Alienware and XPS Getting Oculus Ready

first_imgAs you may have seen, Oculus posted a blog providing some additional detail around what it takes to get Oculus Ready. Alienware has been collaborating with Oculus on their certification program from the start and together we’ve been able to establish the best configuration requirements to drive the ideal VR experience.“Rest your head, jaded traveller. Slip on your goggles and feel the fleshy shackles of your life-that-was fall away with a gentle click,” wrote Rich Wordsworth on the RedBull blog. “Reality is dead.”VR is such a new and exciting frontier and choosing the right amount of performance to power your experience is paramount at this early stage; customers will want to be sure the configurations that power their headsets are tested and proven. With the Oculus Ready program, we hope to indicate to our community that through the rigor applied in our mutual quality testing we have delivered the right solutions with the right performance and at the best price. Pre-orders continue for the Oculus Rift and now, as the Oculus Ready program comes to fruition we’re excited to offer official Oculus Ready configurations beginning today!XPS 8900 SE:  Intel Core i5 6400, Windows 10, 8 GB DDR4 Memory, 1 TB Hard Drive, NVIDIA® GTX 970Alienware X51: Intel Core i5 6400, Windows 10, 8 GB DDR4 Memory, 1 TB Hard Drive, NVIDIA® GTX 970Alienware X51: Intel Core i5 6400, Windows 10, 16 GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA® GTX 970Alienware Area 51:  Intel i7-5820K, Windows 10, 16 GB DDR4 Memory, 128GB SSD + 2 TB 7200RPM , NVIDIA® GTX 980Not only are the Oculus Ready certified configurations uniquely developed and configured for impressive VR performance, we’ve teamed up with Oculus to deliver these systems, when bundled with an Oculus Rift, at a discount. By going through the Oculus Rift pre-order process you’ll automatically receive a coupon for $200 off one of the Oculus Ready Alienware & XPS solutions.  The coupons can apply to any of the Oculus Ready desktops and enable the ability to get yourself a sweet VR desktop for less than $1000. To redeem, look for updates in your Oculus Rift Order History; down the page you’ll see the Special Offers section (as seen below) which will include a link and promo code for your Oculus Ready PC.For Alienware, we’re just as excited to start the VR revolution as anyone, and doing it with our community is what makes it that much sweeter. As we all countdown to product availability and track our pre-order shipments, Alienware will be encouraging the community to speak up on your initial experiences. With an industry transition as big as this, opinions and experiences are sure to vary widely. We hope to drive the conversation around how to get the most from your Alienware VR set-up and facilitate an honest dialogue around the community’s insight and input. After all, we’ve been innovating for PC gamers for nearly 20 years and that would never be possible without the honest and active feedback from our community.So get geared up, get Oculus Ready and let’s all speak up. If you aren’t a member of Alienware Arena, sign up and make sure you don’t miss anything! Follow us on Twitter @Alienware and keep an eye out for us on Facebook. In the immediate near turn, please sign on and watch our Twitter stream as we’ll have the latest updates and information during this awesome, exciting time.&nbsp;</p><p>last_img read more

Skin cells ‘turned into neurons’ by US scientists

first_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Skin cells ‘turned into neurons’ by US scientists by: – May 27, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img 17 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! By Neil BowdlerScience reporter, BBC NewsAn image of neurons in the brain. The researchers claim such cells can be made from skin cellsA Californian team say they have managed to convert human skin cells directly into functioning brain cells.The scientists manipulated the process by which DNA is transcribed within foetal skin cells to create cells which behaved like neurons.The technique had previously been demonstrated in mice, says the report in Nature.It could be used for neurological research, and might conceivably be used to create brain cells for transplant.Reprogrammed skinThe scientists used genetically modified viruses to introduce four different “transcription factors” into foetal skin cells. These transcription factors play a role in the “reading” of DNA and the encoding of proteins within the cell.They found the introduction of these four transcription factors had the effect of switching a small portion of the skin cells into cells which functioned like neurons.Unlike other approaches, the process did not involve the reprogramming of the skin cells into stem cells, but rather the direct transformation of skin cells into neurons.Marius Wernig, an assistant professor of pathology at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, was one of the researchers.“We showed that it is possible to convert human skins cells directly into nerve cells which look and behave like nerve cells which usually only exist in the brain,” he told BBC News.“It was known that it was possible to change a specialised cell back into a stem cell, what’s called an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS), but it was not known whether a specialised cell could be pushed into another direction, other than backwards.”Professor Wernig conceded that there were examples, some dating back many years, where specialised cells have been switched into similar cell types, but he believes this is the first example of where cells have undergone such radical conversion.He believes the immediate application will be in modelling diseases, whereby skin cells from a patient with a known neurological condition could be used to produce new brain cells for research.“It is very very difficult to look into the brain. There is a big skull which protects the brain very well and therefore it’s difficult to image,” he said.“Everything that can be done at a cellular level is only possible after a patient has died, by which time the disease is usually in the final stages and you have no chance of seeing how the disease develops.”Future treatmentsThe technique might one day also be used to create new brain cells which could be transplanted into patients with neurological disorders, he said.Created from the patient’s own skin, these cells would be an exact match for the patient, although there would be many obstacles to overcome, not least the challenge of producing enough of the right type of brain cells.Commenting on the study, Jim Huettner, an associate professor at Washington University School of Medicine, said the research was “convincing and important”.“They have shown similar things in mice before but in humans they’ve discovered some subtle differences which often turn up when moving from mice to humans,” he said.“But the work solidifies the idea that this kind of transition is possible and that it’s not just some fluke in the mice model.”BBC Newslast_img read more

USC ekes out win on the road

first_imgUSC ended the regular season with a 62-60 win at Washington on Saturday, clinching the fourth seed in the Pac-10 tournament at Staples Center. USC won five of its last six games of the regular season.Stepping up · Junior guard Jio Fontan poured in a game-high 20 points to lead USC to a win at Washington. With the win, the Trojans clinched the No. 4 seed in the Pac-10 tournament and will face California on Thursday. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan The Huskies (20-10, 11-7) lead the Pac-10 in scoring, averaging 84.9 points per game, but the Trojans (18-13, 10-8) controlled the tempo, holding Washington to 60 points, which was four points above its season low.After falling behind early in their loss to Washington State on Thursday, the Trojans were determined to get off to a fast start Saturday. Junior guard Jio Fontan scored USC’s first five points as the Trojans started the game on a 7-2 run.USC made its first six shots of the game, and led by as many as 15 points in the first half. At halftime, the Trojans led 36-26, and had outrebounded the Huskies 18-9.Employing full-court pressure, Washington managed to battle back in the second half.With only six Trojans playing more than eight minutes, USC appeared fatigued late in the game.After making their first 12 free throws, the Trojans only made seven of their last 12.The Trojans’ inability to make free throws late in the game allowed the Huskies to reduce USC’s lead.Washington’s Scott Suggs scored with two seconds left in the game to cut USC’s advantage to two points, the smallest margin of the second half, but the Trojans were able to inbound the ball and hold on for the win.Suggs had 14 points off the bench for the Huskies. Washington’s bench outscored USC’s reserves 18-6.The Huskies’ leading scorer, guard Isaiah Thomas, had 16 points, but he missed eight of his 13 shot attempts.Washington leads the Pac-10 with an average of 39.7 rebounds per game, but the Trojans managed to win the battle on the boards, 36-25.Fontan had a game-high 20 points and four assists for the Trojans. Junior forward Nikola Vucevic added 19 points and 10 rebounds, his eighth-consecutive double-double. Senior forward Alex Stepheson also had a double-double, finishing with 11 points and 14 rebounds.The Trojans have earned a first-round  bye in the Pac-10  tournament.USC will play California at noon on Thursday in the men’s quarterfinals at Staples Center.The winner of that game will play the winner of the Washington-Washington State game in the men’s semifinals Friday at 6:00 p.m.The Trojans split the season series with Cal, but the Golden Bears (17-13, 10-8) have won four games in a row.The winner of the Pac-10 tournament gets an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.last_img read more