Virtuix Virtual Reality Treadmill Receives £3 Million In Funding

Virtuix the omnidirectional virtual reality treadmill which launched back on Kickstarter in June 2013 raising $1.1 million from 3,000 backers, has just secured $3 million more in its first institutional financing round.

In a similar way to the virtual reality Oculus Rift headset the Virtuix Omni treadmill has been designed to help immerse people in a virtual environment providing them with the ability to run walk and move within the digital surroundings. Watch the video after the jump to see how it is combined with the Oculus Rift headset to provide a fully immersive experience for gamers.

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PlayOn Adding 100+ Channels To Google Chromecast Media Streaming Device

It has been announced today that Google’s Chromecast $35 media streaming dongle will soon be receiving over 100+ new channels for users to enjoy, thanks to new support for the PlayOn service.

The new Chromecast channels include content from CBS, NBC, ABC, Comedy Central and Hulu and no Hulu Plus subscription is required.

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Facebook Acquires Moves Fitness Tracking Applciation

Adding to the list of acquisitions that Facebook has already made this year with the purchase of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for $2 billion and the messaging app Whatsapp for $19 billion.

It has been reported today that Facebook has just acquired the motion and fitness tracking app Move which is available on both iOS and Android devices.

 

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Facebook Reports Their First Quarter Earnings

Recently, Facebook reported their financial results for the first quarter of 2014, which looks quite impressive. The company reports their revenue rose to $2.5 billion in the first quarter of 2014 from $1.4 billion in the same quarter last year, a 72 percent increase.

Another interesting figure is the revenue from advertising, which increased to $2.27 billion, a 82 percent increase compared to the results from the same quarter last year.

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Moto G Smartphone Drive Mode Arriving Soon

Owners of the Moto G smartphone that would like to enjoy the Drive Mode that is available to owners of the higher specification Moto X smartphone, might be inter seed to learn that plans are in place to roll out the Drive Mode features to the Moto G.

Drive mode allows your smartphone to announce who is calling you out loud, reads received text messages out loud, resumes music playback, answer calls hands-free and prompts you for a text message quick reply for people who are calling or texting you whilst in Drive Mode.

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Apple iOS 7.1 SDK Source Code Indicates Siri Maybe Arriving On Apple TV

Source code discovered in the latest Apple iOS 7.1 SDK released by Apple has indicated that the company might be looking to integrate Siri into a future Apple TV release.

Pierre Blazquez first found the reference on Friday within the source and the Siri Apple TV codes exist in both iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1′s files. The addition of Siri would enable users to use Apple’s personal assistant using voice commands from their Apple TV device connected to their HDTV.

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Dimple Adds Extra Buttons To NFC Enabled Android Devices (video)

Anyone who owns an Android device equipped with NFC connectivity might be interested in a new device called Dimple, that has been created to allow you to add extra functionality by adding extra buttons to the back of your smartphone or on the side of your tablet.

Dimple is a small sticker with four buttons that require both Google’s Android operating system and NFC support. Once applied to your smartphone or tablet, Dimple’s button functionality can be customised to met your needs.

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Apple TV Sales Pass 20 Million, iPhone Sales Up 17 Percent In Q2

Last night Apple announced their Q2 results reporting stinger than thought earnings of $11.62 per share on sales of $45.6 billion and also revealed a surprising sales figure for Apple TV devices which has now pasted 20 million units. Not bad for a product that started out as a “hobby” for Apple.

Apple also revealed that iPhone sales have been stronger than some expected with 43.719 million units sold, up 17%, however iPad devices sold 16.35 million units, down -16% which is lower than expected.

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New Apple iPhone 5S Advert Takes a Pop At Samsung Galaxy S5 (video)

Apple has this week released a new advert for its iPhone 5S smartphone which in 90 seconds takes you through the features and sensors that the device comes equipped with.

As well as having a small poke at Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone heart rate monitor, which is enabled on the Apple iPhone 5S smartphone using just software via an app, without the need for a hardware sensor to be integrated into the device, as with the Galaxy S5.

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Nest Thermostat Can Now Be Purchased From The Google Play Store

If you are considering purchasing a new Nest Thermostat from the company recently purchased by Google for $3.2 billion. The next generation of innovative home thermostat is now available to purchase directly from the Google Play Store.

The Nest Thermostat Is priced at $249 and has been designed to replace your heating programmer enabling you to control your heating from one place, and connect to it using your smartphone or tablet when required to adjust the settings.

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