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The Sony PS4 Pro Death Stranding Limited Edition console. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Hands On: PS4 Death Stranding Limited Edition Console

The Sony PlayStation 5 might be on the horizon, but the company just put fans of game designer Hideo Kojima in a very difficult position. Sony has partnered with Kojima on a PS4 Pro Death Stranding Limited Edition console that makes for an extremely tempting proposition that is even more striking in person than in press renders.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 16 Nov 2019 03:33:00 +0100
Image via Minecraft.net

Minecraft Earth now available in the US on iOS and Android

Minecraft Earth, the latest augmented reality title from Mojang, is now available in the United States and a few other countries. The title is currently in Early Access. In true Minecraft style, Minecraft Earth focuses on collecti...
Sam Medley, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:44:00 +0100
John Carmack steps down as CTO of Oculus to develop Artificial General Intelligence

John Carmack steps down as CTO of Oculus to develop Artificial General Intelligence

John Carmack, the creator of Doom and a pioneer of virtual reality, is stepping down as the CTO of Oculus to focus on artificial general intelligence, which can be considered a super-powered version of artificial intelligence. Car...
Sam Medley, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 05:31:00 +0100
Image via Intel

Intel unveils Keem Bay VPU for improved on-device vision processing

Intel unveiled its upcoming vision processing unit (VPU) for edge computing devices. Dubbed Keem Bay, the new chip offers major improvements over existing VPUs from Nvidia and Huawei. Additionally, Keem Bay offers better performan...
Sam Medley, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:23:00 +0100
The new Spectacles 3 from Snap Inc can shoot 3D stills and video. (Source: Snap Inc)

Snap Inc launches Spectacles 3 with 3D VR recording and AR effects capabilities

Snap Inc has officially launched its new Spectacles 3. The Spectacles 3 feature dual built-in cameras that can shoot photos and video in 3D at up to 60fps with the ability to overlay 3D AR-style effects.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:33:00 +0100
These icons are few and far between for some Pokémon GO players. (Source: Bulbapedia)

Niantic is addressing its current Pokéstop deficiency in Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO remains one of the world's most popular augmented-reality (AR) mobile games. However, it has a persistent discrepancy as a title in this ecosystem, which is a lack of Pokéstops, particularly in more isolated regions. Th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:35:00 +0100
Google sold over 15 million Cardboard viewers, but has called time on official support. (Source: Google)

Google Cardboard open-sourced as a lifeline for mobile VR

VR on smartphones is all but dead following the end of Samsung’s Galaxy VR ambitions and Google’s recent announcement that it has ceased development for its Daydream VR platform. However, in an inkling of hope for those who were s...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:42:00 +0100
Pokemon GO to get live AR multiplayer feature, called Buddy Adventure

Pokemon GO to get live AR multiplayer feature, called Buddy Adventure

Pokémon GO will be getting a live AR multiplayer feature sometime soon. Currently called "Buddy Adventure," the feature will allow two players to interact with each other's Buddy Pokémon in real-time through their smartphone camer...
Sam Medley, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 18:47:00 +0100
Qualcomm is set to make a sizeable investment in 5G's future. (Source: RTE)

Qualcomm incentivizes 5G development with a new multi-million-dollar fund

Qualcomm's Venture division has announced the implementation of the 5G Ecosystem Fund, a source of investment worth up to US$200 million. As the name suggests, it will help support start-ups involved in new, innovative and potenti...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 22:49:00 +0200
The new LG U+ app allows the user to shop in AR. (Source: LG)

A major South Korean carrier unveils a service to make the dream of virtual shopping a reality

LG's South Korean telecomms company has announced the debut of its new app, "U+ AR Shopping". It enables users to transform the content of 2 popular TV shopping channels into augmented reality (AR) experiences. Consumers can then ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:03:00 +0200
Image via Nubia

Red Magic 3S now available - Snapdragon 855+ starting at $479

The Nubia Red Magic 3S is a slight improvement over the Red Magic 3. The updated handset sports a faster Snapdragon 855+ SoC and UFS 3.0 storage. All other factors, including the price tag, are the same as the older Red Magic 3. T...
Sam Medley, Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:48:00 +0200
Nvidia's next-gen Ampere GPUs are set for 1H 2020 release. (Source: Nvidia)

Rumor: Nvidia Ampere 7nm GPUs to launch 1H 2020

Nvidia’s successor to the Turing architecture powering its current line of Turing based RTX 20 series GPUs isn’t far away. According to the latest rumors, the graphics powerhouse will be releasing its new chips based on Samsung’s ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 07 Oct 2019 08:29:00 +0200
Pokemon GO reportedly mistakes some MIUI users for cheaters. (Source: Niantic)

Pokemon GO reportedly bans Android players for running a certain version of MIUI

There have been multiple reports of Pokemon GO handing out strikes preventing play to those who own certain Redmi devices. This pattern has been linked to MIUI 10.3.2.0, a recent firmware update for the phones affected. Niantic, t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 05 Oct 2019 18:30:00 +0200
Google Shopping is back. (Source: Google)

Google Shopping re-launches in the US, integrates with Lens this time around

Google has announced the re-institution of its Shopping service, albeit for users located in the US only. The company claims that the renewed feature can analyse millions of retail listings and other data in order to show customer...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 04 Oct 2019 16:33:00 +0200
MSI GL75 9SEK Laptop Review - An average mid-range gaming laptop with loud fans

83% MSI GL75 9SEK Laptop Review - An average mid-range gaming laptop with loud fans

Loud and proud. The MSI GL75 checks all the right boxes for a 2019 mid-range gaming laptop. Features like a high-refresh rate display and a per-key RGB backlit keyboard are nice additions, but fan noise and coil whine spoil an otherwise adequate package.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.5 kg
Sam Medley, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 20:10:20 +0200
Facebook has announced several new features for its Quest standalone headset including in new support for PCs and Rift titles. (Source: Facebook)

Facebook intros a slew of new features for the Oculus Quest including PC support

Facebook has announced several updates for its Oculus Quest standalone headset that are likely to greatly broaden its appeal. The company has announced that it is introducing wired PC support for the headset as well as hand tracki...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 26 Sep 2019 10:39:00 +0200
Facebook first announced its AR glasses project back in 2018. (Source: MobileAppDaily)

Facebook working with Ray-Ban on AR glasses

facebook is certainly not the first to try its hand at augmented reality smartglasses, but with the help of Ray-Ban parent company Luxotica, the social media giant will market its upcoming AR tech as a true smartphone killer. The ...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:12:00 +0200
HTC has a new CEO. (Source: HTC)

HTC appoints a new CEO as it looks forward to a 5G- and XR-focused future

HTC has confirmed that Yves Maitre, a former executive at the telecommunications company Orange, is its new chief executive officer (CEO). His predecessor, Cher Wang, will remain at the Taiwanese OEM as the head of its board. This...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 17 Sep 2019 19:28:00 +0200
Windows Core OS gets a simplified UI. (Source: WindowsCentral)

Windows Core OS could be launching with Microsoft's new Surface foldables

Latest reports claim that the upcoming Windows Core OS will offer a modular low-level platform running on desktops, laptops, VR machines, consoles and foldable devices. On top of it, Microsoft plans to add different variants of Wi...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:03:00 +0200
UWB is found in the iPhones 11 Pro and Pro Max only. (Source: YouTube)

Apple develops a proprietary short-range communication system for the iPhones 11 Pro

The Apple U1 chip is new hardware that controls ultrawide band (UWB) energy transfers between devices. This enables compatible products to locate each other and exchange data in a way non-U1-enabled counterparts cannot. These new ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 20:08:00 +0200
NVIDIA adds the Quadro RTX 6000 to its mobile Quadro RTX lineup. (Source: NVIDIA)

IFA 2019 | NVIDIA announces the mobile Quadro RTX 6000 GPU, sets new Ace Reference Design standard for mobile workstations

NVIDIA has introduced a new mobile Quadro RTX card, the mobile Quadro RTX 6000 at IFA 2019. The specifications of the mobile Quadro RTX 6000 are yet to be officially disclosed, but NVIDIA's performance numbers show that it perform...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:00:00 +0200
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE Laptop Review - The best screen on a mid-tier gaming laptop

84% MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE Laptop Review - The best screen on a mid-tier gaming laptop

Fantastic Plastic Machine. Despite some drawbacks in build quality and thermal management, the MSI GP65 Leopard is an excellent all-around gaming laptop for $1500. Surprisingly, the machine has one of the most color-accurate screens we have measured in a gaming laptop. The bright display backlight and 144 Hz refresh rate are icing on the cake.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Sam Medley, Sun, 01 Sep 2019 09:55:58 +0200
The Dell G5 is its new affordable gaming desktop. (Source: Dell)

Dell's new upgradeable G5 Gaming Desktop will get you in the game from just US$629

Headlining Dell’s announcements at Gamescom is an all-new G series gaming desktop. The new Dell G5 Desktop is designed to be an attractive but affordable and upgradeable gaming machine with up to Intel Core i9 CPUs and either Nvid...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:22:00 +0200
Image via System76

System76 announces Adder WS Linux workstation with 4K OLED display

Linux laptop seller System76 recently announced a new workstation. The Adder WS, which is set to release on August 8, is the retailer's first laptop with a 15.6-inch 4K OLED display. The laptop will also pack a power Core i7 or Co...
Sam Medley, Mon, 05 Aug 2019 23:32:00 +0200
Intel Xe (via Intel)

Intel's upcoming GPU may offer HBM VRAM at $200

UPDATE 8/2: Intel has responded with a clarification of Raja Koduri's statement. See below. In a recent interview with a Russian YouTube tech channel, Raja Koduri (chief architect at Intel) stated that Intel's upcoming Xe GPU w...
Sam Medley, Fri, 02 Aug 2019 22:59:00 +0200
Asus ROG Strix Hero III G731GW Review - a colorful laptop with compromises

85% Asus ROG Strix Hero III G731GW Review - a colorful laptop with compromises

Bright lights, small flaws. Asus' new ROG Hero III G731GW packs tons of features, lots of lights, and a powerful RTX GPU into a well-built and well-designed chassis. A few annoyances make the G731GW fall short of perfection, but the overall package is excellent.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
Sam Medley, Mon, 29 Jul 2019 10:08:20 +0200
An image from an Apple patent application for AR glasses. (Source: Phone Arena)

Apple kills its AR glasses project while Samsung gains new AR glasses patent

Taiwan's DigiTimes reports that Apple has killed its plans for an AR headset citing supply chain sources. Samsung, however, seems to be ploughing on with its AR headset efforts filing a new patent for a foldable headset.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 14 Jul 2019 03:35:00 +0200
A current pair of Vuzix smart glasses. (Source: Vuzix)

New Vuzix patent may enhance the next generation of smart glasses

Vuzix has filed a new patent with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). It will inform future smart glasses made by this OEM, particularly regarding their use in augmented reality (AR) applications. Vuzix also claims that it...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 03 Jul 2019 19:13:00 +0200
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite loading screen (Source: Own)

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite now live (almost) globally

Announced in early November 2017 and released as a Beta back in April/May (New Zealand/Australia), Harry Potter: Wizards Unite finally became available for the general public — on both Android and iOS — on June 21. However, this m...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:32:00 +0200
An up-to-date render for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. (Source: Business Today)

TOF camera now projected for Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Samsung has just allegedly trademarked a product called "Make & Play 3D", which apparently involves a time-of-flight (TOF) module that brings depth-sensing to devices such as smartphones. This suggests that upcoming releases from ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 21 Jun 2019 18:57:00 +0200
An OLED micro-display. (Source: Road to VR)

The micro-display market will be worth over US$3 billion by 2025

A micro-display is a panel that may be made of conventional materials such as OLED or LCD, yet are 2 inches at most on the diagonal. They are incorporated into everyday devices such as digital cameras, and in emerging categories s...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 12 Jun 2019 17:37:00 +0200
Games will almost certainly make a huge market in the near future. (Source: Medical Xpress)

The games industry could be worth up to US$179 billion in 5 years

The video-game industry could accrue as much as US$179.1 billion by 2024. This is in line with a new market-research report on the subject. This valuation may be driven by conventional platforms such as mobile devices, PCs and con...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 01 Jun 2019 14:18:00 +0200
Game of Thrones' Beyond the Wall is set to launch on VIVEPORT. (Source: HBO)

HTC's VIVEPORT is offering its subscribers a trip beyond the Wall of Westeros

Viveport Infinity is a service that pulls together VR experiences from numerous different publishers for a single monthly fee. To this end, "Beyond the Wall", an HBO/Game of Thrones product, launches on this platform tomorrow (Ma...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 30 May 2019 19:54:00 +0200
The new Bose Headphones 700 offer 11 levels of noise cancelling for US$399. (Source: Bose)

Bose Headphones 700 are its all-new US$399 noise-cancelling cans

Bose has launched an all-new range of premium noise cancelling headphones. The first to hit the market is the new Headphones 700 that packs in 11 levels of noise cancellation.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 30 May 2019 09:20:00 +0200
The new Smart Viewer Reference Design is based on the Snapdragon XR1 Platform. (Source: Legit Reviews)

Qualcomm unveils a new Smart Viewer Reference Design

Qualcomm is at the Augmented World Expo (AWE) to launch its new Snapdragon Smart Viewer Reference Design. It is a reference VR headset based on the XR1 Platform. This device has a DJI display, up-to-date controllers, interfaces an...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 29 May 2019 14:47:00 +0200
The new Oculus Quest. (Source: Oculus)

Oculus Quest now available, starts at $399 for a 64GB set

The Quest is Oculus' first all-in-one virtual reality (VR) headset. It is available for sale from today (May 21, 2019). It is also a truly wireless VR set, and uses the company's imaging and touch-sensor technology to deliver this...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 21 May 2019 15:15:00 +0200
The HTC Vive VR set. (Source: B&H)

The VR gaming market will be worth just over US$40 billion in 5 years

According to a new report, the virtual reality (VR) gaming market will grow from its most recent US$10.3 billion valuation to one of $40.2 billion in 2024. This is likely to be driven by advancements in VR equipment design and fun...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 May 2019 21:46:00 +0200
The alleged Intel patent in image form. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Intel may be working on a particularly futuristic smartphone

According to a patent filed with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), Intel may be considering the manufacture of its own smartphone. This device may follow the dual-display trend set by Vivo and Nubia, and also allegedl...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 May 2019 18:47:00 +0200
The 2-in-1 notebook category may grow at the highest rate between now and 2025. (Source: AO.com)

The global notebook market will be worth just over US$100 billion in 6 years

The latest report by the market analysis group Grand View Research indicates that the laptop market will be worth US$108.91 billion worldwide by 2025. This is based on data collected from 2014 to 2019, and shows that the segment f...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 06 May 2019 17:37:00 +0200
Slightly Mad's Mad Box console project has been affected by Google Stadia. (Image source: Trusted Reviews)

The future of Slightly Mad's Mad Box console that proposed VR gaming at 120 FPS is looking grim

An executive for Slightly Mad Studios has admitted that the future development of the Mad Box console is looking “questionable”. Slightly Mad, which is the company behind the Project CARS series of games, revealed it was planning ...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 03 May 2019 10:56:00 +0200
The Oculus Quest is powered by a Snapdragon 835. (Source: Oculus)

The Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S are inbound on May 21, pre-orders now open

Facebook’s Oculus has announced that its two newest VR headsets will begin shipping on May 21. The Oculus Quest is the company’s first all-in-one VR gaming system while the Oculus Rift S is the successor t the original Oculus Rift...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 01 May 2019 11:39:00 +0200
Samsung will most likely launch a gaming smartphone together with the PlayGalaxy Link mobile gaming service. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Samsung may launch its PlayGalaxy Link mobile gaming service together with a gaming smartphone

Apple already announced its Apple Arcade gaming service, and Samsung clearly does not want to miss on this big opportunity, as the gaming industry is enticed by streaming services like the Google Stadia. Samsung's upcoming PlayGal...
Bogdan Solca, Mon, 29 Apr 2019 20:15:00 +0200
The Nikon Z 7 full-frame camera is part of the "Capture the Savings" event. (Source: Nikon)

Nikon's latest sale offers numerous discounts on its Z Series full-frame cameras, some DSLRs and lenses

Today (28 April 2019), Nikon opens its "Capture the Savings" event. It offers "instant savings" on products such as the award-winning Z Series full-frame camera bodies, as well as the D-series DLSRs and many types of Nikkor lenses...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 28 Apr 2019 19:04:00 +0200
The classic Legend of Zelda title is indeed coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2019. (Source: Engadget)

Nintendo financial report confirms new Pokemon and Zelda titles in 2019

Nintendo's latest earnings report covers the years ending March 2018 and 2019. They show generally positive results, including a 13.7% year-on-year increase in net sales. The text of this report also states that the release of Pok...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 27 Apr 2019 17:39:00 +0200
This new AI method of converting video to playable characters may be the evolution of the Animoji and its ilk. (Source: MacRumors)

Facebook researchers develop AI method to convert videos of people into playable game characters

A trio of IT researchers affiliated with Facebook have created a new method to turn a video of an individual performing a series of actions (e.g. a dance) into a 3D 'game character'. This character - and its associated movements -...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 22 Apr 2019 16:24:00 +0200
Sony confirms PlayStation 5 specifications: 7 nm Zen 2 CPU, Navi GPU, 8K, 3D audio, and more

Sony confirms PlayStation 5 specifications: 7 nm Zen 2 CPU, Navi GPU, 8K, 3D audio, and more

Mark Cerny, lead architect behind the PlayStation 4, has confirmed several details about the specifications of Sony's next-generation console. The PlayStation 5, as it is rumored to be called, will run on an AMD APU consisting of ...
Sam Medley, Tue, 16 Apr 2019 23:38:00 +0200
Rey as she appears in the first trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (Source: Disney)

Star Wars: Vader Immortal game trailer, artwork leaks for Jedi Fallen Order and Episode IX trailer

It’s a big day for Star Wars fans. The first trailer for the Episode IX, officially titled “The Rise of Skywalker,” has landed, along with the first game-play trailer for the new “Vader Immortal” VR game and leaked artwork from Re...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 13 Apr 2019 02:38:00 +0200
Marvel's Iron Man VR is currently in development. (Source: IGN)

Sony announces 4.2 million PlayStation VR headset sales; Iron Man VR should help sell some more

Sony has revealed in a PlayStation blog post that 4.2 million PlayStation VR headsets have been sold worldwide up to March 3. The PlayStation VR device was released in October 2016 and had passed one million sales by June 2017. A ...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:43:00 +0100
The new Oculus Rift S is an iterative improvement over the original. (Source: Oculus)

Oculus and HP reveal new VR headsets

Oculus and HP have unveiled their latest VR headsets during GDC week in San Francisco. The new headsets are a step up their previous efforts and feature improved optics, comfort and overall performance.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 22 Mar 2019 04:17:00 +0100
In addition to the growing game library that already has more than 500 titles, GeForce Now will allow users to bring their own games from platforms like Steam. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud gaming platform is ready for launch

Nvidia's own game streaming service is currently featuring more than 500 game titles, and users will be able to bring more games from platforms like Steam. Backed by new RTX blade servers with scalable RTX 2080 performance and bla...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 19 Mar 2019 21:27:00 +0100

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