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VRDC will precede GDC 2016 for all things VR game development

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: 4 days, 7 hours ago

The Game Developers Conference is really beginning to pick up steam, with virtual reality headset makers using the conference to catapult their new VR headsets into the eyes of consumers.

 

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The company behind GDC, UBM Tech, has announced a new standalone Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC) that will be held alongside GDC 2016. VRDC will take place during the first two days of GDC 2016, on March 14-15, with UBM Tech saying that the event will include augmented reality, VR headsets, gaming and much more.

 

UBM Tech said: "Programming for the conference will include valuable content for the burgeoning masses of VR game developers, storytellers, and creators looking to harness the uncharted potential of VR technology for 3D games, CG movies, actual filmed experiences and beyond".

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Hands on with the fully modular Plantronics RIG 500 series headsets

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 4 days, 9 hours ago

Recently I headed down to the Surprise Attack PR agency in Victoria, Australia to check out exactly what Plantronics are looking at releasing in the near future. From stellar beginnings including "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" being broadcasted through the help of a Plantronics product, this audio company is looking to help step up the gaming scene with its new RIG 500 series of fully modular headsets.

 

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Mainly pictured in this article is the RIG 500e. Coming in as the top of the range model with the most options, expect it to he hitting retail shelves soon for a MSRP of $149 ($199 AU in Australia). The 500e is endorsed by the ESL and is known as the eSports edition. Coming jam-packed with features, included in the package is a fully modular design, a closed-earcup with soft leatherette padding, an open-earcup with cloth padding and an in-line extension unit which includes a 24-bit Dolby 7.1 surround-sound USB sound card.

 

All headsets across the range include fully modular design, a microphone that mutes when flipped up and the ability to mix and match your accessories later in life. The standard RIG 500 headset will set you back $59 ($99 AU in Australia), with the middle option 500HD costing $99 ($129 in Australia), but if you're wanting to add the extra ear cups, 7.1 support or change your headband to something awesome in the future when your finances permit - you will be able to log on to the Plantronics website and pick and chose parts as you see fit.

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BMW, Apple to rekindle relationship, possible car development?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 4 days, 11 hours ago

Apple and BMW are reportedly closer to rebuilding a relationship working with one another, but BMW wants to be careful to avoid becoming a supplier of vehicle technology to the Silicon Valley tech company.

 

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Apple CEO Tim Cook previously met with BMW last year, with executives touring the German automaker's Leipzig facility. Analysts believe, with more auto drivers seeking connectivity and intelligent features in their vehicles, BMW must find ways to learn from the technology industry.

 

The report indicates BMW is interested in providing licensing, while Apple wanted to learn additional details regarding tooling and production. Nothing has been discussed about BMW developing a vehicle with Apple, as the US company seems interested in creating an electric car to compete with Tesla.

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Latest Apple rumor: company will announce new Apple TV in September

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 4 days, 12 hours ago

Apple is gearing up to announce the latest version of its Apple TV set-top box in September, following a reported delay that prevented it from being unveiled during the Worldwide Developers Conference.

 

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The Apple TV currently available was first launched in 2012, so a revamped model wouldn't be too surprising. If true, expect to see faster hardware, larger storage, a new remote, and updated operating system able to support Siri commands.

 

If you're interested in the current Apple TV, you can pick one up for just $69.

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MMA fighter Paul Daley enjoys using social media to interact with fans

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 4 days, 13 hours ago

Social media can be an extremely powerful marketing tool used for promotion, and that is evident by the number of celebrities, athletes, and other public figures using Twitter, Facebook, and other networks.

 

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TweakTown recently chatted with Paul Daley, a popular - yet polarizing - English mixed martial arts (MMA) and kickboxing specialist. The fighter, sporting a 37-13-2 MMA record and 20-3 kickboxing record, most recently defeated Dennis Olson during Bellator 140 earlier this month. Daley is quite active on Facebook, sharing news updates about training, upcoming fights, and news that combat sports fans have shaed with him.

 

"Social media has taught me that it's good to be yourself," Daley told TweakTown. "People have an idea of how a fighter's life is, [but if] they really want to know and follow."

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NVIDIA recalling Shield tablets because of possible fire hazard

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 4 days, 15 hours ago

NVIDIA has issued a voluntary recall for its SHIELD 8" gaming tablets, sold between July 2014 and July 2015, due to a possible fire hazard. Owners of the device, which numbers close to 90,000, are urged to stop using the device - except to back up data and participate in the recall.

 

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Four cases have been recorded so far, including two where the lithium-ion battery left physical damage to floors.

 

NVIDIA is replacing all units returned, due to the tablet battery overheating. Shield owners are asked to visit the following URL: http://tabletrecall.expertproductinquiry.com/ to learn how to ship back your unit, and receive a new one.

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Developers felt the pressure while creating Star Wars Battlefront

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 16 hours ago

DICE had its hands full while developing Star Wars Battlefront, understanding it's going to be nearly impossible to please all long-time fans of the iconic movie franchise.

 

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"Our job has been to create a shooter that springs out of the IP of Star Wars and not the IP of DICE," said Patrick Bach, GM of DICE, in an interview with GamesIndustry International. "It's not supposed to be a DICE game, per se, it's supposed to have the DICE qualities but it's a Star Wars game first and foremost. That's the bigger challenge, first of all to figure out - what is the difference between this and that?"

 

"We chose to create this because we want to create this experience, and this is the emotion we want to evoke so this is what we're focusing on. And that pitch is really hard because Star Wars is so many things. If you try to do everything then everyone will be a little bit disappointed. Instead we are staying true to what we think is the right thing for this game."

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Bungie drops ban hammer on hundreds of Destiny cheaters

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 16 hours ago

Bungie dropped the banhammer down on hundreds of people cheating in Destiny, with the Security Response Team booting people off of Crucible PvP.

 

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Specifically, the latest round of banned players were responsible for "manipulating network traffic," and Bungie would prefer players not even know what that means - saying "we love you. Never change."

 

"We're committed to protecting Destiny against cheaters," Bungie noted. "Enjoy your game. Just play it fair. That's all we ask. Short of your own commitment to honor, we'll take action ourselves. It's not a think we enjoy doing - and certainly something we'll never quantify or describe in agonizing detail. The damned shall remain anonymous - their nefarious actions a mystery."

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WikiLeaks says the United States spied on Japan, a close Asian ally

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 days, 17 hours ago

WikiLeaks has published "Target Tokyo," listing 35 "Top Secret NSA targets" located in Japan, including intercepts from US-Japan relations, trade negotiations and sensitive climate change strategy.

 

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The United States spied on companies such as Mitsubishi and Matsui, Japanese government officials, ministries and senior advisers to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration. Other targets included the Japanese Cabinet Office switchboard, Japanese Central Bank officials, governors, and other high-ranking officials.

 

"In these documents we see the Japanese government worrying in private about how much or how little to tell the United States, in order to prevent undermining of its climate change proposal or its diplomatic relationship," said Julian Assange, Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks. "And yet we now know that the United States heard everything and read everything, and was passing around the deliberations of Japanese leadership to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK."

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3 Reasons This Game Developer Bundle Is a Beginner's Dream

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 4 days, 18 hours ago

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As if that weren't reason enough to snag it ASAP, we've got three more reasons you'll want this bundle:

 

1. You'll learn how to create code for your game or app that can be deployed across any device with the 5-course HTML5 bundle.

 

2. You'll learn how to create 2D and 3D animations and special effects with the four-course Unity3D bundle.

 

3. You can even learn how to create a game without actually coding it. We're including a five-course bundle that teaches you how to use intuitive software platforms like Stencyl and Construct 2 to drag and drop features into your game.

 

Now you've got the tools-the next step is yours. Pay what you want for this three-bundle, 15-course deal at TweakTown Deals.

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