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Google buys VR eye-tracking startup company

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 12:47 pm

Google has purchased Eyefluence, a startup company that specializes in eye-tracking technology,




Google plans to fold Eyefluence's unique eye-tracking VR optics software tech into its new mobile-powered Daydream View VR headset. The software uses "vision-driven, intuitive eye-interaction" to discern quite a bit of information from users, chiefly whether or not HMD wearers are interested in what they're seeing or not. We're not 100% sure how Google will leverage Eyefluence to build a new optics solution for Daydream VR, but we could see some interesting convergences happen, including eye-controlled interfaces


"At Eyefluence, we are engineering the ability to transform intent into action through your eyes. Leveraging eye biomechanics and the eye-brain connection with the first-ever eye-interaction technology solution for HMD devices, we are expanding human potential and creating new possibilities in VR, AR, and MR worlds," reads the company's website.

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Get the latest update for Pokémon GO on Android and iOS

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 10:24 am

Developer Niantic has just released another new software update for their hit game Pokémon GO for iOS and Android.




The latest iOS 1.13.3 update or 0.43.3 version for Android consists of several new features, including new Egg patterns (discovered Professor Willow) will change depending on the distance required to hatch them. The Pokémon type icons, and a low battery indicator for Pokémon GO Plus have also been introduced for player convenience.


These updates build on the previous 1.11.2 version, with minor text fixes included as well.

Pre-order Skyrim-themed Monopoly game for March 2017

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 8:29 am

The Monopoly board game has certainly changed over the years from the standard shoe playing, Mayfair buying, collecting $200 version. Video game titled-themes have been taking over the classic with the likes of the Legend of Zelda, Pokemon Johto edition, and Final Fantasy VII. The popular RPG, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim developed by Bethesda, will now join the list of themed-titles as it debuts in March 2017.




The announcement was made recently by retailer Merchoid: "Enter the realms of Tamriel in this brand new Skyrim themed edition of the fast-dealing, property trading game, as you experience lore, characters and locations from the bestselling videogame."


The Skyrim Monopoly board game will retail for $52.99 USD (includes tax & shipping) and can be pre-ordered via the official Merchoid website right now. Hurry before they sell out!

Google working on standalone mixed reality headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 6:42 am

Google is reportedly working on a new "wireless virtual reality" prototype, which could be the purported mixed reality headset that the company is working on.




This new mixed reality HMD would have eye-tracking technology that would be "capable of mapping out the real-world space in front of users", reports TechSpot. Google's new mixed reality headset could be a competitor to the mysterious mixed reality headset that the even more mysterious Magic Leap is working on, and even Apple is reportedly working on something similar.

Battlefield 1 patch v1.02 released, UI fixes and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 5:09 am

I've been too busy playing Battlefield 1 on my PC to write much about it, but EA DICE have released the v1.02 patch for the game, which includes a bunch of UI-related fixes, as well as some issues with the War Story objectives, and more.



The new v1.02 update fixes various graphical issues and artifacts, with temporal anti-aliasing now the default AA method used on the Medium graphics preset. We've recently tested Battlefield 1 on the AMD Radeon RX 480 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 to find that the RX 480 is 30% faster than the GTX 1060 at 1080p with DX12 enabled, check it out here.

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'The Get Down' costs Netflix $16 million per episode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 3:47 am

Netflix is splashing around some big money for its upcoming 1970s hip-hop drama 'The Get Down', with costs of around $16 million per episode - and with the 12-episode order, we're looking at a total of $190 million for the show.



Baz Luhrmann is behind the project, as he has co-created the musical drama that is set in New York during the 70s, with iconic musicians like Nas and Grandmaster Flash thrown into the mix, and Oscar-winning costume designer Catherine Martin, and Pulitzer-winning writer Stephen Adly Guirgis, as well as the massive sets and huge cast, as Slashfilm reports: "there was no way this show was ever going to be cheap".


Deadline is reporting from their sources that Netflix is paying around $16 million per episode, and if we compare this to the $10 million per episode of Game of Thrones in S6, HBO wins by a long shot. Variety reports that The Get Down was originally budgeted with $7.5 million per episode, but Lurhmann pushed for more and more, leading to the $16 million per episode number. But are the numbers on Netflix's side?

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Star Citizen alpha is free until October 30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 2:29 am

Star Citizen is still light years away from its official release, but Roberts Space Industries has provided a free-to-play peek at the game, which runs through to October 30.




If you want to jump in, use the promotional code FALL2016 - which will let you download the Star Citizen alpha. Once you've got it, you'll be able to fly around in the F7C-M Super Hornet spacefighter, not too bad at all.


There have been other free fly events for Star Citizen in the past, but the new one has arrived just as Star Citizen gets closer to $130 million in crowdfunding.

Nintendo 'hasn't shown everything' on Switch just yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 1:01 am

Nintendo impressed the world with the unveiling of its new NVIDIA Tegra-powered Switch console, which blurs the lines between gaming consoles and tablets.




Well, Nintendo hasn't revealed all of the secrets of Switch just yet, with the company talking to The Wall Street Journal recently, teasing: "We haven't shown everything".


WSJ's source said that Nintendo won't reveal any more details about the Switch until 2017, including full specifications, launch games, or pricing.


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Watch Dogs 2 trailer welcomes you to San Francisco

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 24, 2016 11:34 pm

Ubisoft is preparing for the big launch of Watch Dogs 2 next month, with the company unleashing a new trailer for the game, showcasing the fictional version of San Francisco.



The new trailer for Watch Dogs 2 shows how you can get around the city, with the trailer called 'Welcome to San Francisco'. Watch Dogs 2 has you playing as protagonist Marcus Holloway, with the sequel looking like a more 'finished' version of Watch Dogs, which was a real mess when it launched a few years ago now.


You'll need a GeForce GTDX 660 or Radeon HD 7870 or better to play Watch Dogs 2, as well as at least 50GB of HDD space, and 6GB of RAM.


Watch Dogs 2 launches on November 15 for the PS4, Xbox One and on November 29 for the PC.

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Rule the streets on this official 'Mario Kart' bike

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 24, 2016 10:33 pm

Let's be honest - at some point in time, you've totally wished you could blue shell that annoying car in front of you. Well thanks to this real life Mario Kart bike, you can!




According to Vooks, an officially licensed Mario Kart branded bike is about to hit the Japanese market, replete with branding throughout and it even includes training wheels and a basket to store all your weapons! Now if I only had a kid, this would make the best Christmas present ever. Even if it was a teenager.


If you're not going to Japan any time soon, you can purchase it online here for around $220USD.

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