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Microsoft Hololens Shows Us The Future

At today’s E3 conference with Microsoft, we were shown what Microsoft Hololens can do and viewers were blown away.

Microsoft Hololens is a device much like the Oculus Rift, that allows you to project holograms in real life space. At Microsoft’s press conference, we saw a glimpse of what its abilities with a brand new version of Minecraft.

What we witnessed was reminiscent of a sci-fi movie. While one player was playing Minecraft the old fashioned way, another was viewing and controlling the overworld right from a table. That’s right… a table.

 

If the Hololens works as shown, this could bring gaming and technology to a whole new level. Now Jarvis, give me a location on those Creepers.

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Stay tuned for more E3 coverage!

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Microsoft Putting Xbox One’s Energy-Saving Mode at Forefront

The Xbox One has had an Energy-Saving mode that allows the console to consume less power overall. This mode can save “$6 to $15 in energy costs per year” according to Microsoft. At the moment, Xbox One owners can choose to turn on this mode, but they weren’t asked about using it when setting up the console. Now, Microsoft will change the set up when someone buys a new Xbox One to ask them if they want to turn on Energy-Saving mode. The company wants users to know about this mode from the start.

Users can also choose Instant-On mode which turns the console on within two seconds and downloads updates automatically.

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YouTube to Offer Ad-Free Subscriptions

YouTube content creators who are on the YouTube partner system recently got a very interesting email today.

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YouTube is going to allow partnered channels to charge a monthly subscription fee to allow subscribers to watch their videos completely add-free. YouTube has made it very clear that this will be completely optional for partner channels to turn on and subscribers to choose paying for.

YouTube is going to give partners 55% of the earnings from these paid subscriptions, which is 5% more than the 50% that Twitch gives back to users from their paid subscriptions. The question is if partnered channels will want to use this new system, or if subscribers will find paying for their subscription for no adds worth it.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Taken Off Shelves as Z4 is Arriving

Stores have stopped stocking the Sony Xperia Z3 model smartphone because the newer Z4 model is coming soon. There’s no exact release date for the Z4 yet, but leaks have shown that it is likely finished and ready for release at any time.

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The Xperia Z4 will feature a 5.2 inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and 4 GB of RAM. The Z4 should be releasing within the next few months.

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ASUS Releasing a Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Graphics Card

ASUS released their first graphics card in 1995, and after 20 years of successful business, they’re releasing a new limited edition graphics card to celebrate the occasion. It will be a gold colored GTX 980 with a beefed up clockspeed of 1,431MHz.

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ASUS has yet to give a release date, but they are promising that it will be a powerful and quality graphics card. It will even have a light on the card itself to notify users of how much of the card’s power is being used at any given moment.

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New Xbox One Update Improves Achievements and Party Chat

The newest update on Xbox One has made some improvements to the achievements and party chat. Achievements now give more detailed information on each achievement when they popped up, so you won’t have to go into the app itself to see how you got it anymore. Party chat now has more icons to show microphone status and internet connections. This update is available right now for all Xbox One users.

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Improving The Witcher 3′s Resolution on Xbox One May Take More than DirectX12

At the moment, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is going to be 1080p on PS4 and 900p on Xbox One. CD Projekt RED is dedicating themselves to adding as many graphical and gameplay improvements to the game after release as possible, but Senior Game Designer Damien Monnier is not sure that DirectX12 alone will allow the Xbox One version to be upgraded to 1080p. But regardless, he says that the studio will do their best to see what DX12 is capable of. He had this to say on Twitter.

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1080p or 900p, it doesn’t matter. The game looks fantastic.

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Kinect for PC and Tablets No Longer in Production

Microsoft has been producing standalone Kinect devices separate from the Xbox One bundle for use on PC and tablets for a while now, but not anymore. They’ve recently announced that they will be ceasing production of this version of the Kinect. The Xbox One version will still continue to be made, for now. However, Microsoft will be releasing a (ridiculously overpriced) $50 converter to turn Xbox One Kinects into ones usable by PCs and tablets.

I really have a feeling that Microsoft will be completely dropping the Kinect soon. First, there was the Kinect-less Xbox One after the company had been pushing at how “necessary” the device was for a long time. Then, there’s this announcement. I, and many other gamers, won’t be missing the Kinect when it’s gone for good.

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Sony Now Owns OnLive

Remember OnLive? No? Well, it was one of the first bigger examples of a video game streaming service to hit the industry. Although the service was well received by many, it never really caught on with the masses. OnLive will be ending its services on April 30th, and will not be charging current users any fees for this last month. All OnLive assets will be transfered to the Playstation devision of Sony when OnLive’s services end. I have a feeling that Sony will use OnLive’s assets for Playstation Now improvements.

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The Samsung S6 Edge Bends Just as Easily as the iPhone 6 Plus

Apple caught a lot of backlash for the fact that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones bended decently easily, causing damage to the inner mechanisms and screen. Well, apparently the Samsung S6 Edge fairs no better. Both phones bend easily under 110 pounds of pressure as demonstrated by SquareTrade’s video.

Also, the 6 Plus’ breaking point was after 179 pounds. The S6 Edge breaks after only 149, so the iPhone actually wins in that regard. These phones are made of very thin materials to be as sleek as possible, so this shouldn’t be such a huge surprise as people are acting like it is. My recommendation? Get a protective carrying case.

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