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Last November, Apple purchased the Israeli 3D Sensor company, PrimeSense. The deal was reported to have cost the Cupertino based company a sweet $ 360 million. Of course, these reports are based on speculations, given Apple’s secrecy surrounding these matters. The official statement from the company was the same as usual. For those curious, an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch.com “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans”. As to why Apple purchased PrimeSense in the first place, we can only take guesses. PrimeSense was behind Microsoft’s Kinect sensor for the Xbox, and worked very closely with the company. In fact, PrimeSense’s sensors worked so good that they can monitor your very heartbeat as you sit down. The possibilities of this were of course diverse. PrimeSense could not only help the Cupertino giant with Apple TV, but also take Siri to the next level. Through PrimeSense’s technology, Siri could very well ‘see’ what you’re doing as well, apart from only hearing your commands.

 

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The iPad app itSeez3D available in the app store for free is based on similar technology as developed by PrimeSense. According to the information provided in the description section of the app, it “…is a mobile 3D scanner that allows your iPad, with the Occipital’s Structure Sensor, to capture color and structure information of the world and process them into realistic 3D models. Use it to scan your family and friends as well as things you would like to copy in 3D, e.g., toys, shoes etc.”

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Hardware

Introduction

The PC chassis is often the most overlooked in terms of a new setup, but is one of my most favorite aspects of building a brand new computer. High-end chassis are incredibly broad and varied, and sometimes there is a sea of features that can become confusing for people who are looking into liquid cooling and what not. The NZXT Phantom 820 is everything that anyone would ever really want at $249.99. It comes with a sleek design and is a dream for air/liquid cooling fanbases worldwide.

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Smartwatches clearly seem to be the next ‘in’ thing in today’s tech world. Google’s I/O event saw several smartwatch launches. These featured the company’s Android Wear OS which is designed to be a portable version of its Android OS for smartphones and other devices. Apple was also rumored to have a smartwatch in the works, the iWatch. Well, we have more word for you today related to the iWatch and it comes from CNBC. Apple has ‘poached’ the sales director of Swiss luxury watch maker TAG Huer to help it with the launch of it’s iWatch.

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Swiss Watch Executive To Help Apple Market The Watch As ‘Swiss Made’

Apple has been for quite a while trying to get top people in wearables and other industries to help it with its iWatch. It reportedly even asked Kobe Bryant to help test the iWatch in extreme environments. Head of LVMH, the comapny that owns TAG Huer disclosed to CNBC that one if it’s sales executives had indeed gone over to Apple. Jean-Claude Biver, head of LVMH watch brands said that the sales director left as recently as last week. He said he was happy that the director went over to Apple, instead of going over to the competition. “If it had been a direct competitor, I would have felt a bit betrayed, but if he goes to Apple I think it is a great experience for him,” he said.

Senior luxury goods analyst at Bernstein, Mario Ortelli, said that Apple’s product would end up being a threat to lower end Swiss watches. However, in the long run it would also help attract a younger crowd towards watches. Apple is expected to launch the watch this October. Other individuals whose help Apple has enlisted to help with the iWatch include head of Atlas Wearables Alex Hseih and medical professional Michael O’ Reilly.

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Singaporean manufacturer Razer known worldwide for its top quality gaming products and accessories has made several impressive and interesting additions to its diverse range of products at the floor of E3 2014. Included in these additions is the addition of an official World of Tanks custom designed headset. The release is, of course, in partnership with Wargaming, a leading free-to-play MMO developer and publisher. The addition of this headset further expands the range of licensed Razer World of Tanks products. These include a Razer DeathAdder gaming mouse and a Razer Goliathus gaming mouse mat.

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World Of Tanks Kraken Pro To Feature Large 40 mm Drivers To Provide For the Premium Gaming Experience.

“It is always fun for us to collaborate directly with developers whose titles we love to play, and Wargaming is one of the most prestigious names in gaming,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “Razer peripherals are the weapons of choice for the world’s top eSports athletes. It made perfect sense to dedicate the power and performance of our products to this amazing franchise.” The World of Tanks Razer Kraken Pro is to feature large 40 mm drivers. These will provide for clear high and mid ranges as well as a deep bass range to cater for powerful lows.

In addition to this, the  first 20,000 units of the World of Tanks Razer Kraken Pro also include bonus codes. These codes are redeemable for 1,500 in game gold and seven days premium service for World of Tanks accounts. Speaking on the launch of the headset, Frédéric Menou, Managing Director Europe and North America at Wargaming said “”We are enthusiastic to expand our successful partnership with Razer. The World of Tanks Razer Kraken Pro headset will be the perfect fit to expand this collaboration and will dive the player even deeper in the dynamic sounds of the steel machines and emotional music of the game.”

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Singaporean manufacturer Razer also announced a new series of gaming headsets and headphones this week. The company is known for its high quality products catering to the specific needs of the gamer community. Addressing the increasing demands for color options in its products, Razer has announced the Neon Kraken lineup of gaming headsets and headphones. The Neon Kraken is a special edition of the company’s Kraken series of headsets.

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The Neon Kraken Series To Be Available In Six Different Colors. Available For Order Now.

The release of the Neon Kraken lineup of gaming headsets and headphones marks the first time the company has stepped into the manufacturing of colored accessories. The Neon Kraken series is available in six different colors which can be matched with apparel or other accessories depending on the user’s requirements. Like it’s predecessors, the Neon Kraken series is fitted with powerful drivers which cater to deep and heavy bass tones. These end up completely covering all the different sound variations required for intensive gaming and high quality music listening. A pro version of the series will also feature a retractable microphone built in the headset. This will allow it to cater to the needs of whatever applications/devices require direct voice input.

“Our community has been asking for color options in our product lines and the Razer Kraken Neon Series offers just that,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer CEO, co-founder and creative director. “We chose our most popular family of headsets and headphones for special stylization and are releasing them just in time for the summer months. The six colors give way to a multitude of options. I can’t wait to see the photos our fans send us.” Users can further enhance their experience through Razer’s gaming softwares, including the Razer Surround Pro. For more information please visit here. The Neon Kraken series is available for order now. The Razer Kraken Pro Neon Gaming Headset costs $89.99 while the Razer Kraken Neon Headphones costs $69.99.

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Games Industry

Virtual Reality is the most advanced and somewhat ornamental trend that has got a load of the entire gaming industry. It is like game boy’s fantasy coming true. Until few years ago, virtual reality was manifested as just a dream, but now, everyone can get their hands on virtual reality headsets that are manufactured by several companies. Jumping in the race of virtual reality with its VR headset is apparently the first Chinese firm known as ANTVR.

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Chinese Reveal Oculus Rift Competitor – Assumed to be Better than Both Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus

The dominating virtual reality company these days, without any suspicion, is Oculus Rift, after all the Oculus VR has got some very high-profile endorsers. The company is also the oldest in this field of technology and its first dev kit attracted quite a huge torrent of people associated with the gaming industry. But lets not forget, Oculus VR is not the only company in the market that offers VR technology.

A few months ago, Sony decided to jump in the VR battlefield with its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset, and we know that Microsoft will also, sooner or later, become a part of the VR industry, but before that happens, we have another virtual reality device to get excited for. This one comes from a Beijing-based startup known as ANTVR, and it is called ANTVR kit. The VR device is already up in the Kickstarter campaign.

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SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset Review – Introduction

Steel Series 5h V3 Gaming HeadsetSteel Series is one of the more well known brands in gaming and are known for their rather diverse range of Gaming headsets. The Steel Series 5Hv3 is a medium tier product and lies in the lower – mid spectrum of Steel Series Audio Products. In this review we are going to keep in mind the price bracket of the headset and only compare with immediate products. It would be the height of unfairness to compare it to, say, a $500 Sennheiser Model.

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Sony surely knows how to improve on things. The Japanese manufacturer built a fine PlayStation 3 video game console to compete in the race of seventh generation of gaming and then kept on improving the console by releasing several updates as well as exclusive video game titles that made the console look more pretty. Then when it was time, Sony unveiled its latest much more improved and advanced PlayStation 4 console.

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Sony Aiming to Maximize PS4, PS3 and PS Vita Performance by Taking Advantage of Unique Platforms’ Architecture

While PS4 is already performing well out of the box, Sony Computer Entertainment’s primary focus is on squeezing out as much juice from PlayStation video game platforms as possible. The manufacturer’s main card in the game is PS4 but still, it is also finding more ways and options to improve the potential capabilities of its other two major video game consoles i.e. PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

Sony has posted a new job ad on PlayStation US Blog according to which, the company requires a Staff Developer Support Software Engineer. The post is for a guy who can help first and third-party developers by providing optimized solutions and lead the projects that are based on innovative techniques, ideas and algorithms that boost the performance of PlayStation platforms by bringing in use platforms’ advanced architectures.

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Introduction

Gaming headsets are a thriving niche of the market and every significant company is targeting every possible price point. However the company from which I am going to review this headset today is a pretty big name in Germany but are only beginning to expand to the international market, so you will be pardoned if you have not heard of them. However expect great things from them and at great prices too as you will see today. However where True 5.1 Surround Sound is concerned, the Speed Link Medusa 5.1 Headset has probably no real competitor at this price point.

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This week, overclocking enthusiasts have once again managed to push the boundaries of hardware far beyond their factory capabilities. Bulgarian enthusiast, I.nfraR.ed has managed to overclock the single core AMD Sempron 145 to 6636 Mhz. The CPU was released in 2010 and has a base clock frequency of 2800 MHz. Overclocking by I.nfraR.ed shows the capabilities of even the older line of processors and APUs out there.

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Benchmark on Cinebench R15 is highest for the Sempron 145 and single core processors in general.

I.nfraR.ed has been performing top overclocking of AMD products for quite a while according to our friends over at overclockers.ru. Last weeks results were not a disappointment either, with the enthusiast living up to his reputation. The frequency of 6636 MHz had a score of 158cb on Cinebench and has set a new record in the HWBOT database.

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The Home Charger 4500 from Arctic offers four 4500mA ports for faster charging. You can now plug in four different devices via the USB port and charge them with lightning fast speeds. More on that after the jump.

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Home Charger 4500 from Arctic with Four Ports Unvieled

For the better part of one’s day, one spends countless precious minutes charging the phone all the while other activities going on side by side resulting in you missing your calls and messages. One spends hundreds of dollars on such devices and is not even provided the courtesy to spend as much time with them as one needs on top of which they test one’s patience. There is absolutely no reason to wait long hours for your devices to hit that prices 100% mark. The new and powerful Home Charger 4500 by Arctic, you cannot just charge a single device at a time, but do so at turbospeeds with four different devices, provided they use USB chargers.

The gadget consists of two regular ports, while two are specially developed quick-charging ports which ensure simultaneous, lightning fast charging for several different smartphones and tablets. The latest USB 3.1 is supported which naturally means extra boost. In order for you to keep an eye on the charge status, LED indicators are mounted for each port including a combined display. Moreover, overload protection is provided which will protect your device and the charger from overheating. The overall design is very compact which makes it incredibly portable.

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We are only a few hours away from the CES Conferences of Nvidia and AMD and a new gaming company has just sent out invitations stating its debut. You might remember the mysterious invitations that were sent out a few weeks back? Well Alienware and Razer Beware, there’s a new omni-gaming player in town.

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AORUS: Super Slim Gaming Notebooks and Gaming Peripheral ”Giant” will Debut at CES 2014

We made predictions (mostly divided into Laptop Vs Peripheral) on what AORUS would be during its hush hush stage and it turns out we were more or less right. AORUS will focus on just about gaming related. From the information we have so far, AORUS will be a Gaming Notebook and Gaming Peripheral company.

Rather like Razer, Infact probably in direct competition. Their slogan ” Witness Dawn of A New Era” suggests great ambition on their part and if even a fraction of the hype is true then we might just get a worthy competitor. Which is good news for everyone. Featuring Egyptian Hieroglyphs and a claws outstretched eagle, this new arrival appears to be a major one.

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Razer, the leading maker of gaming peripherals, today unleashed their latest Razer Adaro Headphone series which includes four new products designed to deliver quality sound experience for professional entertainment. The Razer Adaro lineup includes the Adaro In-Ear Analog Earphones, Adaro Stereo Analog Headphones, Adaro Wireless Bluetooth Headphones and the Adaro DJ Analog Headphones.Razer Adaro Series

Razer Adaro Headphone Series Launched

Press Release - Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, today announced the Razer Adaro series, a new line of headphones designed for personal entertainment.

The new audio lineup will initially feature four models: bass-heavy earphones, analog stereo headphones, Bluetooth® headphones and DJ-style headphones. Each member of the Razer Adaro family is designed with a heavy focus on durability, comfort and uncompromised sound quality for music listening.

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Several long running rumors suggest that Sony is preparing itself for a competition with Oculus VR by working on a virtual reality headset for PlayStation 4. The future of gaming seems to be near and virtual reality headset is an example, this device would push the gamers into a whole new world of games. Oculus VR is the first one to make this possible with its virtual reality headset that was announced at this year’s E3. Sony is also working on virtual reality headset of its own that is rumored to be announced soon.

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Sony Might Be Announcing Its Virtual Reality Headset For PlayStation 4 In CES 2014 In A Keynote Speech From Company’s CEO

By now, most gamers already know that Sony would apparently be jumping into future of virtual gaming soon, the company is said to be working on a virtual reality headset that would work with PlayStation 4. The headset would function similar to the Oculus Rift, a head mounted piece of hardware that would literally take the user into a whole new world of games. Oculus Rift has gained a lot of attention in the gaming industry since it was announced at E3 in June 2013. Lately, CVG reported that an unnamed source close to Sony has told the site that “Sony’s device will be a categorical rival to Oculus, and for months there have been rumors suggesting the two companies are seeking a partnership.”

The company have been experimenting with virtual reality headset and games form quite some years now and sources suggest that Sony has already demonstrated the virtual reality headset with an up coming PlayStation 4 game, Driveclub. Evolution Studios is also said to be working on an ultra-realistic cockpit view in Driveclub. Using Sony’s virtual reality headset, the view would completely immerse the player and will provide a real-time feeling of driving a car. Sony’s virtual reality headset is apparently being developed for use with PlayStation 4, it would boost up the PlayStation 4 gaming experience.

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The Gaming scene is dominated by very well known brands such as Razer, Steel Series, Alienware and of course our beloved Red and Green. However there’s an new brand in town, and its all very hush hush at the moment. The mysterious entry is of course a PR Stunt but it leaves us wondering what they will be about – we have absolutely no clue.

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Invitations for CES 2014 Sent Out of a New and Mysterious Brand Called AORUS

Ofcourse we have our suspicions at what this new brand will be but rest assured they are just that. Here is our list of what we think the brand will be:

50% Probability : Gaming Laptop Company – focused on producing true slim gaming laptops, not luggables.
40% Probability: Gaming Peripheral Company – focused on creating aesthetic looking and slim (?) gaming peripherals.
10%(9.99%) Probability: Gaming Casing Series (Doesn’t make much sense though)
0.01% Probability:  New Console Vendor. (Android?)
0.001% Probability: New Graphics Card Vendor to create small form factor cards.



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