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Amazon could be making AR glasses to rival HoloLens

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 8:27 pm

While VR tech is in full swing for its release in 2016, the next avenue of dimensional computing has kicked off thanks to Microsoft's HoloLens, and it looks like major players are getting involved in augmented reality. Not long ago we reported that ASUS is thinking about making its own AR headset, and now the online retailer giant Amazon is jumping into AR as well.




A recently published patent filing shows what appears to be the Amazon AR headset and reveals key details on the device. The filing notes that the Amazon AR glasses are technically a "tablet goggles accessory" with a "single-touch immersion control" that's tethered to a tablet. The tablet will control and trigger various functionalities such as switching between AR and real-life views.


The patent shows a huge number of variants of the Amazon AR, using different technologies like polymer dispersed liquid crystals, suspended particular devices, and electrochromic solutions that could all be used in the device's variable-transparency layers. The patent notes that the Amazon AR goggles will need a tablet in order to function (probably a new-gen Kindle Fire) meaning the HMD will leverage a tablet's power.

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Samsung develops bendable battery strip for smartwatches

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 7:43 pm

As wearable tech continues to expand into our everyday lives, OEMs are charged with finding innovative new ways to optimize and streamline wearables--especially in the battery life department. With this spirit in mind, Samsung has just revolutionized the world of wearables with its new line flexible strip batteries.




Samsung unveiled its new bendable battery duo, the Stripe and the Band, at this year's InterBattery 2015 showcase in Seoul, displaying a new generation of power solutions for two key wearable types. The South Korean tech giant called the new tech the "embodiment of the age of wearable batteries that is applicable to any curves of a human body."


Since the Stripe sports an ultra-slim 0.3mm battery strip with "innovative energy density", it could pave the way for nonexisting wearables like smart shirts, necklaces or hairbands. Thanks to its shape and size, the Stripe is extremely versatile and can mold and fit a huge assortment of form factors.

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Microsoft launches site to help Macbook users switch to Surface Book

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 6:46 pm

The Surface Book launches today, and with it, Microsoft is apparently not content to just have it be a success with those already in its camp, but wants a piece of that Apple pie, too. And so it's designed a website -- dubbed "Making the switch" -- intended to help Macbook users make the transition, whether they're considering a Surface Book or already have one.




The site is comprimised of four main sections. The first helps Mac users become acquainted with the Start menu and the interface; the second answers common questions longtime Mac users have like "Do I have to worry about getting viruses now?" and "How do I talk to my friends and family without FaceTime and iMessage?"; the third offers step-by-step instructions on how to move files, contacts, and so on from your Macbook over to the Surface Book, and the fourth offers information on iPhone, iCloud, and iTunes compatibility (MS says they all work fine).


If you are a Macbook user and are thinking about making the switch or already have, hit the source.

CCleaner now lets you uninstall Windows Store apps, cleans Office 2016

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 5:31 pm

Version 5.11.5408 of popular system cleaning app CCleaner is out today, complete with some important changes.




Apart from the usual minor fixes, you get better Chrome Download History and Firefox 41 cleaning, improved detection of Start-up items (should you wish to configure which start and which don't), and tweaks to keyboard navigation and shortcuts. Then there are a couple of bigger additions: the option to uninstall Windows Store apps (not normally easy for the built-in ones), and support for Office 2016 cleaning.


You can see the full list of changes below; hit the source to download.

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Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 launch today

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 4:28 pm

The much awaited Surface Book notebook and Surface Pro 4 tablet (alongside the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover and Surface Dock accessories) have launched today. As of now, it's available in the US and Canada only, but more markets will follow next month.




Microsoft says pre-orders have gone beyond their expectations, so anticipate limited stock in stores today. That said, they'll be replenishing stock as soon as is humanly possible. Should you decide to skip the retail route, the Microsoft Store site will give you an ETA on delivery time.


New York City residents may want to head down to 5th avenue to check out the grand opening of the company's new flagship store, where there will be a launch event for the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4.

Fallout 4 mods can only be created on a PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 3:39 pm

We've known for a while that both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will have mod support for Fallout 4, allowing console owners to tap the wealth of potential that user-created mods bring to any Fallout game. But now Bethesda has confirmed that the mods themselves will still need a PC to create.




Bethsoft exec and wise Fallout guru Pete Hines revealed the news in a Twitter interaction, iterating that mods will indeed be playable on consoles, but the PS4 and Xbox One won't be getting the mod tools required to create mods.



Fallout 4's modding suite will be pretty expansive and matches the exact same software that the studio used to create the game. Sadly users will have to wait until 2016 before the modding tools are released. "Early next year we'll release for free the new Creation Kit for the PC. This is the same tool we use in the studio. You'll be able to create your own mods and share them with others. We're especially excited these same mods will then be coming to Xbox One, and then PlayStation 4."

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Thermaltake announces Suppressor F1 mini chassis, similar to Core V1

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 2:32 pm

Resembling something similar to the previous Core V1 release, Thermaltake has just announced its Suppressor F1 mini-ITX chassis.




With support for mini-ITX motherboards, CPU coolers up to 160mm in height, dual-slot video cards and 200mm long power supplies, the Suppressor F1 further comes packed with a top window. If it's a similar chassis to the Core V1, these side panels may also be interchangeable, meaning you can move the window to any side of the case that you wish.


Devoid of 5.25-inch drive bays, there are two 3.5 or 2.5-inch storage bays around the right panel, with two 2.5-inch bays nestled just behind them. A 200mm front fan is included alongside two 80mm rear fans. If water is more your style, expect to fit a 140mm x 140mm radiator on the front.

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CG Spectrum offers $500k AU in scholarships to help Aussie VFX artists

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 10:29 am

In order to help develop and grow the Australian VFX industry, CG Spectrum, a college of digital art and animation, is offering up $500,000 AU worth of scholarships in order to "unearth the next Aussie dev talent."




As seen in a recent media release, this college will be offering these scholarships in unison with PAX Australia, setting out to scope indie developers and sole traders alike at the expo which kicks off this Friday.


The $500,000 AU budget will be spread over 20 scholarships in total, setting out to find developers with a potential for greatness. Said to be conducted "alongside local game development studios," more information on these scholarships can be found here.

ASUS teases AMD Radeon R9 Nano in white, with a custom PCB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 8:56 am

When AMD released the Radeon R9 Nano, we fell in love with not only its performance (for being such a tiny, tiny card) but its ultra awesome aesthetics. Well, it looks like we can expect ASUS to release a new R9 Nano, but the shroud on the cooler will be white.




According to, ASUS has used its own custom PCB (which isn't white) while dipping the shroud in white paint. The fan is still black, but you can't deny that it doesn't look slick. I would've expected something different from ASUS, maybe doing a black and red theme (in line with AMD's reference card) and in line with their Republic of Gamers brand.


But, you can't deny this R9 Nano doesn't look cool. Now I want to build a new black and white themed system with this new R9 Nano from ASUS.

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