London to be 5G Enabled by 2020 Promises Boris

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has pledged that London will roll out their 5G network across the city by 2020, something that could give the city a massive economic boost and put it ahead of many other parts of the world in terms of technological infrastructure.

5G is a performance hammer blow compared to 4G, which looks like dial up in comparison, using around 10Gbps (that isn’t a typo) it aims to throw internet at mobile devices faster than ever before, as well as allowing huge numbers of connections that could really change the way we use the internet, especially given that the service will be faster than most wired connections, this could pave the way for more people to cut the cable from their desktop router.

The 5G standard still has a long way to go, as the final details are yet to be defined, but early tests are promising and all this stuff has to start somewhere! Of course it remains to be seen if Boris can uphold this promise, but with David Cameron visiting CeBIT earlier this year to secure the technology for 5G, it certainly looks like we’ll see something big in the next few years.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

London Underground to Accept Contactless Payments

If you live in London, chances are you own an Oyster card. Oyster cards have been around for a while now but contactless card technology is going be coming along side it in the London Underground. People can choose whether they use Oyster or their own contactless enabled bank card for an easy, quick and hassle free way to board the tube.

A benefit of using your own bank card is that it never requires topping up, something im sure Oyster card holders are more than familiar with. There will also be weekly cap limits so you can only spend a certain amount each week. TfL (Transport for London) will also be making sure you’re paying the cheapest fare possible that period by doing price comparisons plus you’ll be able to track your journey and payment history via an online account.

The implementation of a contactless system throughout the underground comes after a pilot that has been running since April this year. TfL are looking for new testers before the full system is distributed, think it as an Alpha moving into Beta stage. The Full release is expected to be September 16th this year.

Thanks to Engadget for supplying us with this information.

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London Is Now Viewable in 3D on Google Maps

The city of London is amazing, enormous and has lots of history, now it seems Google have taken all the pictures they need to accurately make a 3D map of it for Google Maps and Google Earth. People now using Maps or Earth can literally fly over the city skyline and see what it would be like to view to city from above, of course not everything is perfect, there are a few blurry rooftops here and there but give Google some credit, trying to seamlessly connect all the pictures together would take an age, so they have done a very good job with London.

Using the 3D feature is a piece of cake. Open up Google Earth, type London into the search bar. At this point, you can use the Rotate and Tilt buttons at your right to change your perspective and from that point it’s just a matter of zooming in. 

This isn’t the only city Google has made 3D, Chicago and Los Angeles have also been done, feel free to check them out!

Thanks to HotHardware for providing us with this information.

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UK Police Trials The World’s Fastest Face Recognition System

Britain is dubbed the most watched country in the world, with over 6 million CCTV cameras watching everything that moves. This is why the London police aims to further improve its CCTV network use by adding body-worn cameras to help identify ‘criminal activities’ faster.

The new technology is said to still undergo some trials in London, having Leicestershire police already confirming that it has become the first police force in the UK to test NEC’s NeoFace face recognition software in hopes that it will “transform the way criminals are tracked down”. NeoFace aims to identify faces by analysing “dozens” of facial figures from digital images captured by the CCTV system or body cameras and comparing them to the 90,000 photos stored in the Leicestershire Police database.

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NeoFace is said to have its strength present in processing power, being able to analyse the figures in a matter of seconds compared to manually searching for possible matches (which is said to take hours to do). While the new tech is just debuting in the UK, it is said to have proven invaluable in the US. Chicago Police Department has stated that the system helped them sort through 4.5 million booking photos in order to find evidence and convict a suspected armed robber.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information

Watch Dogs Browser App Brings the Hacking Experience into Your Browser

Everyone who has played Ubisoft’s latest hacking game title, Watch Dogs, knows about what Aiden Pearce, the main character in the game, has in his smartphone. For those who do not know, his smartphone is basically a mobile NSA tracking and hacking ‘supercomputer’, having the power to disable traffic lights, fiddle with bridges, smartphones, power lines and even the city’s grid.

Although in the real world you cannot do all of this with just a smartphone, Ubisoft has apparently made a ‘light’ version (without all the hacking features of course) of the app, which is available in your browser. Real world data from cities such as Berlin, Paris and even London can be displayed and accessed via the Watch_Dogs WeAreData browser app, displaying publicly accessible location-based data.

The application in question appears to display where mobile phones are, show and read tweets from the locations they were triggered, link CCTV feeds, traffic lights and more. It is said that each city displays a host of data, including transportation, network nodes, city infrastructure such as ATMs and public toilets, social media data from Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and Flickr, all displayed with location data and positioned accordingly.

Though this seems as an incredible tool, it has its limitation. All data gathered by the app is said to come from sources which gave their consent on sharing location information. There is no information or data from unauthorized sources from, let’s say, the government. Nonetheless, it is fun to click around and see how the connected world is and looks like daily, and even spy on ‘unsuspected’ victims who post location tags and/or pictures all around these cities. Anyone interested in looking at one of the three available cities can go on the Watch_Dogs WeAreData website here.

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UK Tech Sector is Booming. Reported to be Growing Faster than Silicon Valley

Said to contribute £12bn to the English economy over the next decade, London alone is becoming a massive player in the worldwide technology industry at a massive growth rate of 5.1 percent per annum as quoted by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

This information was let loose at London Tech Week – showing that there are more contenders than just the famous Silicon Valley and the UK tech industry is booming.

As according to Bloomberg Philantropies, London also employs a greater number of workers in financial technology than any other major city on earth.

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.London Domains Launching April 29th

A recent YouGov survey has revealed that approximately 25% of surveyed London businesses are interested in acquiring London’s very own domain extension “.london”. The .london domain was generated in 2013 by ICANN along with thousands of other new generic top level domains (gTLDs) like .photography, .technology, .clothing and so on. In terms of city domains London were just narrowly beaten to the first city gTLD by Berlin (.berlin) and Vienna (.wien) but London has managed to stay ahead of New York (.nyc).

Any businesses or people in London looking to reserve a domain on the .London gTLD can do so from April 29th in a 3 month window. After the three month Window passes, so from late July, the .London domains will go live and companies can start putting their websites online. Trademarked companies will be the first in line to grab their .London gTLDs to prevent domain name “cybersquatting” (where third parties secure domain names that they know certain companies or people will want so they can charge them a substantial fee to hand the domain name over). If several competitors for the same .London domain exist then they will be expected to make a case to ICANN as to why they are entitled to it more than their competitors. If neither company can prove their need for the domain name then a simple “bidding war” will be used to decide the buyer. 2014 looks set to be a big year for the internet with all these new gTLDs arriving.

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£3,25m Home Comes With Spaceship Simulator In Attic

Having a spare £3,250,000 ($5.3m) to spend on a house isn’t exactly something we all have, but for those that do, a certain house in South London has a little some extra to sweeten the deal.

 

From the outside this is just your normal big, expensive house, it’s a great looking property with classy interior and exterior, a large living room, stunning games room and conservatory, lovely garden and it’s generally pretty lush. but the real treat lies in the converted attic.

The house alone is worth the asking price, but you’ll also inherit this awesome retro spaceship simulator, full of lights, dial, ejector seats (although we suspect they’re pretend ejector units), and a rack of CRT monitors that are full of retro charm.

What is the point in all this you ask? None what so ever, it’s just an awesome room full of nerdtastic fun, I’m not sure who would enjoy this more, myself as a cool place to chill out with a few beers and a few Star Wars mods on a flight sim, or my son as a play room… it’s debatable.

Secretly, we all want a spaceship simulator in the attic.

Thank you Huffington for providing us with this information.

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BAFTA Video Game Awards Now Open To The Public

The British Academy of film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have revealed that for the first time in its 10-year history, it will be allowing members of the public to purchase tickets and get into the show. Traditionally the award ceremony has been kept an industry-only event.

The event is to be hosted by Dara O’Briain next month at the Tobacco Dock in London, and it will be celebrating many aspects of the world of video games development from the last year. The shows organisers are hoping this year will broaden the appeal of the awards show by planning a more public facing event.

The show will now feature a pre-awards event called ‘Inside Games’, effectively a trade show where public and industry members can get hands on with upcoming titles, showcases and exhibits, this year attendees will find everything from indie titles to Titan fall and Dark Souls II, and the appearance of Sony, Microsoft and Valve.

Tickets are to cost £30 for the who thing, or just £12 for those only wanting to attend Inside Games. Of course spaces will be limited, so if you want it, you best book up fast.

Thank you Telegraph for providing us with this information.

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A.I. Company DeepMind Acquired By Google, Should We Expect Cyborgs Now?

Google is in process of acquiring artificial intelligence company DeepMind based in London for a reported price of $400 million. It is said that Google confirmed the acquisition, but they did not specify a price for the deal.

DeepMind has been founded by games prodigy and neuroscientist Demis Hassabis, along with Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman. The company specializes in artificial intelligence for a variety of products, ranging from games, simulations, to e-commerce and even websites. It is also said that CEO Larry Page led the deal himself, due to the fact that not only the company has potential in the long run, but also Hassabis is known for his particular talent, dubbed “probably the best games player in history” by Mind Sports Olympiad.

Judging from LinkedIn, the company is quite young, having around 3 years, and it specializes mainly in building learning algorithms. Sources have said that Founders Fund , along with Horizons Venture are major investors in DeepMind, while having Skype and Kazaa developer Jaan Tallinn as an investor and advisor. Also, sources have said that DeepMind has a team of at least 50 people and has secured more than $50 million in funding. DeepMind is described as “the last large independent company with a strong focus on artificial intelligence,” and is said it competed with companies like Google, Facebook and Baidu for talent.

It makes sense for Google to be interested in such a company with great potential, and think of the possibilities with the AI algorithms! Why, not long ago Google acquired Boston Dynamics, a company that specializes in robotics. Whether they intent to implement the learning algorithms in their giant search engine or their newly acquired ‘toys’, we would expect to see ‘revolutionary’ results from Google in the near future.

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London To Get Smart Parking Sensors Installed In Roads From Next Week

Next week will see Westminster Council installing what they’re calling smart sensors in to their entire road network, these sensors will detect whether or not a parking bay is vacant and then relay that information to a smartphone app. The idea is simple, a spot becomes available and it appears on the smartphone app, your phone will then give you directions to that spot in the hope that it will cut the time people spend looking for somewhere to park. The end result is less frustration for the driver, less traffic and less carbon emissions by getting cars parked sooner. Of course, you then have the issue of 15 people going for the same spot at once, but it’s still better than driving around blind and unable to find any parking spaces.

This follows on from other parts of the world such as the scheme in Dublin, where the service ParkYa uses data from the council, local authorities and private operators to provide it’s own parking app. You’ve likely even seen newer multi-story car parks being fitted with realtime bay availability maps and bay lights, all in the aid of helping people park quicker.

Should the new scheme in Westminster prove successful the sceme could be rolled out across the rest of London, perhaps even in other cities around the UK and of course the rest of the world.

So what do you think, great idea, or a waste of money?

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information.

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3D Printed Toys Made Their Way To 4,000 Disadvantaged Children This Christmas

3D printing has been one of the biggest trends of last year. Just about anything could be printed out, from guns to smartphone motherboards. It has been one of the most favourable tech discoveries form all times, and very useful indeed. Although the full extent of its usefulness cannot be measured at the moment, it did however made a big difference for 2013’s Christmas.

According to a BBC News article, the charity Kids Company made use of the 3D printing technology to print out toys for disadvantaged children. They had their doors opened for everyone to come and see how toys are made live, and maybe donate if they were generous enough, in Soho, London. The duration of the fund raising event spanned from December 13th up until December 18th, where people visiting the event could donate via text message and even choose the next toy design afterwards from six toy design templates.

World-famous animators Aardman, the people behind the nation’s much-loved Wallace and Gromit characters, have lent their support to the cause and have created two exclusive and limited edition toy designs for the event. The other toy designs have been made by companies Tado, Triclops, and Ultimaker.

After the fund-raising event, all toys were taken to the Kids Company Christmas party event by Santa, where 4,000 children enjoyed Christmas and opened up presents.

Thank you BBC UK and 3D Printing Insider for providing us with this information
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London To Be Awarded .london Domain Name

Starting in spring new year, businesses, individuals and organisations based in London will be able to apply for the new .london domain suffix.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, also known as Icann, have awarded the city the rights to its very own domain name, making it the first in the world to have such an honour. New York, Paris and Berlin are believed to have also applied for their own domain names, but for now London is the only confirmed one.

With thousands of businesses already expressing their interest in the new suffix, including Selfridges and Carnaby Street, there is no doubt that the new domain will prove popular. The domain will be managed by Dot London Domains Ltd and I can bet they’re going to be fairly expensive too.

“This is an excellent opportunity to expand London’s digital presence, which in turn is set to generate funds to invest back into the city,” said mayor Boris Johnson during a ceremony that involved lighting up City Hall.

However, this may be a great development for those based in London, but could leave other European cities, as well as the rest of the UK feeling a little left out of the party.

Thank you Wired for providing us with this information.

London Based Sega Dreamcast 15th Anniversary Party On November 27th

REZtron Ltd have announced that they will be hosting yet another console Anniversary themed event. This time it will be filled with nothing but Dreamcast games! Having successfully hosted Mega Drive’s 25th Anniversary event last month REZtron’s fifth ‘retrotainment’ of the year will take place once again at the award winning The Hoxton Pony cocktail bar, from 5pm til 11pm on Wednesday 27th November. REZtron will give centre stage to yet another iconic and pioneering console of the yesteryears.The 15th Anniversary of the SEGA Dreamcast.

I’m a big fan of the Dreamcast and it is great to see it get even further recognition within the gaming community. Sega may not have had such a smooth time with actually selling and marketing the console, but anyone who actually owned one will tell you that it had some gorgeous graphics and some absolutely stunning games.

15 years later and poeple are still making games for the Dreamcast, having a handful of games released this year alone by indie devs such as RedSpotGames, Hucast Games and NG:DEV.TEAM to name a few it proves that there’s still a lot of love for the 128-BIT beauty years after the console’s official commercial life span.

The celebration of the world’s first internet-ready console that was released in Japan on November 27th 1998 will fittingly host 15 legendary games throughout the night on gorgeous CRT TVs and on a projector,including games such as House of the Dead 2,Virtua Tennis,Rez,Ikaruga,Soul Calibur,Crazy Taxi 2,Power Stones,Shenmue and maracas action with Samba De Amigo to name a few..

There will also be competition running on Shenmue’s mini game ‘QTE Title’ during the first half of the night,with prizes to give away. To keep things true to REZtron’s retrotainment spirit there will be some 80s/90s Karaoke kicking off on the MEGA-CD Karaoke system just after 9pm.

The ‘128-BIT retrotainment’ will take place on Wednesday 27th November, 5pm till 11pm. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite, Dreamcast15.eventbrite.co.uk and anyone who comes dressed in gaming or anime inspired Cosplay will get in FREE!

Thank you Reztron for providing us with this information.

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Samsung Will Reveal Tizen OS 3.0 On November 11th

The Tizen OS is essentially a WebKit runtime running on top of the open source Linux Kernel, developed with key industry players like Intel, Samsung and the Linux Foundation. So far in 2013 it has popped up a few times, first we saw a full HD Tizen tablet released by Systena and then again a few days ago when we saw a Samsung smartphone show up with the Tizen OS running on it. Tizen so far has received a lacklustre response but the OS is still very much in its early development stages. Samsung has announced that its next incarnation of the Tizen OS will be introduced on November 11th at a developer conference in South Korea. At that conference Samsung will reveal its proprietary Tizen 3.0 operating system.

Samsung have reportedly said that they have no intention of releasing any Tizen smartphones this year, probably because Samsung doesn’t think Tizen is ready to take on the likes of Android, Windows phone and iOS. Samsung is expected to demonstrate the Tizen platform in the UK shortly after doing so in South Korea when Samsung holds its annual European developer conference in London.

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Tesla Open First UK Showroom

The Westfield shopping center in London already attracts a big crowd, but now it looks set to gain even more attention as Tesla open their first UK showroom at Westfields.

As I’m sure many of you know, Tesla make electric cars and they’ve been rapidly gaining in popularity in the US, so much so that the company is now reaching out to more parts of the world.

Not only have they opened their first UK showroom, but they will also be launching the right-hand drive version of their £55,000 Tesla Model S very soon, and they’re also looking for sites to install their Supercharger quick-charging stations.

According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Tesla is pushing for a sales target of 50 a week, hoping to build that up to a 100 over time. He also said that they hope to launch battery pack swapping for the Model S in the UK after a successful US launch.

Is the UK ready for electric vehicles? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Thank you SpaceIndustryNews for providing us with this information.

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Microsoft Brings 383 Inch Surface Tablet To London For Publicity Stunt

Microsoft is still having a hard time persuading consumers to choose its Surface tablets over rival tablet solutions from Apple, Samsung and others. As part of its attempt to entice consumers Microsoft set up a huge 383 inch functional Surface tablet in Trafalgar Square, London, reports The Verge.

The huge tablet which is sitting close to Nelson’s Column took 12 hours to build is 27 feet wide and 17 feet high. They also constructed a super large Type Cover 2 with keys that feed back to the huge Surface tablet and allows kids to play spelling games on it by using their feet to type.

The publicity stunt is taking place in one of the busiest parts of London that will see hundreds of thousands of people pass it daily, whether on their commute to work or whether they are tourists checking out Nelson’s Column and Trafalgar square. I personally think Microsoft could get consumers to buy the new Surface tablets using a much easier method – by lowering the eye-watering prices.

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Wargaming To Host “Come And Play Day” In London

Wargaming are organising a special invite to come and play day their games  line-up at the Under the Bridge Club, Chelsea Football Stadium, London. The event will take place on Thursday 31st October, between 11am and 3pm.

The event will feature an opportunity for an up-close look at some of Wargaming most exciting titles: World of Warplanes, massively multiplayer online game dedicated to the golden age of aviation. The latest game content for World of Tanks, which now boasts 70 million players worldwide. The console version of World of Tanks, a free-to-play first and exclusively on Xbox 360.

World of Warplanes is a flight combat MMO action game, throwing players into a never-ending tussle for air dominance, it allows you to build a full-scale career as a virtual pilot across several key eras of warfare, from taking to the skies in biplanes of the 1930s to destroying the competition in jet fighters from the Korean War. State-of-the-art graphics will take players into the fray like never before through massive 30 player dogfights where air supremacy or defeat depends on every move.

Attending for the Wargaming will be Ivan Kulbich Head of Game Design Employer: Persha Studia Development.

World of Tanks is the first and only team-based, massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armoured warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes more than 300 armored vehicles from United States, Germany, the Soviet Union, France, Great Britain and China, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.

World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is a team-based massively multiplayer online game dedicated to armoured warfare in the mid-20th century. The game marks the very first console title ever developed by Wargaming, following the massive success of its free-to-play PC MMO action game World of Tanks, which has more than 70 million registered players around the world.

For details on how to attend, please check the official site.

Thank you Wargaming for providing us with this information.

3D Printing Expected To Take Center Stage At CES 2014

 

CES 2014 is just around the corner, and the convention always seem to have a central focus as we’ve seen products like high-end televisions and tablets take center stage during recent years. Next January’s show, however, will likely be overwhelmed by a relative newcomer in consumer electronics – 3D printers.

“Consumer 3D printing is now big enough to warrant its own exhibit area at the 2014 CES”, said Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. He was in London with other CEA members, ratcheting up interest in the CEA’s event that takes place in January in Las Vegas. “The 3D printing tech zone has sold out”, said Shapiro. The new zone will complement other zones focused on motion tech, robotics, and other electronics.

Shapiro expects to see 20,000 new products launched at the trade show from more than 3,200 different exhibitors. He also anticipates some 150,000 industry associates and members of the media from more than 150 countries will come together in Las Vegas to attend the show.

Shapiro mentioned there will be two hackathons held during the show and for the first time ever, there will be two keynotes – one from Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler and another from Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. Other themes expected to be featured heavily during the show include tablets, sensors embedded in products and mass customization.

The event starts on January the 7th 2014 and runs through January 10th although pre-show festivities and events for members of the press begin a couple of days earlier on January the 5th.

Thank you Tom’s Hardware and Cnet for providing us with this information.

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Google’s London HQ To Get Rooftop Swimming Pool And Running Track

The Guardian reports that the new plans for the Google HQ in London include some rather luxurious additions. The new building complex for Google will be based up in North Central London in the Kings Cross area covered by Camden council. The buildings are described by the plans as a “groundscraper” or skyscrapers on their sides. The construction scheme is called project queen by the company.

While Google employees may not get the 20% time policy any more they will be lavished with a rooftop swimming pool, rooftop running track and various gyms. To top it all off there will be a “Muga” which is a multi-use games area. There is a reason why people say Google are one of the best companies you can work for!

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Ecuador Says It Has Been “Infiltrated From All Sides” By Surveillance

Ecuador’s heavy involvement with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as well as their relatively tentative involvement with the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, has reportedly left them being “infiltrated from all sides” according to their Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino. He stated that they found a bugged microphone at their embassy in London where Julian Assange is currently residing. Ricardo Patino refused to state which nation the bugged microphone belonged to but he did mention that Ecuador would contact the appropriate nation to ask for an explanation.

Ricardo Patino went on to further state that he believed the bugged embassy in London showed a:

“loss of ethics at an international level in the relations that we have with other governments”

This loss of ethics towards Ecuador is probably in part due to their decision to offer Julian Assange a rite of safe passage and give him a safe place to stay in the Ecuador’s London embassy. Apparently the bug had been found 3 weeks ago but was kept quiet to avoid causing a stir as the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister visited the UK to discuss Julian Assange. This discovery comes in the wake of the EU calling for a search of all diplomatic ministeries and buildings to remove American surveillance bugs.

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TFL Says Windows 8 Not Viable Because It Is Too New

TFL, Transport for London, is London’s main travel operator that run buses, trams, underground services, overground services and various other London transport services such as river boats and so on. Recently they have been discussing Windows 8. TFL’s chief information officer Steven Townsend has been quoted as saying to V3 that TFL has no intention of using Windows 8 because it is still  “relatively new”. In fact they suggest they have no intention of using it until many other companies give it a trial run first.

“Windows 8 is in our sights but it is relatively new. We are not a bleeding-edge test bed for technology and want to see Windows 8 deployed across the industry first so we can learn from mistakes” he said.

In TFL’s infinite Wisdom they therefore decided it would be a great idea to invest public money in the over-priced Apple brand and fit out their offices with Apple products and use Apple’s Mac OS X. To me it just sounds like an Apple fanboy was looking for an excuse to get himself some new “Apple swag” courtesy of the public purse.

With Windows 8.1 around the corner let us hope that Microsoft can enlist more support for Windows 8 because if you can’t get business on board, then you are destined to fail – as Windows 2000 and Windows Vista proved only so well.

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EIZO Announces 2 New UK Sponsorship Deals With Meltdown & Special Effect

EIZO has just signed its support of the Meltdown bar in London, the very first eSports bar in the UK and also to the charity, “SpecialEffect” who help make gaming accessible to those with disabilities. Internationally, EIZO is a well-known pro-active sponsor of eSports tournaments and one of the world’s leading teams, Fnatic. Here in the UK, EIZO is swiftly aiming for first place among gamers.

Meltdown Paris was the first ever eSports bar, offering a place for gamers to gather and watch international competitions in their favourite games while sharing drinks with like-minded people. One year later, after expanding to Berlin, this unique concept has just arrived in London. EIZO has installed five FORIS FS2332s in to London’s first eSports bar. Other EIZO’s are used in Stockholm, Paris and Berlin.

“If you’re a serious gamer, you use an EIZO,” said Colin Woodley, Business Manager EIZO Limited

EIZO Limited also wanted to help boost the work that SpecialEffect is doing with disabled gamers.

“Everything about these monitors fits in with what we’re trying to do,” said Charity Director Dr Mick Donegan, “Their size and picture quality is perfect for people like Harry. Working with companies like EIZO is fundamental to our success. Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to help as many people enjoy the inclusivity and therapeutic benefits of video games.”

“We really welcome the opportunity to cement this partnership with the great people at SpecialEffect,” said Colin Woodley, Business Manager EIZO Limited . “It reinforces EIZO’s commitment to the gaming industry. Our technology enables those with poorer eyesight or those who have to sit in difficult positions to be able to see the whole screen, as the calibration and enhancements mean that the screen remains visible even at 178 degrees vertically and horizontally with a contrast ratio of 1000:1. We wish their gamers luck!”

With more and more gamers coming to prefer EIZO monitors to help them set their gaming performance and scores above other players, EIZO is constantly developing new monitors to make the whole experience of the game enhanced and the best for each player with consumer prices that start at just £235 +VAT. This partnership with SpecialEffect ensures that EIZO technology can be enjoyed by every player whatever physical ability.

SpecialEffect are also hoping to use the Foris to showcase their amazing eye controlled EyeGaze tech, release to follow later this year.

 

MCM London Comic Con To Host UK’s Largest Fighting Tournament

European Gaming League (EGL) and MCM London Comic Con are proud to announce that they are teaming up with Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, to host the largest UK fighting tournament of the year.

The Razer Fighting Championships will take place at MCM London Comic Con on 25th and 26th of May, and will feature Street Fighter IV and Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3.

EGL will be working in partnership with Armshouse to give MCM London Comic Con attendees the chance to win over £2,000 in prize money across the two tournaments. The winner of each tournament will also walk away with an all-expenses paid trip to the Video X Games in Saint Maarten in the Caribbean to compete for a piece of the $28,000 prize pot.

MCM London Comic Con takes place at ExCeL London on 24-26 May. Entry to both tournaments is included with a valid London Comic Con ticket.

Razer Fighting Championships

  • Saturday, 25 May – Super Street Fighter IV
  • Sunday, 26 May – Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3

Tickets for MCM London Comic Con are available at: www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/tickets

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