News en LG Releases 31-inch 4K Monitor for Professionals Priced at $1,400 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/lg_31mu97.jpg" alt="LG 31MU97" title="LG 31MU97" width="200" height="164" style="float: right;" />Supports over 1 billion colors</h3> <p>Professional photographers, video editors, and graphic designers looking to get the sharpest images possible won’t have to look too far. <strong>LG has released the LG 31MU97 4K monitor</strong> that meets the required standards of the Digital Cinema Initiative for professional or general use.</p> <p>The <a title="LG 31MU97 product page" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">LG 31MU97</span></a>, also called the Digital Cinema 4K monitor, is a 31-inch IPS 4K monitor that is capable of helping professionals edit 4K content without resorting to image scaling. With a 4096x2160 resolution and 10-bit color, the <a title="4K monitor feature" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">4K monitor</span></a> covers 99.5 percent of the AdobeRGB spectrum and supports over 1 billion colors to provide more accurate and detailed images. In addition, there is the Dual Color Space feature which lets the monitor display two different color modes at the same time, allowing users to compare different versions of their work concurrently.&nbsp;</p> <p>For those of you that need your monitors to have multiple connections, the LG 31MU97 should be more than adequate. It&nbsp;comes with two HDMI ports, DisplayPort, MiniDP, and three USB 3.0 ports. Users will also be able to directly connect the monitor to a tablet or external HD and, according to LG, the monitor is Mac compatible.&nbsp;</p> <p>The LG 31MU97 should be available now for $1,399 at Amazon, Newegg, B&amp;H, Fry’s, and Tiger Direct.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> 4K monitor Digital Cinema 4K monitor LG LG 31MU97 lg electronics News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:08:11 +0000 Sean D Knight 28819 at Lenovo Purchases Motorola from Google for $2.91 Billion <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/lenovo_logo.jpg" alt="Lenovo Logo" title="Lenovo Logo" width="200" height="113" style="float: right;" />The deal has gone through</h3> <p>Back in <a title="MPC Lenovo Motorola deal" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">January</span></a>, it was announced that Google would be selling its Motorola division to Lenovo pending approval from authorities. Google, which had acquired the mobile company for $12.5 billion in 2012, was looking to sell it and now that all parties involved have signed off on the deal, <strong>Lenovo has acquired Motorola for $2.91 billion</strong>.</p> <p>Of the $2.91 billion, $660 million will be in cash while 519,107,215 of newly issued, ordinary shares of Lenovo stock (valued at $750 million) was transferred to Google at the close of the transaction. As for the remaining $1.5 billion, that will be paid to Google in the form of a three-year promissory note. However, a separate cash compensation of $228 million will also be paid to Google to cover the cash and working capital held by Motorola at the time when the deal closed.</p> <p>According to the deal, however, Google will maintain ownership for most of Motorola’s patent portfolio though Motorola will be given a license to the patents and other IPs in it. However, Motorola will retain 2,000 patent assets in addition to a number of patent cross-license agreements and the Motorola brand.</p> <p>With Motorola under its umbrella, Lenovo has high expectations according to Lenovo executive vice president Liu Jun who said, “With the complementary strengths of our two companies, we expect to sell more than 100 million mobile devices this year – including smartphones and tablets – by leveraging the Lenovo brand’s leading market position in China, our shared momentum in emerging markets, and Motorola’s strong foothold in mature markets like the U.S.”</p> <p>The acquisition of Motorola makes Lenovo the third largest maker of smartphones, which will now has access to the Moto X, Moto G, and Droid series of smartphones.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> Google lenovo Lenovo acquires Motorola motorola News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:42:57 +0000 Sean D Knight 28818 at MSI's GT80 Titan is World First Laptop to Sport a Mechanical Keyboard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_gt80_titan.jpg" alt="MSI GT80 Titan" title="MSI GT80 Titan" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />Finally, a gaming laptop with a mechanical plank!</h3> <p>Call us keyboard snobs if you will, but once you've experienced the pleasure of typing on a mechanical keyboard, it's difficult to go back to those squishy membrane planks. Peripheral makers have stepped up to the plate with plenty of mechanical models in the past few years, though <strong>MSI gets a virtual high-five for being the first to plop a mechanical keyboard on a gaming laptop</strong>.</p> <p>MSI's GT80 Titan uses Cherry MX Brown key switches, which are known for being light, tactile, and non-clicky. It's a popular switch among gamers because of their tactile response while remaining relatively quiet compared to Cherry MX Blue switches, which are loud by comparison.</p> <p>Little else is known about the 18.4-inch GT80 Titan, at least on an official basis. Rumor has it the GT80 Titan may wield a GTX 980 SLI configuration and up to 32GB of RAM. Given the laptop's size, we're betting on this being a full-blown desktop replacement.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability, only that it's "<a href="" target="_blank">coming soon</a>," according to the GT80 Titan's teaser page.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> cherry mx brown Gaming gt80 titan Hardware laptop mechanical keyboard msi notebook OEM rigs News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:51:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28815 at Samsung Partners with Ubisoft to Bundle Assassin's Creed Unity with Select Hardware <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/assassinscreedunity.jpg" alt="Assassin's Creed Unity" title="Assassin's Creed Unity" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Celebrate your upgrade with a free game</h3> <p>Hey, if Ubisoft and Samsung want to start handing out free games, we'll all for it. In this case, the <strong>free title is Assassin's Creed Unity, which you're eligible to receive if you purchase a Samsung U28D590D (UD590) 4K Ultra HD monitor or a Samsung 850 Pro solid state drive </strong>(256GB, 512GB, or 1TB) from a participating retailer -- don't worry, there are several to choose from.</p> <p>The list of participating retailers include Best Buy,,, Microcenter, Sam's Club (monitor only), ABT (monitor only), Fry's, Tiger Direct, and Electronics Express (monitor only). Should you purchase one or the other from any of those retailers, you'll receive a download code for Assassin's Creed Unity.</p> <p>"Our monitors create a one-of-a-kind, immersive gaming experience and our SSDs ensure quick load times and robust performance for drastically improved gameplay," <a href="" target="_blank">said Ron Gazzola</a>, vice president of marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "The UD590 premiere monitor and the 850 PRO SSD will bring Assassin’s Creed Unity to life and allow players to experience the game in a completely new way. We’re happy to be providing this extremely popular offering to our customers."</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">UD590</a> is a 28-inch monitor with a 3840x2160 resolution. It's a TN panel with a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 1ms response time (GTG), 370 cd/m2 brightness, two HDMI ports, and a DisplayPort.</p> <p>As for the <a href="" target="_blank">850 Pro Series</a>, they're the first SSDs to use 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory, which stacks 32 cell layers on top of one another rather than trying to decrease the cells' length and width to fit smaller form factors. The drives are rated to deliver read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 850 pro assassin's creed unity Build a PC games Hardware samsung solid state drive ssd storage ud590 News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:22:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28814 at Microsoft Gets into Wearables with $200 Fitness Band, iOS and Android Users Invited to Play <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_band.jpg" alt="Microsoft Band" title="Microsoft Band" width="228" height="235" style="float: right;" />Not just for Windows Phone users</h3> <p>Rather than continue to watch from the sidelines, <strong>Microsoft just made a move into the wearables category by introducing its Microsoft Band, a $200 fitness band</strong> that works with Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices. Coinciding with the launch is a new platform called Microsoft Health, which includes a cloud service for consumers and the industry to store and combine health and fitness data.</p> <p>Microsoft says its fitness band is designed to be worn all the time by people who are active both in the gym and on the job. It's armed with 10 smart sensors for 24-hour heart rate monitoring, calorie burn measurements, advanced sleep quality tracking, and more.</p> <p>Like other smart wrist wearables, the Microsoft Band will alert you to incoming calls, emails, texts, and social updates. It also gives you access to Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant. It's available to <a href="" target="_blank">order today</a> from the Microsoft Store.</p> <p>Also available today is the accompanying Microsoft Health app, which you can download for Windows Phone, Android, or iOS. The purpose of Microsoft Health is to making tracking personal fitness a bit easier, and one way it does that is by uniting data from different devices and services. With that information, you can be informed as to which exercises burned the most calories during a workout, the recommended recovery time based on the intensity of a workout, the amount of restful versus restless sleep, and more.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> fitness Hardware microsoft band microsoft health mobile Wearable News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:54:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 28813 at Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Mice: Choose Your Type of Sensor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_gaming_sabre_rgb.jpg" alt="Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB" title="Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB" width="228" height="233" style="float: right;" />Do you prefer an optical or laser sensor?</h3> <p><strong>Corsair Gaming, a division of Corsair that's focused on (*drum roll*) gaming hardware, today introduced the Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB</strong>, an ultralight mouse for gamers. There are two versions of the Sabre RGB, one that rolls with a laser sensor and another that goes old school with an optical sensor. The former sports an 8200 DPI with ultra-precise tracking on just about any surface, whereas the optical sensor tops out at 6400 DPI with multi-color smooth and accurate tracking, Corsair Gaming says.</p> <p>Both versions are featherweight fighters with bodies that weigh less than 100 grams. They both also sport four-zone 16.8 million color backlighting, CUE software for personalized performance and color customization, eight programmable buttons, high-quality switches rated for 20 million clicks, and braided 1.8 meter easy-flex cables.</p> <p>"As a competitive Counter-Strike GO player, I need an agile and accurate mouse to allow me to get consistent head shots with minimal effort and maximum efficiency," said Jason Christian, Product Manager for gaming peripherals at Corsair Gaming. "To this end, I designed the Sabre RGB mice from the ground up to be lean and ultralight with the same level of precision of our M65 and M45 mice."</p> <p>The Sabre RGB Laser Mouse is available for $70 MSRP and the Sabre RGB Optical Mouse goes for $60 MSRP. If you're feeling lucky, head to Sabre's website where you can enter to win a Sabre RGB mouse, Nvidia GeForce graphics card, and a copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> corsair gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals sabre rgb News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:05:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28812 at Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows Knows How to Hang <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_yoga_tablet_2.jpg" alt="Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows" title="Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Latest Yoga tablet has a new hang mode</h3> <p>Is there a more appropriate name for a line of tablet PCs than Yoga? While you ponder that one, take note that <strong>Lenovo just expanded its Yoga Tablet 2 family with the new Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows</strong>. Joining its 8-inch and 10-inch Windows-based brethren, Lenovo's latest slate is not only the largest, but also the most flexible in that it boasts a new mode -- Hang.</p> <p>Yes, you can hang the Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows on a wall if you really want to. And like the other models, it also supports Hold, Stand, and Tilt modes.</p> <p>Lenovo's latest slate measures 12.8 inches by 8.7 inches by 0.2-0.6 inches (324.1 millimeters by 221 millimeters by 3.7-14 millimeters) and weighs 2.27 pounds. The 13.3-inch IPS display sports a Quad HD 2560x1440 resolution powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor clocked at up to 1.86GHz with 2MB of cache, 4GB of LP DDR3 RAM and Intel HD graphics.</p> <p>The system also features 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, micro HDMI port, micro USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two large chamber speaker, 1.6MP HD front-facing camera, and Windows 8.1</p> <p>Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows will be available beginnin in November for $700 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware lenovo mobile OEM rigs slate tablet Windows yoga tablet 2 News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:21:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28809 at Watch for Low Cost Intel Desktops and All-in-One PCs Featuring Windows 8.1 with Bing <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_aio_0.jpg" alt="Acer AIO" title="Acer AIO" width="228" height="189" style="float: right;" />Cheap all-in-one PCs will run Windows 8.1 with Bing</h3> <p>For a long while, owning an all-in-one was cost prohibitive for many people, as most models carried premium price tags. Prices have certainly come down in recent years, though there's not a ton of options in the way of entry-level AIOs for those who might be interested in such a system. However, that may change. There's talk that <strong>Microsoft is cooperating with Intel to offer system builders subsidies to promote Windows 8.1 with Bing on entry-level desktops and AIOs</strong>.</p> <p>Citing supply chain makers in Taiwan, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> the low-end desktops would start at $199 retail and 18.5-inch non-touch AIO PCs would go for $349 and up, both powered by Intel Celeron J1900 quad-core processors based on the chip maker's Bay Trail-D architecture.</p> <p>One player that's already on board with Celeron J1900 powered systems running Windows 8.1 with Bing is Acer, which has placed orders, <em>Digitimes</em> says. Those rigs will also feature 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 250GB hard drive, and an optical drive. In other words, a fairly basic setup at a cheap price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> aio all-in-one Bing Hardware intel microsoft windows 8.1 News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:43:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 28808 at HP’s Sprout PC Bridges Gap Between Digital and Physical World <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sprout.jpg" alt="HP Sprout" title="HP Sprout" width="228" height="211" style="float: right;" />Content creation without the keyboard or mouse</h3> <p>You've never seen anything like this before, at least not to this extent. Embarking on a new, albeit familiar path, <strong>HP today introduced its Sprout PC</strong>, a unique "Immersive Computing" platform that's part of HP's vision for the future of computing and 3D printing. Part of HP's Blended Reality ecosystem, Sprout eschews a mouse and keyboard in favor of a built-in projector and 20-point multi-touch capacitive mat.</p> <p>The sleek looking DLP projector with LED lamp and 14.6-megapixel camera looms over the 23-inch 10-point multi-touch display. It beams images onto the mat, which you can use a secondary display, and launches Sprout-supported applications coded with a special SDK.</p> <p>It's also a scanner with a depth sensor, and what's really cool is how you can interact with Sprout. For example, you can place real-world objects on the mat and transfer them into a digital workspace, which you can then manipulate with your hands. To get a sense of the potential here, you really have to watch HP's 1-minute video (skip past the first 39 seconds of fluff if you're short on time):</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Pretty snazzy, right? Here's another look at what Sprout can do, minus the introductory fluff:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>As for the traditional specs, Sprout is powered by an Intel Core i7 4790S processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 745A graphics, and 1TB solid state hybrid drive with 8GB of flash acceleration cache. It also boasts a 1MP webcam, DTS sound, GbE LAN, 802.11n Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, 3-in-1 media card reader, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>"We live in a 3D world, but today we create in a 2D world on existing devices," said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president, Consumer PC &amp; Solutions, HP. "Sprout by HP is a big step forward in reimagining the boundaries of how we create and engage with technology to allow users to move seamlessly from thought to expression."</p> <p>Sprout is <a href=";urlLangId=-1&amp;langId=-1&amp;productId=681151&amp;storeId=10151" target="_blank">available now for $1,900</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 3d printing Hardware hp OEM rigs sprout News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:07:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28807 at Humble Bundle Celebrates Surpassing 100 Linux Games Milestone <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tower_of_guns.jpg" alt="Tower of Guns" title="Tower of Guns" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Linux ports leave little to "Wine" about</h3> <p>It's no longer absurd to build a gaming box around Linux. Sure, there are still far more titles available for Windows, but between solutions like Wine and a growing concerted effort to support the open source platform, the situation is improving at a faster rate than ever before. Valve deserves kudos for promoting Linux through Steam, and surprise, surprise, <strong>Humble Bundle is fast becoming a pioneering force with over 100 games having been ported to Linux</strong>.</p> <p>Humble Indie Bundle 13 includes three Linux titles -- Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Risk of Rain, and Tower of Guns -- which pushed the number of its in-house ports to triple digits.</p> <p>"If you didn’t already know, we’ve been hard at work to help bring great indie titles to as many people as possible. In order to do so, we’ve worked with a couple of talented porters - including our own full-time in-house porter - to bring these typically single-platform games to other platforms like Mac and Linux," Humble Bundle stated in a <a href=";utm_campaign=659e279b6d-Humble_Indie_Bundle_13&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_990b1b6399-659e279b6d-101065609" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>Humble Bundle is best known for helping find an audience for independent game developers by offering up their titles free of DRM and at whatever price gamers feel like paying for certain titles. But they're also a driving force in pushing Linux as a viable platform for games.</p> <p>Linux users seem appreciative of Humble Bundle's efforts too, as they pay on average $1 more than Mac users and $2.60 more than Windows users.</p> <p>By the way, you can pick up <a href="" target="_blank">Humble InDIE Bundle 13 here</a>, and if you pay more than the average of $6.73 (at the time of this writing), you'll unlock Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Jazzpunk, and four copies of Risk of Rain. A payment of $12 unlocks Shadowrun Returns.</p> <p>If you don't feel like spending anything, hit up the Humble Bundle link anyway and claim your free copy of Teleglitch: Die More Edition.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> games humble bundle linux Software News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:18:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28806 at XYZprinting Launches First All-In-One 3D Printer with Built-in Scanner for $799 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u166440/da_vinci_1.0_aio.jpg" alt="da Vinci 1.0 AiO" title="da Vinci 1.0 AiO" width="200" height="141" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>The price barrier continues to get lower for 3D printers</h3> <p>3D printers have slowly been making their way into online and <a title="3D printers at Home Depot" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">brick-and-mortar retailers</span></a> but there has always been the issue of price. For example, the <a title="Ekocycle printer" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer</span></a> retails for $1,199 and that is just for the printer. Hoping to jump over the price barrier is <strong>XYZprinting which has released the first all-in-one called the da Vinci 1.0 AiO</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The da Vinci 1.0 AiO is a 3D printer that comes with its own built-in hi-res scanner with which objects are scanned with an industrial grade .05mm resolution within five minutes and then saves the scan in .stl format. Priced at $799, the company is hoping to gain a larger piece of the 3D printing market. A market, according to Wohlers Associates, that values it at $3 billion and expects it to be a $21 billion market by 2020.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//" width="600" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">“With 3D printing continuing to gain traction across a variety of markets, including education, design, fashion, medical and automotive, the possibilities are just beginning to be realized,” said <a title="XYZprinting" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">XYZprinting</span></a>&nbsp;CEO Simon Shen. “The da Vinci 1.0 AiO was designed with quality and affordability in mind, to enable the continued discovery of applications and usages for 3D printing.”</p> <p>In addition to a built-in scanner, the da Vinci 1.0 AiO can print items at 7.8x7.8x7.8 inches, a scanning algorithm that will automatically fin in voids with the appropriate texture and curves, and there is also an open-sourced cloud database where consumers will be able to choose from and upload 3D models to.&nbsp;</p> <p>The da Vinci 1.0 AiO is now available for purchase on and Amazon for $799.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> 3d printer 3D printer scanner aio built-in scanner da Vinci 1.0 AiO XYZprinting News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:04:02 +0000 Sean D Knight 28804 at Condition One Releases Zero Point, a 3D VR Documentary Shot for the Oculus Rift <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/zero_point.jpg" alt="Zero Point" title="Zero Point" width="200" height="98" style="float: right;" />A VR documentary about the VR device</h3> <p>When Facebook acquired Oculus VR for <a title="Facebook acquires Oculus" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">$2 billion</span></a>, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg talked about how the Oculus Rift could “change the way we work, play, and communicate.” One of the ways VR is currently being used is to record movies and documentaries. Sir David Attenborough, for example, is shooting a documentary series for the Oculus with a special eight-camera rig. But the first such film is now out and that is the <strong>Zero Point documentary film about virtual reality and shot for the Oculus Rift</strong>.</p> <p>Zero Point, which was created by Condition One, is a 3D 360-degree short film that requires either the Oculus Rift DK1 or DK2 in order to properly view it. The 15-minute documentary was directed by Danfung Dennis and follows the “pioneers of virtual reality” with Oculus VR co-founder <a title="Palmer Luckey Interview" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Palmer Luckey</span></a> and VR researchers Jeremy Bailenson and Mark Bolas appearing in it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//" width="600" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">The short film was shot with custom-built VR camera equipment capable of capturing 360-degree video and audio in places such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and several other locations.&nbsp;</p> <p>So if you have an Oculus Rift, then head on over to Steam where Zero Point is currently on sale for $11.99 until November 3, at which point it will go back up to $14.99.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> Condition One documentary oculus rift virtual reality VR documentary VR short film Zero Point News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:47:21 +0000 Sean D Knight 28802 at Star Wars Games X-Wing and Tie Fighter Lands on <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/star_wars_x_wing.jpg" alt="X-Wing" title="X-Wing" width="200" height="125" style="float: right;" />Time to go back and relive some classic gaming moments</h3> <p>Back in October 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm from George Lucas for <a title="Disney acquires Lucasfilm" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">$4.05 billion</span></a> which was met with some enthusiasm. Then in April 2013, five months after the acquisition, Disney announced that it had <a title="LucasArts shut down" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">shut down LucasArts</span></a>, leaving many to wonder what would happen to the developer’s backlog of classic games. Today, we now know what is happening. <strong>Disney Interactive has teamed-up with and will bring over 20 classic LucasArts titles</strong> in the coming months.</p> <p>However, we don’t have to wait a while for all of them. Six classic titles are now available on the digital distribution platform and are DRM-free. Gamers are able to purchase and play Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition, Star Wars: Tie Fighter Special Edition, Sam &amp; Max Hit the Road, The Secret of Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is the first time that X-Wing and Tie Fighter are available on any digital distribution platform and will cost $9.99 each. Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition will include the Star Wars: X-Wing Collector’s CD-ROM and all of the Tour of Duty expansions while Star Wars: TIE Fighter Special Edition will come with the Defender of the Empire expansion.</p> <p>But the ride isn’t going to stop with these six titles. According to the <a title=" press release" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">press release</span></a>, more games will be on the way in the coming months though no specific names have been provided.&nbsp;</p> <p>What games are you hoping will be released on over the coming months? Sound off in the comments below!</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> classic games Disney Interactive LucasArts star wars tie fighter x-wing Gaming News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:57:20 +0000 Sean D Knight 28801 at Western Digital Pushes Capacity of Purple Hard Drive Line to 6TB <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/wd_6tb_purple.jpg" alt="Western Digital 6TB Purple" title="Western Digital 6TB Purple" width="228" height="203" style="float: right;" />More storage for video surveillance</h3> <p><strong>Western Digital this week announced the expansion of its WD Purple line of 3.5-inch hard drives to include a 6TB capacity model</strong>. The Purple family of HDDs are intended for video surveillance chores and include some exclusive technologies that make them better suited than competing drives, including AllFrame (reduces video frame loss, improves playback, and increases the number of drive bays supported) and IntelliSeek (calculates the optimum seek speeds for system workloads to lower power consumption and reduce noise and vibration).</p> <p>"Video surveillance has long been a pioneering Internet-of-Things application. Driven by machine-to-machine interaction between high-resolution, high-bit-rate video cameras and high-capacity surveillance video recorders, IoT applications bring access and big data analytics to improve user’s security," <a href="" target="_blank">said Matt Rutledge</a>, senior vice president and general manager of WD’s Storage Technology group. "WD Purple 6 TB drives enable innovation in this fast growing market."</p> <p>Western Digital claims its WD Purple line perform better under surveillance situations than competing HDDs, which the company says is proven by a set of proprietary benchmarks it developed in close cooperation with surveillance partners.</p> <p>The new 6TB model features a SATA 6Gbps interface, has 64MB of cache, and is rated for up to 175MB/s of sustained file transfers, which is the fastest of any WD Purple drive.</p> <p>WD says the 6TB model is available now for $330 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC Hard Drive HDD purple storage surveillance wd Western Digital News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:12:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 28800 at Razer Announces Leviathan 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Bar for Gamers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_leviathon.jpg" alt="Razer Leviathan" title="Razer Leviathan" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />Finally, a new speaker option for PCs</h3> <p>Sometimes it feels like speaker makers have forgotten about PC gamers. Long gone are the days when multimedia speaker announcements were fairly common, but don't despair, not all companies have hightailed it out of the PC gaming space in a Klipsch-like fashion. Gaming peripheral maker <strong>Razer has been dabbling in audio and its newest product announcement is the Leviathan, a 5.1 channel Dolby surround sound bar</strong> for gaming and movies.</p> <p>Razer says it's easy to reposition the Leviathan for any situation, be it under a desktop monitor or in the living room where you might be rocking a PC gaming console. Wherever you place it, the Leviathan brings two 2.5-inch full range drivers and a pair of 0.74-inch tweeters to the party, plus a 5.25-inch downward firing subwoofer.</p> <p>"The opportunity to produce a precision-engineered surround sound solution for high-performance gaming, movie watching and music listening, and make it versatile to use in any setting, was a very exciting proposition for us," <a href="" target="_blank">says Min-Liang Tan</a>, Razer co-founder and CEO. "The Razer Leviathan delivers what music aficionados, movie buffs and gamers alike are looking for to improve their entertainment setup."</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Razer's Leviathan</a> is available to <a href="" target="_blank">pre-order now for $199</a> and will ship in November.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> audio Gaming Hardware leviathan razer sound bar surround News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:07:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 28799 at