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Top 10 Tech Distractions

Here’s a quick look at what the Wikipedia definition of what a ‘distraction’ is; “Distraction is the process of diverting the attention of an individual or group from a desired area of focus and thereby blocking or diminishing the reception of desired information”. Now that you’ve looked at another website’s definition, I hope you were distracted enough to not notice the doomsday device I just planted. Anyway, we’ve got a brand new Top 10 for you to check out! No doomsday device here.

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vTime Has Arrived

As if there were any doubt left, it looks as though virtual reality in its various guises is finally here to stay. It may have taken a few false starts to get it fully off the ground, but there’s now a market, competition, content, affordable kits (as well as the flashy overpriced ones) and perhaps more importantly there is more than just games. I think the success or failure of the genre may very well have ridden on how thoroughly the possibilities it offered were explored, and they are most certainly being toyed with, even if the depths have yet to be fully examined. (more…)


What’s On At GeekOut

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Here at GeekOut South-West, we actively encourage one another to work on projects, or to attend events – and hey, that’s exactly what I’m going to chat to you today. Join Timlah and Joel as we look through our upcoming activities and events that we just have to burst out and scream about!

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GeekOut Updates – Nov ’15

Another crazy month with so many reasons to celebrate, GeekOut has passed 2 years old and we’re getting more views than ever before. We’re truly grateful for all of the support you give to both Joel and myself. Join me as I look through my favourite posts of the past month and a quick chat about the activities and projects we’ve got going on here on GeekOut.

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Kickstarter Highlight – The Gamers: Natural 20

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It has been a while since we promoted a Kickstarter campaign, but we do keep stumbling upon projects that get us excited enough to talk about, and my all time favourite production company are back with another project to keep me entertained. (more…)


Virtual Reality Social Media

Did anybody not see this coming?

Social media is kind of the biggest industry out there, we evolved to be social creatures so finding a means to monetize the need to interact with one another is theoretically easy money, just ask MySpace.

Ok, so that’s kind of a cheap shot. But the marketplace has seriously opened up over the last few years, with dozens of sites bringing their own unique spin and method of sharing: Facebook and Tumblr have versatility, Instagram and Snapchat have the greater focus on rapid image sharing, and Twitter has rapid spread of ideas and popular news.

What they lack is a level of personal interaction, face to face conversation and a degree of body language that not even Skype can provide. Enter virtual reality, we’ve longed for a means of immersing ourselves utterly in an entirely mutable environment, one shaped by our wants and desires that we can populate with elements of our personality. It didn’t take too long for someone to put the idea into practice. Introducing vTime:

Starship are a British company working in VR and AR ideas and products, and vTime is their next major project, expected to launch next month for PC and Android. While it’s fully compatible and intended for VR headsets like Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear and Google Cardboard, anyone with the program or the app can join in on discussions, or simply observe.

I like this idea! I really do, and while VR is still in the long slow climb to claiming its place amongst the major gaming and tech products it’s birthed a wide variety of exciting products. While I think that as a concept using VR for social interaction has a long way to go, once it’s off the ground and people have their hands on it, it can be adjusted and improved and eventually it could become a dominant force on the market. Of course at some point they’ll have to stop improving and adjusting or risk becoming Facebook.

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Games like Second Life and Habbo Hotel may be fading from the public eye but they still have their diligent following. Their explosive market dominance and social MMO environment grabbed a lot of attention, attention that it still holds today. It’s always possible that vTime may experience the same temporary popularity, but it’s got a unique element that could take it a long way in a competitive market.

If you’re interested in getting involved early, Starship have a mailing list so that you can get up to date information. Otherwise I think this is going to be one to watch. It’s portable when necessary, but deeply involved when you have somewhere to sit. It has some fantastic business applications, a lot of versatility, and a lot of directions it can take in the future.


Twitter Milestone – 1000+ followers!

Hi everyone,

We interrupt our usual broadcasting to give you this shocking message.

Today, 22/07/2015 at 20:00 hours, we finally burst a stat we had been working to burst for a little while. We have been close for a while, simply building an audience up on Twitter, but we’ve finally hit it on the head and nailed it so damn hard, it doesn’t know how to react any more.

I can only be talking about the fact we’ve reached over 1,000 followers on Twitter. That’s a lot of people and this comes just before Kitacon. I’d like to extend my thanks to each and every one of the Twitter followers out there and now I invite people to like us on Facebook too, where we’ve hit an impressive 140 likes. We’re really happy to have come this far in such a short amount of time, because the geek community is absolutely phenomenal.

From humble beginnings...

From humble beginnings…

Couple all this with our Meetup members, which as reached an incredible 493 members! Honestly, I’m utterly flabbergasted at the response this little idea has had… And we’d love to keep expanding and building on the future of GeekOut. But that’s a secret.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. You rock everyone!

Regular broadcasting will resume effective immediately. Thanks again.

Timlah, signing out!


World Book Week & World Book Day

Every year around the same time, there is a World Book Week. A lot of people will remember this from their school days, where for some reason there was more emphasis on books during these days… I certainly remember it!

As an avid reader, I thought I’d help celebrate World Book Week and more importantly World Book Day. So if you’ve never heard of this before, or if you wanted to know a little bit more about it – Read on!

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