Sixense's STEM System is something we've been excited about since it was announced, but the company has just shown off its own Shooting Gallery, where it provides an excellent example of what STEM can do in the VR world with full-simulation weapon mechanics.
With a STEM in each hand, the right hand acts as if you're holding the gun, while the second can reload your gun with a new magazine. The video above shows off how incredibly well this works, with smooth animations and detailed parts where you can load bullets into the magazine, and then the full magazine into the gun in your right hand.
For Star Wars fans, there's also a Lightsaber Demo that Sixense posted, that shows off another use for the STEM. In this demo, the STEM System becomes a Lightsaber, and thanks to the one-to-one motion tracking system in VR and its low latency, the experience in the VR world blends into the real-world thanks to you holding something in your hand that feels like the handle of the Lightsaber.
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Newisys displayed two data center storage systems at the show this year, both with a focus on density. The new NDS-2600 and NDS-4600 allow data centers to add large volumes of storage with as little rack space as possible.
Here is a face you've seen on the pages of TweakTown a few times. It's Michael Schuette, formally of OCZ fame. Michael has taken his wealth of knowledge to Sanmina, owners of the Newisys brand.
Michael is no stranger to the cutting edge. Here we see one side of the new Newisys NDS-2600, a 2U server that features 30 2.5" drive bays on each side of the system. As you can see in this image, the system is still on rails so it slides in and out of the server rack for service easily.
Michael J Fox's charity, the Michael J Fox foundation, has partnered with Intel to examine how wearable technology can be of benefit to people with Parkinson's disease.
Michael J Fox founded the charity after he was diagnosed with the disease. Its cause is not known and there is no cure, however, the symptoms, such as shaking and trouble with co-ordination, can be treated to a degree. The wearable tech will be used to unearth more data, for example, by recording the movements of patients and volunteers. An accompanying smartphone will upload this data to an Intel system, which will then dedicate data scientists to the project.
Ex Intel boss Andy Grove has acted as adviser to the foundation since he was also diagnosed with the disease. Chief executive of the foundation, Todd Sherer, said, according to the BBC: "This opportunity really will allow us the chance to uncover novel breakthroughs in Parkinson's disease by truly understanding how people are living with the disease today, how are they responding to treatments, what are their unmet needs."
Following a spate of high profile bullying cases and suicides that were linked by pundits to the service, Ask.fm has been taken over by Ask.com and social dating app Tinder.
IAC, which arranged the deal, said it plans on spending millions on improving the safety of the site, while Ask.fm's founders are due to leave. It will "revamp" its safety policies and procedures, according to an official safety agreement between the new owners and New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman.
Ask.fm, the BBC reports, started in 2010 and has a hefty userbase of 180 million per month - but complaints surfaced after it was linked to the deaths of teenagers and online abuse. But IAC said it will focus on child safety, including by employing more moderators.
Although it didn't set the box office alight in the manner that Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures had hoped, the green light has officially been given for a sequel by Warner, along with a very specific release date of June 8, 2018.
Director Gareth Edwards hasn't been confirmed to return to direct the sequel, however the 2018 release date has presumably been set as to allow him to helm the as-yet untitled 'Star Wars' spin-off for Disney, which releases in 2016.
With a budget of $160 million, the $500 million worldwide return was generally seen as a disappointment, especially off the back of a strong critical response (including our review here), along with a solid cast led by 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston.
1998's 'Godzilla' directed by Roland Emmerich was massacred by critics, but still reached a worldwide box office of $380 million, from a $130 million budget. Unlike the 2014 reboot, that film wasn't granted its planned sequel by Sony Pictures.
The German capital of Berlin has officially banned smartphone taxi service Uber, effective immediately, over concerns that the company's drivers and vehicles are not officially licensed.
Berlin authorities issued a warning that Uber faces a 25,000 euro fine each time it is found in violation of the city's Public Transport Act. The Act states that drivers must be background checked, as well as own a valid driving licence. Berlin's authorities said that the safety of its citizens takes precedence over Uber's right to operate. "As the supervisory and regulatory body, the agency for citizen's affairs and public order cannot tolerate, that passengers are entrusted to unlicensed drivers or vehicles, and where in the case of an accident they are not insured," a statement said.
Uber hit back by claiming the city is preventing its citizens from making their own choices, and insists the only service it is providing is connecting would-be drivers with would-be passengers.
Corsair has just taken the wraps off of its new DDR4 RAM, where it has announced two DDR4 kits in its Dominator Platinum range. Both of the new DDR4-powered products are 16GB kits, with a 2800MHz kit, and a 2666MHz kit.
The faster of the two is the Dominator Platinum Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4 DRAM 2800MHz C16 Memory Kit (CMD16GX4M4A2800C16), while the second kit is the Dominator Platinum Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4 DRAM 2666MHz C15 Memory Kit (CMD16GX4M4A2666C15). Both of the new DDR4 kits include XMP 2.0, which allows for super easy automatic overclocking. Both of the kids also support Corsair Link, so that you can use the software for temperature monitoring, and even the ability to enhance the white LED lighting on the RAM itself.
Corsair offers a limited lifetime warranty on its Dominator Platinum RAM, so you won't have to worry about spending a considerable sum on RAM, and not have the kick ass support behind it. Corsair is selling the 2800MHz kit for $539.99, while the 2666MHz kit is slightly cheaper at $479.99.
Google Android and Apple iOS are clearly dominating the smartphone market, with very little room for the Microsoft Windows Phone. Microsoft has added 11 additional OEM partners, and has attracted new developers, but Microsoft is still losing ground. There are more than 300,000 Windows Phone apps, but that greatly trails the 1 million+ Android and iOS apps already available.
Windows Phone devices dropped from 3.4 percent down to 2.5 percent year-over-year during Q2, according to the IDC research firm. Microsoft has tried to heavily promote its Windows Phone OS to users and developers, but it has been nearly impossible to steal attention from Google and Apple. Android has around 84 percent of the market, available on a host of different OEMs, such as Samsung, LG, and others.
"It's been an incredible upward slog for other OS players," said Melissa Chau, IDC senior research manager, in a statement. "Windows Phone has been around since 2010 but has yet to break the 5 percent share mark ... the biggest stumbling block is around getting enough partnerships in play - not just phone manufacturers but also developers, many of which are smaller outfits looking to minimize development efforts by sticking to the two big ecosystems."
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - We sat down with Josh and Matt from iXsystems while at the show. Matt and Josh unloaded a lot of information about FreeNAS and where the project is headed. It sounds like the big push for the second half of this year revolves around making the product more user friendly. A new wizard system should tame the complicated but powerful storage specific operating system.
The FreeNAS developers also also pitched us TrueNAS, not that it was difficult to make us listen. iXsystems will soon offer TrueNAS in an all flash array, something we're excited about. The current builds of TrueNAS use hybrid storage pools with flash acceleration.
If you missed our review of the iXsystem's FreeNAS Mini be sure to take a look. The system cost less than $1000 and outperforms many systems costing several times more.
USB portable data storage company Kanguru has released an unencrypted USB 3.0 flash drive, utilizing onboard trusted firmware that defends against malicious firmware-based attacks. The drive has read speeds up to 230MB/s with 85MB/s write speed, Kanguru noted. Storage capacities range in size: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, with a starting price of $29.95 for the 8GB drive. The flash drive also has a strong aluminum housing to keep it safe from any significant external damage.
"Our Kanguru Defender series of secure, hardware encrypted USB drives is immune to a potential attack like 'BadUSB' because of the digitally signed secure firmware," said Nate Cote, Kanguru EVP, in a press statement. "With the release of the new Kanguru FlashTrust, we now offer this same level of firmware protection to the multi-billion dollar market segment of unencrypted USB device users."
As many users and business workers rely on flash drives, there has been an increase in secure flash drives - IronKey, Kingston secure USB flash drives, Imation Defender, Kanguru, and the Apricorn Aegis secure key, among others. There is a good selection of secure products that can be chosen, using various security protocols to keep data safe.