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Team from Korea wins $2 million DARPA robotics challenge

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 7, 2015 10:58 pm

Robotics experts from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology snagged a $2 million prize during a DARPA contest. The United States government opened up a challenge to create a mobile robot that can work in environments too hazardous for humans.

 

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Six different countries participated in the competition, with DARPA needing "the tools to effectively respond" to humanitarian disaster relief missions, DARPA official Brad Tousely told the AFP. Robots were scored on tasks that included opening a valve, breaching a wall, how they handled debris, and how it adapted to the surrounding environment.

 

The HUBO humanoid robot is 5'9" and weighs 176 pounds - it can roll on wheels while kneeling when not using bipedal mode to walk.

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Many retailers still doubtful of Apple Pay, other mobile payments

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 7, 2015 10:30 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook predicted that "2015 will be the year of Apple Pay," as the company launched its mobile payment ecosystem.

 

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The Apple PR machine has discussed Apple Pay successes: "We've spoken to all of the top 100 merchants in the U.S., and about half will accept Apple Pay this year, with many more the following year," an Apple spokesperson informed Reuters.

 

However, analysts, retailers and industry experts think there is far too much optimism being displayed by Apple - with less than a quarter of retailers currently accepting Apple Pay. Just four of the 98 retailers in the National Retail Federation top 100 US retailers will adopt Apple Pay within the next year.

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Screenshots from Forza Motorsport 6 leaked

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 7, 2015 7:43 am

The Xbox Japan website posted three images from Forza Motorsport 6, revealing rather impressive nighttime driving and in-game weather.

 

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The Japanese Xbox page promotes "breathtaking graphics" and mentions the large variety of cars that gamers can select. Gameplay should be shown off during E3 later this month in Los Angeles - and Forza Motorsport 6 will be available later this year in time for Christmas on the Microsoft Xbox One. An exact launch date could be announced by Microsoft at E3.

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NVIDIA's GameWorks makes Batman: Arkham Knight even prettier

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 7, 2015 5:51 am

NVIDIA expects gamers with a GPU that supports GameWorks will enjoy a special enhancement for Batman: Arkham Knight. The game launches for the PC, Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft One on June 23.

 

 

GameWorks adds interactive fog and smoke, interactive paper debris, PhysX destruction, and enhanced rain - and while the game already looked pretty, it looks like NVIDIA's GameWorks pushes things to the next level.

 

"The team at Rocksteady Studios is continuing work on the epic finale to its Batman: Arkham trilogy," said Ben Wyatt, Technical Director at Rocksteady Studios. "As with our previous games, we are collaborating with NVIDIA to deliver an immersive PC experience by integrating NVIDIA GameWorks - Turbulence, Environmental PhysX, Volumetric Lights, FaceWorks and Rain Effects."

 

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Telegraph: Apple Pay is descending upon England

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 7, 2015 5:30 am

Apple is expected to announce that its expanding Apple Pay into England over the summer, according to industry sources speaking with The Telegraph.

 

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To help expand Apple Pay, Apple negotiated with financial institutions and retailers to get agreements in place. Details related to retail partners and app announcements will likely take place on Monday.

 

Here in the United States, Apple - and other companies trying to promote mobile payments - still want to win over consumers. Even though a lot of us are familiar with it, we're just not ready to fully adopt mobile payments. I'll be curious to see if iPhone owners across the pond will be able to woo shoppers.

Oculus VR rumored to unveil glove-based input for Rift on June 11

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 6, 2015 5:43 am

Oculus VR is set to unveil the first consumer version of the Oculus Rift on June 11 at its 'Step into the Rift' event, but company founder, Palmer Luckey, has taken to Twitter with quite the tease: a glove-based input device.

 

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What could it be? We could see a Power Glove-like interface, where you have a pair of gloves that you'll use to control the Rift. Alternatively, you could see Oculus unveil a hand-tracking system with the Rift, thanks to their acquisition of Nimble last year. Whatever happens, we're about to be introduced to the future of technology, and we could not be more excited.

 

The tease comes in the form of a tweet from Luckey on Twitter, with a picture from The Wizard, a movie from 1989 that was pretty much one large Nintendo advertisement.

HTC and Valve begin shipping Vive headsets, unboxing videos appear

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 6, 2015 5:28 am

HTC and Valve have started shipping developers their Vive headset, with the studio behind 'The Gallery: Six Elements' receiving their Vive developer kit in the mail and throwing together an unboxing video that we've embedded below.

 

 

In the box you'll get the Vive headset, two Lighthouse base stations, and two wireless Steam VR controllers. It's an exciting kit, as you get much more than you do in the Oculus Rift developer kit. Valve and HTC should begin shipping the Vive headset to consumers later in the year, most likely after the launch of the Steam Box, Steam Machines, Steam Controller and hopefully... Half-Life 3.

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ASUS Radeon R9 390X DirectCU II OC details leak, has 8GB of GDDR5 RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 6, 2015 4:51 am

We had a world exclusive with the first Radeon R9 390X spotted thanks to PowerColor, but now details have leaked on the ASUS Radeon R9 390X DirectCU II OC. The ASUS variant will feature 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, which is in line with our exclusive story on the Fiji XT-based Fury X and Fury featuring HBM, while the 300 series cards will be powered by GDDR5.

 

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The details leaked tease that the ASUS Radeon R9 390X DirectCU II OC will feature 8GB of GDDR5, 1070MHz Core, 6GHz on the 8GB of VRAM spread on a 512-bit memory bus. Connectivity wise, we'll have one DisplayPort, one HDMI, and two DVI-D. The ASUS Radeon R9 390X DirectCU II OC will sport 2816 stream processors, 176 texture mapping units (TMU) and 64 ROPs.

 

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The 8GB of RAM being clocked at 6GHz is a change from the 5GHz on the R9 290X, so that's most likely what we can expect from the other Radeon R9 390X cards when they launch. ASUS has two 8-pin PCIe connectors on the card, and an estimated price of around $449 when it launches later this year.

Slightly Mad Studios: Project Cars has sold over 1 million units

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2015 4:29 am

Project Cars has been one of the most talked about games of the year, with Slightly Mad Studios announcing that they have sold over one million copies since it was released a month ago.

 

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The studio, together with publisher Bandai Namco, released a statement with SMS head Ian Bell saying: "Throughout the development of Project CARS the community were instrumental in guiding the game - giving us feedback daily on each build iteration, telling us what needed improving, highlighting what they'd like to see included, and ultimately approving it as the racing game of their dreams. Even with this amount of early indication that the bold, ambitious vision we had was on track to be something that would truly stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the existing leading titles in the genre, it wasn't until the first review scores came in that we truly realised how much Project CARS had resonated with both media, racing professionals, and gamers alike around the world".

 

He continued: "To now stand here having reached over a million players in such a short time really justifies the work both the team and the community have done over the years and solidifies Project CARS' future as the multi-platform racing experience of choice for fans around the world. And we'll be talking more about that future very, very soon".

Hands-on, or laps-on with the Corsair Lapdog at Computex 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 6, 2015 3:14 am

Computex 2015 - One of the devices I wanted to use at Computex 2015 the most was the just-announced Lapdog, an accessory for your lap that houses a Corsair keyboard and mouse.

 

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Underneath Lapdog is a considerable amount of padding and foam that makes it comfortable to sit on your legs, but I did find a few issues with this prototype - keep in mind, this isn't the final design. There's no room for your wrists on both sides (keyboard and mouse) and there's no vertical wiggle room for the mouse.

 

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The top of the Lapdog houses a bunch of the cabling from the mouse and keyboard, which is something Corsair will be fixing in the new prototype. But, how did it feel to game on it? In a word: awesome. I was able to sit back on the couch and play Grand Theft Auto V on a 65-inch 4K TV without a problem, where I was far more comfortable than sitting at my desk.

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