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Lenovo announces the VIBE Shot at MWC 2015, a 2-in-1 camera smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 5 mins ago

MWC 2015 - Lenovo announced its VIBE Shot recently, which the company describes as a '2-in-1 camera smartphone' that is meant to help blend the worlds of smartphones and point-and-click cameras.

 

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The way the VIBE Shot does this is by having buttons on the sides of the smartphone, like a point-and-click camera would. We have a full-frame 16:9 16-megapixel low-ligiht sensor, and tri-color flash, too. There's a 5-inch 1080p display on the front, and inside we have a Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

 

There's a 2900mAh battery, LTE Cat-4 and Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Lenovo VIBE Shot. All of this will arrive in a dual SIM offering, weighing in at 145g and just 7.3mm thin. A microSD card slot is provided for expanding upon the 32GB of on-board storage.

 

Lenovo will make the VIBE Shot available in three colors: red, white and grey. We should see it released into Lenovo's regular markets stating in June for $349.

Set off 'John Wick' in our Blu-ray giveaway, thanks to Roadshow

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 3 hours, 3 mins ago

To celebrate this week's release of 'John Wick' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have ten copies of the Blu-ray to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at Village Roadshow Home Entertainment.

 

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. When sadistic young thugs senselessly attack John Wick (Keanu Reeves), a brilliantly lethal ex-assassin - they have no idea that they've just awakened the boogeyman. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, Wick embarks on a merciless rampage, hunting down his adversaries with the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Samsung's Galaxy S6 is demolishing the competition in early benchmarks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 hours, 20 mins ago

MWC 2015 - Early benchmarks have shown that Samsung's new Exynos processor in the new Galaxy S6 is just completely smashing the competition, even against the likes of the Snapdragon 810-powered HTC One M9 smartphone.

 

 

 

In a video captured at MWC, the Exynos processor in the new Samsung flagship handset is reaching around 70,000 in AnTuTu benchmark. This might not sound like much if you don't benchmark smartphones, but with most flagship handsets from 2014 scoring around 40,000 - 50,000, this is big news. Even the HTC One M9 smartphone scores 55,000 and is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor.

 

These handsets are being tested on the show floor, so we might not be seeing final software from HTC or Samsung just yet. But early numbers are showing that Samsung has quite the powerhouse processor in its Exynos SoC.

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AVG reveals eyeglasses that make you invisible to facial recognition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 4 hours, 12 mins ago

MWC 2015 - Security software maker AVG has shown off a pair of concept glasses at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that can get around even the most advanced facial recognition technology.

 

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In the image above, Facebook's facial recognition technology can detect a face on the left, but when the infrared LEDs are switched on, it cannot detect a face at all. The infrared LEDs are positioned around the nose and eyes, which emit light at wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye, but to camera sensors, they are very bright and disruptive.

 

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Better yet, the glasses have a retro-reflective material on their rim, something that bounces light back to where it came from. If a wearer of these glasses from AVG is hit with flash photography, the retro-reflective material will bounce back most of that light into the camera's sensor. This is purely a proof of concept right now, but it's an interesting thing for AVG to be showing off at MWC 2015.

Epic Games makes Unreal Engine 4 free for all

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 13 mins ago

Epic Games has moved away from its subscription model for Unreal Engine that it unveiled last year, where it has just announced that it is providing its graphics engine to developers for free. Yes, for nothing.

 

 

There is a slight catch, with Tim Sweeney explaining: "You can download the engine and use it for everything from game development, education, architecture, and visualization to VR, film and animation. When you ship a game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. It's a simple arrangement in which we succeed only when you succeed".

 

This provides Epic Games with the great chance of helping the community grow, getting more and more developers to use Unreal Engine. Sweeney continues: "The past year has been a whirlwind for everyone at Epic Games. Our community has grown tremendously. The quality and variety of creative work being done has been breathtaking. When we asked people to submit their projects to be shown this year at GDC, we had the challenge of picking just 8 from over 100 finalists that were all good enough to show".

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Hewlett Packard is securing Wi-Fi network device maker Aruba Networks

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 5 hours, 56 mins ago

Hewlett Packard (HP) is about to spend $2.7 billion on an acquisition of Wi-Fi specialist company Aruba networks, reportedly "in an effort to help boost its share in the wireless local area network market" as claimed by iTNews.

 

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In a bid to catch up to Cisco Systems, HP is hoping this purchase will bring them a little closer and help them with the development of bring your own device (BYOD) structures worldwide. This market is expected to grow by 40 percent to $13 billion by 2019 as according to Dell'Oro Group and HP wants a larger portion of this to be theirs.

 

Aruba currently services large-scale clients such as California State University and the Dalian Wanda Group, who are responsible for controlling China's largest property developer and cinema chain.

HTC says it is 'cooperating with Half-Life' for its VR headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 2 mins ago

HTC's chairwoman, Cher Wang, has the Internet in a frenzy right now by teasing that the company is working with Valve on something to do in the Half-Life franchise.

 

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Wang said that HTC was "cooperating with Half-Life" but didn't elaborate on whether this was Half-Life 3, or another Half-Life game set in the VR world for its just-announced Vive headset that it partnered up with Valve on. Valve's own employees were reportedly "surprised by Ms Wang's comments as they were not working on a Half-Life game for the new helmet at the moment" reports the BBC.

 

I've said in various OpEd's that for VR to go mainstream the software is the most important part, and that a "killer app" is required. I've even said that Half-Life 3 would be that killer app, but are we really on the Eve of the announcement of Half-Life 3? Someone pinch me.

Project Hex - white overload modded project

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 7 hours, 7 mins ago

Boasting a plethora of sponsors like ASUS Republic of Gamers, CM Storm, Bit-Tech, Cooler Master and EK Water Blocks, this white modded system named Project HEX is set to be a stunner.

 

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Quoted as 85% complete by Alex SN on his Facebook page , this system is yet another French masterpiece. After we've been following the journey of Mathieu Delsuc from Math Military Modding and his amazing real carbon fiber tubing PC build, it's time to give another Frenchman the spotlight.

 

Packed full with a complete water cooling loop, massive bottom-mounted radiator and stunning smooth LEDs, we can't wait until this build has been brought to completion.

 

Do you want your modded project shared on TweakTown? Submit it on our Facebook page!

 

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AMD's Mantle 1.0 is 'dead', full steam ahead toward DirectX 12 now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 19 mins ago

According to a blog post from AMD's VIP of Visual and Perceptual Computing, Raja Koduri, Mantle is done. Koduri said: "...[I]f you are a developer interested in Mantle "1.0" functionality, we suggest that you focus your attention on DirectX 12 or GLnext".

 

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Koduri said that AMD will not be releasing Mantle 1.0 as a public SDK as it originally hoped, so it will go gently into that good night. Alternatives? DirectX 12 and the new OpenGL standards. AMD wants to see developers move away from Mantle 1.0 and into DirectX or the new OpenGL. Koduri adds: "Mantle must take on new capabilities and evolve beyond mastery of the draw call. It will continue to serve AMD as a graphics innovation platform available to select partners with custom needs".

 

AMD has done what it set out to achieve behind closed doors, and that is to get closer to the metal. DirectX 12 formed out of the ashes that is now Mantle 1.0, and the world is going to be a better place in just a few years when everything shifts towards these new APIs in DirectX 12 and OpenGL.

Early Steam VR impressions has people saying it's 'utterly phenomenal'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 7 hours, 41 mins ago

MWC 2015 - The Game Developers Conference is beginning to kick off, where we should find out much more about HTC's Vive, Steam VR and everything Valve + VR related. But, one of the more exciting tidbits to come out from the show is that VP of Content at Jaunt, Scott Broock, has played around with Steam VR at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

 

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Broock posted to Twitter after he had used HTC and Valve's VR solution at GDC 2015, where he tweeted: "Just experienced HTC and Valve's VR solution at #MWC15. Utterly phenomenal. The controller solution is intuitive and precise". While we've been briefly introduced to the VR headset, we don't know much, if anything at all about the controller.

 

GDC 2015 kicks off this week in San Francisco, where you can be sure we'll be delivering you the hottest content around.

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