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Your phone now doubles as an Android TV game controller

EngadgetHD - March 2, 2015 - 1:53pm

So you want to play games on your Android TV set, but you'd rather not shell out for a gamepad? You might not have to in the near future. Google has revealed that an upcoming update to Google Play Services will let you use your Android mobile devices as controllers for Android TV games. If you want to start a four-way race or shooting match, you'll only have to ask friends to pull their phones out of their pockets. You'll have to wait for developers to use the technology before you can start playing, but that patience could pay off if it spares you from buying controllers that will likely spend most of their life gathering dust.

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Eurochannel launches in Africa on DStv

BroadbandTVNews - March 2, 2015 - 12:02pm

Starting Mid-March, Eurochannel will be available in South Africa and 51 other countries in Africa through the OTT service offered by MultiChoice – DStv Now. Read the story »

Mobile World looks to 5G

Reuters Technology - March 2, 2015 - 11:16am
The wireless industry's annual conference gets underway in Barcelona with 85,000 executives taking part and numerous new smartphones and watches being launched. As Ivor Bennett reports from the show the race for 5G is one of the key themes.

Get your March Madness highlights and analysis on YouTube

EngadgetHD - March 2, 2015 - 11:00am

While you'll want to venture over to CBS Sports to stream the March Madness live action, YouTube is gearing up for the Big Dance, too. The video library will provide highlights, pre/postgame shows and more on the March Madness channel during the postseason schedule. Of course, those who prefer to catch the action on live television can watch on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV when the tournament begins on March 17th. NCAA tournament highlights will arrive on YouTube just weeks after Google and the NFL agreed to circulate pro football clips on the site. No matter how you plan on watching, though, it'll be interesting to see which team will be this year's Mercer. My money's on North Carolina Central.

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One of gaming's most used engines is now free

EngadgetHD - March 2, 2015 - 10:28am

Created in Unreal Engine 4

Game development is expensive. It's not a question of the tools costing too much; game engines like Unity and GameMaker Studio offer free versions, and paid versions aren't far out of reach. That's a recent development, though. When the last generation of game consoles (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii) ruled the roost, the Unreal Engine was both ubiquitous and costly. Its latest iteration, Unreal Engine 4, is widely used, but has taken a sideline to free offerings from the likes of Unity. The engine's maker, Epic Games, isn't sitting idly by and letting the competition take over, though: as of this morning, Unreal Engine 4 is free for all to use.

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Samsung's VR headset gets the first Oculus-powered paid app store

EngadgetHD - March 2, 2015 - 9:05am

It's the day many, many virtual reality developers have been waiting for: Finally, a way to sell VR games to people with VR headsets. Namely, Oculus and Samsung's collaboration on the Gear VR headset is bearing digital fruit in the form of a digital store. In short: You can finally buy and sell games on Samsung's VR headset. That's a bigger deal than it sounds, as Gear VR's store has been riddled with little more than tech and game demos since its launch late last year. We've been anxious for deeper experiences, and many developers have been withholding those experiences for a time when they could actually make money on their work. Let the floodgates open!

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HP to buy Aruba Networks in $3B deal

Reuters Technology - March 2, 2015 - 7:44am
Hewlett-Packard is boosting its mobile computing business... buying California-based Aruba Networks- a wi-fi network gear maker for $24.67 per share. Leah Duncan reports.

Electric hydrofoiling watercraft delivers eco-friendly thrills

Reuters Technology - March 2, 2015 - 5:47am
The Quadrofoil is a high-tech electric personal watercraft that its makers call a 'sports car for the water'. When it hits 10 km/h, the Slovenian-engineered Quadrofoil is lifted above the water onto four wing-like hydrofoils where it 'flies' above the surface with minimal water resistance. Matthew Stock reports.

Mobile & tablet represent half of iPlayer requests

BroadbandTVNews - March 2, 2015 - 5:41am

Mobile and tablet requests are now representing half of those to the BBC iPlayer. Read the story »

'Light Field' 3D maps take VR broadcasting to the next level

EngadgetHD - March 2, 2015 - 5:04am

Ever since I experienced a live 3D virtual reality broadcast for the first time, I've been giving demos of the technology to anyone who will sit still long enough for me to put a Gear VR on their head. Across the board, the reactions have included at least two things: "This is amazing," and, "Can you move around like you're really there?" Now, NextVR says the answer to that question is yes, since it's adding "Light Field" (aka plenoptic) capture technology to existing rigs (like this 6K unit shown above) that will let viewers look around the scene with full six degrees of freedom. This is similar to the tech Lytro uses for its cameras that lets you change focus after a picture is taken -- and just got a $50 million investment to implement on VR. According to NextVR, its patented approach creates a 3D geometric model of the scene (shown after the break) ready for headsets like the Oculus Rift, Sony's Project Morpheus or even augmented reality units like Microsoft's HoloLens or Magic Leap's... whatever it is.

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Humax first with Freeview Play box

BroadbandTVNews - March 2, 2015 - 3:28am

Humax has said it will be the first manufacturer to launch set-top boxes for the new Freeview Play connected TV service. Read the story »

Vivendi agrees to Numericable-SFR/Altice sale

BroadbandTVNews - March 2, 2015 - 3:26am

Vivendi has accepted the offer of Numericable-SFR and Altice to purchase Vivendi’s 20% interest in the telecommunications operator. Read the story »

Polish HbbTV betting app launches

BroadbandTVNews - March 2, 2015 - 3:21am

The Polish sport betting company Totolotek has launched an HbbTV application. Read the story »

myBBC offers new vision of digital future

BroadbandTVNews - March 2, 2015 - 3:04am

The BBC has set out a new vision for the digital era with a new initiative designed to bring a tailored experience to BBC Online. Read the story »

New DTH platform for Slovakia

BroadbandTVNews - March 2, 2015 - 2:34am

The Slovak cable operator Satro is preparing to launch a DTH platform. With Antik Telecom also set to enter the satellite TV market, the country will soon have no fewer than six such services Read the story »

Successful launch for Eutelsat 115 West B

BroadbandTVNews - March 2, 2015 - 1:56am

Following a successful launch the Eutelsat 115 West B, the first all-electric satellite of Eutelsat fleet, is set to enter service in late 2015. Read the story »

Mixed fortunes for Telekom Slovenije

BroadbandTVNews - March 2, 2015 - 1:34am

Tough economic conditions in the markets it operates in resulted in Telekom Slovenije’s revenues falling from €779.360 million in 2013 to €756.454 million last year. Read the story »

SES ups Christophe De Hauwer

BroadbandTVNews - March 2, 2015 - 1:24am

SES has appointed Christophe De Hauwer as Chief Development Officer (CDO) and member of the company’s Executive Committee, effective August 1, 2015. Read the story »

Amazon's Echo wireless speaker will soon run custom apps

EngadgetHD - March 2, 2015 - 1:05am

Amazon's voice-savvy Echo speaker is only handy for a few tasks right now, but it's about to become much more flexible. The online giant is now taking sign-ups for a beta developer kit that will let people create apps for the gadget. There aren't many details as to what coders can do with the Echo, but it won't be surprising if they'll let you ask new questions, play games or take control of apps on your mobile devices. Just be patient if you aren't a programmer -- there's no mention of when a regular developer kit will be available, and it'll likely take a while after that before you're using speaker-friendly software.

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Bush's biotech plan raises questions

Reuters Technology - March 1, 2015 - 1:26pm
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush may have to answer for a plan to grow the state's biotech industry
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