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AMD announce Liquid VR, with the goal of removing latency from VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days ago

GDC 2015 - AMD has just jumped into the VR game with the announcement of Liquid VR, a new software development kit that wants to see the presence in VR improved.

 

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One of the biggest problems with the future of VR gaming is the latency - the time in which moving your head, and seeing that movement happen in the virtual world, is measured. This needs to be as small as possible, with the hope of removing it completely. In order to achieve this, the software and GPU need to be tweaked to the max.

 

AMD has teased that multi-GPU, hardware-accelerated time warp, and direct-to-display technologies within its Liquid VR. Starting with hardware-accelerated time warp, which uses updated information to the user wearing the VR headset, and the position of their head after a frame has been rendered, and then it warps the image to reflect the new viewpoint as soon as it sends it to the headset.

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Valve announces its Source 2 engine, 'free to content developers'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 1 hour ago

GDC 2015 - Valve has announced Source 2, the graphics engine that will most likely power Half-Life 3, if it ever arrives. The new Source engine has been teased for a while now, we it appeared in some DOTA 2 code a while back.

 

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The new Source 2 engine, according to Valve's Jay Stelly: "With Source 2 our focus is increasing creator productivity. Given how important user generated content is becoming, Source 2 is designed not just for the professional developer, but enabling gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favourite games".

 

Just like Unreal Engine 4 and Unity 5, Valve's new Source 2 is also "free to content developers". Valve tease: "This combined with recent announcements from Epic and Unity will help continue the PC's dominance as the premiere content authoring platform".

Gartner: Smartphone sales topped more than 1 billion in 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 1 hour ago

There were more than 1 billion smartphones sold worldwide in 2014, according to the Gartner research group. Apple topped the list with 20.4 Q4 market share, ahead of Samsung (19.9 percent), Lenovo (6.6 percent), Huawei (5.7 percent), and Xiaomi (5.1 percent). Apple sold 74.8 million units in Q4, with the successful launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models.

 

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Samsung continued to lose market share, dropping 10 percentage points during Q4 2014, according to Gartner. The company is facing increased pressure from Lenovo, Huawei and Xiaomi, with all three companies expanding sales efforts - with Lenovo and Huawei expected to increase sales and marketing efforts in the United States.

 

"With Apple dominating the premium phone market and the Chinese vendors increasingly offering quality hardware at lower prices, it is through a solid ecosystem of apps, content and services unique to Samsung devices that Samsung can secure more loyalty and longer-term differentiation at the high-end of the market," said Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner.

Sony says free-to-play growing part of digital business

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

Sony wants to cash in on the rising number of free-to-play game titles for the PlayStation 4 game console, with officials saying there has been continued growth of free-to-play.

 

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"We're really looking at this as a significant part of our digital business," said Sara Thomson, senior account executive of the free-to-play business at Sony, during GDC. "I think that it's going to be a really big chunk of our revenues in the next few years; 3-5 years. And it's already growing at amazing rates that are really quite surprising."

 

The gaming market has changed and more free-to-play games helped cause a shift among game studios and console makers - with great long-term potential of free-to-play games on consoles, according to Sony.

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'Gran Turismo' movie being prepped by Sony Pictures

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

The Sony Pictures adaptation of the PlayStation franchise 'Uncharted' might have stalled, and with production yet to begin, it's almost certain to miss it's previously announced June 2016 release date, but that hasn't stopped both companies from exploiting one of their most beloved franchises - 'Gran Turismo'.

 

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'Tron: Legacy' director Joseph Kosinski is in talks to direct the upcoming picture, which has yet to be officially announced by either of the Sony companies. 'Watchmen' co-writer Alex Tse has previously submitted a draft of the screenplay.

 

Despite an economic budget of just $66 million, last year's adaptation of 'Need for Speed' was still a financial disappointment, grossing just over $200 million worldwide.

Huawei plans its invasion of US market with smartphones, wearables

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 5 hours ago

Huawei, the No. 2 largest smartphone manufacturer in China, plans to begin increased sales and marketing efforts in the United States. The company wants to focus on promoting smartphones and wearable devices, including sports team sponsorships, advertising and online promotion of its products to US consumers.

 

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To win over US consumers, Huawei will launch cheaper low-end phones and higher-end smartphones, while creating partnerships with US wireless carriers - and major retailers. Analysts are curious to see if carriers and e-tailers will be reluctant to partner with Huawei, though there is time for relationships to be nurtured.

 

Just two years ago, the US said Huawei was a national security threat - a lesser concern following increased knowledge of US surveillance operations. However, Huawei faces a bigger battle trying to compete with Apple and Samsung in the United States, as both companies aren't willing to give up market share without a major fight.

Lawyer: Edward Snowden wants to return to US if given fair trial

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 2 days, 7 hours ago

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden wants to return to the United States in the future, but needs guarantees of a fair trial. The only promise he has been given is that he wouldn't face the death penalty if he is convicted - and privacy advocates believe the US government, which wants to do anything to get him into custody, cannot be trusted.

 

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"He is thinking about it," said Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian lawyer representing Snowden, during a recent news conference. "He has a desire to return and we are doing everything we can to make it happen. Snowden is ready to return to the United States, but on the condition that he is given a guarantee of a legal and impartial trial."

 

Kucherena also noted that he is working with a group of international lawyers to determine the best method for Snowden's potential return to the United States. Snowden has a three-year Russian residency, but would likely face immediate arrest if he tried to leave Russia.

LG's new Watch Urbane is a seriously slick piece of smartwatch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 2 days, 14 hours ago

MWC 2015 - LG teased its new Android Wear-powered Watch Urbane and Watch Urbane LTE not long ago now, but we have spent some time with it at MWC 2015, in our video below.

 

 

The LG Watch Urbane features a 1.3-inch P-OLED display with a 320x320 resolution display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2GHz, and a 410mAh battery. The Watch Urbane replaces LG's Watch R as the flagship wearable from the South Korean electronics giant.

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Hands-on with the Xperia Z4 Tablet, Sony's best tablet yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 14 hours ago

MWC 2015 - It was rumored weeks before Mobile World Congress, but Sony made its Xperia Z4 Tablet official during the show, and it was one of the highlights of the Barcelona-based event.

 

 

Our man on the ground, Johannes Knapp, had some hands-on time with the new slate, as you can see in the video above. The new Xperia Z4 Tablet features a beautiful 10-inch 2560x1600 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (8-core CPU), 3GB of RAM, is completely waterproof and is just 6.1mm thin and weighs in at only 390g.

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Lenovo announces the VIBE Shot at MWC 2015, a 2-in-1 camera smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 19 hours ago

MWC 2015 - Lenovo announced its VIBE Shot recently, which the company describes as a '2-in-1 camera smartphone' that is meant to help blend the worlds of smartphones and point-and-click cameras.

 

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The way the VIBE Shot does this is by having buttons on the sides of the smartphone, like a point-and-click camera would. We have a full-frame 16:9 16-megapixel low-ligiht sensor, and tri-color flash, too. There's a 5-inch 1080p display on the front, and inside we have a Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

 

There's a 2900mAh battery, LTE Cat-4 and Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Lenovo VIBE Shot. All of this will arrive in a dual SIM offering, weighing in at 145g and just 7.3mm thin. A microSD card slot is provided for expanding upon the 32GB of on-board storage.

 

Lenovo will make the VIBE Shot available in three colors: red, white and grey. We should see it released into Lenovo's regular markets stating in June for $349.

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