Sunday, May 31, 2015

Photo Essay - Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifier

Here are some photos of the Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifier.

view more photos of the Nintendo World Championships Qualifier 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Oculus Rift and New Gaming PC price range revealed

CEO of Oculus, Brendan Iribe recently spoke at Re/code's Code Conference and said the following about Oculus Rift and the cost of the recommended gaming pc required to run it:

 “We are looking at an all-in price, if you have to go out and actually need to buy a new computer and you’re going to buy the Rift … at most you should be in that $1,500 range,”

Given that the consumer can purchase a gaming PC now with the recommended specs for around $1,229 pre tax like the following from DigitalStorm

Movie Review Headlines - San Andreas

The big movie release this friday, May 29, 2015 is
San Andreas starring Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock.

Here are some movie review headlines:

'San Andreas' rocks technically if not dramatically  LA Times - Kenneth Turan

Review - 'San Andreas' Is A Big Disaster Forbes - Mark Hughes

'San Andreas' review: Demolition derby Chicago Tribune - Michael Phillips

Rock saves 'San Andreas' from disaster USA Today - Brian Truitt

San Andreas review: Visually spectacular earthquake movie let down by disaster of a plot Mirror - David Edwards

Is this movie worth your time and money? You decide.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Google I/O 2015 - Google Photos App with Free Unlimited storage

Today at Google I/O 2015, Google announced their new Google Photos app.

Google Photos aims to be a home for all your photos and videos. It also is able to organize all your digital memories and provides easy navigation through time periods such as month and year views.

Google Photos wants you to easily share photos and videos by providing a single link which you can create to share hundreds of photos to anyone. The share link does not require any additional apps or logins for the recipient.

Google Photos also provides free unlimited storage for your photos and videos. Photos can be up to 16 MP and videos can be up to 1080P HD.

Google Photos will be available later today for Android, IOS and the web.

Google Photos for Android

Google Photos for IOS

Watch the Google I/O 2015 Keynote live!

Google's annual developer conference starts today at 9:30 AM PST. You can watch a live stream of the Google I/O 2015 keynote at the above Youtube video.

Big announcements are expected such as news on Android M, IOT, Virtual Reality Cardboard, Project Tango, Android TV, Android Wear, Android Pay, Glass 2.0, and Android Drive.

Monday, May 25, 2015

The ADVENT Adminstration welcomes You!

In a world where there is no hunger, no pain, no sickness and no war. Does that sound like fiction to you? Let us tell you, it is not because ADVENT has created a community of citizens who live in this real world.

ADVENT is a safe community with 24 hour surveillance, watching and protecting its citizen.
ADVENT offers prosperity, and has built many City Centers to offer the best living units for the many citizens who signed up to join.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Oculus Connect 2 takes place Sept 23-25 - registration fee $495-$695

Oculus has announced their second VR developer conference will take place on September 23-25 in Hollywood, CA.

The keynote will feature information for developers regarding the launch of Oculus Rift and Gear VR with presentations from Brendan Iribe, Michael Abrash, and John Carmack.

Those interested in attending will have to fill out an application and pay a registration fee starting sometime in June.

The registration fee will be $495 for early registration and $695 for general and on-site registration.

Next Need for Speed Teaser Trailer

Watch the teaser for the next Need for Speed game, coming to the PC, PS4 and Xbox One this fall 2015.

Experience E3 2015 Live in Theaters on June 15th - Tickets available May 27th

The Playstation E3 Experience is back for 2015 with movie theater locations in North America.

Sony's E3 Press Conference is on June 15 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM PST.

The public is invited to register for free tickets, which will be available on May 27, 2015.

A half hour post show will be shown, hosted by Geoff Keighley along with a surprise.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

E3 2015 Press Conference Schedule #E32015

Links to view the press conferences will be added soon.

Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle coming later this month May 2015

Xbox One Special Edition Halo

Microsoft has announced a limited edition of the Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle will be available later this month.

The bundle comes with a digital download code for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.  The collection features the Master Chief’s complete story through four Halo games:
  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
  • Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Halo 3
  • Halo 4
It is priced at $349 and available at participating US retailers.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

You can become a Nintendo World Champion!

Do you want to be the Nintendo World Champion of 2015? 

Do you live near a Best Buy at the following locations?

  • San Francisco, CA (1717 Harrison St.)
  • Torrance, CA (3675 Pacific Coast Highway)
  • Miami, FL (10760 NW 17th St.)
  • Schaumburg, IL (900 E. Golf Road)
  • Maple Grove, MN (12905 Elm Creek Blvd. N)
  • Long Island City, NY (5011 Northern Blvd.)
  • Dallas, TX (9378 N Central Expy)
  • Tacoma, WA (2214 S. 48th St.)
If you said “Yes!” 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Xiaomi welcomes beta testers to buy, Charges outrageous shipping fee

Xiaomi, a private Chinese electronics company and manufacturer of the popular and affordably priced Mi smartphone has opened up their online store to markets outside of China today.

The online store does not sell smartphones or tablets, instead only a few accessories are available such as battery packs, Mi headphones, and Mi Band.  The reasonably priced accessories seem to be sold out in less than an hour after availability but we do not know how many items were actually stocked.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fujifilm X-T10 Mirrorless Camera Launched

Fujifilm has announced a new addition to the X series of cameras named the X-T10.  The X-T10 is an interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sized CMOS II sensor. The new camera model has an electronic viewfinder with a 2.3 million dot display, new AF system with 49 point AF mode, and is capable of a continuous shooting speed of up to 8 fps.

The X-T10 APS-C sensor size of 23.6 x 15.6mm can capture photos at 16.3 megapixels.  The sensor is larger than Micro Four Thirds, and 1 inch sensors but smaller than a Full Frame sensor.

What we know - Sony Project Morpheus VR Prototype

Sony Computer Entertainment will launch Project Morpheus in the first half of 2016. Project Morpheus is a virtual reality headset that can be used with the PlayStation 4 to deliver an immersive experience, be it for gaming, viewing movies, or possibly viewing the web in a new manner.

The Morpheus VR headset covers a 100 degree view of the user. An OLED 5.7 inch display is currently used in the prototype providing a resolution of 1920 x 1080 or 960 x 1080 per eye. With a 120 fps output, the user should experience smoother images which would not deter from an immersive gaming session.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Fight Club 2 available on May 27, 2015

The sequel to Fight Club will soon arrive on May 27, 2015 in the form of a comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics.  

 Fight Club 2 is a 10 issue series written by Chuck Palahniuk and drawn by Cameron Stewart.

“Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife, pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long; the wife has seen to that. The time has come . . .”

Writer:  Chuck Palahniuk
Artist: Cameron Stewart

Friday, May 15, 2015

Oculus Rift Minimum PC Specs Revealed

Oculus recently announced that the consumer version of the Rift will be shipping in Q1 2016 and pre-orders will begin later this year.

Many have wondered how powerful of a desktop would be needed to power the Oculus rift and today Oculus has revealed the recommended specifications.

For the full Rift experience, we recommend the following system:
·        NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
·        Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
·        8GB+ RAM
·        Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
·        2x USB 3.0 ports
·        Windows 7 SP1 or newer

Their reason for the recommended specs is that this will deliver an excellent VR experience mandated by Rift games and applications in combination with the Oculus Rift.

The Oculus Rift runs at 2160×1200 at 90Hz split over dual displays, consuming 233 million pixels per second. This requires 3 times the GPU power of 1080p rendering thus the recommended graphics card of either an Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD 290.

Latency is also a problem with VR so along with a powerful graphics card, the user should have an Intel i5-4590 or greater CPU and at least 8GB of RAM.

A search of prices for the recommended components show that one can easily spend nearly $1000 just for the recommended PC. With the main costs belonging to the Nvidia GTX 970 for around $350, and Intel i5-4590 processor for $200.

Oculus does not mention how the Rift will perform with a lower spec’d system but we can assume that it will lead to a bad VR experience such as lag from user input and what is displayed causing nausea.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Nintendo announces silver Mario Amiibo to arrive May 29th, 2015

Attention collectors, Nintendo has announced a silver Mario Amiibo will arrive in stores on 5/29/2015 for $12.99. 

The silver Mario Amiibo looks exactly like the Mario Amiibo that is included with Mario Party 10 for the Wii U except it is now silver.

Unlike the Walmart exclusive gold Mario Amiibo, the silver Mario Amiibo will be available at different retailers including Best Buy.

In fact, Best Buy Canada already has a pre-order page up. 

Nintendo World Championships returns at E3 Expo 2015

Nintendo released their E3 2015 pre-announcement in the form of a video and the big news is Nintendo World Championship is back.

A live stream of the Nintendo World Championships can be viewed on Sunday, 6/14/2015.

Fans can compete in qualifying competitions for the Nintendo World Championships on May 30 at Best Buy locations in major cities.
Those located in the Los Angeles, CA area will be able to attend the final round of the championships at Nokia Theatre. 

No information on if there will be a cost to attend as a spectator.
More details will be shared on the upcoming events at Nintendo's E3 site.