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One Rift to rule them all, Oculus state Rift will work on Android, PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 2, 2013 4:33 am

We reported that Oculus Rift was headed to Android, but it has been confirmed that there will only be one Oculus Rift unit that will be capable of pushing virtual reality goodness out to your Android-based device, or PC.

 

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There were people that believed that there would be two consumer units, one that was capable of delivering VR to mobile, and another for PC. But Oculus VR has come out and confirmed that the single consumer Rift device will be capable of doing VR on both platforms. Oculus VR CEO, Brendan Iribe told Engadget: "I don't think it's going to require that full Kepler capability. I think we'll be able to deliver on an even earlier chip set than that. I think people will be pretty surprised with what set of devices we're able to make this work on. We are focused on just a few right now, basically just to stay focused so that we can deliver a great experience on a couple devices first. Then over time we'll have that span out."

RumorTT: Qualcomm to acquire BlackBerry

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 2, 2013 2:45 am

BlackBerry Ltd. is about to go onto the chopping block and at the last minute it seems that three powerful sources are joining up to make a bid for the struggling Canadian phone maker.

 

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Co-founders of Resarch in Motion, Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fredin are reportedly in talks to make a joint big with Qualcomm and Cerberus Capital Management LP. If this does happen, it could quickly shift the mobile landscape and introduce a strong new competitor for Google and Apple. Qualcomm has loads of cash ready to spend, with $11.5 billion ready, liquid investments and short-term securities as of June 30.

 

Qualcomm purchasing BlackBerry would be quite the blow to Samsung and Google, who feature Qualcomm-made SoCs in most of their Android-based smartphones and tablets.

Xbox One wants to be your new media center, oh and it plays CDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 2, 2013 2:38 am

We reported yesterday that the PlayStation 4 will not be capable of reading audio CDs, nor will it playback MP3s. Its main competitor, the Xbox One, has now been confirmed of being capable of playing back audio CDs.

 

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Not only that, but the Xbox One will also service as a media player, where the next-gen console will stream media from your home network. This is great for those of us out there who run NAS systems, so the Xbox One is now back on my radar pending codec support.

Motorola unveils which of its phones will get Android 4.4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 9:02 pm

Following yesterday's launch of Android 4.4 KitKat, Motorola has outlined which of its devices will be receiving the latest version of Android. Most of its flagship devices released in the last year will be seeing the update, but not on the list is the RAZR M, RAZR HD, and RAZR MAXX HD.

 

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The Motorola Moto X will be receiving the update, but it is still unclear when that update might become available. With Motorola being owned by Google, I would expect the update to 4.4 to come swiftly as Google is pushing 4.4 as a defragmentation release. It would only make sense for the company to port Android 4.4 to as many of its devices as possible. This announcement comes after HTC announced that its HTC One would receive Android 4.4 within the next 90 days.

Android nabs 81-percent of smartphone market share in Q3 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:21 pm

Market share analysis are beginning to roll in for the third quarter of 2013 and as expected, Android is still the dominate OS. Android currently holds an astronomical 81.3-percent of the global smartphone market share, with 204.4 million devices shipped. Those numbers are up from a market share of 75-percent and 129.6 million units shipped during Q3 2012.

 

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Apple's iOS garnered a 13.4-percent market share with 33.8 million devices shipped during 2013. Shipments are up for Apple, but market share slipped from 15.6 during quarter 3 2012. Windows Phone managed to gain more of the market with a 4.1-percent share which is up 2-percent over the same quarter 2012. Windows phone saw only 10.2 million devices ship in the last three months though. Rounding things out is BlackBerry who managed to hold on to just 1-percent of the market with 2.5 million devices shipped.

Microsoft could bring game gifting to Xbox Live, says Major Nelson

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 5:54 pm

One of my favorite features on Steam is the ability to purchase a game as a gift for a friend. Oftentimes I do this for multiplayer games I do not want to wait on my friends to buy. I will purchase 2-3 copies and gift 2 of them to my friends and keep one for myself. A recent Reddit Thread popped up that poised the question if Microsoft would implement such a feature in the next generation of Xbox Live.

 

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The thread on Reddit caught the eye of Microsofts Xbox Chief Major Nelson who joined in on the conversation and said that Xbox Life gift giving is an excellent idea and that Microsoft would love to add it into the program in the future, but it would not be implemented at launch. During Microsoft's big Xbox event the company did allude to "really exciting things" that are being lined up for Xbox Live's future, but said that they would roll out over time, so maybe Redmond already has a gifting system already built, and are just holding off until the time is right to release it?

Sony adds PayPal support to the PlayStation Store

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 4:26 pm

Sony has just announced via it's PlayStation Blog that users can now add funds to their Playstation Store account with PayPal. Sony says that adding funds is quick and easy and all one needs to do is click the add funds link when checking out in the cart in the PlayStation Store. Simple chose the PayPal option and add between $5 and $150 to your account.

 

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"In our ongoing effort to offer more choice and convenience, we first launched the ability to add funds to your Sony Entertainment Network wallet through PayPal via the web last January, and, most recently, the ability to add funds to your wallet via mobile devices with the Mobile Billing option," said Sony in a blog post. "Your Sony Entertainment Network wallet can be used to purchase games, add-ons, movies, TV episodes, and more from PlayStation Store."

CastAR now supports AAA game titles such as Skyrim

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 3:06 pm

Technical Illusions' CastAR augmented reality gaming system now supports AAA game titles such as Skyrim thanks to the integration of the Vireio Perception 2.x drivers. If you are unfamiliar with the Vireio Perception drivers, they are an opensource set of gaming drivers that allow head mounted VR headsets to work with many popular game titles.

 

 

"We are pleased to announce that we have got castAR integrated into Vireio Perception 2.x drivers. This will provide you with a great library of games working with VR to run on your castAR! Skyrim looks incredible with these drivers!" said Rick Johnson, Co-Founder of Technical Illusions.

 

Technical Illusions has just 13 days left to reach their $800,000 stretch goal on Kickstarter. During my recent interview with Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson, they expressed their deep appreciation for their backers and stressed that reaching the $800k stretch goal would be pivotal and allow them to hire more engineers to continue innovating on the CastAR system. I backed the project at the Two Player level yesterday and you can back the project as well by visiting its Kickstarter page.

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Google gives Chrome a factory reset button

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:34 am

If you're an IT guy, you would know the pain of all the bits and pieces Chrome can do - extensions, themes, and much more. Well, Google has just revealed a new function that acts like a factory reset button for Chrome.

 

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The new "Reset browser settings" button will revert Chrome back to its default search engine, removing any saved searches to their original settings, homepage button and any pinned tabs get removed, startup and new tab tabs cleared, cookies, site data, and content settings all get wiped, and finally, extensions and themes disabled.

 

Google is also pushing a new malware download blocking feature soon, which should help increase its browser's security.

Deutsche Telekom wants to restrict users' Internet speeds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 10:32 am

Germany nearly turned into Australia there for a minute, with Deutsche Telekom attempting to introduce Internet throttling, where users' Internet speeds would be capped once they downloaded a certain amount of data.

 

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But the Cologne Regional Court ruled that this would not happen, strengthening the rights of consumers. Deutsche Telekom has enforced users downloading over 75GB be throttled, something which will take place in 2016. The industry thinks Deutsche Telekom could split its customers into two groups: those who don't mind the capping, and those who consume digital data in many forms, especially the growing web form - YouTube, streaming services (music, TV, movies), and next-generation gaming.

 

The problem here is that the term Deutsche Telekom is using, is 'flat rate' where consumers connect to an Internet service through the fixed network, with a fixed price, for a pre-defined surfing speed, and 'do not expect restrictions' which is where the Civil Chamber of the Court will base its decision. At the moment, the judgment is not yet final.

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