Some exciting things are happening in the world of virtual reality, and we're not just talking about the Oculus Rift. Multiple companies are jumping on board with the VR movement, including chip maker Qualcomm, which unveiled its Vuforia mobile vision platform that developers can use to build augmented reality (AR) applications for a new generation of digital hardware.
Company focusing on businesses more than consumers
It appears that the future of traditional PCs doesn’t look too bright, at least where Toshiba is concerned. Toshiba announced that it is shifting away from consumer PCs and focusing more on business PCs as part of a restructuring effort.
Square Enix has slowly been bringing the Final Fantasy franchise to the PC platform. After re-releasing Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII, the developer has been bringing some of the other older games in the franchise over. However, Square Enix has announced that the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy is coming to the PC platform.
Microsoft's restructuring effort will see a total of 18,000 job reductions
Today was a tough one in Redmond. Continuing with a restructuring plan announced earlier this year, Microsoft today handed out an additional 2,100 pink slips as part of a second wave of layoffs. When all is said and done, Microsoft will have reduced its total workforce by 14 percent, or 18,000 workers, as it looks to become a more agile company that can move faster towards its goals.
BitFenix today announced the release of its Pandora, a stylish and relative compact case made of brushed aluminum. In addition to its unique looks, the Pandora sports an integrated LCD panel (TFT) that measures 2.4 inches and is hidden discreetly behind the front panel. You can download software from BitFenix that allows you to upload your own images using a drag-and-drop interface.
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Upgraded rodent now features an 8200 DPI laser sensor
Gaming peripheral maker Tesoro went back and updated its Shrike Laser Gaming Mouse with a few improvements, including an upgraded 8200 DPI sensor (up from 5600 DPI). The updated Shrike also features an updated programmable software UI, improved RGB LED lighting, and new color options. There are now five color choices for the Shrike to match your setup -- black, orange, white, yellow, and brushed silver.
Samsung said it has begun mass producing its 6-gigabit (Gb) low-power double data rate 3 (LPDDR3) mobile DRAM based on its 20-nanometer process technology (not to be confused with 20nm-class, which could mean anywhere from 20nm to 29nm). Why should you care? The new mobile memory chip is more efficient, which in turn will enable longer battery life in mobile devices. It could also lead to slimmer, less expensive mobile products.
Amazon decided that releasing a new Kindle Fire HD tablet wouldn't be enough, so the e-tailer went and added more than half a dozen new slates and e-readers. It begins with the introduction of two brand new Kindles starting at $79 (Kindle) and $199 (Kindle Voyage). The Kindle Voyage ups the ante with the thinnest design yet for a Kindle device (0.30 inches) and a next generation paperwhite display.
Activision Blizzard has another lucrative franchise on its hands
Though some early reviews have criticized Destiny for its repetitive game play and vague storyline, it's still raking in a lot of money for publisher Activision Blizzard. Citing Chart-Track figures, Activision Blizzard says Destiny has sold through more than $325 million worldwide in its first five days, which underscores that it's the best selling new video game franchise launch of all time.