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Crytek announces Film Engine, a new technology designed for film

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 23 hours ago

Crytek is expanding its reach, by announcing its new Film Engine initiative, with Crytek's President and CEO, Cevat Yerli, announcing a new independant company, and a new technology designed exclusively for film.

 

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Film Engine will allow filmmakers and VR storytellers use real-time cinematic production software, which will radically reduce the time and resources required to build top-quality visual effects and CG animation films. Film Engine can be used for virtually everything from pre-vis, post-vis, and pitch-vis to final production for film, TV, commercials, animation and visual effects.

 

Crytek's new Film Engine uses motion capture, camera tracking, digital camera and lighting technologies into an end-to-end filmmaking software suite. Film Engine's Creative Director, Jean-Colas Prunier is a visual effects veteran, having worked on movies like Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lord of the Rings, and Life of Pi, met Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli in 2014. The two kept in touch, and began working together to create a better solution that solved many filmmakers' problems.

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Valve releases new SteamVR beta, Desktop Theater mode and more updated

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 6 days, 1 hour ago

Valve has just pushed out another SteamVR beta, with the new update including some fresh work to many parts of the software. Valve still calls SteamVR a beta, so don't expect it to be perfect.

 

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SteamVR's Desktop Game Theater, Keyboard and Dashboard features have all received some work in the new update, with the Desktop Game Theater being a mode where all games can be played in VR, on a virtual screen.

 

The new SteamVR beta includes an update to make the visual quality of the screen better, with gaze-based controls provided to adjust and realign the image you see, in case of drift. Valve has also included keyboard support that follows your desktop PC and its locale settings, while the Dashboard feature allows you to customize the play area, color, and opacity.

Apple has its worst quarter in 13 years, with iPhone sales down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 days, 3 hours ago

After taking 13 years of dominance in their quarterly results, Apple has just reported its fiscal Q2 2016 results, reporting a 16% decline in iPhone sales when compared to the same period of last year.

 

 

Apple still pulled $50.6 billion in revenue for the three-month period, down 13% from the $58 billion in the same quarter of 2015. The company did warn the decline was on the way, with company CEO Tim Cook saying that the iPhone 6S upgrades were outpacing those when the iPhone 5S launched.

 

Even with the decent sales, it wasn't enough to match the "accelerated" upgrade cycle it saw with the iPhone 6 in 2014. Two other major sources of iPhone customers are people switching from Android, and first-time smartphone owners. When it comes to this, Cook says that iPhone business is good. In the last six months, Apple has had more people switching over to iPhones more than any other 6-month period, ever.

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Six-second unskippable YouTube ads rolling out soon

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: 6 days, 8 hours ago

In response to changing viewing habits, Google is debuting next month what it calls "Bumper ads": six-second ads that can't be skipped as displayed alongside the content you came for.

 

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The company says the new format is "ideal for driving incremental reach and frequency, especially on mobile, where 'snackable videos' perform well" and lends itself well to serialized ads, like Audi Germany's cuts of a longer ad for its Q-series SUVs.

 

Time will tell how viewers at large respond to Bumper ads, but in the meantime, advertisers seem very happy with the new option.

Ikea now selling solar panels in UK

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Energy | Posted: 6 days, 10 hours ago

Ikea has begun selling solar panels at some of its UK stores -- in Glasgow, Birmingham, and Lakeside -- as well as online.

 

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The Swedish company's backing makes for some much-needed help after the government cut solar incentives by 65 percent. It says the reasoning is simple: over a third of Ikea customers are very interested in solar. It's a natural fit, too, as its operations are already powered by the environmentally-friendly technology.

 

By the end of summer, it plans to have a 'Solar Store' in every UK shop, each of which will have staff to help you decide if solar is worth it for you. If you decide yes, solar installation company Solar Century takes over from there.

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Hover Camera drone follows you around, can be folded

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Drones | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

If you've ever wanted a portable robot buddy, the Hover Camera is pretty close. Combining foldable functionality as well as "follow me" functionality, the compact drone will go wherever you go whether he's on or off. It's not quite pocket sized, but will fit into a backpack or messenger bag very easily.

 

 

The Hover Camera is also very safe as its propellers are enclosed by a carbon fiber frame, so you can grab it like you would a toy.

 

Developed by Beijing startup Zero Zero Robotics, it's intended for aerial photography and videography. Specs-wise, it weighs 238 grams, includes 13mp and 3mp cameras, supports 4K video, live streaming, and a 360 Pano mode complete with face and body tracking, and features Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight platform.

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SanDisk reveals new 15nm Z410 SSD lineup

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: 6 days, 13 hours ago

SanDisk today revealed its new cost-effective trio of 15nm Z410 solid state drives built on the company's renowned Z400 line.

 

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SanDisk's new Z410 SSDs are built on 15nm TLC NAND and come in versatile 2.5" form factors with 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities. The company boasts that the Z410 sport "one of the lowest power draws of any SSD in the industry", with dependable 1.75 million Mean to Time Failure (MTTF) rates. The Z410 SSDs also maximize read to write speeds by leveraging a combination of SLC and TLC blocks, making the line an ideal solution for high workloads and super fast application start-ups.

 

"SSDs are being rapidly adopted as the preferred storage option across the entire spectrum of the PC marketplace," said Tarun Loomba, vice president and general manager of Client Platform Solutions, SanDisk. "In addition to the performance and durability benefits that SSDs provide, the SanDisk Z410 SSD delivers storage that is ample for most consumers and the right-size for typical corporate users. The Z410 is an important addition to our overall SSD portfolio, as our customers require a complete range of storage options, from home/office PCs to the latest high-performance, ultra-thin laptops."

 

SanDisk is currently shipping the Z410 SSD's in the full capacity spectrum of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB, all of which come with a 3-year warranty.

New Game of Thrones episode pirated 1 million times in 12 hours

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: 6 days, 13 hours ago

The newest episode of Game of Thrones -- "The Red Woman" -- has been pirated via BitTorrent one million times in about 12 hours, according to TorrentFreak.

 

 

Those downloading the show are fairly evenly spread out across the world: 12.5% are in Australia, 9.7% are in India, 8.5% are in the US, and 6.9% hail from the UK, with Philippines, Canada, the Netherlands, Greece, South Africa and Saudi Arabia not far behind. Mind you, time differences will favor some regions more than others; a more complete and accurate picture will unfold soon.

 

It's expected piracy this time is less than before in the US, as HBO was made free in the region over the weekend while the new season premiered.

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HTC's Vive VR headset is surprisingly easy to repair

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 6 days, 13 hours ago

The tech surgeons over at iFixit have determined that HTC's Vive VR headset is surprisingly easy for DIY repairs, scoring an 8 out of 10 on the repairability scale.

 

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While millions of VR fans are frantically biting their nails and spamming F5 for Vive VR shipping confirmations (myself included), iFixit has delivered their official HTC Vive teardown to keep us entertained. As always, the teardown shows you how to disassemble Valve's coveted VR headset and put it all back together again, while disclosing all the fine-tuned chips and bits of technology that are responsible for casting the spell of VR.

 

The process is quite involved with twenty-five steps in total, but all in all, it's not too difficult to slice open a Vive and swap out its guts. That being said, the Vive has a massive array of components that are extremely delicate, so any repairs or fixes need to be handled with the utmost care. The most daunting roadblock that iFixit faced with the Vive teardown is adhesive, which binds the lenses, Lighthouse base station covers, and the 32-sensor array.

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