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Oculus steps into proper room-scale VR with Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

HTC has been ahead of Oculus with room-scale VR since it launched the Vive, but now Oculus are stepping it up with the Rift and will "fully support" room-scale VR, something that requires 3 sensors in total.




Oculus announced the news on their community forum, something that is already in pre-release testing, and is available in the Public Test Channel of the Oculus software. What's different with the new room-scale Rift goodness, is that you'll need 3 sensors compared to the 2 that are required for Oculus Touch, while the Oculus Rift itself includes a single sensor in the box.


Oculus software has "fully supported" three-sensor Rift setups, but it has been in 'experimental' form with v1.14 of the Oculus software, with a few users reporting issues with tracking and calibration. The new v1.15 software will "fully support three-sensor configurations for larger room-scale setups", while Valve has updated the setup wizard for three-sensor configurations "based on the latest data".

Vive 2 won't come until HTC has 'meaningful innovation'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

With the PC hardware market changing nearly daily, it's refreshing to hear that HTC won't be releasing another Vive headset in a rush, with HTC Vive General Manager Daniel O'Brien fielding some questions about Vive 2 recently.




During an interview with Digital Trends, O'Brien said: "We're always continuing to listen to developers, what they think is the most beneficial next-generation improvements and that's how we're solving the next headset and when that will come to market". He continued: "It's not about picking a production cycle and timeline, it's about bringing really meaningful innovation that helps the developer community to create compelling new experiences".


HTC was talking about improving and upgrading the first-gen Vive, where O'Brien said that the lighter cable made the Vive a "more comfortable mid-generation" change and that there's "no harm in us doing that". O'Brien added that: "When it comes to major jumps like resolution, that's new-new products".


O'Brien was asked about when we'll know more information about Vive 2, where he said: "We're always continuing to listen to developers, what they think is the most beneficial next-generation improvements and that's how we're solving the next headset and when that will come to market. It's not about picking a production cycle and timeline, it's about bringing really meaningful innovation that helps the developer community to create compelling new experiences".

Microsoft gives NSA backdoor, complains about exploits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

I'm sure that you've heard about the "WannaCry" ransomware that is attacking hundreds of thousands of computers across hundreds of countries, and now Microsoft is chiming in with some fighting words against the NSA, CIA, and other spy agencies.




Microsoft President Brad Smith said that the NSA, CIA, and other spy agencies have been collecting security vulnerabilities, instead of telling Microsoft so they can fix them. Smith said there's an "emerging pattern" of these stockpiles leaking out, adding that some of themt can cause "widespread damage" when that happens. Smith even likened it to a physical weapons being leaked or stolen, comparing it to if the US military had "some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".




But before we get too deep into this, remember that Microsoft built a freakin' backdoor into for the NSA, with Microsoft working for months to provide the NSA with full access to encrypted chats on, something we reported about in July 2013. Microsoft also worked with the NSA on giving them a backdoor into SkyDrive, their cloud-based storage service. At the time, I reported: "Microsoft worked tightly with the NSA in order to give them access, with the NSA reporting on April 8 of this year that the Redmond-based slave of the NSA built PRISM access into SkyDrive that removes the need for the NSA analysts to request permission to search SkyDrive".


Oh, and Microsoft also gave the NSA access to Skype. In my article from July 2013, I reported: "Work on this began back in November of 2010 with data collection a few months later in February of 2011, with the NSA document stating that the planned systems worked well, with full metadata collection enabled. The NSA thanked Microsoft for their help, saying that "collaborative teamwork was the key to the successful addition of another provider to the Prism system".

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Intel releases its last ever Itanium processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Intel first launched its Itanium processor back in 2001, with chipzilla hoping its 64-bit processor would destroy the x86 dominance over the decades before it - but yeah, that didn't happen and now Intel has killed Itanium.




Before it's officially dead, Intel has pushed out a final Itanium 9700 series processor family that are the end of a failed era. Itanium co-creator HP and its enterprise arm HPE will be the last major customer of Itanium processors, with its Integrity i6 servers to receive the improved hardware, but other than that - Itanium is dead.


Itanium launched with a huge marketing campaign where Intel expected its exciting (at least at the time) 64-bit processor to take a huge chunk out of the massive wave of x86, aiming for high-end servers and workstations before cloud computing was even a thing. The first Itanium processors were power hungry, and then AMD decided it would launch consumer 64-bit processors in x86 form, disrupting Intel's plans.




Fast forward to 2017, and AMD is once again disrupting Intel's slowly moving and now tick-tock-less CPU plans with Ryzen, offering 8C/16T of processing power to consumers for under half of what Intel tries to shake you down for. This is why we're hearing so damn much about new processors with monstrous core counts, from both sides of the CPU business - AMD with their upcoming Naples platform, Starship rocking 48C/96T, and even a new 16C/32T consumer/prosumer Ryzen processor.

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NVIDIA CEO says GeForce is like a game console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

NVIDIA CEO and founder Jen-Hsun Huang has compared GeForce graphics cards to consoles in a recent post-earnings investor Q&A, when he was probed on a question regarding NVIDIA seeing the numbers of gamers and GeForce products growing, and whether they could continue to push out premium products.




Huang replied with: "The average selling price of the NVIDIA GeForce is about a third of a game console. That's the way to think about it. That's the simple math. People are willing to spend $200, $300, $400, $500 for a new game console, and the NVIDIA GeForce GPU PC gaming card is on average far less".


He continued: "There are people who just absolutely demand the best. And the reason for that is because they're driving a monitor or they're driving multiple monitors at a refresh rate well beyond a TV. So if you have a 4K or you want 120 hertz or some people are even driving it to 200 hertz, those kind of displays demand a lot more horsepower to drive than an average television, whether it's 1080p or 4K at 60 frames a second or 30 frames a second. And so the amount of horsepower they need is great. But that's just because they just really love their rig, and they're surrounded in it, and they just want the best. But the way to think about that is ultimately that's the opportunity for us. I think GeForce is a game console. And the right way to think about that is at an equivalent ASP of some $200 - $300, that's probably potentially an opportunity ahead for GeForce".

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Survive 'Resident Evil' in our Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

To celebrate this week's release of the stunning conclusion to the long-running series 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' on Blu-ray, DVD and digital, we have 15 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




The beginning of the end. Based on Capcom's hugely popular video game series Resident Evil comes the final instalment in the most successful video game film franchise ever, which has grossed over $1 billion worldwide to date. Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Last piece of the puzzle: The HTC U 11 price leaks

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

HTC is preparing for its big launch on May 16th, and we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect.




We've seen numerous leaks during the past month, but the price of the phone has remained a mystery. Up until now.


The latest report from Taiwan says that the company might open pre-orders on May 19th in Taiwan at a price of 19,900 New Taiwan dollars or around $660. This is the first time that the HTC U 11's price has been mentioned.


The same source claims that the device would hit other markets in June. Of course, even if the report is legit it doesn't mean that the price would be the same globally.

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Musk reveals the name of The Boring Company's machine

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

A week ago, Elon Musk asked his 8.56 million Twitter followers to help him come up with a name for The Boring Company's first tunneling machine.




We've heard some pretty interesting ideas, from 'Snoop Dug' to 'Ludicrous Boring Machine, the Second.' However, Musk has decided for a totally different approach.


He first announced that he would be naming the machine by a poem or play before revealing the name of the company's first tunneling machine - Godot.


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Apple orders 10nm A11 processors for the iPhone 8

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

According to DigiTimes, a Taiwanese technology rumor website, Apple has already placed orders with TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) for their new iPhone 8 processors.




While we still don't actually know whether or not Apple will call their new phone the iPhone 7S or iPhone 8, DigiTimes is already claiming to know that TSMC has taken orders from Apple for their newest phone using TSMC's upcoming 10nm process.


Currently, TSMC only produces chips for most of their clients at 16nm, while they introduced only this week their new 12nm process for NVIDIA's Volta GPUs. It seems that 10nm will be used for phones primarily because Apple is accompanied by HiSilicon and Mediatek as additional customers for TSMC's upcoming 10nm process.

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Windows 10 S won't work with Chrome, Opera, or Firefox

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

It seems as though Microsoft is making some very interesting moves with its upcoming release of Windows 10 S, which is a more restricted version of the full Windows 10 for the education market, something Microsoft is looking to combat Google's Chromebook/Chrome OS combo with.




Microsoft is placing restrictions on the software you're allowed to install with Windows 10 S, with one of those caveats being that the software will only be available on the Windows Store - meaning no third-party browsers. This means we won't be seeing Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or Safari on Windows 10 S, ever.


Windows Store policy 10.2.1. states: "Apps that browse the web must use the appropriate HTML and JavaScript engines provided by the Windows Platform".


Why this matters: This is a strong move by Microsoft, and it's something that would've been heavily criticized years ago as anti-competitive but the game has changed. Google is now a powerhouse in the education market and is eating into Microsoft's once dominant business, and could lead to Microsoft already envisioning a future of full Windows releases being more locked down to specific software or ecosystems.