Pre-Order The Oculus Rift This Year; Delivery Next Year

Oculus Rift will be available for pre-order by the end of this year. However, it will only reach buyers by early 2016. This has been confirmed on a blog post by Oculus. While Oculus hosted the Oculus Rift June Live event sometime back, details about the new releases and availability was made public only now.

The blog posted today mentioned that Oculus Rift will be based on the comfort, immersion and presence of the prototype Crescent Bay. It will also come laced with an improvised tracking mechanism as well as support for standing and sitting experiences. The June event did highlight that physicality will be revamped.

What’s Up With Oculus Rift?

Oculus Rift is highly anticipated because it will be able to stream games from the XboxGet Set To Pre-Order The Oculus Rift From End Of 2015 One and allow gamers to enjoy their own virtual playground. This idea appeals to many.

Compatibility with Windows 10 adds to the benefits of the Oculus Rift. It will also be compatible with a lot of games by next year, the company has said. Oculus will be pumping in $10 million for new games for the VR headset.

The Surprises In Store

It was announced that the Oculus Rift will not have its own controller. However, it will come with the hyped Xbox One Wireless Controller following a partnership with Microsoft.

This is just the beginning of more good things, including the arrival of Oculus Touch sometime in the future. Meanwhile, the controller will work on a matrix of sensors and haptic feedback.


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Flipkart Co-Founders In Forbes India Rich List

The co-founders of Flipkart, Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal are the latest names on the Forbes India Rich rooster that was released on Wednesday. These new billionaires, who made a splash in the e-commerce industry, have an individual net worth of about $1.3 billion each. Forbes India lauded the fact that the e-commerce segment has added a new couple billionaire who currently stand at position 86 on the list.

Flipkart Co-Founders Make It To Forbes India Rich ListRevealing the top ranks

The top spot has not seen any shift with Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries Limited retaining the position with a net worth of $18.9 billion. Ambani has been topping the Forbes India list for the last eight years but this year saw his net worth drop by about $4.7 billion owing to plummeting oil prices that adversely affected the company.

The second rank is occupied by Dilip Sanghvi of Sun Pharmaceuticals, who has a net worth of $18 billion. Third in line is Azim Premji, who is the chairman of IT major Wipro. He has a net worth of $15.9 billion. His figures fell by $500 million compared to last year, given that he pledging 18 per cent of his stake to a trust.

The Women’s Club

Noticeably, only a couple of women have made it to the top 100 list for billionaires in India. First up is USV Limited chairman Leena Tiwari with a net worth of $1.9 billion and Bennett, Coleman And Co Limited’s chairperson Indu Jain with a net worth of $1.85 billion.

Forbes India editor Sourav Majumdar says, “This year’s list reflects the churn in the global economy and the growing clout of emerging sectors like e-commerce in India.”… Read the rest

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Mad Catz Ready To Ship Rat Pro X And Launch Rat Pro S

Mad Catz has made two major announcements recently–that they will now be shipping the Rat Pro X and they have released the Rat Pro S. These are adjustable gaming mice that resemble the Transformers and also double up as accessories. You can also customize the Pro X with more features than the preceding versions.  

Mad Catz Ready To Ship Rat Pro X  And Launch Rat Pro SWhat’s New With Pro X?

With the Pro X, you get hands on a huge number of modular parts that allow you to choose between laser and optical sensors. These sensors come with in-built memory that let you to store up to nine profiles.

The Details And Pricing

The Pro X offers a rest area for your pinkie, apart from a swappable thumb design. There is also an adjustable pivoting palm rest and a number of different materials and textures for its feet. Mad Catz have also stated that the mouse is future proof.

Coming to the Pro S, buyers can get a cheaper mouse but without modular capabilities. At the same time, the Pro S retains some essential features from Pro X. Users can get a 5,000 DPI optical sensor and support for up to three profiles. The Rat Pro X will cost $200, while the Rat Pro S is priced at $70.

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Playstation 4 To Slash Prices In India, 1 TB Version Soon

According to reports confirmed by Gadgets 360, Sony is expected to cut the price of their PlayStation 4 for India. Expected to happen sometime in the middle of October, the price drop is expected to be at around Rs. 5,000. At present, the 500GB variant of PS4 stands at Rs. 39,990. If the price slash applies, the new price will stand at Rs. 34,990.

Playstation 4 To See Slashed PricesWhat Sony Is Planning?

Now before you get so excited, do note that Playstation will soon launch a new 1 TB variant in India as well as see limited supply on its 500 GB variant. The new 1TB model will come with a price tag Rs. 39,990. Sony will offer a bundle of games on the 1TB PS4. PS4 has been seeing heavy sales ever since its release in January last year but Sony seems to be working on newer and heftier versions.

Upgrade To The 1 TB Model

For shoppers looking to pocket the PS 4 500 GB version, you can easily add a laptop drive of 2 TB by throwing in about Rs. 8000. Therefore, for so little, you can actually upgrade to a 2 TB model without much ado.… Read the rest

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Uber Set To Roll Out UberPool For Bengaluru, Other Cities

Uber Taxi Services IndiaUber has announced that they will be launching a carpool service for the Indian market. Named UberPool, a beta testing of this service will be available in Bengaluru in the coming weeks. The cab-hailing company also confirmed that apart from Bengaluru, it will introduce the service to a select number of cities. Globally, UberPool services exist in Paris, Austin, Boston, New York and San Francisco. 

Details Of The Service

With UberPool, commuters will get to share rides to cut down on the cost. The company stated, “Move past car ownership, as taking Uber becomes less expensive than using and maintaining a personal vehicle.”

Also Read: Uber Technologies To Expand To 100 Chinese Cities- Doubles Goal In Three Months Time

Uber in India

Since India is a huge marketplace for Uber, it is focusing on further developments in the country. UberPool works as means to solve commutation issues such as congested road networks and traffic logs that urban cities are prone to.

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Blackberry Keen On Patent Monetization And Heightening Innovation: Chen

Speaking at the Waterloo Innovation Summit, BlackBerry chief executive John Chen has said that their portfolio of patents is the trump card the company is placing its bets on. This is part of a turnaround strategy from Blackberry as they plan to focus on enterprise and software wings for now.

A massive patent portfolio

Blackberry currently has close to 44000 patents, confirmed Chen. Interestingly,Blackberry Keen On Patent Monetization And Heightening Innovation they also have one of the youngest portfolio patents in the market. In such a scenario, Blackberry is eyeing to monetize all major patents to move the company forward.

BlackBerry’s first quarter results have revealed that they have seen massive profits from the monetization of IPs. The licensing and software-based revenues have seen a hike by more than 150 percent and currently stands at $137 million.

The big deal is

The profits follow a couple of new licensing deals BlackBerry has etched with Cisco Systems Inc and with another unannounced company. Chen states that the main challenge lies in creating a balance between securing its patents and monetizing the same using collaboration-based licensing deals. He says, “If you go too far and become too aggressive, you become a (patent) troll.”

He also stated that if monetization is gradual, then it consumes a lot of extra time but the time factor is a way more important factor than one thinks. Therefore, the need of the hour is to strike a healthy balance.  For now, Blackberry plans on heightening its innovation and staying at the top of its game in the field of secure communications. He wrapped up saying, “The fact that a company is financially not doing that well doesn’t mean it can’t innovate.” … Read the rest

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Microsoft NY Event to Release Lumia 950 Phones With Surface Pro 4?

Word is out that Microsoft has started sending out invites for its Windows 10 event slated for October 6, at Moynihan Station in New York. The event will see high profile launches for the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and the Surface Pro 4 tab. In addition, the event will also see release of the much-anticipated Microsoft Band.

About The Launches

Microsoft pro new york eventThe Invite reads: “We have some exciting news to share about Windows 10 devices…” Microsoft is trying to wipe away the poor turnout memories that it saw at IFA Berlin last month. It is now placing all its bets on the Surface Pro 4, given that the preceding model had been a stellar success.

We do not expect the Surface Pro 4 to be hugely different from the Surface Pro 3. From the reports we have gathered so far, it’s also possible that Microsoft will retain the same form factor and charging system as the Pro 3. However, it could enhance the display resolution and start working on a sleeker build. Rumors suggest Microsoft will include an all-new fingerprint scanner on the device. This is something to look forward to.

Microsoft has already declared that the Surface Pro is a hit with buyers. According to fresh buzz, it is expected that Microsoft could release a 14-inch variant of the Surface device as well. Perhaps this is a bid to compete with the iPad Pro from Apple.

The Windows 10 Story

Windows 10 saw a launch two months back and despite roadblocks is steadily climbing popularity charts. The new testing and software runs suggest that Windows 10 has a much better built than the debacle Microsoft 8. It is also working decently across the mobile and tablet platforms besides the standard computer. 

Expect the unexpected

One bouncer that Microsoft could throw at the event is the launch of its Holo Lens that was showcased at the E3 Conference back in June.… Read the rest

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Harry Potter-Style Cloak Coming Soon!

For all those who are under the Harry Potter spell, scientists have confirmed that the invisibility cloak is now a reality. Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley have published that they have been successful in creating an ultra-thin invisibility cloak made from microscopic rectangular gold blocks that manipulates light.

The cloak can be wrapped around any object to make it invisible to the naked eye. The blocks act like skin and cling to the shape of the object underneath so that it can remain undetected using visible light.

The Details Revealed

US scientists invisibility cloakPublished in Science journal, the study also suggested that while these experiments involved cloaking small objects as of now, there will be tests on larger and more real objects so that the technology can be put to use even on a military scale.

Specs of the invisible cloak

What we know so far is that the cloak is 80 nanometres thick. Also, the surface of the cloak can reroute light waves scattered onto it to hide the object underneath. It could take five years or even a decade for this technology to be put to practical use, says Xiang Zhang, Director, Materials Sciences Division of US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

At the experimentation stage, light with a waveleangth of 730 nanometers was reflected towards the sample object. The light bounced off the object without revealing it, the scientists have said.

While designing the cloak, scientists have also ensured that the nanoantennas are engineered in a manner that it adjusts to the shape of the object. This also ensures that the object does not move and retains invisibility.

The German invisibility box 

Meanwhile, some KIT scientists in Germany are also working on a box that can be used to hide small objects. Robert Schittny, who heads the research project said, “It is a macroscopic cloak that you can look at with [the naked eye] and hold in your hands.”Read the rest

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Facebook Inc To Tie Up With Moat For New 100 Percent In-View Impressions Ad Service

Facebook Inc has announced that it will launch a new “100 percent in-view impressions” based advert service soon. With the new service, advertisers will have to pay once their adverts have been actually scrolled over from the top to the bottom on FB news feed. This service will also enable advertisers to include photos, text, links as well as video-based adverts, Facebook confirmed via a blog post on Thursday.

Facebook Inc To Tie Up With Moat For New 100 Percent InThe collab with moat

Facebook also specified that the service is being worked upon in collaboration with Moat, a company for ad analytics. Moat will help Facebook look into all video ad metrics on its social network. This, in turn, will allow Facebook to provide details on video performance metrics to their advertisers.

Moat to grow bigger

According to Facebook, Moat will also offer metric monitoring for all other ads on their news feed. It will also monitor ads on Instagram at a later stage. A week back, Instagram had allowed advertisers to post ads in a bid to compete with popular platforms such as Snapchat. Facebook had acquired Instagram in 2012 for about $1 billion.Read the rest

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Windows 10 Preview Build Focuses On Photo sharing

Windows 10 mobile BuildTo further enhance user anticipation, Microsoft has launched an insider preview build of the Windows 10 Mobile. Called the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10536, it gives Windows insiders two updates—Build 10514 and Buld 10536.1000. According to a Windows blog, the latest update is delayed but comes with many surprises.

Firstly, it includes the Insider Hub yet again and fixes the Mobile hotspot functionality. Support has also been provided to include two more languages in the voice input—Japanese and English (India) for greater global acceptance. The latest update on this Windows 10 Mobile build also includes two-factor authentication and enhanced start time.

Improved Photo app

 The latest build is reportedly adding folder view options so that users can easily see pictures from their PC as well as OneDrive using a Photo app. Not just that, the new update will also allow users to access files in the SD card directly. When speaking of the latest release, Microsoft blogger Gabriel Aul said that the update will not only make photo viewing easier, but also much faster.

 New features for improved user experience

 Microsoft has also introduced the “one-handed mode” to the latest build, something that was earlier restricted to devices with large screens. Some new features users can expect from the build are setting quite hours and pinch/zoom maps.

 For now the build is just restricted to Windows insiders when they sign up. However, Iit is not recommended for those using Lumia 1020 as the preview build is not quite compatible with it. … Read the rest

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