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BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, the virtual version of being at BlizzCon

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.

 

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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.

Going to QuakeCon? Donate blood to get The Evil Within swag

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.

 

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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".

Oculus VR announces Oculus Connect, a two-day conference for VR

Oculus VR is going full steam ahead as it gets closer to the release (which still hasn't got an ETA) of the consumer edition of the Rift. The VR startup has announced that it is hosting its first developer conference, Oculus Connect, in September.

 

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Oculus Connect is a two-day conference for developers and creators that has the goal of creating some of the "best virtual reality experiences available". Oculus VR explains: "In the last two years, we've seen more virtual reality content built than in the last two decades, and that's a direct result of incredible work by the community. With virtual reality's momentum at an all-time high, this is a unique moment for the developer community to come together to take the virtual reality to the next level".

 

The two-day conference happens on September 19-20 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in LA. There are going to be four big speakers at the event, with Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey, id Software founder and now CTO of Oculus VR John Carmack, Oculus VR's CEO Brendan Iribe and Chief Scientist, ex-Valve employee Michael Abrash.

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Walking through NVIDIA's GTC 2014 event with Google Glass

GTC 2014 - The GPU Technology Conference that is still on-going here in San Jose, California, has been a great event, for many reasons. There are so many technologies being showed off, that are powered by NVIDIA technology. But, what better way to experience it than video, right? Well, how about through the first-person perspective with Google Glass?

 

 

What you're seeing above, to my knowledge, is a world-exclusive view of GTC 2014 through Google Glass. It's an incredible way to show you what I see when I'm walking around, and because we were walking through the halls early, we didn't have to fight through crowds of people. This helps with the noise levels - something I thought wouldn't be too good through Glass, but came out surprisingly clear.

 

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There's plenty to watch in the 8-minute video, with NVIDIA-powered cars, crazy triple 4K NVIDIA Surround setups with four-way GPUs, and much more.

Gaymer X2 convention set for July 11-13th, Kickstarter campaign too

Last year, more than 2,300 gamers attended the first GaymerX gaming conference which was held in San Francisco, and this year the LGBTQ gaming event is back and better than ever. The event will be held at the San Francisco InterContinental hotel on July 11th, 12th, and 13th, with tickets selling now for $59 and $69 via the conference's crowdfunding campaign which is currently live on Kickstarter.

 

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Highlights of the event will obviously be gaming related, but there will also be wedding between two "Gaymers" who got engaged at last years event. There will also be panels at the event, with EA Games hosting the largest, as well as other talks and panels from GBTQ leaders, including folks from Geeks Out, MidBoss Games, and GayGamer.net. The event does have an 18+ age restriction though and the organizers say that this is due to legal reasons around insurance, but does not mean in any way that the conference is NSFW. To buy your badges or to find out other ways to contribute, head over to the Kickstarter source link below.

Oculus rumored to host its on virtual reality convention, 'RiftCon'

An interesting trademark was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office from Oculus VR, the startup behind the Oculus Rift VR headset. The trademark is for an exhibition dedicated to all things VR called RiftCon.

 

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The company filed for the RiftCon trademark on February 14, while everyone was busy binge watching House of Cards, and includes the following description: "Organizing exhibitions for cultural, educational, or entertainment purposes; organizing exhibitions in the fields of interactive entertainment, virtual reality, consumer electronics and video game entertainment industries for cultural or educational purposes; entertainment services, namely, arranging and conducting of competitions to encourage use and development of interactive entertainment, virtual reality, consumer electronics, and video game entertainment software and hardware".

 

The idea of VR-focused exhibition is great, as the world of virtual reality hasn't even reached the consumer level yet. Oculus is on the forefront of this, but it'll be more interesting to see this RiftCon event happen as the launch platform for the consumer version of the Rift headset, and continue each year to showcase all things VR.

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Google I/O slated for June 25th and 26th, tickets by lottery only

It's almost that time again, and this year Google is making it a little tougher to get into its I/O conference. Today Google announced that it will hold its I/O Developer Conference on June 25th and 26th, and that the conference will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Google did not really give any information on what will be shown off at the conference, but they did elaborate on how to get tickets for this year's event.

 

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Google I/O has become so popular that its 2013 event sold completely out in about 45-minutes, so to make it fair for everyone, Google says that those wishing to attend need to submit their interest with the company and it will then randomly draw names to the lucky group that gets to attend. For those unable to attend, Google will live stream all of the keynotes and sessions on Google+ like it did last year.

Tom Coughlin, founder of Storage Visions, visits TweakTown at SV2014

Storage Visions 2014 - We had a special guest stop by our booth at Storage Visions 2014, founder Tom Coughlin from Coughlin and Associates.

 

 

Tom started Storage Visions thirteen years ago and the show has a history of success displaying new, trending storage products and solutions to issues that revolve around storage. Storage Visions is an all-encompassing event that covers everything from optical and tape products to hard drives and SSDs.

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Storage Visions 2014 - Interview with the Outlook Foundation

Storage Visions 2014 - As someone who personally helps run a youth outreach program, I know the value that foundations dedicated to helping under-resourced youth have the tools needed to learn the valuable STEM skills our school system simply overlooks. The Outlook Foundation refurbishes, re-purposes, and then donates used computers to Youth Outreach programs across the US, as well as providing used PCs to military families so deployment communication is as easy and efficient as possible.

 

 

This was my last interview of the show and while not directly related to digital storage, I feel that this was a story that needed to get out. The importance of organizations like this is unmeasurable, as getting the tools into under-resourced youth hands will allow outreach programs to go that extra mile in STEM education that public schools just have no time or funds to teach.

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Michael Bay walks out on the Samsung press conference at CES 2014

CES 2014 - The director of smash hits like Transformers and Bad Boys walked on stage for a Samsung press event at CES 2014 to talk about its new curved 4K TVs, but what happens next is just awful.

 

 

Bay stumbles through his teleprompter, states it fails and then says he'll just "wing it". He fails to gain traction speaking again, turns around, and walks off the stage, leaving a Samsung EVP Joe Stinziano embarrassed, and alone on stage. Considering this was Samsung's biggest marketing event of the year, Bay walking out isn't a good start.

 

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Bay has come out and talked about this, where he has said: "Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES - I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP's intro line and then the teleprompter got lost.

 

Then the prompter went up and down - then I walked off. I guess live shows aren't my thing. But I'm doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world."

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