SharePlayStation VR – A winner all the way PlayStation VR, known by the code-name Project Morpheus was first announced at The 2014 Game Developers Conference. Few days back, on Oct 13th, Sony launched PlayStation VR. Here’s everything you need to know about PlayStation VR: Tech, Specs, Best Games as well as Price and availability. ImageSource Technical Specifications:- External Dimension – VR headset: Approx. 187×185×277 mm (width × height × length, excludes largest projection headband at the shortest) Processor unit: Approx. 143×36×143 mm (width × height × length) Mass – VR headset: Approx. 610g (excluding cable)  Processor unit: Approx. 365g Display – 5.7 inch OLED display Resolution – 1,920 x RGB x 1,080 (960 x RGB x 1,080 per eye) Refresh Rate – 120Hz, 90Hz Field of View – Approximately 100 degrees Sensors – Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer) Connection – VR headset: HDMI, AUX, Stereo Headphone Jack Interface – Processor unit: HDMI TV, HDMI PS4, USB, HDMI, AUX Imagesource PlayStation VR at a glance:  Sony’s virtual reality headset compatible with all PS4 systems  Price of $399 not including required PlayStation Camera and highly recommended move controllers.  50 VR games to be available by the end of 2016  Significantly cheaper than other rivals like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. PlayStation VR is Sony’s virtual-reality head-mounted display, which requires the PlayStation 4. But, what is VR?? Well, it makes you feel like you are somewhere your body is not. It attempts to fully immerse you into a virtual environment. It’s a virtual world that gives you the experience of being somewhere else in a different time, at a different place, all without ever leaving your home. For those who are wondering how PlayStation VR works, here is the official explanation: “PlayStation VR (PS VR) is a headset that displays a stereoscopic (a different image is in each eye) view of Virtual Reality (VR) content generated by the PS4 system. The headset contains blue LED tracking lights and motion sensors that are used in conjunction with the PS Camera to track the position and orientation of your head in real-time. VR games and applications use this tracking of your head to render immersive 3D visuals and audio that put you into a virtual world. The PS4 and PS Camera also track DualShock 4 or PlayStation Move motion controller, and PlayStation VR Aim controller to allow you to interact with this virtual world.” Imagesource – Benjamín Núñez González   Why do I need a VR headset ? Interesting question, but a simple answer.. The main reason you’re looking to get a VR headset is to play games. At the launch PlayStation VR has some impressive games and moreover Sony has promised more than 50 titles by the end of 2016. Survival-horror, action/adventure, FPS and other genres will cover a lot of experiences you can expect to experience with PS VR. Do I get any demo ? Can I experience it a bit before shelling out my money ? Yes ! When you get PlayStation VR, you get a demo disc which has all the ready-to-play titles. The demo disc is also available on PlayStation store for free download. You can play these demos and then go for the titles you love. Here is the list of some of the best titles available for you to buy now:- Imagesource – Benjamín Núñez González Job Simulator – The game takes place in a highly interactive future world where players can try their hands at a mix of menial and skilled jobs with the opportunity for mischief along the way. EVE: Valkyrie – EVE: Valkyrie is a multiplayer dog fighting shooter set in the EVE universe. If space is your thing then go for it without blinking an eyelid. Rez Infinite – The ultimate version of Sega’s psychodelic rail-shooter adventure Rez, with its unique blend of shooting, rhythm and action. VR Worlds – VR Worlds includes five games: The London Heist, Danger Ball, VR Luge, Worlds Scavengers Odyssey and Ocean Descent. It’s included in the launch bundle. Battlezone – Strap yourself in the Cobra Tank and enter the explosive chaos of a neon-bathed far future Earth and face tanks, turrets, drones and mechanical swarms as you fight for the survival of the planet. Friends and family can watch you as you game thanks to Social  Screen TV – which displays a 2D version of what players are seeing in 3D on your TV. Compatibility Issues ? All the games available on PlayStation 4 are compatible with VR  but only in 2D “Cinematic Mode”, which simulates a large cinema screen inside the headset. For instance, playing Black Ops 3 Zombies on a huge screen. Sounds cool, right? Furthermore, you can also enjoy Netflix hits like Narcos on the cinematic screen without leaving the comfort of your home. PS4 and PlayStation Camera are necessary for PS VR whereas Move controllers are optional. But for the complete VR and 3D experience, Move controllers are highly recommended.  The PS VR Aim Controller, unveiled at Sony’s E3 2016 press conference let’s you aim and take fire in your immersive world. However, there’s no news on its pricing or launch details. PlayStation VR is designed to be fully functional with PlayStation 4. If you’re starting from scratch, you’re spending $800 for a PlayStation 4, PS VR headset, PlayStation Camera, two PlayStation Move Motion Controllers, and a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds. Whereas if you own a PlayStation 4 the complete kit (Launch Bundle) will cost you around $500. In either case, it’s cheaper than Oculus Rift($600, without necessary controllers) and HTC Vive ($800) which require high-end PC’s that already cost more than $1,000. Get your hands on the Launch Bundle as soon as possible as it’s already out of stock with the major retailers. I am in India, when do I get it ? I knew this question was coming 🙂 Indian customers in particular the one’s looking forward to get their own PS VR headsets may have to wait a bit longer. According to Sony, Indian launch date will be “Confirmed in due time”. We will surely keep you posted on the news!   ...

ShareApple Watch Series 2 – It does make you feel ! Apple unveiled the Watch Series 2 alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, just a few weeks ago. The Apple Watch Series 2 brings advanced fitness-tracking features that make it more than just a smartwatch. Here are the specifications of the Apple watch series 2 for the nerdy ones among you. SPECIFICATIONS Processor:   Apple S2 Display:  OLED Retina display. 312 x 390 pixels (42mm) or 272 x 340 pixels (38mm) Operating system: watchOS 3 Sensors:  GPS, heart-rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor Storage:  8GB Water resistance:  ISO standard 22810:2010 (50 meters) Connectivity:  802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz Wi‑Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 We’ve been waiting for a sports watch with all the smart functionality. A watch that reduces the gap between sports and smarts, and that wait is over with the release of Apple Watch Series 2. READ – Google October 4 Event – The Highlights ImageSource – www.apple.com Design and Display When it comes to looks, the Watch Series 2 is virtually identical to the original. It comes in two sizes, the 38mm model (starting at $369) and the 42mm version (starting at $399). The Apple Watch 2 is slightly thicker and a bit heavier. It has similar rectangular display, a digital crown control and a single button on the side. It’s design has barely changed. It’s supremely comfortable to wear. Due to minimal changes in external design, all last year’s straps and bands still fit on the new Watch. A simple button press allows you to remove the straps. ImageSource – www.apple.com   Besides thickness, the only other change here is that Apple made the Series 2’s AMOLED display twice as bright as the touchscreen on the original. It makes reading in direct sunlight much easier. The display blinks off when you put your wrist down or when you’re not doing anything on the watch for around 10 seconds. ImageSource – www.apple.com   ImageSource – www.apple.com The $10,000+ gold Edition style isn’t an option for the Series 2, but it has been replaced by a ceramic option which has been buffed for over two hours and starts at a price of $1249. There is also a Apple Watch Series 2 Nike+ model, which comes out in October. It is still a standard aluminum Apple Watch, just with some extra Nike perks. It comes with exclusive watch faces and a different band with holes that allows your skin to breathe a little more freely. Upgrades In spite of looking similar on the outside, on the inside the Apple watch 2 is completely different. Faster Processor and GPU The original Apple Watch was frustratingly slower in loading apps, but that is not the case any more. Apple claims the new S2 Watch processor is 50 per cent faster than the original and that is certainly true. It still takes a couple of seconds to load apps but load times are nowhere near as long as they were on the previous watch. With a GPU that’s twice as powerful as the old one, everything feels smooth and slick. Water Resistance ImageSource – www.apple.com Apple watch series 2 is water friendly. Now you can wear your watch when you’re swimming or go for a quick shower with it. The watch can withstand up to 50 meters of water. It’s also configured to monitor your swim accurately, with settings for open water or pool swimming included in the Workout app. Apple watch series 2 ejects water from the speaker port. When you take it out of water mode, it pushes out any liquid that might have gotten inside. That is cool, isn’t it? As you turn the crown, the speaker starts making noises so that any water inside it is expelled. The only problem with using the Apple Watch in the water is that you can’t use your fingers on the screen. At the start of a swim workout, Apple Watch Series 2 auto-locks the display to prevent accidental screen touches from water. GPS ImageSource – www.apple.com Good news for active outdoor runners, cyclists, and other athletes, the Apple Watch Series 2 has a built-in GPS. Apple calls the technology “assisted GPS” and defines it as using “a combination of technologies—Wi-Fi, GPS, and locally stored and regularly updated satellite hemispheric data—to identify location. This means you can go for a run without your phone strapped tightly to your arm. Once your activity is finished all the data stored on the Watch is instantly beamed to the Activity app on your iPhone. In use, the GPS works just as expected. Your route gets divided into three different colored line segments: green (where you were moving quickly), yellow (where you were slow) and red (where you stopped). This color code makes it easier to get an overview of your speed over time. But the Apple Watch isn’t entirely accurate. In fact, no smartwatch is completely accurate. Battery Life Battery life has improved a lot with the new Apple watch. It easily gets through the day with more than normal usage. But to get through 48 hours you’ll eventually need to fill it with juice. It’s like a one day per charge watch. Even with the GPS on continuously, Apple watch lasts about 5 hours and 15 minutes. WatchOS 3 WatchOS 3 brings huge experience and performance boosts. It’s also available for old Apple watch but with the newer version, it’s a charm to use. A quick press to the side button will lead you to the Dock of favorite apps. You can customize which apps appear in the Dock. From there you can load apps instantly. The main cluster design is still accessed by tapping the digital crown. You can now share your daily activities with your friends. The Activity app is now optimized for wheelchair users. The functions found in the friends group such as sending your heartbeat or other messages to someone are still available, but now found elsewhere, for example under Messages. Most of the apps have been redesigned for speedy performance. Couple of times in a day, your watch will stop and remind you to do breathing exercises. In practical use, this is shit. Now you can also choose a series of your favorite watch faces that you can switch between by swiping to the left on the display. One of my favorite new features is Scribble. It allows you to write a response by drawing letters on the screen and then the watch combines it to form complete message or whatever. Using on-screen keyboard on watch is still not comfortable so its better to use phone for long typing sessions like big messages and all. There is no “always on” or off option for the main display or a secondary display, which is kind of disappointing. Also, there is still no cellular connectivity   Verdict Last year, the Apple watch was only a fashion accessory with some smart features. Comparatively, Apple watch series 2 has better software, great processor, water resistance, inbuilt GPS and awesome new apps and bands. It’s the BEST smartwatch out there and has most of the features of a sports watch, which makes it a complete package. It’s expensive and always has been, no doubt about that. It still feels non essential, but if you’re in the market for a smartwatch or a good (not the best) sports watch or you’re just a gadget freak hunting for some cool and worthy gadgets, then Apple watch series 2 is perfect. ImageSource – www.apple.com ...

ShareWhich is the best choice for a budget of Rs 30,000/- ? Read On… There are a lot of options available when it comes to choosing a high-end DSLR, but not limited to a budget price. Photography has come a long way in creating a niche for itself even for those who are not a professional photographer. Among the options available around, I feel the CANON EOS 1200D to be the best choice. Priced at around Rs 27,000, this camera is simply tailor-made for those who are stepping into the shoes of becoming a Pro 🙂 Specifications 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor High-performance DIGIC 4 image processor ISO 100-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) bright to dim light shoot EOS full HD movie mode? Scene intelligent auto mode to deliver expertly optimized photos 9 Points (Cross Type AF Sensitive to f/5.6 with Center AF Point) EOS 1200D digital SLR body 1 rechargeable lithium-ion LP-E10 battery, 860 mAh capacity 18-55mm and 55-250mm dual IS lens Accessories include 8GB card? Interface cable, EOS digital solution disk 2 years Canon India warranty (Should register on Canon India website to get exciting offers)   One of the reason this camera is suitable for new photographers is because it’s easy to use and operate. The user guide too is simple and once you get a hang of it, becomes a masterpiece at this price range ! EOS 1200D has a strong competitor in the name of Nikon D330, at least on papers in terms of the specifications. However, EOS comes loaded with dual lenses combo at a very compelling price which makes it a winner all the way.   Sample Pic – ImageSource NB: The sample image has been Optimized for the Blog post. READ : How to Speed Up your Blog Below are the important Pros and the Cons which you can consider while choosing this :- Pros A great choice for the newbie DSLR users. It has an intuitive menu and controls layout which doesn’t take much time to get familiarized with it once you get a hands on. There are a lot of tutorials on YouTube that you can go through to get a better idea for the set up The dual lenses combo is a great add-on. It comes with almost everything that a beginner needs to get started. In fact the auto mode also produces stunning results Canon is a pioneer in the field of Photography and is trustworthy and very reliable brand Easy to hold and handle Doesn’t compromise on key features even though it’s an entry-level DSLR. It can do almost anything that a mid level DSLR camera can do Good battery life. Sufficient to last an entire day’s session Bright 3 Inch LCD screen for Live view Product has received fantastic reviews across all major online and offline stores Cons Video recording mode lacks the auto focus ability No rotatable LCD, this however is expected at an entry-level DSLR The Camera bag that accompanies the product is not up to the mark, and you may want to look out for other options Doesn’t support standard AA batteries which is the case in most of the DSLR If photography is your newly owned passion and budget is of a paramount importance, then this is for you ! BUY Do share your experience if you own a EOS 1200 . How many of you feel it’s one of the best in this range ? ...