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All eyes are on GDC 2015 for the future of VR

All eyes are on GDC 2015 for the future of VR

Sony and Valve have said they will be showing off their VR headsets at GDC 2015, on top of Oculus VR and possibly NVIDIA with their VR HMDs.

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The 3's just keep lining up as Half-Life 3 rumors hit overdrive

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 40 mins ago

As told to us by RagnarRox, Valve has set a press release aside for GDC at 3pm on the 3rd of march. Let me run that by you again - 3pm on 3/3.

 

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What's even funnier? With GDC being held in San Francisco, San means three in Japanese - further adding to the madness of 3's. There has been numerous funny attempts to prove HL3's existence by the gaming public, becoming a meme-like process as seen with the popular Illuminati proof videos and articles you often see.

 

However this time the 3's have lined up in ridiculous fashion - could it be that Half-Life 3 is on the way?

Crystal Dynamics all-in for Rise of the Tomb Raider on the Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 33 mins ago

Rise of the Tomb Raider will be a timed exclusive on the Xbox One, but what use is that tight relationship with Microsoft if you're not going to make the Xbox One version of the game stand out from the crowd?

 

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Crystal Dynamics, the developer who rebooted the series with Tomb Raider a couple of years ago now, has said that they pushed the Xbox 360 development over to Nixxes Software, so that they could focus on "pushing the boundaries" on the Xbox One version of Rise of the Tomb Raider. During a recent interview with Game Informer, Rise of the Tomb Raider's Game Director, Brian Horton, said they outsourced the development of Rise of the Tomb Raider to Nixxes Software so that the studio could "concentrate 100% on the Xbox One version".

 

Horton said that the two versions of the game won't be all that different, but the Xbox 360 version of the game will obviously need to be modified as it doesn't have the graphical prowess that the Xbox One has access to. He said: "For us, of course, we are not limited at all, we are pushing the boundaries when it comes to what the Xbox One can do, and we are excited that we have such a talented group in Nixxes to bring the best 360 version to the market".

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Rockstar teases master race 4K screenshots of GTA V on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 5 mins ago

Rockstar may have crushed our souls multiple times now by delaying the #pcmasterrace version of Grand Theft Auto V, but now the developer is teasing a new slew of screenshots of the PC version of the game, at 4K. Ugh.

 

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The developer has promised that a new trailer is coming soon, and something more exciting after that - a closer look at the PC exclusive Rockstar Editor that will let you make your own custom videos. Rockstar talked about the delay of the PC version of GTA V recently, where they said: "Our apologies to PC gamers worldwide who have been counting down the days until the launch of the game, but a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible, and to make certain that both Heists and the GTA Online experience are ready to roll out on day one for PC".

 

Grand Theft Auto V will land on the PC on April 14. The new batch of screenshots can be viewed after the jump, but there's a warning: these screenshots are over 3MB each.

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Virtual reality slowly beginning take over of video game industry

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: 6 hours, 56 mins ago

Virtual reality still has numerous problems to overcome before it goes fully mainstream among gamers, but already has greatly influenced the video game market. At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, game studios, developers and influencers are expected to discuss VR-focused hardware and software.

 

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At GDC, Oculus will show off Rift, Razer is expected to promote its OSVR headset, while Steam is going to unveil the SteamVR headset.

 

"Nobody buys a piece of gaming hardware because they think it looks cool," said Lewis Ward, analyst at IDC, in a statement published by CNET. "Until there's a great experience to go along with it, the hardware simply opens the door."

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Report: 5 billion Google Android apps are vulnerable to cyberattack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 12 hours, 25 mins ago

More than five billion downloaded Google Android apps could be targeted by hackers, according to cybersecurity experts. Most forms of malware (96 percent) are focused on compromising Android, according to data from the FireEye cybersecurity firm.

 

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Android is open source and allows more developers to contribute to the OS, but that also gives hackers a great opportunity to create sophisticated malware. Malware targeting Android drastically increased from 240,000 samples in 2013 up to 390,000 unique samples last year - and the problem seems to be accelerating.

 

"You can get all the code and then you can insert additional instructions and make it look and feel like the original app and no way for a consumer to tell the difference when they download it," said Jason Steer, director of technology strategy at FireEye, in a statement given to CNBC.

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Mobile payment market is up for grabs among companies pushing services

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 14 hours, 15 mins ago

The development and adoption stage of mobile payments is still relatively new, and it's anyone's game for companies putting effort into the market, according to a new Harris Poll.

 

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At least four in five smartphone owners in the US are familiar with some type of mobile payment offering - and one in three have embraced a solution. Apple Pay has driven interest, nurturing a booming ecosystem being utilized by banks, retailers, and a growing number of iPhone owners.

 

"Consumers are clearly ready for mobile payments," said Kathryn Koegel, chief of insights and communications at Steampunkt Collaborative, in a statement published by USA Today. "People are using their phones to conduct research, get discounts and deals, compare prices, find elusive items and navigate around stores. We are only a short step away from completing that circle by finishing the actual transaction with a mobile wallet."

Dropping phablet prices putting pressure on smaller-sized smartphones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 21 hours ago

Phablet sales are outperforming sales of smaller smartphones, as phablets with a screen size of 5.5 inches captured 12.8 percent of mobile electronics sales during Q4 2014, according to GfK. Phablet sales are booming in Europe, the Middle East and in Asia, with modest sales growth in Latin America and Africa.

 

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Consumers are embracing phablets so they are able to more comfortably watch online videos, movies, and play mobile games. In the emerging market, dropping phablet prices have helped consumers change their mobile preference, so they won't need to have a smartphone and tablet.

 

"This means emerging markets will have a crucial role to play in their rise, and we expect to see sales increase in Africa and Latin American in 2015 and beyond," said Arndt Polifke, global director of telecoms at GFK, in a statement published by ZDNet.

Secret Service plans to test drone flights in Washington, D.C

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

Earlier in the week, the US Secret Service said it will conduct drone exercises near the White House and throughout the Washington, D.C. area. The tests are expected over the next few weeks, but times, dates and locations for the exercises weren't made available.

 

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Ironically, it's a decision that comes weeks after a drunk federal employee crashed his drone on White House property. Although it was ultimately a harmless incident, it revealed a potential threat with more drones taking to the skies.

 

The Secret Service didn't offer very many details and only offered this statement:

 

"The United States Secret Service, in conjunction with other inter-agency partners, will conduct a series of exercises involving unmanned aircraft systems, in the coming days and weeks.

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Tim Cook: Apple Watch could replace car keys for newer vehicles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

Apple CEO Tim Cook hopes to see the Apple Watch become integrated into the daily lifestyles of iPhone owners, including even replacing car keys and large fobs. Cook didn't offer additional details while speaking with The Telegraph in a recent interview.

 

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Apple Pay, the leading mobile payments service, will also be utilized to support the Apple Watch - and Cook promised that Apple won't track consumer payments, product purchases, or where they are shopping.

 

The wearables market was already growing, but the expected April launch of the Apple Watch will help accelerate interest. Cook said the Apple Watch's battery life will last an entire day, and will charge faster than an iPhone - still a shorter time than other smartwatches, though Apple believes consumers will recharge in a similar fashion as daily smartphone recharging.

RIP 'Star Trek' legend Leonard Nimoy

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

The inevitable consequence of getting older means loosing your heroes. Today we lost one of the biggest. Legendary actor, writer and director Leonard Nimoy, who for nearly five decades portrayed the popular character Spock from 'Star Trek', has passed away aged 83.

 

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Nimoy portrayed the character in all three seasons of the original 'Star Trek' TV show, in eight feature films, the animated TV show and also as a guest appearance on 'The Next Generation', and directed 'Star Trek III: The Search for Spock' and 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home', (often referred to as "the one with the whales") the most accessible of all the original 'Star Trek' films. Younger audiences will recognise his voice from 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' and the original 'Transformers' animated film.

 

Undoubtedly Hollywood royalty, Nimoy will be sorely missed.

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