Google has announced that they are moving on from Tango, their augmented reality platform, in favour of their newer ARCore platform. The announcement came via Twitter last Friday. “We’re turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018,” the Tango team said in a Tweet. “Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years. We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore,” they concluded. Tango’s fate appears to be largely a result of software becoming more capable. While Tango required cameras and IR sensors to locate and orient itself to objects in
Global quarterly VR headset shipments achieve new record
Uptake of virtual reality hardware continues its upward trend, according to the latest numbers from independent market analysis firm, Canalys. In a report issued Monday, the company indicated that total global shipments of VR headsets set a new milestone, exceeding one million units during the just completed 3rd quarter. Meanwhile, Sony, Oculus, and HTC continue to dominate the VR hardware marketplace, with an 86% combined market share. One driver of headset acquisitions was a temporary-turned-permanent price cut by Oculus in Q3, who matched Playstation’s VR headset price point at $399. This precedes the upcoming release of Oculus’ $199 Go standalone headset, expected next year. “VR
ASUS Expedition Targets eSports and VR Cafes
Gaming is not just popular in China, it’s more widespread than mainstream sports. For example, there are over 540 million registered gamers in China. United States has 325.5 million, while European Union has 510.1 million people. Unlike its western counterparts, massive number of gamers in China play not in their homes, but rather in locations such as iCafes i.e. ‘internet cafes’. According to a report from Niko Partners, the research company in Asian Games Market Intelligence, in 2015 there were 146,000 icafes with 20 million daily users. In 2016., revenues from mobile, PC and console games in China exceeded $26 billion. Besides the mobile gaming, internet cafe is
Five Days Later: A Hard Look at New Apple Macs
Apple’s event took place on Thursday, October 27th, 2016. We were on the live stream to see the first new hardware presented and were left wondering is the spirit of Apple, company which sparked a lot of emotions from the second return of Steve Jobs to his untimely departure. The new MacBook Pro, available in Silver and Space Gray configurations, refreshed for the first time since May 2015. It’s available with either a 13- or 15-inch display featuring a touch bar, simply called Touch Bar, replacing the row of function keys. The Touch Bar was initially evidenced by a set of product photos leaked by Apple itself ahead
ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q Gaming Monitor Revealed
Earlier this week, Asus announced two new 27-inch monitors; the PG279Q and PG27AQ. After years of slow improvement in the monitor business, we are finally seeing an influx of 4K models with superb image quality and amazing display speeds. Yes, speeds. With 27 inches of sizes, both these beasts are somewhat smaller than the 30 inches sized flagships we’ve grown a custom to see lately. But overall, nobody should take this as a drawback. Out of these two, the ASUS ROG PG279Q is the more run of the mill product. It features a 2560×1440 resolution, but it also comes with an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel
ASUS ROG GX700 Water-Cooled Gaming Laptop Revealed
The ASUS ROG GX700 is a beast posing as a laptop. It caters to the high-performance oriented gaming crowd more than it does to anyone else. It’s not an ultra portable machine, but it never intends to be one either. The GX700 displays a novelty in laptops; water cooling. While its portability is an issue compared to ultrabooks and similar machines available today, the sheer power of this particular laptop makes it irrelevant in most situations. The ASUS ROG GX700 water-cooled gaming laptop features an Intel Core i7-6820HK Skylake processor, an nVidia GeForce GTX 980 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 memory and plenty of power
ASUS Enterprise Road to Nowhere – Whither Taiwan IT Industry?
Taiwan IT industry, for a long time the leading among all Asian nations in terms of hardware manufacturing, has had its ups and downs over the decades. Does anyone still remember FIC (First International Computer), once the world’s leading mainboard maker? Or Elitegroup as the close second, while today’s leaders, Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI were far behind? Not many do… The gigantic Formosa Plastics consortium, which owned FIC, continued down the road with VIA Technologies and HTC, showing their love for three lettered acronyms. While these two still survive, the twisted sense of marketing and PR in these companies – one of the stones around their
Asus Brings Wearables, Tablets to Computex 2015
Asus starts another Computex by launching new wearables and tablets at the show in Taipei.
Gigabyte Overtakes Asus To Become Largest Motherboard Vendor In Q1 2015
The motherboard segment as a whole, however, is set for a decline when compared to last year.
Asus Zenfone 2 To Launch In India By The End Of April
The Zenfone 2 will be the first device in India to offer 4GB RAM.
Thomas Pabst: Is the Computing Business Getting Boring?
Tom’s Hardware founder and VR World Industry Fellow Thomas Pabst takes a good hard look at where the PC business is going in his inaugural column.
Asus Settles With FCC For $240,000
Fine settles case of WiFi routers and tablets broadcasting beyond permitted power.
Asus’ Balls of Steel vs. Apple’s Golden MacBook and Watch
Asus gets aggressive in its marketing, and goes after Apple’s two new flagship products.
Asus Zenbook UX305 Now Available For Order at $699
Asus might have a Macbook Air killer on its hands.
Tablet Market Enters Its Maturity: Research
Research said that the total amount of global tablet shipments has slowed down.
The iPhone 6 Is the Best-Seller in Taiwan for December: Statistics
The iPhone 6 64GB was the most popular smartphone in Taiwan for last December
Acer and Asus Losing Competition to Rivals in the Europe, Middle East and Africa: IDC
IDC’s latest report said that Acer’s and Asus’ business in the Europe, Middle East and Africa is shrinking
CES 2015: Asus Unveils Zenfone 2 With 4 GB RAM, Zenfone Zoom
Asus’ Zenfone 2 features stellar hardware for the $199 asking price.
PC Enthusiats: What Can We Expect to See at CES 2015?
With CES right around the corner and the industry’s marketing efforts going into overdrive, what is it that we will likely see next week?
Most Taiwanese People Possess Mobile Devices: Research
Institute for Information Industry’s latest research discovered that most Taiwanese people are mobile device users