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WWE Superstar and Hall of Famer, Ultimate Warrior dies at age 54

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Sport | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Chances are if you grew up in the 80s or 90s you have heard of the Ultimate Warrior. Born in 1960 as James Hellwig he was known for his charisma in and out of the ring and even went so far to legally change his name to Warrior in 1993. Sadly, the Ultimate Warrior passed away Tuesday night at the young age of 54.

 

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In a statement from the WWE: "We are grateful just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior's family, friends and fans."

 

In his final public appearance Monday night, Warrior donned the long jacket with his image airbrushed on the back and put on a mask that looked like his trademark face paint. Addressing the fans Warrior said: "No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own,Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something that's larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers -- by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever. I am the Ultimate Warrior, you are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever."

Virtuix Omni VR treadmill will begin shipping in September

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

The perfect companion for the Oculus Rift or the GameFace Labs' VR headset is the Virtuix Omni virtual reality treadmill. Something that was born on Kickstarter, the VR treadmill will begin shipping to consumers this September starting from $499. Kickstarter backers will begin receiving their Omni's in the Summer, according to Virtuix.

 

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If you decide to purchase the Virtuix Omni, you're going to need to buy an Oculus Rift or own a PC controller to use it. The $499 price also does not include shipping, so expect the price to balloon out considerably depending on where you live. The Virtuix Omni supports multi-directional movement with VR support, with gamers supported on the treadmill through a back harness and a pair of shoes.

 

All of this is controlled and monitored through tracking software that will allow players to "move" through the game. The company finished up its crowdfunding on Kickstarter last June, racking up $1.1 million, much more than its $150,000 goal.


LG shows off its Android Wear-powered smartwatch

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

LG has already unveiled its Android Wear-powered G Watch, but now we're hearing some more information on LG's wearable device. LG talked its G Watch with Pocket-lint, where it showed the site a non-working prototype of the G Watch, but in its final design.

 

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Pocket-lint wrote: "As the original mock-up pictures, already revealed by LG suggested, there will be no buttons on the device at all. The design offered a solid, seamless build that wasn't heavy but certainly felt premium". The Android Wear-powered smartwatch will arrive with interchangeable straps, which should have people impressed.

 

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All we know so far is that the G Watch will be powered by Google's Android Wear platform, with more details shared at Google I/O in June.

Someone smashes a Galaxy S5 on camera, battery explodes in his face

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

I've never seen the appeal of smashing a smartphone I can't even get my hands-on yet, but you know - YouTube and website hits and all, folks. Well, a YouTube reviewer has done just that, smashing Samsung's flagship smartphone with a hammer.

 

 

The 5.1-inch powerhouse of a smartphone survived the first few hits, but then crumbled under the pressure of some harder hits. Once those first few smashes were out of the way, down came the hammer like Thor. The reviewer smashed the phone into pieces, puncturing the battery in the process, which saw the battery itself very quickly expand, getting very close to an actual explosion.

 

Harmful chemicals sprayed out from the Galaxy S5's battery, thanks to the design of the battery it didn't explode, as the battery itself will vent pressure out of a single corner of itself. This avoids the battery catching fire, resulting in a quite harmful explosion.

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GameFace Labs ups the VR ante with a 2.5K VR headset

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

Oculus VR is ramping up its Rift DK2 unit, which features a 1920x1080 display inside of the VR headset. GameFace Labs is a company you may not have heard of, but it has just announced that it is the first company to show off a prototype VR headset with a 2.5K display.

 

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2.5K is just a fancy way of saying 2560x1440, where at this resolution, it is pushing out 78% more pixels than a 1080p-based display, such as the Oculus Rift DK2. Ed Mason, CEO of GameFace Labs explains: "The upgrade to 1280 x 1440 per eye is monumental. Individual pixels are hard to detect at first glance, making it a more immersive and comfortable experience in every single game and experience that we've tried. A lot of the 'presence' described by devs at the Valve [prototype VR headset] demonstration can be attributed to their use of higher resolution (and lower persistence) panels, which has a noticeable impact in suspending disbelief and tricking the brain".

 

Better yet, the company is just stopping at 2.5K, as it wants to get one of the most powerful mobile solutions into its VR headset, making mobile VR a reality. This is actually something I talked about Oculus VR doing, but it seems that GameFace Labs is the one we should be watching. The company is rubbing up against NVIDIA's very impressive Tegra K1 aka Jetson, which is a super powerful system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution that has a quad-core processor running at 2.3GHz with a 192-core GPU.

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HTC brings back Robert Downey Jr to back the HTC One M8

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

Last year, HTC elicited the talent of Robert Downey Jr. to promote the HTC One, and this year's HTC One M8 is now getting the RDJ treatment as well. Downey take a more serious roll this time and talks about how the HTC One received the highest praises at the 2014 Mobile World Congress, and how they mean nothing now that the HTC One M8 is out.

 

 

The video was evidently filmed before the HTC One M8 was released as RDJ talks about how he has a pre-release version, but none the less, HTC shelled out the big bucks to have him endorse the product. I do like how he credits the best tech journalists in the world during the video, and can somehow only think that he knows that I am part of that list... Yea I know, dreams can come true.

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Royals' Omar Infante takes fastball to the face

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Sport | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Kansas City Royals second baseman, Omar Infante experienced a sprained jaw after a wild pitch by Tampa Bay Rays' Heath Miller caught him in the face. Infante was able to walk away under his own power, albeit spitting blood. The Royals said Tuesday morning that Infante had suffered a "non-concussive head injury" that required six stitches. Infante will remain under evaluation for 48 hrs while the Royals decide whether ot not to put the second baseman on the 15 day DL.

 

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When asked about Infante, Royals manager Ned Yost replied "He was smoked. We're worried about a concussion, too. It shakes you for sure because it's a very ugly sound for somebody to be hit in the face, It was a cool night, but I noticed I broke out in a sweat real quick, so it definitely affected me. Of course, you have a lot of worry about it."

Windows 8.1 update 1 is finally here and you can download it now

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Microsoft has been talking about the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 for months now, and today the Redmond, Washington-based giant has finally released the update to the public. Windows 8.1 users can head over to Windows Update and install Update 1 to their system now, or you can wait and let Windows run the update for you when your automatic updates are scheduled to run.

 

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"Windows 8.1 Update and Windows RT 8.1 Update include improvements to make Windows more familiar and convenient for devices that use touch and mouse input and to make Windows available on a wider variety of devices, so you have more to choose from. Windows 8.1 Update and Windows RT 8.1 Update also include security and performance updates, and they must be installed for your PC to receive any future security updates for Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1," Microsoft said in a release.

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Super Planet Crash is the best physics-based game on the internet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Physics games are one of my favorite time killers on the internet, and the study of planetary systems is another small hobby I like to pursue when I have fleeting moments of free time. Today I learned of a new internet game that combines the two into a game more addicting than Flappy Bird, Angry Birds, or Gem Miner combined.

 

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Super Planet Crash is a game designed by Stefano Meschiari, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas, Austin, that challenges players to create planetary systems using various stellar bodies such as Earth and super Earth-sized planets, ice giants, gas giants and even other stars such as brown dwarfs. The object is to design a solar system that is capable of making it to the 500-year milestone without having any planets or stars crash into each other or exit the solar system bounds.

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Cybercriminals greatly benefit from launching "mega breaches"

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Cybercriminals are continually changing their strategy to compromise PCs and networks, with an increased shift towards well-researched, sophisticated attacks instead of simple attacks, according to the latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report.

 

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There was a 62 percent year-over-year increase in data breaches at the end of 2012, Symantec said, with more than 550 million identities exposed to potential theft. In addition to lost productivity, companies also risk public reputation - with the top eight data breaches in 2013 yielding large sums of personal information compromised.

 

"One mega breach can be worth 50 smaller attacks," noted Kevin Haley, Symantec Security Response director, in a press release. "While the level of sophistication continues to grow among attackers, what was surprising las year was their willingness to be a lot more patient - waiting to strike until the reward is bigger and better. Nothing breeds success like success - especially if you're a cybercriminal. The potential for huge paydays means large-scale attacks are here to stay. Companies of all sizes need to re-examine, re-think and possibly re-architect their security posture."

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