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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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Acer launches its first Windows 8.1 smartphone, the Liquid M220

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 14 mins ago

MWC 2015 - Acer just unveiled its new Liquid Leap+ smartband, but the company has also unveiled its new Windows 8.1-powered smartphone, the Liquid M220.

 

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The new Liquid M220 is powered by Windows 8.1, but it will be upgradeable to Windows 10 when it's released later this year. Acer has a 4-inch display with 233 pixels per inch (PPI), the full suite of Microsoft applications like OneDrive, Skype, Office and more. We have a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

 

The Liquid M220 is a cheap handset coming in at under $90, and will be made available through select EMEA retailers in April.

Acer leaps into wearable game with Liquid Leap+ and multi-OS support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 22 mins ago

MWC 2015 - The wearables game is heating up with Mobile World Congress now kicking off, with Acer announcing its next-gen Smart activeband products, starting with the new Liquid Leap+.

 

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Acer's new Liquid Leap+ supports multiple operating systems, with Android, iOS and Windows being supported. We have a 1-inch OLED touchscreen that gets slapped onto your wrist, with the wristband coming in many different colors giving you some personalization. The Liquid Leap+ tracks users' steps, running distance, and calories burned.

 

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The Liquid Leap+ is a wearable that can be worn day and night thanks to its waterproof certification (rated IPX7). Music controls are also provided, where you can play, pause, previous, and next song through your favorite tunes. The Acer Liquid Leap+ is powered by Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and uses Acer Leap Manager to communicate between your Liquid Leap+ and iOS, Android and Windows.

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Acer's new Liquid Jade Z smartphone revealed at MWC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 29 mins ago

MWC 2015 - Acer has just announced its new Liquid Jade Z smartphone, with the company teasing its Zero Air Gap technology that will get rid of those annoying reflections, all while it's protected by Gorilla Glass 3 from Corning.

 

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The Liquid Jade Z also features 4G LTE (Cat 4), a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek processor, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera which is backed up by a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. Acer calls the new Liquid Jade Z "wallet-friendly" as it is just 7.9mm slim and weighs only 110g. The Liquid Jade Z can also be easily connected to Windows PCs thanks to AcerEXTEND.

 

Acer will have the Liquid Jade Z available through EMEA retailers later this month.

HTC surprises with a new VR headset 'Vive', partnering with Valve

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 hour, 5 mins ago

MWC 2015 - HTC has surprised the world, giving me goosebumps in the meantime, by announcing at Mobile World Congress that they've partnered up with Valve on a VR headset.

 

 

HTC's new Vive headset will feature a room-scale experience, features 70 sensors, full 360-degree tracking where you can walk around your environment, 90Hz refresh rate, and it will come with two wireless controllers. HTC's Vive headset will be compatible with Valve's SteamVR service, too.

 

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We don't know the resolution of the display yet, but I could guarantee we're looking at a minimum of 1920x1080 (or 1080p). Now, HTC has three letters in its name - 3 letters - Half-Life 3 confirmed?!?!

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HTC goes for wearables with its new Grip, a smart fitness tracker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 11 mins ago

MWC 2015 - HTC has just unveiled its first wearable device, known as Grip. HTC's Grip is a new smart fitness tracker, that tracks countless data on your nutrition, training, fitness, and injury prevention.

 

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Grip features a curved display, and can connect with Android and iOS smartphones. Grip will train you "as if you have a team of professional experts coaching you for the entire time" says Peter Chou, the CEO of HTC.

HTC unveils its new One M9 smartphone at MWC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 26 mins ago

MWC 2015 - After being splashed around in countless rumors before Mobile World Congress, HTC has made its new One M9 smartphone official. Robert Downey Jr was used in a voice over during the presentation in Barcelona, Spain - something we knew Iron Man would be doing as he has been involved with the Taiwanese company for a while now.

 

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HTC had the slogan of 'Utopia in Process' where the company unveiled the new One M9 smartphone. HTC has a dual tone, dual finish body on the phone. The HTC One M9 features a 5-inch 1080p display, but inside we have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (an 8-core CPU), with LTE Cat 9 (450Mbps), Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7 on top. HTC is popular for its rear-facing cameras, with the new One M9 featuring a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera. Up front, we have a new front-facing camera with great low-light image quality.

 

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The new One M9 has 5.1-channel sound from its from speakers, which will provide an even more immersive audio thanks to HTC's BoomSound technology. We have 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage which is expandable by microSD, and a nano SIM.

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The Starcraft II World Championship Series is coming to a head

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 13 mins ago

With the first season of the Starcraft II World Championship Series 2015 (WCS) reaching ever closer to the finals date, ESL just announced that this event will take place during the 2015 Gamers Assembly in Poiteres, France.

 

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With 12 players currently qualified out of the 16 total bracket, we've seen plenty of hard-fought matches including the qualification from Aussie Zerg underdog Jared "PiG" Krensel.

 

Although Starcraft II doesn't always have the same flair and new-age eSports feel as it once did in 2012, there's no denying that the passion and commitment is still there from the players, spectators and developers. Just take a look below at Krensel's reactions when his qualification was confirmed for this finals series.

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Real cabon fibre in a PC build - we're not joking

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 9 hours, 44 mins ago

It's almost completed and it sure does look amazing. Math Military Modding has put a few more touches on this real carbon fiber build, using R/C plane carbon fiber rods in place of your general rigid tubing options.

 

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Sponsored by ASUS France, Seasonic, EK Water Blocks and Kingston Technology HyperX, we've covered this build in detail previously, highlighting exactly how special it is.

 

Well here's another quick update, as you can see the custom-build chassis is all ready to go and almost all of the components have been put into place. The carbon fiber rigid tubing being laid out neatly and professionally and all that's left is to add the video cards, fill up the watercooling and put a few minor touches on the build as a whole.

 

We can't wait for the final product, stay tuned as we will provide it to you as soon as it's done.

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Apple recruiting engineers to help develop virtual reality devices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: 11 hours, 8 mins ago

It looks like Apple is interested in developing some type of virtual reality head-mounted display or projection system, after new job listings appeared on the company's website. Specifically, there is a need for Optical Display Engineers, Sr. Display Software Engineers, and other roles pointing towards virtual reality.

 

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Considering VR is a booming business, and has great future potential, it shouldn't be surprising if Apple wants to begin seriously developing its own product. In 2014, Apple started recruiting employees to develop "virtual reality experiences," including specialists in augmented reality and 3D graphics.

 

Microsoft, Facebook, Razer, Steam, and other major companies are throwing down in the augmented reality and VR markets, so Apple will have some competition to deal with in the future. However, Apple has the time and resources to make sure it is able to launch a large-scale development of VR hardware for consumers.

Round 2 - Smartflash is suing Apple after their previous $533m win

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 12 hours, 3 mins ago

In more extremely ironic news and fresh off their $533 million lawsuit win against the tech giant, Texas-based company Smartflash is taking Apple into round two of hearings with attorney Bradley W. Caldwell stating "Apple has released new products that came out too late for inclusion in Smartflash's previous action against Apple."

 

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This new case is based around allegations that Apple has infringed on seven of Smartflash's patents through their release of the "iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air 2 devices containing any version of iTunes that can access the iTunes Store or any version of the App Store app," as reported by PC World.

 

Smartflash also alleges that Apple has infringed on their patents titled "Data Storage and Access Systems." We haven't been told exactly how much Smartflash are chasing with this lawsuit, but expect it to be in the hundreds of millions yet again.

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