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Leap Motion partners with Razer, will be baked into the OSVR headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 26, 2015 3:27 am

Leap Motion has teamed up with Razer for its OSVR headsets, where it will supply its motion-tracking technology directly into the Open Source Virtual Reality headset.

 

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Razer's upcoming Hacker Development Kit (HDK) headset for OSVR will be made available later this year, where developers will have the option of buying one with the faceplate that feature's Leap Motion's gesture-tracking hardware and software baked inside. Developers who opt for this will receive a bundle that includes the ability to create apps and experiences that will use Leap Motion's hand-tracking technology.

 

Leap Motion's CEO, Michael Buckwald, has said that this partnership is just the first it will have with VR headset makers. Buckwald was coy on which other partners it is working with, but teased that Leap Motion's long-term goal is to have their technology in as many of the leading VR headsets as possible. Buckwald said: "The peripheral [the Leap Motion controller as a standalone device] is still our biggest business but VR is our priority now. We can be in at the ground floor and help shape what it means to have input and help shape what the [VR] operating systems look like".

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Best Buy will sell the Samsung Gear VR starting this Friday

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 26, 2015 2:31 am

Samsung, Oculus VR and Best Buy have partnered together to get the Galaxy Note 4-powered Gear VR headset on Best Buy shelves on March 27 - or this Friday - for $199.

 

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The Gear VR headsets will be at 100 of Best Buy's stores, with more stores receiving the VR headset later this year. The Gear VR Innovator Edition is powered by Samsung's own Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which features a 5.7-inch 2560x1440 display that provides an immersive VR experience on-the-go.

Arnold's new movie zombie movie 'Maggie' gets its first trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 26, 2015 1:27 am

Before we see Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator: Genisys, we'll see Arnie starring in the zombie movie 'Maggie' which also stars Abigail Breslin from Little Miss Sunshine and Zombieland.

 

 

As you can see from the trailer, Arnold's daughter gets infected, which sees Arnold playing a very dark and serious role this time around. It has a very 'The Last of Us' feel, the smash hit game on the PlayStation 3 and 4 from Naughty Dog, and it should, considering Maggie was directed by Henry Hobson. Hobson was the Title Sequence Director and Designer on The Last of Us.

 

Maggie will reach theaters in May.

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Jesse Eisenberg looks great as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 26, 2015 12:31 am

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is only a year away now, and while we've seen Superman's new look, the new Batman and even Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor hasn't been unveiled, until now.

 

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Jesse Eisenberg goes bald for the role of Lex Luthor, Superman's arch nemesis, with the director of the movie, Zack Snyder, explaining with Entertainment Weekly: "He's not any of the Lexes that you've seen, that's for sure other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course".

 

We don't have much to go on right now, apart from the single image of the evil genius that Eisenberg is playing. As a huge Superman fan, I'm positively ecstatic about how this is shaping up so far.

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We get some details on Intel's next-gen Knights Landing platform

By: William Harmon | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 11:31 pm

We just got back from a briefing of the Knights Landing platform at Intel Jones Farm. This new platform compacts a large number of cores into a small package that consisted of 1U blades.

 

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Here is the basic Knights Landing (KNL) information screen. Knights Landing will be based on 14nm process node and have a TDP of ~300watts. The number of cores shown on the slide shows over 60 cores, we assume there will be several different SKU's with different core counts and other spec's.

 

The KNL core itself is based on Silvermount, these cores have full Xeon capability and features which have been modified to meet the new design platform. The system itself will have both Windows and Lunix capability with very little code modification to applications if any. While running a Windows OS on this platform you can see all the logical processors in the task manager which shows the OS actually sees all the cores unlike Knights Corner which was a PCIe coprocessor.

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Samsung rumored to acquire AMD, to battle against Intel and Qualcomm

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 11:03 pm

A super hot report has arrived today, where it's being alleged that Samsung will acquire AMD. The deal would see the South Korean giant acquire the chipmaker, merging AMD with one of its subsidiaries to better fight Qualcomm and Intel.

 

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The report states that Samsung wants AMD's CPU and GPU properties, where it would use AMD's IP to expand its growth and to battle against the likes of Intel and Qualcomm. The report also hints that Samsung thought of acquiring AMD back in 2007, where in 2007, Samsung's Head of Telecommunications said: "it is necessary to consider the AMD acquisition in order to secure a new growth engine".

 

If Samsung were to acquire AMD, we could see some great things come from it. We could see the Radeon IP used in Samsung's mobile offerings, giving them a big injection of performance. Samsung's fabrication could get right into things, shifting AMD's technology into smaller processes much quicker than TSMC offers AMD at the moment. We could see some big changes in the GPU department and its competitiveness against NVIDIA, too.

'One Direction' now one down, as singer exits boy band

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 10:16 pm

All good things must come to an end, and seemingly, even very mediocre things too. Fans of boy band 'One Direction' are deeply upset this morning by the announcement that Zayn Malik has exited the group. In a statement released to media, Malik has stated that "after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band".

 

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Shooting to prominence on the UK talent show 'The X Factor', judge Simon Cowell signed members Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson to his label Syco Records in 2010 before selling millions of copies of their first four albums, DVDs and lucrative merchandise which propelled them into super-stardom. Ironically, the band's latest album titled 'Four' now signifies the number of members.

 

Never fear however, as Cowell has confirmed that "Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band".

Tech companies aiming products, services at toddlers and children

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 9:26 pm

Companies want to cater to babies and toddlers, hoping they grow up to adopt technology from an extremely young age. Of specific interest, tech companies want to utilize toddlers' interest in smartphones and tablets, opening the door to new sales and advertising opportunities.

 

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YouTube launched YouTube Kids earlier in the year, but critics are worried that the ad-supported service is designed to "exploit" younger Internet users. Google said only "family-friendly" advertisements will be shown to viewers, and all content is screened so violent and offensive content isn't viewed.

 

"Kids are a huge market," said Paul Kurnit, CEO of the KidShop consulting firm, in a statement published by the San Jose Mercury News. "They are the digital natives - they take to digital devices like fish to water."

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Amazon puts feds on blast over slow drone regulation efforts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 9:04 pm

Amazon has called out the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for dragging its feet in regards to commercial drone testing. The United States runs the risk of falling behind other countries interested in embracing commercial use of drones.

 

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Even though the FAA approved Amazon's drone delivery tests, the popular e-tailer said its prototype became obsolete while waiting for movement in Washington. Commercial drone technology is advancing at a fast pace, and it has become clear that the bureaucratic regulatory process in the US is making a mess of things.

 

"We don't test it anymore," said Paul Misener, VP for global public policy at Amazon, in a statement in front of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security. "We've moved on to more advanced designs that we already are testing abroad. Nowhere outside of the United States have we been required to wait more than one or two months to begin testing."

Millions of Google Android users at risk from vulnerability

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 8:22 pm

The Google Android mobile operating system is vulnerable to a new flaw that allows criminals to hijack the Android Package File (APK) and replace it with apps the criminals choose. Hackers are able to quietly gain unlimited permissions, and trick users into possibly installing malware instead of a third-party app.

 

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The Palo Alto Networks security firm posted details of the issue, which affects almost half of all current Android users - and can be used to steal user data, distribute malware, and compromise smartphones and tablets.

 

"This Android vulnerability means users who think they're accessing legitimate applications with approved permissions may instead be exposed to data theft and malware," said Ryan Olson, Intelligence Director of Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 research wing. "We urge users to take advantage of the diagnostic application provided by Palo Alto Networks to check their devices, and we thank Google, Samsung and Amazon for their cooperation and attention."

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