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Oculus Rift set to cost in excess of $1000 locally
- January 12, 2016

The leading virtual reality company, Oculus, opened preorders for its flagship VR headset the Oculus Rift. Many are still chomping at the bit to get their hands on the headset, but the Oculus Rift price has changed that somewhat. Those six hundred bucks are on top of the costs of a PC capable of running current games; if you're anxious about whether your computer can handle the technology, that pre-order page can scan your computer and let you know. (more...)
Fitbit's slide continues after new Blaze panned as 'not-so-smart watch' Fitbit's slide continues after new Blaze panned as 'not-so-smart watch'
- January 12, 2016

Fitbit's latest fitness band, Blaze, has a color screen and attractive, interchangeable bands and cases, but the device is missing some key features and would have been much compelling if it had advanced activity tracking features. He sees Fitbit's North American penetration as still pretty low, but said that overseas growth was even stronger, up 300 per cent year-over-year in the Africa-Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. (more...)
Audi, Lexus show hydrogen car concepts in Detroit Audi, Lexus show hydrogen car concepts in Detroit
- January 12, 2016

The vehicle manages 0-100kmph (0-62mph) in less than 7 seconds and has a top speed of 200kmph. Each features electric four-wheel drive using a motor at the front and rear axles. When it comes time the fill up again, the process takes around four minutes. Seeing that the h-tron concept also emits zero CO2, this could potentially be a huge competitive advantage over all-electric drivetrains. (more...)
Ford tests autonomous vehicles in the snow Ford tests autonomous vehicles in the snow
- January 12, 2016

Unlike Google , which has been assessing the functionality of its autonomous cars ever since 2009, but exclusively on the streets of Austin, Texas and Mountain View, California, Ford has been able to carry out such experiments in Ann Harbor and Detroit, where seasonal changes are more pronounced. (more...)
Facebook Opens Up Oculus Rift Pre-Orders
- January 12, 2016

If you backed the Oculus Rift's Kickstarter campaign back in 2012 and received the DK1 model of the Rift, you won't need to put any money down on the headset. Base hardware requirements include a NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD 290 graphics processor , an Intel i5-4590 processor , and 8GB of RAM. Plus, preordered headsets will include copies of the family-friendly Lucky's Tale and the space shooter EVE: Valkyrie. (more...)
CES 2016: Here's What's Inside the Oculus Rift Box CES 2016: Here's What's Inside the Oculus Rift Box
- January 11, 2016

Also if you are in the hunt for a new PC, Oculus will be offering a PC and Rift bundle in February starting at $1499 Dollars. In development since around 2012, the Oculus Rift VR headset allows users to experience advanced VR gaming and more by using the headset with a comparable PC. (more...)
Oculus Rift Pre-orders Are Live, Price Revealed
- January 11, 2016

This morning, Oculus VR announced that the first early orders of the Rift will be shipped out to buyers starting March 28, at a cost of $599/£499/€699 (plus tax and shipping). The Rift requires a high-powered gaming PC, which will force many consumers to upgrade. A man ussing the Oculus Rift VR headset at the Oculus booth at CES. (more...)
Apple shares tumble on report of iPhone output cut Apple shares tumble on report of iPhone output cut
- January 11, 2016

Toward the end of previous year, many analysts began predicting that sales of Apple's best-selling product would slump in 2016, based on supply chain issues and weaker demand especially from saturated, developed markets. Other suppliers such as Japan's Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd, Alps Electric Co Ltd and TDK Corp fell by 3 or 4 percent. "Production is expected to return to normal in the April-June quarter, once inventory adjustment is complete". (more...)
HTC reveals gadget's 'big breaktrough' at CES 2016
- January 11, 2016

Whenever you double-tap on the Vive controller's menu button or simply come near an object in the real world, the Vive Pre will overlay of the real world into your visor. The Vive's base stations have also had a makeover, shrinking in size and improving their ability to track the headset and controllers. HTC also announced that over 15 Vive partners will be showcasing VR applications at CES 2016, including Audi. (more...)
TRAI receives 18.72 lakh responses on net neutrality
- January 11, 2016

The regulator has received 381,000 comments from people claiming to be supporters of net neutrality. The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has rejected differential data pricing as a feasible model in their submission to Trai's consultation paper on the same. (more...)
New HTC Vive Pre sees some changes at CES 2016 New HTC Vive Pre sees some changes at CES 2016
- January 11, 2016

Last week, we learned of the Oculus Rift price and release date, and now it's time for some news on its main competitor. HTC's Vive virtual reality (VR) headset just got a release date: The headset, which has been developed as a collaboration between HTC and video game developer Valve, will go on sale in April, according to a report by the Telegraph . (more...)
'Mr. Robot,' 'Mozart' Are Surprise Winners At Golden Globes
- January 11, 2016

Denzel Washington accepted an honorary award with his family on stage, but cut his speech short because he'd left his glasses at his table, a blunder that was one of the more charming moments of the night. Damon won for his role in The Martian. Sylvester Stallone received a standing ovation by the starry audience as he climbed the stage to accept the best supporting actor gong for " Rocky " spin-off " Creed ". (more...)
The Oculus Rift is Now Available for Pre-Order
- January 11, 2016

Oculus Rift is available to ship to the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States. (more...)
New AT&T New AT&T "unlimited" mobile data deal targets DirecTV crowd
- January 11, 2016

AT&T will give you the fourth smartphone free, though, making the price for four unlimited lines $180 per month after the fourth line bill credit, which will appear in 2 monthly bill cycles. "No compromises in video quality". Last month AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson told the Street that the company planned to "turn some heads" in January by offering "new capabilities, integrated products, and pricing" that will build on DirecTV, and rights to 40 Mhz of contiguous airwave spectrum. (more...)
HTC announces consumer-ready Vive Pre VR headset
- January 11, 2016

Beyond the camera, HTC's Vive Pre features a compact design with a more stable strap. HTC's system is arguably even more extensive than Rift's with a couple of base stations which map out a safe area which you can move around in and still be tracked in 3D space. (more...)
Oculus Rift Gets its Retail Price and Release Date
- January 11, 2016

But the whole package will include the Rift headset, an Oculus Remote, Xbox One controller, two virtual reality games and all the necessary cables. Luckily, potential buyers can download a Rift compatibility tool from Oculus to check if their machine needs an upgrade. (more...)
The New HTC Vive Pre Seems to Have Been Inspired By HoloLens
- January 11, 2016

However, it's new front-facing camera has garnered the attention of more testers. The new HTC Vive Pre that was presented during CES 2016 is smaller than the previous version of Vive, but it is still quite heavy. And the screens inside the Vive Pre have been updated to be brighter and clearer. A few weeks ago, at a conference recently held in Beijing, Cher Wang the CEO at HTC , said that, along with Gates, have had some extremely important technological breakthroughs. (more...)
Facebook Controversial Free Basics Mummified In Egypt; What's Next
- January 11, 2016

Facebook , however, hopes to "resolve this situation soon". Facebook argues that the program introduces poor people to the Internet, with many later becoming paying customers to receive more Internet access. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has clarified many a times earlier that Free Basics does not violate what he believes to be net neutrality. Egypt has chose to shut down Facebook's controversial free internet service Free Basics. (more...)
Tesla software update allows self-parking, limits speed Tesla software update allows self-parking, limits speed
- January 11, 2016

So it appears that drivers will still be able to drive the auto as fast as they'd like on the highway. Dubbed " Summon ", it means when you arrive at your place of residence in the Model S or X, you simply hop out, prompt the Tesla to open your garage door, park itself inside and shut down. (more...)
Second-Gen Valve/HTC VR Dev Kit Revealed, Comes With Peephole Camera Second-Gen Valve/HTC VR Dev Kit Revealed, Comes With Peephole Camera
- January 11, 2016

The HTC Vive Pre is the latest version of its virtual reality headset development kit which was unveiled at CES this week. The new iteration of the device features several intriguing updates over its predecessor, including improvements to its controller and the potentially groundbreaking addition of a forward-facing camera. (more...)

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