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HP teams with HTC Vive for their new 'VR Certified' Envy Phoenix PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 29, 2016 9:15 am

While CES 2016 was filled with companies like Alienware teasing "Oculus-ready" gaming PCs, bundled with the Oculus Rift, HP wasn't standing alone in the dark without VR-ready gaming PCs.

 

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The company has announced "Virtual Reality Certified" systems, partnering up with HTC instead of Oculus. HP will have two PCs on offer, one that rocks an AMD Radeon GPU, while the other dons an NVIDIA GeForce GPU, with both models being the HP Envy Phoenix 860 desktop. The Envy Phoenix is HP's top-of-the-range desktop, released in mid-2015 but has been upgraded to Intel's new Skylake processors.

 

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HP's high-end 860 model VR-ready gaming PC has customizable LED lighting that runs down the middle of the front of the system, and it looks gorgeous. The 860 also sports liquid cooling for the CPU, and Bang & Olufsen-tuned audio. One of the interesting takes from the "Virtual Reality Certified" PCs, is that HP has opted for the AMD Radeon R9 390X, and not the R9 Fury or R9 Fury X. This could be because the R9 390X has 8GB of RAM, but it's an interesting thing to see from HP. On the NVIDIA side of things, HP has used the GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

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Google paid $6006.13 to the guy who purchased 'Google.com' last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 29, 2016 7:44 am

Back in October last year, Sanmay Ved noticed that "Google.com" was available on Google Domains, so he snapped it up for $12. Yeah, $12 for Google.com - a steal, right?

 

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Ved owned the most iconic domain name of all time, for all of 60 seconds. After they noticed that the Google.com domain had been purchased, Google cancelled the purchase - and then provided Ved with an undisclosed reward. Well, we have found out through a blog post that Google paid him $6006.13, which is "Google" spelled with numbers - nice one, Google.

 

Ved donated the reward to The Art of Living India, and once Google found out about this, they doubled the reward amount. Good work there, Google!

Super Smash Bros rumored to be a Nintendo NX launch title

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 29, 2016 6:15 am

Now that we're in the first month of 2016, we're hearing more about the launch of Nintendo's next-gen console, currently known as Nintendo NX.

 

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According to Serkan Toto, a games industry consultant, NX launch titles are being worked on by Bandai Namco. One of these includes Super Smash Bros, but Toto tweeted: "Bandai Namco is currently developing several NX titles. Smash Bros is planned to be a launch title. I am not sure about the date - yet". Someone asked about his source, with Toto replying: "Can't say (sorry), but the source situation is very solid. Otherwise I wouldn't have tweeted".

 

Toto was asked if Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo NX console would be a totally new title, but he couldn't confirm this news. As for the other titles Bandai Namco is developing for the NX console, we could expect Dragonball Z, One Piece, Pac-Man and Project Treasure - among others.

Samsung working on 3440x1440 monitors with 144Hz refresh rate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 29, 2016 4:14 am

I'm a huge UltraWide enthusiast, so when I read news that Samsung will be releasing not one, but two 3440x1440 displays this year - my interest is piqued. More so, when I hear that both of the displays will be powered by the beautifully smooth 144Hz refresh rate. Awww yeah.

 

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3440x1440 @ 144Hz isn't easy, as DisplayPort 1.2 can't handle the bandwidth - which is where DisplayPort 1.3 steps in, as DP 1.3 an handle 3440x1440 at all the way up to 195Hz, and even 4K @ 120Hz and 1080p @ 240Hz. Both of Samsung's new 3440x1440 @ 144Hz monitors will be VA panels, but other than that we don't know what else to expect. We should see NVIDIA's G-Sync and AMD's FreeSync technology gracing these screens, which could be the reason why there's two of them in development.

 

As soon we hear more, you'll be the first to know.

Microsoft's Edge web browser reportedly saving private browsing data

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 29, 2016 2:24 am

We all know about the security and privacy issues surrounding Windows 10, but the latest look into the Edge browser might scare people off - and if anything, bar them from using Microsoft's nifty new Windows 10 web browser.

 

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Thanks to security researcher Ashish Singh, we're finding out that private browsing data using Edge's InPrivate mode might not be deleting the web browsing history - that's meant to be completely private - after all. According to Singh, who looked at the "Container_n" table that stores web history, anyone can see the tabs that were opened while browsing the web using the InPrivate mode in the Edge browser. Eek.

 

Singh explains: "Therefore any skilled investigator can easily spot the difference and get concrete evidence against a person's wrongdoings. Plenty of artifacts are maintained by the browser, which makes examination quite easy. However, there are stages where evidence is not so easy to find. The not-so-private browsing featured by Edge makes its very purpose seem to fail". The Verge was able to find evidence in the WebCache of a site visited while using Edge and using InPrivate mode, using Singh's method. Microsoft told The Verge: "We recently became aware of a report that claims InPrivate tabs are not working as designed and we are committed to resolving this as quickly as possible".

Reddit Android app beta starts today, iOS to follow

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 29, 2016 1:13 am

In its year-ahead look, Reddit co-founder and CEO Steve Huffman notes its Android app is going into beta today, with iOS to follow "soon."

 

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Unfortunately, this is a closed beta, sign-ups for which began last month. So if you didn't sign up then, you're out of luck. If you did, check your e-mail.

 

Excitement for the app is paired with apprehension, as reddit's current iOS app Alien Blue has been extremely poorly received, with some users saying it's only gotten worse over time. Reddit's battle for approval is even more uphill than that, given quality apps Sync and Relay are already doing a great job of making the site easier and more enjoyable to browse on smartphones.

Apple recalls specific AC adapters, offers exchanges

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 29, 2016 12:04 am

Some of Apple's AC adapters have been found "in very rare cases" to break and then cause electrical shock when touched. Consequently, they've recalled them and offered up a free exchange program.

 

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The adapters in question are two prong devices intended to be used in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil. They shipped with Macs, some iOS devices, and the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Adapters with a 4 or 5 characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attached to an Apple power adapter are affected, whereas those with a country code are not, as seen in the image below.

 

For further help on identifying if yours is affected, hit the source. There you can also set up a refund.

'The Big Short' headed for a big Oscar win, bookies suggest

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 11:29 pm

With the nominees in and the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony just a few weeks away, speculation about who'll be adding some gold statues to their collections is reaching fever pitch. According to bookies, it might just be 'The Big Short' who'll snag the Best Picture award from the grasp of early Oscar-bait favourite 'The Revenant'.

 

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While director Adam McKay is better known for comedies such as 'Anchorman' and 'Step Brothers', it's his dramatic turn with 2015's 'The Big Short' which has turned heads, based on the United States sub-prime loan disaster which has generated praise and plaudits from across the globe. Official odds from online sportsbook TopBet has the finance drama as the clear favourite to take out the Best Picture Oscar, with investigative drama 'Spotlight' running at second.

 

Meanwhile, odds have also shortened in Leonardo DiCaprio's favour to finally take home a Best Actor gong, his first in a 20 year career and just weeks after snagging the Golden Globe for his role in 'The Revenant'. That film's director Alejandro G Iñárritu is also the favourite for Best Director, with McKay nipping at his heels.

AMD doubles down on VR efforts at VRLA, requires Sonic the Hedgehog

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 11:09 pm

With VRLA over and done with, the speech that Roy Taylor gave during VRLA has now been uploaded. It provides a great insight into what AMD has planned for VR, which is great to see.

 

 

AMD has a major commitment into VR, partnering with countless industry giants, as well as their next-gen Polaris architecture. Polaris will be powering "GPUs to run minimum spec of VR, at lower cost, consuming less power, and running faster", says Taylor. I also agree, and I think Polaris is going to be absolutely paramount for AMD and Radeon Technologies Group. This is an exciting time for AMD, but what else does VR need to be huge?

 

AMD says that there's a killer app required - pulling the Sega card, and calling out Sonic the Hedgehog as making the first few Sega consoles successful. AMD is right, a killer app is required for VR headsets to truly take off - something that is so big, and so consuming, that everyone wants a VR headset.

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GTA Online update lets you fight to the death falling to the Earth

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 11:04 pm

Now you can fight to the death as you freefall towards the Earth in Drop Zone, part of the latest update to GTA Online.

 

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This new mode pits you and your team of paratroopers against another team vying for a very small patch of land far below. You get to attack the other team to make sure that you land, safely, first. You're allowed up to four teams and 16 players total all frantically trying to land on a tiny spot you can barely see below you. Whoever secures the location for two non-consecutive minutes wins. There should be five different maps to start off with.

 

Rockstar is also releasing two new sports cars, the Karin Sultan RS and the Bravado Banshee 900R. Both of those are available right now. And to help you actually afford those two new super cars, they're hosting a weekend event with double cash and RP.

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