Valve has updated the SteamVR feature it debuted earlier this year, adding support for the Oculus Rift DK2 head-mounted display (HMD) that began shipping late last month. With this update, the still-in-beta SteamVR, which is essentially a Steam interface for HMDs like the Oculus Rift, now supports positional tracking on Windows and OSX.
Lenovo’s server division set for sevenfold increase in global market share
Lenovo’s $2.3 billion acquisition of IBM’s x86-based server business has been given the green light by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), IBM announced in a press release Friday. All eyes had been on CFIUS, a U.S. government inter-agency body responsible for assessing security implications of such foreign investments, after the deal received the necessary regulatory approval in China last month.
You can run Microsoft Office on multiple platforms, and the same goes for some of the other products and services the Redmond outfit offers, such as OneDrive and Skype. With that kind of attention being paid to cross-compatibility, might we expect Microsoft to release its Internet Explorer browser on other OSes as well? Not in the near future. As it stands, Microsoft isn't planning to port IE over to Android or iOS in the mobile space.
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare sprouts on EA's GameTime
The original Plants vs. Zombies hooked gamers on its unique and quirky style of tower defense, and to this day it's a fun time waster, especially if you've never played it before. It was even great (and arguably better) on tablets, though that's a discussion for a different day. Today's topic is Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, a $30 third-person online shooter that's free through EA's Game Time program for a limited time.
Microsoft is planning a technology preview of Threshold next month
Now that Microsoft is no longer bothering itself with major updates for Windows 8.1, the company can switch focus to its next operating system codenamed "Threshold," or Windows 9 if you think Microsoft will keep the numbering scheme going. What will Windows 9 bring to the table? If that's a question you'd like answered, stay tuned -- Microsoft is reportedly planning a "technology preview" of Windows 9 either late next month or early October.
SmartThings confirmed today that it has been acquired by Samsung and will operate as an independent company with the South Korean company's Open Innovation Center group. The deal puts Samsung in the home automation space, a popular niche as of late with Google recently acquiring Nest and Apple owning HomeKit. It's a sensible pairing, with SmartThing building technologies that allows users to control home devices through their mobile phones.
While we sit around waiting for Intel to release its next generation processors, supplementary component makers are arming themselves with parts for upcoming platforms, and so can you. For example, Corsair today announced the availability of its Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum lines of high-speed DDR4 memory. Did you catch that? Note that this is DDR4 RAM, not DDR3.
Over the past few years it seems that both Sony and Microsoft have, at one point or antoher, demonstrated console games on PCs instead of on consoles at gaming events. This time, CentrumHercaught Microsoft using PCs to showcase an Xbox game at Gamescom.
Big performance gains are possible using DirectX 12
Intel is turning heads at SIGGRAPH 2014 by showcasing its upcoming DirectX 12 API. This year's SIGGRAPH in Vancouver is the 41st intentional conference on computer graphics, and one of the highlights is a demonstration comparing DX11 versus DX12, the latter of which underscores the relationship between performance and power. In the demo, simply switching APIs results in up to a 70 percent boost in graphics performance.
Wireless carrier to crack down on P2P file sharing
T-Mobile said it knows which subscribers are "heavy data users" and engaging in disallowed activities such as peer-to-peer file sharing and tethering outside of the wireless carrier's terms and conditions. Beginning August 17, T-Mobile will throttle 4G LTE data connections to unlimited subscriberswho use the service in ways the company doesn't allow. That includes using the service for continuous webcam posts.