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Virtual reality companies trying to find ways to take VR mainstream

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 7:41 pm

The Texas A&M University Viz Lab, focused on visualization, wants to find ways to bring virtual reality to mainstream consumers in a number of different ways. It hopes recent graduates of the program will create new solutions so casual consumers can begin enjoying - and embracing - VR on a larger scale.




Specifically, a post-grad from the program has taken VR a step further after founding a startup in San Francisco focused on creating a mobile app that allows for VR movie captures using their devices. The content can then be shared so others are able to use a virtual reality head-mounted display or smartphone.


"It's the first medium we're attacking because I want us to be the Instagram of virtual reality," said Chris Wheeler, co-founder of Emergent VR, in a statement published by The Eagle. "It's enabling anyone to capture moments from their lives... and share that with your social network."

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Scientists claim HIV spreads in similar fashion to computer viruses

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 6:49 pm

Network security experts and HIV medical specialists have teamed up at the University College London (UCL) to find that HIV travels through the bloodstream and into cells in a similar fashion as a computer worm infecting new systems.




Researchers discovered computer worms and HIV both use "hybrid spreading," and has allowed medical researchers to more accurately identify a patient's progression from HIV to AIDS. Hybrid spreading is an extremely accurate method to track - and predict - HIV's progression, highlighting the demand for fast medical treatment.


"I was involved in a study looking in general at spreading of worms across the Internet and then I realized the parallel," said Professor Benny Chain, infection and immunity division researcher at UCL, in a statement to The Guardian. "They have to consistently find another computer to infect outside. They can either look locally in their own networks, their own computers, or you could remotely transmit out a worm to every computer on the Internet. HIV also uses two ways of spreading within the body."

CoD: Advanced Warfare gamers have killed more than 2.5B zombies

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 6:14 pm

Sledgehammer has said Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gamers enjoying the Exo Zombies mode have killed more than 2.5 billion zombies, with 223,835,265 Exo Zombie waves completed. It's a neat look into gaming statistics and how other players are helping destroy zombies.




Assault rifles were the most popular weapon (24 percent), followed by SMG (19 percent), heavy machine gun (16 percent), sniper rifles (13 percent), pistol (12 percent), shotgun (eight percent), launchers (4 percent), special weapons (two percent), and secondary special (two percent).


Since the game launched on November 3, 2014, 2, 249,728,574 grenades were thrown, including 44 percent normal frag grenades and 35 percent semtex grenades.

Microsoft quietly lays off hundreds more employees in latest wave

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 6:06 pm

Microsoft recently laid off hundreds of employees in the company's last effort to slash 18,000 jobs that started in 2014. This most recent round of cuts focused mainly on the company's IT group, but also said other departments were impacted. It was done to "remove role overlap, optimize activities and functions, align disciplines with the rest of Microsoft, and, perhaps most importantly, reshape IT for the skills we need to transform," Microsoft CIO Jim DuBois told employees via email.




The layoffs took place in July, September, October and this April, and is the largest round of layoffs Microsoft has ever conducted. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was focused on helping the company restructure, especially after the purchase of Nokia's phone hardware business.


"We expect this to be the last of the anticipated broad cuts as part of the restructuring plan announced last July," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement released over the weekend.

Na'Vi announces new Dota2 roster - ArtStyle and Funn1k return

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 10:22 am

In surprising news, Ukrainian eSports powerhouse organization Natus Vincere has announced the return of two former players to their Dota2 line-up in the form of Ivan "ArtStyle" Antonov (as the captain) and Gleb "Funn1k" Lipatnikov.




Seeing success during the early Dota2 years, Na'Vi always placed highly in Valve's massive International tournament but there was rumored team conflict and fighting going on behind closed doors. Since shuffling their line up a few times over the past year or so, Na'Vi has announced the shocking return of two old players.


With many confused Dota2 fans on the Team Liquid Dota forums saying things like "April 1st was four days ago. are they serious?," "oh man, can't wait for artstyle to announce his impending retirement" and "at this point, I just don't know what to feel about Na'Vi's constant roster changes anymore," many are interested to see exactly how this 'new' line up will perform in coming months.

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The CoolerMaster HAF Stacker is back again in a gentle giant style mod

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 9:33 am

We've covered this gigantic chassis before, seeing numerous modders around the globe tackle this Goliath in their own special way.




Milo Majlow Lihoťan has just shared his own stacker project, named "Vodovodárenske" and featuring SLI video cards alongside a complete and custom water cooling setup.


Running on the backbone of an MSI MPower X99S, with two MSI GTX 780 Lightning video cards and a full water cooling setup featuring parts from companies like EK Water Blocks and Alphacool - this build really does 'stack up'.


The simplistic color scheme and silent nature of this case is tied together by the great completely see-through side panels and impressive cable management.

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DDoS attacks once again ruin an online CS:GO tournament match

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 8:34 am

The Oceanic FACEIT CS:GO league was in tough competition, with a possible three-way tie for first place to be achieved if only Vox Eminor (Voxe) could take down Team Immunity in a best of one online match. Recently losing one of their players, Azad "topguN" Orami, Voxe's new stand in Kyran "dizzy" Crombie is in the midst of trying to prove he deserves to play with the best.




Team Immunity has managed to take down Voxe in previous online and offline events, with the community rallying behind yet another great match to see who holds the crown as the best team in Oceania. However, Voxe took off to a terrible start, seeing Luke "Havoc" Paton become a victim of a large DDoS attack just before the match began meaning Voxe had to ring in another player.


Although they put up a valiant fight, Team Immunity ended up taking down Voxe 16-14 and seeing themselves as the first team to qualify for the FACEIT season finals event. DDoS attacks have become prevalent across many mainstream eSports titles, with its ease of use and anonymity making it commonly seen amongst gamers whom hold a personal grudge or are looking for 'some fun'.

Revenge porn website owner handed 18 year sentence

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 7:23 am

The words 'revenge porn' have been plastered across many online and local media outlets in recent months and the website was in the center of it all.




Kevin Bollaert was this websites former operator and his business was all about hosting thousands of sexually explicit images of various women without their consent - mostly submitted by disgruntled ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands. The real cash flow for Bollaert came through the form of 'take down fees' - charging the victims hundreds of dollars to have their photos removed from the archives.


This court case conviction is the first of its kind and has seen Bollaert handed 18 years in prison (eligible for parole in 10 years) alongside a $10,000 fine for his troubles. This case also sends a clear message to any 'would-be' revenge porn participants that these types of actions are unacceptable.

Australian politician makes harsh metadata joke attack to journalist

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 7:14 am

Liberal politician, Federal Member for Mayo and Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs made a joke about the wrong subject when engaging in a Twitter conversation with political journalist Bernard Keane recently, stating that he will search through Keane's private metadata in order to 'dig up some dirt'.




This incident comes soon after news that the Government will have the unwarranted right to search phone and internet records for all Australian citizens from the past two years.


Although Briggs may see this as a lighthearted joke towards a critic, many users online are furious that this joke has even taken place, further labeling it as the 'harsh reality' that our future generations will have to face.

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Apple's next-gen Apple TV won't be capable of playing back 4K video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 6, 2015 6:44 am

While Apple's latest iMac might feature a 5K display and the new iPhone 6 Plus has finally caught up to 2012 with its Full HD display, that doesn't mean the upcoming Apple TV will move into the pixel-dense world we all know and love.




According to a source of BuzzFeed News' John Paczkowski, the next-gen Apple TV will stick to 1080p content because 4K technology is "still in its infancy". The new Apple TV should rock an A8 processor which is 4K-capable, it's just that there's a big lack of content in the way. Although Amazon and Netflix have 4K content, there's not that much out there, and then there's the issue of consumers not flocking to 4K TVs in droves just yet.


Not only that, but you need a pretty snappy Internet connection to stream 4K video from YouTube, Amazon or Netflix - so there's that, too.

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