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LG's 4.3-inch OLED VR screen has a 4:3 aspect ratio. (Source: RoadToVR)

Google and LG working on ~5K virtual reality displays

A new paper compiled by LG and Google researchers stipulates that the human eye has a resolution of about 9600 x 9000 pixels with a FOV of 160 x 150 degrees. The new LG OLED VR screen is not there yet, but i certainly seems to be ...
Sony Xperia Ear Duo headphones will ship May 31. (Source: Sony)

Futuristic Sony Xperia Ear Duo headphones up for pre-order, ship May 25

Sony's futuristic Xperia Ear Duo headphones are now up for pre-order in the US. The headphones allow listeners to hear both music or voice overs at the same time as being able to hear ambient sounds around them.
Oculus Go VR headset goes on sale for US$199

Oculus Go VR headset goes on sale for US$199

The Oculus Go standalone VR headset has officially been launched and is available for immediate purchase. The Facebook-owned company is shipping the headset to 23 countries starting today, from US$199 for the 32 GB model.
Intel 'Coffee Lake-H' Performance Comparison: A worthy upgrade from 'Kaby Lake'?

Intel 'Coffee Lake-H' Performance Comparison: A worthy upgrade from 'Kaby Lake'?

The 8th generation 'Coffee Lake-H' chips for enthusiast notebooks are finally here. Intel is doing all it can to woo the masses back from AMD Ryzen by increasing core counts and boosting clocks. This generation also sees the rebranding of the Core i7-HK series as the 'Core i9'. Intel naturally claims significant improvements over the 7th generation 'Kaby Lake' but does it actually hold true? What do the new CPUs mean for the mobile enthusiast? Our preliminary review of new 'Coffee Lake-H' Core i7-8750H-powered notebooks tells what's improved and what's not. We also list out some of the notebooks that will debut this Spring sporting the new chips.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Swiping down from all screens will bring up the Gear S2's Quick Panel. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung releases Gear S2 software update with new functions

Samsung’s wearable, the Gear S2, has received a new software upgrade from the South Korean manufacturer. The user interface has been overhauled, the Samsung Health widget has been enhanced, and the watch can be used in conjunction...
Acer has stated that the Chromebook Tab 10 will support augmented reality some time in the future. (Source: Softpedia)

Acer reveals the Chromebook Tab 10 tablet

Acer has unveiled a Chrome-based tablet aimed at the education sector. This is the first tablet to be released using Chrome as its operating system, and Acer has given it the name Chromebook Tab 10. The 9.7-inch device includes a ...
Asus FX503VM (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review

82% Asus FX503VM (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review

Plastic, pragmatic. The Asus FX503VM is a mid-tier gaming laptop at a budget-minded price. Although there are some cut corners, the overall package is capable, competent, and attractive.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
The Lenovo Mirage Camera is a point-and-shoot VR content creation solution compatible with Daydream. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo Mirage VR Camera is now up for pre-order

Lenovo will ship its Mirage VR Camera on May 4 in the US. The point-and-shoot camera was made in collaboration with Google and supports Google Daydream VR headsets and smartphones.
The HTC Vive Pro is now available for pre-order. (Source: HTC)

HTC’s wireless Vive Pro VR headset goes up for pre-order

HTC’s second-generation VR headset, the Vive Pro, is now up for pre-order. Improved in every key area over the original, the company is hoping the addition of wireless support will help to attract new users put off by being tether...
A demonstration of a scene rendered in real-time via RTX. (Images: Nvidia)

GDC 2018 | Nvidia's RTX real-time ray tracing promises to bring lifelike lighting via Volta GPUs

Nvidia's new RTX technology may bring real-time ray tracing to gaming and other media. Ray tracing results in incredibly realistic lighting, which has long been a difficult process for most game engines to handle in real-time. In ...
The Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo Snapdragon 835-powered Mirage Solo Daydream VR headset coming May 11

First introduced at CES 2018 with a planned mid-year launch, Lenovo’s Mirage Solo Daydream VR headset will land on May 11. The device features what is effectively a built-in smartphone to provide a completely untethered VR experie...
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1080) Mini PC Review

Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1080) Mini PC Review

Bigger, faster, better value? The Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 is one of the most powerful small form factor desktops on the market. While relatively small compared to traditional desktops, it is twice as large as other Zotac ZBOX devices. Zotac puts this extra space to good use by packing in a full desktop Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) | | 3.3 kg
The MotoMod Virtual Viewer. (Source: Evan Blass)

Latest MotoMod is a VR headset, courtesy of a leak

Motorola looks set to release a new VR-based headset as a MotoMod for its Z series smartphones. The new headset also looks like it might have the backing of Oculus, if its headstrap is any indication.
This is just a fan-made render of the upcoming PS5. (Source:

Rumor | PlayStation 5 dev kits already tested by select third-party game devs

PlayStation 5 is most likely not going to be released this year, but dev kits being distributed this early could mean that the next version could be launched in 2019 at the soonest. Sony might also be concerned that the XBox One X...
The Oculus Rift headset had an introductory price of US$599.99. (Source: The Verge)

Oculus Rift VR headsets defeated by runtime service issue

Oculus Rift virtual reality headset owners have been struggling to operate their devices today due to an issue with the Oculus Runtime Service. Users who have tried to open the app have faced an error message stating “Can’t Reach ...
Asus ROG Strix GL703VM Scar Edition (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD 120 Hz) Laptop Review

84% Asus ROG Strix GL703VM Scar Edition (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD 120 Hz) Laptop Review

Hotter, Louder, Faster, Stronger. The Asus ROG Strix GL703VM is a more powerful version of the GL703VD, which we reviewed back in October. In addition to a faster GPU, the GL703VM brings a 120 Hz display, but fan noise and temperatures leave room for improvement.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.7 kg
Firmament should be the next release for game studio Cyan, Inc. (Source: Eurogamer)

Myst developer Cyan releases teaser for new game

The talented folk at Cyan, Inc. have released a cinematic trailer for the upcoming game, Firmament. A spectral voice narrates as the viewer is steered around some truly stunning graphics while briefly exploring the latest world be...
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are finally official. (Images: Samsung)

MWC 2018 | Samsung Galaxy S9 debuts with variable-aperture camera, AR Emojis, and more

They're finally here. The latest flagships from Samsung, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, share a lot in common with last year's S8 and S8+ with some incremental improvements. The biggest change lies in the camera, which now features...
Google has partnered with Porsche to give users an AR experience in their driveway. (Source: Google)

MWC 2018 | AR apps to start hitting the Play Store as ARCore goes live

Google has used MWC to announce the that its ARCore SDK is now in version 1.0 allowing developers to start populating the Play Store with new AR-powered apps. The company says there are 100 million phone in circulation, with more ...
LG V30S ThinkQ launched

MWC 2018 | LG V30S ThinkQ launched

LG has launched its modestly revamped V30 dubbed the V30S ThinQ. The new model is the first from LG to include new AI-inspired software features, largely centered around improving its photographic capabilities.
Apple CEO Tim Cook striking a visionary pose for Fast Company. (Source: Ioulex)

Apple's product pipeline is "into the 2020s" according to Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed that it is working on products now that won't ship until well into the 2020s. Although it is obvious Apple works on products in advance of their launch, the company has never been quite this specifi...
HP previously partnered with Apple in 2004 to resell its iPod with HP branding. (Source: Wikipedia)

HP to officially resell Apple products

HP will be reselling Apple's iPhone, iPad and Macs to its enterprise customers. The new program is aimed at giving its customers a one-stop solution for the deployment and support of multiple devices and operating systems in the w...
HP Omen X 17 (7820HK, GTX 1080, 120 Hz FHD) Laptop Review

87% HP Omen X 17 (7820HK, GTX 1080, 120 Hz FHD) Laptop Review

X marks the spot. HP has unleashed a beast in the form of the HP Omen X 17. With a high-refresh rate panel, an overclockable Core i7 CPU, and the most powerful mobile GPU currently on the market, does the Omen X 17 have the "X factor" it needs to stand apart from the crowd, or is it just white noise in a highly competitive performance tier?
Intel Core i7-7820HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 4.9 kg
Apple has teamed with LG and Valve to invest in eMagin's OLED microdisplays. (Source: eMagin)

Apple, LG, Valve teaming up for investment in eMagin for VR and AR

Apple has teamed up with LG and Valve to invest in eMagin, a company that has developed industry-leading technology in OLED microdisplays for use in AR and VR headsets. The move is indicative that Apple could be on track to releas...
Prices have skyrocketed as supply dwindles of Nvidia GPUs like the GTX 1080Ti (Source: Nvidia)

Like AMD, Nvidia promises to ramp up GPU production

Nvidia has recorded its highest quarterly revenue as the market for GPUs explodes thanks to both mining and gaming. The company says that in response, it is doing everything it can to increase supply to meet demand.
Sony headquarters, Toyko, Japan. (Source: Zimbio)

Sony reports strong quarterly financial results, but loses ground in smartphones

Sony's third quarter results for 2017/18 show the company is performing well regarding profitability, with gaming, financial, semiconductor, and music standing out for income contribution. Mobile communication profitability drops ...
The Oculus Go devkit has made an appearance in the wild. (Source: Reddit)

Oculus Go devkit leak shows strong app support

Facebook-owned Oculus is getting closer to the launch of its new standalone Oculus Go headset as the leak of its devkit highlights. Also revealed is that the device will have a rich selection of over 1000 apps when it launches ear...
Kazuo Hirai at Mobile World Congress 2013. (Source: Cellanr via flickr)

Kazuo Hirai steps down from Sony CEO role, replaced by man responsible for selling off VAIO

During the presentation of Sony's Q3 2017 financial ressults, they announced the resignation of their current President and CEO, Kazuo Hirai, to be replaced by Kenichiro Yoshida. Hirai's time at the top was defined by a return to ...
PowerVR Series8XT GT8540 GPU layout (Source: Imagination Technologies)

Need to drive six 4K monitors at 60 Hz on the go? Imagination has a solution for that

The new PowerVR Series8XT GT8540 GPU uses Imagination Technologies' Furian architecture and provides an 80 percent fill rate gain over its predecessor. Even more, it can feed up to six 4K displays at 60 fps simultaneously.
CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018 has come and gone, and we have witnessed OEMs showcasing the best of their innovations. While we had some noteworthy announcements that will shape the tech industry for years to come, there were also a lot of me-too products on display as well. We recap the event to look at some of the products that were show-stoppers and discuss what they may indicate for the overall tech landscape this year.
This is probably the closest most people will get to piloting mecha. (Image: Nintendo)

Nintendo wants you to make your own Switch peripherals out of cardboard with Nintendo Labo

Nintendo's latest innovation is something completely out of left field: cardboard toys and accessories for their highly successful Switch console. Dubbed "Nintendo Labo," the new project allows Switch users to build things like a ...
Portable Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 dock integrates a GTX 1050 GPU (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2018 | Portable Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 dock integrates a GTX 1050 GPU

The docking station will turn your Ideapad into a decent gaming machine for about $400 USD.
Image: HTC

CES 2018 | HTC's Vive Pro is a higher-res wireless VR headset for enthusiasts

Answering criticisms of its earlier VR headset, HTC's new Vive Pro cuts the cable, adds built-in headphones, and brings much more pixel-dense displays for a more immersive VR gaming experience.
The XG Station Pro's all-aluminum enclosure makes it much more professional-looking than Asus's previous eGPU offerings.

CES 2018 | The Asus XG Station Pro is the grown-up brother to the ROG XG Station 2 eGPU

Asus has put forward another eGPU offering this CES. With an external 330W power supply and all-aluminum chassis, the XG Station Pro aims to be quieter and sleeker than competitors.
The Intel-AMD MCM is now official. (Source: Intel)

CES 2018 | Intel finally lifts the curtains off its 8th gen Core CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics

After a droolworthy announcement last year, Intel has finally taken wraps off its much hyped Intel-AMD MCM. The MCM is available in 65W and 100W total package power and will soon start showing up in notebooks and NUCs this year.
The Oculus Go has been spotted in an FCC listing. (Source: Mobielkopen)

Oculus Go could come in 32 GB and 64 GB variants

An FCC listing reveals that the Oculus Go will come in 32 GB and 64 GB variants. Apart from the storage differences, both models are identical in all other aspects.
The new fanless ZBOX mini PCs can now accommodate overclocked Kaby Lake-R CPUs. (Source: Zotac)

Zotac announces this year's mini PC updates

The 2018 Zotac mini PCs will get CPUs ranging from Gemini Lake ultra-low voltage chips to six-core gen 8 processors from Intel. The fanless models will feature redesigned chassis that support processors with TDPs up to 25 W, allow...
Nissan is working on cars that can read your mind

CES 2018 | Nissan is working on cars that can read your mind

Nissan is developing a new technology, named Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V), that will help car interpret human thoughts. The aim of the tech is to help newer cars better anticipate driver decisions and work with the human operator rather...
The Oculus Touch 2. (Source: Telenews)

Man dies while playing a VR video game in Russia

A 44-year-old Russian man has been reported dead after he crashed into a glass table and suffered significant wounds while playing a VR video game in his apartment.
The Nomadeec telemedicine platform will be showcased during CES 2018. (Source: VRFocus)

CES 2018 | Exelus to showcase emergency telemedicine using the Microsoft HoloLens

Exelus has announced the availability of the Nomadeec platform on the HoloLens that will enable EMTs and paramedics to get real-time information of patient vitals and medical records. It will also enable them to directly teleconfe...
Japan Display plans to release an improved 1,000 ppi screen next year. (Source: JDI)

Japan Display announces 803ppi and 1,000 ppi LCD screens for VR headsets

The dreaded "screen door" effect that plagues the current VR headsets will soon be a thing of the past with Japan Display's 803 ppi and 1,000 ppi LCD screens.
Grab an Alienware 15 R3 with a GTX 1070 for USD $1450

UPDATE: Sale over | Grab an Alienware 15 R3 with a GTX 1070 for USD $1450

The Nvidia GTX 1070-equipped Alienware 15 R3 is currently on sale at Best Buy for USD $1450, or $350 less than its retail price.
The UFS 2.1 memory chips will use Toshiba's 64-layer BICS 3D TLC NAND technology. (Source: Toshiba)

Toshiba announces UFS 2.1 mobile storage chips with up to 900 MB/s sequential read speeds

The new UFS 2.1 storage memory chips integrate Toshiba's 64-layer BICS 3D TLC NAND technology, and will target mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and standalone VR headsets. Providing sequential read speeds of up to 900 M...
Snapdragon 845 will be featured in Samsung's Galaxy S9 and Xiaomi's Mi7 flagship smartphones. (Source: Qualcomm)

Rumor | Upcoming Snapdragon 845 SoCs to feature third gen Kryo cores

The new Kryo cores should include four ARM Cortex-A75 processors and four efficient Cortex-A53 cores, along with the Adreno 630 GPU. The Snapdragon 845 is also expected to support quad 25 MP cameras (2 front + 2 rear) and the X20 ...
HDMI 2.1 will be enabled through Ultra High Speed HDMI cables that have a 48 Gbps throughput. (Source: HDMI Forum)

Final HDMI 2.1 specifications released with 8K, 10K and dynamic HDR support

Other new features include enhanced audio return channel, variable refresh rate, quick media switching, quick frame transport, auto low latency mode, and display stream compression (DSC). The 2.1 standard actually allows [email protected] ...
HoloTouch claims Microsoft is infringing on two of its patents. (Source: Microsoft)

HoloLens lands Microsoft patent lawsuit and "triple damages" threat

HoloTouch claims Microsoft's HoloLens is infringing on two of its patents involving a touch-less way of controlling devices, and a design that optimizes the power consumption, size and weight of a holographic head-mounted device. ...
DJI has released a racing edition of its Goggles for drones. (Source: DJI)

DJI releases new racing Goggles for drone racing

DJI is getting serious about drone racing. The latest version of its Goggles is targeted at the burgeoning drone racing market and offers a number of feature upgrades over its standard model.
Apple believes its AR headset could be a technology game changer. (Source: Affinity VR)

Rumor | Apple working on its own AR headset, believes it to be a game changer

Apple is rumored to be developing its own Augmented Reality (AR) headset independent of its existing mobile offerings, running custom parts and software. The company is said to be targeting a late-2019 to early-2020 launch for th...
Apple drops some loose change on AR startup Vrvana

Apple drops some loose change on AR startup Vrvana

Apple has acquired mixed reality headset startup Vrvana for a reported US$30 million. With its own headset rumored for 2018, it is likely that we will see Vrvana's unique technology rolled into Apple's own product.
Medion Erazer X1000 MR Glasses (Windows Mixed Reality) Review

Medion Erazer X1000 MR Glasses (Windows Mixed Reality) Review

Next try. Even though the basic technology has been around for a while, Virtual Reality has not achieved a sweeping success yet. With Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft makes a new attempt, competing against the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. We are testing the VR system with the Medion Erazer X1000.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)