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 Friday, 8-April-2016  13:07:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

HTC have a new Vive VR setup, with coverage on Tweaktown and PC Perspective. The Vive is a ‘whole room’ VR experience. You’re not sitting at a desk with a game controller. Instead, you are holding a pair of controllers that behave more like extensions of yourself (once you get used to them, that is). Making all of this work took some extra pieces included with the kit, and the electronics technician in me was dying to know just what made this thing tick. I’d imagine other readers of this site might feel the same, so I thought it appropriate to do some digging and report my findings here.

OCAU member tired spotted this article about the cultural power of video games. For almost as long as there has been modern rock music, there has been video games. Rock music has been ubiquitous for decades; video games still often seem like some odd cultural novelty. All the editorials of the last three decades pointing out how much more money video games make than blockbuster films have not been able to change this perception. Something weird happened to video games that prevented them, for decades, from acquiring the same cultural clout as their film and music counterparts. Even as they made million of dollars and raked in huge audiences, video games remained on the cultural margins.

Mashable have a photo archive from the early days of Silicon Valley. Because Steve trusted me, so did the other leading innovators of Silicon Valley. I gained insider access to their secret labs, boardrooms, offices and homes for 15 years as they built the technology that shapes our world today. It was a time of extreme sacrifice, struggle and sublime creativity, and many paid a high price.

The slightly oddball benchmark Catzilla now supports 4K. In connection with the latest trends, Mega Cat returns expanded to test your computer's performance in 4K resolution. In the latest version, we have drawn conclusions from several years of previous experience and conversations with users. The presentation of test results became more simple, which at the moment are easy to read not only by professionals but also by ordinary computer users.

Google Maps will now let you explore the Bat Cave. You can explore Batman's world, both above and below ground, in an interactive Google Maps stroll through the Wayne residence. This is one time when it's fine to be a nosy voyeur, picking your way through the billionaire's private residence. The detail is impressive. You can see the texture on the floor and practically count the individual paper clips on Wayne's desk. But enough about the mansion. Head down below into the Batcave and admire the work that went into building the sets and props.

Meanwhile Zane Lamprey, more famous for his drinking shows, toured The Google Campus. What's it like to work at GOOGLE? We visited the hugely awesome campus to find out. (And I broke way too many Google bikes along the way.)

If you're hankering for more Star Trek, check out Star Trek - Horizon. Star Trek - Horizon is a feature-length fan film made by a single filmmaker as a personal passion project and love letter to Enterprise, the fifth Star Trek series. Pre-production began in December of 2012 and this 3-year-long odyssey concluded on February 25th, 2016. It's been a long road, getting from there to here. Discussion here.

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