The future of entertainment isn't just sitting in front of your TV watching a flat image, but it is going to be a world that wraps around you in virtual reality. This is where Jaunt steps in, a cinematic VR technology company, which just took in a new round of funding.
Jaunt received $27.8 million of new funding, which will help it pump more money into its omnidirectional camera shooting 360-degree experiences, perfect for VR technologies like the Oculus Rift. Jaunt had its funding come in from many different companies, who hope to see the company lead the future of cinematic VR.
Jaunt's technology was recently spotted at the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy, where it was shooting 360-degree footage which can be played back through the Oculus Rift. Jens Christensen, CEO of Jaunt, says: "The enthusiasm we have seen for our technology has been tremendous and we are working tirelessly to make VR experiences available to mass audiences".
Pre-orders for upcoming Nintendo Wii U games have risen 8.67% after Gamescom a couple of weeks ago, compared to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game pre-orders that only rose 5.16% and 2.81%, respectively.
Slighty Mad Studios' racer, Project CARS, was the star of the Wii U pre-orders increase, with pre-orders increasing by a massive 42.53%. Rise of the Tomb Raider, the timed exclusive title on the Xbox One saw pre-orders pumped up by 30.25%. But with Wii U pre-orders rising 8.67%, the most interesting thing to take from this is that Nintendo didn't hold a press conference to talk about its games, but Microsoft and Sony did.
One of the big downsides of the iPhone is the complete lack of expandable storage, with the biggest iPhone to date still being the 64GB model. But according to GeekBar's Weibo account, we could see a 128GB iPhone 6 according to a schematic they posted showing off the iPhone 6 with 128GB of NAND flash storage.
We can see that the NAND flash being used in this iPhone 6 is from Toshiba, with Hynix and SanDisk providing storage for the other models ranging from 16GB to 64GB with 32GB missing - which should raise some red flags. The next question is: will Apple charge more for the 128GB model, or unveil the 128GB iPhone 6 for the price that the current 64GB iPhone 5S sells for, reducing the other models to better compete with the likes of Samsung, OnePlus, LG, Sony and others?
Sony is expected to unveil its new Xperia Z3 smartphone at IFA in Berlin next month, but before that, we have some new leaks to share with you courtesy of TechnoBuffalo.
The new leaks are thanks to Sony's latest flagship passing through TENAA certification, which is China's version of the FCC, where we see some great snaps of the Xperia Z3. As you can see, we have the same 5.3-inch 1920x1080 display, 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board flash storage, and a faster Snapdragon 801 processor.
On the outside, the design of the Xperia Z3 seems virtually identical to that of the Xperia Z2, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. We will have full confirmation on the Xperia Z3 at IFA next month.
With the Harry Potter book series franchise finished and the last 'Hobbit' movie being released later this year, Warner Bros have been keen to develop their next multi-film franchise, previously announcing that a trilogy feature film adaptation of author J.K. Rowling's 2001 'Harry Potter' spin-off 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' was on the way.
While the studio initially courted 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' and 'Gravity' director Alfonso Cuarón, who turned them down, The Hollywood Reporter is sending word that the studio has selected director David Yates, who helmed four of the eight 'Potter' films, including the final two parts 'The Deathly Hallows', to steer the course. Yates is seen as a steady hand by the studio, a trusted figure by author J.K. Rowling (who is also penning the scripts) and by the franchises legions of fans.
The book, which is based on Newt Scamander, the author on one of Harry's textbooks, is set approximately 70 years before the events of the 'Harry Potter' series.
Warner Bros are targeting a November 18 2016 launch for the first film.
It looks like Microsoft could unveil its new version of Windows as previously reported, with Windows 9 to be unveiled at a special media event on September 30, according to The Verge.
We should see this event have Microsoft unleash a preview version of the OS, codenamed Threshold. Windows 9 will deliver an evolution of Microsoft's ever-changing desktop OS, where we'll see a new Start Menu, virtual desktops, the removal of the Charms bar, and much more. We should also see Microsoft include its digital assistant Cortana, but we don't know if this will make it into the preview build or not.
Apple iMessage now accounts for more than 30 percent of all mobile spam messages sent to users, with cybercriminals easily able to send messages to a large number of users. To better combat spam messaging, Apple previously put in place iMessage rate-limiting, as hackers last year were able to send a large volume of messages with little resistance. However, it still remains a lucrative tool for cybercriminals to use for spam and phishing attacks, with the problem seemingly out of control.
To register for an iMessage account, a criminal simply needs a victim's linked email address - a mobile phone number isn't required. Security experts have seen message come from U.S. companies such as Microsoft's Hotmail to China's Yeah.net, indicating a large number of accounts have been created to send out spam.
Trying to report iMessage spam abuse is a tiresome, annoying process: users must email Apple, including a screenshot of the spam message, email address or phone number of sender, along with the date and time the message was sent by the spammer.
Microsoft and Opera Software have teamed up so Nokia's Xpress browser will be replaced by Opera Mini on Microsoft's struggling line of feature phones. The deal is focused on the Series 30+, Series 40 and Ashwa software platforms, and Opera Mini is currently used by about 250 million users - including 100 million Google Android users.
As more Internet users, especially in emerging markets, relying on phones to access the Internet, ensuring Opera Mini is on as many devices as possible makes sense. Meanwhile, Microsoft's feature phones and Windows Phone-powered smartphones struggle against Apple and Google - but this is still a strong partnership for Opera.
"This is a great opportunity to spread the benefits of Opera Mini to millions more consumers in our core markets," said Lars Boilesen, Opera Software CEO, in a press statement. "There are still massive numbers of people who have not moved to smartphones, but Opera Mini can provide them with an amazing browsing experience right now."
U.S. universities face a bigger threat of security data breaches than the retail and healthcare sectors, according to a recent study published by BitSight. As the school year begins again, hackers are preparing to target universities once again, the report said.
Using data based on major athletic conferences, including the Pacific-12, Big 10, Big 12, Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Ivy League from July 2013 to June 2014, all divisions saw a drop in cybersecurity performance.
"From Social Security and credit card numbers to health records and intellectual property produced by research departments, colleges and universities house a vast amount of sensitive data," said Stephen Boyer, BitSight co-founder and CTO, in a statement to FierceCIO. "While not surprising given the unique challenges universities face securing open campus networks, it's concerning to see that they are rating so far below other industries that we've seen plagued by recent security problems."
Auction site eBay might spinoff the PayPal online payments company as early as 2015, with a search for a new PayPal CEO currently underway. It's unknown if eBay is interested in spinning off the entire PayPal business unit, or just part of the company - and likely won't be known until something is officially announced.
Investor Carl Icahn has long wanted eBay and PayPal to separate, but eBay CEO John Donahoe said PayPal was integral to eBay's overall business success. However, Icahn simmered down his demands in April, saying now isn't quite the time for an eBay-PayPal spinoff, but other investors hope PayPal as an independent business unit could attract new interest.
"The eBay board and management team remain focused on maximizing shareholder value," said Amanda Miller, eBay spokeswoman, in a statement to the media. "As we discussed during proxy season and in our second-quarter financial results call, the board will continue to assess all alternatives to create that long term value and to enhance the growth and competitive positions of both eBay and PayPal. This position has not changed."