A few days ago we were introduced to the Samsung Gear VR headset, a mobile VR headset that is powered by the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. Oculus VR, the makes of the Oculus Rift, were instrumental in the design, technology and path of the Gear VR, but now you can pre-order the headset for yourself, at $249.
The Gear VR uses the 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED panel as its display, which should provide a clearer picture than the Full HD-based Oculus Rift DK2 unit. The pre-orders were spotted on Mobile Fun, with the retailer defining itself as a 'Samsung Authorized Dealer'. We don't know when Gear VR will launch, but I think we'll see the start of it next month.
It looks like NVIDIA is all set to launch its next-gen GPU, which should be skipping the GeForce GTX 800 series and moving onto the GTX 900 series with two GPUs to be launched at first.
According to Synnex, an international distrbutor of PC hardware, ASUS is preparing two GeForce GTX 900 series cards. First, we have the reference GeForce GTX 980 with what should arrive as the reference cooler for the GTX 980, then a second model: the STRIX GTX 970. This model should feature ASUS' custom cooling setup, the DirectCU II. We will see a quieter, cooler card with factory overclocking applied.
Then we have two entries for the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 900 series, also from Synnex. The first model is the GeForce GTX 980, another reference card, backed up by a custom GTX 970. GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming card should also feature a custom-designed cooling solution, and overclocked. Both the GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards are listed with 4GB of RAM across a 256-bit bus, so we're not going to see massive changes in the skipped-a-generation GPUs at the GPU-hungry 4K resolutions, and above.
The 2014 RC asteroid will pass by Earth on Sunday, September 7, with closest approach estimated to take place at 2:18 p.m. EDT, as it flies over New Zealand. Astronomers believe it measures around 60 feet in size, and was initially spotted in late August by the Catalina Sky Survey located close to Tucson, Arizona.
The asteroid won't be detectable by the naked eye, but amateur astronomers using telescopes should be able to see it sail by, assuming there is clear weather, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
At its closest, 2014 RC will be around 25,000 miles away from Earth, and should bypass the geosynchronous ring of communications and weather satellites that orbit our planet. 2014 RC shouldn't pose a threat to Earth or satellites in orbit, but will give researchers a great opportunity to learn about asteroids.
Intel has dominated the PC and server CPU markets, but has struggled to keep up in emerging businesses, though expects its Core M will help shake things up. The platform is able to offer greater CPU and GPU performance, thin, fanless PCs, and increased battery life - and is ideal for 2 in 1 devices. The Intel Core M processor will be used by Acer, ASUS, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Toshiba, with some models available as soon as next month, according to Intel.
Due to a manufacturing glitch that pushed back Core M, there will be only around 20 Core M notebooks from OEM partners available in time for Christmas. Core M is the fifth-generation of Core processors, titled Broadwell, cutting down from 22nm to 14nm.
"We've been on a multi-year mission to address end-user requirements and transform mobile computing," said Kirk Skaugen, Intel SVP and GM of personal computing, in a statement. "The introduction of Core M marks a significant milestone in that journey. Core M is the first of a new product family designed to deliver the promise of one of the world's thinnest laptops and highest performance tablets in a single 2 in 1 device."
During the IFA 2014 technology expo in Berlin, Samsung has unveiled office printers powered by the Google Android mobile operating system. The multi-function printer (MFP) models are aimed towards businesses and corporations, using a familiar Android control panel that should make it relatively easy to work with.
The company plans to kick things off with ten new MFP models, described as the "first printers of their kind" to use Android. Known as the Smart MultiXpress printers, pricing and availability of the new printers weren't released. Samsung wanted to make it easier for users to set up the printers and use them without the need of a PC or laptop, and included NFC support.
"As Samsung continues to strive for user-centered innovation, the introduction of the first Android OS-equipped MFPs will enhance Samsung's smart office experience for business customers and allow for greater multidimensional and advanced printing technologies," said Dr. KiHo Kim, Samsung EVP of Printing Solutions, in a statement.
The HealthCare.gov website was hacked by cybercriminals, but no data was taken, according to the Obama Administration when it informed Congress. The incident was simply described as "an intrusion on a test server" related to HealthCare.gov. The security breach took place in July and wasn't discovered until late August.
It seems the test server was using a default password that was never changed - and shouldn't have been connected to the Internet in the first place. To make matters even worse, regularly scheduled security scans never occurred as they should have by administrators. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal investigators are now trying to determine who is responsible.
"Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information, data was not transmitted outside the agency and the website was not specifically targeted," said Aaron Albright, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesperson. "We have taken measures to further strengthen security."
Chinese search giant Baidu is developing smart chopsticks that will be able to assist consumers to better protect them from food poisoning and tainted water. Dubbed the Baidu Kuaisou, the chopsticks can connect to a smartphone or PC wirelessly, and the app notifies diners whether the food is safe to consume.
Baidu Kuaisou isn't ready for mass production quite yet, but should prove to be easy to use for customers - a light on the chopsticks display a blue or green color depending if food is safe or not.
"In the future, via Baidu Kuaisou, you'll be able to know the origin of oil and water and other foods - whether they've gone bad and what sort of nutrition they complain," said Robin Li, Baidu CEO, during a recent speech.
If you wanted to attend BlizzCon but couldn't make it, Blizzard has your back with its announcement of the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket. The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket allows people to access live streams of BlizzCon 2014's opening and closing ceremonies, panels, interviews, costume and talent contests and much more.
The virtual ticket will also give users access to in-game items for a bunch of Blizzard's games, including World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. BlizzCon Virtual Ticket holders will also have access to online store merchandise from October 17 to November 11.
The ticket itself will cost you $39.99, which is the same price as the DirecTV BlizzCon 2014 pay-per-view option. BlizzCon 2014 kicks off at hte Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from November 7-8.
Things just got messy between NVIDIA and Samsung, with NVIDIA suing the South Korean giant over alleged patent infringements. NVIDIA has included Qualcomm in its lawsuit, which has been filed with the US District Court in Delaware, as well as with the International Trade Commission.
Bright Side of News' Anshel Sag reports: "NVIDIA is alleging that Samsung's devices that use Qualcomm's chips are infringing upon NVIDIA's own technologies that have been patented. Not just that, but by filing a complaint with the ITC, NVIDIA is seeking that such devices that infringe upon these patents be banned from importation and sale within the United States." What is worse, is that NVIDIA is claiming that Samsung is infringing on their patents on some of hte most popular handset on the market, and some of which were just announced by Samsung a couple of days ago.
These include the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy S4 as well as the Galaxy Tab S and Galaxy Note Pro... that's a lot of Galaxies. NVIDIA continues, claiming that Samsung's Exynos processors violated seven different patents, as well as Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors. The Snapdragon processors in question are include the Snapdragon S4 (using the Adreno 225), Snapdragon 400 (using the Adreno 305), Snapdragon 600 (using the Adreno 320), Snapdragon 800 and 801 (using the Adreno 330), and Snapdragon 805 (using the Adreno 420).
The Sims 4 has now been launched, and as you can imagine, there are pirated copies being downloaded. The pirated versions of The Sims 4 has seen EA use some anti-piracy measures, where the pirated version of The Sims 4 seeing a massive injection of pixels, making it look like a retro mess.
The pixels kick in when a Sim steps into the shower, or gets naked for whatever reason. But the pirated versions of the game will see pixels continue to expand and blur, where it will eventually cover the entire screen. The results? What you see in the screenshot above. EA has had many customers already complain on The Sims 4's official forums about their "broken" copy of the game, but EA has said that they have no plans to help these customers enjoy their pirated version of the game, and to just purchase the legit copy if they don't like their pixelated experience.