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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The TweakTown team is braving the insane weather and descending upon Las Vegas to cover Storage Visions 2014 and CES 2014. With this weather the planes practically need ski's instead of landing gear, but we should all arrive safe in time to get prepared for Storage Visions 2014. Soon after we will be working the CES showfloors. For those also attending Storage Visions feel free to stop by our booth to chat storage. On camera or off, we welcome all to come join us during the show.
We will have five team members on-site, but just as important we also have other team members from far-flung locations across the globe, including Australia and Taipei, who will also be assisting in providing our readers the best coverage possible during both shows. Here's hoping all of our team members arrive safe, with the weather system slamming the east coast as you can see the lines for missed flights are ridiculous!
Stay tuned to TweakTown for all the best coverage of Storage Visions and CES 2014!
CES 2014 - Tomorrow at 8PM local time in Las Vegas, AMD will be hosting some of the world's tech media at the Cosmopolitan hotel, where the chipmaker will discuss its new Kaveri APU.
NVIDIA has chosen to announce an event at the same hotel, at around the same time, to talk about its Tegra line of SoCs. We could also see something about Logan unveiled, or the new Tegra 5 SoC. NVIDIA isn't expected to launch anything at CES 2014, but we could see a serious tease at the event. We'll have more as it happens.
It's time to pop the bubbly and welcome the new year but for companies showing products at CES, it's time to get excited. Mushkin, known mainly for DRAM and SSD products has already started teasing a new product named Helix.
So what is Helix? At this time we have no idea but in just a few days we'll know and so will you. We found the image above on Mushkin's website. We have to wonder, with LSI's new SF3700 controller getting closer, is Helix the name of Mushkin's new SSD with a SF3700 controller? We'll know soon!
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, 2014 is going to be the start of virtual reality moving out from the shadow of being a gimmick, to being the next big leap in gaming and technology.
Now we have Valve scheduling two sessions during its upcoming Developers Day conference in January 2014: What VR Could, Should, and Almost Certainly Will Be within Two Years, and Virtual Reality and Steam. Valve has effectively teased the world by revealing its VR prototype, and what a great experience it thinks "affordable" VR hardware will be capable of in the near future.
The developer is also working on "the Steam Overlay in VR, Steam store changes for VR, and our VR plan for Steamworks." It looks like we might see the mashup of the Oculus Rift and Steam worlds, with an interesting VR interface. Maybe this is why the Steam Box, Steam Machines, Steam Controllers and most of all, Half-Life 3, have been delayed this far.
If there's one show to kick off 2014 in the world of technology and gaming, it would be Valve's Steam Developer Days, which happens in Seattle, Washington on January 15-16, 2014.
Valve has confirmed that Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus and Unity will all be there to talk during the two-day conference for developers and publishers working with Steam, and/or the upcoming Steam Machines. Better yet, attendees will have the chance to share industry expertise, take part in a roundtable discussion, and play with, and provide feedback on Steam OS, prototype Steam Machines and Stream Controllers.
The event is open, and is on a first-come, first-served basis, which sets you back just $95.
On Wednesday, November 13th AMD will host a "Fan Day" at the San Jose Convention Center that will be open to the public and will include what they claim to be the worlds first Battlefield 4 Tournament. The Tournament will feature 16 teams of five players each that will be pitted against each other with the ultimate prize being five high-end AMD based PCs.
Additionally, AMD will have 100 machines set up for attendees to play Battlefield 4 in free tournaments and singleplayer modes. AMD says that it will have partners onsite as well that will be giving away more than $50k in prizes via contest and raffles. Early birds who arrive at the event could also score a "Never Settle" voucher that will land them two free games. The event is free to all, and only those participating in the tournament need to register. Doors open at 9AM and close at 8PM.
NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - NVIDIA had quite the amount of announcements today, but bringing the three top game developers of all time under the single roof? That's how you impress the media and the world, guys.
So, the GPU maker had the infamous Tim Sweeney of Epic Games fame, Johan Anderson from DICE and the brainiac himself John Carmack of id Software fame and now Oculus VR's CTO. They've been talking on stage for over an hour now, and we'll have an hour-long video that will be uploaded in the near future that you can check out. Until then, enjoy the 9-minute flick, above.
Apple is preparing to hold what many expect to be its final launch event for 2013 in just a few days. Today the Cupertino based company began sending out invitations to press and partners for a launch event being held on October 25th in San Francisco.
The invitations read "We still have a lot to cover," leading us to believe that we will see the rest of Apple's refreshed products launched including the iPad 5, new MacBook Pro's and even the all new Mac Pro. OS X Mavricks should finally be released as well, with some insiders speculating that a new Apple TV, and a smartwatch may be unveiled as well.
You can expect more Oculus Rift content in the coming weeks, now that two TweakTown staff have the virtual reality headsets, but next month the VR outfit will be hosting a virtual reality conference to talk about all things VR.
The event will be housed in the Microsoft Nerd Center in Cambridge, Mass., with entrance being free. But, they will be accepting donations to the Boston Children's Hospital, which is a nice touch. Oculus COO, Laird Malamed will provide a day-long symposium of debates and demonstrations of virtual reality and game development.
Scheduled sessions at the Future of Virtual Reality with Oculus VR will include technical Q&As, developer and employment workshops, as well as glorious hands- or eyes-on time with the Oculus Rift headset.
Today Samsung announced that Dr. Steven Chu, the former US Secretary of Energy, CGO of Cisco Wim Elfrink and author Guy Kawasaki will each head up keynote addresses at the 2013 Samsung Memory Solutions Forum. The event will be held on October 22nd, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
- Dr. Chu will speak on "Energy Use in Information Technologies," highlighting the impact that technology can have on the environment. He'll discuss the potential consequences of excessive power use, including a possible slowdown in the growth in IT capabilities. Dr. Chu is a distinguished scientist and co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physics. As United States Secretary of Energy, he was charged with helping implement President Obama's ongoing agenda to invest in clean energy and address the global climate crisis.
- Wim Elfrink in a presentation entitled "The Internet of Everything - The Next Disruption" will explore the metamorphosis of the Internet and how it will bring together people, processes, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable. . Elfrink will discuss how turning information into actions will create new opportunities, richer experiences and, unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals and countries.
One of the most anticipated games of next year is coming from Chris Roberts, the man behind Wing Commander. Star Citizen has raised over $20 million through Kickstarter and its own crowdfunding, with the creator set to talk at GDC Next 2013.
Roberts will discuss the community-building lessons learned while crowdfunding for Star Citizen. GDC Next is a developer conference that focuses on the future of gaming, which is definitely looking bright. GDC Next 2013 will happen in LA, California from November 5-6.
It's no secret that AMD will launch its new 28nm Hawaii architecture based GPUs next week on the 25. The event will be held in Hawaii with AMD flying out tech media partners from all over the globe. Today, the company began sending out its official press invitations, which you can see below.
Not much else is known about the event other than AMD is expected to push Battlefield 4 pretty heavily as it is expected to be the bundled game with the company's flagship Hawaii based GPU. We have heard rumors that an actual Aircraft carrier will be part of the event and that there could be another big announcement as well.
Our own Shawn Baker will be on hand for the event and will be feeding us tons of content, photos, and videos from AMD's Hawaii launch event, so tune in to TweakTown for the most comprehensive coverage of the event on the net. I want to know what you think about the rumored upcoming GPUs? Can AMD release a single card solution that can compete with NVIDIA's Titan? Let me know in the comments.
IDF 2013 - This morning during the keynote at Intel's Developer Forum 2013, CEO Brian Krzanich took some time to discuss the future of Intel as well as the future of the PC. He noted that the forward-looking landscape of the PC is a drastically different one than we've seen in the past and that manufacturers are focusing more on form factor to attract new customers.
He went on to introduce the world's first 14nm architecture-based pc running a Broadwell SoC. No other information was given about the PC, and we never got a really good look at his exterior, but Krzanich did say that we would see Broadwell chips shipping by the end of the year. Additionally he announced that we will see new tablets sporting Intel's silicon being sold for less than $100 this holiday season.
IDF 2013 - Today, Magma announced that it will showcase its PCI Express Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum, which begins tomorrow in San Francisco, California. Magma will be demonstrating its Express Box 1T and Express Box 3T at the company's booth (#182) at the Moscone Center from September 10-12.
"Magma is honored to be invited to this year's IDF," said Tim Miller, president of Magma. "Our technology is a market leader. Our technology is a platform for Thunderbolt equipped devices and participating in IDF presents an opportunity to continue to expand the awareness of Thunderbolt by OEMs and consumers alike."
Magma develops and manufactures PCI & PCI Express Expansion Systems for servers, desktops and portable platforms. Magma's ExpressBox™ line of products includes enclosed and non-enclosed solutions ranging from low-end single slot expansion products to fault-tolerant, highly reliable, available and serviceable (RAS) chassis specifically designed for mission critical environments.
PAX PRIME 2013 - We took a walkaround video tour of Kingston's booth at PAX Prime 2013. While Kingston might have not debuted anything new, they still had plenty of cool stuff to show off. For instance, they had a case mod featuring their hardware along with several other systems displaying their hardware. A video is worth a thousand words:
Some notable pieces of hardware include Kingston's 1TB HyperX flash drive and Kingston's limited edition yellow HyperX SSD. To get an idea of their booth, the video above is much better than a description.