The Valve Index is for PC gamers who use Steam VR…and you may not need all its parts. Sarah Tew/CNET There are plenty of PC-connected VR headsets, and most of them work the same way: a set of full-motion controllers, a bulky head display that has a long thick cord going to your PC. Maybe it has extra room sensors you need to set up. Maybe it doesn’t. The Valve Index is not much different from other PC VR headsets in that regard (see also: Oculus Rift S, HTC Vive, or Microsoft’s VR offerings). It’s not wireless, it doesn’t have eye tracking, and it hasn’t reinvented a way to not be a bulky, cabled headset.But it is probably one of the best PC VR headsets of the moment, and its wild new controllers feel like the future.And yet I recently had a realization I never thought of the first time I tried the hardware weeks ago: this doesn’t feel like a new system. That’s because you don’t need to buy all of it if you’re already someone who owns an HTC Vive.Now that the Valve Index is available (although current shipping times put new orders into mid-September), here’s my guide on how to consider whether to buy it — or which part of it.All the stuff in the Valve Index $999 package (you don’t need the sensor boxes if you already own a Vive). Scott Stein/CNET Welcome to the modular VR world of SteamI mean, of course, Valve Index is a new VR system. Index is a new head-mounted display, there are new controllers, and there’s a $1,000 box that includes all of this along with little boxes to mount in your room to track your movements.But what’s cool about the Index is it’s all made on the same Steam VR platform that the HTC Vive uses. You could mix and match Vive hardware and Valve Index hardware. This is, in a way, an HTC Vive 2.HTC isn’t making the Valve Index, to be clear. Vive still exists, and Valve Index will exist alongside it. But you can mix and match Vive and Valve Index hardware, both of which use Steam VR. Which means, if you already own a Vive, and you’re Valve Index-curious, you may want to just buy the Index’s super-cool new controllers instead, spend $279, and consider that your upgrade.Take a look at Valve’s different piecemeal part offerings for yourself. It felt a little tight-fitting over my glasses. Sarah Tew/CNET Index headset: Excellent video and audio, but…The Valve Index’s headset does look great, optically. The LCD resolution is sharp (1,440×1,600, same as the Vive Pro and Oculus Rift S, but lower-res than the HP Reverb), and the extra field of view (about 130 degrees) reduces the VR scuba-goggles feel. A faster 120Hz frame rate makes things feel even smoother-moving and more present (there’s an experimental 144Hz mode in Steam VR, but I haven’t felt the need). The hovering pull-down speakers on the sides deliver booming, crisp sound. In that sense, it’s a head-mounted display that feels really good.However, the Valve Index lacks a few things. It’s not wireless, which means you need a cable tether. The Index’s streamlined cable setup skips the clunkier breakout box on the Vive, but it’s still a big cable (it needs DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.0 on your PC, plus a power outlet to power the headset).The Index also lacks eye tracking, a technology that should greatly impact control and graphics quality in future VR. Eye tracking isn’t really in non-enterprise VR yet (the Vive Pro Eye has eye tracking but only for enterprise use, and it costs a fortune). But still, it’s a missing feature.The Index doesn’t do self-contained room tracking, either. The Oculus Rift S and Microsoft’s VR headsets like the HP Reverb use cameras in the headset, and that’s it. The Valve Index still needs little light-emitting boxes to be installed in the room you’re in. It’s the same tech, basically, that the original 2016 Vive used. The 2.0 version of these sensor boxes can enable a large room to turn into a holodeck, and the tracking is really good — but it’s extra gear you need to set up.Finally, like most VR headsets, even though the resolution’s good, it’s not “retina-level.” Meaning, you can still see pixels. I’ve only ever seen one retina-level VR headset, and it costs $6,000. Someday, it’ll arrive to all headsets. Again, just a reminder that the Index isn’t the uber-headset.These are excellent controllers. Not many games take advantage of the wild finger tracking yet. Sarah Tew/CNET The controllers are great upgrades, but app support variesThe Valve Index controllers, as I’ve said, feel like the overdue sequel to the original Vive VR controllers. They’re great, they feel comfy and can track all your fingers like magic gloves. They can register force when you squeeze them. They feel like the future of VR input.They also have some nice extras that the Vive controllers lack, like buttons and analog sticks. That makes them serve as more-capable game controllers, much like the Oculus Touch controllers.It’s great that these controllers can work with all the games and apps that support Vive’s controllers, so there’s a deep library to tap into. They can be your Vive replacement controllers, easily.But that being said, only a handful of games take advantage of the Index controllers’ unique qualities right now. A list, if you’re curious:Space JunkiesMuseum of Other Realities#SkiJumpGarden of the SeaVacation SimulatorFujiiTrover Saves the UniverseAperture Hand LabsShadow Legend VRVRChatOnwardPavlov VRArizona SunshineSpace Pirate TrainerFruit Ninja VRSuperHot VRHot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesPokerStars VRVanishing RealmsCosmic TripNeos VRAccounting+Job SimulatorTilt BrushJet IslandDuck SeasonWindlands 2MossEcho GrottoBlade & SorceryBigscreen BetaClimbeyBeat SaberCompoundAnd, even in that list, some games don’t really do much with the extra finger tracking. The brilliant Aperture Hand Lab is a great demo app that shows what experiences could do when designed with these controllers in mind. But how many games and apps will bother to do that?The Valve Index controllers have analog sticks and buttons and a trackpad, a big improvement on Vive’s older controllers. Sarah Tew/CNET Not the same wireless freedom as Oculus QuestThis is a totally unfair comparison… but the $399 Oculus Quest, all self-contained and wireless, not needing any PC at all, was a more surprising experience to me than Valve Index. I love the Quest’s easy-on, instant-start satisfaction. Admittedly, it’s a totally different proposition: it’s using a mobile chip and has a limited closed-off curated library of games. It’s not as powerful as Valve Index.Again, sorry for the comparison. But I want VR to become more effortless and wire-free, easy to be immersed in. Valve Index isn’t that. You need a PC. You need those sensor boxes in your room. There’s a long, thick cable. It is, however, an improved set of hardware that the Steam VR platform needed, and those Index controllers are really great. I just don’t know, at this point, whether it’s worth your money to dive in. Computers Gaming Post a comment 0 Tags Share your voice Steam Valve Virtual Reality HTC
Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) or jet fuel prices have increased 3 percent to Rs 46,826 per kilolitre, which came into effect from October 1. This is the first month the jet fuel prices rose after two consecutive months of decreasing costs.Last month, the prices fell by 3.8 percent. In a statement, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) said the price for international carriers has been fixed at $494 for October. It was $480.31 in September after the prices fell.ATF prices account for nearly 30-35 per cent of operating costs for airlines and directly impacts profit margins. The prices differ in different cities.The jet fuel price rise also seems to have impacted the share price of domestic carriers. Following the news, the SpiceJet stock was trading at Rs 60.25 at around 10:25 am on Monday, up 2.99 percent from its previous close. Similarly, the InterGlobe Aviation shares were trading at Rs 934.75 apiece, up 2.04 percent from its previous close around the same time. Jet Airways shares rose 3.95 percent and were trading at Rs 495 apiece on the Bombay Stock Exchange.The Indian Oil stock was trading at Rs 601.45 at around 10:30 am on Monday, up 3.21 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.The revised ATF prices, new and Old (per kilolitre) are:CitiesCitiesNew Price (Oct 1)New Price (Oct 1)Old price (Sept 1)Old price (Sept 1)CitiesDelhiNew Price (Oct 1)Rs 46, 826Old price (Sept 1)Rs 45, 411CitiesKolkataNew Price (Oct 1)Rs 51, 562Old price (Sept 1)Rs 50, 265CitiesMumbaiNew Price (Oct 1)Rs 45, 743Old price (Sept 1)Rs 44, 418CitiesChennaiNew Price (Oct 1)Rs 49, 474Old price (Sept 1)Rs 48, 108 MumbaiRs 45, 743Rs 44, 418 KolkataRs 51, 562Rs 50, 265 ChennaiRs 49, 474Rs 48, 108 DelhiRs 46, 826Rs 45, 411 CitiesNew Price (Oct 1)Old price (Sept 1)
Los Angeles-based Snapchat, an image messaging and multimedia mobile application, has privately filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO). The company filed its papers with the US Securities and Exchange Commission well before the US presidential elections.People familiar with the company’s developments told Bloomberg that the firm is targeting a valuation of about $20 billion-$25 billion in the listing, which is expected to be out by March 2017. So far, no final decision has been taken regarding the size of the IPO or the timing.Companies that have revenues less than $1 billion can secretly file for a public offering. It allows the firms to quietly test the investors while keeping their financial confidential. The photo-messaging app is aiming to raise about $4 billion with a valuation of about $25-$35 billion.Snapchat has hired Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group to manage its IPO. Additionally, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Deutsche Bank AG, Barclays Plc and Credit Suisse Group will also be involved as joint book runners, Reuters reported.Snapchat will be the largest social media IPO since Twitter in November 2013.The company, which started in 2012 as a mobile app, allows users to send photos which vanish within seconds. With an active user-base of over 100 million people, the firm managed to raise $1.81 billion in May, which valued Snapchat at $20 billion.The May round of funding followed an influx of $175 million Series F funding led by Fidelity Investments in March, which had put Snapchat’s value at $16 billion.
Quasars, or quasi-stellar objects (QSOs) are extremely luminous active galactic nuclei (AGN) containing supermassive cetral black holes with accretion disks. Their redshifts are measured from the strong spectral lines that dominate their visible and ultraviolet spectra. All observed quasar spectra have redshifts between 0.056 and 7.54.Astronomers are especially interested in finding new high-redshift quasars as they are the most luminous and most distant compact objects in the observable universe. Spectra of such QSOs can be used to estimate the mass of supermassive black holes that constrain the evolution and formation models of quasars. Therefore, high-redshift quasars could serve as a powerful tool to probe the early universe.Recently, a team of astronomers led by Szymon Kozłowski of Warsaw University Observatory in Poland has conducted a search for high-redshift quasars in Magellanic Clouds. They analyzed the images from OGLE-IV survey and mid-infrared data collected by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which resulted in the detection of 33 quasar candidates.From these candidates, the researchers spectroscopically observed the two most variable ones. Follow-up spectroscopic observations confirmed that these two objects are indeed high-redshift QSOs.”We report the discovery of two high-z quasars, OGLE J015531−752807 at a redshift z = 5.09 and OGLE J005907−645016 at a redshift of z = 4.98,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.OGLE J015531−752807 has an absolute magnitude in the near-infrared I-band of –27.82 mag, and is the most distant and variable object identified in the OGLE survey to date. When it comes to OGLE J005907−645016, it has an absolute magnitude in the I-band of –28.73 mag. According to the study, the two newly found QSOs have variability amplitude of around 0.4 mag at the rest-frame wavelength of about 1300̊A. This is much larger than in other quasars (less than 0.15 mag) at the same rest-frame wavelength but lower redshifts (between 2.0 and 4.0).The researchers noted that these values may indicate that an increased variability amplitude exists in the population of high-redshift quasars. However, they added that a larger sample of high-redshift QSOs with a at least decade long light curves is needed to verify this assumption. The list of such objects can be expanded by studying other quasar candidates reported in the paper, or by future observations using the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) in Chile, which is expected to become operational in the coming years.”This variability issue can be resolved by studying variability of a larger AGN sample at z ≈ 5. This is entirely possible now, because we also provide a list of 31 AGN candidates at z ≈ 5, where all of them have nearly a decade long light curves from OGLE. A sample of high-z AGN with a decade-long light curves will be also increased by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, providing light curves for sources 3–4 mag fainter than OGLE,” the astronomers concluded. More information: Szymon Kozłowski et al. Discovery of two quasars at z=5 from the OGLE Survey. arXiv:1810.08622 [astro-ph.GA]. arxiv.org/abs/1810.08622 Astronomers report the finding of two new high-redshift quasars using imagery from the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE). The newly found quasars, designated OGLE J015531−752807 and OGLE J005907−645016, have redshifts of 5.09 and 4.98 respectively. The discovery is detailed in a paper published October 19 on arXiv.org. © 2018 Science X Network Two bright high-redshift quasars discovered The original OGLE-IV I-band light curves of OGLE J015531−752807 (top; gray points) and OGLE J005907−645016 (bottom; gray). Credit: Kozłowski et al., 2018. Explore further Citation: Two high-redshift quasars discovered using OGLE (2018, October 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-high-redshift-quasars-ogle.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Adarsh Shastri, an Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Dwarka is now the Parliamentary Secretary (Information Technology) in Arvind Kejriwal’s team in Delhi. The former Sales Head of Apple India, Shastri has been entrusted to bring in Information Technology in various departments of Delhi government and convert the national Capital into a “Smart City”. He is also looking after the wi-fi project, one of the flagship
The Imperial Hotel, Delhi recently won the Iconic 2018 award for the Best luxury hotel. In Delhi, the hotel is more than a revered legacy of the imperial times. It is a testimony to the golden chapters of India’s gleaming heritage of bespoke hospitality. And, Vijay Wanchoo, Senior Executive Vice President – who looks every bit a royal Britisher has carved his own graph in the line of luxury leanings.Wanchoo, a distinguished Kashmiri Pandit is impeccable, erudite and deeply spiritual. For him, humanism is at the core of all service. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn winning the best luxury hotel award, he states, “I have walked on the pathway of luxury for almost four decades watching it come alive in many forms, in larger avenues and also inexplicably in finer things.” “I believe luxury is something that continues to evolve and can be experienced in many ways either over the top or inspiring and understated. Luxury has different meanings for different perspectives, but for me it means a grand culture which is a step ahead, individualistic and which stays distinguished,” he adds. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about Imperial, Delhi being a legacy for three decades, he says, “At the legendary Imperial we already have a strong legacy of guests for over three generations. Additionally due to our international market repute based on our historic product and impeccable services, we attract emerging markets who wish to have unique dining experiences the hotel is known for. Our award winning restaurants and bars act as an impetus to deliver measurable positive growth, tapping newer markets and attracting revenue generating sources, consistently.” “With changing times, I certainly see global and domestic brands trying to chart their growth across India’s skyline, vying for supremacy in a suddenly crowded Indian hotel market. However, since our strategy has always rested on providing our guests a unique experience and a personalized service, it has never really affected us. It is all about creating a home away from home for our loyal guests. For instance, to bring home a true Indian experience at The Imperial, I introduced Namaskar to welcome guests. Further we have been celebrating all Indian festivals to keep the guests abreast with Indian culture, we pioneered The Imperial Culinary Club for promoting Imperial cuisine and even launched an experiential stay for the single lady traveler with the Eliza wing,” adds Wanchoo, explaining how the hotel balances domestic and global demands. As Vice President Wanchoo has worked on growth potential. ” For increasing our growth potential, we initiated specialized art tours for guests to explore rich history and fine art across the hotel and also the Afternoon tea at the Atrium was introduced for a traditional English High Tea experience,” adds Wanchoo. These are a few of the extremely popular programs for discerning guests at The Imperial. The list evolves each year for making The Imperial experience unforgettable. “Our strongest support system remains Food & Beverage and as liquor tops the chart, I would give a substantial weightage to wine and beverages in the revenue pie. Our Bars – 1911 Bar and Patiala Peg enjoy one of the most fascinating, extensive and the biggest wine list in the city and are reckoned for their royal fables, signature drinks and elaborate snack menus,” he adds explaining the food and beverage services of the hotel. Talking about brand building Wanchoo acknowledges, “A brand reckoned internationally, our key feeder markets are USA, UK, Germany, India and France and we are looking to reach out to new markets like Australia, Russia and the Scandinavian region. In order to enhance our business we focus on more specific road shows in our feeder markets to tap new clients and participate in specific appointment based travel marts like WTM, ILTM and other luxury travel marts to showcase our iconic hotel.” The Imperial rests on a repertoire of always being considered as a classic fountainhead for luxury in map of hospitality.
ACAPULCO — Tourism to Acapulco is up 11% over last year, according to the Secretary of Tourism of the State of Guerrero.Acapulco received 770,000 visitors July 10 – Aug. 19, an 11% jump over the same period last year, while city hotels were reporting an average occupancy of 65%, reaching peaks of up to 93.9% over certain weekends.“Local and international visitors continue to chose Acapulco as their preferred vacation destination. We are seeing that every year the number of tourists Acapulco receives increases, which corroborates that the city is back in the game, and ready to be, once again, one of Mexico’s premier destinations,” said Ernesto Rodriguez Escalona, Secretary of Tourism for the State of Guerrero. He adds: “We expect this improvement in tourism influx to continue in the coming years as Acapulco makes important updates to serve the visitor demand, such as the modernization of the infrastructure.”Over the last few years Acapulco has undergone extensive renovations of its tourism infrastructure. In May 2018 it inaugurated a new terminal of the international airport (ACA), increasing its arrival capacity to 1.3 million passengers. The new building was created with an eco-conscious concept that aims to reduce its environmental impact, and features the latest in airport technology, say officials. The city has also received a billion-dollar investment from Grupo Autofin, a private conglomerate that includes the launch of XTASEA, the world’s largest over-the-ocean zipline, the building of an eco-amusement park, a tennis stadium and a medical centre. Many of Acapulco’s best-known hotels have undergone renovations as well. Travelweek Group Posted by Acapulco sees double-digit jump in tourism numbers Tags: Acapulco, Mexico, Statistics Share Friday, August 31, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>