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San Jose's Cogswell College announces VR/AR certificate program

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 30, 2016 8:12 am

The future is VR, with the San Jose Cogswell College announcing its new Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) Certificate Program with the school adding that it's the first of its kind to do so.




Jerome Solomon, Cogswell's Dean of the College & Director of Game Design and Development, explains: "We look forward to helping the industry make sense of the exciting recent developments in virtual reality. We recognize the pain of developing around emerging VR/AR systems while at the same time the gaming industry has always led the way in finding applications for new technologies".


The new program will also cover Perceptual/Cognitive Aspects of VR/AR; HCI Design; Design for VR; and Project-Based Iterative Application. Timothy Duncan, DMA, Professor, Director of Digital Audio Technology said: "VR and AR are quickly emerging as leading areas for content and technology development. In keeping with Cogswell's 130-year tradition of educational excellence, we are offering this brand new set of VR & AR classes to help our students bridge the preparation gap by working with these trending and ground-breaking new technologies today".

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Nintendo NX will launch with a 'full software lineup'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2016 6:23 am

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima promises the new NX console will launch with a full assortment of launch games, and that the system will have a long lifespan. In fact, the main reason Nintendo is releasing the NX in March 2017 instead of 2016 is so the NX has enough launch games. Nintendo is rightly choosing to expand the NX's debut library instead of rushing the console out for the holiday season.




"The NX's software lineup will be built-up. Having a full software lineup when the hardware launches is one reason for the #NX launch timing," Kimishima said at Nintendo's investor's meeting (as translated by Cheesemeister 3K)."Also, we must be in a state to release titles not just at launch, but continually afterwards."


Nintendo has learned a lot from the Wii U business model. The company is taking its time to formulate a new plan of action based on careful consideration and methodical evaluation. One of the many changes sees Nintendo abandoning inconsistent, fractured games releases, instead pushing out a steady stream of content for NX owners.

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Apple stock is tanking, with large investor pulling his money out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2016 6:11 am

Wealthy investor Carl Icahn, has pulled his entire investment out of Apple stock. With Icahn being one of Apple's biggest backers, claiming multiple times that Apple stock was undervalued, and offers more to investors than meets the eye - well, Icahn has pulled his stock and it's making headlines.




Just a month ago, Apple stock was trading at $110, and now it's sitting at $93.74 at the time of writing. How much did Icahn hold in Apple stock? Well, he owned around 0.83% of Apple stock - which is a huge portion of stock for a single investor, which was valued at an insane $4.5 billion. Late last year, Icahn sold around $700 million worth of shares, but this time it was a much bigger chunk.


The reason Icahn sold his Apple stock? Apple is facing issues in China, which are struggling to create devices for the middle class - you know, the people who can't afford $1000 smartphones. This is why Apple has shifted into devices like the iPhone SE, but it hasn't been enough. Apple recently reported that their revenue decreased for the first time in 13 years, due to falling iPhone demand across the world.

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PC gaming continues to make more money than consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2016 4:27 am

While the entire gaming market has shifted to mobile and consoles in terms of AAA game development, the PC is still a powerhouse when it comes to profits.




According to Newzoo's latest Global Games Market Report, we have the latest sales numbers on mobile, PC and console gaming. PC gaming is more profitable than console gaming, but mobile gaming blows them both away. Newzoo's Global Games Market Forecast Model projects gamer numbers and revenues per segment, region and screen on a global, regional, and country level. The report also shows the share of paying gamers and average spend in the same granularity.





The company explains in the report: "These projections are analyzed in various ways, comparing year-on-year growth rates, market share, CAGRs and absolute amounts in USD between the regions and segments, as well as the development of specific regions or segments in time. These projections are compared to available third-party sources on a local or global level. Given the pace of the developments in the games industry, Newzoo reviews its conclusions and assumptions every quarter, taking into account newly available data and insights. Before publication of any data, Newzoo also performs validation checks in various ways including comparison against historic internal data, comparison against market figures from alternative sources and validation from several Newzoo clients".

NVIDIA to unveil next-gen GeForce on the same day as Battlefield 5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 30, 2016 2:21 am

Can you believe how exciting the next month is going to be? First, we've heard that NVIDIA will be unveiling its next-gen GeForce video cards in the next week, and on the same day - EA will unveil the next generation Battlefield 5. Yes, it's happening on the same day. We only reported a few hours ago that NVIDIA will have partner cards on retail shelves in June, too.




EA will be unveiling Battlefield 5 at its world premiere event this week on May 6, while NVIDIA is reportedly inviting select press from around the world to unveil its new next-gen Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080, and GTX 1070 video cards.


When it comes to the next-gen GPUs from NVIDIA, the GTX 1080 should be quite the beast - with it being much more powerful than the GTX 980 (think Titan X speeds), with it being built on the 16nm FinFET process, the new Pascal architecture and GDDR5X. The upcoming GeForce GTX 1070 will be slightly slower - think less CUDA cores, and the use of GDDR5, not GDDR5X.

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NVIDIA's next-gen video cards will be available at retail in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 30, 2016 12:24 am

NVIDIA is expected to have a press conference for its next-gen GeForce video cards next week, with a bigger unveiling and launch at Computex in a month. Better yet, consumers will be able to buy NVIDIA's next-gen video cards in June.




According to NordicHardware, NVIDIA will be providing samples of its next-gen hardware to the media (like TweakTown) very soon, so that they can test it before Computex. From there, the partner cards from the likes of ASUS, MSI and ZOTAC will be launched during Computex and thrown onto shelves in June.


There are two different models to expect, replacing the GM204-based parts in the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. These two cards will be Pascal-based, 16nm designs which will arrive as the new GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 - but I'm still not sold on that naming system.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided trailer details augmentations, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 10:17 pm

The latest trailer to Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is here, with Square Enix ushering in the new '101' trailer for its upcoming game, showcasing protagonist Adam Jensen as he "makes sure that the events of the past won't repeat themselves".



Because of the issues between humans and augmented people, the problems that arose in Deus Ex: Human Revolution reach a new tipping point. Jensen is then "forced to operate in a world that has grown to despise his kind". Jensen is investigating some issues in the new trailer, as well as a new look at Jensen's apartment.


Square Enix said in a press release for Mankind Divided: "Armed with a new arsenal of state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations, he must choose the right approach, along with who to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy. You'll also discover both old and new acquaintances, all of which have their own agendas. Whether going rogue or by the book, choices never come without consequences. The truth is still yours to reveal".

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Apple Music update brings videos, family plan to Android

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 7:21 pm

The features Apple Music has had for months are now finally on Android thanks to a new update.




First is video playback, allowing you to watch most music videos and soon, a Vice documentary called "The Score", a new Dr. Dre series named Vital Signs, and an Apple series about app developers.


Then there's family plans: if you're willing to drop $14.99 per month over the standard $9.99, you can share with up to five other people.

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Windows 10 upgrade nag screen interrupts weather lady

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 6:01 pm

Microsoft has been notoriously aggressive with urging users of previous operating systems to upgrade to Windows 10. Between nag screens and upgrades on the sly, they've caused many a headache for those who simply want to stay with what they've got.




Now the issue is in the mainstream as KCCI Channel 8 -- based in Iowa, US -- was interrupted with the aformentioned nag screen during a weather broadcast, to the amusement of viewers and the weather reporter alike. See for yourself above.


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New Apple Music API means endless integration possibilities

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 5:16 pm

Apple has a new API for its Music service which offers a variety of exciting features for developers, allowing them to do all kinds of things they couldn't before.




Among them:


  • See if a user is currently an Apple Music member
  • See which country the user's account is based in
  • Queue up the next song or songs based on a song ID for playback
  • Inspect playlists already in My Music or create a new playlist with a title and description (see App Store Review Guidelines for limitations).

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