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Apple rumored to launch its new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air in Q2 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 hour, 17 mins ago

According to the latest news from The Wall Street Journal, Apple is preparing to launch its new MacBook Air that will feature a Retina class display. We might even see the first sneak peek at it when Apple hosts its media event next week.

 

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WSJ is reporting that manufacturers have received orders from Apple to begin spinning up the mass production of the new MBA, which should begin shipping in the next three months. The current MacBook Air is offered with an 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch display, but 1366x768 or 1440x900 resolutions, respectively. The new Retina MacBook Air could pump this up to 1920x1080 or even 2560x1440 on its 12-inch display.

 

Something Apple has to be careful of is the battery drain on the new Retina-powered MBA, as the higher resolution is sure to suck more juice. But, we should see Apple adopting Intel's new Broadwell-based processors, which should counter that higher battery consumption with less power consumption on the CPU and GPU side of things.

Sony not worried about the price of its VR headset during development

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 3 hours, 17 mins ago

GDC 2015 - During the development of its VR headset, Sony has said that "price has not been driving our development process" for Project Morpheus. The words come directly from President of Sony's Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, Shuhei Yoshida.

 

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Yoshida continued: "The first time people try VR is the most dangerous time. People get used to it after a while, but the first is the most susceptible to motion sickness. So we want to get the hardware right". He added: "Now we feel that we have the system, we have passed the threshold that we set out. Then, how cheap we can deliver to the consumer? That's the second question we're going to tackle. The number of people who will buy day one hardware will be some kind of reverse function of price, that we understand, but we really need to do it right from day one".

 

Sony isn't talking about the price of Project Morpheus at all, but Yoshida did say that when it's out, the price of its VR headset will fall with time, just like the PS4. But the entire focus of Project Morpheus isn't the price, but the hardware and the experience. This could mean that Sony might have a more expensive headset on its hands, but just how expensive? How much is too much for you?

Valve confirms it is experimenting around with Half-Life in VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 4 hours, 29 mins ago

GDC 2015 - We know that Valve is working on VR now that HTC announced it had partnered up with the company on its recently revealed Vive VR headset, but now Valve has admitted that it is playing around with Half-Life in VR.

 

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Kotaku spoke with Valve at GDC during the week, asking Valve programmer Jeep Barnett about Half-Life in the virtual world of VR. Barnett said: "We've said, 'Let's take some existing art and see how it fits. So yeah, we'll grab some headcrabs, we'll grab the machine guns from Half-Life, the rocket launcher - all those different fun things - and see how they play in VR. But right now, it's a tool for exploring the different kind of game designs we want to do".

 

When pressed about the possibilities of Valve making Half-Life compatible with VR headsets, Barnett replied with "We're not saying, 'no,' but we don't know what the right thing is [yet]. Our most precious resource is time, and we don't have enough time for people to do everything. Would we like to make all of our franchises in VR? Absolutely. But we don't have enough time or people. So we have to figure out what's the best fit, what plays to the strengths of VR".

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Rock Band 4 announced, will hit the Xbox One and PS4 end of this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 29 mins ago

We knew it was coming, but now it has been confirmed: Rock Band 4 is coming to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year. Harmonix has also said it teamed up with hardware manufacturer Mad Catz for the accessories side of things.

 

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This is great news, as the developer has said that Rock Band 4 will be backwards compatible with every single Rock Band guitar and drum et you have collected, all the way back to 2007. If you don't want to use your old instruments, the developer will be offering up some new instruments of course. But it's not just the instruments that will be backwards compatible, as all of the previous DLC will be carried over (platform dependant) which is great to see.

 

The backwards compatibility for both the hardware and DLC could be because Harmonix is no longer being published by EA, where Harmonix has partnered up with Mad Catz to manufacturer the new hardware, as well as distribute the new boxed game. Better yet, Rock Band 4 won't be superseded by another Rock Band game anytime soon, as Harmonix will be updating Rock Band 4 with new songs, modes and other community-driven content.

 

Rock Band 4 hits the Xbox One and PS4 toward the end of 2015.

Harrison Ford crash update: Actor "Battered, but fine"

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 hours, 50 mins ago

Just days since the death of 'Star Trek' legend Leonard Nimoy, the thought of serious injury or worse to Harrison Ford couldn't bear imagining. Which is lucky, because according to his son Ben Ford the actor is "battered, but fine".

 

 

Fords representatives have release a statement saying that the actor "was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which stalled upon takeoff... He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely. The injuries sustained are not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery."

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This beautiful collaboration between ASUS and Bitspower should be seen

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 6 hours, 19 mins ago

This beautiful setup is Bitspower's fully watercooled reply to ASUS' Maximus VIII Impact as shared by Kurpiewski Concept's Facebook page.

 

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If just component watercooling isn't enough for your extreme build, here's a perfect way to go 'over the top' but in a simplistic and stylish manner.

 

As seen on the product itself, the Bistpower code for this great inclusion is the AIZ97M7IITX and you can already find versions of this nickel plated cover for sale around on various websites - stock is another issue however.

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AMD to unveil its next-gen Radeon R9 390X at Computex in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 hours, 55 mins ago

It looks like AMD was using its next generation GPU at the Game Developers Conference, without much fan fare. PC Perspective was there, with Ryan Shrout reporting that AMD was using its next-gen video card to power an Oculus Rift demo.

 

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Shrout met with AMD shortly after, where they told him that the not-so-great looking system was powered by the "upcoming flagship Radeon R9 video card" but nothing else was said. Shrout asked if he could take the side panel off, or look at the driver, or GPU-Z, but he was shut down for every single option.

 

Then we have KitGuru reporting that AMD will launch its new Radeon 300 series, including the Radeon R9 390X at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan in June. We know that AMD has confirmed new GPUs for Q2 2015, so we should expect an announcement in the next 4-6 weeks, with a full retail launch in June? Surely AMD wouldn't wait until June to launch its new GPU when NVIDIA has just unveiled its GeForce GTX Titan X.

Mike Ey, Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit-and-run

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 7 hours, 24 mins ago

As reported by Seattle TV station Kirotv, local police stated that Mike Ey, a project designer for Microsoft's HoloLens, was rear-ended by a speeding drier quoted to be traveling "over 100 miles an hour" while commuting on the highway.

 

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This unfortunate event took place "early Saturday morning," with the driver, Robert Malsch, fleeing the scene and later being captured and charged with vehicular homicide and a felony hit-and-run.

 

In a testimony to Ey's dedication to the project, his girlfriend Kelley Piering commented that he described the HoloLens as "the coolest thing ever," with her adding "It's looking at the future while holding the present" and "Mike said it wasn't perfect but it was going to be one day."

HP Australia 500 million AUD in the red over three years

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 8 hours, 35 mins ago

Reporting almost half a billion dollars (AUD) in losses over the past three years, iTnews has told us that "with its latest financial results revealing the company does not expect things to look up any time soon."

 

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With a $152 million AU loss in its 2014 financial year ending October 2014, this follows a greater $270 million loss in fiscal 2013 and a $58 million loss in 2012. If you're wondering if things were ever looking up for HP, they did post a $134 million profit in 2011 - but this has now all been blown away.

 

After writing off $161 million in deferred tax assets in 2014, they were hit with a $165.9 million tax bill. As explained to us, a company will generally undergo this process when they don't expect to make a profit in the next few years.

 

Looking on the brighter side of things, their revenue did grow slightly to $3.6 billion in fiscal 2013 from $3.3 billion posted previously, however, their costs were raised from $3.4 billion to $3.8 billion - reportedly due to increased cost of inventory.

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Harrison Ford "seriously injured" in plane crash

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 8 hours, 57 mins ago

According to reports coming out of the United States, actor Harrison Ford has been "seriously injured", when the vintage plane he was piloting crash landed on the green at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California.

 

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TMZ have reported that the suffered multiple gashes to his head and was bleeding. No official word on his condition as yet.

 

Ford will next been seen reprising his role as Han Solo in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' in December.

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