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True Player Gear's new VR headset looks a lot like Oculus Rift

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 4:05 pm

Virtual Reality gaming is one of the hottest topics in the tech world right now, and with both Sony and Oculus VR making massive announcements recently, it seems that the buzz is only getting louder. Today I ran across what could be the next VR company to to hit the big times and could give Oculus VR and Sony a run for their money.

 

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True Player Gear is a six-year old company that is based out of Montreal, Canada, and has made some very stout claims about its VR Headset. The five-employee company has posted an image of its device on Reddit, and I have to admit that it looks very similar to an Oculus Rift DK1, but its hardware and features are said to be much greater. The True Player Gear Totem is said to feature a full 1080p OLED screen, two high-resolution cameras for position tracking and Augmented Reality, and a 3 axis 1kHz gyro, 3 axis 4kHz accel, 3 axis magnetometer to also aid in position tracking.

 

There is not much information on the company's website, but the device is said to be compatible with PlayStation, Xbox and PC, and can handle all 3D video formats. The list of supported engines is also quite nice, but Oculus also supports most of them. The company did mention on Reddit, that it will feature expansion ports for Makers to hack into, surround sound, and individual eye focusing. The company also said that it would be launching a Kickstarter later this year, so hopefully we will get clued in a little more on the project and product before then.

Facebook to use drones and satellites to provide internet connection

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Drones | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 3:42 pm

Facebook has devised ways to deliver internet to many parts of the world- using drones, satellites and even lasers. After announcing internet.org last year, Mark Zuckerberg hired a team of scientists for the purpose to improve internet access across the world.

 

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The social networking company hired scientists who worked in organizations such as NASA, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and Ascenta which developed solar powered drones.

 

Facebook isn't the only one to provide internet access in remote areas. Google started 'Project Link' in November 2013 which aims to provide fiber network for developing nations. It also announced its project codenamed 'Project Loon' which will use hot air balloons to provide internet access.

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Lenovo issues recall on over 35,000 laptop batteries

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 3:35 pm

The last time we talked about Lenovo and a battery recall was back in 2009 when the notebook industry was in the midst of one of the biggest battery recalls ever. Lenovo has recently announced another battery recall that covers battery packs used in its notebook computers.

 

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Lenovo says that the battery packs can overheat and pose a fire risk. Lenovo reports that it has received two notifications of battery packs overheating and resulting in damage to the battery pack, notebook, and nearby property. No injuries have been reported so far.

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Classic horror shooter Dead Space is free on EA Origin

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 3:04 pm

If you are a PC gamer looking for something to play over the weekend, EA has a deal for you. EA is offering an older horror shooter game as a free download for a limited time. The game is called Dead Space.

 

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There are three game in that franchise, and they have all been reasonably popular. I have played that original title in the franchise and it is defiantly creepy. You might want to play with the lights on, those skeleton spider things jump out at you and it's unmanly to scream like a little girl.

 

EA has the game as the On the House promotion on Origin right now. The game is free forever. That means you can download it now and keep it unlocked as long as you want. The game launched in 2008 and while it didn't set any sales records, it was popular enough.

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Magellan SmartGPS 5390 offers connected services with no subscription

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: GPS & Location | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 2:36 pm

Several GPS devices on the market today offer connected services like fuel prices and traffic. Typically, those connected services require you to keep a monthly or yearly service subscription. Magellan has a new connected navigation device called the smartGPS 5390 that gives you all those services with no subscription needed.

 

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It does this buy linking with an app that runs on Android or iPhone smartphones. The GPS device will navigate for you like any GPS device. The connectivity from the smartphone does things like give you traffic information and prices on fuel nearby.

 

You can also get the location of places to eat as you drive. The app also offers connectivity via the GPS screen to Yelp reviews and foursquare. That means you can find out if that local eatery is good before you drive there.

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Plextor announces new M6M mSATA SSD for notebooks

By: Kalen Kimm | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 2:14 pm

Plextor, a developer of digital storage technology, announced the launch of the M6M mSATA SSD, a compact SSD for notebooks. For users looking to increase the performance of their laptops, Plextor claims the new M6M is capable of maximum random read/write speeds of 94K IOPS/80K IOPS and sequential read and write speeds of up to 520 MB/s and 440 MB/s.

 

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According to Yaping Zheng, product manager at Plextor, "The M6M is all about real-world performance. We've optimized this compact SSD to deliver the best possible computing experience. We used the latest generation of components, then included a new version of True Speed for even smoother long-term operation, and focused on increasing the random speeds to give the fastest everyday operating performance".

 

Beyond performance improvements, the M6M includes several key features including better energy efficiency. When the notebook goes in sleep mode, the SSD reduces its power consumption to 2 mW to extend battery life, and can resume in 100 ms. Also, the M6M includes Plextor's exclusive True Protect technology which supports advanced data integrity checks and 256-bit AES full disk encryption.

 

The Plextor M6M SSD will be available in the second quarter of 2014 in 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB capacities.

 

Check back on April 10th, 2014 for the TweakTown review of the M6M!

Philips hue tap is a kinetic powered smart light switch

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 2:04 pm

Philips has unveiled an interesting new product for the people out there that are into smart lighting and the ability to create custom light scenes. Philips already has a complete line of hue bulbs that can be controlled with a smartphone or tablet.

 

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The company has now rolled out a high-tech light switch called the hue tap. The switch is powered by kinetic energy and needs no battery or hard wiring to connect. The hue tap has four buttons that you can bind light scene creations for times when a tablet or smartphone running the app isn't available.

 

The tap of a button can change between those light creations and turn the lights off as well. The tap gets its power by gathering the energy from the tap of your fingers on the switch. The switch does require the hue bridge that is found in all starter kits to work. Philips will launch the tap in Europe and the US this summer for $59.95.

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Smartphone Charging Wallet has a battery inside

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 1:30 pm

Like most guys, I typically have a few things in my front pocket. I like to carry my wallet there so I don't have to sit on it while I drive or work. I also have my smartphone in a pocket most of the time and a car key. I may misplace the car key more than I like to admit, but I always have my wallet and smartphone on me.

 

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I bet most guys are the same way so a good place to put a battery to keep your smartphone going longer would be in the wallet. That doesn't sound like something that would work, but Hamamcher Schlemmer has done just that. The company has a new Smartphone Charging Wallet that has a smallish 680 mAh battery inside.

 

That battery can be purchased in two versions with one having a charge cable for the iPhone built-in and the other having a charger for Android and other devices. The wallet itself is made from calfskin and has plenty of slots for credit cards and cash.

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Intel finalized specifications for 9 Series Chipsets

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 12:09 pm

Reports have indicated that Intel confirmed its specifications for the upcoming 9-Series chipsets for LGA-1150 and LGA 2011-E HEDT platform- H97, Z97 and Intel X99 desktop chipsets. Intel Z97 and H97 chipsets are available for LGA 1150 package, whereas the Z97 will be paired with current generation 'Haswell Processors, followed by its refreshed versions and 'Devil's Canyon' processor families. Intel X99 will be paired with the upcoming 'Haswell-E' HEDT platform with LGA 2011-3 package.

 

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Motherboards with Intel Z97 chipsets will have up to PCI-Express 3.0 slots wired to the CPU, and have configurations of x16/NC/NC, x8/x8/NC and x8/x4/x4 for GPU setups. What should be noted that unlike the previous generation, H97 will support overclocking, though it will not have the same PCIe configuration that Z97 allows. Along with this, both chips will have up to 8 PCI-e 2.0 lanes for series of onboard devices and 14 USB ports, out of which 6 are for USB 3.0.

 

Both the H and B version of 9 series chips will allow PCI-e M.2 storage drives that provides 66.6% more bandwidth compared to SATA 6Gb/s standard. This should accelerate manufacturer's plans to release a series of high-performance SSDs by 2014- 2015. These two chipsets also will allow RAID, AHCI and Rapid Storage Technology. Intel Z97 will have Dynamic Storage Accelerator (DST)whereas Intel H97 will have Small Business Advantage (SBA) feature.

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Songza now builds playlist based on the weather in your town

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 9:16 am

Have you ever walked down the street during a thunderstorm and thought to yourself, "Gee, I really wish I had an automatically generated playlist that exactly matched the mood that this thunderstorm sets." Me neither, but in the off chance that you said yes, Songza just might be the music streaming app for you.

 

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The company has partnered with The Weather Channel in an effort to figure out what the weather is like in your city. The app will take this information and generate a custom playlist that matches weather conditions you are experiencing. This is not the first oddball stunt that Songza has used to generate custom play list though. The app typically does this by attempting to understand your daily routine and then uses an algorithm to pick tracks that it thinks you will like.

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