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Apple has a secret division experimenting with VR hardware

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

If recent reports can be believed, Apple has a secret division that's been experimenting with VR and AR technology long enough to develop Hololens and Rift-like prototypes.




According to a report by Financial Times (via Macrumors), Apple's "secret research unit" consists of hundreds of employees who are actively studying virtual and augmented reality tech. The team is made up of field experts like Virginia Tech VR specialist Doug Bowman as well as others hired from Microsoft and Lytro--who developed a Light Field Camera similar to RealSense.


The evidence of Apple VR has been building in recent months, and specific clues hint what Apple might do with its VR/AR tech. The Cupertino tech giant recently snapped up key startups like the motion capture guru Faceshift, whose tech was used in The Force Awakens, and the German AR Metaio, which made augmented reality software and content. We know what the startups are, and what their tech does, but we just don't know how exactly Apple is using them--the Financial Times suggests the AR/VR tech could somehow mesh with Apple's Project Titan electric car.

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Give Scalebound 'time to breathe' so it can be great, says Microsoft

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

In the games industry, delays are commonplace. When Platinum Games' Xbox One exclusive Scalebound was delayed into 2017, Xbox One gamers were of course let down, but Microsoft reminded us it's important to give devs the time they need for their projects.



Xbox One Marketing guru Aaron Greenberg recently sat down with IGN to talk about Xbox marketing strategies. At 32:17 Greenberg was asked about Scalebound's delay, and he revealed that it's both a marketing and development decision whenever a game is delayed.


"We were looking at our lineup for this year, and where [Platinum Games] is with Scalebound...that game is super aspirational and huge, and we want to give them enough time and resources to make their vision. From the production standpoint, it makes sense to delay the game. Strategically we think just give it time to breathe and let's make sure we give it enough space to ensure the game is great. First we have to make sure the game is ready, second we have to figure out when's the best time to launch it. Given our 2016 lineup, we decided Scalebound will launch in 2017--a timeframe that'll give it better success."

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Get properly crushed flying through Gas Giants in Evochron Legacy

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

If you ever wanted to know the depths with which the universe was modeled in Evochron Legacy, well now you know that even the physics of gas giants have been put into the game. And now you won't just be crushed instantly from the high-gravity either, it'll be a more gradual death.




Evochron Legacy keeps getting updated, and not because it was broken on launch, but because there's always something that might not have been thought of by the one man development team, and he's open to feedback. This time he's fixed the physics for when you feel like flying through a gas giant, which is just one small part of the vast universe that's being procedural rendered in this game.


Other cool fixes are mainly quality of life based, with a change to how Fog works in planets, how the equipment list sorts things and a reduction in the chance that your hired crew will actually leave. It's sad to see people leave with no notice and for no reason.

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This Powerful Portable Battery Fits In Your Wallet

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago



We love the peace of mind that carrying around a portable battery pack gives us. We don't love the extra bulk. So it's no wonder we're big fans of the LithiumCard wallet battery, a super-thin battery solution that fits in your wallet. Does it get more portable than that? Grab it for $20 at TweakTown Deals.


The thickness of just five credit cards and weighing just over 1.5 ounces, LithiumCard packs a surprisingly powerful punch. Charge your iOS device at up to 1% battery life per minute-you can even charge the LithiumCard itself while it charges your device. No room in your wallet? No problem. LithiumCard also comes with a NanoStik pad that allows you to attach it directly to your device (yeah, they thought of everything).


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Facebook bans the private sale of guns through their website

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

It used to be that private gun sales were acceptable through any such medium on the Internet, Facebook included. But with the new laws in place in the US, Facebook is cracking down on overt advertisements for the private sale of firearms. Licensed gun-dealers are still fine, however.




Facebook is a burgeoning marketplace, it would seem."Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another," head of product policy Monika Bickert told Reuters. "We are continuing to develop, test and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and are updating our regulated goods policies to reflect this evolution."


And so as a result to help curb illegal activity, they've put programs (literal software) in place to check listings and flag them for review. I'd imagine they might be leveraging the deep learning projects they have going on, utilizing NVIDIA hardware to do so. It could allow for quick and timely identification with few errors (over time).

Pre-ordered The Division late? You may not get into the beta

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Buyer beware--if you pre-order The Division late, you still may not get into the game's ongoing beta test. Despite Ubisoft guaranteeing pre-buyers access to the beta, server space is filling up fast, and the devs are having a hard time keeping up with the demand.




Right now the web is full of articles talking about The Division beta (including us), and it's pretty much the hottest thing going on this weekend for gaming. These posts and videos and content have a way of changing your mind on pre-ordering the game: gamers who initially avoided pre-orders might second guess themselves. What those sites aren't telling you, however, that you may not get access to the beta if you're late to the party.


"We're working hard to let in as many people as possible, however, due to unprecedented demand we are no longer able to guarantee access to the Closed Beta," reads the game's official beta redemption site. Ubisoft promises that it's on the case and will try to let in as many players as possible, but ultimately it looks like there's a finite amount of space--so the worst possible scenario is that you'll be denied access. The least possible scenario has you waiting for an undetermined amount of time to jump in.

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Destiny Crimson Doubles Valentines day themed multiplayer mode coming

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Bungie realizes you might love your firteam, it would seem, and has detailed their upcoming Crimson Doubles multiplayer mode that'll be running over Valentines day, from from February 9th through the 16th.




Crimson Doubles will be a 2 vs 2 Elimination requiring you to kill the other team. This is mode where you're able to enter the tournament with whomever you wish, not through the traditional matchmaking way. That's not new, necessarily, but they're adding a Broken Heart Bluff.


That works by bolstering your teammates maximum armor, agility, recovery and even weapon handling speed when you die, so that they can take revenge upon their fallen comrade. Of course there're new rewards like shaders, emblems and Ghost Shells to go along with the themed update.

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The Division Beta first impressions: New York is surprisingly tame

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

The Division Beta is now in full swing, with the servers for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the PC turned on and ready for human players to start rescuing Midtown after another disastrous Black Friday. But this time, they're sending in The Division to take back New York, because it's descended into complete chaos. And they need your help.




But New York seems kind of tame once you first get there, and very sparse. Looks like the disaster already took out most of the population. But first the elephant in the room. The graphics exactly the most mind-blowing or revolutionary given the state that the game is in. There is a slight downgrade, though on the PC you have the ability to control particle detail, the quality of the volumetric fog, sub-surface scattering, local reflections, parallax mapping quality, shadow quality and general object detail. And with everything turned to it's absolute highest, it does look good and New York is highly dynamic but there's it probably won't satisfy those naysayers in the crowd. So the graphics aren't revolutionary, but at least they are revolutionary.


The cover-based tactical nature of The Division makes it fun, and the system they employ, at least on the PC, works extremely fluid and quite well. You can easily move from pieces of cover as you take down a group of baddies, freeing some hostages, in no-time. It's satisfying how responsive it is, and it came as a total surprise. In fact the whole movement and control system in general is well implemented on the PC and it doesn't feel like a carry-over from consoles.

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Batman v Superman trailer has been recreated in Grand Theft Auto V

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Can you believe we're less than two months from the premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? I can't, it's so close I can smell it.



In anticipation for it, YouTuber Merfish has spent considerable time recreating the latest trailer for Batman v Superman in the world of Grand Theft Auto V. He uses mods and alternate skins for both Trevor and Michael, who play Batman and Superman, respectively. Check out the clip, above.

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Pornhub sees a surge in US visitors during 'Snowzilla'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Most of you have either heard about or have been in the middle of Snowzilla - which reached the East Cost of the United States in a big way between January 22 and 24.




Well, mega porn giant Pornhub had a noticeable increased in their traffic, with the company focusing a new report on the four East Coast cities, which were plowed by Snowzilla the hardest. Pornhub's report sees the traffic in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington were swollen, compared to usual.




Washington had the largest increase in traffic, with 22% more on Friday, 21% more on Saturday and the tip of it happened on Sunday, with a 25% increase in traffic compared to an average day for Pornhub. If you want to get into the nitty gritty, Pornhub has traffic by the hour over Snowzilla, too.

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