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Oculus VR won't block porn content aimed at Oculus Rift owners

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 2 days, 12 hours ago

Rejoice! Oculus VR won't block pornography on the Rift virtual reality headset, in a change of pace from Facebook's typical stance on adult-themed content shared through the social networking website.




"The [Oculus] Rift is an open platform," said Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus VR, while speaking during a tech conference in Silicon Valley. "We don't control what software can run on it." It was an open and honest answer from Luckey, as panelists representing other companies with VR hardware carefully tried to dodge similar questions.


Even so, Facebook will still have full control of all apps and software available in the Oculus Store - but won't block third-party apps that provide porn. The decision means adult entertainment producers can create their own channels to release Rift-based porn apps if they choose to do so.

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Exclusive: Razer changes up RazerStore give aways due to public outcry

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 2 days, 13 hours ago

After the RazerStore grand opening in the Syntrend Mall in Taipei was shut down due to overcrowding and safety concerns, Razer announced a change in their give away policy for upcoming days, stating that members of the public should come dressed in Razer promotional gear or products in order to win further free things.



A person with information on the matter and who was present on the initial release day spoke to us about their account of what happened, claiming that the reason Razer changed up this policy was not only to entice users to proudly display their Razer logo to the rest of the audience, but because many of the over-crowding issues derived from non-gamers and people not interested in the company, but random members of the public of whom wished to score a free treat.


Due to this being no where near part of their target audience, after the shut down Razer re-focused their plan and announced that "the Razer community team on location plans to issue swag on a discretionary basis, honoring fans who come equipped with Razer gear, such as Razer Kraken headphones, shirts, bags and the likes" as seen in the latest issued press release.

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New Razer Taiwan store opening shut down due to massive crowds

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 2 days, 13 hours ago

Thanks to Razer's massive fan-base, hundreds of fans flocked to the opening of the RazerStore in the Syntrend Mall in Taipei, Taiwan. Due to so many people turning up, the mall management ordered Razer to suspend its launch activities including give-aways of promotional materials and some peripherals.



In order to appease fans, Razer has offered free Nabu X wearables to the first 250 attendees of each day on the 16th and 17th of May, announcing that the store will be open at normal business hours from 11am until 10pm on these days.


In the future fans can also enter in the running to win special promotional bags if they attend this event wearing Razer merchandising or products on their person while special events are taking place.

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Status of Grand Theft Auto V Story Mode DLC still remains unclear

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 14 hours ago

Grand Theft Auto 5 Story Mode DLC could be arriving at some point after all, as Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick reportedly misspoke during a recent conversation with an analyst.




Here is what Zelnick said to the analyst after being asked about the Story Mode DLC: "No, we haven't discussed any story-based downloadable content. We did talk about the Heist and they've been released."


Rockstar posted a statement last April that mentioned the GTA V Story Mode DLC, promising "some very exciting Story Mode DLC," even though it was never officially announced by the company.

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ASUS shows off the powerful ZenBook Pro UX501 with an NVIDIA GTX 960M

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: 2 days, 14 hours ago

Alongside showcasing its new flagship ZenFone 2 smartphone and the ultra-portable world's thinnest ZenBook UX305 in Manhattan recently, ASUS CEO Jonney Shih also talked about the powerful ZenBook Pro UX501.




Packing an NVIDIA GTX 960M video card and backed by an Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor, this laptop contains a massive 16GB of RAM and supports 4K/UHD video playback. Marketed with 3D rendering and gaming in mind, the 15.6-inch touch display allows you to play away at a 3860 x 2160 resolution coupled with an 178-degree viewing angle.


Offering a PCI-E SSD up to 512GB in capacity, ASUS claim this to be the world's fastest, boasting read and write speeds of up to 1400MB/s - listed as twice as fast as competing PCI-E x2 models.

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Ex-Mass Effect director Casey Hudson joins Microsoft HoloLens team

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 2 days, 14 hours ago

Casey Hudson, former BioWare executive and creative director of Mass Effect, will join Microsoft to serve as creative director for HoloLens, Xbox and "other awesome projects." Hudson will reportedly spend most of his time focused on HoloLens, serving as creative director for the blossoming project.




"I am particularly excited about working on HoloLens," Hudson said in a statement. "I was fortunate to try an early prototype of HoloLens before it was announced, and I was blown away by the technology and what it was already capable of. Walking on Mars while sipping coffee in an office setting, Skyping with a friend who can draw on the walls of my environment, sculpting an object in 3D modeling software while a hologram of it sits on a table next to me..."


This is a strong effort by Microsoft to bring knowledgeable, passionate people to HoloLens, with the company expecting big things from its augmented reality project. Hudson left BioWare last August, welcoming new challenges, though apparently took some personal time before announcing he was joining Microsoft.

ASUS shows off its new world's slimmest ZenBook, the UX305

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: 2 days, 15 hours ago

If you're interested in something light, small and portable to take along on business trips of for pleasure, ASUS showcased its new ZenBook UX305 alongside the ZenFone 2 extravaganza recently in Manhattan.




Featuring a 13.3-inch QHD+ screen, an Intel Core M processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD to round it all off, ASUS claims this model weighs in at only 2.64lbs and measures just 0.48 inches thick.


The IPS multi-touch display will run at 3200 x 1800 pixels and supports wide viewing angles which compliments the three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, a bundled USB-to-Ethernet adapter and a mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter all located in the overall package.

ASUS pushes the ZenFone 2 to the American and Canadian markets

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 16 hours ago

After announcing its ZenFone 2 recently to much acclaim, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih has told users in the United States and Canada to expect this product in their hands soon.




Taking place at an event in Manhattan, the event was all about showing off the ZenFone 2 and new ZenBook alongside artistic and acrobatic dance performances to help drive home ASUS' flair for this smartphone.


This new flagship phone comes packed with a 13MP camera, dual-SIM capabilities and will be offered to the United States public contract-free. Confident in its design, Shih stated that his new product is the "striking the perfect balance of beauty, functionality, and performance" adding that the "ZenFone 2 embodies every aspect of the ASUS In Search of Incredible brand spirit to provide an unparalleled experience to users."

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Study: Want students to learn better? Get rid of the smartphones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 17 hours ago

Most students are not allowed - or, well, not supposed to - use their smartphones in school, as they can cause significant distractions. It turns out, removing smartphones in schools helps add the equivalent of up to one class room week of studying time each school year, according to a study from Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy.




Their research was published by the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance, and reported 16-year-old students performed 6.41 percent better when smartphones are banned. The study took a look at four cities in the UK and is the latest fuel on the fire for school administrators - trying to find ways to keep mobile phone usage under control.


"We found that not only did student achievement improve, but also that low-achieving and low-income students gained the most," according to researchers. "We found the impact of banning phones for these students was equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days."

Fractal Design releases its Define R5 Blackout Edition chassis

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 2 days, 17 hours ago

Compared to the standard Define R5 model, this Blackout Edition will supply you with blacked out PCI slot covers, HDD trays and clips, SSD brackets, a white power LED and all black dynamic GP-14 fans.




Released in a windowed or windowless version, the window option comes in a tinted theme, selling the whole blacked out theme.


Setting you back $109.99 and $119.99 respectively when on the shelves soon, Fractal claims that this case also features its ModuVent fan vent covers and all black Dynamic Series fans in order to provide you with a quieter and cooler experience.

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