iFixit have given the new Oculus Rift DK2 unit its teardown treatment, revealing what makes the DK2 provide one of the best VR experiences known to mankind. Inside of the DK2, iFixit found that Oculus VR is using not just the Galaxy Note 3 panel, but Oculus VR has either sourced them directly from Samsung, or is buying up Note 3s as it still has the Samsung branding on it - inside of the DK2 itself.
The screen itself is Samsung's 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920x1080, or 960x1080 per eye. Oculus VR have overclocked this panel up to 75Hz, from the default 60Hz on the Note 3. Remember that Oculus VR has a partnership with Samsung, which would explain the use of the Note 3 panels inside of the DK2.
Considering the rumors of the Note 4 sporting a 5.7-inch 2560x1440 panel, this is what I think we'll find in the CV1 (the retail release) of the Oculus Rift. The rest of the iFixit teardown on the Oculus Rift DK2 unit is an interesting watch, and if you don't have time for the video, there's a slew of pictures you can flick through here.
Just a few days before the IFA event in Berlin, Germany, Samsung is expected to unveil its new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. The Korea Times has reported the news according to its sources over at Samsung that the company will unveil the latest Galaxy Note 4 on September 3, a day earlier than it revealed the Galaxy Note 3 last year.
The company is reportedly afraid of the bigger 4.7-inch iPhone 6 that is coming, which has seen Apple backtrack on previous sales pitches and marketing on the 4-inch screen being all you need for single-handed iPhone use, and moving toward a bigger screen. The South Korean giant is now putting faith in its Galaxy Note 4 at making a comeback in device sales, with some serious specs being baked into the upcoming Note 4, including a reported 5.7-inch 2560x1440 display.
On top of that, we should have an 8-core processor inside of the Note 4, 3GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera using a Sony sensor. We should know more in a little over a month from now.
HBO and Warner like to give fans a huge advance notice of the Blu-ray release of 'Game of Thrones' tied to the broadcast of the next years season. Despite that, they've obviously used the time to create a huge incentive for fans to actually purchase the series, with some illuminating and in-depth extra features.
To be released in Australia on 18th February 2015, 'Game Of Thrones' Season Four comes to Blu-ray on 4 discs, with each episode presented in 1080p and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, alongside a range of extra features, including in-Episode Guides, multiple behind the scenes featurettes, multiple audio commentaries, a cast roundtable documentary and deleted Scenes.
It's going to be a long wait for fans, but 'Game of Thrones: Season Five', which promises more surprises, blood and departures from the novel, is scheduled to premiere on HBO in April 2015.
A man has survived being shot thanks to having his 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 smartphone in his shirt pocket, stopping the bullet from piercing him and possibly killing him.
The man ended up in a street altercation with another man after he armed man dropped his wallet, the victim picked up the wallet for the man, joking about using it to buy a beer. The armed man pulled out his gun, and fired it into his chest, but thankfully his Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 blocked the bullet. You can see in the shot above that the phone is done for, but the owner survived.
Now we just need Samsung to build a Galaxy jacket, made from the same materials that stopped this bullet. For someone like myself, who keeps their phone in their jeans or trouser pocket, I would've had this bullet shot into me. Luckily this man, out of all the clothes he owns, wore this top with the pocket on that day.
An area the British government now officially brands "Tech City" has broadband so poor that a group of startups and small internet providers have formed a lobby to fix it.
Old Street in East London has undergone a series of organic development as tech companies, such as Last.FM, set up shop in the area. Shortly after coming into power, David Cameron's Conservative government announced "Tech City" around the same location and as part of the Olympic site a little further away. Cameron's idea was to promote London as ahead of the curve in a bid to attract international investment from top tech companies - so it will be more than a little bit embarrassing that the startup scene, which arguably forged the area into what it is today, for better or for worse, think so little of its infrastructure.
The startups will be meeting with Labour Member of Parliament Meg Hillier to try to iron out the connection, which has been described as "not fit for purpose" and a "national embarrassment". Hillier is now proposing a "comprehensive review of broadband, plans for infrastructure and roll out, and a competitive framework for delivery".
Social networking powerhouse Facebook has launched a brand new app called Internet.org which will provide basic mobile internet for free to the African country of Zambia.
Internet.org, announced today, seeks to provide internet services to areas where access is low or has been difficult to implement. Fixed line internet can be tough to install in certain locations, but mobile's a little easier - and as product director Guy Rosen explained in a blog post, 85 percent of the entire world lives near cellular coverage. But just 30 percent of the world is connected. Zambia is the very first market Facebook's launching Internet.org in, and Airtel subscribers will be the first to trial the service.
"Affordability and awareness are significant barriers to internet adoption for many and today we are introducing the Internet.org app to make the internet accessible to more people by providing a set of free basic services," Rosen said in the post. "With this app, people can browse a set of useful health, employment and local information services without data charges. By providing free basic services via the app, we hope to bring more people online and help them discover valuable services they might not have otherwise."
Tech heavyweights Apple and SAP are being taken to task in Russia, with officials from the government demanding the two hand over their source code to allay fears they can be exploited for surveillance purposes.
Russian communications minister Nikolai Nikiforov insisted a thorough check is necessary to determine just how private the data of users is, in particular those in the government and figureheads of Russian industry.
Nikiforov made clear in his comments that the revelations exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden are a driving force behind the demands. "The revelations of Edward Snowden in 2013 and public statements of US intelligence to strengthen [the] surveillance of Russia in 2014 raised the question seriously [of] confidence [in] foreign software and hardware," he said, ZDNet reports. "It is obvious that those companies that disclose the source code of their programs, not hiding anything, but those who did not intend to cooperate with Russia on this issue may have undeclared capabilities in their products." The agency also asserted companies that do not agree to the tests could well find their products leaving the Russian market.
At least 180 people are injured and four dead following explosions in Kaohsiung city, south-west Taiwan.
Blasts occurred at both Kaisuan Road and Ersheng Road, and were felt in at least four areas of the city, according to Russia Today. Taiwan's United Daily News said 182 people were taken to hospital and at least four were killed, while the city's Fire Department said the injury toll is expected to rise.
More than 2.7 million people live in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's largest municipality by area, a port city and the second most populous in the country. Witnesses reported on social media that gas leaks began at 9PM Taiwan time, creating a billowing white fog. Fires sparked explosions on multiple streets according to China's Central News Agency, as can be seen in this video taken from the dashboard of a car, embedded above, showing fire and plumes of smoke emerging from the ground.
Earlier this week EA unveiled a new subscription service for Xbox One gamers called EA Access. The subscription service gave the gamers access to a number of online games among other things. If you own a PS4, you may be wondering why EA Access didn't come to the PS4 as well.
Sony has now issued a statement that says EA Access doesn't represent a good value to the PlayStation gamer. There is always the chance Sony will change its mind later, but it seems the chance was there for the PS4 and Sony passed in favor of pushing PlayStation Plus.
"We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect," a Sony representative told us via email. "PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200% since the launch of PlayStation 4, which shows that gamers are looking for memberships that offer a multitude of services, across various devices, for one low price. We don't think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer."
If you use an Apple device that has a small rectangular charger, a new product has landed that you may like. The product is called the NomadPlus and it is designed to turn the Apple Charger into a portable battery.
The Apple charger itself slips into the back of the NomadPlus battery so it can charge the battery when plugged into the wall. Power comes from a 1500 mAh battery inside the small Nomad case. The company says it has enough power to recharge an iPhone to 70%.
The NomadPlus battery measures 2.75" x 1.33" x 1.10" and weighs in at 2.1 ounces. It does support pass-through charging and charges the iPhone before charging its own battery pack. The NomadPlus is up for pre-order now for $39.