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Apple patents new smart ring design

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

We've all joked about the future of IoT wearable technology, especially with the audacious idea of "smart jewelry". But Apple is pretty serious about pushing the limits of wearables and now for the first time we have a glimpse of what may very well become the Apple iRing.




The patent for Apple's smart ring tech has just been published, revealing rough abstracts and schematics of the small wearable. According to the patent, the "iRing" is an "external electronic device with a finger-ring-mounted touchscreen that includes a computer processor, wireless transceiver, and a rechargable power source".


The ring's form factor is quite curious. One configuration of the device has a pressure-sensitive display (hinting at layered 3D Touch support) with haptic and tactile feedback on the front, with a slider dial, buttons and a built-in microphone underneath the screen. Other variants don't have a screen at all, Some variants come with an onboard camera for photos and video recording.

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NVIDIA reveals GeForce Now, rebranding its Grid game streaming service

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

NVIDIA has just unveiled GeForce Now, its rebranded game streaming service that was until now, known as Grid. NVIDIA plans to compete against PlayStation Now, but at a much cheaper price point.




GeForce Now will be offering gamers the chance to stream games from their servers at 1080p 60FPS, blasting the titles to their Shield console, Shield Tablet, or Shield Portable. NVIDIA has more than 50 games on their GeForce Now service, with games like Alan Wake, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Grid 2, Dirt 3, Borderlands and multiple Batman titles. If you want to purchase games outright and play them instantly, you can get some hours pumped into titles like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Saints Row: Gat out of Hell and Resident Evil: Revelations 2.


NVIDIA is launching GeForce Now on October 1 in the United States, EU and Japan for $7.99 per month. The company is including a free three-month trial membership which will allow gamers to try out the service before they dive head first into it.

Google's Nexus 6P features Samsung's latest AMOLED panel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Google only just unveiled the Nexus 6P a couple of days ago, but we didn't know who made the 5.7-inch QHD panel. Well, Samsung has come out and confirmed it has provided the WQHD panel for the Nexus 6P, on a post on Reddit.




The post reads: "It has a Samsung WQHD AMOLED panel. We have spent a lot of time tuning the white-point and color gamut for these panels - hope you will enjoy the accuracy of the display. Yep, confirmed: Nexus 6P has the latest generation panels from Samsung. One of things we deeply care for is the quality and accuracy of the display through which all of us connect with the stuff we care about. We created a very tight spec (white-point temperature, delta-E variance, color-space accuracy, etc) for the 6P WQHD AMOLED panel, so it was important that we use the most cutting edge panel technology available".

LG's new V10 smartphone has two selfie cameras, and shoots 21:9 video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

LG has just unveiled its latest smartphone, the V10, which is the company's new premium 'V' line of handsets. The V10 is the first of LG's new 'V' line of smartphones, which loses the plastic feel for premium materials, and that's just scratching the surface.



The V10 looks like the G4 from the outside, but you'd be wrong to think that. We have the same 3000mAh removable battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, and 16-megapixel rear-facing camera that are found in the G4, but we have 4GB of RAM versus the 3GB in the G4. The V10 has a flat 5.7-inch QHD display with an 'always-on' screen at the top that looks like it could be useful.


The smaller screen is found just above the actual 5.7-inch display, which is capable of displaying the weather, time, date, and battery levels when the main display is off. When the main display is on, the second screen can be used for quick-launching apps, accessing your favorite contacts, or displaying notifications.

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Valve updates Steam for Android, adds a bunch of new features

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

Valve has just pushed out an updated version of Steam for Android, which has reached v2.1. The new application adds a slew of new options and features for gamers on-the-go.




Steam for Android v2.1 includes the Community Market where you can buy, sell, and trade in-game items for titles like Counter-Strike and Team Fortress. Broadcasts is now a part of Steam for Android, where you can use the Twitch-like streaming service which is separated by game or uploader. The Game Hubs combine news, web posts, videos, screenshots and more for a game, now in Steam for Android.


Discussions and The Store are new to Steam for Android, joining the service with the new v2.1 patch. You can grab the new Steam for Android v2.1 from the Google Play Store.

Sony wants you to buy PlayStation VR for 'other entertainment usage'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

With the announcement of PlayStation VR not long ago, Sony will soon be starting the big marketing push behind its PS4-powered VR headset. During a recent interview with Eurogamer, President of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, had some interesting things to say.




Yoshida said: "The real issue is, we look at things positively in terms of fast sales of PS4. We continue to try to push to reach an even broader audience. Even when PS4 is doing well, you might look at the sales, the fast pace of PS4 sales, we may be just selling to the same people faster, right! That's a sad view of things, but it could be the case".


He added: "We have to continue to work hard to really bring back people who used to play console games before PS2 era, or find new people to provide great experiences, that people who never had their own consoles might find useful for their lives. For that, actually, PlayStation VR has broader applications than the games, and demos we've been doing, the very first demo we provided was The Deep. It has no gameplay at all. Anyone can enjoy it. Of course there's a challenge of pricing and whatnot, but in the future we position PlayStation VR not as a peripheral to VR, but as a virtual reality system that makes use of PS4. We're hoping in the future that people might pick up PlayStation VR and PS4 not only for the games, but for other entertainment usage".

AMD might have trouble sourcing HBM2 for its next-gen video cards

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

Exclusive: AMD has enjoyed being the first to market with a HBM-powered video card, with the Radeon R9 Nano, R9 Fury and R9 Fury X all powered by High Bandwidth Memory. But it looks like the company might run into troubles sourcing HBM2 in 2016 according to our industry sources.




Our source reached out to us today, saying that they "wouldn't count on [AMD] using HBM2 next year", but wouldn't elaborate further. This is an interesting rumor, because if it were true, it would mean that the use of HBM2 would shift primarily to NVIDIA. NVIDIA's next-gen Pascal architecture is already being tested internally by the company according to the latest rumors, and will rock HBM2. But AMD's next-gen GPU is rumored to rock between 8GB and 16GB of HBM2, is something we don't know too much about yet.


If AMD is in trouble with HBM2 next year, they might be stuck with short end of HBM2 yields. If so, we could see AMD utilizing HBM2 for their highest end GPU, which will most likely be a Fury X successor. Under that, we could see the company possibly using HBM1, but personally, I think HBM1 is something that should be used on mid-range cards for AMD's next-generation product stack.

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Train Simulator 2016 packs an insane $3061 worth of available DLC

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

The world of gaming is quite hilarious these days, with DLC making some serious profits for game developers post-release. But just how far, is too far, when it comes to DLC?




Train Simulator 2016 takes the cake, with a price of $45 right now it's priced well. That is, until you consider all of the DLC you can buy. There are 230 packs of DLC for Train Simulator 2016, and when you add them all together, you get a grand total of $3061.91, and that's taking into consideration the huge 40% discount right now.

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GameStop CEO says 'disc-based games will be around forever'

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

With the non-stop growth of digital downloads physical media has its days numbered, or not. According to GameStop CEO Paul Raines, "disc-based games will be around forever".




During a chat with Fortune, Raines added: "The market has seen physical music sales down 50 per cent from its peak and physical movie sales down 60 per cent from its peak, but even in a doomsday scenario, disc-based games will be around for a long time. I see a complimentary business where we sell discs plus download like the current console mode".


What about VR headsets? Raines had something to say about that too, adding: "Analysts believe there could be 10 million VR users by the end of 2016, and there are hardware forecasts of $30 billion by 2020. We're going to be the destination for VR". He said that GameStop customers will soon be able to stop by their stores to test out the three main VR headsets: the Oculus Rift, Sony's PlayStation VR and the HTC Vive.

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Stephen Hawking warns alien viruses could wipe out mankind

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Stephen Hawking has no misconceptions about the universe, and reading his answers to interview questions is like wading through a sci-fi novel. In a recent session, the renowned astrophysicist talks about what it'd be like if aliens visited earth, how humanity has to breach the firmament to survive, and computer AI overtaking the world in a not-so-distant future.




In a recent interview, Hawking says that aliens visiting earth would somewhat like the aftermath of Columbus' exploration of the Americas, with interstellar beings completely dominating all life on our home planet. "If aliens visit us, the outcome could be much like when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans," Hawking told Spanish publication El Pais. "Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach. To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like."


This metaphor resonates with truth for me in particular, as I've long thought that the most deadly gift aliens could deliver wouldn't be their technology, it'd be their space flu. These intergalactic viruses and bacteria could completely devastate our population the same way smallpox spread havoc and death in the New World.

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