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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 Starcraft II World Championship Series is coming to a head

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour 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: 1 hour, 31 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: 2 hours, 55 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: 3 hours, 50 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.

US regulator worried of major 'Armageddon' cyberattack targeting banks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 hours, 10 mins ago

Ben Lawsky, a New York financial regulator and head of the New York Department of Financial Services, is reportedly considering new regulation to help prevent against "an Armageddon-type" cyberattack. There is concern that a coordinated cyberattack would be able to hit the "broader economy" of the United States.

 

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"We are concerned that within the next decade, or perhaps sooner, we will experience an Armageddon-type cyber event that causes a significant disruption in the financial system for a period of time," Lawsky said while speaking at Columbia Law School.

 

To help prevent against a "cyber 9/11," Lawsky wants financial institutions and insurance companies be graded by the DFS. The legislation may also require multifactor authentication and other requirements to keep data secure. Banks also must be proactive in their effort to keep data secure, as foreign-based hackers continue their attempts to disrupt Wall Street.

Google will launch two new Nexus smartphones made by LG and Huawei

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 hours, 45 mins ago

We all know there's a new Nexus smartphone coming, but with Google already using up the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 product names, we can't have a Nexus 7 come out for two reasons. First, we already have two Nexus 7 tablets, and second, the new Nexus won't be anywhere near 7 inches.

 

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Rumor has it Google is now working with both LG and Huawei, with the latter being the interesting choice for Google to partner with. Huawei is the leading smartphone manufacturer in China, and is quickly becoming a favorite around the world. Weibo is reporting that we will see Google using two manufacturers work on the Nexus smartphone that will be announced later this year, most likely at Google I/O 2015.

 

There's a few things to be excited about here: Google working with Huawei on its flagship handset which should rock Android 6.0, Huawei getting a very big stage to showcase its manufacturing talents to the world alongside LG, and the fact that we might receive not one but two Nexus handsets. Google could very well finally step up its game, showing the competition how to do the best Android smartphone, it just needs the right mojo to make it happen. You can do it, Google.

Report: Lenovo only collected $250,000 from Superfish installations

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 hours, 55 mins ago

Lenovo likely only collected $200,000 up to $250,000 for its Superfish adware installations on consumer PCs, according to a report from Forbes. Previous estimates predicted higher figures - but considering the company's major earnings - the low sum likely won't be worth the legal and public relations headaches.

 

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It is alarming Lenovo, which finalized a deal in summer 2014 to pre-install Superfish, received such a small amount for jeopardizing so much. In addition to promising no more Superfish installations, the company's website was reportedly compromised by the Lizard Squad hacker group last week.

 

It looks like Lenovo is learning from its mistakes, promising to be more transparent about pre-installed software in the future. For new machines running Microsoft Windows 10, the Lenovo standard image will only include the OS, security software, Lenovo applications, and software/drivers required to make hardware work well.

Huawei teases its new smartwatch hours before MWC 2015 kicks off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 5 hours, 12 mins ago

MWC 2015 - We are now just hours from Mobile World Congress kicking off, with Huawei unveiling its new Android Wear-powered Huawai Watch. The new smartwatch has been showcased in a new video from Huawei, on their official YouTube channel.

 

 

The video is done quite stylishly, even if it mostly has nothing to do with the Huawei Watch. When we do get those quick peeks at it, it's gorgeous - sleek, stylish, and powered by Android Wear. There's a second, more professional-like clip, with Huawei representatives talking about their decisions that went into the design of the Huawei Watch, as well as some of its features.

 

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The Huawei Watch has a sapphire glass surface, smooth stainless steel unibody, replaceable straps, and is powered by Android Wear with all of the goodies that Google Now features, too. Huawei has also included 'state-of-the-art activity tracking functionalities' which provides health monitoring, and more.

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

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 10 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: 7 hours, 3 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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