Witcher 3 GDC 2015 Gameplay Footage Released

New Witcher 3 : Wild Hunt gameplay footage has been released this week on Youtube after it was showcased at Nvidia’s presentation this week during the Game Developers Conference 2015.

As the release date for the highly anticipated Witcher 3: Wild Hunt game edges ever closer to May 19th 2015 the new gameplay footage provides a glimpse at the graphics and world you can expect to explore once it launches on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

“Continuing from The Witcher 2, the ones who sought to use Geralt are now gone. Geralt seeks to embark on a new and personal mission, whilst the world order itself is coming to a change.
Geralt’s new mission comes in dark times as the mysterious and otherworldly army known as the Wild Hunt invades the Northern Kingdoms, leaving only blood soaked earth and fiery ruin in its wake; and it seems the Witcher is the key to stopping their cataclysmic rampage.”

Source: YouTube

Ruf RGT 4.2 Porsche 911 Announced In Geneva

Porsche just made their new 911 GT3 RS official at the Geneva motor show and now tuning house Ruf has announced a more powerful version of the 911, the Ruf RGT 4.2 911.

The Ruf RGT 4.2 comes with a 4.2 litre naturally aspirated engine and it features 525 HP which is 25 HP more than the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

It also comes with 369 pound feet of torque and has a top speed of 200 miles per hour and it also comes with a manual gearbox where as the 911 GT3 RS features Porsche’s automatic PDK transmission.

The RGT 4.2 maintains a long tradition of Ruf supercars with its outrageous driving performance. Unveiled in 2000, the first RGT was characterised by its powerful, torquey normally-aspirated flat-six engine. With a significantly reduced all-up weight and sports-oriented suspension system, the RGT was an extremely impressive driving machine.Now, in 2015, the RGT remains true its original concept, though its external appearance is clearly more athletic. The wheel arches are more bulbous and the front facade presents huge round air intakes for more effective cooling. The chassis is reinforced by RUF’s hallmark Integrated Roll Cage (IRC). Propulsion is provided by its virile 4.2-litre six-cylinder, normally-aspirated engine, developing 525bhp and 500Nm of torque, featuring dry sump lubrication with external oil tank. A proper driving machine for sure.

Source Autoblog

European regulators delay plans to ban roaming charges until 2018

Roaming charges in Europe were supposed to be removed by the end of 2015, which would have been great news for people traveling within the EU and would have put and end to high bills when you are abroad.

Now it would appear that the European regulators have backtracked on their original plans to bans roaming charges within Europe, and these charges will apparently continue to be applied until 2018.

The news comes from a report by the BBC who have seen some documents relating to the changes to the previous plans.
According to documents seen by the BBC, far from ending data roaming charges as was promised, the European Commission has recommended that operators be allowed to add surcharges to their domestic rates.

It looks like we may have to wait until 2018 to see roaming charges fully removed, although this could also change and we could end up continuing to pay these high charges when we travel abroad.

Source BBC, Techmeme

New IWear 720 Video Headphones Provide Virtual Reality Viewing

This week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015 taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Vuzix has unveiled its new IWear 720 Video Headphones.

The IWear 720 supports any HDMI 2D or 3D video input sources from PCs, game consoles, smartphones, and Blu-ray players to name a few, and is equipped with dual HD Displays and nano optics that provide the equivalent experience of a 130 inch home television from 10 feet away.

The IWear 720 have been designed to work with virtual reality applications and have been showcased this week running on the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) alliance platform at GDC 2015. Allowing users to play games, interact with apps, and watch 2D, 3D and 360 degree virtual reality movies.

Vuzix also announced this week that it has partnered with OSVR to offer a new standard in virtual reality gaming gaming that intends to provide hardware and software support at every level, says Vuzix. Paul Travers, President and CEO at Vuzix explains :

“We are thrilled to be attending GDC 2015 and showing off our new IWear 720 video headphones at the world’s largest and longest running professionals-only game industry event,”-“The IWear 720 is ready to be the most compatible VR and entertainment headset in the market thanks to supporting connectivity and content on almost any device that support HDMI outputs.

The collaboration with OSVR opens this up further and brings an excellent ecosystem that standardizes interfaces between devices and adds VR support for our products from a growing list of exciting new applications. We look forward to meeting with industry experts at GDC to garner more exposure for our brand new IWear 720 video headphones which are ideal for avid gamers.”

Source: VVR

Pipo C2 Smartwatch Unveiled

A new smartwatch called Pipo C2 has been created and launched by the Chinese manufacturer Pipo.

The C2 is priced at a very reasonable $32 and comes with a detachable wristband and the ability to connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth, enabling the C2 to display notifications directly on your wrist.

Other useful features of the Pipo C2 include the ability to dial phone numbers directly from your wrist and use the speakerphone that is integrated into the smartwatch to talk. The Pipo smartwatch can also be used as a remote control providing the ability to connect to certain applications directly from your wrist.

Unfortunately the C2 watch does not run Google’s latest Android Wear operating system but does come fitted with a built-in pedometer that is capable of tracking the distance you have walked, the number of steps taken and your speed.

No details have been announced as yet when the Pipo C2 watch will be made available worldwide is expected to be launched very soon in China. For more information on the new C2 smartwatch jump over to the official Pipo website for details.

Etsy Files For $100 Million IPO

Etsy has filed for an IPO and the company is looking to raise $100 million and the company will trade under the symbol ETSY.

The company has seen its revenues increase over the last few years, in 2012 it had total revenue of $74.60 million, this then increased to $125 million in 2013 and to $195.59 million in 2014.

Etsy is not making a profit at the moment, although its losses are low compared to its turnover, with a loss of $796,000 in 2013 and a loss of $15.24 million in 2014.

The company also has healthy cash reserves with $88.84 million in the bank, this is up for $54.87 million in previous years.

Etsy users numbers have also been growing in the last few years, they now have 1.4 million active sellers on the site and 19.8 million active buyers.

Source TechCrunch, Techmeme

Ikea Wireless Charging Added To Select Furniture In New Home Smart Collection

Flatpack furniture manufacture Ikea has announced the launch of a new range of furniture in the form of the Home Smart collection that is equipped with new Ikea wireless charging technology.

The new Ikea wireless charging furniture range has been fitted with charging points that supports QI wireless charging. Offering users support to more than 80 compatible handsets from manufacturers such as Samsung, Motorola, Panasonic and Sony.

The new Ikea wireless charging furniture will go on sale throughout the US and UK next month and will include floor, table and work lamps. Before expanding into more traditional furniture such as bedside tables and solo charging pads that will be capable of being positioned anywhere within your home.

However the furntiure might not be as environmently friendly as you might think. Julian Kirby of Friends of the Earth explained in an interview with the BBC :

“A key principle that manufacturers of furniture with built-in wireless charging technology should consider is that the furniture is designed to be easy to disassemble for upgrade, reuse, repair or recycling,”
“Disposable electric toothbrushes are one example of a terrible product design in those respects – it’s virtually impossible to separate out the tech from the batteries and plastic casing which means valuable and often toxic materials are dumped in landfill or burnt in incinerators.”

Source: Solid Smack : BBC

i Ready O Transforms Your iPhone Into a Retro Radio

i Ready O has been created by K Tech to transform your iPhone into a retro radio by bringing analog into the new digital age by combining retro radio designs with your iPhone. Watch the video below to learn more about the new design and see it in action.

“I drew inspiration for i-Ready-O from old school analog radios you used to see in old movies from the 50’s and 60’s. Especially analog radios from Braun Manufacturing Corp. and their famous designer, Dieter Rams.

If you look at the face of the radio, at the left of the device is a red button for your iPhone’s Home button. The two buttons at the upper right device allow direct control of the volume as well. One of the charms you’ll enjoy while using our radio is the well constructed physical buttons on our device.

It’ll give you that old school radio button feel, while using a modern iPhone. The area above the Home button that’s slightly skewed out allows easy swipe access to your phones control center. This allows easy access to your iPhone’s main functions without disruption or the need to take the phone out of the shell.”

The i Ready O project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise $60,000 in pledges to make the jump from concept to production.

Source: Kickstarter

Audi Q7 E-Tron Unveiled

Audi has revealed their new hybrid SUV at the Geneva Motor Show, the Audi Q7 E-Tron which comes with some impressive performance figures and even more impressive fuel efficiency.

The Audi Q7 E-tron is equipped with a electric engine that has a range of 38.4 miles and also 3.0 TDI diesel engine.

The new Audi Q7 e-tron quattro is a long-distance car with great sporting talent and yet suitable for everyday use. The new electromechanical power steering is highly efficient as well as sensitive. The five-link wheel suspensions, also newly developed, on the front and rear axles are lighter by 60 kilograms (132.3 lb) compared with the predecessor model, and greatly contributes to the high driving dynamics. The lowered center of gravity also plays an essential role here. 
Even the basic version of the large SUV rolls along gently and smoothly, while comfort is further enhanced by the optional adaptive air suspension with controlled damping. The driver can regulate the mode of operation via the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system. It offers up to seven modes and integrates further technical components such as the steering, accelerator and automatic transmission.

The new Q7 E-tron has a combined range of 876 miles and it has a 0 to 62 miles per hour time of just 6.0 seconds and the car uses 1.7 litres of diesel per 100 kilometers which give it a range of a massive 138 mpg, it also has low emissions with less than 50 grams per kilometer of CO2.

source Audi, Autoblog

Snakebyte QEUS Smart TV Box Unveiled

In addition to the unveiling of the new Nvidia Shield Console earlier this week at GDC 2015, offering gamers the very first 4K Ultra HD gaming console. Snakebyte has also this week taken the wraps off their new games console in the form of the QEUS smart TV box.

The QEUS smart TV box is powered by a Rockchip RK3288 ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor supported by 2GB of RAM and comes supplied with a games controller and a remote control providing a full QWERTY keyboard that is equipped with 6-axis sensor for motion control.

Other features of the Snakebyte QEUS Smart TV Box include a 5.1 channel audio, HDMI 2.0 output as well as connectivity provided by Bluetooth and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. As well as a handy microSD card slot for further storage expansion when required.

The QEUS will be supplied running and Android based operating system providing access to the Google Play Store but also access to a gamestore powered by Nexway. The QEUS is expected toi launch during the summer months of 2015 and be priced under $100.

Source: Liliputing : Snakebyte

New McLaren 675LT Will Cost $400k

Last month the new McLaren 675LT was made official, the car is being shown off this week at the Geneva International Motor Show and now McLaren has announced the vehicles pricing.

The McLaren 675LT will retail for $396 448 and there will be just 500 units of this new supercar built in a limited production run.

The McLaren 675LT, which made its global debut today at the 85th International Geneva Motor Show, will be the lightest, most powerful and fastest model in the McLaren Super Series, and also the most exclusive: production will be strictly limited to just 500 examples worldwide.
The limited production model has a clear focus on light weight, optimised aerodynamics, increased power, track-focused dynamics and driver engagement. At its core is the lightweight carbon fibre MonoCell chassis, shared with each model in the Super Series, but the chassis set up and powertrain are bespoke, with a third of overall parts and components modified.

The 675LT has some impressive performance figures, it features a 3.8 litre V8 engine that has 666 HP and it also comes with 516 pound-feet of Torque. This gives the new 675LT a top speed of 205 miles per hour and an impressive 0 to 62 miles per hour time of just 2.9 seconds.

Source McLaren

Apple Takes Top Smartphone Spot From Samsung In Q4

Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been incredibly popular for the company and now according to a recent report, Apple sold more smartphones in quarter four of 2014 than Samsung.

The last time Apple was number one on global smartphone shipments was back in 2011, the news comes in a report from Gartner.

“Samsung’s performance in the smartphone market deteriorated further in the fourth quarter of 2014, when it lost nearly 10 percentage points in market share,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “Samsung continues to struggle to control its falling smartphone share, which was at its highest in the third quarter of 2013. This downward trend shows that Samsung’s share of profitable premium smartphone users has come under significant pressure.”

According to the data release by Gartner, Apple shipped a total of 74.8 million smartphones in quarter four of 2014 giving the company a 20.4 percent share of the global smartphone market. In comparison Samsung shipped 73 million smartphones in the quarter with a 19.9 percent share.

If we compare this to the same quarter in 2013, Samsung has a 29.5 percent share with 83 million handsets shipped and Apple had a 17.8 percent share with 50 million handsets shipped.

Sales of the Samsung Galaxy S5 had been lowered than Samsung had expected, the company just launched their new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones and it will be interesting to see if these devices help the company increase their sales and also their share of the global smartphone market.

Source Gartner

Honda Civic Type R gets Official

We have posted a bit about the Honda Civic Type R the car was teased last month ahead of its official debut. That official debut has now happened and we know just about all there is to know about the Civic Type R at this point. One of the key features of the car is its all-new 2.0L VTEC Turbo engine.

Honda says that the turbo four offers more torque, power, and response than any previous Honda production car engine. The little turbo engine produces 310PS and 400Nm of torque. The engine redlines at 7000 rpm and can push the car from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds.

The car also has new active suspension with four settings to change how the car handles. Honda also gave the car a +R mode that changes the engine responsiveness and damper settings for more performance. Honda also spent time optimizing the outside of the car for style and aerodynamics. The car rides on 19-inch wheels with 235/35R19 tires made exclusively for the Type R. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. One of the things that we don’t know about the car right now is the price. Honda will have the Civic Type R in showrooms in Europe this spring.

Source: Honda

Audi Prologue Avant Concept Shown Off In Geneva

The new Audi Prologue Avant Concept was announced recently and now Audi is showing off their latest concept car at this years Geneva Motor Show

It certainly looks impressive from the photos and it uses the same engine as the Audi Q7 e-tron which is a hybrid plug in system that has an electric motor and a 3.0 litre Audi TDI engine.

The hybrid power unit on the new Audi Prologue Avant Concept gives the car some impressive power, it comes with 455 horsepower and can propel itself from o to 62MPH (100 km/h) in just 5.1 seconds.

It also comes with an eight speed gearbox and the electric motor is capable of a distance of around 33 miles. As with the previous Prologue Concept, Audi does not plan to put the car into production at the moment and is using the car to showcase future Audi technology and design.

Source Autoblog

ZTE Grand S3 With Eye Scanner Announced

ZTE has announced their latest smartphone at this years Mobile World Congress, the ZTE Grand S3 and the handset comes with some interesting features.

The ZTE Grand S3 comes with eye based biometric security with Eyeprint ID that is used to unlock the device and also authorizing mobile payments, the technology was developed by EyeVerify.

The handset comes with a 5.5 inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and the device is powered by a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and comes with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 CPU.

Other specifications on the ZTE Grand S3 include 16GB of included storage plus a microSD card slot foe expansion. The handset also features an 8 megapixel camera up front which is designed for selfies and a 16 megapixel rear camera.

The ZTE Grand S3 features a 3100 mAh battery and it features Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the device will be launching in China where it will retail for CNY 2999, it is not expected to launch in other countries.

Source Android Central

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