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Surprise: females play video games too

Surprise: females play video games too

This morning we’re having a peek at a study conducted by the folks at The ESA on gaming culture in North America over the past year. While viral stories surrounded videos like the Jonathan McIntosh-made video (seen below) of a male-dominated E3, the world’s largest gaming conference, this study shows nearly as many females play video games as males. In the United States, at least.

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When Motorola started to focus on YOU, not carriers

When Motorola started to focus on YOU, not carriers

Back in the year 2012, Google acquired Motorola. It wasn’t just Google’s acquisition of Motorola that changed how they approach product design and software development. It was a single meeting between Motorola’s managers presented the features and specifications of their phones to Google. It was there that everything changed.

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It’s a hit: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set new sales record

It’s a hit: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set new sales record

Apple sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the first weekend, the company has announced this morning, setting a new sales record and seemingly only held back by virtue of not having enough stock to meet demand. It's a million more devices than the 2013 launch of the iPhone 5s saw, with Apple CEO Tim Cook pointing out that "we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply."

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Oculus Platform: Steam software store for Virtual Reality

Oculus Platform: Steam software store for Virtual Reality

Back when Jason Holtman left Valve, got hired by Microsoft, left Microsoft and went to Oculus (in early June), one major project was in the works. That project has turned up now, and its headed up by Holtman: creating a Virtual Reality Marketplace. Oculus will start this project in the public with the Oculus Platform, ready for action soon on web browsers, apps for iOS, Android, and Windows, and on Virtual Reality devices.

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Oculus Crescent Bay revealed: 360 tracking & 3D sound

Oculus Crescent Bay revealed: 360 tracking & 3D sound

Oculus VR has revealed a new virtual reality prototype, Crescent Bay, promising greater precision in motion tracking, more immersive sound, and another step closer to the consumer version. Oculus Crescent Bay, launched at the Oculus Connect conference, has the sort of all-round improvements that "allow for a level of presence that's impossible to achieve with DK2," CEO Brendan Iribe claims, referring to the previous DK2 prototype announced back in March.

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NVIDIA VR Direct: Oculus Optimized

NVIDIA VR Direct: Oculus Optimized

NVIDIA is taking the Virtual Reality world head-on with a feature suite called VR Direct. This NVIDIA-made system works with the lowering of latency, VR SLI, VR DSR, MFAA, Auto Asynchronous Warp, and "Auto Stereo." This all starts with latency - the most important element in VR. If the image you’re looking at moves slower than your head thinks it should, you’ll get sick. From there, everything else can expand.

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Galaxy Note 4 available Oct 17, pre-orders tomorrow

Galaxy Note 4 available Oct 17, pre-orders tomorrow

Right on the heels of the announcement of the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung has announced availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. This device is part of the line of devices credited with bringing the massive-screen smartphone to the market, and this generation’s version is the first with a higher-than-1080p display. This device also has an advanced S Pen for writing as well as a metal rim.

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