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Team TweakTown descends upon Vegas for Storage Visions and CES 2014

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.

 

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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!

 

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Stay tuned to TweakTown for all the best coverage of Storage Visions and CES 2014!

NVIDIA announces CES 2014 event, starts minutes after the AMD event

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.

 

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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.

Mushkin teases Helix prior to CES

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.

 

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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!

Valve will show off its VR prototype in January at its Dev Days event

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.

 

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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.

Steam Dev Days to have AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus and Intel on board

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.

 

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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.

AMD to host Fan Day with BF4 Tournament in San Francisco on Nov 13th

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.

 

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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 brings The Avengers of game developers together

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.

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Apple officially announces October 22nd event, begins sending invites

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.

 

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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.

Oculus VR to host virtual reality conference next month

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.

 

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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.

Steven Chu and Guy Kawasaki to present keynote at SMSF 2013

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.

 

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  • 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.

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