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Oculus Rift Now Available for Pre-Order for the Price of…$599
- January 09, 2016

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has gone on general sale, marking the first time that the general public can buy the device that many think could bring virtual reality to the masses. It's also worth noting that their headset isn't quite as high-end as ours - it's still, I think, a good headset - and the PlayStation 4 is not almost as powerful as our recommended spec for a PC. (more...)
Oculus Rift founder apologises for pricing miscommunication
- January 09, 2016

The Oculus Rift VR headset at the Oculus booth at CES. Palmer Luckey did an AMA on Reddit at 9pm EST today to announce that the first consumer model of the Oculus Rift will cost $599. Building such a PC from scratch would cost well over AUD$1,000 in parts. UPDATE: With the internet naturally reacting to the Oculus Rift price-point, which came in the flavour of "By Jove!" "Long term, I believe virtual reality has the potential to change the way we live, work and communicate ... (more...)
Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe on the future of virtual reality
- January 09, 2016

While the pre-order page did originally list the Oculus Rift shipping date as March 2016 , a refresh of the store page now shows an expected ship date of April 2016 instead. The company also released its recommended specifications for a computer ready to run Oculus Rift experiences. All those who backed the Oculus Rift on Kickstarter in 2012 and received a developer's kit will received a free Kickstarter edition of the Oculus Rift , the company said yesterday . (more...)
TRAI extends deadline for net neutrality comments
- January 09, 2016

In many ways, the questions raised by Free Basics are similar to concerns about the zero-ratings programs introduced recently by Comcast, AT&T and other carriers. "In addition to being against net neutrality, the differential pricing models suggested by Trai prima facie also violate the regulator's own stated principles of intervening in pricing", said Subho Ray, the president of IAMAI. (more...)
Deadline for public comments extended to January 7
- January 09, 2016

It is not the first time Facebook's Free Basics service has run into trouble. The program brought Internet to more than one million Egyptians who didn't previously have online access , according to Facebook . As the debate over the net neutrality resurfaces, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chose to extend deadline for comments on differential data pricing over net neutrality to January 7. (more...)
Xbox One Gets New System Software Update Today, Includes Some Bug Fixes Xbox One Gets New System Software Update Today, Includes Some Bug Fixes
- January 08, 2016

One eager Xbox fan asked Hryb on twitter when Xbox One owners could expect the next feature system update. The introduction of Windows 10 is supposed to improve the connectivity of the Xbox One with other Microsoft products. If it is a weaker Xbox One , does it mean that we will be getting an Xbox 360 that will be able to play the Xbox One games? This lack of transparency is a little troubling given that many gamers are interested in the changes that are being made via mandatory ... (more...)
Oculus Rift VR headset pre-orders open
- January 08, 2016

All pre-orders include the headset, sensor, Oculus Remote, cables, Xbox One Controller, and the VR games EVE: Valkyrie, and Lucky's Tale. Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus, said on Twitter that the company's website was experiencing an "insanely high load" due to a high volume of visitors looking to pre-order the headset. (more...)
Top Apple Supplier Cuts Hours As iPhone Fears Rattle Investors
- January 08, 2016

The Nikkei report said inventories of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have piled up since they were launched last September, prompting production to be scaled back to let dealers go through their current stocks. Fast Company's source claims that Apple's answer to this problem is the introduction of wireless charging, something that many non-Apple smartphones, in addition to Apple's own Apple Watch, are already capable of. (more...)
Analysts Take a Bite Out of Apple, Lower Price Targets Analysts Take a Bite Out of Apple, Lower Price Targets
- January 08, 2016

But on-year growth slowed to 36 per cent in the third quarter of 2015, sales of iPhone products accounted for over 60 per cent of Apple's total revenues for four consecutive quarters through the quarter. Lowe FS now owns 2,371 shares of the iPhone maker's stock worth $261,000 after buying an additional 13 shares in the last quarter. Apple hasnt commented publicly about the reports or given any independent numbers on the iPhone . (more...)
Apple expected to cut iPhone 6S, 6S Plus production: Nikkei
- January 08, 2016

Apple is likely to cut production of its own latest versions that were iPhone by about 30% in the January-March quarter due to building stocks, it is often reported , rattling the nerves of investors in the Asian providers of america technology giant. (more...)
Oculus Rift VR headset costs £500, Sony thinks it's too much
- January 08, 2016

Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus, said on Twitter that the company's website was experiencing an "insanely high load" due to a high volume of visitors looking to pre-order the headset. The device will cost $599 and seems a little expensive. The package includes the Oculus Rift headset (with built-in headphones), a mic, the sensor, a remote, and an Xbox One controller. (more...)
Oculus Rift Out in March, Costs $599
- January 08, 2016

Users are reminded that the major requirement of having the VR headset is having a powerful gaming PC which Engadget notes would cost between US$500 and US$1,000. Unlike Vive and Rift, PlayStation VR won't require the purchase of a beefy computer - and for those who don't own a PS4, the cost would still be markedly lower (currently $530). (more...)
Oculus Makes A Rift In Your Wallet - Pricing Revealed
- January 08, 2016

To be fair, the Oculus Rift is by far and away the most advanced VR headset, and Oculus are actually selling their headsets at a loss. According to Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey, Oculus Rift is being sold at a loss, despite its bloated price tag. (more...)
PlayStation VR to Have More than 100 Titles: Kaz Hirai
- January 07, 2016

The market will be driven by low-price VR headsets that can be easily assembled and attached to mobile devices. That'll lead to an install of around 56 million across all devices - but only if you include cheap VR holsters like Google Cardboard. (more...)
Intel, Segway build a transformer that goes from hoverboard to robot Intel, Segway build a transformer that goes from hoverboard to robot
- January 07, 2016

This year has been no exception, and no company or product has reflected the trade show's spirit more than Intel and Segway's new personal transporter. Segway was purchased a year ago in April by Ninebot, a Chinese startup backed by Xiaomi. A pair of arms were added to the robot during the demonstration on stage, which the device recognized immediately. (more...)
And the virtual reality headset is shipping in March!
- January 07, 2016

As shown in the screenshot below, the headset costs $599 plus shipping in United States, the same goes to £499 in United Kingdom. On the content side of the equation, preordered systems will come bundled with Lucky's Tale by Playful and CCP's EVE: Valkyrie . (more...)
Hands on with Alcatel OneTouch's Windows 10 Mobile tablet Hands on with Alcatel OneTouch's Windows 10 Mobile tablet
- January 07, 2016

Alcatel OneTouch has future plans for what it's referring to as a Windows 10 "superphone", created to take on the major high-end flagships on the market. The Fierce XL that landed at MetroPCS and T-Mobile past year ran the Android operating system. It sports an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. (more...)
Samsung SUHD TVs Announced At CES
- January 07, 2016

The company has also announced that it will be unveiling a 55-inch "double-sided" panel that will be able to display two different videos on its two sides. Here we see an ultra-thin OLED display bended back over itself flexed and rolled - while still displaying a clear high quality image. "It will also show off a pair of matching extreme-curve concave/convex 65" OLED displays. (more...)
CES 2016: Qualcomm unveils LeTV Le Max Pro; features Snapdragon 820 CES 2016: Qualcomm unveils LeTV Le Max Pro; features Snapdragon 820
- January 07, 2016

Snapdragon Sense ID now includes a liveness detection feature, which helps to ensure that an actual finger is being used for biometric authentication, making it quite hard to spoof the tech. Getting into Audio cars is a victory for Qualcomm , since the carmaker partnered with its chip rival Nvidia in the past on connected cars. After finding life arduous in the smartphone processor industry, Mr. (more...)
New Flexible OLED Display To Be Shown Off At CES This Week New Flexible OLED Display To Be Shown Off At CES This Week
- January 07, 2016

According to LG's vision of the future, we may eventually be able to have displays that wrap around interior spaces and defy traditional design rules. "At CES, LG will also take the wraps off its first production-ready 98-inch 8K SUPER UHD TV (model UH9800)", LG officially announced on Saturday. (more...)

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