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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.
Gamescom 2013 has taken over the gaming world for the past couple of days, but the gaming conference has also seen some large numbers, too. Last year, Gamescom had an attendance of 275,000 people compared to this year, where over 340,000 people came to check out the gaming goodies.
Gamescom 2012's numbers could be blamed on the lack of attendance from Microsoft and Nintendo, and this year's numbers can be attributed to the nearly-here next-gen consoles. The 340,000 attendees is a nice 23% increase from 2012's numbers, with 635 exhibitors from over 40 countries in attendance compared to last year with just 600 attendees.
What has been your favorite news from Gamescom this year? Let us know in the comments.
I've always wanted to attend QuakeCon, but that's what you get when you live in Australia. Well, the organizers of the event have unveiled the lineup of tournaments, which includes Quake Live and Doom.
There will be tournaments divided into three categories, up first we have the Intel Quake Live Duel Invitational Master, which will pit known professionals and top Quake Live competitors against each other in an exclusive tournament. We will have up to 32 of the world's best Quake Live players competing for $18,000 in prize money, with competitors being hand-picked by event organizers.
The second competition will be a Quake Live Clan Arena 3v3 tournament, which is open to all. Up to 32 teams will participate in a single elimination bracket, with the top two teams duking it out in the grand finals. There will be $6,000 up for grabs in this tournament.
Formerly known as Gaymercon, this year's GaymerX gaming conference will be taking place during the third and fourth of August in San Francisco. For those who have never heard of the event, it is a gaming conference that focuses in on the gamers within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The official site describes GaymerX as a "weekend of fun and socializing," suggesting that "until now, there has never been a safe space for LGBT geeks and their friends to come together, discuss LGBT theory in games as a community, and party as one."
This year's conference was funded by a Kickstarter Campaign that raised over $90,000. The event promoter says that the conference will feature booths, panels, and demos provided by large game publishing houses such as EA games. Microsoft will also be in attendance showing off its upcoming Xbox One console. LGBT rights groups such as GLAAD and The Trevor Project will be out in full force as well.
At the time of publishing, over 2000 tickets have been sold and the event organizers say that more will be sold at the door. Tickets are priced between $45 and $60 and there are red carpet VIP tickets available for the small price tag of $135 per person. We here at TweakTown would like to give a shout out to all our Gayming friends in the LGBT community, and wish you a fun and exciting GaymerX!