Archive for July, 2012

Early Oculus Rift prototype revealed

Early Oculus Rift prototype revealed

Anticipation for the Oculus Rift has been building ever since we were first introduced to it back at E3, and today we got a look at a very early prototype. Creator Palmer Luckey shared the image you see below, and even though it isn't the prettiest of devices, it will do a lot to get followers of the project excited. Road to VR points out that the headset in the image won't be meant for ordinary consumers - that will be the Oculus Rift 2.0, which is scheduled to launch in 2013. Instead, this first device is aimed at die-hard VR fans and developers. Have a look:

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Outlook.com Hands-on

Outlook.com Hands-on

As Microsoft brings on a whole new era of computing - or so they hope - with Windows 8, so too do they attempt to take on the beast that is Gmail with their own Outlook email service on the web. What we've seen thus far is not a far cry from Gmail, with Microsoft taking what's good about their Metro stylings from both Windows Phone and Windows 8 and working to make the email service as user-friendly as their biggest competitors. And what's best - you can use the email address you already have to get all your mail in to this inbox quite simply.

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Ubisoft speaks on DRM disaster

Ubisoft speaks on DRM disaster

Yesterday, Ubisoft made headlines when it was discovered that its UPlay service had a pretty big security hole that could allow malicious websites to access users' computers. The good news is that Ubisoft has issued a patch for the issue (and managed to do that rather quickly), but the bad news is just starting for the French publisher, which is already on thin ice with PC players thanks to its fondness of always-on DRM. Indeed, this security issue wouldn't been as big of a problem if Ubisoft didn't require players to run UPlay alongside many of its games, including most Assassin's Creed titles and a few games in the Tom Clancy franchise.

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Apple opening remarks vs Samsung “easier to copy than to innovate”

Apple opening remarks vs Samsung “easier to copy than to innovate”

This morning Apple has made its opening statement in a landmark case vs Samsung which will result, more than likely, in the exchanging of billions of dollars in damages for patent infringement on the part of one or both of them in the mobile device realm. Apple's opening remarks come with what we've seen several times before, including such remarks as, "we all know it’s easier to copy than to innovate," from Apple lead attorney Harold McElhinny. Samsung's opening statements will come later in the day while Apple has had the first hour and a half.

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Apple vs Samsung jury could bury Samsung’s Android momentum

Apple vs Samsung jury could bury Samsung’s Android momentum

The Apple vs Samsung trial in San Jose has only started this week, but the implications for the Korean company could be huge if its Cupertino foes convince the jury to impose all of the sanctions demanded. Apple has already petitioned to have the case deemed "exceptional" and the $2.5bn potential damages tripled, but the iPad maker is also hoping to not only sweep existing Samsung hardware from the shelves, but wipe out any financial advantage it may have built up from sales so far.

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iPad mini cases appear with tiny tablet details

iPad mini cases appear with tiny tablet details

There's been an abnormal amount of clues this season leading up to the idea that several new devices are coming from Apple, the iPad mini being one of the most-denied yet most-seen. What you're about to witness here is a set of iPad mini cases, each of them appearing to come from Devicewear, a company that we're pretty sure won't be invited back to the Apple party any time soon should these renders be proven real. What they show is the iPad mini - or whatever it'll end up being called in the end - complete with volume buttons, a back-facing camera and microphone, and the lovely new miniature dock connector for all to see.

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Microsoft launches Outlook.com to challenge Gmail

Microsoft launches Outlook.com to challenge Gmail

Microsoft has launched Outlook.com, a new cloud-based email service to take on Gmail with integrated Skype video calling and social networking integration. Considerably more attractive - not to mention comprehensive - than Hotmail, which it replaces, Outlook.com supports easy access to attachment photo slideshows, integration with Office and SkyDrive, and support for Facebook Chat.

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Samsung Music Hub pricing takes stab at iTunes and Google

Samsung Music Hub pricing takes stab at iTunes and Google

It's time for the real life launch of Samsung's own Music Hub, a streaming music application and service the software and hardware manufacturers hope will give them an edge against Apple's iTunes in the cloud and Google Music. It's not going to be easy contending with what Google has: a completely free service with connection to the Google Play store that users already use, and it's certainly going to be a challenge taking on the iPhone solution since the apps are both OS-exclusive. But what we've got here is a tried and true service that already exists in Europe - so why not make it a reality in the USA as well?

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Twitter faces fury after squealing to NBC on anti-Olympics tweets

Twitter faces fury after squealing to NBC on anti-Olympics tweets

Twitter is under fire for apparently warning NBC Sports of critical tweets by Independent reporter Guy Adams, which led to the journalist's account on the microblogging service being suspended. Adams had used his high-profile account to blast NBC for failing to air live coverage of the Olympics 2012 opening ceremony, at one point mentioning the email address of NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel to encourage complaints, in a move that triggered a complaint from NBC's social media team.

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