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Samsung's wearable headset would blast a keyboard onto your hand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 11:32 am

One thing I don't like with my Google Glass is that I can't type using it without pulling my smartphone, but it looks like Samsung is working on a way around this for its own wearable device.

 

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According to Galaxy Club, which has unearthed a new patent filing from Samsung, the company has been experimenting with the idea of using its wearable device to blast out an augmented reality keyboard onto users' hands in order to type out messages. You can see from the image above that the patent sees the device blasting out the QWERTY keyboard onto users' hands, leaving thumbs free to type on the augmented reality keyboard.

 

While this looks good on paper - or, on screen - I personally don't think this would be practical in any form. It might be nice for other functions of Samsung's Glass-like device, but for typing? Keep on keeping on, Samsung.

GIGABYTE unveils its first single Socket 2011 board with 10GbE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 10:25 am

GIGABYTE has just taken the wraps off of its new high performance server motherboard, the GA-6PXSVT, the company's first single Socket 2011-based workstation motherboard that features 10GbE.

 

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The GA-6PXSVT supports the Intel Xeon E5-1600 V2 and E5-2600 V2 processors, up to 256GB of ECC memory, and all of the usual features you would find on a high-end workstation motherboard. First we have the single SFP+ 10GbE port that is coupled with two additional GbE ports, making the GA-6PXSVT quite the networking performance powerhouse.

 

The GA-6PXSVT features Intel's third generation 82599EN 10GbE controller with a low latency SFP+ interface, which means that users benefit from an on-board package which delivers higher bandwidth, lower thermals and footprint, and cost performance compared to the traditional method of adding 10GbE capacity through a PCI-Express expansion card.

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Sony used tricky marketing for Killzone: Shadow Fall's performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 9:27 am

Sony has been winning the performance and resolution war with its PlayStation 4, but it did tout that Killzone: Shadow Fall was "a 1080p 60 FPS monster" but has only half delivered on that promise.

 

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When Killzone: Shadow Fall is in single-player mode, it runs at 1920x1080 - or Full HD/1080p. Back in November before the game launched, Sony wrote in a blog post that Killzone: Shadow Fall "runs at native 1080p and 60 fps," but it turns out this is not true. In multiplayer mode, the resolution drops heavily in order to maintain the 60FPS frame rate.

 

CraveOnline explains: "Killzone: Shadow Fall outputs at 1080p in single-player and multiplayer, but it isn't native. It uses a unique processing method that blends 960 x 1080 images together. Therefore, the 1080p advertised on the box isn't inaccurate. Sony's imprecise marketing is still valid, though". As you can imagine, some PS4 gamers are pretty angry over this, with an excerpt from a post titled "Shame On Sony For Lying To Consumers" by a gaming enthusiast on the blog Crappy Reviews:

 

As a gamer I have been on record saying I absolutely do not care about resolution one bit. That being said, deceiving an entire group of gamers is just about the most awful thing you can do to them. You might not like Microsoft and you may have disliked their original DRM plans, but at least they were up front with everyone right from the start. Sony has a terrible habit of lying over and over to their fan base and it's hardly ever mentioned. I could go over a list dating back to the debacle that was Sony's E3 2005, I could bring up how the PS3 was supposed to have dual HDMI's and run every game at 1080p 60fps....but more importantly Sony's slogan is "We're for the gamers". How in the world can you lie, cheat and steal from your fan base and have the nerve to say you serve them in any way?

Galaxy S5 will come loaded with over $500 of in-app subscriptions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 8:28 am

Samsung is really going all out with its Galaxy S5, which will be pumped with $500 worth of premium app subscriptions and services. Samsung is calling this Galaxy Gifts, which will include long-term subscriptions to fitness, productivity and lifestyle apps.

 

 

Premium app upgrades and subscriptions will also be provided, including The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek. When totaled up, the Galaxy S5 will be loaded with as much as $576 worth of content. The six-month WSJ subscription comes in at $160, three months of LinkedIn Premium costs $75 and the six months of 50GB storage with Box comes in at $60.

 

Samsung will also provide a bunch of fitness tracking and lifestyle apps, a full year of Lark's premium service, a year of Run Keeper's elite membership, and six months of premium membership to Map My Run and Skimble. Three months of Evernote premium, three months of 1TB of storage from Bitcasa, and over $50 in freebies from PayPal (through participating retailers) will also be given to Galaxy S5 owners.

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Universal announce Fantasy Ninja Slashfest "47 Ronin" for Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 7:35 am

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, through their distribution partner in Sony Pictures, has announced the forthcoming Australian Blu-ray release of 2013's 47 Ronin, which starred Keanu Reeves.

 

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Hitting shelves on May 22nd, Universal has yet to detail the complete package of extra features, although it is expected to mirror the U.S. release which comes with four featurettes, a selection of deleted scenes, along with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and an UltraViolet digital copy.

 

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Delayed for over year, and subjected to costly reshoots, whilst Director Carl Rinsch grappled with a final cut 47 Ronin was ultimately not a success theatrically, failing to recoup its production budget and earning poor to average reviews, which is reflected in our own review found here.

 

Universal are no doubt keen to pick up some extra dimes from the home market.

Killzone Shadow Fall gets new multiplayer DLC and maps

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 6:47 am

Today, Samrat Sharma, senior online producer for Guerrilla Games took to Sony's PlayStation Blog to announce the details of the new multiplayer DLC expansion pack for Killzone Shadow Fall. Titled the Insurgent Pack, the DLC includes new features for multiplayer including a brand new Character Class, 3 new abilities, 3 new weapons and 2 new game modes.

 

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In the DLC we learn that the Helghast government has been covertly providing funding The Black Hand, whose operatives have been infiltrating Vekta City. The DLC allows these insurgents to be playable for the first time in the games history, and is what the DLC is centered around. Rather than type out all of the new details, I have pasted the full list provided by Sharma after the jump.

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Path of Exile: Sacrifice of the Vaal expansion now available

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 5:50 am

Grinding Gear Games today officially released its free update to Path of Exile, the free Sacrifice of the Vaal mini-expansion much to the delight to current Path of Exile gamers. TweakTown was able to take the game for a test ride last week during a special briefing in San Francisco, and was initially impressed on gameplay.

 

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This is the first mini-expansion to Path of Exile, with the original game being released in October 2013, and includes numerous improvements to keep players engaged. During TweakTown's meeting with game developers, there was a large amount of emphasis placed on the craftable chests that are now available in the Ambush league. Gamers can modify the chests and unique bosses and items will drop if the player is able to kill all of the bosses.

 

The expansion gives gamers the chance to try and defeat Atziri, returned Queen of the Vaal civilization, though beating her isn't a requirement - and from how badly TweakTown's Michael Hatamoto and his developer partner were getting killed, best of luck to Path of Exile: Sacrifice of the Vaal gamers!

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Evernote for Windows gets updated to feature image annotation

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 5:33 am

Evernote for Windows got a big update today that includes several new features that users have been asking for. The first new feature allows users to annotate images inside their notes by simply mousing over the image and clicking the annotate button that appears in the top right corner of the image. Once annotation is open, users can use arrows, and stamps to highlight portions of the image as well as adding text, shapes or even crop and re-size the image.

 

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The other new feature affects Evernote Business users or those with very large accounts. Their data will sync much faster now, and in some cases, Evernote says that the syncing will be instantaneous and not noticeable by users. Additionally, Evernote says that stability has improved, as well as a few bugs have been squashed with this update. I never really got into the Evernote craze, but with these new features, I may just have to give it a second chance.

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Lulzbot unveils new flexible 3D Printing filament and filament guide

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 3:46 am

Lulzbot is one of those companies that blaze the trail in innovation and openly share their findings with everyone else. Their philosophy of Free & Libre, hardware and software is a business model that I feel more companies need to follow. Recently Lulzbot released a new video showing their new Taz 3 3D Printer printing with the companies new Ninja Flex Thermoplastic Urethane-based flexible 3D printer filament.

 

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NinjaFlex is the stretchiest 3D printing material on the market at the moment and Lulzbot offers it in several colors including Red, Pink, Green, Blue, White and more. Because the NinjaFlex filament is so stretchy, Lulzbot has had to design an entirely new extruder to allow the filament to be completely constrain the filament as it enters the heat chamber. Lulzbot is calling this the new Flexstruder, and has based it on a Greg's Wade-style design.

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RumorTT: Nexus 6 details begin to emerge months ahead of launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 2:34 am

Google's Nexus 5 smartphone has only been on the market for 5 months now, but that does not stop the rumor mill from cranking out new rumors about its successor. Today Gizmodo Germany released a report that suggest that Google will release the Nexus 6 later this year alongside its first Nexus smartwatch.

 

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The rumor states that LG is sticking around as the manufacturer of the Nexus 6 which make perfect sense as it is also the manufacturer of the Nexus smartwatch. The reoport says that the Nexus 6 will be a "lightweight" version of LG's G3 flagship which also falls inline with the previous Nexus smartphones from LG that were versions of the Optimus G and G2 smartphones. With the news of the new Nexus 6, the report also suggest that it will be June before we see the LG G3 launched and October before the Nexus 6 arrives.

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