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Oculus Quest and Rift S available for preorder both at 399 shipping

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first_img Now playing: Watch this: Preview • PlayStation VR made us smile, and it’s because of the games Mobile Gaming Digital Media Virtual Reality Apps Amazon Oculus Quest unboxed: what’s inside Facebook’s new VR… 43 Photos 1 Now playing: Watch this: We took Oculus Quest on vacation We took Oculus Quest on vacation at Amazon Enlarge ImageThe Oculus Quest (left) and Oculus Rift S (right) are both arriving in May, and both cost $399. John Kim/CNET Oculus ignited people’s interest in virtual reality when it announced a Kickstarter for the Rift headset in 2012, promising high quality VR for $300.  Fast-forward seven years, after a more than $2 billion acquisition by Facebook and the 2016 release of the Rift, and Oculus is preparing to launch its next-generation VR headsets.  They’re called the Oculus Quest and the Rift S, and both will cost $399 (£399 in the UK; Australian pricing is TBA but the UK price converts to about AU$740). But they’re rather different headsets.  The Oculus Quest is self-contained, working without a computer to power it or any extra sensors set up around a room to track where you’re moving. The Rift S, meanwhile, offers better visuals while still connected by wire to a computer, but it also ditches sensors around a room. “Now, getting into VR is as easy as gaming on a console,” Facebook said in a statement. The new headsets come as Valve, whose Steam store and Half-Life first-person shooter series have made it a household name among gamers, prepares to release its first headset, the $499 Valve Index. And that’s not including other competitors, such as Sony’s $299 PlayStation VR, HTC’s Vive and headsets from Lenovo, HP and Samsung that’re powered by Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality technology. 58-oculus-questEnlarge ImageThe Quest is a wireless self-contained headset, offering a middle ground between the low-power Oculus Go and high-power Rift S. Sarah Tew/CNET The Quest is a new device Whereas the Rift and Rift S rely on an outside computer connected by a wire to power the virtual world you see, and the $199 Oculus Go is designed to be a wire-free self-contained entry-level VR device, the Oculus Quest is meant to be somewhere in the middle.  At its heart, the Quest is meant to offer higher-end games designed to work with the Oculus hand controllers, like the music rhythm game Beat Saber and the boxing game Creed: Rise to Glory. But it’s also self-contained, running a powerful, yet small, computer in the headset. To pull off that trick, developers say, the Oculus Quest isn’t as capable as its beefier cousin, the Rift S. Its screen doesn’t show as many details, it’s not able to pack as many characters on the screen at a time, and apps made for it can’t assume they’ll always be connected to the internet. (Sometimes people might take this on a train or on vacation). The Quest still uses the same controllers as the Rift S Though the Quest and Rift S won’t always be able to play the same games, the Quest will have the same controllers. That’s a step up from the entry-level Oculus Go, which had a simpler, wandlike controller that wasn’t capable of doing as much as the more full-fledged hand controllers Oculus offers. Oculus Quest is fully mobile VR They’re both $399, go on preorder Tuesday and ship May 21 If you’re already convinced, you can preorder the devices on the Oculus website, at Amazon and elsewhere. Full preorder info is available here, or you can just use the buttons below (note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products). See Quest at AmazonSee Rift S at Amazon 5:18 $217 5:18 Tags See It $398.00 Comment Oculus Valve Virtual Reality Facebook HTC Microsoft Samsung Sony Nintendo Review • PlayStation VR is pretty damn cool Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Whether the new devices will draw users is anyone’s guess. A recent survey from industry tracker IDC, which was sponsored by Sony, found that headset sales in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan rose 60% in 2018 to 3.9 million headsets, up from 2.4 million in 2017. But that’s still small compared with the hundreds of millions of video game consoles Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have sold since 2013. Here’s everything to know about the Quest and Rift S so far. The Rift S is a refinement  Oculus says the Rift S will offer more-detailed and sharper-looking visuals than the original Oculus Rift, which shipped in 2016. But the real change is to the cameras mounted on its sides. There are two in the front, one on each side, and one on the top, all designed to track the outside world using a technology called “Oculus Insight,” so that the headset knows when you’re leaning one direction or another or suddenly duck to avoid something. Those cameras work in concert with the company’s hand controllers too. See it CNET Review Oculus Quest The standalone VR headset earns our Editors’ Choice. Read Review Sony PlayStation VR 8:25 Mentioned Above Sony PlayStation VR (Headset) $245 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

US blocks five more Chinese tech companies for national security reasons

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first_img Tags Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? 3 In addition to being put on the entity list last month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order essentially banning the company in light of national security concerns that Huawei had close ties with the Chinese government. Huawei has repeatedly denied that charge.Huawei is expected to take a $30 billion hit to its revenue as a result, although CEO Ren Zhengfei earlier this week said he is not too concerned about the loss.Huawei has filed a motion in US court to have US legislation that bars federal agencies from buying its products ruled unconstitutional, and has also sent an ex parte memo to the FCC in which it objects to being banned on the grounds of national security threats. Why Microsoft is selling Huawei laptops again Huawei ban: Full timeline on how and why its phones are under fire Now playing: Watch this: 4:49 Hardware and software vendors have been fleeing Huawei: Amazon Japan reportedly no longer offers Huawei devices for sale, and last month, Google locked Huawei out of its Android updates, though the US Commerce Department granted it a three-month general license to update existing devices.In a turnaround, Microsoft began selling its existing inventory of Huawei MateBook laptops earlier this week, saying it “will continue to respond to the many business, technical and regulatory complexities.”Huawei at the end of May moved to trademark the name of its operating system, Hongmeng, in Peru. Share your voicecenter_img Comments 13 Photos The Huawei ban Huawei against the world (The 3:59, Ep. 564) Computers Mobile Politics The US government is blacklisting more Chinese tech companies. CBS/iStockphoto The US Commerce Department has blacklisted another five Chinese tech companies, preventing them from buying US-made chips and components. Like Chinese tech giant Huawei last month, the companies were added to the United State’s “entity list” (PDF) due to national security concerns. The filing, spotted earlier Friday by CNBC, blocks China-based Higon, Sugon, Chengdu Haiguang Integrated Circuit, Chengdu Haiguang Microelectronics Technology and Wuxi Jiangnan Institute of Computing Technology.Sugon and Wuxi lead China’s exascale high-performance computing development, the filing says. Sugon’s computers have military users, while Wuxi is owned by the 56th Research Institute of the General Staff of China’s People’s Liberation Army “to support China’s military modernization.”Higan develops integrated circuits, electronic information systems, software and computer system integration, while the Chengdu entities design X86 architecture chips and produce integrated circuits.As pointed out by CNBC, US chip companies’ stock fell following the announcement, with Nvidia down by 1%, Xilinx by 2.2% and Advanced Micro Devices by 2%. Legal Huawei Donald Trumplast_img read more

Earliest example of large hydraulic enterprise excavated in China

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first_img (A) Structure of the Meirendi bank with wooden planks still standing upright. (B) The Bianjiashan pier, wooden stakes still were preserved, forming a T shape. Credit: PNAS Harbor sediment core samples offer historic evidence of ancient Rome’s plumbing Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Map of the Liangzhu city and hydraulic system, Lower Yangtze River, China Credit: PNAS (A) Well-preserved ‘sand bags’, with the knots still clearly visible, the grass plants used are Triarrhena lutarioriparia. (B) A small proportion of rice remains discovered from the storage pit excavated at eastern Mojiaoshan, depth of the boxes around 10 cm. Credit: PNAS Explore further More information: Bin Liu et al. Earliest hydraulic enterprise in China, 5,100 years ago, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1710516114AbstractHere we present one of the world’s oldest examples of large-scale and formalized water management, in the case of the Liangzhu culture of the Yangtze Delta, dated at 5,300–4,300 years cal B.P. The Liangzhu culture represented a peak of early cultural and social development predating the historically recorded Chinese dynasties; hence, this study reveals more about the ancient origins of hydraulic engineering as a core element of social, political, and economic developments. Archaeological surveys and excavations can now portray the impressive extent and structure of dams, levees, ditches, and other landscape-transforming features, supporting the ancient city of Liangzhu, with an estimated size of about 300 ha. The results indicate an enormous collective undertaking, with unprecedented evidence for understanding how the city, economy, and society of Liangzhu functioned and developed at such a large scale. Concurrent with the evidence of technological achievements and economic success, a unique relationship between ritual order and social power is seen in the renowned jade objects in Liangzhu elite burials, thus expanding our view beyond the practicalities of water management and rice farming. Prior research has dated Liangzhu Ancient City to approximately 5,300 to 4,300 years ago, which would make the water engineering effort one of the oldest in the world. The newer research work demonstrates that use of such technology began in China earlier than had been thought. And it occurred in a relatively isolated location—the water system was not part of empire building; it was constructed to service the needs of a single city. Sadly, prior evidence has also revealed that their efforts were not sufficient to prevent the entire area from being massively flooded approximately 4,200 years ago, leaving behind a meter-thick layer of clay—the devastation was so great the city never recovered, and those that survived migrated to other areas. Over 5000 years ago, people living in the Yangtze River Delta apparently grew weary of the flooding that periodically destroyed their crops. They embarked on what became one of the largest water management projects in the ancient world, moving earth and piling it in desired ways to change over 10,000 hectares of landscape to suit their needs. The researchers at the site have been working for four years uncovering the large hydraulic system that was built to support Liangzhu Ancient City.The researchers report that laborers spent years digging up dirt to make canals, piled it to make dams, and even installed a system of gates to control movement of the water. The result was a system able to prevent normal flooding and to irrigate crops during dry times with rainwater saved in large reservoirs. They also dug canals to allow small boats to carry people and materials around the area. The researchers estimate that it took approximately 3000 people working for eight years just to build one of the larger dams, and in the process, they moved approximately 10 million cubic feet of earth. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in China has uncovered one of the largest water management projects in the ancient world in what is now a part of the eastern coast of modern China. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their finding and compares it to other ancient water management systems. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Earliest example of large hydraulic enterprise excavated in China (2017, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-earliest-large-hydraulic-enterprise-excavated.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Celebrating Indian art legends

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first_imgLalit Kala Akademi screened two documentaries directed by the veteran theatre personality, E Alkazi from their archives on 19 December evening in the auditorium of the Akademi. These two documentaries bring out the contributions and importance of two painters who gave a new grammar to the language of Indian Art.  One was on Amrita Sher Gil, much acclaimed painter who gave a new meaning to modern Indian painting. She single handedly took the challenge of modernising the Indian painting when already Bengal school and the school following the Victorian styles were dominating the Indian Art world. The ‘bharat-mata’ figure or the realistic depiction of women figures from these already existing schools did not inspire her. She infused raw energy into her works that profoundly talk about a deep understanding of sexuality and freedom of women. Her women—reserved, somber, poignant and with distinct characteristics add a cavernous observation of human psychology. Born, brought up and trained in Europe, she returned to India, she believed, where she belonged. She drew inspirations from Indian cultures and paintings, especially the miniature paintings. Her Three Women or Hill Women or Woman on the Charpoy brings forth her love for painting and Indian society. After a productive year of 1940s, she died in 1941 at the age of twenty-eight from a short period of illness. India lost the princess of canvas much before the independence.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The second one was on MF Husain, the controversial, loved, celebrated poet-painter of Modern India. Alkazi tried to capture the spirit of Husain, with his iconic painting-brush walking stick, walking on the streets of Delhi mingling with his own people. This gave him energy to give human shapes to inanimate objects, which can be seen in his umbrella series. His understanding of the working class and their struggles can be seen in his paintings where he made the cart-bull-man into a composite ‘machine’ yet representing a picture of the dismantled human figure. His Ramayana and Mahabharata series show his brilliant understanding of the Indian culture. He said the figure of woman/shakti is so powerful in his mind that he tried to give expressions to it through Parvati, Saraswati, Draupadi and Mother Teresa. The ‘horse’ that ran for freedom of imagination and creativity in life and on canvas died in 2011.last_img read more

Suranjan Das resumes duty as VC mum on students union poll

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first_imgKolkata: Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Prof Suranjan Das on Tuesday refused to comment on the holding of students’ union election in the varsity. Das, who was on leave after he was heckled during a protest by students on February 19 and hospitalised for two days, resumed his duties on Tuesday and held discussion with teachers and students union representatives on academic issues. The V-C told reporters he has nothing new to comment when asked about his views on holding students’ union polls at the earliest as demanded by the Arts Faculty Students’ Union (AFSU), Science Faculty Students Union (SFSU) and Faculty of Engineering and Technology Students’ Union (FETSU). Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”I don’t have anything to comment on this issue today,” he said. Pro-VC Pradip Kumar Ghosh had sent a letter to the Higher Education department on February 25, requesting it to facilitate a tripartite discussion among the university, students and the higher education department on the issue of students’ union polls. The V-C had earlier maintained the JU cannot take any decision on its own about holding the students union polls and any decision on this issue can only be taken by the government.last_img read more

Town hall scheduled to address Lake St Clair water quality

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first_img Reps. Lucido, Hertel encourage residents to attend Oct. 2 meetingState Reps. Peter Lucido and Kevin Hertel today announced plans for a town hall meeting concerning the water quality of Lake St. Clair.The representatives have arranged for officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to be on hand to answer questions from residents who have concerns about Lake St. Clair during a free event on Oct. 2. Federal, state and local elected officials will also be invited and encouraged to attend.“Lake St. Clair should be a huge asset to our area, but pollution and high E. coli levels have left many people too disgusted to use the water,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “This issue has been going on for years and residents are fed up. People have some very real concerns about the quality of the water. It’s time for them to get some answers.”Lucido and Hertel have teamed up in a bipartisan effort to address the issue.“This is not an issue that only impacts the Lansing bubble,” said Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores. “Residents have real questions about their water, and it’s important that officials from DEQ hear these concerns and give them answers.”The town hall will take place Monday, Oct. 2, at MacRay Banquet and Events Center, 30675 N. River Road in Harrison Township. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for an informal meet and greet with DEQ officials. A DEQ presentation and a question and answer session will follow from 7 to 9 p.m.If more information is needed, Lucido’s office can be reached by calling (517) 373-0843 or emailing PeterLucido@house.mi.gov. Hertel’s office can be reached at (517) 373-1180 or KevinHertel@house.mi.gov.### 11Aug Town hall scheduled to address Lake St. Clair water quality Categories: Lucido Newslast_img read more

Deutsche Telekom is integrating MobiTVs TV Everyw

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first_imgDeutsche Telekom is integrating MobiTV’s TV Everywhere solution into its Entertain IPTV service so it can offer programming, including live sporting events and VOD services, to tablets, smartphones and PCs.The two parties have concluded a trial implementation of the converged multiscreen service.“Partnering with MobiTV is the start of a new television experience with Entertain,” said Christian Illek, director of marketing, Deutsche Telekom. “With the development of the Entertain converged media platform, we will provide our customers with universal TV access on various devices and even more convenience when watching TV.”last_img read more

Vivacom TV the satellite pay TV service operated

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first_imgVivacom TV, the satellite pay TV service operated by the Bulgarian telecom operator of the same name, is increasing its high-definition service with the addition of factual channel Planeta HD.The move means that Planeta HD is the third high definition station to launch on the service following Viasat Nature HD and Viasat History HD. Vivacom TV launched in September 2010 and offers over 70 channels across three basic packages.last_img

LG Electronics is using the Consumer Electronics S

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first_imgLG Electronics is using the Consumer Electronics Show to debut UHD TV-capable LCD screens equipped with Nano Cell technology.According to LG, the technology, which will be incorporated in the third generation of LG’s Super UHD TV line, renders “highly nuanced” and accurate colours while maintaining picture quality at wider viewing angles.According to LG, Nano Cell LCD technology, which employs uniformly-sized particles approximately one nanometre in diameter, creates more accurate colours that can be viewed from wider angles than in possible with other LCD TVs.The technology absorbs surplus light wavelengths, enabling the displays to filter distinct colours with much greater precision, rendering each colour as it was intended by the original content creator, according to the company.LG says that Nano Cell technology dramatically reduces instances of colour fading, image instability and other colour degradation issues.LG has also said it will incorporate the Technicolor Expert Mode technology to its Super UHD screens.The TVs are HDR TV-enabled using Dolby Vision’s Active HDR technology, which supports the display of Dolby Vision’s own HDR system as well as HDR10 and Hybrid Log Gamma HDR systems. Active HDR is also “ready to support” Technicolor’s forthcoming Advanced HDR technology, according to LG.LG and Technicolor announced their collaboration on HDR at CES last year, when the pair teamed up to screen HDR content created by Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola.In addition to UHD TV, the devices feature version 3.5 of LG’s webOS-based smart TV platform. This includes a new Magic Link feature to provide content recommendations and information about characters and actors on-screen, and Magic Zoom, which enables viewers to enlarge and record any part of the screen they wish to see close up. Phones and PCs can be connected to the TV via a USB cable to enable viewing of 360° virtual reality content.“Our 2017 Super UHD TV line-up with LG’s proprietary Nano Cell technology is a breakthrough in display technology that advances the LCD TV viewing experience by combining an expanded colour gamut with the ability to more accurately create those colours, resulting in superior picture quality regardless of viewing angle,” said Tim Alessi, head of product marketing at LG Electronics USA. “Nano Cell is another example of how LG is innovating and pushing the boundaries of display technology to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”last_img read more