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John Carmack talks Oculus Rift at the NVIDIA Montreal event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 5:25 pm

NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - We're here live at the NVIDIA press event in the beautiful Montreal, Canada, where John Carmack was a special guest of NVIDIA's. Carmack was up near the 4K displays and food talking with various media, and we captured a conversation about Oculus Rift.



Before I could jump in an interview him myself, he was whisked away, most likely to some underground lair where he'll be tapping away on that keyboard doing what he does best. The interview is an interesting look at one of the most knowledgable people in the industry, and I just stood there in awe of his knowledge base. I wish I could download the Carmack.iso and dual boot myself. Sigh.

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Android 4.3 finally arrives for Samsungs Galaxy S4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 5:12 pm

Owners of the Galaxy S4 have been patiently waiting for Samsung to release Android 4.3 for their devices for quite some time now. During its Unpacked Episode 2 event, Samsung told its customers that the 4.3 update was coming soon, but failed to give an exact date on when the updated OS would arrive on the S4. As it turns out, most S4 owners only had to wait until today.




This morning, Samsung announced that it has began rolling out the Android 4.3 update to all Galaxy S4 phones. The update is being pushed out on a tiered basis and the company says that it will take a few days for everyone to receive 4.3. Do not get your expectations too high though as Android 4.3 is mostly an underwhelming update and only brings forth a few small features and bug fixes. The biggest improvement is the ability to run the browser in full screen mode upon launch, which is nice on a large screen device like the S4.

castAR reaches its funding goal in just three days with 27 left to go

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 4:07 pm

Earlier this week, I reported on a new project from Jeri Ellsworth and her new company, Technical Illusions. CastAR is a new augmented reality gaming system that was partially developed by Ellsworth and partner Rick Johnson while working at Valve. When Gabe Newell decided to terminate their employment, the pair struck out on their own to create the next generation of gaming.




The team launched a Kickstarter campaign just three days ago and has as of this morning, surpassed their funding goal of $400,000 by an additional $106,000. With 27 days to go, the project has ample time to reach their stretch goals in which they hope to raise $800,000 total.I will be hosting an interview session with Ellsworth and the castAR team at the end of this month, if there is anything you would like me to ask them, drop me a comment below.

NVIDIA announces the GeForce GTX 780 Ti GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 3:56 pm

NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - NVIDIA said that a new GPU wasn't coming, but it's ok to tell a fib when it impresses, right? Well, the GPU maker has just unveiled its new GeForce GTX 780 Ti GPU, which is being made available mid next month.






We don't know any specifications on the GPU other than it's in the GTX 780 family, and that it's based on the Kepler architecture obviously. We have some photos of the glorious new GPU for you to gush over above, and below. We'll have more details on this in the coming weeks and a review from our own Shawn Baker as soon as he gets his mits on it.

NVIDIA goes for the G-Spot with John Carmack and Tim Sweeney

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 3:46 pm

NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - We reported on the NVIDIA G-Sync technology just a little while ago, but NVIDIA said they had some special guests in mind. This was teased on our itinerary when we landed, but I didn't know who to expect.





Well, in come Tim Sweeney and John Carmack, two of the biggest gaming gods, ever. Oh, and did I mention Johan Andersson from DICE? Mark Rein also made a quick appearance, another fan of NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. These men represent some of the best souls in gaming history, and we have a video embedded above (coming soon!). I'm still gushing, it feels like One Direction just took the stage and my knees are wobbly right now. I might have a lay down, ok?

NVIDIA G-Sync will solve your v-sync woes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 3:36 pm

NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - NVIDIA has just solved an issue that has plagued the world for over 40 years: vertical sync and tearing. This is a big problem that effects all products, no matter the monitor or the GPU, introducing... NVIDIA G-Sync.







G-Sync is a module that is baked into the monitor, with NVIDIA partnering up with ASUS, BenQ, Philips and ViewSonic, who will build G-Sync-capable monitors. This way the GPU drives the monitor timing, removing all stutter, lag and tearing. It's an incredible sounding new technology and you can bet your bottom dollar we're going to be all over this at TweakTown, especially me, a resolution and frame rate fan who loves to live on the bleeding edge.




NVIDIA, you've impressed me with this technology, kudos! We have some videos coming up, but they're large and the Wi-Fi here in the hotel isn't that great when a hundred other press members are uploading videos too. Hold your hats because there's some impressive stuff coming!

NVIDIA GameStream turns SHIELD into a game console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 2:37 pm

NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage in Montreal, Canada to announce some new technologies today, with the first of which is GameStream. GameStream is an impressive new technology that turns the NVIDIA SHIELD into a gaming console.



SHIELD, if you didn't already know, is an Android-based, Tegra 4-powered handheld gaming machine. GameStream uses your PC, which is powered by your NVIDIA GeForce GPU (or GPUs) and then when you close your SHIELD device, it goes into "Console Mode" which then streams your PC to your SHIELD device, then you connect a wireless Bluetooth controller, which makes your SHIELD device a next-generation gaming console.




This can work either over Gigabit Ethernet, or Wi-Fi, with the former providing 1080p gaming, while the latter can only push 720p. We have a video of GameStream above, which shows off Batman: Arkham Origins being played from a GTX TITAN-powered machine to the SHIELD, on an 84-inch 4K TV being streamed at 1080p. An impressive new technology from NVIDIA.

Google stock on track to hit $1,000 per share, the sky is the limit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 2:23 pm

Google is on a path of serious domination, with its stock prices hitting nearly $1000 a piece after it had reported a large increase in mobile and video advertising that helped the Mountain View-based giant increase its quarterly revenue up 23%.




The company has seen paid clicks increase 26% in the last three months ending on September 30, which represents the highest rate of growth in the past year. There's an offset though, with an 8% fall in average cost-per-click. J.P. Morgan analysts said "We view solid paid clicks growth to be a good indicator of demand, driven by the continued shift to mobile." The analysts expected a huge 21.5% growth.


Comparing this to Apple in 2012, who were poised to become the first company to be worth $1 trillion, it has certainly fallen from grace. Google is now positioned to be a serious contender as one of the most powerful, valuable companies in the world.

Netflix to soon offer up more material on its original shows

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 1:36 pm

Netflix has some of the best shows of late, with shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but after those shows are all said and done, it all disappears for another year until the show comes back. But, it looks like we could expect a change in this pattern according to an interview between Netflix and CNET.




Netflix VP of Product Innovation, Todd Yellin, told CNET that this will change soon. Yellin did stress that TV shows will always be the big focus for Netflix, where he said "but supplemental content, whether that's extra features or so forth, we're going to test that around our own originals." If users respond in a positive way, Netflix could bring in a bunch of additional content from other partners, but Yellin didn't say when this would happen.

LeakedTT: Google's Nexus 5 will retail for $350 for 16GB model

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 18, 2013 1:55 am

Google's Nexus 5 has been leaked and detailed in rumors for several weeks now, and as its launch day approaches it appears that the biggest leakster of all is Google itself. Just a few minutes ago, the next-generation flagship smartphone was listed on Google Play for just $350 for the 16GB model.




The press photo that accompanied the listing appears to be the same image we have seen leaked several times as well. This could mean that all of the leaked specifications are true. On the other hand, a Dev at Google could be play a game of ultimate troll... but that is highly unlikely.