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Nike uses VR to help you experience the world seen by Neymar

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 11:20 am

Nike is embracing virtual reality and recently published a video that allows soccer fans to "experience the Neymar Jr. Effect in virtual reality." To get the full immersive experience, Nike recommends using a Google Android smartphone paired with a Cardboard headset.

 

 

Despite being only 23 years old, Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar, who currently plays for Barcelona, is one of the best players in the world. This is a clever marketing effort by Nike, which allows viewers to use the 360-degree video view on mobile devices or a PC, but the virtual reality aspect is the most interesting.

 

"To view in virtual reality with your Cardboard headset on your Android device, open this link in the YouTube app, then tap the cardboard headset icon in the bottom right to switch into virtual reality viewing mode. Place your phone horizontally in the headset and look inside."

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Ozone Gaming and xPeke team up to create a LoL-centered mousepad

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 10:33 am

"It's very exciting for me to start developing products that we can call our own" explained Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño, captain of Origen gaming and the lead designer of a new mousepad collaboration with Ozone gaming. "This mousepad offers exactly what we need: a surface with a high level of resistance and accuracy which delivers a perfect performance" continued xPeke, happy with the release on offer.

 

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In order to show further support for the gaming scene, specifically League of Legends, Ozone Gaming has worked together with xPeke and his Origen LCS team in order to design a new team-branded mousepad, simply titled 'ORIGEN'. Featuring a standard anti-slip rubber base and a large size of 450x400x4mm, it's also worth noting that this mousepad sits at 0.5mm-1mm thicker than many others on the market.

 

It's often that peripheral brands will release a limited run of products brandishing sponsored team logos, giving the team a cut of the sales made. It's not confirmed that Origen will be receiving funding from Ozone due to this partnership, but we would like to know for certain either way.

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PNY adds to the tiny flash drive collection

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 9:02 am

It seems miniscule flash drives are the 'in' thing right now, with PNY announcing it's 10(H)x 16(W) x 35(L)mm HP v160 flash drive to the market, weighing in at only 4.3 grams.

 

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Unfortunately it's only USB 2.0 but the internal sizing does range massively from 8GB to 64GB depending on your needs. If you're worried about misplacing the product, PNY does offer a strap hole in order to connect a lanyard or secure it to your wallet, plus Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8 support.

 

For the Apple fans, Mac OS 10.3 and above is supported by this release and is further to a two year manufacturer warranty upon purchase.

Das Keyboard wants to help you transport your precious keyboard

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 7:28 am

There has been some similar products hit the shelves thanks to Razer and Tt eSPORTS in the recent past and now it seems Das Keyboard has hit the scene and turned it up a notch with an announcement of the Das Keyboard Gaming Sling.

 

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This product isn't anything too new, but the re-announcement comes about due to a large 65% discount being run online right now. This product, explained by Das to be "your number one defense against damage on the go," will fit within your keyboard and other peripherals alongside accessories, cables and even Windows backup CD's - just in case!

 

Sitting at $75, this protective case is made out of weather-resistant ballistic nylon and certainly isn't a suit-everyone design. However, if you're constantly heading to LANs and are looking for an alternative to something like Tt eSPORTS' dragon bag - it isn't a bad investment.

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Dell, Samsung led slipping PC monitor market during Q1 of 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 7:01 am

There were more than 29 million monitors shipped during Q1 2015, a 12 percent drop year-over-year, according to the IDC research group. To make things worse, IDC expects a year-over-year drop of 3.4 percent for the entire market, and it looks like things will only get bleaker for companies trying to get consumers to upgrade.

 

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During Q1, Dell (15.8 percent), Samsung (12.7 percent), HP (11.5 percent), LG (9.7 percent), and Lenovo (9.1 percent) controlled the market. However, Lenovo was the only company in the top five that actually grew when compared to Q1 2014 - with Samsung, HP, and LG all seeing double-digit drops.

 

"Although there were a few bright spots - Japan experienced a gain of 2.0% over the previous quarter after four consecutive quarters of decline - IDC expects the trend of declining monitor shipments to continue for the near term," said Phuong Hang, director of worldwide trackers at IDC. "Some improvements may come later in the forecast as new product campaigns spark a modest recovery in the consumer segment, aided by contributions from the SMB and SOHO segments."

US officials think China is behind massive OPM data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 4:45 am

Political tensions between the United States and China have been strained for a number of reasons in recent months, and things won't suddenly get better. US intelligence chief James Clapper believes China is the leading suspect in the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach, which left millions of government workers at risk of identity theft.

 

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Here is what Clapper said while speaking at a recent Washington intelligence conference: "You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did," based on the sophistication of the data theft. The first two attacks stole more than 4 million records, and it's been reported that up to 18 million files could have been affected.

 

"It's something that we agreed needs to be addressed and hopefully it can be addressed soon," said John Kirby, US State Department spokesman, during a recent press conference.

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Nintendo: Sony and Microsoft will steal ideas from its new console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 4:14 am

We've been hearing about Nintendo's next generation 'NX console' for a while now, but the company hasn't laid out any details on NX at all. It has been a secret, known only as NX.

 

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The Japanese gaming giant is being secretive about it as it doesn't want its competitors in Sony and Microsoft to steal any of its ideas. In a recent shareholders meeting, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata said: "We can't talk about the NX. If we do, competitors may take our ideas and customers won't be surprised. This would not be beneficial for the company or its shareholders. The NX is new hardware, and will start from 0. However, the 3DS and Wii U have install bases. Immediately cutting off software for previous hardware upon the release of a new machine is inefficient. We will continue making 3DS and Wii software while preparing for the NX. We are prioritizing satisfying customers who purchased the Wii U".

 

We know to not expect anything from Nintendo on NX until 2016, but it looks like whatever the company is working on, we could hopefully be in for one of the most unique consoles released.

UC Berkeley developing robot cockroach able to navigate itself

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 3:25 am

The US Army is helping fund a research project at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on developing intelligent robots that don't require extra sensors or software. The robot, which physically looks like a cockroach, is able to overcome obstacles on its own.

 

 

The ability to teach robots and AI to identify - and successfully navigate obstacles without human guidance - is a difficult task.

 

"The majority of robotics studies have been solving the problem of obstacles by avoiding them, which largely depends on using sensors to map out the environment and algorithms that plan a path to go around obstacles... however, when the terrain becomes densely cluttered, especially as gaps between obstacles become comparable or even smaller than robot size, this approach starts to run into problems as a clear path cannot be mapped," said Chen Li, lead author of the UC Berkeley research, in the Bioinspiration & Biomimetics journal.

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NVIDIA rumored to unveil new Maxwell-powered Quadro cards at SIGGRAPH

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 3:00 am

It looks like we can expect NVIDIA to unveil a few new professional-grade video cards in the coming months, with their latest drivers adding support for three new video cards.

 

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These cards are the NVIDIA Quadro M5000, Quadro M4000 and Tesla M60. The Quadro M cards will most likely be unveiled at SIGGRAPH 2015 which kicks off on August 9, with both the M5000 and M4000 cards based on the GM204GL graphics processor. This will see NVIDIA shift from the Kepler-based GPUs to Maxwell-based GPUs, which should see a drastic drop in temperatures and power consumption.

Miyamoto: Virtual reality isn't currently a good fit for Nintendo

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 2:07 am

Virtual reality was one of the most popular topics during E3 2015 earlier this month, but Nintendo isn't quite on the VR bandwagon. Although the company is paying attention to VR developments, it's seen as a technology that doesn't fall in line with Nintendo's current game production philosophy: be fun and social.

 

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Microsoft and Sony appear to be fully onboard VR hardware support - and game development - hoping consumers are okay with wearables designed to enhance the gaming experience.

 

"The current types of virtual reality aren't really a good fit for Nintendo's philosophy of trying to create entertainment that people can play together in the living room," said Shigeru Miyamoto, game design legend behind Mario, told Yahoo Games during E3. "We're constantly looking at different technology and experimenting with different elements of it, but we're not feeling virtual reality is currently in a place where it's ready to be released - as a product that fits with our philosophy of fitting in the living room."

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