Low-End Standalone VR Headset to Hit the Market in Early 2018: Zuckerberg

Oculus brings you its low-end standalone VR headset: Oculus Go, which is likely to hit the market early next year. What we can expect? Well this device will cost you around $199, which makes it accessible to large public according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. During the yearly Oculus Connect conference Zuckerberg said the new headset will be a help to achieve the goal of getting one billion people in VR.
The new Oculus Go will require no plugging. It will have new lenses, a screen of 2560×1440 and inbuilt spatial audio, which will require no headphones. When coupled with 3D graphics, the headset can bring a virtual world to life like it really exists. In similarity to the Gear VR, it will also use a controller. In Oculus’s head Hugo Barra’s words, Oculus Go “hands-down the easiest way to get into VR”.
You can enter its oh-so-virtual reality anytime, anywhere. Oculus Go is a portable and wireless VR headset that you can carry along to places. According to official website for Oculus Go, the device got breathable fabrics, straps that adjust any size and lenses that are best-in-class. It works as a personal, portable theater for those who love the idea.

You can do much more with this wonder piece of VR. You could watch your favorite movies or TV series in a 360 degree view. And when you play video games, it gives you a feel that you are inside the game. Moreover, there are apps giving you a live feel during social interaction. You can enjoy over a thousand VR games, social apps, all in 360 degree experience.
Developers can expect Oculus Go kit by November.
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Buy the Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 for Its Price and Features

What was initially slow to pick up, Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 has gained a lot of attention since a month of its launch. The latest smartphone from Panasonic Corporation, this baby has become popular with those who are looking for a low-cost phone that is loaded with features.

Features of Eluga Ray 700

Features of Panasonic Eluga Ray 700
One of the important features being reported is a good battery life. The front camera allows you to take decent pictures but the rear camera can be a letdown. Powered by 1.3GHz octa-core Mediatek MTK6753 processor, Eluga Ray 700 runs well if you don’t download a lot of things. It has a fingerprint sensor along with front and back flash.
Panasonic Eluga Ray 700
Front of the Phone
Panasonic Eluga Ray 700
Back of the phone
Some other features of the Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G support. It has four sensors–compass magnetometer, proximity sensor, accelerometer and ambient light sensor.

Price of Eluga Ray 700

A simple phone, the Eluga is priced at Rs. 9,999 on Flipkart.

 

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IMC: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Crowned ‘Gadget of the Year’

Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8 was recently awarded the ‘Gadget of the Year’ award at the India Mobile Congress, 2017. The phone that was introduced on September 12 comes with a premium price tag of Rs 67,900. The IMC, that was held in New Delhi earlier this month, said the smartphone has exclusive features and deserves this title for its contribution to the Make for India program. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is available both online on Amazon India and offline at the retail stores.
This signature offering from Samsung boasts of top notch specifications such as 6.3 inch Quad HD + Super AMOLED display, Exynos 8895 chipset, 6GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage. Also, the all new 12MP dual rear camera with one wide angle lens and one telephoto lens makes the Note 8 stand apart from the Galaxy S8. The optical image stabilisation feature in both the lenses ensures that the shots taken are not blurred even with 2x optical zoom.

The Galaxy Note 8 comes equipped with the S Pen and is powered by a 3300mAh battery. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system and Bixby digital assistant engineered specifically to understand the Indian accent are a big hit among customers. The live message feature, translation support and voice feature have also garnered attention across the country.
Having received immense response from the Indian market, the mobile giant aims at solidifying its stance in the premium category. The award symbolises popularity of the Galaxy Note 8 among loyal patrons of the brand. The Senior Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India feels that it is the mindfulness along with creativity of the team that has led to the success of the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung is currently basking in the glory of the recognition earned and feels honoured to have been presented with such a prestigious award.
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All That Glitters is Rose Gold

When Apple launched its Rose Gold Apple Watch priced at $ 10,000 plus, a new colour trend came into being. Warmer than white gold and cooler than yellow gold rose gold is a fancy name for something that is little more than a pale metallic pink. ‘Rose’ gold sounds ~dainty~ and ~fancy~; a step above gold and pink.

According to a writer for the New Yorker, “rose gold is warm and flush—what yellow gold would look like if it suddenly suffered an embarrassment.”

Rose gold gadgets have been around for a long time. Samsung came out with the Galaxy Note 3 in 2014, with a gilded rose gold edge. Back in 2003, Motorola offered a pink Razr but called pink instead of rose gold. There are the Huawei Watch and the Mate S smartphone in rose gold. Samsung has a rose gold Gear S2 smartwatch and the Galaxy S7 in ‘pink’ is pretty much rose gold too.

But it was after the Apple Watch and the iPhone 6S in Rose Gold, followed by the iPad 3, MacBook and the Beats by Dre Headphones- all in a charming Rose Gold colour – the trend really took off.

Here are the latest rose gold-tinted gadgets from the rose-tinted world of technology that charges a lot more money for a change of colour:

  1. Apple iPhone 7

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With a wonderful 5.5-inch retina HD display, responsive 3D touch,2 rear facing 12-megapixel cameras, 4K video and a re-engineered enclosure that makes it the very first water-resistant iPhone, iPhone 7 plus offers an enhanced user experience, bolstered by the 64-bit A10 Fusion chip that offers a faster CPU performance.

It comes in 3 variants: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB.

Price: Starts at INR 67,000 (Feel free to look out for online discounts!)

2. Apple MacBook

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Sixth generation dual-core Intel Core M processors, a Turbo Boost feature that gives 3.1 GHz of processing, an 1866 MHz memory, new Intel HD Graphics 515 and faster flash storage bumped with better battery life on a 12-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Retina display is what the latest MacBook offers.

Price: Starts at INR 106,900

3. Beats by Dre Solo2 Wireless

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Offering up to 30 feet of wireless listening, 12-hour rechargeable battery, an ear cup padding that buffers outside noise and a durable, compact folding design for easy portability the Beats Solo2 Wireless headphones offer a wonderful experience.

Price: INR20033

4. MI In-Ear Headphones Rose Gold

MI In-Ear Headphones Rose Gold

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To satisfy the lust for rose gold earphones, try the MI In-Ear plugs by Xiaomi. These are classy and go with your other rose gold accessories. Don’t miss the really sophisticated box that comes with it.

Price: INR2000 (approx.)

5. Unitek Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Unitek Portable Bluetooth Speaker

With its roundish rose gold aluminium unibody with Bluetooth 2.1, up to 3.5 hours of playtime, built in micro phone hands free function, auto-scan FM radio, 3W speaker with enhanced bass and a micro USB cable that acts as an antennae, this little wireless speaker packs a punch and matches all the rose coloured gadgets you may have.

Keeping in tune with the trend, it should be mentioned that the world of rose gold gadgets expands to rose gold charging cables, electric toothbrushes, clip-on phone cameras and watches. One could also simply purchase some of the gazillion covers available in this colour till another colour (metallic anything) becomes the next big thing.

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In a spin over fidget spinners

Till sometime back, you would have been reprimanded for being fidgety.Currently, a restless nature is trending and help is available at your fingertips. Or that’s how the marketers of fidget spinners would like us to believe.

It’s unlikely you haven’t heard of fidget spinners until now. It is has been reported as the biggest gadget trend of 2017 and we are just half way through the year.In fact, Amazon has listed it as one of the top-selling products under its ‘Toys & Games’ category.

For the uninitiated, a fidget spinner is essentially a toy/gadget that doesn’t require technology or batteries to run. It has three spokes along with an inline skate and ball bearings that make it a spin. Extremely popular across age groups –school children form a major chunk of users – it’s easy to use, cheap to buy and portable. Promoted as a fun way to beat stress and restlessness, fidget spinners have gained a steady fan following. There’s even a Fidget Spinner Association that is looking to host a championship in September.YouTube has enough videos gone viral that prove the gadget’s popularity.

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Now here’s the not so good part about what seems like a harmless toy. Parents across the world and health experts are raising concerns about the safety of fidget spinners and its repercussions on mental health. New videos about children taking the spinners to school and cases of addiction of the gadget have surfaced. Some schools have even banned the toy.

In some cases, new versions of the spinner have caused injury. The spinners with lithium button batteries also have small parts which pose a choking hazard. The toys are now being called ‘dodgy’. So can fidget spinners help with attention and anxiety, as claimed by those who make them?

“The jury is still out on whether a fidget spinner is simply a toy or a gadget that can eliminate anxiety in children and adults, and even help those with ADD or ADHD focus,” Claudia Swartzberg, chief executive of Top Dog Education was quoted in a news report. “While many are claiming they aid mental focus, there’s no science that supports the notion they have therapeutic properties. However, even though there is no data to show that fidget spinners are beneficial rather than being fun, teachers, many parents, and learners claim they’re helping their mental focus in and outside the classroom,” Swartzberg was stated as saying. In an interview that appeared on www.healthline.com, Dr. John L. Bender, a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians says, “It would not be proper to claim that there was a level of evidence comparable to a full scientific study to base such a claim.”… Read the rest

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Apple Shall ‘Loop You In’ With The Latest iPad

Apple Shall ‘Loop You In’ With The Latest iPadThe rumour mill churned up a new bit of information — Apple is about to introduce a successor to the iPad Air 2 at its next press conference on March 21, 2016. The invitation for the conference had a cryptic message “let’s loop you in”. According to sources on the internet, the newest iPad Air would come with a price hike of $599 as compared to the older entry-level price of $499. But the 9.7 inch iPad would have 32 GB of storage, which is more than the 16 GB that iPad Air 2 offered.

The need for a more expensive iPad may have stemmed from the fact that there will be no iPad Air 3. The new iPad Air would be something like a smaller version of the iPad Pro that supports the accessories and is faster than its predecessor.

This also means that the Apple Pencil, which currently is compatible only with iPad pro, will work well on this latest gadget. Apple’s Smart Keyboard is also most likely to be compatible with it.

When iPad Pro was launched, there was no side update for the iPad Air. This latest iPad shall come with some upgrades like multitasking and split-view, which are otherwise not available on the iPad Air 2.

The new iPad shall start with 32 GB space along with the more expensive options that come with LTE and 128GB of storage. The company will most likely keep the old iPad Air 2 in the market, though it is not known if it’ll enjoy a price cut or not as of now.

It is a small wonder that Apple is choosing to raise the price on the mainstream iPad, despite the fact that iPad sales went down by 25 percent, year over year. In retrospect, Apple did not update the iPad Air, which might be one of the reasons behind the shifty sales numbers.  But then Apple does not believe in sharing sales prices from a given line of products too often.

It looks like Apple is trying to shift the iPad away from the ‘it’s just a bigger iPhone with a similar version of iOS’ notion that has been developed over the years. The iPad, iPhone with iOS 9 and the iPad Pro along with the latest accessories are supposed to be very different products, each with its own ecosphere. The iPad has generally been doing well as a more capable device and Apple is going to want to capitalize on these differences that the devices offer. The latest iPad Pro is like a statement in itself, a statement that predicts iPads as the future of computers.

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Lego Dimensions To FIFA 16—Top 3 Games To Enjoy Before The Year Ends

Gaming geeks familiar with Skylanders will find comfort with the “toys to life” format for Lego Dimensions. The real-world Lego models can now be placed on a pedestal and instantly appear as interactive characters in the form of vehicles. Developer TT Games chooses to stress on puzzle solving and light combat in a world built from Lego plastic bricks.

In fact, this time the game places importance on merging existing licensed worlds with characters from The Simpsons, Batman and The Wizard of Oz. However, the point at which Dimensions scores a six is when it plays to Lego’s strengths. Lego sets can also be rebuilt to showcase alterations and progress in the game. More sets can also add classy new models and interactive gaming content. While these sound like a piece of cake, do remember that Lego keeps getting newer models, which can leave you with an unquenchable thirst for more.

Lego Dimensions To FIFA 16What’s hot with The Anki Overdrive?

After a superb debut game last year, gear up to get hands on the Anki Overdrive that swishes from the maiden concept to a new snap-together track, latest characters and game modes wherein real-life vehicles automatically move themselves around the given slot-less track.

Players can use the application to reach the perfect racing line, while controlling speeds and triggering virtual laser fires or drop mines. The gaming features enable cars to see personalization and upgradation while also allowing gamers to try a variety of gaming modes such Hill of the Hill, Battle and Time Trial. The basic game starter kit is priced at £149.99 for eight tracks and a couple of cars. More cars can be added to the race at £49.99

Warm up to FIFA 2016

Taking off from the Pro Evolution Soccer’s warm-up we saw last week, FIFA 16 is finally here and we are sure this version is the toughest one on the block till date.  We spotted incremental improvements and interfacial changes such as the addition of superficial endures and the warm up to the match reminds us of Sky Sports.

There is also extra player physicality. This allows defenders more options. In fact, even cerebral passing is encouraged. The next big improvement is the presence of draft mode for the Ultimate Team. Instead of spending a lot of time making a squad, you can start off with a drafted list.… Read the rest

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Beta Version Of Rainbow Six Siege Continues With Glitches

Ubisoft has extended the date of Rainbow Six Siege’s closed beta till October 1. Given that the beta version of the game has received popularity and server stability, this is a good move.

Chase Straight Community Developer stated on Ubisoft forums that there have been few issues reported but they are working to do away with these as soon as possible.


More scoop on the beta version

Access The Closed Beta Version For Rainbow Six SiegeLaunched over the weekend, the beta run did see gamers complaining because they did not get access codes despite pre-ordering this game. Straight recently said that this has also been resolved.

For those who had ordered the game digitally, the beta version is now available via download from Uplay, Stream, PlayStation and Xbox Live. Some players are still on the waiting list to receive access. Once distribution is complete, the maker will send out relevant invites.

Also Read: Bad News Gamers: No Single Player Mode on Call of Duty: Black Ops 

Say No To Solo

More scoop from Rainbow Six News has revealed that this game will no longer have a solo player mode. Art director Scott Michell has said that the game will not have a story mode in the real sense of the term. He has further clarified that players will receive training where they can experience various operators with their devices.

You may choose to play against Al, the enemy in co-op mode across the maps or even personalize matches. The Star, Renown and similarly laced point system will still be relevant.

Rainbow Six Siege’s beta version has some loopholes such as crashing and connectivity issues as well. But given its strong popularity at Gamescom 2015, we sure are not giving up on it.

 

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Bad News Gamers: No Single Player Mode on Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Bad news for those planning to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 all by themselves. It doesn’t come with a single player mode. However, the zombie and multiplayer modes will be supported on these last gen consoles. 

A  post on the Call Of Duty website notes, “The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player coop Campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware.”

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Criticism pours in

This announcement comes too late in the day because pre-orders have already begun as people from all over the globe want to own the latest Call of Duty.

Critics have been panning the makers for such a delayed announcement. Some have even called their behavior indifferent to the consumers. They believe that simply putting up old Black Ops for download is lax and too light headed to please avid gamers.

There is a consolation

In order to make up for this lag, the game will come $10 cheaper than its original price, Activison confirmed. In addition, it will put up the maiden series Call of Duty: Black Ops for digital download on last generation consoles.

The PS3 and the Xbox 360 versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will now be available for about $49.99. For some regions, this includes cost of the additional download as well.

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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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