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Latest Oculus Rift prototype has a latency of just 10-20ms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 10:37 am

We know that there's a new Rift prototype to be unveiled at CES 2014 in just a few weeks, with the new VR headset having a reduced latency of between 10-20ms, down from the original developer kit, which has a latency of 60-70ms.

 

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Better yet, is that Oculus CEO, Brendan Iribe, spoke with VentureBeat, where he talked about the latency: "When you put it on - the latest internal prototype, which is what Marc Andreessen and his team saw - it's a completely different experience from the previous versions. The latest one finally ties it all together. There's this switch in your head. Your brain, instead of feeling like you're looking through a VR headset, suddenly feels like you're just looking through a pair of glasses into another reality. It's much more comfortable."

 

He added: "We got our developer kits - the prototype that you saw way back when, at the last CES - running at about 60 to 70 milliseconds. Our most recent internal prototype is now between 10 and 20 milliseconds. Less than 20 [milliseconds] flips the switch and you cross that threshold where the brain feels comfortable with it. You're not reminded you're looking at a computer device."

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Google Glass updated, includes proper Hangouts support and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 9:35 am

Just before the holidays, Google has pushed out a new upgrade to its Glass platform, the December update, or XE12. The new update is available for Glass Explorers, just in time to take pictures from their point of view, of their Christmas dinners. The best updates seem to be the improved iOS support, Hangouts support, and the winking, which is going to have ladies across the world swooning. The full list of updates is below:

 

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iOS app - as we noted earlier, XE12 brings along better support for iOS. Expect an update in iTunes later in the week.

Google Play Music support has been enhanced, and the new Listen menu will let you browse playlists and open radio stations if your an All Access subscriber.

Screen lock - set a screen lock from the settings menu and anytime you deactivate Glass or take them off (if you've set-up on-head detection) the screen lock will activate.

Hangouts Glassware - now you can send and receive chats, photos and make video calls with any Hangouts contact.

YouTube Glassware - share your videos to YouTube, with support for private and public uploads.

Wink - Explorers with a new model Glass (purchased or swapped after October 28th) can now take pictures via blinking. This works with the display off, and seeing the privacy outrage over this feature should make for loads of fun.

New Google Search features - searching for how far you are from a place or how many calories are in a food is now supported.

Removed Signature from Messages - no longer will your SMS messages say Sent Through Glass. Email will, though.

Removal of Guest Mode - maintaining Guest Mode was too much strain on the programmers, says Google. It is no more. Google recommends using a "demo Google Account."

 

So, now Glass users can take pictures just by blinking? Imagine being at a bar, and taking a picture of something near a woman... you're constantly blinking (or winking), this is going to end up with some incredible stories, and a few smashed Glass devices.

Latest gameplay video of Dying Light will have you scared of the dark

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 7:36 am

You might remember Techland's other popular game, Dead Island, but the developer's next game, Dying Light, is shaping up quite nicely too. There's a 9-minute gameplay video below you should check out.

 

 

As you can see, light is your friend, and the darkness, well, it is not. The zombies can be distracted, and there's plenty of traps, tricks, moves and jumps you can do within the world of Dying Light. During the day, the zombies seem to keep at bay, and as I said before, can be distracted, but as night falls, they require food and their speed and agility are increased, making them harder to run away from.

 

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Dying Light should reach the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC next year.

San Francisco sees free Wi-Fi rolled out on Market Street

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 6:51 am

The City of San Francisco is one of the leading tech hubs in the world, but budget cuts and political bickering shelved numerous attempts to get public access to free Wi-Fi in well-trafficked portions of the city.

 

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The $500,000 project to bring free public Wi-Fi to Market Street in San Francisco has been completed, with a three-mile stretch of downtown road now supporting up to 50Mbps of free service. It's a far-cry from the citywide Wi-Fi promise made in 2007, but this is at least a good step in the right direction towards coverage across the city.

 

Silicon Valley company Ruckus Wireless contributed hardware, while Layer 42 Networks provided 1 gigabit Internet access service to the project. Market Street is one of the major thoroughfares in downtown San Francisco, with more than 250,000 people using the street per day. Throughout San Francisco and Silicon Valley, tech companies are expanding free public Wi-Fi, as more consumers use laptops, smartphones, and tablets for personal and work activities. Similar Wi-Fi projects are currently underway in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States - and in select cities across the world - so the potential upside of these efforts could be tremendous.

DotA 2 is now available to all, finally drops its sign-up requirement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 6:35 am

I lost count of how many times I was invited to play DotA 2 through Steam, but those days are now behind us: the game is available for all! It is Steam's most active game, which is just crazy.

 

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Valve took to the DotA 2 blog, where it said it had been working on DotA 2's infrastructure throughout the beta, and past its official launch back in July. The developer has since been increasing DotA 2's player base, with server upgrades and a "huge number of enhancements", and now it is time for the game to expand, rapidly.

 

Valve has said that there are over 6.5 million unique monthly users that play DotA 2, but it doesn't compare to the 32 million monthly players that competing game, League of Legends, features.

Apple's Cupertino HQ... recreated in Minecraft, a two-year creation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 5:36 am

1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California. We all know what is there, but for those who don't: it's Apple's HQ. Well, Minecraft player Michael Steeber, spent two years recreating Apple's HQ, in Minecraft.

 

 

As you can see from the video, above, there is some incredible detail placed in this creation. Steeber has gone to great lengths to get it as accurate as possible, but two years creating it? That is some serious dedication!

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DayZ alpha hits Steam, over 88,000 downloads in 12 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 4:33 am

DayZ hit Steam in the last 24 hours, racking up over 88,000 downloads in its first 12 hours on Valve's digital distribution platform. If you haven't heard of DayZ, its from Bohemia Interactive, the developer behind ArmA.

 

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Bohemia Interactive's CEO, Maruk Spanel, took to Twitter: "88,000 survivors have joined Dayz alpha in the first 12 hours. Thank you." Considering DayZ originally launched as a mod for the developers ArmA 2, this is quite the surprise. DayZ does have a pretty good following, though, and with the standalone alpha being priced at $29.99 on Steam Early Access, zombie shooter fans should get on at the ground level.

Drobo launches the new DroboApp platform to help with 3rd party apps

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 3:30 am

Drobo has just launched the all new DroboApp platform that delivers new functionality to the Drobo 5N network storage array and provides an easy method for third-party app integration. The platform includes 15 initial apps that offer up a wide range of functionality including media servers, remote file access, cloud backup, and even BitTorrent clients.

 

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"The Drobo 5N was designed to deliver the best file sharing experience available," said Jim Sherhart, Vice President of Product Marketing, Drobo. "Extending the functionality with fully supported applications including Plex, Barracuda Copy and ElephantDrive demonstrates our commitment to enhancing value for our existing customers."

 

"Plex is excited about a fully integrated NAS plus Media Server solution for users to easily store, organize and stream their media," said Shawn Eldridge, Vice President of Strategic Alliances. "Given the exponential growth in personal media being generated today, the combination of Drobo and Plex is the perfect way for users to easily organize and play their media on any screen."

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Edward Snowden writes an open letter to the Brazilian people

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 3:07 am

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is still living and working in Russia, though has penned an open letter to the people of Brazil, while politicians ask Snowden for help following reports of NSA spying on Brazilian lawmakers.

 

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In his open letter: "If Brazil hears only one thing from me, let It be this: when all of us band together against injustices and in defense of privacy and basic human rights, we can defend ourselves from even the most powerful systems."

 

Snowden said he would like to help the Brazilian people get their rights back, but cannot as long as he is wanted by the United States. In return for helping Brazil lawmakers, Snowden has requested asylum and safe passage to the country. No formal legal documents have been submitted to the Brazilian government to begin proceedings.

 

Although the NSA is considering granting Snowden amnesty if he agrees to stop discussing his activities, the former IT manager seems content to remain in Russia. Realistically, Snowden's ability to help other countries is limited unless he is eventually granted permanent political asylum - and is able to travel to the host country - without being intercepted by US officials.

Microsoft's Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 tablets are 'extremely popular'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 2:35 am

The Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablet models are selling out and have been difficult to find this Christmas shopping season. The devices are selling out at the official Microsoft Store and Walmart.com, while a quick look at Amazon.com shows a small supply of the surprisingly popular tablets.

 

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It's plausible Microsoft released smaller shipments to retailers - or the devices are truly becoming popular - but we won't know until early 2014, when analysts are able to estimate sales numbers. Microsoft and the retailers aren't confirming shipment figures, so analyst groups will be left to estimate how the Microsoft tablets did against rival tablets.

 

Microsoft has found it difficult to compete with the extremely popular Apple iPad and Android-based tablets, but the Windows 8-powered devices are best suited to make a major impact in the enterprise. Meanwhile, analysts believe the Surface 2 tablets will continue to fight for market share in 2014, as Microsoft continues a massive marketing and advertising campaign.

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