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Sony will reportedly show off VR headset for the PS4 at E3 this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 20, 2014 7:25 am

We've heard a bit about Sony's venture into virtual reality, but nothing has entered actual reality just yet. Another tease is here, with an industry insider hinting that Sony would show off a VR headset for the PS4 at E3 2014 in June.

 

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Ahsan Rasheed, or thuway on Twitter, posted on the social network: "Ugh I just got a bit of info I was sworn to secrecy on :-/. VR is going to be amazing. You will say KANDO". He continued: "Very interesting solutions, multiple prototypes, but the end product is Hnnnnng. Say hello to Gran Turismo 7", suggesting that Sony is indeed working on its own VR headset.

 

If you were excited with that news, prepare your VR underwear for the next bit: Rasheed also mentioned PS4 VR in one last final tweet, where he listed upcoming Sony projects:

 

Things to look forward to-

 

  • 1. Drive Club updated footage
  • 2. PS4 VR + SSM New IP
  • 3. UC 4
  • 4. Guerilla new IP
  • 5. UC4
  • 6. The Last Guardian

 

This is where things get inteersting, as Guerilla with a new IP working on VR would be quite the title, and so would The Last Guardian. SSM most likely refers to Sony Santa Monica, which is the development studio who made God of War and others.

No more congestion or dead zones for mobiles? Yes thanks, pCell

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 20, 2014 6:31 am

Steve Perlman, has something that could truly solve some of the problems we have with mobile data congestion, dead zones and more, with his new 'pCell' device.

 

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Current cellular networks use a tower to transmit a radio signal, forming a large cell that provides wireless signal to all mobile devices within that area. This umbrella of signal will feed out whatever you need in terms of data or calls. Cell tower capacity is then shared through mobile devices, taking turns to avoid interfering with each other, and once more people enter the area, speeds can drop.

 

Companies simply can't just add more antennas in order to prepare for the increased demand, as their signals would be disrupted if they're placed too close together. This is where Artemis Networks' pCell technology comes into play, as it enhances the signal itself, with multiple waves combining to form stronger waves.

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Upcoming Diablo 3 DLC will include new social features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 20, 2014 5:23 am

When Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls haunts your gaming life when it arrives on March 25, it will include two new major social features: clans and communities.

 

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Blizzard Entertainment confirmed the new social features today, which will help form friendships between Diablo 3 players. Clans are limited to 120 members, and are invite-only organizations. You can't just join clans at a whim, as you can only be in one clan at a time. The feature is aimed at uniting players who have similar interests, schedules (which can be important), or goals.

 

Communities, however, are more casual: they can be public or private, and membership is "nearly unlimited," says Blizzard. You can be part of multiple communities, which will be interesting. The new clans and communities part of the game will go live in patch 2.0.1, an update that will be pushed out before Reaper of Souls arrives in March 25.

Bethesda says it'll be 'a while' before we hear about Fallout 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 20, 2014 4:31 am

We've had a couple of teases of Fallout 4 lately, one where the trademark was filed and we thought it was close to being announced, and another teasing that 'nuclear winter is coming soon'. Both of those, seem to be weird, detailed dreams to the news we're about to break to you.

 

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Bethesda's game director, Todd Howard, has come out and publicly said: "We don't [have a timeframe for our next game announcement], but I think it's gonna be a while". We've gotten fairly used to all the questions and curiosity over the years. Everyone wants information. Right now, we're just trying to figure out which of our ideas are going to stick and finding an appropriate time to talk about it.

 

It's not all bad news, as it seems that the PC is important to the developer, where Howard was enthusiastic about the best platform in the world. He said: "PC is resurgent. Skyrim did better than we've ever done on PC by a large, large number. And that's where the mods are. That feeds the game for a long time. And it's exciting that the new consoles are very PC-like. That opens up avenues for us going forward to do things that we've wanted to do in the past. There are kind of random ideas we're working on right now, and it's like, 'Wow, I think there's potential here to do some really cool stuff".

LG introduces the G2 mini smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 20, 2014 3:30 am

We knew it was coming, but it is now official: LG has announced the G2 mini smartphone. LG's new G2 mini is the company's first ever "compact" smartphone, and will be unveiled in detail, at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, next week.

 

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The G2 mini features a 4.7-inch qHD IPS panel with a resolution of 960x540, comes in two SoC variants: with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, or the 1.7GHz clocked NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 4i SoC. 8GB of on-board flash storage expandable through an SD card is available, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (or 13-megapixel camera, depending on the market), and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel snapper.

 

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A removable 2440mAh battery will be featured on the G2 mini, while Android 4.4 KitKat will serve as the OS. The new G2 mini will be LTE-capable, and will feature Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and will come in four colors (depending on the region): Titan Black, Lunar White, Red and Gold.

Google I/O slated for June 25th and 26th, tickets by lottery only

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Feb 20, 2014 2:33 am

It's almost that time again, and this year Google is making it a little tougher to get into its I/O conference. Today Google announced that it will hold its I/O Developer Conference on June 25th and 26th, and that the conference will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Google did not really give any information on what will be shown off at the conference, but they did elaborate on how to get tickets for this year's event.

 

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Google I/O has become so popular that its 2013 event sold completely out in about 45-minutes, so to make it fair for everyone, Google says that those wishing to attend need to submit their interest with the company and it will then randomly draw names to the lucky group that gets to attend. For those unable to attend, Google will live stream all of the keynotes and sessions on Google+ like it did last year.

Access to Doom beta to be given as a Wolfenstein pre-order perk

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 20, 2014 1:56 am

The original Doom series developed by John Carmack and ID Software had a cult following and is still held as one of the best FPS games ever made by its fan base. When word first came that Bethesda and ID Software were working on DOOM 4, the internet roared with cheers, but hopes and dreams were soon thereafter crushed when Bethesda announced that development had ceased on the game.

 

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It appears that things have taken a turn for the better and today Bethesda announced that entry into Doom 4's beta program will be happening soon. There is a catch however, and it involves pre-ordering Bethesda's upcoming Wolfenstein remake which opens up on May 20th of this year. Bethesda says that beta keys will be placed inside boxed copies of the game, and that an open beta is still a possibility, but at the moment, the only sure way to get into Doom 4 Beta is to purchase Wolfenstein.

Target security breach cost soaring past $200 million for banks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 20, 2014 12:48 am

The recent security breach at Target stores across the US has certainly hit consumers hard, but the real pain is being felt at the banks and financial institutions who hold the accounts of those consumers. A new report is suggesting that the damage done to Banks is upwards of $200 million and counting with no end in sight.

 

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The security breach saw more than 40 million credit card numbers stolen, and only about half of those cards have been replaced by bankers, leaving the other half still venerable to fraudulent use. This means that that $200 million estimate could grow to more than a half billion dollars before this is all over. In total more than 110 million customers in the US were affected by the breach and saw not only their credit card numbers stolen, but other personal information such as names, mailing addresses, email addresses and more. Target has began offering affected customers a year of free credit monitoring to help ease the pain some.

Smaug to Desolate home theatres in April with a Blu-ray release

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 20, 2014 12:33 am

Roadshow Home Entertainment in Australia has set an April release for the second film in The Hobbit franchise; The Desolation of Smaug which will hit in four different versions on the 16th of April.

 

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Leading the way is a four disc 3D Blu-ray set which includes multiple 'production video' featurettes, an on-set featurette hosted by director Peter Jackson, and a promo for New Zealand: The Home of Middle Earth (which was a prerequisite for the production receiving millions in Government tax breaks) along with an UltraViolet digital copy. This is joined by a standard 2D two disc set with the aforementioned extra features, along with a further variant which also includes a DVD and UltraViolet digital copy.

 

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Following the strategy implemented by its predecessor last year with An Unexpected Journey, a more elaborate expanded version of Desolation of Smaug is expected to be released on Blu-ray and DVD in November, featuring copious extra features dubbed "The Appendices", produced specifically for the release.

 

The final film in The Hobbit saga; There and Back Again is due for a theatrical release on boxing day this year.

The new Google Maps moves from beta into production

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 19, 2014 11:51 pm

The new Google Maps has been in beta form for quite some time now, and today the company made the move to take the refreshed maps public. The new Google Maps is now live for everyone, and the service is better than ever. As with all Google products, search functionality is better than ever, as well as being more intuitive. Lets say you needed a computer repair shop, all you need to do now is type Computer Repair in the search box, and Maps will find the best options for you.

 

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The new maps also allows users to easily flip from 2D maps to 3D Google Earth maps as well as displaying handy information such as bike routes, traffic information, and even terrain maps. Street view has also been updated, and there are even overlays similar to how Google Glass projects augmented reality onto maps. Overall the new Google Maps feels like a fresh look at an old friend, and the changes definitely make it much easier to use from the browser.

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