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Google Project Tango hands-on: 3D mapping with phones

Google Project Tango hands-on: 3D mapping with phones

Google loves smartphones, but with Project Tango it’s hoping to make them even smarter and more aware. The handiwork of Google’s skunkworks Advanced Technology and Projects Group, it explores what happens when you add high-resolution 3D mapping sensors to an Android device, and what the potential is for gaming and more. We caught up with Johnny Lee, technical program lead at Google, to find out more about the project and get some hands-on time with the prototype device.

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NVIDIA SHIELD gains remote game streaming: outside your network, anywhere

NVIDIA SHIELD gains remote game streaming: outside your network, anywhere

Starting this April, NVIDIA will be activating Remote GameStream abilities in Beta mode on their handheld gaming device NVIDIA SHIELD. In an update to NVIDIA SHIELD, the company will allow your PC to stream games outside your personal wireless network for the first time. Where before this ability was only allowed inside your own home (without creating your own server, that is), here NVIDIA opens the gates to "anywhere access."

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NVIDIA SHIELD’s GameStream ready to pair with gaming notebooks

NVIDIA SHIELD’s GameStream ready to pair with gaming notebooks

Support for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M collection of graphics processors is now ready alongside several other sets of processing hardware for the NVIDIA GameStream experience. What this means for NVIDIA SHIELD owners is that their gaming laptop, if too large for any given situation, can be used to stream games to their NVIDIA SHIELD. This ability will be activated immediately if not soon for a number of Kepler and Maxwell based GPU-toting notebooks.

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NVIDIA SHIELD enables Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse

NVIDIA SHIELD enables Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse

This week the folks at NVIDIA have unveiled a collection of features that’ll be running on NVIDIA SHIELD in the near future, one of them allowing you to be a living room-bound high-end gamer wirelessly. While we’ve seen Console Mode before, it was always up to the wireless gaming controller (think XYAB) to make use of it. Today you can return to the combo that best suits you - the mouse and keyboard.

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NVIDIA Tegra K1 successor: Erista, son of Logan, with Maxwell

NVIDIA Tegra K1 successor: Erista, son of Logan, with Maxwell

Those of you with keen eyes for name-changes will recognize a bit of a switch-over this week with NVIDIA’s mobile processor lineup. While each successive generation has been named Tegra in the end, it’s been several years since NVIDIA has used anything but a comic book hero-inspired code-name for a mobile product.* *UPDATE: not so fast! Erista is a comic book character as well!

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NVIDIA Iray VCA tells designers to ditch prototyping

NVIDIA Iray VCA tells designers to ditch prototyping

NVIDIA's Titan Z isn't the only massively-powerful graphics system the company has for GTC 2014: there's also the $50,000 Iray VCA, aimed straight at designers aiming to bypass physical prototypes. The stackable, scalable box promises to replace a workstation cluster, containing eight of NVIDIA's fastest GPUs for a total of 23,040 CUDA cores.

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Valve ports Portal to NVIDIA SHIELD

Valve ports Portal to NVIDIA SHIELD

In a bit of a surprise twist to the end of his GPU Technology Conference 2014 (GTU 2014, that is) chat, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang let it be known that Portal would be coming to NVIDIA SHIELD. Not just streaming, and not just in a mirrored mode. Instead, he said, Valve has ported Portal to NVIDIA SHIELD specifically in its entirety.

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Audi self-driving car brings NVIDIA Tegra K1 front and center

Audi self-driving car brings NVIDIA Tegra K1 front and center

NVIDIA has brought the power of CUDA to mobile, further detailing how the NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC will be brought to Audi to prove its name as the future of mobile processing - inside and outside of cars. In the NVIDIA Tegra K1 you've got processing power enough to roll with self-driving cars like the one Audi has driven out this week in addition to the versatility needed to land in tablets and other odd smart devices down the line. Just like the NVIDIA Tegra 4, K1 is ready for action far above the system-on-chip architecture of the past.

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Unreal Engine 4 demoed with NVIDIA GeForce Titan Z to dazzle

Unreal Engine 4 demoed with NVIDIA GeForce Titan Z to dazzle

This week it was announced that NVIDIA will be working closely with Unreal Engine 4 to make full use of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z. This next-generation graphics processing card takes what was with the GeForce GTX Titan and the Titan Black, and ramps the whole works up once again. This GPU was introduced at NVIDIA’s annual GPU Technology Conference and Unreal Engine 4 will be manning the demoes, so to speak.

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