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Oculus Rift sees support for Surgeon Simulator, become your own McDreamy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 3:27 am

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Oculus' VR headset, Rift, is probably my most anticipated product of the year and I really think it could change everything when it's released.

 

 

Surgeon Simulator has a new build, which is compatible with Oculus Rift. It gives players control over the hand and arm only, with the field of view directly in the Rift headset, so you have a perfect point of view. This gives you the look (with VR) and feel (hand and arm) of a real surgeon. Bossa Studios announced both Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra support for Surgeon Simulator earlier this month.

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Nintendo lose their case to gain control of WiiU.com

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 1, 2013 2:34 am

You would have thought Nintendo owned WiiU.com, but they don't, as it's owned by a cybersquatter. Nintendo submitted a complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organization, but have been denied.

 

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WiiU.com was registered quite some time ago, on January 13, 2004 to be precise. No reason has been given by WIPO, with WiiU.com currently a placeholder page that redirects its visitors to a bunch of links, some of which are related to the WiiU, some to other sites.

iPhone 5 makes up 75% of all 4G web traffic in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 30, 2013 2:29 pm

Just how popular is the iPhone 5 for 4G LTE web browsing? Does the word 'dominating' come to mind? Because it should, according to Comscore's latest study of US marketshare, with ad network Chitika reporting that when looking at just the "4G"-capable part of the market, the iPhone 5 completely dominates it.

 

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When concentrating on just 4G-capable smartphones released after July 2012, the iPhone 5 by itself takes up 75% of US 4G web traffic. When mixing in all still-active 4G/LTE smartphones, it still takes a huge chunk: 40%. Considering the iPhone 5 is the only 4G-capable iPhone on the market, this is a huge win for Apple.

Photos of the lower-cost iPhone's plastic rear shell arrive online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 30, 2013 1:32 pm

The iPhone is big enough that even a small nugget of news like this is worth posting, but Nowwhereelse.fr have a bunch of photos that are reportedly of the plastic rear shell of the lower-cost iPhone that we're expecting later this year.

 

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We should expect a lower-cost iPhone this year to combat against the slew of other smartphones that are competing against Apple at better prices, like the $299 Nexus 4. You can see from the picture above, that we could expect three colors: yellow, a pinkish red, and green. They look bright, and I'm going to go out on a limb and say this could appeal to the younger generation, who have less money but still want an iPhone.

 

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Apple's iOS 7 beta 3 should arrive on July 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 30, 2013 12:33 pm

BGR and their "trusted sources" are reporting that Apple are going to release iOS 7 beta 3 on July 8. It will be available for carrier testing on that day, with these sources previously revealing the release timing of the iOS 7 beta.

 

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The new beta will arrive to developers on the same day it arrives with carriers, a week from now. In iOS 7 beta 2, Apple started support for the iPad, so we should expect beta 3 to open up to the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and hopefully, the Apple TV. There should be more refinements made in the next beta, where it is shaping up nicely so far.

Francisco, the world's fastest ship, is powered by modified jet engines

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 30, 2013 11:28 am

Incat, an Australian shipyard, have built what they're calling the world's fastest ship called the Francisco, which is capable of travelling at up to 58 knots, or 67 miles per hour.

 

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How did they achieve this speed? They used two modified jet engines, which power a pair of water jets and makes the Francisco a "high-speed dual-fuel vehicle and passenger ferry". Kim Clifford, Incat Managing Director, said in a statement: "This is certainly the fastest ship in the world. Of course there's a few speed boats that could surpass 58 knots, but nothing that could carry 1,000 passengers and 150 cars, and with an enormous duty-free shop on board."

Samsung dominates the iPhone when it comes to phone subsidies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 30, 2013 10:29 am

Samsung have done quite well for themselves over the last couple of years, fighting against the near-invincible iPhone. How does it compare to Apple in regards to phone subsidies, something Apple usually have the most control over?

 

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Samsung are actually out and ahead, according to market research firm ABI Research and their latest report. They've said that the average implied carrier subsidy for a Samsung smartphone in the US is around 84%. What this means is that phone carriers cover 84% of the up-front costs of a Samsung phone when a consumer buys one on a contract.

 

The carrier then makes the money back on the two-year contract you've just signed through various fees and monthly charges. HTC see a subsidy of around 80%, with the iPhone sitting at 74%. ABI analyst, Stuart Carlaw, says: "Samsung continues to squeeze its competitors at every turn. The Samsung [Galaxy S4] is now considered on a par with Apple's iPhone 5. Coupled with better subsidy, the breadth of its device portfolio, increasingly savvy marketing, and its excellence in channel execution, it is little wonder Samsung is dominating the mobile handset market from top to bottom."

DirectX 11.2 to be exclusive to the Xbox One and Windows 8.1, confirmed by Microsoft

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 30, 2013 9:29 am

Well, DirectX 11.2 is coming folks, and it will be exclusive to Windows 8.1 and Xbox One. Microsoft have confirmed the news, with the new iteration of Microsoft's software including tiles resources, which will allow developers to cram more detail into our games, and much more.

 

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DirectX 11.2 is built to use both system RAM and graphics RAM to store textures, with Microsoft's Antoine Leblond saying that the tiled resources will see DirectX 11.2-based games have much better resolution of textures displayed in-game. Leblond used a live example, showing off a demo that used 9GB of texture data that was held in system RAM compared to graphics RAM.

 

This is great for PC gamers, but it also means gamers will be looking at a new OS once again. Microsoft are doing it strangely, too, as they won't be offering DirectX 11.2 to Windows 8 - so it looks like Windows 8 is done and dusted for if you're a gamer. Glad I haven't made the switch yet.

The Washington Post adds a pile of new information on the NSA's PRISM program

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 30, 2013 8:27 am

If you haven't heard about the NSA's PRISM program yet, you really are behind in current events - and I suggest you check out the countless pieces we've all written on it here at TweakTown. Now we have The Washington Post unveiling a heap of new slides about the NSA's PRISM program, as shown below, or here.

 

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The new slides give us a much better look into just how much, and how far this data collection goes. It also includes information on how an NSA analyst requests information from a particular company, the number of current surveillance targets in PRISM's database, as well as the dates the big players on the Internet began participating.

 

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As you can see above, there are some serious companies involved, and they're taking everything. This includes e-mail, video, VoiP, file transfers, social networking details and more. Pretty much anything that is done electronically by any human being on Earth, is recorded by this program. Every company that matters is on there - Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, and more.

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Guardian journalist who broke the NSA whistleblower story says the NSA can store one billion cell phone calls each day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 30, 2013 7:23 am

It continues to get worse for the NSA, with Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald saying he has another big scoop about the National Security Agency (NSA) and their PRISM program.

 

 

Greenwald, when speaking over Skype to the Socialism Conference in Chicago, claimed that the NSA has the ability to record, and store one billion phone calls each day. Greenwald was the one to write about NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, and the crazy but very real PRISM program. He says: "It talks about a brand new technology that enables the national security agency to redirect into its own repositories one billion cell phone calls every single day. One billion cell phone calls every single day."

 

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But what we're really talking about here is a localized system that prevents any form of electronic communication from taking place without its being stored and monitored by the National Security Agency. It doesn't mean that they're listening to every call, it means they're storing every call and have the capability to listen to them at any time, and it does mean that they're collecting millions upon millions upon millions of our phone and email records.

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