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Oculus Rift is heading to Android-based mobile devices says CEO

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 3:43 pm

The Oculus Rift is in my opinion, one of the biggest game changing pieces of technology to hit the PC gaming world since the introduction of the discrete GPU. Until now though, the Rift has officially been slated for the PC, but this morning a new report has surfaced that suggest we will be seeing a mobile friendly version quite soon.

 

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Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe spoke earlier this week at the GamesBeat conference held by VentureBeat, and during his speech, Iribe said that his company has plans to launch a production version of the Oculus Rift that is both PC and Mobile compatible. He went on to say that the this version would be lighter and smaller in size than the existing developer units, and that it would be compatible with any device running the Android OS.

 

Iribe says that Id Software founder and Oculus CTO John Carmack has been working on the mobile side of things and that development is coming along quite nicely. "We have some exciting plans on the mobile VR side as [well as] the PC VR side,' Iribe said. 'We're really looking at hitting the consumer market. We're very excited about what we're seeing," Iribe said. "We were sceptical about how good mobile VR could be on such a small platform, but it's pretty incredible what Carmack has been able to do."

UK researchers working on 'Li-Fi' see 250x the speed of broadband

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 11:52 am

While I potter around on my 8mbps connection, a team of researchers from the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Strathclyde working on the Ultra-Parallel Visible Light Communications Project are claiming to have reached some epic speeds on Li-Fi: 10.5Gbit/s.

 

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Yeah - that's fast. How does Li-Fi work? Well, it works by utilizing specialized LED bulbs to transmit data through parallel streams of light that are completely undetectable to the human eye. Harald Haas, a German physicist, and one of the project leaders at the University of Edinburgh said: "If you think of a shower head separating water out into parallel streams, that's how we can make light behave."

 

In order to reach the dizzying heights of 10.5Gbit/s, the researchers used a micro-LED bulb which was developed over at the University of Strathclyde, which transmitted 3.5Gbit/s through three primary colors - red, green and blue.

Apple acknowledges battery life issues with some iPhone 5S models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 10:36 am

Apple is finally acknowledging those battery life issues in some iPhone 5S models, releasing a statement to The New York Times. Apple spokeswoman Teresa Brewer said:

 

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We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life. We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone.

 

We don't know how many iPhone 5S units have been affected, but it would have to be a decent number if Apple is going to officially address the issue. If you have an issue with your iPhone 5S, at least now you know you're covered. If not, then enjoy your iPhone 5S!

RumorTT: Moto G to be the successor to Moto X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 9:33 am

Where Apple can only really brag about one, or this time, two smartphones launched at once, Google has a never-ending stream of high-end Android handsets to parade around. The latest, is the successor to its Motorola Moto X smartphone.

 

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The new smartphone will reportedly be named the Moto G, and will be the next decently-priced smartphone from the Mountain View-based search giant. The news is coming from Droid-Life and Engadget, who both report seeing a new version of of Motorola's website today with the name "Moto G" placed in a very important spot - the first tab on its homepage.

 

The tab then links to "www.moto-g.com" which is a website that currently doesn't work. But, it has started the rumor mill on the name "Moto G" which will be interesting to see, yeah, I'm a lyrical genius.

Borderlands 2 movies towards record sales with over 7.5 million sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 8:22 am

We just reported that Grand Theft Auto has sold over 29,000,000 copies (yes, 29 million!) but Take-Two's other juggernaut, the Gearbox Software-designed Borderlands 2, is headed toward its own record-breaker, with over 7.5 million copies sold.

 

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Take-Two President, Karl Slatoff, said: "Borderlands 2 has sold-in over 7.5 million units and counting, and is on track to becoming the highest-selling title in 2K's history." We can pretty much count on Borderlands 3 being developed, and I'm sure they're already knees-deep in development of the title as we speak.

Dell is now a private company, its $25 billion buyout is complete

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 7:24 am

The day has come for Dell, which is now a private company. Starting today, Dell has just two shareholders: Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners. Michael Dell has been attempting to shift his company from being on the share market to a private company for nearly the whole of 2013, with his day of reckoning now here.

 

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After 25 years of being a publicly traded company, it'll be nice to see where Dell goes from here. From here on out, it won't have to worry about impressing shareholders, it can hopefully do some impressive, bold moves to stand out in the industry once again. Michael Dell has already said we can expect a bunch of new tablets from the company.

 

One of these is the Intel Bay Trail-powered, Windows 8.1-featured Dell Venue 8 Pro, which is priced quite competitively at $299 and is available now for pre-order.

RumorTT: Barnes & Noble to announce refreshed Nook soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 6:32 am

The tablet space is hot right now with Apple's refreshed Retina-based iPad mini, the refreshed fuller-sized iPad, and a new Nexus 10 on the horizon, so Barnes & Noble doesn't want to be left out of the party.

 

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The company is poised to unleash a refreshed line of its Nook-branded tablets in the coming days according to Forbes' reliable sources who claim the company will introduce a new Nook with GlowLight technology on October 31. Barnes & Noble reportedly cleared a new device with the FCC a few weeks ago, which gives this rumor a dash of reality. We'll have news on the refreshed Nook as it hits.

Lenovo unveils Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10 slates

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 6:04 am

Lenovo held an event today, where it announced a bunch of new slates including the Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10. Our man on the ground with a sultry, seductive accent, Johannes Knapp, captured the two new slates on video, which you can check out below.

 

 

The two new slates feature a 1280x800-pixel display, and the MTK 8125 quad-core processor clocking in at 1.2GHz. Both slates feature 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board flash which is expandable through microSD, the usual Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. We already know it has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and camera-wise, we have a 5-megapixel rear-facing snapper followed up by a 1.6-megapixel for the usual selfies and video chat.

 

 

The 10-inch model has an optional Bluetooth-powered keyboard, and will arrive in a 3G model which will come out later in the year. The 8-inch model will have a 229 euro price tag, while the 10-inch slate will feature a 299 euro price tag.

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Google Hangouts to soon integrate SMS, as well as video/photo effects

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 5:34 am

If you're like me, you'll use Google Hangouts for messaging friends who don't use Facebook - I'm looking at you, bro (who is anti-social networks) - but the Mountain View-based giant is looking to make Hangouts a more powerful messaging platform with some new additions that will soon be introduced.

 

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The biggest of which is direct SMS integration, as well as the ability for users to create their own GIF files, as well as share their location. There's some new photography-based additions and auto enhancement tools that we'll see, as well as new effects for saved videos or live Hangouts feeds. The Auto Awesome automatic enhancement and editing tools will be rolled out to video, but most of the new features will be centered around photos.

 

The video editing tools will make editing video easier, but is a great feature to have on mobile.

X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer looks to have X-Men back on top!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 30, 2013 4:31 am

The original X-Men movies pushed comic book movies back into the mainstream after so long, with X-2 being one of the best comic book movie sequels, ever. Bryan Singer departed the X-Men franchise to film Superman Returns, which was one of the most disappointing Superman movies, ever.

 

 

Well, Singer is back, and he's back with a bang. X-Men: Days of Future Past blends the original X-Men films and its actors with the world from X-Men: First Class, which has me excited. Check out the trailer above and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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