The rise of virtual reality in 2016

Posted by David Murton on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 10:47 AM

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Read time: 5 - 6 minutes

Virtual reality is one of those technologies that a lot of people have wanted but no one exactly knew how to develop it in a way that could be commercially successful and avoid the criticism that former attempts at the technology had brought about. 

One such failed foray into virtual reality occurred in 1995 with Nintendo's Virtual Boy. While not explicitly virtual reality, the product did place a significant focus on the user wearing a headset that achieved a 3D effect via parallax that creates the illusion of depth. The display itself was achieved through a set of two red LED screens.

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Topics: Gaming, Entertainment, Technology

A week in digital: Messenger bots, Oculus Rift & Twitter's 'conversational' ads

Posted by David Murton on Fri, Jan 08, 2016 @ 10:43 AM

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Read time: 4 - 5 minutes

There has been so much going on in the digital space this week that it felt only appropriate to compile some of the bigger stories into one consolidated blog. From the continued growth and expansion of Facebook's Messenger to the official release date and price point for Oculus Rift being announced, here's what has happened this week in digital.

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Topics: Gaming, Social Media News & Strategies, Technology, Apps

What to expect from CES 2016

Posted by David Murton on Mon, Jan 04, 2016 @ 11:02 AM

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Read time: 3 - 4 minutes

With 2016 now well and truly here, so begins another round of tech events that have become global staples over the years. In January, the Consumer Electronics Show is undoubtedly the most popular. Held in Las Vegas every year, CES allows global brands to show off their latest tech innovations, whether they come in the form of self-driving cars or are the next step in smart hardware. This year, CES is running from Monday, 4 January to Saturday, 9 January (relative to the local time Vegas). But what can you expect to see this year?

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Topics: Gaming, Technology, Apps, The Big News

5 ways to stay in touch online over Christmas

Posted by Camille Storms on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 @ 10:55 AM

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Read time: 3 - 4 minutes

Spending Christmas away from home can be tough, especially if you’ve been far away from loved ones for a while. But luckily with all the technological advancements and globalisation happening these days, connecting with friends and family even while you are away isn’t so hard anymore – not to mention a lot cheaper.

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Topics: Technology, Apps

A very techie Christmas, Day 12: Microsoft Surface Book

Posted by David Murton on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

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Microsoft's line of Surface tablet/laptop hybrids have gone through a number of iterations over the past few years, and 2015 has certainly been the most promising yet. Along with the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft announced the brand new Surface Book - the very first hybrid that not only offers functionality as a laptop and tablet, but also a creative canvas that embraces a pen first mode (perfect for illustrators).

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A very techie Christmas, Day 11: iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Posted by David Murton on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 @ 09:44 AM

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As we hit the second last day of our very techie Christmas series, we turn our attention to Apple's latest flagship smartphones, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. While the 's' instalments of the Apple flagships are often seen as having less substantial upgrades, the 6s and 6s Plus have still introduced some notable improvements over their predecessors.

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A very techie Christmas, Day 10: Samsung Gear VR

Posted by David Murton on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 @ 04:08 PM

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Affordable virtual reality is here thanks to the Samsung Gear VR, which is the first commercially available product to be powered by Oculus. While the bigger brother, Oculus Rift, is set to finally have its commercial release in the first quarter of next year, the owners of Samsung's latest line of smart phones can experience the world of virtual reality now.

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Topics: Gaming, Technology

A very techie Christmas, Day 9: Self-balancing scooters, "hoverboards"

Posted by David Murton on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 @ 02:24 PM

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If you've been out and about, you've possibly seen someone buzzing around on a self-balancing scooter. Also known as a self-balancing two-wheeled board, which is admittedly a bit wordy, these scooters have also been colloquially referred to as "hoverboards". To avoid any disappointment, I wasn't about to lead you into believing you could purchase a board that literally hovers. Any design that has even come close to the famed board from the Back to the Future series can only work under very specific circumstances and with special magnetised floors.

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A very techie Christmas, Day 8: Apple Watch

Posted by David Murton on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 @ 04:42 PM

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In April this year, Apple officially entered the smart watch fray with the Apple Watch. With it, the tech giant laid the groundwork for one future technology that was then integrated into its latest line of iPhones - 3D Touch. On the Apple Watch it's known as Force Touch, which allows the Watch to register different levels of touch-based pressure to perform multiple tasks.

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Topics: Technology, Apps

A very techie Christmas, Day 7: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Posted by David Murton on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 @ 02:48 PM

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In the world of smart phones, Sony's Xperia line can often be overlooked, which is a shame when you consider some of the impressives strides the company has made in this arena. This year was no exception when the Japanese tech and entertainment giant unveiled its new line of Xperia phones, with the Xperia Z5 Premium being of particular note.

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Topics: Technology

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