When we compare a gaming PC with Xbox one or PlayStation 4, it’s like comparing heaven to earth. Gaming PCs have towers that take a high video memory as well as graphics that make the game’s details such as shadows, sunlight and smoke very scrupulous to make a console choke. Although PCs are very advantageous, they have their own demerits. Sometimes they become too hot, noisy and even some of them are too large to be kept in your living room. To avoid such disadvantages, you can turn your attention to steam machines which is a new model of computers in which you can play games directly from the console’s body.
It has boxes that control the steam’s OS such that it works as an interface to make buying and browsing games so easy. Apart from this, steam machines do have a top-shelf laptop graphics chip which is very powerful and has the ability to run for a longer time and still stay cool without the need of a fan. When we compare the console’s for PS4 and steamOS in terms of generation, the former belongs to a generation or two behind the latter.
Since all the systems have been set up, the only thing that is remaining to be delivered by steamOS is a world class game which is believed to be just around the corner. As per now, of all the 2900 titles of which steam owns licences, already 400 of them can now play on it which is as a result of its limiting Linux code. Lucky enough, the brain behind the Crysis series have vowed to include full Linux titles in all the upcoming titles which could also prompt other companies to do the same. Till that becomes fruitful, almost all the steam machine manufacturers will have to let their boxes run on both windows and steam as a temporal solution with an aim of holding onto their clients who play hard core games.
Researchers are always coming up with new ways to thwart cyber criminals. So far, most of the websites make use of user names and passwords as far as security is concerned. Therefore, all a hacker has to do is to get a hold of a person’s username and password to clean their bank account or steal their identity.
To counter this, researchers at IBM have now come up with a new technique. Recently, IBM announced that it has been awarded a patent for such a new program. This new program is a surfing behavior analytical program. In simple terms, it means that it records the way people browse a particular website in terms of their clicking behavior, navigational behavior and swiping behavior.
Let us take the popular website Forbes.com. Does a subscriber click on a certain link when she first enters the website? Does she use arrow keys to navigate? The main purpose of this new program by IBM is to create a profile of the person based on the navigational history. In case that individual deviates from the usual behavior, the software can trigger certain predetermined security questions to ensure that the account is not hacked.
It is true that this particular website may not require such high-level security but it is important for online banking as well as e-commerce websites. The patent also suggests that these techniques can be used to curtail the activities of the spam bots.
Programs like this are not new and ideas similar to this new application have been doing the rounds for the last 15 to 20 years. Many research groups have worked on creating a profile based on the swiping and touching behavior. A paper was published in the year 1995 which outlined the creation of a profile based on the typing patterns of individuals as touch screens were not widely available then.
There is a reason that such security applications have not become widespread as you would have wanted. Such security programs need to maintain a fine balance between security and annoyance. These programs have to be secure enough to keep the hackers away but at the same time they should not be an annoyance to the paying customers.
During the early 2000s, some music had lost some richness and clarity that it used to have some few years back. Perhaps the reason for this poor showing was not that the artists were not good enough, but rather the MP3 technology that had been designed to bring portability to a new level was not working to its maximum potential.
Although most of MP3s capitalizes on an audio data compression that reduces the file bandwidth and enables you store a large number of assorted songs in the mobile phone, they seem to lag behind when it comes to limiting the dynamic range of the music. Probably that is the reason many audiophiles thought it best to return to the original LPs that were famous for replicating the sonic footprint of the songs.
Last year, Vinyl registered an increase in turnover of 33 percent, even though it is a challenge to carry a record player. So what is the solution to this? Well, the answer is high-resolution downloads. Since the increase of the storage capacity and the dropping of download times is sites, such as HDtracks.com, this kind of format has gained viability.
Surprisingly, the latest innovation and invention comes from none other than PonoMusic, which is the start-up of Neil Young. The main objective of Pono, a Hawaiian term meaning righteous,is to enable consumers to access music files that have a high quality rich sounds in a mobile form.
On Harvest, Young’s classic 1972 album, you will get a rare glimpse of how a drum with lower-resolution versions comes out as vibrant and relaxed. All the same, once the online PonoMusic opens in October, this replay will be available.
The truth is that the PonoPlayer capitalizes on Free Audio music files whose composition is six times the musical content of many MP3s. These albums go for between $15 to $25 and entail the original master recordings that nullify both distortion and noise.