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Oculus has just announced the new Mobile VR Jam 2015 event, where the Facebook-owned VR giant wants to see the best new games, apps, and experiences for the Gear VR Innovator Edition.
Strangely, you might have noticed this isn't for its own VR headset, the Rift. This is a mobile event, so the Oculus-powered Gear VR headset is at the center of this event. Oculus is putting up a huge $1 million prize pool that will be split in two: one for VR games, and the other for VR experiences and apps. Oculus says: "The Mobile VR Jam is an opportunity to build groundbreaking new experiences in collaboration with other passionate VR pioneers, and win cash prizes for innovative uses of VR-specific interactions and pushing the medium forward".
The Mobile VR Jam 2015 takes place between April 13 and May 11 with the winners announced on June 4. Interesting timing, as it is just ahead of E3 2015, where I expect we can see some very big things for the world of VR, that is, after GDC 2015 comes and goes which is going to be big for VR as it is.
First released as a teaser trailer on YouTube in late 2014 - The Gadget Expo 2015 sets out to plug the gap as seen in the Australian tech calendar. Aussies often have EA Games press events, EB Games running their massive gaming exhibition and PAX Australia with two years of gaming pop culture success - but what about the lovers of straight up technology?
There were a few main points covered in this trailer. Some of the most interesting inclusions include: the announcement that it will contain an emphasis on it being more of an 'event show' rather than a 'trade show', the event will contain a 'Gamers Bubble' - functioning as a sort of mini-PAX or mini-EB Expo, alongside a Home Tech Zone and an Innovation Zone.
As a whole this show is setting out to be somewhat of an Australian CES 2015, in which companies will come and showcase their latest and greatest technology - alongside various big-name tech heads sharing their thoughts and knowledge to thousands of seated fans. The Gadget Expo does promise "world renowned" tech experts, inventors, entrepreneurs and more at the event - here's hoping that all of these big claims can be pulled off.
Google has just announced the dates for Google I/O 2015, its annual developer conference. The conference will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, on May 28-29, 2015.
We don't know what Google will unveil at the event, but last year we had the first public look at Android 5.0, or at the time Android "L". The bigger question is, who will get tickets? Google I/O's own registration page says that developers can register for the event between March 17-19, but after that attendees will be selected "at random".
CES 2015 - Featuring a new range of ULTRA Performance 11AC routers, expanded DIY home automation offerings, all-new DIY Home Security Kits, the industry's first Gigabit PowerLine Kits with MIMO and all-new IP surveillance solutions, D-Link have unleashed a range of new products to the market as an addition to the ever-flowing CES 2015 coverage.
First off the rank is their ULTRA performance Wi-Fi Routers, the AC5300, AC3200 and AC3100. These devices claim a wireless speed of up to 5.3 Gbps, furthered coverage, a revamped user interface and dynamic Smart Connect to automatically balance clients.
Their new home automation offerings are coming in the form of their Connected Home Hub and range of Sensors and Sirens - designed to help keep DIY homeowners more in tune with what's happening. D-Link's connected Home Hub plugs into existing home routers, acting as a centralized control for D-Link Connected Home Devices - this is done by integrating Wi-Fi and Z-Wave wireless technologies using the 'mydlink' Home app for iOS and Android platforms. D-Link has expanded their security range by including the Z-Wave Open & Close Sensor, the Z-Wave Motion Sensor (DCH-Z120), their Wi-Fi Water Sensor and the Wi-Fi Siren.
As CES Las Vegas draws ever closer, we're receiving more and more news of companies making the trek over to the party capital to show off their fancy new technology to all.
Located in the South hall 4, Super Talent will be showcasing their new next generation of DDR4 DRAM, SSD's and USB 3.0 flash drives at this massive event. Their booth will be fitted out with technology experts aiming to provide the best information possible to all who attend.
Have you been caught up in the DDR4 hype-train yet? Offering higher data rates with lower power consumption, alonside the potential for increased mobile density they're certainly the tech of the future. Whether you check out Super Talent or not, we suggest you take a look at DDR4 either way.
We've just been made aware of Dell's commercial December showcase thanks to Techarp forums, showing us all of the latest corporate and consumer offerings that the large-scale company will release in the near future.
The main products covered in this showcase include Dell's Venue tablets, their PowerEdge FX, updated Dell monitors and new product pricing and availability across the range. Dell have been one of the major players in the corporate structure for many years now, alongside other big names such as HP, IBM and Lenovo.
This showcase took place on the 3rd of December at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, seeing multiple topics covered. Firstly was a report on their revolutionary next-generation converted architecture. Claimed to feature a highly modular design, this method is designed to remove the need for SAN storage. The point to this being much better performance capabilities because storage is now located locally to the server, removing any bottlenecks over your network infrastructure.
Just yesterday we published an article outlining PAX Australia's 2015 ticket sales going live, seeing their event announced for the 30th of October 2015.
We covered that even though PAX Australia has a stellar reputation in the local market, with a total PAX culture being born only two years into its existence. Many fans are purchasing tickets even though no companies, titles, personalities or attractions have been announced to the public - with them claiming confidence in the fact that PAX will likely put on a great show no matter what.
We were able to get into contact with Guy "Yug" Blomberg, PAX Australia's Content & community manager, regarding a personal statement about the purpose for these early ticket sales. Guy provides some understandable and seemingly correct thoughts on the matter, with his full statement reading...
PAX Australia ticket public release had been previously rumored to be commencing in early December, this would make it almost a full 11 months before the expo's commencement date (30th of October 2015), meaning no exhibitors, personalities or attractions will have been announced or officially confirmed.
PAX Australia have committed to this plunge releasing their ticket sales to the public this week, seeing people enter a 'digital queue' for ticket sales. The pricing has been set at $55 AUD for single-day attending early adopters.
It's an interesting strategy. As we mentioned, there will be little-to-no exhibitors confirmed as of yet for this exhibition, with large name titles unannounced and personalities being unable to book in their attendance so far into the future. However, the PAX culture in Australia is firmly set with many fans purchasing tickets in the confidence that PAX will provide a good show no matter what.
If you wanted to attend BlizzCon but couldn't make it, Blizzard has your back with its announcement of the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket. The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket allows people to access live streams of BlizzCon 2014's opening and closing ceremonies, panels, interviews, costume and talent contests and much more.
The virtual ticket will also give users access to in-game items for a bunch of Blizzard's games, including World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. BlizzCon Virtual Ticket holders will also have access to online store merchandise from October 17 to November 11.
The ticket itself will cost you $39.99, which is the same price as the DirecTV BlizzCon 2014 pay-per-view option. BlizzCon 2014 kicks off at hte Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from November 7-8.
Bethesda has announced it will host a The Evil Within-based blood drive at QuakeCon 2014 next week for the American Red Cross. Donors will receive The Evil Within swag.
Included in your bag after donating your life force will be an official The Evil Within-branded chill pack, which is a cold pack that can be put in the freezer to cool down lunch boxes and coolers. Better yet, this special QuakeCon pack will look like a blood pack, featuring red freezable liquid inside, according to Bethesda's Vice President of PR and Marketing, Pete Hines.
Hines said: "QuakeCon has a great group of attendees who we think will want to help the community by donating blood. The American Red Cross is a terrific organization, and we're thrilled to welcome them to QuakeCon". American Red Cross' External Communications Manager, Jan Hale, added: "The Red Cross is grateful for Bethesda Softworks' invitation to host a blood drive during such a critical time. The summer months are a particularly difficult period for blood collections and being a part of this event gives us more opportunities to help save lives".