Overclockers UK Introduce Room Scale VR in Association With Vive

Virtual Reality, or VR for short, is the big thing of 2016. While it isn’t new in itself, this is the year where consumers will get the chance to enter this field and there is no shortage presented VR headsets. But VR is one of those things that is tough to describe and it is also tough to show off with traditional videos and images; it is something that has to be experienced first hand to fully get what it is all about and be able to grasp the full concept.

Overclockers UK is known for its line-up of gaming ready PCs in all sizes and calibers and they’re naturally on board with VR too. They’ve now proudly announced the extension to their showroom that will provide a permanent Vive Room Scale VR Experience in the Midlands.

The new Room Scale VR allows users with a Vive to move around and interact with a virtual environment while staying in the comfort of their own home. Overclockers UK created this new 20 square meters sized showroom to allow users to truly test this experience using hardware built together by Overclockers UK and that has been Virtual Reality Certified.

The Overclockers UK Room Scale VR Experience is set to launch with a special event, which will take place at the Overclockers UK Newcastle-Under-Lyme showroom on the 19th of March. This event is open to the public and there is an online booking system in place allowing users to reserve their very own VR Experience.

You don’t need to worry if you can’t make it on March the 19th as the Room Scale VR Experience will be a permanent feature at the Overclockers UK store. Besides the showroom, Overclockers UK also launched a new mini-site that is a collection of all the relevant VR information.

The Vive headset needs to be powered by something and OC UK has new and certified systems ready for the Vive, starting with the entry level system for £749 and moving up to the titan that starts at £1314.95. As always, you can further configure and modify these systems before you purchase.Virtual Reality hardware can also be purchased directly with everything from upgrade parts to your current system on to VR compatible peripherals. All in one place, and now also live testable.

Virtual Reality hardware can also be purchased directly with everything from upgrade parts to your current system on to VR compatible peripherals. All in one place, and now also live testable.

Quantum Break to Require Internet Connection

Quantum Break is set to be one of the biggest games to grace Windows 10 this year, and with the game using directX 12 (DX12) you will have to buy it through the app store. This may be a problem for some as those who purchased the rather silently released Gears Of War Ultimate Edition found that the game was more than lacking in terms of performance and stability. It may come as a shock to some then that the next nail in the Windows 10 gaming experience is the constant online connection that you will require for Quantum Break.

Why is this a big deal you may ask? The problem people will have with this is that the game is a single player game, requiring an online connection means that should your internet drop out or you want to play on the go you won’t be able to. The reason given by Microsoft is  that you will require a high-speed internet connection to enjoy the cutscenes in the game, which is considered story heavy.

It was recently revealed that the Xbox One version of the game will be 44.09GB in size, a whole 8GB more than the 36.18GB. It now seems that the size difference is because Xbox one will be downloading the video content as well, requiring only PC gamers to have a constant online connection. With the Xbox One video being limited to 1080p video files, a mere shade of the 4K content the PC will enjoy, some people will argue that for a single player game, downloading the video at a lesser quality may be worth saving the hassle of an always online connection.

First a bad release for Gears Of War and now the news that always online single player games are Microsoft’s hope for Windows 10 games, are you likely to pick up the game and if so do you think that Microsoft has done the right thing?

Xbox Live Is Currently “Limited”

We all have our favourite way of playing online, and those that use Xbox Live may have a bit of trouble this morning when it comes to enjoying that quick game before work or school. Currently, the service is more struggling than it is managing as several parts of the service are listed as having difficulty.

The affected services include people’s ability to buying downloadable items and downloading any previously brought items. This means that if you are looking at downloading a game or treating yourself to a DLC, now might not be the best time. If you are one of the people who likes to stream some music or videos the Xbox Video and Music stores are also currently experiencing problems, joined by Blinkbox also having issues.  Finally, the only other area affected at the moment is account management, with people unable to create

Finally, the only other area affected at the moment is account management, with people unable to create accounts, managing any of their previous accounts or even removing accounts from devices.

The only areas that don’t seem affected are the Xbox One’s website and their matchmaking, so if you wanted to just play a game you should be okay, but beyond that you may experience some trouble. You can find out the latest on Xbox live’s status page located here.

Xbox Live Hit by Phantom Squad DDoS Attack

Only a few days ago, the “hacking group” known as Phantom Squad threatened to shut down Xbox Live and PlayStation Network during the Christmas period. Before I move onto today’s development, please note that the press shouldn’t really be referring to groups like Lizard Squad and Phantom Squad as hacking groups. I’ve fallen into that trap myself without thinking about it, and it’s not actually an accurate term. Using a DDoS to disrupt networking services is not hacking, and we shouldn’t give these groups a title which overemphasize their abilities. Putting that aside, it seems Phantom Squad have lived up to their promise and conducted a DDoS attack on Xbox Live. Here we can see them taking responsibility for the service outage and also tweeted about the lack of security on these networks:

This might indicate they have a motive to expose Xbox Live and PlayStation Network’s security loopholes. However, this isn’t the way to go about it, and only impacts on the enjoyment factor for new console owners during Christmas. Rather surprisingly, Twitter has suspended the groups account but luckily Ars Technica UK captured some of their Tweets. In lieu of recent events, Microsoft issued a status update on its support site which reads:

“Hey Xbox members, are you having trouble purchasing or managing your subscriptions for Xbox Live? Are you also having an issue with signing into Xbox Live? We are aware of these issues and are working to get it fixed ASAP! Thank you for being patient while we work. We’ll post another update when more information becomes available.”

Phantom Squad’s egotistical and attention seeking traits reached fever pitch as they asked for retweets to prevent PSN from being the next target:

Any hope of Phantom Squad caring about security of having some sort of moral purpose is discredited by this tweet. Clearly, they just want to cause havoc and feel better about themselves by spoiling other people’s Christmas. As a result, they need to reassess their behaviour and comprehend how they would feel if their Christmas was spoilt by an unknown group on the internet.

The Crystal Maze is Coming Back!

Do you remember back to when times were good? No impending doom or missile attacks or bomb threats, just sat down around a TV and watching a random group of people humiliate themselves while you sit at home and gloat that you could have done it better. Yes, I am talking about that old gem (pun intended) that is The Crystal Maze. I used to sit at home on a Sunday afternoon watching re-runs while removing the similar fake crystal curtain pole ends to pretend with.

The show was all about conquering the crystal maze with as many crystals (and contestants) as possible. The more crystals equalled more time and more people meant a higher chance of catching golden tickets in the final round. To get to the final round, a small team had to take on multiple challenges based in four different sections of “The Crystal Maze”. Each section would be similar to the others, but with a dissimilar theme; including Industrial, Aztec, Futuristic and Medieval.

The show finally came to and end in 1995 when the show wasn’t renewed for further seasons and the set remained unused and finally dismantled in 1999. That’s until some die hard fans took it upon themselves to start an IndieGoGo campaign to bring the show back to life. The trio launched the campaign in hopes to get just £500,000, but the public saw this and donated a huge £933,000 to make sure this happens.

Why such a big threshold? Well it’s not for a TV show, this time you can purchase a £50 ticket and run amock in the authentic remade set with Richard O’Brien narrating in certain spots and he may even be your host. It is being rebuilt in a secret part of London which is “easily accessible” according to the FAQ, let’s hope it doesn’t stay secret for much longer.

This is probably something a portion of our readers won’t actually know what we’re on about with this, so for those who are interested here is a video of the first episode, enjoy!

https://youtu.be/TrDUdOgpNsI

Steam Launched Short Time Stealth Game Sale With up to 90% Discounts

Steam has launched a new short time sale and it is a stealthy one, but it is one where you might be able to get a great deal on one of those games that you’ve been holding back getting. We’ve recently shown you where to get great deals outside of Steam, but we shouldn’t forget about the platform itself.

The sale is the first Stealth Game sale that Steam is hosting and it will continue from today thru Friday with great deals on over 60 titles that include savings of up to 90%. You’ll find games such as Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry where you can dive into large open-world maps and live out an adventure for a while, but there are also Tom Clancy Games, Styx, Crysis and many more.

Mini ninjas, Thief, and Aliens vs. Predator are also great games that definitely are worth checking out while Steam Workshop fans might find Gunpoint entertaining.

If you spotted something you want, then you should right on over to the Steam Stealth Sale page that can be found at store.steampowered.com/sale/stealth_sale There is plenty to choose from, but not unlimited time to do so. Have you spotted anything that you’re missing or are you saving your pennies for something else? Let us know in the comments.

Arrested And Robbed All In One Night – All Streamed On Twitch

Live streaming is a big thing these days, with anybody being able to put on a camera, share their screen and show the world everything from their video games to board game parties. Sadly the opportunity to watch others from anywhere in the world has led to some rather nasty situations, one of these is the action known as ‘Swatting’. Swatting involves someone watching a live stream, and through various technological means, finding out the address of the streamer. With the address, they ring the police and often fabricate a situation where someone’s life is in danger and so the police act on the information they have and dispatch SWAT (special weapons and tactics) to the scene to help solve the situation. Normally they are still live streaming when the police burst through their doors, causing distress to everyone bar the caller.

Recently though this was not the case as during a live stream by Mr_13ig who was asked by a policeman to keep the volume down and for his details. After refusing to provide his details, he noticed one of his neighbours walk past and informed the officer that he was feeling harassed because his neighbour was taking photos of him. As the video continues the policemen arrests him for the noise complaint and his behaviour, only to then have two minutes later another crime happen in the apartment.

The neighbour who had walked past earlier, while being filmed by the live stream not only entered the apartment and took several items from the room, but then returned to take even more stuff, all the while seemingly oblivious to the fact that he was being recorded all the time.

You can watch the video here, and you’ll be glad to know that the neighbour who stole from the apartment has been charged with burglary thanks to the viewers ringing and informing the police about the crime.

Image courtesy of Twitch.

This Happens When You Mix Real Life With FPS Games and Take It to Chatroulette

We all love our video games, whatever type they might be. They are fun to play while they relax or challenge us. But what happens if you take that game into real life? The UK-based production team RealmPictures must have asked themselves the same question as that is just what they did.

The team created a live action first-person shooter in their garden and invited unsuspecting people online to take control. The best platform to do so is Chatroulette and the result is amazing. The team works by the slogan: “We make all sorts of things, but our passion is for narrative fiction and cinematic storytelling. They took that and created one of the most awesome things I’ve seen in recent times.

Whether this is a clever marketing gag to get the company name out thanks to a viral video or they just thought it was an amazing idea to do this. The result is amazing and I highly recommend to watch as unsuspecting video chatters get to control the character in this Zombie invasion game. They have to find weapons and hidden objects in order to make it through the first level.

I really don’t want to spoil too much of the video by telling you what happens, it is something that just has to be seen yourself. So enjoy these 9 minutes of real-life first person shooter video.

What We Learned From the Oculus Live Event

The Oculus Special Live Event is over and we learned a lot of new things about the hardware, bundles, and software. So what did we learn from this special live event? First of all, we will get the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset in Q1 2016, at least that is the schedule.

There are a lot of users out there that already wear glasses and putting a VR headset on top of those is an absolute must. The Oculus does this flawlessly and even comes with built-in headphones. Not to worry if you’d rather use your own ones, you can just detach the included.

Included is also a Xbox One wireless controller and the motion tracker that you place on your desk – everything you need to get started with your very own virtual reality experience.

While some people might wonder a bit about the inclusion of a Xbox One controller, it does have a reason. Oculus worked closely with Microsoft, among others, to be able to provide you with the best gaming experience. Including a controller with the Rift gives developers a unified platform with controls that they know every Rift owner has.

At the same time, they made sure that the Oculus Rift will work perfectly with DirectX 12 when it comes out together with Windows 10 very soon.

The headset is light enough to easily hold with one hand, and it looked really light during the presentation. The way it was held and moved around. But we will have to wait until later to get an exact weight of the headset. It is without a doubt a big improvement on the developers kits that have been released up until now.

The in-VR interface allows you to navigate without taking the headset off. Buy new games, browse your collection, or stalk your friends – all from inside the headset.

New was the reveal of the Oculus Touch, codenamed Halfmoon. The Oculus Touch is actually two controllers, one for each hand. They include motion tracking as well as traditional buttons and analog sticks as you’re used to from your normal controller. This allows a completely new interaction with your game. Move your hands and get feedback too. This looks awesome.

We sadly didn’t get any price yet, but I’m sure that will follow soon. The release date is set for Q1 2016 which could mean anything from CES to any other date in that quarter.

Users will be able to test the new Rift hands on during the upcoming E3 event where it will be demonstrated with everything that is available. Games and hardware, and it can be experienced. I think VR is something no one really understands until they’ve tried it. I’m sure that Oculus will release more details during that event, and we’ll make sure to keep you updated as it emerges.



 

Oculus Live Event Coverage

Oculus have something up their sleeves and the countdown for the special live event has almost reached zero. Nerds, geeks, and virtual reality fans are equally curious and anxious to see what they have planned and will present for us.

Luckily we don’t have to wait much longer as the event is about to go live. We will of course bring you all the hot news as they roll in.

On stage come Brendon Iribe, the CEO of Oculus. The whole thing starts out with a history lesson about 2D and why VR will change everything. Nothing new, but something we’ve all been dreaming off for a long time.

It’s the Oculus Rift headset! The final version for consumers, no development kit anymore.

Halo 5: Guardians Will Come with Some Special Goodies

Halo fans are already looking forward to Halo 5: Guardians announcement at the Electronic Entertainment Expo where 343 Industries will most likely hype things up before the title gets released, but more juicy details about what fans should expect from it comes even before the event.

Up until now, a lot of details were focusing mostly on the title’s single-player feature. But I know you guys are equally interested in what Halo 5 has to offer in terms of multiplayer too. Well, here it is.

The title will come with more than 20 maps at launch, which is a great number compared to other multiplayer first person shooters. However, the developer is going to throw in another 15 maps as free downloadable content by July 2016.

Also, your friends will be able to pitch in and help you through the campaign in co-op mode even if they don’t have Xbox Live Gold membership subscriptions. This is really great news since most multiplayer titles for Microsoft’s Xbox console requires the latter subscription to play multiplayer games.

Unfortunately, if you want to play the standard versus mode, you will still require the Gold subscription. Even so, when looking at other big-name companies’ marketing strategies, I think 343 Industries still make a better deal. So are you ready for the big reveal next week at E3?

Thank you TechSpot for providing us with this information

ShellShock Live Reduces Price and Adds 3 New Game Modes

If you are a fan of games such as Scorched Earth, Death Tank, and Worms, then ShellShock might be a great game to pick up, especially as they’ve just dropped the price with the latest update.

The game was originally a Flash game, but it has now been ported for Steam and works on both Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. It might not sport the best of graphics, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be a great game. The user reviews are very positive despite the game still being in Early access.

ShellShock is a multiplayer game with a simple mission: Use your tanks to blow up your enemies tanks. To do that you have a wide variety of weapons that have to be unlocked. There are over 200 unique upgradeable weapons in this 8-player multiplayer game that also features 100+ ranks and fully customizable and upgradeable tanks.

The latest update, version 0.9.1.7, features three new game modes: Assassin mode, Juggernaut, and Points. In Assassins mode you have to kill a specific target while others can’t be damaged, In Juggernaut it’s one vs seven players but you get extra health to fight the extra amount of enemies, while Points is a mode where you don’t play for death but rather get points for hitting enemies and the winner is the one that accumulates the most during the match.

ShellShock Live is available on Steam Early Access for €6.99 now or you can get a four-pack for €19.99 and send three keys to your friends.

Kyle Champ, founder of kChamp Games said, “It’s been quite a trip from the initial launch of the Flash version of ShellShock Live way back in 2011 to now. With the Steam version almost at Version 1.0, and thanks to the feedback from the community, I’ve set my sights on making it one of the most memorable multiplayer experiences on Windows, Mac, and Linux”

YouTube Live Streaming Now Available With HTML5 and 60FPS Support

It looks like the old Flash Player is going to be scrapped sooner than expected. After enabling support for HTML5 video playback, YouTube is now extending that support to live streaming sessions. This means that users can now watch live streaming videos on HTML5-enabled browsers and at 60FPS!

The slow process looks to have started late last year, when every video uploaded on the streaming service could keep its 60FPS ratio. Up until October last year, all videos were automatically converted to 30FPS once uploaded. In addition to the latter, YouTube quietly made HTML5 its default player early this year, so it would make sense for the company to continue towards fully integrating the HTML5 player.

The technology is now widely supported in all major browsers like Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari and even Internet Explorer. However, YouTube stated that the HTML5 playback for live streaming is still undergoing development, so don’t expect it to do miracles just yet. Still, the technology now is able to deliver 720p or 1080p at 60FPS and users can even skip backwards in a live stream or even play around with its play speed.

Let’s not forget about the hardware here. I mean as good as HTML5 player sounds, it still needs some hardware specs to have it run at 60FPS. This is why YouTube comes with an option to change playback to 30FPS, should 60FPS be too much for your device. Nevertheless, we are moving towards a 4K video playback era, so it’s likely everyone will upgrade their hardware sooner or later.

Thank you VentureBeat for providing us with this information

Guitar Hero Live New Guitar Revealed

It has been a few years since Guitar Hero had a new version released; Guitar Hero Live sets to bring back what everyone loved about the original series with a new twist.

So we know about the game, but what about the iconic controller? With each leap in the franchise, they introduced a new guitar design. Starting off with the original almost Ukelele size design, very basic functions. Then we moved onto the more iconic Gibson Les Paul look-a-like, a little larger than the original and a nicer fit. We then saw a move onto the World Tour Guitar, simplified design but with the addition of the slider bar to get those combo’s with ease.

The new controller resembles the World Tour controller the most, but with a more authentic design and look. With a wood colour neck and more concealed buttons, this reminds me more so of the Rock Band controller.

 

Along with a more authentic look, the developers have also ported what seems like some of the game mechanics onto mobile devices. It’s unclear if this will be a mobile game version that interlinks to the main game, or just a mobile controller.

Do you like the new looks of the new design? What do you think of the removal of the slide bar? Let us know in the comments.

Outlook for Android Now Ready for the Real World

After releasing 17 updates since its original launch, the Microsoft application has now had the preview title removed from the Play store. The team at Microsoft have had high expectations for Outlook, and whilst enhancing the apps performance and removing bugs they named the app as a Preview.

The application brings some new and welcomed features that make it a lot different from the standard mail client on your Android. The app features IMAP support, a revised people section, directory searching, swipe gestures and much more; the majority of the new features and changes have been requested by the end users.

“We’ve continued to polish the look and feel of the app. We updated our icon sets and simplified our fonts to provide a more consistent Outlook experience across operating systems and devices. But it was also important for Outlook to feel like a natural part of Android. We use common Android design principles like the Navigation Drawer to house the multiple tools offered in the app and have common actions like settings available in the App Overflow menu,” Microsoft explains.

The Application is available to Android users running version 4.0 and higher. The latest version of the app is 1.1.9 and is available to download here

Thank you Winbeta for providing us with this information

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Facebook Reveal Huge Drone Prototype for Internet Services

With many parts of the world still without internet, Facebook have been working hard on finding cool and innovative ways to get people connected, no matter where they are in the world. This goes as far as satellite technology, standard broadband connections and now, drones.  While the technology is still in its early stages, these prototype drones as seen in the picture above, are solar-powered and capable of beaming internet data back and forth from users to other ground stations and satellites.

Below you can see how they worked to create the crafts wings, with Facebook saying they drones will be huge, with the wingspan of a 737 and the weight of a car, which is pretty light given their size, but these things have been designed to stay in the air for a very long time between stops.

For those with poor internet connections, this is really cool. For places with no internet, these drones could be deployed on a short or even a long-term basis to create a high-speed connection where ever and when ever they’re needed!

Check out the rest of our F8 coverage here.

 

Facebook F8 Keynote – Oculus Rift Crescent Bay “Launching Soon”

Oculus Rift is coming! That’s something we’ve known for a long time. What started as a humble crowd funding, quickly become a huge change in the industry and the company was then bought by Facebook, turning it into something even bigger that anyone could have imagined. DK1 and DK2 have been doing the rounds for a while now and Crescent Bay (CB) the latest iteration of the headset is currently wowing audiences who’ve been fortunate to demo the hardware.

Some very important things happened today during the VR Keynote at Facebook F8. Facebook demoed a space game running in VR using their Crescent Bay hardware in real-time and quite simply, it looked amazing. They then followed this up by saying “you’ll be able to play it this year”. This can mean the game is available or the hardware will be available, perhaps even both.

Later in the Keynote, they posted an image saying that Oculus will be launching soon. Soon to me, implies this year. I long believed that Oculus would reveal a further headset beyond CB for the CV1 hardware release, however, it now seems like CB is the model that first finds its way into the hands of consumers, most likely to better compete with the growing list of competing devices.

Check out the rest of our F8 coverage here.

Facebook Teleportation Station Using Gear VR

One of the coolest features of the Facebook F8 event are their “Teleportation Stations.” These setups use a special 360 degree camera rigs that are dotted around the show floor, as well as areas that are equipped with Samsung Gear VR headsets. As many of you will know, Oculus provides a lot of the back-end for Gear VR and of course, Facebook owns Oculus, so this is a great way for them to show off the mobile VR hardware.

The booth work much like you would expect. You strap on the Gear VR headset and you can look around the other location as you move the camera with your headset. Seeing the show floor from another part of the show floor isn’t the most incredible thing ever, but it’s a technical demo and one that could see its way into other events in the near future. What if they put a camera on top of a skyscraper, or in an aquarium, at a concert and more?

Check out the rest of our F8 coverage here.


 

Facebook AI – How It Will Effect The Content You Consume

AI is a big focus for companies like Facebook. Every time you load your news feed, some kind of algorithm is working hard to curate the best content for you. Have your closest friends shared a video of their holiday that you would like, does your favourite brand have a promotion that would be interesting to you, is there a viral video clip that’s suited to your interests. One way Facebook is looking to improve this system is with the use of a neural net AI, that can scan not only images, but also video content and text, detect what kind of content is featured and categorize it to serve it up in the news feed, on other websites and even respond to natural questions and searches based around the information it has learnt.

To demonstrate this, Facebook’s team taught the AI how to detect hundreds of different sports just by showing it a short clip. It was able to pick them out and categorise them, which could help improve upon the current and rather limited tag based system we use for videos.

A further demonstration involved showing the system the books of Lord of the Rings. The AI generated a short interpretation of the events of the story and in the real-time demo, they were able to ask questions about what happened, such as “where was the ring before it was destroyed?” and “where if Frodo now?” and the system responded correctly. This could have a huge impact on the way we navigate content and conduct searches on websites; I’m looking forward to seeing how this platform develops.

Check out the rest of our F8 coverage here.

Facebook F8 Live Stream: How News Feed Works

If you want to catch up on anything you might have missed from the show? Check out all of our latest coverage here. Check out the live stream here.

The Facebook news feed is the main focus for anyone who uses the social media site to consumer or share content. But what are the best ways to ensure the content you share is seen by the people who will care about them most? That’s exactly what the experts at Facebook are discussing right now at F8.

Facebooks Cheif Product Officer, Chris Cox and Adam Mosseri, took to the stage to discuss news feed and how they plan to make the most of it. The first thing he discussed was how Facebook are trying to move away from the old model of filtering content based on your likes and comments, to provide a more personal level of content that you find interesting and really care about. A difficult task for a site that curates content to over 2 billion people around the world.

A quick walkthrough discussed how Facebook mixes content from friends with the brands you follow. Which obviously means that virtually everyone’s feed is unique to them and how they interact with it is different too.

Do you comment on one brand a lot, do you watch a lot of videos, do you hide a lot of posts. All these aspects are calculated to give you more or less of that particular content in the future. They also showed how their customisation features work, asking people a side by side, what kind of content is more interesting to you, which further helps curate the right content, for when you really want it.

We’ll bring you more updates as the event continues.

Facebook F8 Developer Conference, What We’ve Learnt So Far

Facebook F8 has been packed full of interesting developments and the event has only been going for less than two hours! Mark Zuckerberg gave the opening keynote, where he and his team discussed the past, present and future of the Facebook platform, but more interestingly, what new features we have as of today and coming in the near future.

Facebook Messenger is getting a huge overhaul, adding a massive range of new features to allow users to dynamically curate original content and share it with their groups, without having to leave the app interface.

A new software SDK has been announced, which will help better integrate Facebook with web-connected devices, playing into the much-hyped marketing term “the internet of things.” That means Facebook could help integrate with everything from your smart connect fridge, tv, automatic garage doors, smart thermostats, smart fitness wearables and a whole lot more.

A new video platform will allow easier ways for content providers to share content on Facebook as well as a much easier method for embedding video and general Facebook content on their site.

New comments API will sync comments from websites with the comments on Facebook, saving a conversation from being split in two.

The coolest thing is of course Spherical Video, a new platform for sharing Oculus Rift ready content. Why share a simple image of your holiday when you can share a 3D scene! Of course, we still need to see the technology used to capture such scenes, but no doubt Facebook will reveal more on this over the next two days of the event.

Apple Posts Live Stream For March 9th Event

Apple will be live streaming their event on Monday, 9th March. Titled “Spring forward”, the presentation is expected to focus on the upcoming Apple Watch. The event starts at 10am PDT, which is 5pm GMT.

We expect to see a number of new details, perhaps new features that are included with the Apple Watch. The company has been limited in the information it has shared regarding the device since its debut in September last year. Since then it has apparently been under continued development, with Apple readying the software and hardware ready for release. A number of rumours have suggested that the company has been working on improving the device’s battery life, with the only official information suggesting that it will need to be charged nightly.

Besides the watch, the company is rumoured to be introducing a new MacBook Air, perhaps with a radical redesign. Either watch live here or keep your eye on eTeknix on March 9th to find out.

Source: Apple

UK to Get Its First Dedicated eSports Arena

Gfinity is no stranger to eSports, hosting their first two offline events in 2013 and following up with arena matches in 2014 with over 4000 fans attending. It’s clear that there is a base for such events and as such Gfinity is going all out in 2015, creating the first dedicated eSports arena in the UK, which will be based in London.

The Gfinity Arena will be a hub of competitive gaming activity, live events and to deliver exclusive content while at the same time allowing you as a fan to attend and witness all this first hand. The new arena will have room for 600 game fanatics and spectators while offering the ‘comfiest seats found in eSports’.

Thanks to Gfinity for providing us with this information

TWiT.tv Raises $58,000 for UNICEF in 24 Hour New Year Live Stream

 

The TWiT.tv podcast network, otherwise known as This Week in Tech, has completed its ’24 Hours of 2015′ broadcast, raising over $58,000 for UNICEF.

The broadcast brought in the New Year in every single time zone around the world, connecting to a number of guests in each zone via Skype. Founder and ‘Chief TWiT’ Leo Laporte remained on the air for much of the broadcast, announcing that over 1 million people tuned in.

The broadcast started in 2013 when Leo decided that the network should celebrate its international audience by marking New Year around the world. This year they decided to kick it up a notch and announced that the whole thing would be for the benefit of UNICEF.

Their goal was originally set at $20,000 but it was quickly realised that this would easily be surpassed, with Mr Laporte agreeing to shave his head if they reached $40,000 and to have a tattoo if they reached $50,000. Of course they reached both goals, with Leo sticking to his promises, meaning they quickly sourced a tattoo artist and Leo received his tattoo live on the air.

You can watch the whole thing back at twit.tv.

Source: TWiT

GTA V Christmas Gifts Extended Due to PSN, XBL Outages

Rockstar Games has announced that its “Christmas gifts” will be available for a longer period due to the PSN and Xbox Live outages.

The new cars, outfits, weapons and snowball fights were meant to be available only up until January 5th, but will now be available for longer. The developer has not yet declared when they will actually stop allowing users to get their GTA Christmas fix, but the news will be welcome for players.

Both console networks have experienced long periods of downtime over the Christmas period thanks to suspected denial of service attacks by ‘Lizard Squad’. Both services have come back online, although PSN is still experiencing some issues.

Source: Polygon

Lizard Squad Identities Supposedly Revealed by Anonymous

Another day, another Lizard Squad story. Anonymous have apparently had their revenge and unmasked those behind the ‘hacking’ group.

A list of names, addresses and other contact details have been dumped onto pastebin. The details are quite specific, listing their MAC addresses, IP addresses and even details of their family members.

Those listed are all fairly young, meaning Lizard Squad most probably is just a bunch of teenagers in their bedrooms doing it for the “lulz”.

Source: Pastebin 

Podcast Network Announces New Year 24hr Charity Streaming Marathon

TWiT.tv, the tech-centric podcast network founded by former TechTV ‘The Screen Savers’ host Leo Laporte, has announced their annual 24 hour charity streaming marathon.

The network will be broadcasting live online from 3am on New Year’s Eve up until 3am New Year’s Day direct from the TWiT Brick House in Petaluma, California. The show will be raising money for UNICEF. Leo Laporte and friends will be ringing in the New Year in every time zone on the planet, with the intention of joining a citizen of each time zone via Skype.

TWiT was founded in 2005 by Leo, a man famous on US TV screens mostly for his work on ‘The Screen Savers’. The network was set up with the intention of being a 24 hour, around the clock tech news service, broadcasting live throughout the day. A number of its podcasts have become essential viewing for tech lovers – such as MacBreak Weekly, This Week in Google, Windows Weekly, iPad Today, The Giz Wiz, Tech News Today and the network’s namesake, This Week in Tech. The network now has a countless number of shows all fronted by tech’s most famous faces.

Be sure to join them on New Year’s Eve from 3am PST at live.twit.tv and of course don’t forget to donate.

Source: TWiT.tv