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Oculus unveils its Rift Devkit 2, opens pre-orders for $350

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 11:43 pm

Today Oculus unveiled the second generation of its Rift development kit, and it appears to be a major improvement over its predecessor. The Oculus Rift Devkit 2 is an upgraded, and refreshed version of the company's original virtual reality headset, and boast many new features and improvements over the original Oculus Rift.

 

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The new Oculus Rift DevKit 2 features better latency, better frame rates, and a higher resolution (960x1080 per eye) that is said to greatly reduce the infamous screen-door effect experienced on the original Oculus Rift. Positional head tracking has been greatly improved and is now accurate down to less than a millimeter, and the new screen is a low persistence OLED display that virtually eliminates motion blur and judder.

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Intel unveils plans for desktop processor lineups and mini PCs

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 10:47 pm

Intel unveiled its plans for its entire lineup of desktop processors and All-in-One PC systems as the company believes that desktop PC is getting stronger. The company started by pointing some facts observed during 2013 and 2014, which some people may not (or may) find it surprising.

 

According to company's statements, Intel's desktop processor volume was up by 7$ on a Year-on-Year basis as per Q4 2013's results. The following month, Intel observed that they've made an All-time record for its Core i5 and Core i7 unit shipments, as Brian Krzanich in January 2014.

 

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This should explain why Intel accelerated its plans to release its Haswell-E lineups and Intel X99 lineups well before than previously expected. Since the company sees a certain upward growth in the DIY PC and enthusiast market, it only makes sense to offer the best they have as quick as possible, provided its all ready for retail.

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DICE has released the official trailer for Battlefield 4 Naval Strike

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 10:22 pm

DICE has just released the official trailer for Battlefield 4's upcoming Naval Strike Expansion, and WOW was it worth the wait. Naval Strike brings in four new maps, a new game mode, and a new vehicle plus a treasure trove of new weapons, assignments, and achievements to Battlefield 4. Perhaps the biggest addition is the new Carrier Assault game mode which is reminiscent of the old Titan Mode found in Battlefield 2142.

 

 

The trailer above illustrates the new maps well, and we can even see that some ancient cannons are able to be fired from some of the map's fortresses. Only in battlefield are you able to take down a modern fighter jet with a historic cannon! Naval Strike is expected to drop next week for Battlefield 4 Premium subscribers, and two weeks later, arrive to the rest of Battlefield 4 players.

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G.SKILL set to host the largest single cash prize in OC event history

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 9:10 pm

G.SKILL has announced that it will be hosting the 2014 G.SKILL OC World Cup overclocking contest. Winner of the contest will receive $10,000 in cash, one of the largest single cash prizes in competitive overclocking History. The G.SKILL OC World Cup will take place during the 2014 Computex trade-show held in Taipei Taiwan.

 

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To qualify for the event, online qualifiers will be held at HWBOT between March 24th and and April 27th which will include 3 Benchmarks including highest memory frequency, SuperPi 32M, and 3DMark Fire Strike. This will determine the top six online qualifiers to compete in the live finals at Computex 2014. "OC World Cup 2014 will be a great opportunity for extreme overclockers to showcase their skills to the world and a chance to take home the largest single cash prize in OC history, so overclockers better step up their game for a shot to win USD $10,000!" commented by Frank Hung - Product Marketing at G.SKILL

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RumorTT: Nintendo's next-gen console will blend portable with console

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 7:02 pm

Details have emerged this morning on what could be Nintendo's next-gen console. The new rumors come from a website Gaminrealm, and states that the an industry insider gave them exacting specs on Nintendo's successor to its mediocre Wii U console. Please remember that all rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, especially when the rumor originated with unamed sources.

 

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Nintendo is reportedly referencing the whole project under the name fusion, with the console being titled Fusion Terminal and the controller / handheld getting the Fusion DS moniker. The reports do state that Nintendo's R&D department would like to keep these names as they are exciting a fresh which could breath new life into a stale company. Oddly enough, the system will be based off of an IBM processor and an AMD GPU while the controller / handheld will be based on ARM Cortex-A8 architecture. The full list of specs have been copied below, but keep in mind that these could change at any moment, or could be completely different as we speak.

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2013 set malware record, average of 82,000 new threats every day

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 5:42 pm

Malware tormented users at record levels in 2013, with 20 percent of all malware ever created just last year alone, averaging 82,000 new threats per year, according to Panda Security.

 

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Cybercriminals are targeting both PCs and mobile devices, and custom pieces of malware such as ransomware also are increasing in popularity. Seven of 10 new security threats were customized Trojans, with 21 million new variants created and released into the wild in 2013.

 

"It seems that cybercriminals managed to infect more computers with Trojans in 2013 than in previous years," according to Panda Labs. "In 2011, Trojans accounted for 66 percent of all computer infections, whereas this percentage rose to 76 percent in 2012. The growing trend was confirmed in 2013."

 

Although malware is a global problem, China, Turkey and Ecuador face the highest number of infections, according to Panda Labs, with nine of the 10 least infected countries found in Europe.

Valve's documentary, Free to Play, now available on Steam and Twitch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 5:00 pm

Valve's highly anticipated documentary, Free to Play, launched this morning to great fanfare. The documentary follows three aspiring professional gamers as they prepare to play for the first $1 million prize ever awarded in a video game tournament. The game of choice is Dota 2, one of the most popular online games in the world with over 7 million active monthly players. We went into detail about Free to Play earlier this year, and you can find that article here.

 

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Valve says that more than 600,000 viewers pre-loaded the documentary last night in anticipation of the launch, and that public viewing parties were organized all over the world, including the Crest Theater in Los Angeles, California. You can find Free to Play on Steam, Twitch, YouTube, and iTunes for free beginning today. I haven't had the chance to watch the documentary yet, but it will be queued up before I head to bed tonight.

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Red Bull Stratos capsule and spacesuit goes to Smithsonian

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 4:08 pm

Back in 2012, Red Bull sponsored a daredevil named Felix Baumgartner and his quest to skydive from the edge of space. Felix jumped from a special capsule wearing a space suit at an altitude of around 120,000 feet. The mission was a success and Felix made it to the ground unscathed.

 

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In the process, he became the first person to break the speed of sound without an aircraft. What scientist learned during the freefall will also help them to design systems that may make high-altitude escape more survivable for astronauts and pilots in the future.

 

Recently Red Bull announced that the space suit worn by Baumgartner and the Stratos capsule would become part of the permanent collection at The Smithsonian. The artifacts will be part of the Red Bull Stratos: Mission to the Edge of Space exhibit.

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Samsung NX mini mirrorless camera packs 20.5MP resolution

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 3:34 pm

Samsung has rolled out a new digital camera called the Samsung NX Mini with 20.5MP resolution. The camera is billed as the world's slimmest and lightest interchangeable lens camera. The camera also has Wi-Fi and NFC tech inside. The thickness of the camera is 22.5mm and the body only weighs in at 158g.

 

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The camera is designed to let those that like to take selfies do so with better quality. The camera has a 3-inch flip up and touch display that flips 180-degrees allowing the user to frame themselves perfectly. The lens on the camera is 9mm wide and has a wide angle so you can get a group shot by holding the camera at arm's length.

 

Samsung made the camera able to shoot continuously at 6 fps and the camera has a 1/16000 second shutter speed to freeze fast action. The camera has a number of automatic and manual modes for photography and video.

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Doctor Who LEGO kit needs your votes on Cuusoo

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Humor & WTF | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 2:56 pm

I have been a fan of LEGO since I was a kid. I have started more than one brawl over the last set of LEGO wheels in my day. If you are a fan of LEGO and a fan of the long running science fiction show Doctor Who, you need to hop over to the LEGO Cuusoo site and vote right now.

 

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If you aren't familiar with the Cuusoo site, this is where people can submit unofficial LEGO designs for building kits and with enough support, they can become official kits. This is how the currently available Back to the Future Kits got their start.

 

A guy named Andrew Clark has designed a slick Doctor Who kit that needs 10,000 votes to be considered for the real-world. Clark designs video games for a living, but should add LEGO designer to his resume. The LEGO kit he designed has a tardis, Dalek, and a K9 unit as well. It will have two doctors to suit the tastes of fans of the old series and new among other things.

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