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Oculus is buying a company that brings hands into virtual reality

EngadgetHD - December 11, 2014 - 2:11pm

Right now, the term "virtual reality" still means "headset" for most people. What we should really think when we read "virtual reality" is first-person immersion. The headset -- like Oculus VR's Rift, Sony's Project Morpheus, and Samsung's Gear VR -- is simply the first tool for creating that sense of immersion or "presence." But once you're in a headset, the first things you do are the undoable: reach out with your physical hands into virtual reality. It's not exactly surprising, then, that Oculus VR would acquire Nimble VR -- the company behind Nimble Sense, a camera and software combo that brings the world around you into virtual reality. Think of it like Kinect: cameras that are able to track your skeletal movement and create a point cloud around you, which then translate that data into a virtual representation on-the-fly.

Still confused? We've got a video hands-on of Nimble VR's Sense camera from early November below the break, used in-tandem with Oculus VR's second Rift development kit (pictured above).

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Dish finally lets you restart live content on your Hopper

EngadgetHD - December 11, 2014 - 1:05pm

Yes, Dish went through a tough time recently with certain TV networks, but this didn't stop it from working to make the experience better for subscribers in the meantime. Today, the satellite provider announced a few new features that'll likely be welcomed with open arms by its customers. The main highlight is that the Hopper receiver now gives viewers the option to start watching live shows and movies from the beginning, so long as the content is part of Dish's video on-demand catalog -- this is similar to Time Warner Cable's "Start Over" feature, which is only available on some programming.

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Mass bird genome study reveals close links with dinosaurs

Reuters Technology - December 11, 2014 - 11:01am
Scientists from 80 institutions world-wide collaborate to provide new answers to key evolutionary questions about birds and dinosaurs. Jim Drury reports.

Live the luxurious life of a customs agent with 'Papers, Please,' on iPad tomorrow

EngadgetHD - December 11, 2014 - 10:29am

There you were, enjoying your iPad for Netflix, perhaps occasionally flinging some relatively upset avians or getting cerebral with Monument Valley. Suddenly, an air raid siren. Someone in the distance shouts, "Glory to Arstotzka!" What is even happening? It's Papers, Please, the post-Soviet Bloc simulation that puts "players" in the position of an unwitting immigrations office, stuck on the border of two dangerous territories, trying to make enough money to feed and care for an ailing family. The critically-lauded game is heading to iPad tomorrow, and we're betting it'll be just as "fun" as the first time around on PC.

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Source: Twitter, Papers, Please

Orange Wednesdays are coming to an end

EngadgetHD - December 11, 2014 - 9:15am

Created as a way to boost flagging cinema attendances, Orange Wednesdays has become a mid-week tradition for many film fans. However, after a successful 10-year run, EE is finally pulling the plug. According to Marketing Magazine, the decision was made after the UK network struggled to hash out a new deal with its partner Cinema First. It means Orange Wednesdays and EE Wednesdays, which offered a stellar two-for-one deal on both cinema tickets and Pizza Express, will cease to exist come February 25th, 2015. It's not all doom and gloom though. EE says it has another "exclusive" offer planned for its customers in 2015, although we suspect it won't be related to theater tickets. In the meantime, you have just over two months (or 11 Wednesdays, to be precise) to take advantage of the decade-old promotion. We recommend heading here to see what'll be released in the weeks ahead.

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Source: EE

Chromecast's Guest Mode lets anyone commandeer your TV

EngadgetHD - December 11, 2014 - 8:00am

With the number of content providers that keep coming on board with Chromecast, the next big step for Google is making the device a bit easier to use. Case in point: Today marks the launch of ultrasonic pairing -- otherwise known as "Guest mode." All you need to do is enable Google's streaming stick to connect to a nearby device and voila: Now anyone can cast to your TV from their Android, no WiFi password needed. For now, it's exclusive to Google's own OS, but there's a reason for that. Chromecast product manager Jagjit Chawla says that with iOS, you can't scan for a list of nearby WiFi access points because there isn't an API that'd allow it. Thus, Guest mode on Apple's mobile software isn't going to happen right away. "Either we can solve these tech problems, or, we can release it on Android first, gather user feedback, improve our back-end and find solutions," he said, with the goal of reaching iOS feature parity sometime later.

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Source: Google Chrome Blog

BBC iPlayer for iOS now gives you 30 days to watch downloaded shows

EngadgetHD - December 11, 2014 - 6:11am

One of iPlayer's great features is the ability to download all of its programmes for offline viewing. The Beeb traditionally let you download and keep shows for up to seven days, allowing you to catch up on the commute to work, but as part of its iPlayer revamp, that period was extended to 30 days. After rolling out the feature on the Xbox One and Android devices last week, iPhone and iPad users can now join in the fun. Not only will you be able to download all the programmes you've missed today and carry them over until the New Year, the new update will also let you specify your location to access regional on-demand programmes via the TV Guide. Great if you're visiting friends and family over Christmas and need some entertainment during the post-dinner lull.

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Source: BBC iPlayer (App Store)

Sainsbury's has a video streaming service, and it's now available on Roku

EngadgetHD - December 11, 2014 - 5:31am

It's been a long time coming, and something we know many of you have been waiting with bated breath for: Sainsbury's has finally released a Roku app for its Entertainment film and TV streaming service. Wait, let's backtrack a second... Sainsbury's runs a streaming service!? To be honest, it's something we'd completely forgotten about, though it's available on Android, iOS, Xbox 360, and now Roku's lineup of streaming devices. Sainsbury's Entertainment offers movies and TV shows for purchase or rental, thus bearing more than a passing resemblance to Tesco's Blinkbox service -- something we tend to hear more about given it's actually advertised, promoted on the rival supermarket's Hudl tablets, and thought to be in jeopardy of being sold off or shut down. Sainsbury's Entertainment appears to have a pretty up-to-date selection of things to watch, so it might be worth checking out. Choice is always appreciated, after all, and being able to pay for purchases and rentals with Nectar points ain't so bad either.

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Via: PC Advisor

Source: Roku

ProSieben Maxx gains new DTT slot in Germany

BroadbandTVNews - December 11, 2014 - 4:49am

German commercial TV broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 can distribute its free-to-air TV channel ProSieben Maxx on digital terrestrial frequencies in federal state Schleswig-Holstein in future. Read the story »

Strong growth for connected TV devices in US

BroadbandTVNews - December 11, 2014 - 3:19am

Driven by strong demand for Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One as well as digital media streamers such as Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV, shipments of connected TV Devices in the US reached 12.4 million units in Q3 2014 representing growth of 36% from Q3 2013. Read the story »

Be tv launches premium OTT service in Belgium

BroadbandTVNews - December 11, 2014 - 3:12am

Belgium premium service beTV is launching its Be tv Go TV Everywhere and OTT service throughout Belgium, the service is also open to non-cable clients. Read the story »

New Russian cable rules emerge

BroadbandTVNews - December 11, 2014 - 3:10am

A Russian government committee has approved a proposal by the Ministry of Communications clarifying the business model to be used cable operators. Read the story »

MTS makes pay-TV gains

BroadbandTVNews - December 11, 2014 - 2:53am

MTS and its daughter MGTS have become the third leading provider of fixed-line pay-TV services in Moscow, pushing VimpelCom back into fourth place. Read the story »

Peter Boudgoust nominated new Arte president

BroadbandTVNews - December 11, 2014 - 2:51am

The shareholder assembly of Arte Deutschland TV has nominated the director general of SWR, the regional affiliate of German public broadcaster ARD for Southwestern Germany, for the presidency of European cultural channel Arte from January 1, 2016. Read the story »

Polish cable fine upheld

BroadbandTVNews - December 11, 2014 - 2:34am

The Court of Appeal in Warsaw has dismissed a request by the cable operator Vectra to have a fine of PLN200,000 (€48,024) imposed on it by the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) in 2011 withdrawn. Read the story »

Amazon unveils details of Ultra HD/4K streaming service

BroadbandTVNews - December 11, 2014 - 2:33am

Amazon has started streaming Ultra HD movies and TV shows can be enjoyed on compatible UltraHD smart TV models from LG Electronics, Samsung and Sony. Read the story »

Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Roku

BroadbandTVNews - December 11, 2014 - 2:31am

Sainsbury’s has added its Entertainment Channel to the Roku platform. Read the story »

Baltic companies expand Digital Europe

BroadbandTVNews - December 11, 2014 - 2:08am

Estonia’s Levira and Latvia’s LVRTC have electronically signed the first cross-border contract for media and play-out services. Read the story »

Global TV revenues reach £1,205bn

BroadbandTVNews - December 11, 2014 - 2:07am

Television continues to grow at the fastest rate of all the telecommunications industries. Read the story »

Finally, you can now play 'Minecraft' on Windows Phone too

EngadgetHD - December 10, 2014 - 10:59pm

Given that Microsoft owns Minecraft developer Mojang now, it was only a matter of time before we saw the pixely game make its way to one of the few platforms where it wasn't already available. That time is now, as Minecraft: Pocket Edition hits Windows Phone 8.1. For $6.99 you get access to Survival mode -- gather resources and build shelter during the day, hide from monsters at night -- and Creative mode. The latter of which lets your imagination go wild with unlimited resources and the ability to fly. And, so long as there are pals on a local WiFi network, it won't be a lonely affair as you can team up with them for some fort-building shenanigans. How many of them will be on Windows Phone, however, is another matter entirely.

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Via: Xbox Wire

Source: Blogging Windows (official)

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