Business, Companies, Intel, VR World

Intel Releases Business Outlook At Annual Investor Meeting

By pulling ads on Gamasutra, Intel was targeted by the biased media with a stream of biased news.

At Intel Corporation’s annual investor meeting held on Friday, the company announced that its board of directors has approved an increase in its cash dividend to $1.04 per-share on an annual basis, an eight-cent increase, beginning with the dividend that will be declared in the first quarter of 2016. Intel also provided the 2016 Business Outlook. “Our financials show that Intel’s transformation is underway, and we’re forecasting growth for 2016,” said Stacy Smith, Intel CFO. “The 2016 dividend increase reflects confidence in the strategy and Intel’s ongoing commitment to create value and return cash to shareholders.” At today’s investor meeting, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich addressed


Business, Entertainment, Gaming, News

Are Daily Fantasy Games (IL)Legal Gambling Sites?

HBO dedicated a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver show to the problem of online gambling.

In case you’ve missed it, HBO’s news show ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ ran a piece over Daily Fantasy games. The question are these games legal or not is something that both eSports and real sports and gambling industry will have to answer. We invite you to spend a bit of Friday by watching this 19 minute clip which would be amusing, if there wasn’t for a fact that the two largest players, DraftKings and FanDuel, aren’t estimated to be worth over a billion dollars each. Of course, just as with Uber, Airbnb and other ‘industry disruptors’, both DraftKings and FanDuel attracted serious, eight-


AMD, Business, CPU, Enterprise, Graphics, Hardware, Intel, Nvidia

Intel Moves to Attack NVIDIA Quadro, AMD FirePro Market

Intel Xeon Phi "Knights Landing" Chip Package

At the recently held 2015 HotChips conference, Avinash Sodani (KNL Chief Architect, Senior Principal Engineer, Intel) gave a speech how Intel plans to expand the Xeon Phi product lineup from a server-only, PCIe card concept into three different packages, which would appeal to the workstation and server customers in different fields. On SC’15 Conference, which takes place in Austin, TX – Intel finally confirmed the strategy and is coming out with a workstation product that will feature a fully-enabled Knights Landing (KNL) Many-Core processor. In the first half of 2016, the company will ship Intel-built, Intel-branded workstation powered by self-booting Xeon Phi processor. The processor will be able to boot standard


Business, Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile, Wearables

Fossil spends $260M on wearables startup Misfit


Fossil Group announced that they will enter a definitive agreement to acquire wearable startup Misfit. The acquisition thus enables the watchmaker to venture into different areas of wearable products, adding to their lineup. Misfit brings to Fossil Group a scalable cloud and app platform, a world-class software and hardware engineering team, a native wearable technology brand and a pipeline of innovative products. “We have a significant opportunity to add technology and connectivity across our platform of watches and accessories,” said Kosta Kartsotis, chief executive officer of Fossil Group. “With the acquisition of Misfit, Fossil Group will be uniquely positioned to lead the convergence of style


Business, News, VR World

IBM: Disruption has Already Happened

IBM Corporate Logo

Every day, our inbox gets flooded with gazillion startups claiming they’re on a path of market disruption. From another standpoint, numerous funds and banks love to talk about disruption and claim that we will live in a ‘brave new world’ thanks to services they provide. ‘Big Blue’, nickname for an IT giant from Armonk in New York state, decided to claim something different – that the digital disruption already happened. Now, some claims from the slide are quite exaggerated (Netflix?), but we will leave you to bring your own conclusions. The message IBM sends is quite clear and the question is what kind of services IBM offers to


Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Exclusive, Gaming, Hardware, Interviews, Qualcomm, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Inside Rivet Networks: How is Killer Reinventing Themselves?

Killer Network Logo (PRNewsFoto/Rivet Networks)

In 2006, the world saw a public debut of two add-on cards that promised to change the gaming experience forever. AGEIA debuted PhysX, or Physics Processing Unit (PPU), while a small team from Texas introduced a Killer NPU – Network Processing Unit. In 2008, AGEIA ended up acquired by NVIDIA, while Bigfoot Networks was acquired by Qualcomm and became a part of Qualcomm Atheros. A few weeks ago, we learned that something unusual happened. It is very rare that the technology, once acquired ends up back in a standalone company. To be more precise, in a company owned and run by the original co-founders. Yet,


AMD, Business, Companies

AMD Appoints Darren Grasby to President of EMEA



Business, Gaming, Mobile, Smartphones, Tablets, VR World

Activision set to buy ‘Candy Crush’ developer King Digital for $5.9B

Blizz Activision

Activision Blizzard, Inc.  today announced an agreement to acquire King Digital Entertainment for $5.9 billion in equity value ($5.0 billion in enterprise value). The addition of King’s highly-complementary business further positions Activision Blizzard for growth across platforms, audiences, genres, and business models. King Digital Entertainment is the creator of ‘Candy Crush’. The highly addictive online video game is one of the most popular mobile games in the world right now and it comes as a non-surprise that a juggernaut in the game world would decide to obtain it. The acquisition comes as one of the first for the game company, giving them a taste of the mobile game


AMD, Business, Companies, VR World

AMD reports $197 million loss for Q3 2015


AMD’s position alongside Intel in the CPU market and NVIDIA in the GPU market, is an ever declining show of bad timing in the computer world. The recently released financial results for Q3 2015 add more fuel to the doubt that is current AMD sales and revenue overall. Many have questioned the possibility of AMD getting back on track, and, while their newest hardware additions like the AMD R9 Fury are supreme products in their own right, it all may be just a bit too little, too late for them. On the other hand, we are not giving hope on the semi-conductor giant just yet,


Analysis, BMW, Business, Companies, VR World

BMW Group Achieves Record Sales


The BMW Group continues to grow its sales, achieving its best ever September result. Deliveries of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles totalled 215,413 for the month, an increase of 7.8% compared with the same period last year. It’s also been the company’s best ever first three quarters with year-to-date sales up 7.5% (1,644,810). “Despite ongoing headwinds in certain markets, BMW Group sales continue to grow steadily,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW. “We are seeing strong momentum in many European markets, while sales in much of Asia and the NAFTA region are also moving


Apple, Business, Cloud Computing, Companies, Internet of Things (IoT), News, VR World

Apple Slated To Expand iCloud Data centers


Even though their iCloud service has experienced growing pains, the need for additional space to provide safe storage for millions of their users is growing by the day. Everybody wishes to have their photos, videos and personal documents, all stored up safely and easily. Thanks to services such as iCloud from Apple, Google Drive, Dropbox, Facebook, Amazon etc. – they are (most of the times) completely available. Currently, the tech giant from Cuppertino is doing a lot of new work to expand their iCloud data centers worldwide. They are rapidly building several new clusters of buildings for its data center near Reno, Nevada, but also, the company


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Report: Amazon To Ban Sales Of Apple TV And Google Chromecast


In a true “gloves off” scenario, Amazon will ban the sales of Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices in their shop, starting October 29th. This marks another chapter in the ever going battle of streaming services and providers. It seems that the online store giant is taking none of it from Google and Apple as it won’t allow Prime Video on neither the Apple TV and Chromecast devices. Likewise, the app is also not available for the Chromecast. The current generation of Apple TV (not the newly released one) is the 14th best selling device in the entire electronics section of Amazon. Currently is ranks 4th place


AMD, Business, Companies, VR World

Report: AMD Cuts 500 Jobs To Save Costs


Advanced Micro Devices, a chip designer headquartered in Sunnyvale, California (and Austin, Texas), is cutting 500 jobs to cut costs (5% of its global workforce). The move is expected to bring the headcount down to under 9,000 employees, right in about the same number of employees as one of its competitors, NVIDIA Corporation. For anyone familiar with the processor market, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. The company has been struggling to make competitive products over the past couple of years, with even highly innovative products often not being in stock due to low availability. The chip maker is struggling to keep up with its main competitors, with Intel currently


Apple, Business, CPU, CPU Reviews, Hardware, VR World

Rumor: Apple’s Upcoming ‘A10’ is a Sexa-core Processor?


According to a rumor, Apple’s next processor should bear the name ‘A10’ and it may come with as much as six-cores. It would be manufactured using a 14 nanometer production process and it would be produced by either Samsung in Texas or TMSC in Taiwan. Original rumor mentioned 10nm process node, but that just goes to show that original source should be taken with a kilogram of sea salt on its tail. These two companies would be competing for orders, the Weibo source said. We can get behind the naming, but the rest seems a bit off as Apple is not a company known for doing major internal hardware changes.


Analysis, Breaking, Business, News, VR World

Dieselgate: VW Cheated On Emission Ratings, Criminal Charges Ahead?

VW TDI - Turbo-Diesel Engine which made VW brand famous.

According to latest news reports from reputable media sources, Volkswagen cheated on emission tests in the United States, creating a #dieselgate affair. the apparent cheat was created in order to achieve better emission ratings, showing their cars using less polluting engines than what they actually are. This news comes as a big blow to VW’s expansion plans and overall sales in United States, with a potential global impact. The reality is that Volkswagen will face huge fines, rumoured to be as high as 18 billion U.S. dollars. That is not all, though – their executives may even face criminal charges as well. Essentially, the company admitted systematically cheating on EPA tests. The cheat happened for


Breaking, Business, Cloud Computing, Enterprise, News

Cost of Meg Whitman: 88,300 Jobs Gone at HP

Margaret Cushing "Meg" Whitman, CEO HP Inc.

As the current Hewlett Packard management is proceeding with the company split into two divisions, a move started-and-stopped under the previous management, more jobs are getting cut as the company wants to ‘maximize the shareholder return’ and reduce glut which is somewhat inevitable in an organization that currently employs more than quarter of million people (September 2015: 302,000 employees worldwide). The company management lead by Margaret Cushing ‘Meg’ Whitman claims the latest round of cuts will reduce in a one-time charge of 2.7 billion USD, and produce annual savings in the same range. Two billion dollars are to be saved in the Enterprise division, while the ‘PCP’ division should save 700


Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Companies, Entertainment, Graphics, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Marriott Introduces VR Experience with Samsung GearVR

Marriott Hotels launches "VRoom Service" - a first ever in-room virtual reality travel experience. (PRNewsFoto/Marriott Hotels)

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are starting to gather steam, and unlike previous technology pushes, we’re seeing adoption on a completely new level. Following its The Marriott Teleporter 4-D VR experience, hotel chain Marriott recently teamed up with Samsung in order to bring VR experience to hotel rooms. Dubbed VRoom, this pilot program launched in just two locations in New York (Marriott Marquis) and London (Marriott Park Lane). VRoom consists out of a business suitcase available to guests of respective hotels, which contains Samsung VRGear and headphones. Once connected to hotel WiFi, you can explore Marriott VR experiences – Virtual Reality Postcards – 360 degree panoramas of


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Croatian Doctors Insert the World’s First 3D Printed Acrylic Vertebrae

3D printed vertebrae uses Acryl as the only material

3D printing or Additive Manufacturing is slowly, but certainly changing the world for the better, and shortening the time-to-market. In the world of medicine, shortening that ‘time to market’ literally means saving lives. There are numerous theoretical examples where 3D printing could save lives, and we have now witnessed  three surgeries where the technology moved patients from their death beds to recovery rooms and regular life. Only over the past 12 months, we started to see doctors using 3D printed vertebrae to help their patients. First two operations happened in China, on two separate patients. A 12-year old was operated in August 2014,  while a 21-year old cancer patient was operated


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Max Verstappen: Video Games can Improve Formula 1 Driver Skills

Max Verstappen, Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault.

Even though he can legally drive a car in Europe for just a few weeks, Max Verstappen made headlines this year, achieving several records which are likely to stay for a long time, especially after FIA imposed age-limits for Formula 1. This Scuderia Torro Rosso driver will be remembered as the youngest debutant in the Formula 1 World Championship, youngest points scorer, and if there wasn’t for poor reliability of his Renault engine, he would probably score even higher in a rare season where Scuderia Torro Rosso even has better chassis than its parent, Red Bull Racing (which is ‘pathetic’ and troublesome at the same time).


AMD, Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Companies, Entertainment, Event, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

Watch AMD’s Roy Taylor Keynote on VR Content Strategy

VRLA Summer Expo, LACC, Los Angeles, California. Picture Credit: VLRA

There’s no doubt that Virtual Reality is starting to gather steam ahead of 2016, which should marked as the year when VR ‘broke in’ – with launches and general availability of consumer versions of numerous VR headsets, such as Oculus Rift, Sony Morpheus, HTC Vive (made in collaboration with Valve), Starbreeze StarVR and many others. Developing VR content is requiring a lot of hardware horsepower, and appropriate middleware. According to key content producers such as Crytek, CCP, EA and others, AMD has a leadership on VR with its Liqid VR set of tools. In order to stimulate content developers, and explain how VR is developing, AMD supported the