon HD 5770
Sound Card - DirectX 9.0 compliant
Network - 1 Mbit/s internet connection for online play

Recommended
Operating System - Windows Vista / 7 / 8
CPU - Intel Core i3 530 / AMD Phenom II x2 565
Memory - 4 GB RAM
Hard drive space - 12 GB free space
Graphics Card - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / AMD Radeon HD 5870
Sound Card - DirectX 9.0 compliant
Network - 1 Mbit/s internet connection for online play

To see if your PC can run this game, check out Can you RUN It.


Where to buy
Crysis 3 can be purchased from GameStop, Amazon.com & Origin.

Launch Trailer

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Pro's and Cons of Windows 8 in the Enterprise



The development of Windows 8 started even before its predecessor was launched. Many home PC’s, tablets, business desktops and laptops are running on this Operating System (OS). Like there are two sides to a coin, using Windows 8 has its own advantages and disadvantages. A closer look at the pro’s and con’s of Windows 8 in the enterprise has been taken.

Advantages of Windows 8 OS in the enterprise
In no order of importance, listed below are a few advantages of Windows 8 for the enterprise:

The all new interface
Windows 8 sports an all new look and it is an amazing OS to work on. The traditional Start Menu is completely gone. The new design is well known among users as ‘Metro’ (despite the fact that Microsoft no longer identifies it by this name.) This new interface displays all the information using small boxy looking colorful tiles. These tiles provide you with real-time information at a glance. You become aware of the weather report, your incoming tweets and calendar events. Tablets that run on this OS also sport tiles. This interface provides superior support for multiple monitors. This is an added advantage of using this new interface for business.

- Offers unified working experience
The all new design of Windows 8 offers its business users a great working experience. Firstly, it completely eliminates clutter. Instead, it uses tiles that look good and offers users a unified working experience.  Furthermore, the Windows 8 experience can be expanded to tablets, Smartphones and other powerful synchronization tools that allow you manage your apps with ease even while on the go. This helps you keep in touch with your business or professional activity even when you are not physically in the office.

- Faster boot time
Yet another advantage in using Windows 8 for your business is the boot time of this OS. On various tests this OS recorded a boot time of just 8 seconds. This is one of the reasons why organizations will want to use it.


Disadvantages of Windows 8 OS in the enterprise
Like every aspect has its disadvantages, using Windows 8 for your enterprise can have some disadvantages. A few of them have been listed.

Windows 7 is not too old
A majority of people share this view that the predecessor of Windows 8 is not too old. This leaves many enterprises doubtful of replacing this new OS with the latest version. There are a handful of organizations that have just gotten used to working on its predecessor’s platform. So, going in for an OS updating can be a bad idea for them.

Additional hardware requirements
While working on Windows 8 OS, connecting to the Active Directory from devices running on AMD chips is not simple and easy. This latest version of Windows 8 is a more sophisticated OS, thus, you might have to upgrade your current business hardware suite. To benefit from the features of Windows 8, your business might have to make an extra investment in purchasing additional hardware.

Learning curve for many enterprises
Over the years, Windows has been seen some updates and innovation. The new version of Windows 8 is very different and breaks free from the traditional Windows OS platform. If your enterprise is working with Windows 8 you will have to train your workforce to work on this all new platform.

These are just a few advantages and disadvantages of working on Windows 8. Depending on the circumstances, there  may be many other pro’s and con’s of using Windows 8 for your enterprise.


Ryan Larkin authors for Broadbandproviders.com, a site that provides the best deals in broadband internet - He writes about topics in Technology News and Updates.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro : Available Now

Microsoft has released a new member in the Surface family - called "Microsoft Surface Pro". It is currently on sale in United States & Canada.

Specifications
The Surface Pro runs the latest version of Microsoft's OS i.e. Windows 8 Pro and is available in two storage options - 64GB & 128GB. It boasts a powerful Intel's 3rd Generation Core i5 Processor and 4GB Dual Channel Memory.

It has got a 10.6" ClearType Full HD Display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It has a bunch of sensors in it (Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor).

Accessories
To go along with your new Surface Pro, you can also pick up some accessories like Covers (Touch & Type), Pen, Mice, Sleeves, Power Adapters etc.

Pricing
The 64 GB version costs $899 whereas the 128 GB version costs $999.

Where to buy
The Surface Pro is available for purchase @ Microsoft Store, Best Buy & Staples.


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Top 3 Best Business Apps for Android

Many new businesses appear every month. If you're working in the field, you will certainly need tools to keep you well-organized for your daily tasks. Should your smartphone sport an Android operating system, you'll be happy to know that there are a lot of great business apps to download and use. Here is a list we recently made; it includes 3 picks which we think are the best and which we hope you'll enjoy.

Dropbox


Let's start with a business app called Dropbox. If you ask any employee in the business field about it, he/she will say that it's one of the best options ever created. The user interface it comes with makes this instrument very easy to use. You won't have to pay anything to experience this app. You can share, download and view whatever files you feel like and each of these actions will go extra smoothly. There are all sorts of features to try out. Like the one called camera file auto upload which does exactly what it says; and the resolution of your pics doesn't get modified in the process. The amount of content you can store is 2GB.



Documents to Go


Documents to Go is another business app which has proven very popular among business people with Android phones. And it's among the oldest out there. You'll find there are two versions of this tool: one which is free and another one for which you will have to pay $14.95. You should totally download it if you want something to help you make modifications to your file and view it later. Speaking of the latter, here are the ones which are supported: PDF, Doc, XLS and PPT.



Google Drive


The last business app which made it on our list of best business apps for Android is Google Drive. This one is especially great for people who have a Gmail account and use Google's services on a daily basis for their jobs. You can grab it free-of-charge and bask in its ability to easily edit, create and synchronize changes done to your files through various gadgets. What Google Drive does best, though, is the following: it gives you the opportunity to avoid attaching any file when you prepare an email. The amount of storage you are offered varies; you can choose either 5GB, 25GB, 50GB or an impressive 16TB. And everything is made to look and feel extremely easy for all varieties of users.

So these are the three best business apps we think are great for your Android device. Enjoy and tell us what you think.

 
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