Business, Hardware, Mobile, News, Smartphones, Virtual Reality (VR)

Lenovo Sells 10,000 VR Sets in Less than a Second

While the VR hypetrain is gearing up, the question is will the sales follow, or will VR and latter, AR land flat, just like the 3D hype-train ended? The answer to that question is simple – market interest and actual sales results. Pre-orders for Oculus Rift showed that the demand is there, and if you want to order the Rift CV1 today, you won’t get your hands on one before July 2016. While Facebook / Oculus are not disclosing how much units they have in production, it’s hard to gauge interest. Lenovo came out with a different concept, which is tested and proven worldwide, but the

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Analysis, Business, , Global Politics, Google, News, , VR World

Earth vs. Social: Facebook is the Largest Nation in the World

Facebook often claims they are the largest social network in the world. Even though there are many non-humans on the list (pets), the undeniable fact is that Facebook has more people using its services than there are people living in China. If we would extrapolate the numbers of social media users and real world countries, we would get quite an interesting list. Thus, we decided to compile data from Wikipedia, showing the list of citizens in largest countries in the world, and an August 2015 report from We Are Social, a British-based analyst firm which focuses on tracking trends in the world of social media. The results

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Business, Entertainment, , News, , VR World

Facebook Gives Nielsen Access to Your Private Chat Messages

Definitions of ‘Social Media’, ‘Social Network’ and ‘Private’, ‘Personal’ are increasingly becoming distant as two continents moving apart. We received news from Electronic Frontier Foundation that Facebook enabled Nielsen, a TV ratings company – to scan information from your public and private posts and messages if the filters detect you’re discussing something about television. If you posted something about a TV show or discussed it with your friends, Nielsen plans to record it and use it for their industry-standard ratings reports. The conversations will be marked separately, as ‘Social Content Ratings’. According to Facebook, the company claims they will collect information in anonymous way, only pasting and sending content

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Analysis, Apple, Business, Companies, News, VR World

Foxconn Reportedly Pursuing The Acquisition Of Sharp

Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.) is the largest producer of electronics in the world, but it spent most of its corporate history manufacturing items for western brands. As such, the company is mostly known for producing the vast majority of Apple iPhones and the vast number of other Apple products ((iPads, MacBooks shift manufacturing from OEM to OEM on annual basis). However, just like TCL was not happy with being an unknown brand in the west (reacted by purchasing Alcatel), Foxconn wants to become a household name. In order to realize their plan, Foxconn senior management seems to be venturing into the acquisition of Sharp –

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CPU, Hardware, Mobile, Mobile Computing, News, Qualcomm, Samsung, Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S7 to Feature Gen2 14nm Exynos 8890, 5.1″ Display

As Mobile World Congress draws near, more information is coming out about all the new phones from key players in the industry. One such hotly expected family of smartphones will be 7th generation of Galaxy phones, more commonly known as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Samsung Galaxy S7, codenamed SM-G930F (the international version of S7) is expected to use a ‘Exynos 8890 version 7.0’ processor. From the information we managed to obtain, it will use Gen2 14nm FinFET process, designed and manufactured in Austin, TX. Given that 14nm is starting to look like a long node for Intel as well, as we reported yesterday

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Entertainment, Graphics, News, VR World

New Light Study in Unreal Engine 4.10 is Unbelievable

Alexandar Dracott is a world-renowned artist who specializes in lighting and other visual effects (VFX). He worked on games such as Planetside 2, Infamous: First Light, Infamous: Second Son and most recently, on Golem at Highwire Games. He just released a ‘lighting and VFX study’ using the Unreal Engine 4.10, and we believe it looks stunning – more like a real world experience, rather than something which was rendered in real-time through powerful Unreal Engine, which at the end of the day – is still a game engine. Here’s a still image from the demo: This is not the first time Alexandar posted an impressive video showcasing what

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AMD, Graphics, Hardware, News, Rumors

AMD GPUs to Come from GlobalFoundries and TSMC?

AMD received a substantial coverage at VentureBeat recently, with Dean Takahashi interviewing key executives in succession. First off was an in-depth interview with Lisa Su (CEO and Chairman of AMD), followed by an interview with Raja Koduri, Head (CEO?) of Radeon Technologies Group. RTG is AMD’s spin-off which you can compare with the spin-off of manufacturing division you now know as GlobalFoundries, just without a strong sovereign wealth fund (like Mubadala Development Company)… for now. In order to execute on a huge market opportunity in the form of Virtual Reality, RTG wants to make sure all the basics are covered. For starters, one of more painful episodes from the company

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Gaming, Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, News

OCZ Gaming Unveils Streamer Sponsorship Program

Gaming is one of largest, if not becoming the largest form of entertainment, and last several years witnessed the rebirth of PC gaming, as gaming consoles cannot keep up with the system demands of new games. As such, the way to advertise to new audiences is shifting, with a barrier of entry becoming so attractive that anyone with the right mindset and dedication can do it. Over a decade ago, I met Jonathan Wendel, who went on to become a first pro-gamer to earn over a million dollars, and creating a successful collaboration with different hardware vendors with his ‘Fatal1ty’ brand (Abit, ASRock, Creative Labs, OCZ etc.). Now,

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CPU, Hardware, Intel, News, VR World

Did Intel Got Lucky with the Skylake Freezing Bug?

UPDATE January 18, 2016 – MSI released a beta version of the BIOS which contains micro-code update that should remove the Skylake crashing bug. You can download the beta version of the BIOS for select products on their OneDrive account. Intel recently reported its quarterly and full year results, and they’re quite impressive. The company reported fourth quarter revenue of $14.9 billion, or 1% down from Q4 2014. Net income (profit) also declined to $3.61 billion. Once we look at full year results, they’re more than interesting – 2015 saw Intel recording a revenue of $55.4 billion with $11.4 billion net income. The results are quite

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Amazon, Apple, Breaking, Business, Exclusive, Google, Microsoft, Mobile, Mobile Computing, News, Smartphones, Tablets

Microsoft to Offer Data Plans, Mobile Service

MVNO or Mobile Virtual Network Operator is becoming a thing of fashion among IT giants, and could start to slowly squeeze conventional telecom operators, especially among the early adopters. Among the traditional IT names, IBM was the first that ran its own MVNO that was accessible to non-employees (back in 1990s, you could subscribe to IBM’s modem service and use it globally), but that was not widely adopted until Amazon launched its Kindle tablet, which used Qualcomm’s MVNO, and later replaced it with an in-house, SIM-free architecture for Kindle devices more known as the Whispernet. As Google seeked a path to grow, the company decided to become a fully fledged

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Breaking, Enterprise, Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, News, VR World

SSDs Beat Conventional HDDs for the First Time: 30% Higher Capacity!

Even though Solid State Drive (SSD) technology is only now reaching significant levels of popularity, capturing more and more market share, the fact of the matter is that SSD as such is not a new technology. In fact, if memory serves me right – the very first SSD came out in 1990 in the shape of NEC 5.25″ SCSI drive (anyone remembers SCSI cables?). However, this drive was actually based on RAM-chips with a built-in battery. The dawn of modern SSD’s came with the arrival of NAND Flash memory, and in 2005 Samsung made a milestone strategic decision to pronounce Flash memory and SSD as ‘the future’,

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AMD, Breaking, Enterprise, Hardware, News, VR World

AMD finally Launches K12, ARM-based Opteron

AMD’s path to this moment was a difficult one. The company spent $334 million to acquire SeaMicro, an investment which was latter written off completely, and ultimately lead to shutting down the micro-server division. At the same time, 2012 saw the announcement of ARM-based Opteron and its arrival on the product roadmap (and a continuous push back), with ARM-based AMD product being available only as a single processor, 1U half-rack development kit from a third party vendor. This changes today, with the introduction of AMD Opteron A1100 Series processors, based on a silicon codenamed ‘Seattle’ – which may or may not have to do anything with two major customers from that area. In order to bring

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Breaking, Business, News

GlobalFoundries Outs Intel from Top 3 Semiconductor Manufacturers

Industry paradigms exist to be challenged and ultimately changed. If you entered the semiconductor industry in the 1980s, 1990s or 2000s, the industry always had a single leader – Intel Corporation. Yet, that started to change as Intel’s executives and managers started to adopt the ‘you can’t beat us’ attitude, missing the boat completely on complex accelerators such as the GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) and more importantly, the mobile revolution with the SOC (System on a Chip). Industry trends shifted and different players appeared. Today, Samsung Semiconductor is the largest player in the industry, manufacturing both logic and memory, digital and analog – producing 15.5% of worldwide semiconductor output. Taiwan Semiconductor

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Entertainment, Interviews, News

David Bowie was Right About the Internet in 2000

All the media outlets and social media channels were swamped with tributes to legendary musician David Bowie. Also known as The Chameleon, his career transpired through decades, and gave inspiration to numerous musicians we all known and listen to today. However, David was also an outspoken intelectual, who often challenged the society and status quo. We stumbled on an interview from 2000, almost 16 years ago, where David talked to Jeremy Paxman about his career and trends in music. From today’s perspective, it is almost incomprehensible to understand why the Internet was so criticized and feared for – and this is something millenials will probably

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Breaking, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, News, VR World

Mushkin’s $499 4TB SSD: Made in USA Works!

Bill Gates often recommends reading books by Vaclav Smil, especially the Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing. In this book, Vaclav goes in depth why a shift in manufacturing is irreversible, and goes in depth about the errors USA made while it moved mountains in manufacturing and the unstoppable move to service-based economy. However, every opinion is subject to change, and over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a lot of manufacturing returning to the USA, from high-end components to mainstream products. Furthermore, we’re seeing several Chinese companies moving the production to the North American continent. Faraday Future raised a lot

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Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

EVGA Launches ‘VR Edition’ Graphics Cards

Regardless of how fast the adoption of Virtual Reality happens, 2016 could be remembered as the ‘year of VR’, where a lot of companies will have to change their own design in order to create a VR experience. Adoption of VR requires significant changes to the product lineup, and the approaches could not be more different. Oculus Rift is based around stationary position, HTC Vive Pre bases itself around a living room experience (with unfortunate wires), Microsoft HoloLens concept has a whole on-your-head computer (but also requires a hook up to a very powerful multi-GPU server), etc. Regardless of what you may think about VR, the fact is that this

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Augmented Reality (AR), Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Gaming, Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Preview: HTC’s Vive Pre VR is a New Design

Several weeks ago, HTC came out with a statement that their Vive VR system, which is being developed together with Valve Corporation and their SteamVR platform – is being pushed back from December 2015 to April 2016. While the company kept mum on the reasons for the delay, they insisted it wasn’t related to manufacturing issues, but rather because of ‘technological breakthrough’. On CES 2016, HTC and Valve finally released the images of completed products, and we have to admit they look quite different compared to the Vive VR setup we tested in November. Under the retail product name HTC Vive Pre, the company introduced what is a third generation of

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AMD, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), CPU, Hardware, News

AMD Prepares Wraith, First New Product in a Decade

For the first time since the acqusition of ATI Technologies Inc., in 2006, AMD / RTG is preparing a launch of a new product line-up. If you thought that merger between Continental and United Air Lines lasts for too long, think of this – AMD had engineers between Server and Desktop CPU teams and the APU team not talking to each other nine years (!) after the integration of ATI Technologies into the AMD family. Luckily, things are finally changing (after both Intel and NVIDIA walked all over AMD, taking full advantage of AMD’s mistakes due to its  HEO 1.0 – ‘Heterogeneous Engineering Organization’) and the company is getting ready

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Breaking, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Entertainment, News

Netflix Goes Global, Available in 120 Countries

Netflix used CES to make an announcement we all expected for too long – the online video streaming juggernaut finally managed to secure global rights for the content showed. Unlike previous (blackmailed) negotiations, Netflix did not cave to Hollywood’s content distribution cartel and made its entire portfolio available to users in 120 countries around the globe. This means that you can watch all the shows and movies Netflix has to offer, meaning users that were stifled and forced to use torrents to get the latest content – finally getting an opportunity to legally watch the content that 91% of bit-torrent users would gladly pay for (according to a survey

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Augmented Reality (AR), Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Gaming, Hardware, Military, News, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Vuzix Launches New AR and VR Products

While there is a lot of focus on companies that are announcing their VR and AR products, the realities are that those ‘loud’ announcements serve to hide the fact that those companies are not shipping. On the other hand, there are companies such as Vuzix Corporation, which ship AR/VR products for years now – just not in the limelight. “Augmented and Virtual Reality are no longer concepts from science fiction movies, and we are at the forefront of bringing that technology to the world,” says Paul Travers, President and Chief Executive Officer at Vuzix. “Our award-winning lineup of AR/VR solutions and patented technologies reflect our extensive experience

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