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Alienware 'Alpha' Is a Half-Step Toward Steam Machines

Alienware is one of the companies that have jumped on board and promised Valve a Steam Machine. This has been a really slow process as Valve has tried something new with the controller and it hasn't worked out as good as they'd hoped. They've been back to the drawing board a few times and now with their new little "Alpha" system, they are half-a-step closer. Valve has done pretty much everything wrong with this launch and here's another example. We don't need "half". We need all.

Not long after, at CES 2014, Valve revealed a full line of Steam Machines from 14 different companies. Chief among them was Alienware, Dell's gaming PC arm, which showed a teensy $550 box called the "Alpha." Alienware was a standout not just due to name recognition, but because the company proposed a launch window for its "game console". The Alpha won't ship with any of the promises of the Steam Machines initiative: no Steam OS and no Steam Controller. Valve's delayed both, but Alienware's pushing on nonetheless with a fall launch.

Source: Engadget

Samsung's VR Headset

Samsung teased they are working on a new heads-up display that will be their new VR headset and while we all assumed that it might be based on their own hardware and such, it appears that they are more or less just rebranding an Occulus with a few other tweaks. I'm sure that they'll fill it up with all their Apps and that it won't have much storage. If you're wondering what it looks like, details are at the link below.

Besides the lenses, Project Moonlight appears to have a focus dial and may have a Micro USB connection to the phone. The headset is pictured here next to a Galaxy S5, but given the positioning alongside the Note 4 launch, it's almost certain that the newest phone in Samsung's smartphone stable will be compatible. A lid appears to be used to hold the phone in place once it's connected.

Source: TheVerge

Steam Movies, TV and Music - Coming Soon

I'm not sure how soon the updates are coming to Steam - and knowing government restrictions, it will only roll out in the USA first, but Steam is positioning themselves to start rolling out TV, Movies and Music on their platform. This makes perfect sense for many gamers that enjoy things other than games, but I don't think that there is enough market left for another streaming service. Time will tell who gets this upgrade and how competitive pricing will be. Still, if you want all your content from one place, this may just about do it.

Now that Steam is making its way into the living with the introduction of Steam Machine consoles, it makes sense that Valve would want to bring enhanced functionality to its extremely popular digital store. Game consoles are some of the most popular media streaming devices on the market, so if Valve wants to compete with Microsoft and Sony (along with Apple TV, Roku and other set-top boxes), adding new capabilities to Steam might be a necessity.

Source: BGR

Why NVIDIA Says Their Chip is Awesome

NVIDIA is making a huge push in to the embedded market with their Tegra processors and the first one was groundbreaking for its day. The second generation Tegra 2 chip was equally impressive and they are already refreshing and updating their Tegra platform to include the K1. This is an amazing piece of 64-bit microarchitecture that should really be the processor of choice for your next tablet, chromebook or mobile platform. NVIDIA explains why it is awesome and how it will be significantly better than other quad and eight-core chips on the market today.

NVIDIA set out to claim the Android performance crown when it unveiled its 64-bit Tegra K1 processor at the start of the year, and it's now ready to explain why it expects to come out on top. The chip's two Project Denver cores will have an edge partly because they'll optimize code on the fly -- they'll break down big instructions into tiny, super-efficient functions that can be recycled as often as necessary.

Source: NVIDIA via Engadget

Android App Pick - Pocket

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we get organized and keep everything in our Pocket. That's right. Pocket is a very handy App that lets you bookmark and share things that you normally can't bookmark. While Chrome is amazing for sharing bookmarks between your own devices, Pocket takes things a step further and allows you to put things in your pocket that you normally can't. What's even better is that you can share things and put stuff in other people's pockets. Take a look.




Hyperlapse Video is Awesome

Time-lapse video of a mountain hike, traffic, sunsets and more is always pretty epic, but the downside to many of these videos is that the camera is mounted on the head or equipment and it is not still. Image stabilization has come a long way, but the reality is that when you speed up video, you also speed up the shake and it can be nauseating. Microsoft has been working on this problem and you can see the results demonstrated below.


Complex Passwords Won't Save You

It turns out that having complicated passwords won't likely save you from a malicious attack by someone other than your dorm-mates. According to a study discussed over at Wired, the fact is that having a complicated password doesn't necessarily make it secure. There are some good details at the link below, and ultimately the Russian hack of over 1 Billion passwords is really the major issue.

When the computer security company Hold Security reported that more than 1.2 billion online credentials had been swiped by Russian hackers, many people were worried—and justifiably so. Hold isn’t saying exactly which websites were hit, but with so many credentials stolen, it’s likely that hundreds of millions of ordinary consumers were affected.

Source: Wired

Chromebook Gets NVIDIA Treatment

Just yesterday we posted a link to a review of the new Chromebook C720 from Acer that packs in a Core i3 CPU and gets 8+ hours of battery life. Today, NVIDIA has announced their new K1 64-bit chip that packs in a quad-core Tegra K1 chip that will net you 1080p resolution and a crazy 13 hours of runtime. If this isn't enough to convince you, consider the price. The NVIDIA powered Chromebook is only $300 - compared to the Core i3 version at $400.

On a superficial note, the Chromebook 13 is definitely more basic-looking than the Chromebook 2. Whereas Samsung's model comes kitted out with a fake-leather lid, the Chromebook 13 is made of plain white plastic. It's clear that if Acer made any sacrifices to reach that lower price point, this is it. Then again, this is a perfectly serviceable, if unexciting, design, and the full-sized keyboard is naturally more spacious than what you'll find on Acer's older 11-inch Chromebooks.

Source: Engadget

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Trailer

Call of Duty is slated for another installment and this time they are taking the war to the future - again. That's right, this is totally new, completely redesigned and pretty much the same as the last three installments. This time around it's different though - and it will probably sell a billion copies. Take a look at the multiplayer trailer - again, for the first time.


Pizza Dispenser

Some things are awesome from vending machines. Beverage, snacks and a few select electronics at the airport thanks to Best Buy. I know that as you travel around the world, there are some pretty interesting machines that will make you a latte with your face on it and many other odd and wonderful things. Pizza is not the first thing I think of when it comes to a vending machine, but Australians have joined the mobile food revolution and joined the likes of France, Italy and the USA. Stick in some change and pull out a "fresh" pizza. Mmmm... e coli

Pizza Gio can hold 84 pizzas at one time: 42 margherita and 42 hot salami. Pizzas are prepared as normal in Pompei's Bondi pizzeria. The dough rests for 48 hours, the ingredients are added and then they are cooked about 50 percent of the way. Then, they're then blast chilled and held until they are ready to be installed at -20 degrees Celcius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit).

Source: CNET

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