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Valve pushed an updated version of Steam into the warm hands of gamers across the world yesterday, but most don't realize that this is actually quite a milestone for the world of virtual reality, or VR.
The latest version of Steam allows you to use a VR headset, such as the Oculus Rift, with Steam's Big Picture interface. Big Picture was originally made for the living room, but with a VR headset on, the interface has a curved screen which hovers in front of your viewpoint, where you can see all of it between games.
This is an interesting development, considering Steam Dev Days starts today. Steam Dev Days will see Valve embrace the world of VR, with rumors of the company unveiling its own VR headset. I don't think we'll see that, but more of a close embrace of all companies working on VR, such as Oculus VR. We should also see Oculus VR's Palmer Luckey on-hand at the event, but unfortunately, no press are invited to the event.
Microsoft has announced it has teamed up with web hosting and domain name company, GoDaddy, in a partnership that will see the two companies offering Microsoft's suite of productivity tools to small business customers.
This deal will also include the ability to easily connect users' domain names to Office e-mail services. It will also see the full suite of Microsoft's Office software, including shared calendars, cloud storage and instant messaging. What do you think of this move? Is it a step in the right direction for each company?
We reported about NVIDIA's latest GeForce 332.21 WHQL drivers when they dropped, but in case you've missed out, we've made them today's Download of the Day. The new drivers can be downloaded right here.
The fresh GeForce 332.21 WHQL drivers include updated SLI profiles, the latest beta of GeForce ShadowPlay, and much more. If you are a GeForce owner, you owe it to yourself to grab the latest drivers. For more downloads, check out our new Downloads section.
We're only days away from Valve hosting its Steam Developer Days, but it looks like the maker of Half-Life is set to unleash its VR SDK into the hands of developers around the world.
The company has hinted that VR support is coming for the few VR headsets and controllers on the market, with a Steam-linked software development kit, or SDK. We should see the VR SDK unveiled during Valve's Steam Dev Days which will take place January 15-16 in Seattle, Washington.
The machine to machine (M2M) industry will grow from a $45 billion market last year to an estimated $242 billion in 2022, according to the Strategy Analytics research group. The healthcare industry, consumer electronics, utilities and vehicles, and emergency all services will quickly control the M2M industry, with companies driving towards better efficiency. M2M helps enable data flow in both wired and wireless systems, with advanced frameworks available for industry specialists needing a customized service.
Healthcare, CE, Utilities and vehicles are areas that will see major revenue growth, through the driving out of inefficiency in existing processes as well as the creation of new service opportunities," said Andrew Brown, Strategy Analytics Executive Director of Enterprise and M2M research at Strategy Analytics, in a statement.
M2M is still in its infancy when compared to the tech market as a whole, but security, mobility, and cost containment are three major concerns. M2M operators need to carefully identify strategic partners and have an appropriate plan to reach newer customers unfamiliar with the benefits of M2M adoption.
NVIDIA has just released its GeForce 332.21 WHQL drivers, which include some new SLI profiles, 3D Vision profiles, performance and stability improvements, and more. For some of the latest games, we have some SLI profiles, which will help with multi-GPU gaming.
We have new SLI profiles for Assetto Corsa, EVE Online (DirectX 11), Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and Thief. We also have 3D Vision profiles for Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Path of Exile. NVIDIA has pushed in some stability improvements, as well as the usual performance improvements for some titles. You can grab the new drivers right here.
CES 2014 - The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 typically brings about joy for consumers and most companies, but Intel confirmed it would rename the McAfee Security brand. John McAfee, founder of the company that he later sold, now has a name of infamy bringing forth rather negative name recognition. Beyond John McAfee's wild personal issues, including a global search, wild spending and obscure blog posts, Intel is clearly interested in just moving forward.
It was just two years ago that Intel said there were no plans to change the McAfee name, but Intel wants to alter the company's public perception. In addition to a name change, product packaging and marketing will also reportedly be revamped.
During the Intel keynote, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said his company will provide mobile security to smartphones, tablets, wearable electronics, and other mobile devices. Intel will release additional details related to the company's free mobile software for smartphone and tablet owners later this year.
Mozilla wants to push the boundaries of all connected devices, and is shifting focus to the living room with its Firefox OS. The open source operating system offers an opportunity to try and break up the rather proprietary and closed world among today's TVs and home entertainment products.
Mozilla and Panasonic will team up to bring the Firefox OS into the living room on smart HDTVs, with other announcements in the near future likely.
"By producing an OS powered by Web technologies and the Web's principles of openness and competition at every layer of the stack, we're applying the full power and flexibility of the Web to the mobile ecosystem for the first time," said Jay Sullivan, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer, in a blog post.
The mobile ecosystem is evolving rapidly, and Mozilla hopes Firefox OS users find the cloud-based functionality practical.
Storage Visions 2014 - We ran into Axle Video at the 2014 Storage Visions conference being held in Las Vegas, NV. We had a chance to briefly speak with them about some exciting video software deigned to radically simplify browser based video management.
Charles spoke with Axle's CEO Sam Bogoch who clued us in on what his company's software does, and how versatile it is for media management. Bogoch says that Axle works with SAN, NAS, local storage and many of the industries leading archival services. Stay tuned to TweakTown for a more indepth interview with Axel in the coming days.
Back in November we reported that AOL had decided to shutdown Winamp for good. This news sparked a ton of outrage across the internet with long-time Winamp users feeling betrayed. Today it appears that Winamp may not on its death march after all, as the Winamp website URL has been transferred to a new company.
The Winamp.com domain has been owned by AOL.com since 2011 when the company purchased it from Spinner.net. A new record has been released that shows the URL has been transferred to a new name server owned by Radionomy.com. Many industry analyst are speculating that Radionomy has purchased Winamp from AOL and will keep the service alive. Radionomy is a company that specializes in tools and infrastructure for radio producers, and is partnered with more than 6,000 radio stations nation wide. This leaves me wondering if Radionomy is planning on repurposing Winamp into a DJ console for radio stations or something similar!