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Valve will be showing off its SteamVR hardware at GDC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

We reported yesterday that Valve would be talking about VR, physics engines and more but now the company has confirmed exactly what it will be teasing at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015, and it has us very excited.

 

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Valve will be showing off the final Steam Controller for its upcoming Steam Machine platform at GDC 2015, as well as its "previously-unannounced SteamVR hardware system". Valve also has plans to show "new living room devices" at GDC, which will most likely arrive as a slew of new Steam Machines. What has us excited however, is the idea of a full unveiling of its SteamVR platform.

 

GDC 2015 takes place between March 2-6 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

I'm feeling blue - the 780T BLUE TRIM mod project

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Featured on Ocaholic as their rig of the day, this 780T BLUE TRIM build would make Eiffel 65 proud.

 

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Packed full of the latest tech including an Intel i7 4790K, a mix of EK Water Block and Bitspower cooling and an EVGA GTX980 all tied together by an ASROCK Z97 PRO 4 in a Corsair Graphite 780T case with blue trim - this beautiful blue and black project is another addition to the plethora of simple projects we have been sharing.

 

Although it doesn't feature an SLI-setup like most high-end projects we've seen, this system would be a great addition to any hardcore gamer arsenal.

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UPDATE: More Pebble smartwatch information leaked and removed

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Recently we told you about how Pebble are set to launch a new smartwatch featuring a color display, replacing its black and white e-paper technology.

 

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Thanks to a leaked photo from Pebble's own servers by 9to5Mac, we're able to get a little more insight into how the color display will actually look. This smartwatch is rumored to feature a slimmer body, an updated OS and obviously the color display as seen above. Reports claim that this may be another e-paper display, said to help keep battery life long and stable.

 

With the full announcement to be completed tomorrow, we look forward to what is to come.

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Apple spending big dollars investing in two new Euro data centres

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Ireland and Denmark are in Apple's sights, with the tech giant announcing that we will see an environmentally sustainable data center constructed in each which country - set to cost them €1.7 billion ($1.93 billion US).

 

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These centers will be 166,000 square meters in size each and used for Apple online and cloud services for European customers. These fully renewable energy supplied facilities will be supporting Apple's iTunes, App store, iMessage, Maps and Siri applications.

 

No details have been provided just yet of exactly how this renewable energy will be generated and when asked by iTnews "on the design for power usage efficiency, total rack space capacity and server hardware choice for the data centers" no answer was given.

 

The Danish facility is set for construction in Viborg, Jutland and is located next to one of the largest electric substations. It's worth noting that excess heat produced by this data center will be used as part of the Viborg district central heating system.

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Professor Stephen Hawking congratulates 'Theory of Everything' star

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Whilst it was no surprise that the Academy honoured 2014 drama 'Birdman' with the Best Picture Academy Award, it was a surprise that star Michael Keaton was overlooked, in favour of rising British star Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything'.

 

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Whilst Hawking wasn't at the ceremony in person, he has sent his well wishes via his Facebook page, writing "Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne for winning an ‪#‎Oscar‬ for playing me in The Theory of Everything Movie. Well done Eddie, I'm very proud of you." High praise indeed from one of the smartest men on the planet.

 

'The Theory of Everything' is currently certified fresh by Rotten Tomatoes, with a 79% aggregate.

Apple updates emoji's to express racial sensitivity

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Released as part of the developer preview, Apple's next update will include a wide range of emoji's with various skin tones -helping express Apple's sensitivity to racial diversity.

 

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Instead of white-only options being available, you can now select out of six skin tones what you wish your emoji face or hand to display. There are also numerous updates to sexual-preference, including families with children and couples of same-sex, rather than the previous male-and-female only.

 

There's a few other updates including new gadgets like the Apple Watch and also an Australian flag thrown into the mix - all set for release in the next few months.

Gartner says Apple must innovate to replicate strong 2014 sales

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Ahead of the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona next month, analysts are picking apart the current state of the smartphone market. Consumers have a number of appealing choices at the moment, as the smartphone market is "highly mature," and it is becoming harder for vendors to differentiate from one another.

 

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"While Apple had a very successful 2014 and a record fourth quarter, Apple has to come up with something innovative in 2015 to replicate record sales," said Annette Zimmermann, researcher director at Gartner, in a press statement.

 

Samsung has 28 percent global smartphone market share (28 percent), ahead of Apple (16.4 percent), Lenovo (7.9 percent), LG Electronics (6 percent), and Huawei (5.9 percent), according to TrendForce. However, the competition is becoming explosive with Huawei capturing 5.9 percent market share, putting everyone else on notice that it is a serious contender.

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Enterprise Internet of Things has more than 1 billion devices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The Internet of Things (IoT) connected more than 1.2 billion devices to the Internet in 2014, with an expected annual growth rate of 28 percent up to 5.4 billion things by 2020.

 

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Manufacturing, finance and insurance, media and entertainment, and home security and monitoring businesses are expected to lead the way in enterprise IoT adoption. More than 1 billion enterprise IoT devices already are connected to the Internet, and analysts expect that figure to skyrocket as more products and services are released.

 

"We've seen the early adoptions, but now we're getting to a new phase where we're seeing fast followers in this business," said Mark Bartolomeo, VP in charge of IoT business of Verizon, in a statement to RE/code. Verizon's IoT business helped generate $585 million revenue last year, with the wireless company expecting strong growth as IoT becomes more popular.

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Snowden regrets not coming forward sooner about NSA surveillance

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden would have liked to come forward sooner regarding NSA surveillance, but had to wait until the appropriate time.

 

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"I would have come forward sooner... [but] these programs would have been a little less entrenched, and those abusing them would have felt a little less familiar with and accustomed to the exercise of those powers," Snowden said during a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session. "This is something we see in almost every sector of government, not just in the national security space, but it's very important. Once you grant the government some new power or authority, it becomes exponentially more difficult to roll it back."

 

Snowden knowingly sacrificed himself to help reveal NSA surveillance and spying activities, which has opened an international debate. In addition, Apple, Google and other companies are modifying their behaviors, including adding encryption and other technologies, to help keep user data more secure from outside snooping.

Gartner: Strong growth in wearables in 2015, up 38% from 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The wearables market will increase 38 percent year-over-year, reaching 70 million units in 2015, according to the Gartner research group. There is high interest among consumers, but penetration rate is still rather low - but could yield double-digit growth in the foreseeable future.

 

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"We expect strong growth in wearables in 2015 with smartwatches and fitness bands and other trackers to reach nearly 70 million units, up 38 percent from 2014," said Annette Zimmerman, research director at Gartner, in a press statement. "However we don't see these devices replacing the smartphone in the next five years, rather they are a complementary device to the existing portfolio of devices."

 

During the 2015 CES show last month, Intel and other companies demonstrated hardware that can be used in future generations of wearables. Meanwhile, Samsung, Lenovo, Sony and other manufacturers will need to respond once the Apple Watch is released in April.

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