Back to Dinosaur Island: hands-on with Crytek’s newest in VR

Back to Dinosaur Island: hands-on with Crytek’s newest in VR

This week we've had the opportunity to take a peek at the newest in virtual reality computing and entertainment at GDC 2015. Oculus VR is working with multiple content creators and game engine-makers - one of the most impressive of which is Crytek. Utilizing the newest in new - Oculus VR's Crescent Bay VR headset - Crytek implements a CryEngine demonstration called "Back to Dinosaur Island" for the masses. This demonstration works with the full Crescent Bay headset / motion camera setup - and it's mildly terrifying.

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Rock Star 4 coming to PS4, Xbox One this Fall

Rock Star 4 coming to PS4, Xbox One this Fall

Did you miss standing in front of your TV and rocking out? If you haven’t smashed your plastic guitar to bits after getting through a flawless rendition of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ (and if you did, Pete Townshend is sad for you), we’ve got good news. It’s time to get your band back together. Harmonix, the team behind Rock Band, is refreshing the franchise after a fie year sabbatical. The latest iteration, Rock Band 4, will come to PlayStation and Xbox this Fall.

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MWC 2015

Turns out, the Jolla Tablet is really onto something

Turns out, the Jolla Tablet is really onto something

Sometimes a few inches is all it takes to make a difference. Back when Jolla first started, a team of former Nokians taking MeeGo and spinning it into their own Sailfish OS, it became a smartphone curio. The simple UI and gesture-based navigation had promise, but compared to an iPhone, Android, or even Windows Phone device, it felt underwhelmingly simple. Now, the Finns are back with not only Sailfish 2.0, but a tablet for it to run on, and it turns out that makes for a great pairing.

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NextVR aims to transform sports entertainment forever

NextVR aims to transform sports entertainment forever

Late last month, the virtual reality specialists at NextVR successfully tested out transmission of an NHL game with Live VR. This means that no matter where you are - just so long as you have an internet connection - you'll be able to watch the game. Not just from whatever perspective the standard camera wishes you to view - but from the perspective of someone who's down in a front-row seat. This week we had a chat with the co-founders of NextVR about how they made headway at a 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series LA Kings vs. San Jose Sharks Game.

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Google experiencing widespread outage affecting most services

Google experiencing widespread outage affecting most services

Having trouble signing into Google stuff today? You’re not the only one. According to several Tweets sent out over the last hour or so, Google services are seeing disruption. Hangouts, Gmail, Google Play, and Play Music all seem to be seeing interruptions. Google has yet to comment on the outages, but so many complaints can’t lead to some sort of user error. Some users are even seeing authentication errors, while others simply can’t access services they rely on, like Hangouts or email.

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Cars

Pricing for One M9, Galaxy S6 leaked via promos

Pricing for One M9, Galaxy S6 leaked via promos

MWC brought some cool new smartphones. Just as we thought they might, both Samsung and HTC updated their flagship devices, rolling in the Galaxy S6 (and S6 edge) and One M9, respectively. We’re not ready to call either champions until we get some extended hands-on time with them, but that won’t stop the excitable from grabbing one as quickly as they can. Neither company was willing to talk pricing, but that won’t stop the Internet! A few clues have already been found, suggesting pricing is right where we thought it might be.

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Acer announces spec-heavy Chromebox CXI with 4k support

Acer announces spec-heavy Chromebox CXI with 4k support

Laptops get a lot of attention, but many still want standalone computers. Some of those customers will find favor with Chrome OS, where the limited overhead often leads to reduced pricing based on a tighter spec sheet. Today, Acer is breaking that mold, and has announced a new, over-the-top Chromebox. The latest in Acer’s CXI lineup, this one doesn’t simply limp onto the scene as some others do. It’s a fairly robust powerhouse — at least by Chrome OS standards.

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Opho Keys hands-on: gTar’s modular keyboard follow-up

Opho Keys hands-on: gTar’s modular keyboard follow-up

Back in 2012, gTar creator Idan Beck decided to squeeze an iPhone into a guitar controller and make a digital instrument; now, he's looking to do the same with the keyboard. Keys is a modular keyboard designed for mobile musicians, bypassing the complexity - and unnecessary button cruft - of existing mobile MIDI instruments, and instead focusing on flexibility. I caught up with Beck to test out my finger skills, and hear why Keys has potential for more than just magnetically-built modular controllers.

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Lenovo News

Google Search now tells you how to make a proper ‘Sidecar’

Google Search now tells you how to make a proper ‘Sidecar’

How do you make a proper Manhattan? What about a Martini? Maybe you’re just not clear on how ingredients for a Margarita are cobbled together before being poured over ice. If that sounds like you, an app may be a good idea. Or, you can just ask Google. Search will now tell you how to make popular drinks, with step-by-step directions and a list of ingredients. Google will even tell you what kind of glassware is appropriate, and offer up serving suggestions and garnish ideas.

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iPad Pro rumored to enter mass production later this year

iPad Pro rumored to enter mass production later this year

Long rumored to be ‘in progress’, the iPad Pro (or iPad Air Pro, or whatever else it’s been called) is once again rumored for production. According to a new report, Apple has primed their supply chain for manufacturing starting in the second half of this year. Unfortunately, we still don’t know when the tablet might actually come to stores. Strangely, though Apple may be telling their supply chain to get ready to produce, the report also says the company is mulling hardware decisions, and may even add a USB port.

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