BBC giving away one million micro-computers to children in the UK

July 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The BBC is giving away a million free computers to every grade seven child, according to this report in Eurogamer. The computer, billed as the "BBC micro:bit," is a pocket-sized, codeable computer - and one million have been earmarked for every 11 or 12-year-old child in year 7 or equivalent in the UK for free.

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Sony: PlayStation TV is failing because it is hard to describe to consumers

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In an interview with Game Informer, Sony Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida blamed the difficulty in explaining just what exactly the PlayStation TV is with the system's failure around the world.

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Oculus shows off consumer version of Rift, new games, and controllers

June 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today at its pre-E3 press conference, Facebook-owned VR company Oculus revealed the consumer version of its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, a new controller system called Oculus Touch, its upcoming portal for games, and a handful of games currently in development. The company also reiterated that the system would be released in the first quarter of 2016, but still hasn't decided to tell consumers how much the system will cost.

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Oculus hosting E3 press conference online June 11

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While the Electronic Entertainment Expo is set to officially begin next week in Los Angeles, that hasn't stopped a couple of video game companies from jumping the gun and announcing press events a long time before the festivities get underway. Now virtual reality headset maker Oculus will be the first out of the gate with a press event tomorrow. Prior to that it looked like Bethesda would have the first press event of the year when it hosts its press conference on Sunday, June 14.

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Showtime Streaming coming to PlayStation Vue, Roku in July

June 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Showtime Networks announced today that it will bring its popular pay-TV channel to entertainment streaming devices - including game consoles - later this year. And it will also allow customers to stream live content from the network - in addition to having on-demand access to all of its shows. AND - it claims - it will be a lot cheaper than HBO's $14.99 a month price tag for HBO GO (which, for the record, does not allow for live streaming of its network content.)

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Oculus Rift will cost $1500... with a new computer

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Oculus says that the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will cost $1,500 when it releases early next year - if you buy a new PC capable of running the hardware. Ars Technica attempts to break down the number given by Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe here, but its seem like Oculus is trying to avoid saying the price of the headset out loud.

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Microsoft offers cord cutters the 'Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner' for Xbox One

May 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft today revealed the Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One. The device from the company best known for its game-related streaming and video capture devices supports over-the-air TV on Xbox One, allowing you to access local broadcast networks available in your area via an HD antenna device. The device also supports Sling TV, HBO GO, Netflix, Comedy Central, and Hulu Plus - as well as cable TV and satellite TV integration.

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Oculus won't block adult entertainment on its virtual reality platform

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The adult entertainment industry has its own unique way of helping to drive technology adoption and media formats. It helped establish the VCR format, CDs, Blu-Ray and even high definition television. So it doesn't surprise us at all that the makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset have publicly confirmed that it has no intention of blocking the development and deployment of virtual reality-based adult entertainment products.

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Oculus Rift minimum PC specs revealed

May 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Oculus announced today that the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will be released in "early 2016," alongside revealing what technical specifications your computer will need in order to use it.

Oculus says recommends the following specs for the "full Rift experience:" an NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD 290 video card, an Intel i5-4590 processor, 8GB RAM, two free USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.3 video output supporting a 297MHz clock via a direct output architecture, and Windows 7 or higher.

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WITI Hall of Fame inductees announced

May 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Women in Technology International (WITI) announced its 2015 Women In Technology Hall of Fame Honorees will be inducted at the 21st Annual Summit taking place May 31-June 2 at the Doubletree by Hilton San Jose, California. The Summit will focus on IoT (Internet of Things), big data, leadership, cloud, community brand building and how women in technology are enhancing everyday life.

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'CHIP' micro computer generates nearly $685K on Kickstarter

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A crowdfunding campaign launched for a $9 computing solution last week and has already blown past its modest fundraising goal. It's already off to a great start, generating $682,711 from roughly 13,499 backers with 26 more days to go. CHIP started out asking for $50,000. So what is C.H.I.P.?

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Newt Gingrich likes Oculus Rift a lot

May 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Republican presidential candidate, speaker of the house, and political pundit Newt Gingrich is trying his hand at something new: writing about emerging game technology. First spotted by Mashable (check out Chelsea Clark's story), Gingrich talks about his new fascination with Oculus Rift VR headset.

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Oculus Rift coming Q1 2016

May 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While it doesn't have an exact release date or pricing details quite yet, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset does have an official "time frame" for release - the first quarter of 2016. Oculus announced this morning that the consumer version of its virtual reality headset will be in the hands of everyone in the U.S. that wants it in early 2016.

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Epic adds support for Valve's HTC Vive headset in Unreal Engine 4

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Epic Games announced today that its Unreal Engine 4 middleware game development tools suite can be used to create virtual reality content for Valve's SteamVR technology. Valve started sending out its HTC Vive VR headsets to game developers this week. Now those who want or already are using Unreal Engine 4 can make content for Valve's VR offering.

The support for the Vive comes from  the version 4.8 preview release that came out it week.  It promises support for SteamVR's unique features including room-scaling and laser-based tracking systems.

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'UDOO Neo' micro computer hits $100k on Kickstarter

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On April 20, Seco launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for UDOO Neo, a "credit-card sized" open-source hardware board similar to the Raspberry Pi aimed at students and enthusiasts looking for a cheap computing solution. By 11 a.m. - 80 minutes into the campaign - it blew past its goal of $15,000. Today the Kickstarter has generated $102,699 from 1,352 backers (as of this writing) with 35 more days to go.

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Developers can now sign up for 'Vive' development kits

April 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve and partner HTC have launched sign-ups for developers interested in developing content for its virtual reality headset, the Vive. Those who sign up and get approved can get an early version of the Vive development kit for free. Vive development kits will be free to selected developers, which Valve says will start shipping "later this spring." More will be doled out in batches throughout the summer, though Valve is already saying that supplies will be limited.

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Patricia Arquette to keynote Women in Technology International Summit

April 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Women in Technology International (WITI) announced keynote speakers and session topics for its 21st Annual Summit taking place later this year. The Summit will focus on IoT (Internet of Things), big data, leadership, cloud, community brand building and how women in technology are enhancing everyday life.

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Apple sees brisk pre-orders on Apple Watch

April 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

You could say the Apple Watch "will make you sterile and give you cancer" and people would still buy it. Despite all the negative coverage of Apple's latest gizmo (amidst a lot of positive coverage, of course), people are lining up (literally and metaphorically speaking) to buy the watch.

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'Runeblade' promises role-playing on your wrist

April 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Verge has an interesting report detailing what could be the first Apple Watch game, an RPG called Runeblade. Runeblade is the creation of developer Everywear Games, who describes the game as a "fantasy adventure game" on your wrist. Runeblade is the first game from the Finnish company made up of former Rovio and Remedy employees.

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Former Epic boss sees issues with VR

March 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Epic Games president Mike Capps says that he has his doubts that the current push towards virtual reality will be successful. He points to the price point of most VR headsets and people's willingness to wear them for long periods of time as two of the major issues with VR.

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Oculus Rift still doesn't have a release date

March 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

What a difference a few months make. Oculus founder and inventor of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset Palmer Luckey said in past public statements that something would have to go horribly wrong with his company's device for it not to be released in 2015. Over the weekend while speaking on a South By Southwest (SXSW) panel, Luckey seemed to back pedal a bit when asked by an audience member for an actual release date for the device. In fact, he refused to give one.

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Sens. Wyden and Thune Reintroduce Bill to Permanently Block Taxes on Internet Access

February 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

United States Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today reintroduced the bipartisan Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a companion measure by voice vote last Congress. Sen. Wyden is the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, while Sen. Thune is chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee.

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Updated: The Porn Charity Raises Over $11K For Merit-Based STEM Scholarship

January 9, 2015 - James Fudge

Update: In an earlier version of this story (which you can read in its entirety below) we reported that the charity had raised over $14,000. It turns out that this was not an accurate number. According to what The Porn Charity co-founder Mercedes Carrera told us this afternoon, the $3,100 generated from the three-hour web cam show was rolled into the Indiegogo campaign total. That means that the total from the Indiegogo campaign was actually right around $11,280.

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Collision Confirms Speaker Line-Up

January 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The organizers of the Collision conference sent over a note letting us know who will be speaking at this year's event in downtown Las Vegas May 5th and 6th.

Confirmed speakers (so far) include Max Levchin, Co-Founder of Paypal; John Sculley, former CEO of Apple; Kevin Chou, CEO of Kabam; Zach Sims, CEO and Co-Founder of Code Academy; Chris Satchell, CTO of Nike; Jim Breyer, Breyer Capital; Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com; and Josh Tetrick, CEO of Hampton Creek.

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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Encourage Women and Minorities To Join The Tech Sector

January 7, 2015 - James Fudge

During his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week,  Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that the company will pledge $300 million to be used for scholarships aimed at bringing more women, African Americans, and other ethnicities into the tech sector. The company is partnering with a number of groups to do this including Feminist Frequency, The National Center for Women and Information technology, The Anita Borg Institute, UNCF, Girls Who Code, Society of Women Engineers, the IGDA, NACME, and many others.

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Dish Offers Cord Cutters 'Sling TV'

January 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Dish Networks is trying its hand at cutting itself loose from satellite and taking a straight run at customers with a new service designed for the Internet called Sling TV. For $20 a month consumers with Internet access can get 12 premium cable channels including ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family, and CNN. Obviously the new service is aimed at cord cutters who don't necessarily have a cable package but do have broadband Internet access.

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Tiga: Video Games Should Officially Be Recognized As Art

December 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK video games industry trade body Tiga says that games should officially be recognized as art. Speaking to BBC's Newsbeat program, Tiga CEO Dr. Richard Wilson said that video games should officially be classified as cultural products on the same level as Television, film, animation, etc.

PSA: Samsung's Mobile Virtual Reality Offering Now Available

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Samsung's contribution to the virtual reality space is now available. Announced in September and developed in partnership with Oculus VR, the Samsung Gear VR headset is now available to buy from the Samsung web store for $200.

The device, which requires a Note 4 to be used as the screen is not quite a ready for mass-market - even though anyone can buy it at this point.

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Sony Announces 'PlayStation Vue' TV Service

November 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony is working on an internet-based television service called PlayStation Vue, which it claims will work with PlayStation consoles and other devices like the iPad. The service is set for launch later this year, according to Sony.

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Commerce Secretary Meets With Tech and Gaming Industry on Silicon Valley Tour

October 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is making the rounds in Silicon Valley this week, according to Politico's Morning Tech.

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InfophilePut that way, "right to work" seems to have BLEEP-all to do with gay rights. Thing is, union-negotiated contracts used to be one of the key ways to prevent employers from firing at will. Without union protection, nothing stops at-will firing.07/07/2015 - 11:06am
Infophilehas an incentive to pay dues if they're represented either way, so the union is starved for funds and dies, unless things are bad enough that people will pay dues anyway.07/07/2015 - 11:02am
InfophileFor those who don't know, "right to work" laws mean that it can't be a condition of an employment contract that you pay union dues. That is, the right to work without having to pay dues. Catch is, unions have to represent non-members as well, so no one...07/07/2015 - 11:01am
MechaCrashUnexpected? Seriously?07/07/2015 - 10:55am
Mattsworknamejob they wanted without the unions getting involved. The problem is, it has some unexpected side effects, like the ones Info mentioned07/07/2015 - 8:49am
MattsworknameThe problem being, right to work states exsist specificly as a counter to Unions, as the last 20 or so years have shown, the unions have been doing this countries economoy NO favors. The right to work states came into being to allow people to work any07/07/2015 - 8:49am
Infophile(cont'd) discriminatory. This can only be done for protected classes which are outlined in law (race, sex, religion, ethnicity everywhere, sexual orientation in some states). So, a gay person could be fired because they're gay and have no recourse there.07/07/2015 - 7:27am
Infophile@Goth: See here: http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/firedforbeinggay.asp for a good discussion on it. Basically, the problem is that in the US, most states allow at will firing, and it's the burden of the fired person to prove the firing was ...07/07/2015 - 7:25am
Goth_SkunkAssuming that's true, then that is a fight worth fighting for.07/07/2015 - 6:58am
Yuuri@ Goth_Skunk, in many states being gay is not a protected status akin to say race or religion. It's also in the "Right to work" states. Those are the states where one can be fired for any reason (provided it isn't a "protected" one.)07/07/2015 - 6:07am
Goth_Skunkregarded as a beacon of liberty and freedom that is the envy of the world, would not have across-the-board Human Rights laws that don't at the very least equal those of my own country.07/07/2015 - 5:47am
Goth_SkunkI find that hard to believe, Infophile. I have difficulty believing employers can *still* fire people for being gay. I would need to see some evidence that this is fact, because as a Canadian, I can't believe that the United States,07/07/2015 - 5:46am
InfophileFor that matter, even women don't yet have full legal equality with men. The US government still places limits on the positions women can serve in the military. And that's just the legal side of things - the "culture wars" are more than just laws.07/07/2015 - 5:43am
InfophileAnd that's just LGB issues. Get ready for an incoming battle on rights for trans* people. And then after that, a battle for poly people.07/07/2015 - 5:41am
InfophileA battle's been won. In many states employers can still fire people for being gay. And in many states, parents can force their children into reparative therapy to try to "fix" being gay. Those battles still need to be fought.07/07/2015 - 5:40am
Goth_Skunkand now they've switched to battles that don't need to be fought.07/07/2015 - 5:37am
Goth_SkunkIn my opinion, it was the final legal hurdle denying homosexual couples final and recognized statuses as eligible spouses. But even though this war's been won, some people are still too keen to keep fighting battles,07/07/2015 - 5:28am
Goth_SkunkAnd it's a trend I don't mind seeing continue. Same-sex marriage was at long-last made definitively legal by SCOTUS, and it's about time. I'm glad it's finally happened, as it was desperately needed.07/07/2015 - 5:25am
Infophile(cont'd) It started long before that. Perhaps the American Civil War comes to mind?)07/07/2015 - 3:59am
InfophileOn Goth's linked article: Historically speaking, there may have been cycles, but remember that the left has steadily gained ground. Is there a good reason to expect that to be different this time? (Oh, and no, Culture War 1.0 wasn't with the Baby Boomers.07/07/2015 - 3:59am
 

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