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Twitter hires ex-Apple UI designer to lead its VR and AR division

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 5:05 am

Twitter is shifting in an interesting direction, confirming with Engadget that it has acquired Alessandro Sabatelli as its new Director of VR and AR.




Sabatelli will lead the new AR team within Twitter Cortex, which is the social network's upstart machine-learning division. You know, the 140-character limit version of Skynet. Sabatelli was previously over at Apple as a UI designer, credited with helping create the iTunes visualizer. He also worked with IXOMOXI, which is a startup that focused on developing contextual overlays for both VR and AR systems.


Twitter also recently acquired Magic Pony Technology earlier this month for $150 million, a company based in London which has developed techniques to use neural networks to improve lower quality images.

4K UltraHD Blu-ray disc sales off to a roaring start

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 4:14 am

The launch of the UltraHD Blu-ray format has convincingly defied the notion that physical discs are dead, with the first crop of titles posting very strong initial sales.




According to Variety, the format has moved 228,000 discs in the United States since the first discs were released in March, a figure that eclipses Blu-ray sales during it's own launch period back in 2006 by a factor of 4. Warner Bros, one of the most bullish studios who have supported the format with heavy hitters such as 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' see great potential in the format. Ron Sanders, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution remarked "The new Ultra HD format with HDR allows us to give audiences the best-quality picture and sound available at home today... filmmakers and consumers alike are excited about the way we are able to present our films to home viewers. It is truly the closest thing to what the filmmaker intended."


With some big releases heading to the format in the coming months, including 'Independence Day Resurgence', 'X-Men Apocalypse', 'Warcraft' and catalogue favourites like 'Watchmen' and 'Labyrinth', there'll be plenty of content to look at when our 4K UltraHD Blu-ray reviews launch in a few weeks time.

Microsoft has made over 1 million Xbox One Elite Controllers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 3:29 am

Microsoft's Xbox One Elite Controller is a damn good controller, with the company hitting an important milestone this week: over one million Xbox One Elite Controller's have been manufactured, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer.



Spencer took to Twitter, saying: "Great milestone, our one millionth Xbox Elite controller. Thanks to all who have supported". The one millionth controller is special, as it actually says "1,000,000" on the controller itself. Microsoft released the Xbox One Elite Controller in October 2015, quickly becoming a favorite amongst gamers who didn't mind spending $150 on a peripheral for their Xbox One.

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WB delays Batman: Return to Arkham, devs need more time to polish

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 1:53 am

Warner Bros. can't catch a break with the Batman Arkham series, with the new Batman: Return to Arkham game delayed. It was set to arrive on the PS4 and Xbox One as a HD collection of titles, but the company needs more time with the game in order to "deliver a polished Batman Arkham game experience".




The company explained in a statement: "After reviewing the progress of the project, the team at WB Games has decided to delay the release of Batman: Return to Arkham to give the team at Virtuous Games additional time to deliver a polished Batman Arkham game experience. We do not have a release date yet and will be sure to communicate that once we are sure the game will be ready. We know this is disappointing news, but we feel the extra time will allow the team to create the best gaming experience for our fans".


It's disappointing to see, but it's good that Warner Bros. has learnt its lesson in releasing Batman Arkham games when they're not ready. If you remember the release of the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight last year, was riddled with bugs - which most likely forced WB's hand in delaying Return to Arkham. There's no new release date just yet, but when Warner Bros. does provide it, we'll let you guys know.

New Windows 10 Anniversary Update release date leaked

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 28, 2016 9:02 pm

Microsoft has been teasing the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 for many months now, and it appears we finally have a release date. Although late July was expected, a blog post published by the company earlier today read "Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update available Aug. 2", before it was quickly pulled.




The Anniversary Update will bring a variety of improvements and new features to the operating system, including Microsoft Edge extension support, interface changes, Cortana goodies, and much more.

Doom update makes it feel more like the original

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 28, 2016 7:37 pm

A new update is on the way for Doom that changes quite a number of things, but the most interesting is the addition of a classic weapon placement/view model option. What this means is Doomguy's arm and weapon will now be hard locked to the center of the screen, as it was in the original Doom, lending it an oldschool feel.




Other changes in the patch -- which launches June 30 on all platforms -- include an in-game screenshot option, all unlocks displayed in multiplayer, SnapMap improvements, matchmaking improvements, bug fixes, and more.

Overwatch Competitive Mode launches on PC

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 28, 2016 6:01 pm

Overwatch's Competitive Mode looks to be going public today, following last week's beta test. The news was discovered by one French-speaking European player who noticed a new set of patch notes dated for today in the client, although it doesn't appear the patch itself has gone out anywhere just yet.




Competitive Mode in Overwatch means rankings and seasons for those interested in a challenge and seeing where they stand on a global stage, as well as golden weapons and other rewards.


Other changes in the patch include another Widowmaker nerf (her ultimate callout can now be heard globally), improved performance, removal of the "avoid player" option (which was borking matchmaking and causing great players to have to wait ages to get into a game), and various bug fixes, among other changes.

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Amazon says you can have an Oculus Rift by tomorrow

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 28, 2016 4:52 pm

I still know dozens of people who are waiting on their Oculus Rift pre-orders from January to ship out, but Amazon says you can have the $599 VR headset in your hands by tomorrow.




The Virtual Reality group on Facebook just made us wise to the availability on Amazon. Although we're unsure what kind of quantities we're looking at, the Rift is being sold by Amazon directly, not a shifty 3rd party. I even successfully added it to my cart and had the option of selecting next-day shipping.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 rumors begin, on the eve of the Radeon RX 480

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 28, 2016 3:26 pm

On the eve of AMD's launch of the Radeon RX 480, we find ourselves standing down the barrel of rumors surrounding the purported GeForce GTX 1060, a new mid-range offering powered by NVIDIA's Pascal architecture.




The rumors are showing off a new GTX 1060 Founders Edition card, which has a smaller PCB while the cooler extending past the end of the PCB. It looks very similar to the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, with metal and plastic frames used in silver and black. As for performance, surely NVIDIA is betting that the GeForce GTX 1060 will beat the Radeon RX 480, but the Radeon RX 480 is here right now - how long until the GTX 1060 can get to the market?