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Virtual reality development still uber pricey, but progress being made

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 31, 2015 8:20 pm

Virtual reality is still very much in its infancy, as many consumers are following the technology, but may not be ready to embrace it just yet. However, there is plenty of development currently underway, though it's just a very small number of companies involved in VR headset production that we can expect to enjoy in the near future.




"It's a very small community [in VR] around here," said Dr. Jonathan Waldern, owner of DigiLens, in a statement to The Guardian. "The cost of development in this realm is so high that very few corporations would take it on. Only the big three - Microsoft, Google, Facebook. Apple is the fourth, but isn't so prominent."


Not surprisingly, consumers interested in embracing VR must be ready to spend - if not for the headsets themselves, but the PC hardware that will allow them to support a fully enjoyable VR experience. It's expected gaming, movies, and other sectors will continue to see increasing VR interest, though it will take some time.

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Konami outlines some of its plans for transition to mobile gaming

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 31, 2015 7:33 pm

Konami is undergoing a management battle and the company itself has reconfirmed plans to make mobile gaming a stronger focus. Despite an established presence in console gaming, the Japanese company wants to cash in on mobile games, hoping to win over consumers - and have them pay for in-game items and add-ons.




"Although Konami shifted strategy in this way several years ago, we found it difficult to fully adopt this approach, so we have been accelerating our efforts to catch up with the trend since I assumed the position of Vice President last July," said Hideki Hayakawa, representative director and president at Konami Digital Entertainment, in a statement to Nikkei.


It's unknown if free-to-play is an approach they will utilize, or if they want to further monetize by offering in-game perks to its customers.

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Researchers: Identifying Tor users isn't as hard as many think

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 31, 2015 6:44 pm

Independent researcher George Tankersley and CloudFlare security team member Filippo Valsorda again showed how Tor users are not as secure as they wish.




Speaking during the Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam, the researchers said motivated users can subvert anonymous access to the service. Hackers can identify the original location of users by operating rogue HSDir (hidden service directory) nodes that are required - with two sets of three needed to connect to the hidden service - with four days of operation to be marked as a "trusted" HSDir node.


A malicious HSDir instead of an exit node can be used in the process, making it easy to attack hidden service users.

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Another gaming company backs female-only tournaments

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 31, 2015 6:22 pm

CEVO, a mainstay in the counter-strike scene globally for many years, has also thrown its backing behind female-only gaming tournaments by announcing an involvement in the ESWC Female qualifiers.




The main event was covered by us recently and ESWC has been running these female-only counter-strike style tournaments for quite some time now. This latest installment is set to feature a $15,000 prize pool and will happen on July 9-10.


CEVO will be running qualifiers on June 6-7 starting at noon CEST/EST time and you can sign-up or find out more information for yourself on the official website.

Android factory reset isn't removing all of your data, all of the time

By: Chris Smith | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 31, 2015 5:14 pm

A reported 500 million or more Android phones have current issues within their factory reset procedures, with Cambridge University researchers Laurent Simon and professor Ross Anderson reporting that all of your data may not be completely wiped when carrying out this operation.




These researchers were able to recover data even when full-disk encryption was switched on, reporting the ability to recall data at will after factory resets were carried out. They further discovered that the file storing decryption keys on the tested phones were not removed through a factory reset, meaning that with access to this file, a hacker is able to recover the 'crypto folder' enabling them to "brute-force the user's PIN offline and decrypt the device" as reported by IT news.


The 500 million phone number is an estimate and is coupled with an estimate of 630 million phones not properly deleting SD card data.

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One mans trash is anothers treasure - 260k Apple gem found in the bin

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 31, 2015 3:12 pm

A lady has unknowingly left her Apple computer worth around $260,000 at a recycling plant in Silicon Valley and the vice president of Clean Bay Area, Victor Gichun, has been looking for her.




This computer was cleaned out of her late husbands garage and left in one of many boxes, with this gem going unnoticed for weeks at the plant.


Gichun told the NBC in an interview that they "thought it was fake" at first, adding "we really couldn't believe our eyes" when it was confirmed as a massive piece of technology history.

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An artist impression shows off a would-be iPhone from 1985

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 31, 2015 1:51 pm

Calling Ronald Reagan, the Yugo and Rock 'n' Roll - can you imagine what an iPhone would look like back in the 1980s?




Well someone can and here's what they think it would look like. This 'Macintosh Phone 512Kb' is designed by Pierre Cerveau and features a pristine 'Flick to Dial' keypad and roughly seems to resemble a Nintendo GameBoy in size and thickness. Perhaps a little thin for how it would have really looked, it's an awesome concept either way.


I wouldn't mind 3d-printing one of these and throwing it up on display - I'm sure there are a lot of my friends that would believe this product is real too!

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The Witcher 3 is massive, with over 950 speaking roles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 31, 2015 1:43 pm

Just how big is The Witcher 3? Huge. The RPG is so large that it has over 450,000 lines which required 950 speaking roles. Side, a voice production company, was hired to handle all of the voice roles in CD Projekt Red's ambitious RPG, where it took over two and a half years to record the dialogue alone.




Senior writer on The Witcher 3, Borys Pugacz-Muraszkiewicz, talked about the game's vocal directors, where he said: "masters of the human psyche and heart, with a keen ear for language in its many regional and social variations". So if you had any doubts in how massive in scale The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is, with two and a half years behind the game in voice recording alone, it makes it one of the biggest games of all time.

Project Soli: Google's upcoming gesture control for wearables

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 31, 2015 12:07 pm

With Google I/O 2015 now over, one of the more interesting things that the Google ATAP team unveiled was Project Soli. Project Soli is a Kinect-like system that is also similar to Leap Motion, where it will eventually see gesture-based controls to Android wearables.



Project Soli uses a "broad beam radar to measure doppler image, IQ and spectrogram" reports Engadget. The chip itself recognizes movement, velocity and distance, which can all be programmed to change the input based on that distance. This will see gesture-based controls on mobile devices in the near future, with hand motions that would be quite natural, something that Technical Program Lead from ATAP, Ivan Poupyrev, explains as: "What we propose is that you use a hand motions vocabulary".


The Project Soli chip itself features a 60Hz radar spectrum, going nuts at 10,000 frames per second. The final chip will feature everything required to be plug and play, including the antennas. ATAP says that the device can be made to scale, and that they are still working on finalizing the board. The team has already gotten the device from the size of a pizza box, to around the size of an SD card in just 10 months time. Project Soli will hopefully be rolled out to developers later this year.

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ASRock teases two of its upcoming Z170 motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 31, 2015 10:38 am

We're only a couple of days away from Computex 2015 kicking off, with ASRock showing off two of their upcoming Z170-based motherboards in the form of the Z170 Extreme 7 and Z170 FATAL1TY Gaming K6 motherboards.




These two new boards will feature Intel's new Z170 chipset, which will handle the company's upcoming Skylake processors which are launching in Q3 2015. ASRock has spent some time on the design of the new Z170 motherboards, with a slick new look for these Skylake-powered motherboards. The boards use the LGA 1151 socket, with these new Z170-based motherboards supporting DDR4 RAM.


The ASRock Z170 Extreme 7 motherboard will feature four DDR4 DIMMs, SATA 10Gbps support, SATA Express, USB 3.0, Ultra M.2 support, and much more. ASRock has deployed its Purity Sound 3 design on an isolated part of the PCB, so you shouldn't have any interference with your audio on the Z170 Extreme 7.




The gaming series motherboard from ASRock, the Z170 Gaming K6, is part of the company's FATAL1TY branded motherboards. This motherboard is similar to the Extreme 7, but it sports a black and red theme. We have the same four DDR4 DIMMs, SATA Express, USB 3.0, Ultra M.2, and all that jazz.

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