Jerry Shen, the CEO of ASUS has teased that its first wearable, the ZenWatch, will be priced at under $199 when it's fully revealed in October. ASUS should unveil the ZenWatch at IFA 2014 which kicks off in Berlin, Germany on Wednesday.
The new ASUS ZenWatch should be running Android Wear, will support English-based voice recognition, something that Shen revealed at a media briefing in Taiwan. Before the end of the year, we will see Chinese language for voice support from ASUS, too. We will hear more on the ZenWatch and ASUS products at IFA during the week.
Disney studios and the Australian Government have come to an financial agreement, which will see the fortchoming sequel in the 'Pirates of the Carribbean' franchise, 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' filmed in Australia.
The Federal Arts Minister Senator the Hon George Brandis QC has agreed to provide Disney with a $21 million tax break to lure the production away from the United States to the Gold Coast, which will stimulate the Australian film production sector which has been relatively quiet with international productions due to the high dollar.
Notable productions to film at the studio in the past include 'Peter Pan', 'Scooby Doo' and 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader'.
'Dead Men Tell No Tales' is expected to begin production in 2015, for a 2017 release and will see Johnny Depp return in the iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow. Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will share directing duties.
The upcoming League of Legends 2014 World Championship will be a sell out according to Riot Games' EVP of eSports Dustin Beck, with the championship taking place in Sangam Stadium in Seoul, South Korea.
Beck spoke to Polygon, where he said that the venue can take 65,000 people, but after Riot is done with its epic stage design the stadium will take 45,000 people. He added: "We do expect to sell out. Our early ticket sales have all sold out. We're trying to create more capacity and flexibility, but so far so good."
Last year's World Championship was held in Staples Center in LA, also selling out, but could hold a little over 12,000 people. The finals drew a huge 32 million viewers online last year, with a peak of 8.5 million concurrent viewers.
NASA is about to get the reinstall discs for its Opportunity rover on Mars, and do a fresh install. The US space agency has been having issues with the Opportunity, where it can't get the vehicle to reboot, with scientists pegging the issue on worn-out cells in its flash memory.
After ten years of service, and trekking the alien landscape of Mars, we should be surprised with its ten-year run. NASA had originally had an expected mission life of just three months, so even with the problems, lasting ten years is quite the achievement. Scientists will soon back up Opportunity's memory, then send a format command to prevent the bad cells from being accessed.
The signal for this action will take 11.2 minutes to reach the Opportunity, as Mars is currently 212 million miles away. Since the Opportunity touched down in 2004, the winds on Mars have kept its solar panels mostly clean, which is another surprising thing to note, especially with an expected mission life of just three months.
Watch maker Swatch looks forward to launch its own smartwatches next year, with the aim of competing for a multi-billion-dollar industry that analysts expect Samsung, Apple, and other companies to dominate in the coming years. Swatch is the largest watchmaker in the world, and hopes its new Swatch Touch - scheduled for release in 2015 - will help shake up the smartwatch market even further.
"Our first message for customers is the watch," said Nick Hayek, Swatch CEO, in a recent interview posted on Reuters. "If they like it, they might also be interested in the extra functions. It is a problem if you only define a product by its technology. Technology alone doesn't sell, not in watches."
Analysts believe Swatch could take a two percent revenue and earnings hit from potential Apple iWatch growth with each 10 market share the iWatch can capture. Swatch and Apple would be able to offer a lucrative product, but Swatch wants to continue selling fashionable watches - and not just focus on technology.
The Internet has been ablaze for the better part of the day, with countless celebrity nudes leaked onto the Internet. Where is this leak coming from? Well, it's being reported that celebrities' iCloud accounts have some how been accessed, with the exploit seeming to stem from Apple's 'Find My iPhone' service.
The developers of ibrute announced around 24 hours ago that there was a bug in the Find My iPhone service, which could imply that hackers gained access to AppleIDs, and from there, there are many ways that iCloud accounts could be accessed. If this method was used, the hackers would have needed email addresses of the celebrities in order to leak out their photos. Even still, the hackers would only need a couple of email addresses, and then search the inboxes for the celebrity-in-questions friends' email addresses.
But don't fret, the developers have confirmed that the exploit within the Find My iPhone has been patched up, but has the damage already been done? Shockingly, 4Chan has reportedly pulled the original thread with all of the pictures, which is something that I thought I'd never see. We've reached out to Anand for a comment, but haven't heard back just yet.
We should hear all about the iWatch on September 9 when Apple unveils its iPhone 6, but it's still rumored - nothing is confirmed yet. Re/code is now reporting that Apple executives have been discussing a price point for its first wearable, with cheaper models to be released in the future.
Re/code reports: "Apple executives have discussed charging around $400 for the company's new wearable device. Pricing has yet to be finalized for the forthcoming product, which is expected to begin shipping next year. Sources say consumers should expect a range of prices for different models including lower priced versions."
I think we'll see Apple unveil the iWatch alongside the iPhone 6, with the $400 price seeming about right for Apple. We will know much more on September 9, just over a week from now.
Gamescom 2014 is over for another year, but NVIDIA had some interesting things to play around with at the event. One of these stations was powered by Alienware and its Aurora GeForce GTX TITAN Z PCs, which were running 32-inch 4K-capable screens with Project Cars being displayed.
The video above has Slighty Mad Studios talking about its partnership with NVIDIA, and the future of PC gaming - where the studio has said that "4K wasn't enough" so it decided to play around with 12K gaming, or triple 4K. Triple 4K gaming on NVIDIA is achieved with NVIDIA 4K Surround, which requires some serious GPU horsepower to drive all of those pixels.
Slighty Mad Studios talked about its partnership with NVIDIA, saying: "A long-standing productive relationship with NVIDIA has resulted in a level of support, advice, guidance and technology that has contributed significantly to the quality of our racing games and continues to do so in Project Cars at WMDPortal. NVIDIA's attitude to an independent developer such as Slightly Mad Studios is exemplary and refreshing and we are very grateful for this relationship."
Samsung has been quite aggressive with its ad campaign for the Galaxy Tab S, comparing its latest slate against its competitors slate, and in this case, that competitor is obviously Apple, and that slate is the iPad. In its latest ad, Samsung took to the streets of New York with its new Galaxy Tab S, comparing it to the iPad, seeing what the average customer has to say about it.
Every single person said the Galaxy Tab S was better - but it's not like we'd see the people saying the iPad is better in an advertisement for a Samsung product, wouldn't that be a nice spin on things? - but the Galaxy Tab S is an incredibly thin and light tablet, with some great specifications. We have two sizes to choose from, with an 8.4- and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S on offer, both sporting a 2560x1440 Super AMOLED display.
The Galaxy Tab S is quite thin, and light at just 1.02 pounds (462g), making it lighter than the iPad which weighs 1.44 pounds (652g) and right on the same footing as the iPad Air which is 1 pound (469g).
Thought you built a massive city in SimCity over the years? Think again. Peter Richie has built something he calls 'Megacity One' which is home to an insane 107 million people, or 107,658,254 to be exact.
Megacity One has 81 large city tiles, a massive 26,542km (or 16,492 miles) of roads, 8,626km (or 5,359 miles) of subway lines and 324 hydrogen power plants. When we come back to the real-world, the biggest urban center is Tokyo-Yokohama, which is home to 37 million residents. Megacity One is also home to 512 water pumps, 486 waste management centers, has over 2,000 schools, 81 universities, and 162 colleges.
Richie created Megacity One in SimCity 4, without the use of any modifications for the game - this is just purely great urban planning.