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Oculus VR begins shipping out Rift DK2 units to gamers, developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 18 mins ago

Oculus VR has started shipping its Development Kit 2 unit of its VR headset, the Oculus Rift. Oculus VR had tens of thousands of orders of the Rift DK2 unit, with many placing their orders at around 8 AM PDT, with a first come, first serve basis being placed on shipping.

 

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The Oculus VR developer forums are filled with many happy gamers and developers who have had their DK2 units shipped, but some aren't so happy as they ordered a little later than some others, so their DK2 units haven't been shipped yet. I personally ordered my DK2 unit at 4:06 PM PDT, and my order is still unfortunately pending, so I'm guessing I'm in the second batch of shipments, hopefully.

 

Oculus VR will be shipping out a huge 10,000 units this month, with over 45,000 orders on its DK2 unit being placed.

Samsung Gear VR Manager software leaked in new screenshots

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 hour, 18 mins ago

Samsung's venture into virtual reality has becoming slightly more real today, with a tease of its new Gear VR software platform. Sam Mobile is behind the latest leaked screenshots, showing off Gear VR Manager, Samsung's software that is required with its Gear VR hardware.

 

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The Gear VR Manager includes some core apps like VR Panorama, VR Cinema and an early version of the HMT Manager. Once you've got it all paired and setup, there's a tutorial that will show you how you can slide your Galaxy smartphone into the VR headset, connecting it with Gear VR using a USB 3.0 connection. Sam Mobile has confirmed that there is a touchpad and back button being built into the Gear VR headset itself.

 

How will you be able to control Gear VR? Thanks to Samsung's S Voice, you'll be able to speak voice commands into Gear VR. The rumors are that Samsung will launch Gear VR sometime this year, most likely alongside the launch of its upcoming Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.

Our first look at Halo: Nightfall, the upcoming digital series on Halo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 19 mins ago

Thanks to San Diego Comic-Con currently underway, we've just received the first look of the upcoming Ridley Scott-produced digital series, Halo: Nightfall. Microsoft, 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions have been working together, unleashing this trailer to the world just hours ago.

 

 

Halo: Nightfall is a live-action digital series with its story taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. At the center of it, is Agent Locke, who is a character that is new to the Halo universe. Locke leads a team of soldiers from the Office of Naval Intelligence as they are investigating terrorist activity on a distant planet known as Sedra.

 

The trailer doesn't inspire much, but we might just be seeing a bare tease of Nightfall, but let's hope things get better from here.

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Facebook to 'continue investing heavily' into Oculus VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 5 hours, 39 mins ago

Even though Facebook has spent $2 billion so far on its acquisition of Oculus VR, the money won't stop flowing. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said during the week: "We've mostly been a company that has played on top of the different mobile foundations other people have built".

 

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He continued talking about his social network, explaining: "One of the things I care really deeply about on a 10-year arc for the company is having a different relation to what the next set of computing platforms are. We can help define what the next generation of computing is going to be". When pressed about Oculus VR, Zuckerberg said: "We're really excited to welcome that team. They're extremely talented and have pulled off something that people have been talking about for a really long time and now is possible thanks to the technology that team has developed".

 

When it comes to the future of computing, Zuckerberg said to investors: "Expect us to continue investing heavily, and our costs will increase. There are huge opportunities to build the next generation of computing platforms". Oculus VR and virtual reality itself isn't Facebook's only interest, with Zuckerberg telling investors that augmented reality, vision technology and AI are things that the social network is looking into. Zuckerberg added that whether they pay off in a "five or 10-year time frame" or even "further out than that".

Silicon Valley to host 'Hack North Korea' hackathon to spread access

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 8 hours, 15 mins ago

The "Hack North Korea" hackathon event is scheduled to take place next month in San Francisco, organized by The Human Rights Foundation. Instead of trying to target North Korean infrastructure with malicious attacks, event organizers hope to create ideas to help better educate the impoverished country's citizens.

 

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Trying to get information into the country is extremely difficult - and dangerous - with techniques ranging from smuggling in CDs, DVDs and flash drives all the way to using shortwave radio and dropping leaflets into North Korea. Some North Korean citizens living along the border with China are using Chinese-made smartphones to use the Internet, but can be heavily punished if found with the device.

 

"Participants will become familiar with the various ways that information and truth are smuggled into North Korea today, and gain an understanding of the technology landscape inside the country," according to the Human Rights Foundation. "Then, guided by our North Korean guests, attendees will break into teams to come up with new ways to help end the Kim dictatorship's monopoly of information on the twenty-five million people living under its rule."

Bay Area Pain Medical Associates suffers PC theft, patients at risk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 10 hours, 37 mins ago

The Bay Area Pain Medical Associates company recently sent notices to patients informing them of a data breach on May 19, in which three desktop PCs were stolen following an office break-in. The Sausalito Police Department is currently investigating, as the company warns patients of what is at risk: There were around 2,780 patients affected due to the breach, with a spreadsheet including patient data available on one of the PCs taken from the office.

 

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The medical records were encrypted, but a single Excel spreadsheet contained "approximately 2,780 patient names, including yours, and years of service may have been available," the company sent in a memo to patients.

 

These types of incidents seem to happen too frequently - even if PCs and laptops are safely secured in offices - security experts recommend ensuring devices are password-protected and utilize encryption. Selling medical records is big business to cybercriminals, more valuable than traditional stolen personal information.

Six arrested for their role in StubHub ticket hacking charges

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 11 hours, 30 mins ago

A group compromised of U.S. and foreign citizens have been arrested and indicted for their alleged role of an international crime ring that ripped off StubHub. Two Americans, one Russian national, three people from London, and one Canadian were rounded up - the six conspired to use stolen debit and credit card information to purchase thousands of tickets to sports games, concerts, and other in-demand tickets.

 

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The tickets would then be resold and the profits would be split amongst the group. They face a mix of charges related to money laundering, criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft and grand larceny, according to the court.

 

"You are no longer safe to travel and operate outside of your home country, without significant risk of arrest and prosecution," said Robert Capps, StubHub former security executive, in a statement. "Isolation is a powerful force in the effort to change behaviors. Confined within the borders of their home country, I suspect we'll see a change in behavior of some of these criminals."

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Dogs are fully capable of getting jealous, research finds

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 12 hours, 45 mins ago

A groundbreaking new study published in Plos One has revealed the answer to a question that's probably been plaguing mankind since the dawn of its existence - do dogs get jealous? The answer, apparently, is yes.

 

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Psych professor Christine Harris of the University of California took a sample size of 36 dogs and kept a close eye on them as owners dilligently ignored the poor pooches in their own homes. Their human masters were told to either read a book out loud, lavish attention on an unknown object, like a Halloween bucket, or praise and pet a moving, barking toy dog. Most dogs didn't seem to care too much when their owner was reading the book, but talking to the toy dog set the subjects off and caused them to act aggressively. 40 percent of the dogs acted jealous when owners talked to inanimate objects.

 

According to Harris, the research suggests dogs are likely to get antsy if they feel a rival is getting more attention than them. "It suggests to me that some of our ideas about the nature of jealousy, like that it requires complex cognition, are incorrect," Harris said.

Amazon adds hundreds of thousands of tracks to Prime Music catalog

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 13 hours, 43 mins ago

Amazon is doing very well with its Prime service that offers free and discounted shipping on thousands of items on its website. Amazon also offers Prime subscribers access to streaming video and recently added free music streaming to the mix.

 

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Amazon has announced that it has now added hundreds of thousands more songs to its music library to address one of its main drawbacks at launch. When Prime Music launched it lacked song selection and a mix of current hits. The expanded offerings include artists new to Prime music and additional tracks from artists already available.

 

Among the new artists added to the catalog are David Guetta, Al Green, Miles Davis, Kendrick Lamar, Linkin Park, Shakira, Deadmau5, Ella Fitzgerald, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Neil Young, DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Young the Giant, A$AP Rocky, Elvis, Oasis, Kacey Musgraves, Ray Charles, Panic! at the Disco, Wyclef Jean, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Skrillex, and John Coltrane among others. Many of those aren't exactly current, but more music is a good thing. Amazon still has no deal in place with Universal, which is the home of some of the most popular artists of today.

Sense sleep tracking sphere monitors your bedroom

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 14 hours, 47 mins ago

There are plenty of items on the market today that promise to track your sleep and help you sleep better so you are more rested and functional the next day. A new sleep tracking device has surfaced called the Sphere that was designed by a Brit named James Proud. Proud happens to be a Theil Fellow and received a $100,000 grant from Peter Thiel to work in technology in the US.

 

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The Sense is the first product that Proud has developed and it is an orb that sits at the bedside and records data on sleep. It can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter now for $99 and aims to ship in Q4 2014.

 

Sense is able to measure temperature, light, motion, humidity, sound, and particle counts for pollen and dust in the air. Sphere also has a sleep pill that clips to your pillow to record your movements during sleep without having to wear a wristband. The gadget syncs to your iPhone to hare data and can tell you when you tossed and turned and what the cause for that was.

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