It was 9:20AM in when a meteor the half the size of a football field, described by NASA as a "tiny asteroid" hit central Russia. Injuring at least 1000 people, and damaging 3000 buildings, the blast of the meteor was "equivalent to 300,000 tons of TNT", CNN says. You can see the meteor fly through the air here
A few weeks ago, North Korea openly admitted to nuclear weapon development and testing, and along with that said that they would, "deliver it directly to the US". They finally conducted a nuclear weapon test this week underground with much "more sophisticated technology than their previous attempts" CNN says. In reply to this test, the UN Security Council will meet, but it's assumed the US will do their own security sanctions. More military, and anti-missile defense systems will be placed in or around North Korea. The only thing we don't know is what type of nuclear weapon they're testing; plutonium or uranium. If they master uranium bombs they can easily continue to develop them as North Korea has a uranium deposit and can keep digging it up.
Valve Lays off 25, Gaben Responds
Valve cofounder Gabe Newell has responded to the reports of layoffs at the Half-Life and Counter-Strike developer today. In a statement sent to Engadget, Newell said the developer is not canceling any ongoing projects or changing its priorities.
"We don't usually talk about personnel matters for a number of reasons. There seems to be an unusual amount of speculation about some recent changes here, so I thought I'd take the unusual step of addressing them," Newell said.
"No, we aren't canceling any projects. No, we aren't changing any priorities or projects we've been discussing," he added. "No, this isn't about Steam or Linux or hardware or [insert game name here]. We're not going to discuss why anyone in particular is or isn't working here."
According to reports earlier this week, Valve laid off as many as 25 developers in its hardware and Android divisions as part of the company making "large decisions" about its future.
Prominent hardware developer Jeri Ellsworth said she was fired, while business director Jason Holtman has reportedly left for unknown reasons.
Call of Duty Coming Back in 2013
That's a not a big surprise: Activision confirmed during the conference following the publication of their financial results that Call of Duty will be back this year with a new opus planned for late 2013. We may suppose the alternation will be conserved and that this up-coming COD will be part of the Modern Warfare series.
Activision CFO Dennis Durkin didn't give much details about this possible Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 while we still don't know if it will available on both current consoles and next-generation consoles.
Steam Celebrates New Linux Client with Sales
It’s been tested, it’s been debated, and it’s now available to all: Valve announces the official launch of the Steam Linux client after nearly four months in beta. Expectedly, a sale is going on for all Linux-supported games in Steam’s catalog, including Crusader Kings II and Counter-Strike: Source.
The sale lasts until February 21 and takes 50 to 75 percent off the 54 games Linux users can slot into their brand new platform. Team Fortress 2 joins the revelry by automatically awarding a free and tradeable in-game Tux accessory for all Linux mercs jumping into the free-to-play shooter before May 1.
Grab the Steam Linux client
and browse the full list of discounted titles
on the sale page. Welcome to Steam, Linux gamers.
Alleged PS4 Controller?
The photo, which seemingly first appeared on Destructoid from an unknown source, shows a DualShock-like controller with what appears to be a touch pad in the middle where the Start and Select buttons are usually located - as previous rumours have suggested.
The controller is connected to what one would assume to be a PlayStation 4 dev kit.
While its validity is unconfirmed, Kotaku reports that an 'industry source familiar with the new system' has told the site the device in the image is the 'real deal'.
IGN corroborates, citing a 'trusted source', but adds that it's an 'early prototype' that is likely to change before its final release.
As well as the front-facing touch pad, the prototype in the picture also appears to feature a grill below the touch pad for an internal speaker or microphone, an illuminated panel along the top which could be related to built-in Move-like functionality, and two buttons on either side of the touch pad, which may be new Start/Select keys, or related to a rumored Share button feature (EDIT: This was to be proven false
The controller also shows revised analogue sticks, a bulkier d-pad than the traditional PlayStation 8-way, and what appears to be an earphone port on its lower surface (or, again, a possible microphone port).
In January, a senior games studio source working on an upcoming Sony game told CVG that the new system's controller has undergone numerous iterations, few of which resemble the DualShock build that has become synonymous with PlayStation. Versions of the new PS4 pad include biometric sensors on the grips and an LCD touch screen, they said.
Edge has also claimed that the next generation console will launch in Japan and the US by the end of 2013 but will not be released in Europe until "early 2014".
Facebook: Latest updates and Buzzes
Facebook, an online social network that everybody knows about. According to CNet News, Facebook's Co-Founder, Dustin Moskovitz who left in 2008 still has possession of 124.6 million shares equaling 7.24% in the company. The current Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Zuckerberg still holds 29.3% of the company. In total, Dustin Moskovitz's 124.6 million shares, hold up to $3.5 billion. Now, Facebook also allows you to promote and share your friends' posts for a certain price. With the help of this new feature, it pushes and enables your friend's post towards the top of people's user news feeds. This feature is only available for users with less than 5000 friends or subscribers. The point or reason why this feature was created was because Facebook thought that this would benefit and help charities or fundraisers and possibly events. Now, if privacy is your concern, then Facebook is already aware if it for the post will only be promoted for people that have already seen it.
Navigational System Improvements
Are you tired of getting lost when you're driving? Well, researchers have finally developed an even more accurate car navigation system. The improvement rate goes from 50 percent to 90 percent all relying on the signals being received. Furthermore, this new system climbs up and faces multiple challenges through GPS systems in the city area. According to the team, ""Future applications that will benefit from the technology that we are currently working on will include cooperative driving, automatic maneuvers for the safety of pedestrians, autonomous vehicles or cooperative collision warning systems"". All in all, the team wants to enhance and develop a more complex system built in the smartphones.
Antipiracy site gets sued for pirating their design
A site known as "The Pirate Bay" are frustrated over a new site known as "antipiracy group CIAPC" because of what they've done. Now the question is, what did they do? The answer is, this "antipiracy" website stole The Pirate Bay's website layout and everything in it. Well, The Pirate Bay itself can already face and deal with lawsuits for it contains many torrents, free downloads to music, games tv shows, movies and applications. The interesting part is that this "antipiracy group" will most likely not pay the fine, so the end result will be in court. The tables have also been turned because The Pirate Bay had stopped hosting of torrents and changed to a search engine where you are able to download the torrents from other websites. "We are outraged by this behavior," a Pirate Bay spokesman told TorrentFreak. "People must understand what is right and wrong. Stealing material like this on the Internet is a threat to economies worldwide. We feel that we must make a statement and therefore we will sue them for copyright infringement." Now what the Pirate Bay spokesman sad seems to be pretty funny because they were doing the same in the past. According to The Pirate Bay, the charge basic fee should be $6,663. In your opinion, what do you think about this topic?