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In Death: Unchained review: a cool VR rogue-lite game

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It’s a while I haven’t written a gaming review on this blog, so let’s break this long time interval with the review of one of the cool new games for the Oculus Quest : “In Death: Unchained” In Death is a famous VR game for PC by Solfar Studios, and the game has been recently ported to Quest by the startup Superbright, for a new title that has been called “In Death: Unchained” Let’s see how it is! In Death: Unchained video review.

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‘The Walking Dead Onslaught’ VR Gameplay Revealed Alongside Official Release Date

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Step into the shoes of Rick, Daryl, and other fan favorites September 23rd. Roughly 15 months after its initial reveal, Survios Inc. and AMC today announced the official release date for The Walking Dead Onslaught alongside a brand new gameplay trailer, offering us our first look at the highly-anticipated VR zombie-killing adventure in action.

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Cas & Chary Present: Top 10 ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Mods So Far

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Half-Life: Alyx’s Workshop Tools for modding have been out for a while now. This is a set of software utilities that allow anyone to create and install custom add-ons for the game and there’s already plenty to choose from. We tried out a bunch of mods to find out which are worth playing. Cas & Chary Present. Cas and Chary VR is a YouTube channel hosted by Netherland-based duo Casandra Vuong and Chary Keijzer who have been documenting their VR journeys since 2016.

‘Phantom: Covert Ops’ Challenger Pack Update Adds Explosive New Challenges

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A new update lets you blow up even more sh*t from the comfort of a military grade kayak. The reviews are in and players are loving Phantom: Covert Ops. nDreams’ tactical stealth shooter has you stepping into the boots of a highly-trained covert operative tasked with stopping a disgraced former Soviet General named Nikolia Zhurov from triggering WWIII, all from the seat of a military-grade kayak.

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‘The Walking Dead Onslaught’ Gets New Gameplay Trailer, Late September Release Date

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The Walking Dead Onslaught , the upcoming zombie VR game based on AMC’s TV show adaptation of the universe, has announced a release date of September 29th. Developer Survios published a new gameplay trailer highlighting the game’s zombie slaying action.

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‘Hitman III’ VR Clip Confirms PS Move Support, Reveals Impressive Level of Detail

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IO Interactive is bringing PSVR support to Hitman III , the upcoming addition to the stealth action franchise. While there’s still precious little information about the game’s VR implementation, a short clip of VR gameplay has revealed a few choice nuggets to go on. Eurogamer’s Ian Higton received a short clip from IO Interactive where we see Agent 47 nonchalantly pushing a lantern, letting it swing back and forth.

Intel Previews 4-Layer 3D XPoint Memory For Second-Generation Optane SSDs

Anand Tech

As part of Intel's Architecture Day 2020 presentations, Raja Koduri spent a bit of time talking about the status of their Optane products. Most of it was a recapitulation of details Intel has previously shared. The two important Optane product updates planned for this year are the Barlow Pass second-generation Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules (DCPMM) and the Alder Stream second-generation Optane NVMe SSDs.

‘Phantom: Covert Ops’ Gets Exploding Heads, Infinite Grenades & More in New Challenges Update

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Phantom: Covert Ops (2020) , the stealth action game for Oculus Rift & Quest, got its first ‘Challenge’ pack today, bringing a host of new content to get you back into the seat of the game’s tactical kayak. The free update lands today on Rift and Quest, bringing with it five new Challenge Maps. Developers nDreams also say the so-dubbed ‘Challenge Pack 1’ also features bug fixes and some quality of life updates too.

What Types of AR Experiences are Used Most?

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“Behind the Numbers” is AR Insider’s series that examines strategic takeaways from the original data of its research arm, ARtillery Intelligence. Each post drills down on one topic or chart. Subscribe or login to access the full library of data and reports. I ndustry rhetoric about AR’s world-changing status sometimes outweighs evidence that it’s captivating consumers today.

AR Running Glasses Ghost Pacer Shatters Kickstarter Goal, Allows For Virtual Partners

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Runners will have a new way to stay motivated come next year as Ghost Pacer’s augmented reality glasses will allow them to run alongside virtual partners. Similar to ghosts times seen in racing video games, runners can challenge themselves to match a partner’s time and keep pace with them. Continue reading on VR Fitness Insider. Hardware ar Ghost Pacer

The Intel Xe-LP GPU Architecture Deep Dive: Building Up The Next Generation

Anand Tech

As part of today’s Intel Architecture Day, Intel is devoting a good bit of its time to talking about the company’s GPU architecture plans. Though not a shy spot for Intel, per-se, the company is still best known for its CPU cores, and the amount of marketing attention they’ve put into the graphics side of their business has always been a bit weaker as a result.

Star Wars: Squadrons Customization Options Are Incredibly Detailed

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Star Wars: Squadrons is only about two months away at this point from its October 2nd release date and today EA revealed a ton of new details regarding the intricate ship and pilot customization options. We already knew there would be the opportunity to customize everything from the exterior design of your ship, interior items like bobbleheads, as well as components under the hood that affect your weapons and flight handling.

Intel’s Xe-HPG GPU Unveiled: Built for Enthusiast Gamers, Built at a Third-Party Fab

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Among the many announcements in today’s Intel Architecture Day, Intel is also offering a major update to their GPU roadmap over the next 24 months. The Xe family, already jam-packed with Xe-LP, Xe-HP, and Xe-HPC parts, is now getting a fourth planned variant: Xe-HPG. Aimed directly at the enthusiast gamer market, this latest Xe variant will be Intel’s most gaming-focused part yet, and the biggest step yet in Intel’s plans to be more diversified in its foundry sources.

Japan’s 2020 NewView Awards Add AR To The Roster

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This year’s iteration of the NewView Awards, recognizing VR works developed on the Styly platform from Psychic VR Lab, will be adding AR to its roster of submissions, too. Creating VR or AR content on Styly is free , but this year’s awards feature a $20,000 grand prize (the same amount as last year).

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Dark Slope and American College of Chest Physicians Prepare a Virtual Reality Training Program on Intubation

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Physicians and critical care workers will soon have a virtual reality training program available to learn intubation techniques and best practices. This innovative learning tool will be developed by Toronto-based XR company Dark Slope in partnership with the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST). The developers believe that cutting edge technologies are the answer to training frontline responders faster, more effectively, and remotely.

Phantom: Covert Ops Receives Free Challenge Pack In Content Update

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An update is available for free for Phantom: Covert Ops today, providing new content in the form of a challenge pack with some interesting modifiers. The update, aptly titled ‘Challenge Pack 1’, is available on both Quest and Rift and features 5 new challenge maps that add twists to change up the gameplay.

EON Reality Brings Remote VR Assistance to Manchester Community College in New Hampshire

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As EON Reality’s latest location, the students will receive remote AR and VR solutions to use at home and in classrooms. EON Reality, the global leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer for industry and education, announces a new partnership with Manchester Community College (MCC) in New Hampshire to bring AR and VR delivery methods to their remote and in-person classrooms.

The Walking Dead Onslaught Coming This September

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After a year’s delay, we finally know when The Walking Dead Onslaught is arriving on VR headsets and we won’t have too wait long. Survios’ zombie-slaying game touches down on September 29. That much was confirmed by IGN with a new trailer for the game that gives us our first look at gameplay in over a year. Unlike The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, which is set in the world of the comics, Onslaught is based upon the TV show, starring a familiar cast of characters.

Many 'Flu' Cases in Seattle This Winter Were Actually Covid-19, Study Finds

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The start of the covid-19 pandemic in the U.S. may have been earlier and far larger than official records indicate, according to a new study. Researchers found that a substantial portion of people, including children, in Seattle who were suspected of having the flu this past winter likely had covid-19 instead. It also… Read more. covid 19 coronavirus science seattle flu

Facebook’s new privacy tool convinced me to to delete my account

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The tool is a terrifying reminder of Facebook's relentless tracking habits. Features Social Media Facebook online privacy

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The Death of Bon Appétit Is Proof Media Companies Have No Idea What Makes Videos Work

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There are a zillion reasons why I have been mourning the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen. The one that hurts most is that the slow, drawn-out death of one of the most joyful YouTube channels on the internet could have easily been prevented. Read more. bon appetit video media youtube its alive gourmet makes

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Kamala Harris is Biden’s VP selection, and that may be good news for Big Tech

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United We Are Unstoppable Shows There's More to the Youth Movement Than Greta Thunberg

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In two years, Greta Thunberg went from anonymous teenager to international spokesperson for the youth climate movement. To be clear, Thunberg’s role as global phenom is an unwanted one, and she’s often used her platform to highlight other young adults fighting for a habitable planet.

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter passes first test in space

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Nivea Is Testing In-Store Dispensers to Refill Soap Bottles and Reduce Plastic Waste

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It’s now more apparent than ever that the conveniences of plastic packaging are being outweighed by the environmental impact of the problematic material. Ramping up recycling efforts and minimizing one-time-use plastics are critical to reducing plastic pollution , so Nivea is testing a new kiosk that refills soap… Read more. recycling plastic plastic pollution nivea beiersdorf vending machines

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Intel Xe-HPC GPU Status Update: 4 Process Nodes Make 1 Chip

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Continuing today’s GPU news from Intel’s Architecture Day presentation, on top of the Xe-LP architecture briefing and Xe-HPG reveal, the company has also offered a brief roadmap update for their flagship sever-level part, Xe-HPC. Better known by its codename of Ponte Vecchio , much to do has been made about Xe-HPC. The most complex of the Xe parts planned, it is also the cornerstone of the Intel-powered Aurora supercomputer.

Fortnite Booted from Google's App Store Too

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Google kicked Fortnite off its Play Store on Thursday following the unparalleled theatrics of its removal from Apple’s app store earlier today. Read more. fortnite freefortnite apple google apps app store antitrust google play google play store

Solaris: Offworld Combat Delayed To September For Quest And Rift

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Solaris: Offworld Combat, the upcoming cross-play sci-fi VR first-person shooter for Oculus Quest and Rift, is delayed until September 24th on the Oculus Home store. It was originally slated for later this month. The delay was announced today on the official First Contact Entertainment Twitter account with the following message: Important update for you today. SolarisOWC has a new release date: September 24th, 2020 pic.twitter.com/5mxyeHsNBN.

Covid-19 Testing Center Opens on Disney World Property [Updated]

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The Most Magical Place on Earth might be open during a global pandemic , but at least its cast members now have a place nearby to see if it’s impacted them. Walt Disney World finally has a covid-19 testing center that can serve park employees and their families, following repeated demands from one of the park’s unions. Read more. walt disney world coronavirus disneyland covid 19 sars cov 2 theme parks florida california unions disney

New Hitman VR Gameplay And Details Debut In Developer Video

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Hitman is coming to VR next year, and it looks like IO Interactive is pulling out all the stops with its port. A new developer video for the game arrived today, giving us a closer look at new gameplay elements. We saw a few more levels beyond what was revealed in last week’s announcement, but also members of the IO Interactive team are on hand to discuss the work going into the VR version. It sounds like IO is giving this port the proper treatment.

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