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Oculus Touch officially available as of today

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 9:22 pm

The day has arrived - Oculus Touch controllers are available! From today, December 6th, you can order them online and at the time of writing this article, estimated shipping is between December 16th and 21st. The shipping date is the same for all 22 countries where Oculus delivers its VR controllers.




Pre-orders started on October 10th and those who pre-order them should expect their controllers between today, December 6th and December 15th. Some users have reported that their controllers already arrived.


The Oculus Touch controllers will make the Rift VR experience more immersive and closer to that of the HTC Vive. The price of the two VR headsets are also almost the same, with the difference of only one dollar. Oculus Rift is priced at $599 and the Oculus Touch $199, so the combined price of the Oculus experience comes to $798, while the HTC Vive's price is $799.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 will not include headphone jack

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 8:30 pm

Samsung has poked fun at Apple for ditching the headphone jack with the iPhone 7, but it seems that was purely a marketing move, as the company is now following suit. Sources have confirmed to SamMobile the Galaxy S8 will remove the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack; if you want to use existing headphones, you'll require a a USB Type-C adapter, and if you want to plug the phone in and use wired headphones, you can't.




The upside is the potential for a thinner device with a larger battery, as well as stereo speakers; Samsung's recent acquisition of Harman means a potential collaboration on said speakers.


The Galaxy S8 will be revealed in February.

Apple hits record sales with their Apple Watch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 7:31 pm

In October, we reported that the worldwide smartwatch market experienced a round of growing pains in the third quarter of 2016, resulting in a "year-over-year decline in shipment volumes." The IDC reported that the smartwatch sales dropped in the Q3 by 51.6%, and Apple had the biggest drop - almost 72%, but they still maintained their position as the overall leader of the worldwide smartwatch market.




However, it seems that Apple has nothing to worry about because the sales of Apple Watch during the first week of holiday shopping season set a new record, and the current quarter is on the track to be the best ever for the Watch, Tim Cook told Reuters.


Cook didn't mention any numbers, but according to him, Apple Watch will be one of the most popular Christmas gadgets, which isn't surprising because if you are a fan of Apple, the Apple Watch is still one of the cheaper products from their lines of products.

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Uber is opening an advanced AI lab

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 6:28 pm

Uber wants to speed up the process of creating self-driving cars, so they went out and acquired an artificial intelligence startup based in New York. It is not known how much Uber paid for this deal, but the will also gain 15 specialists who will form a new AI division within the company - Uber AI Labs.




Gary Marcus, Geometric Intelligence co-founder, told the BBC that "the team would have a wide brief - ranging from improving traffic predictions to working towards a future of flying cars."


The description on the Geometrics Intelligence website says the startup was "founded by a group of noted scientists and leading machine learning pioneers, the team at Geometric Intelligence is redefining the boundaries of machine learning through innovative, patent-pending techniques that learn more efficiently from less data."

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Surgeon Simulator ER is out on Steam and PSVR

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 4:25 pm

Bossa Studios have finally completed Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality and it's available for purchase on Steam and the PlayStation Store right now for $19.99.




With this latest entry of Surgeon Simulator, you can "operate" on your patient in the VR world. The game only supports the HTC Vive and its controllers at the moment, so Oculus Rift owners will have to miss out for now.


Here's the PC requirement if you want to run this game:




All the original surgeries will return and you will get some new ones too. The steam game description hints about a brain surgery in the dark. You can also take some selfies while you're at it. What can possibly go wrong?

ESA extends ISS participation to 2024

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 2:27 pm

The ESA concluded a two-day Council meeting at the ministerial level in Lucerne, Switzerland and ministers in charge of space matters from ESA's 22 member states plus Slovenia and Canada have allocated 10.3 billion euros (roughly around $11 billion) for space activities and programs based on the vision of a United Space in Europe in the era of Space 4.0.




The members also approved the commitment to extend European participation in the International Space Station program to 2024. Funding for the ESA's extension will amount to about 807 million euros ($861 million) on usage and 153 million euros ($163 million) for science projects involving the Space Station.


NASA's Administrator Charles Bolden expressed his excitement about the decision on NASA's official blog.

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AMD Radeon GPU tech will power Intel's next-gen iGPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 12:49 pm

With the impending release of Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake family of processors, we're seeing disappointing numbers from the flagship Core i7-7700K - which is barely faster than the current-gen Core i7-6700K, but the new 7700K runs much hotter.




The bigger news that has just dropped is that Intel and AMD have reportedly signed a new contract that will see AMD Radeon GPU technology inside of Intel's next-gen CPUs. AMD would provide Radeon GPU technology for Intel's integrated graphics, after years of Intel trying to make it work - and it looks like they just can't get their GPU game up to scratch, so they're going to their main rival... AMD.


The news is coming from HardOCP boss Kyle Bennett, who wrote on the HardOCP forums: "The licensing deal between AMD and Intel is signed and done for putting AMD GPU tech into Intel's iGPU". Bennett continued, saying that "Intel in no way wants this to be public", but that's kind of hard on a public forum - and now, here with this post.

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Titanfall 2 infographic reveal interesting information

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 12:35 pm

I'm sure that everybody here have heard that Titanfall 2 is doing terribly. "Oh , the sales are nothing compared to the original!" "Titanfall 2 is nothing compared to Battlefield 1" "The player count in this game is hideous! I can't even find a match!" Well, let's take a deeper look at an infographic that EA have made based on their data collected from the game between October 28th, 2016 and November 27th, 2016.




You can find the rest of the in the image up at the top but here's just a few interesting ones that caught my attention:


  • The three favorite game modes among the players seem to be Attrition, Bounty Hunt and Amped Hardpoint. In total, players have racked up 304M number of kills in Attrition, stolen $4.4 billion in Bounty Hunt mode and have amped 15M hardpoints. Just let those numbers sink in a bit and you realize how active the community is.

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Apple's new MacBook Pro has crappy battery life

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 10:28 am

Apple's new MacBook Pros hit the headlines with their cool new Touch Bar, but then there were claims that there was visual corruption over the AMD Radeon graphics cards - something that was debunked as 'fake news' if I can use that in a news story I will - it turned out to be third-party software, and not AMD hardware causing the visual artifacts.




Now there are MBP owners taking to Reddit to talk about the poor battery life on their new, expensive laptops. One of the posts reads: "The battery on mine (MBP 15″, 2.9, 1 TB, 460) seemed poor when I first got it, but after a week or so it seemed to get better. I assume it's because I was syncing Dropbox and installing all of my software. Now, I'm easily getting 8+ hours out of it when doing the "loungey" stuff like Messages, Safari, Mail, Calendar, and working on the odd spreadsheet in Excel".


Another post said: "I've had the 13′ w/ TB model for a little over a week and a half now. And I'm not liking the battery life at all so far. So initially using chrome w/ the rest of my apps I was getting about 4-5 hrs. So I switched to safari and noticed a slight bump, 5-6hrs. Which is not what was advertised. I used Safari, Mail, NetBeans/xcode and spotify. While in sleep mode, with all apps off, I lose about 6% every 8hrs which is also very bad...".


And finally, there's this one: "Damn. I opened laptop when I just got home and had 75%. Has been less then 2 hours and got down to 5%. Chrome was open, and was editing photos in lightroom. Not a fan of the battery life".


As I said in an article a few weeks ago: Apple can't launch a high-end MacBook Pro anymore, and that's quite sad.

Ben Affleck's solo Batman movie will arrive in 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 8:12 am

Ben Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms, uh - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with his portrayal as Batman being one of the best received - even after the job Christian Bale did in The Dark Knight Trilogy.




It wasn't long ago that we reported on Aquaman being penciled in for an October 2018 release, but now Den of Geek are reporting that the solo Batman movie will be released in summer 2018. Warner Bros. has previously teased that two DC movies would be released in 2018 - the first, on July 27 - the second, on October 5.


Warner Bros. has confirmed Aquaman for October 2018, so it looks like Batman could be the summer tentpole movie for DC and Warner Bros. in 2018.

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