Yesterday, Google’s Nexus 5 briefly appeared on the Google Play Store with a starting price of $349. Based on rumors and tech trend, this base model will likely feature 16 GB of memory, with the $399 model utilizing 32GB. It is still unclear whether or not Google will decide to provide the $399 model with a 3000 mAh battery as opposed to the 2300 mAh one that the base model will feature. Fortunately, the rest of Nexus 5’s specifications were leaked through a PDF repair manual. Nexus 5 will boast a Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3GHz paired with 3GB RAM, an 8 MP camera, and a 5 inch 1080p touch screen. Its release date is nearly set in stone for the either 24th or 31st of October (Halloween) to complement Android 4.4’s Kitkat theme.
Blacklight Retribution, a free to play first person shooter game, specializes in weapon customization. Players are offered a wide array of receivers(guns), muzzles, barrels, magazines, scopes, stocks, weapon tags, and weapon camoflauge. All of these allow for variations of key weapon stats such as damage, recoil, spread, and range in accord with one’s playstyle. Receivers range from assault rifles to sub machine guns to sniper rifles and all can be customized. This leads to diverse gameplay and thoughtful weapon personalization. However, Blacklight is also plagued by a few major issues, one of them being no form of auto balance. Lack of auto balance allows for extremely uneven teams, with the only resolution being all members of one team leaving(usually the losing team).
Another obstacle to pristine gameplay is lackluster spawn protection. There are only a few spawn locations and no location is safe from spawn campers(people who stay in one spot all the time). Spawn locations only switch if enemies are standing ether directly on top of or in very close proximity to the spawn itself, but not if hostiles choose to position a decent distance away. One of the worst abuses of this spawn mechanic is Hardsuit (large mech. machine) spawn camping. The Hardsuit is one of the in game purchases available and takes team coordination and/or RPG shots to take down. It is slow and cumbersome, but compensates for this with shear damage through a minigun and a one shot kill railgun. One can pilot one of these into a position from which he can continuously rain bullets onto the opposing teams spawn. Aside from those issues, Blacklight Retribution is an excellent shooter with great graphics and a variety of interesting maps. Overall, Blacklight gets a score of 8/10.
The top 2 7 inch tablets on the market at the moment are Google’s Nexus 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. Pricewise, these tablets are nearly identical, with the Nexus 7 starting off with a base price of $229 for 16GB and the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 starting at $199 for 8GB. Price and memory differences between the base models are negligible as Samsung’s tablet offers cheap expandable storage via a MicoSD slot. The more meaningful differences lie in other areas. Here is a table comparing the two:
Evidently, Nexus 7 is the clear winner with memory and mass being the only two categories in which Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 even comes close. Nexus 7 is by far the better tablet and probably the best small form factor tablet on the market.
Yesterday, Google released its Advert for Android 4.4 Kitkat on Youtube in which the Google campus is observing a a Kitkat android figure being installed, with many employees recording and taking pictures on their smartphones. At around the 38 second mark, two employees can be seen holding Nexus phones varying from the current Nexus 4, which has lead to speculation that their phones are the highly anticipated Nexus 5s.
(video courtesy of Theverge.com)
If this is true, Google’s next iteration in its Nexus phone series will also be manufactured by LG, as the LG logo is visible near the bottom of the phone’s back panel. The phone appears to have a larger camera lens in addition to LED flash, signifying that the rumors of a powerful 13 MP camera may be true. This new Nexus device looks a bit larger than its current counterpart, which is also consistent with the rumors of a 5.2 inch display. If the rest of the rumors are as credible, Nexus 5 will be quite a powerful smartphone, with 3GB of Ram, Snapdragon 600 or 800, and higher storage options.
General Deisgn: As a follow up to their successful MX518 and G400 mice Logitech has released the G400S. This mouse is essentially an upgraded G400, meaning that the general feel and shape of Logitech’s G400 is carried over. One of the distinguishing characteristics of this mouse is its non ambidextrous design: a thumb slot on one side and pinky slot on the other limit the mouse to right handed users only.
-Delta Zero sensor technology: Logitech’s newest sensor technology which is said to be more accurate than previous sensors in the predecessors of Logitech’s G400s. However, this improvement was not discernible in game.
-Up to 4000 DPI
-Durable build: The two main two switches are rated at up to 20 million clicks, while the feet are rated at up to 250KM.
-Ability to switch sensitivity in game: G400S offers in game sensitivity switching via two buttons located above and below the scroll wheel.
-Programmable buttons: While Logitech claims this mouse features 8 programmable keys, that is quickly narrowed down to 5 that are actually likely to be reprogrammed with Logitech’s Gaming Software.
-Ergonomic shape: Logitech’s G400S is sculpted in way that ensures comfort for palm grip users through long gaming sessions.
-Advanced texture: Unlike previous Logitech mice, G400S implements a new comfortable texture which allows for easier gripping and superior control.
-Excellent software: Logitech offers simple, intuitive software that permits users to program buttons, create custom profiles, adjust DPI levels and polling rate, and assign default DPI.
-Sublime customer service: If a customer’s G400S should go awry, Logitech provides exceptional, hassle free support that often mails a replacement without the necessity of sending the faulty product back.
-Polling rate of up to 1000 reports per second: A polling rate this high ensures smooth, accurate tracking.
Overall Rating: 9.5/10 due to excellent value and all around performance, but lack of support for left handed consumers
One of the best, if not the best, video capture software available is MSI Afterburner. This software is a general GPU utility which includes overclocking options, GPU monitoring, and Screen/Video capture. However, as with most other video capture software, MSI Afterburner does have a few gropes. One of them is the fast that the software does not compress video which results in absurdly large file sizes. Another issue some have had is the MSI Afterburner not recording the amount of FPS that one is playing at(or lower quality recordings). Both of these problems have fairly simple solutions.
While MSI Afterburner itself does not compress videos, there are plenty of third party software options that do so. One credible and reputable option is HandBreak, which can be obtained through the following link to their download page: http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php. In order to utilize this software, one must first select the file which can be located, by default, in Users/Public/Public Videos/Captured or wherever one has designated the video output folder to be in MSI Afterburner’s settings. Then one needs to select a destination folder and file name. Also video quality, codec and fps can be set from the video tab and audio stream can be set from the audio tab. Usually, its is best to select the H.264 codec and a constant quality of around RF:20. Afterwards, a user must simply click the start button. For best encoding times it is recommended to not have many CPU intensive programs in the background as video compression/encoding software is remarkably CPU intensive.
Some users who have not gotten themselves acquainted with the Video Capture tab of the settings menu may find that the FPS and capture quality is not what they desire. To resolve this issue all that one needs to do click “setting at bottom right corner of the main software screen and proceed to select the Video Capture tab. There, a multitude or options are listing. For most uses, video format is best kept at MJPG compression while quality should be kept anywhere about 70% (the greater, the better). Frame size is a matter of personal preference but it is best to use full frame in order to record the entire frame (what is displayed at any given moment in game). FPS should be anywhere between 30 and 100 depending on what is recorded and what FPS one typically plays at.
Hopefully, this article has helped fix some of your issues with MSI Afterburner.
Purportedly, Nexus 5 will not be released at Google’s I/o in May. Instead, rumors hint that Google will release it in October, near Android’s 5th anniversary. Instead of the Nexus 5, Google will likely release an updated Nexus 4 which will utilize LTE in addition to 32 GB of storage, up from 16 GB in the current model. These modifications will allow Nexus 4 to better compete with other high end smartphones as many of them have storage option greater than 16 GB and/or expandable storage via micro SD cards. For some the lack of LTE was a major gripe and Google hopes to fix that. It is doubtful that this new version of Nexus 4 will remain on sale for long if the upcoming Nexus 5 will sell for the same price.
Google’s Nexus 5 will likely be manufactured by LG and feature a Snapdragon 600 or 800 chipset, Android 5.0, 3 GB of RAM, a 5 inch 1080p display, 4G LTE, and 32 and 64 GB storage options with no expandibility. These specifications will undoubtedly allow the phone to compete with HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 as long as battery life is respectable. Nexus 5’s price point is one ambiguous aspect of the phone, but Google will likely want to continue the low cost trend of its Nexus devices. The price might rise a bit to $350 and $400 depending on model, but this is all speculation. With all things taken into consideration, Nexus 5 is almost certainly worth the wait.