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Valve begins sending out invites to its in-home streaming service

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 17, 2014 5:30 am

Valve has begun sending out invitations to Steam in-home game streaming, which will allow gamers to stream any game from one PC to another, as long as both PCs are on the same network.




This might not mean much to those who have Steam at home, but when Steam Machines roll in, this will be a very big feature. You can have your massive Steam library on your main PC, and simply stream whatever game you want to play to your freshly unpacked Steam Machine. This will save transferring tens of gigabytes of data across, or worse, re-downloading those massive games.

Valve wants to offer music, video services through SteamOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 17, 2014 4:32 am

Before Steam Machines begin invading gamers' living rooms, Valve hopes to offer digital music, video, and TV episodes through SteamOS. The news is coming from General Business Developer, Anna Sweet, who revealed the information at Valve's Steam Dev Days.




Valve launching digital music, video, and TV episodes through SteamOS would put it right up there with Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. But, would you expect anything less from Valve wanting to enter the living room? SteamOS was never going to be a games-only platform, as Steam itself is a digital distribution network.


I expect we'll see Steam, and SteamOS grow into something much more monstrous during 2014, and I'm incredibly excited.

Valve VR tech at Steam Dev Days, impresses show goers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 17, 2014 3:29 am

Valve is holding its Steam Dev Days event, where it has invited developers to talk all-things Steam, but this includes virtual reality (VR), too. Valve showed off a VR prototype headset, to demonstrate where it wants to push VR which left people who used it blown away.




A few developers used it, and were blown away with the results. We have two tweets from David Hensley, who went to the Steam Dev Days, and their impressions should excite you. Hensley teases "It's going to be hard to go back to my #oculus dev kit after experiencing #valve's #vr demo. Kinda like playing an xbox then 8bit Nintendo".

Boutique PC company CyberPowerPC teams up with Complexity Gaming

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 17, 2014 3:09 am

Gaming PC company CyberPowerPC has teamed up with pro gaming team Complexity Gaming, aiming to promote eSports to a wider audience. CyberPowerPC will be able to use the pro gamers to develop and test out prototype hardware that can later be released to the consumer market. In exchange, CyberPowerPC will provide the team with new custom gaming rigs for use in practice and during live tournaments.




"Complexity Gaming is one of the most respected eSports franchises in the world," said Eric Cheung, CyberPower CEO, in a statement.


Professional gaming is a very niche market, but can develop a strong following among avid gamers and PC enthusiasts. Complexity specializes in Counterstrike: Global Offensive, Starcraft II, and Call of Duty, with frequent tournament wins throughout the year.

Google is working on smart contact lenses, tech on your eyes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 17, 2014 1:21 am

Google hasn't released its wearable device, Glass, just yet, but the Mountain View-based search giant is already teasing another wearable project: a smart contact lens with metal uses.




There's a very tiny wireless chip and glucose sensor, which are pegged between two layers of contact lens material. Google is reportedly also already working on embedding tiny LED lights for notifications, too. Before Google moves further with this new wearable project, it is in talks with the FDA and other partners - so this is a while off yet, folks.

Valve says consumer VR is two years away, is working with Oculus VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 16, 2014 11:19 pm

Steam Dev Days 2014 - Developers are at Steam Dev Days for day two of festivities, with VR being the discussion point today. El Oshcuro, or @DaveOshry, posted the following image from Steam Dev Days.




@DaFox posted the below image, showing off a VR demo from Valve.




Valve is pushing VR at Steam Dev Days, where it said "VR will have a big impact sooner than you think", something I definitely agree with. The company is working closely with Oculus VR, who make the Rift headset, which is exciting news. Valve even worked with Oculus VR on its Crystal Cove prototype, which is an interesting tidbit.




The above above is also from @DaFox, which displays all of the things Valve says are required with VR.

IBM debuts X6 architecture, pushing boundaries for cloud, big data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Jan 16, 2014 6:30 pm

IBM recently announced the newest generation of its X-Architecture for System x and PureSystems, as the company continues to focus on business clients. As more companies embrace cloud computing and big data analytics, there is a need for a modern architecture that is scalable to support changing business needs. Of note, the IBM X6 provides three times more scalable memory than rival X86-based systems, with up to 12.8 terabytes of flash memory support.




"Our enterprise X-Architecture for x86-based servers and solutions delivers high performance and the highest customer satisfaction in the industry, making us number one in hig-end x86 systems," said Adalio Sanchez, IBM x86 general manager, in a statement. "We continue to innovate and deliver leadership performance, reliability and investment protection for mission-critical workloads with X6."


IBM remains an industry leader in enterprise technologies, though tends to not grab the same amount of media attention as rivals.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 Lite announced ahead of MWC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 16, 2014 6:30 pm

This morning Samsung officially announced the existence of its rumored Galaxy Tab 3 Lite after the device's user manual leaked late last night. The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is aimed at the low-end side of the market and hopes to attract more customers to the small tablet realm in hopes that they will upgrade to a high-end model in the future.




The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite features a 7-inch screen with a 1024x600 resolution screen, while a 1.2GHz dual-core processor handles computational duties. 1GB of RAM should barely keep things running smooth while 8GB of on-board storage is on hand to store all of your files. A micro SD slot allows for more storage while a 2MP rear camera handles imaging duties. Battery life will be questionable with only a 3600mAh battery being featured, but with the slimmed down specifications, this may turn out not to be an issue.


The Wi-Fi version is expected to retail for around $165 while a 3G compatible version will cost consumers about $100 more putting the price tag at $265. With prices like this, Samsung has to face some stiff competition in Google's Nexus 7, Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX, and even offerings from Acer and ASUS.

Skype for iPhone updated to add HD video calls and more

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 16, 2014 5:30 pm

Microsoft has just updated its Skype for iOS app to include new two-way HD video calling to its users. This new feature brings Skype up to date with its competitors such as Google Hangouts and Apple's Facetime. The update also includes a new lockscreen chat notification feature that lets you preview chat messages the same way text messages appear on the lock screen.




Skype says that chat messages will now sync faster across all devices, and that other minor bug improvements have been made. This update follows a previous one in which the app got a complete makeover to more closely align with the new iOS 7 theme. Users can update or download their app from iTunes from the source link below.

Diablo and SanDisk receive award for ULLtraDIMM and MCS Technology

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 16, 2014 4:42 pm

Diablo and SanDisk received Storage Visions 2014 Visionary Product Award, in the Enabling Professional Storage Technology category, for the ULLtraDIMM. The ULLtraDIMM adds NAND onto a DIMM-type module, leveraging Diablo IP for translation and SanDisk's Guardian Technology for NAND management.




The Diablo MCS (Memory Channel System) technology creates the pathway that allows NAND to be used as either in-memory compute space or block-level storage. This allows for two different usage models that present unprecedented speed and density from flash storage. We were lucky enough to speak with the CEO and co-founder of Diablo, Riccardo Badalone, at this year's Storage Visions conference.

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