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Razer Stargazer Review – The Depth-sensing HD Webcam with Intel RealSense Technology

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Source: PCWorld

 

Streaming games have been always popular. Gamers are often forced to use green screens to avoid the vision of the living room behind to place their performance in action. However, green screen arrangement is a costly affair; hence, Razer Stargazer is touted to be the best solution for gamers. It is an external webcam with Intel RealSense 3D camera. If you are thinking of streaming games on YouTube or Twitch live, you can name Razer Stargazer as the only choice.

Razer Stargazer Design

Source: TechSpot

 

It is bulkier and more attractive than a standard web camera. It is a black large tube with a size of 5.1 inches and 1 inch thick, having three large sensors placed at the front. A color sensor, an infrared sensor, and an infrared laser projector are positioned and raised at the sides of the microphones to help you to adjust the camera angle.

The cable is 8.2 feet long providing maximum room to connect the camera to the gaming desktop or gaming laptop. The braided micro USB is removable and can be changed if broken. Razer’s Stargazer offers straight competition to Logitech’s webcam for its great hinged design; though it would stay in place if you don’t touch it, but you may want to use a tripod to keep it intact.

Intel RealSense Technology

Source: Razer Insider

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The Stargazer supports Intel’s RealSense Technology for effective depth perception and dynamic background removal. It basically means that it uses various 3D sensing technologies to get depth perception, gesture control, interior mapping, 3D imaging and interior tracking. It offers great creativity, flexibility and freedom to game steamers.

The technology responds to facial expressions and hand gestures allowing you to interact more naturally. Effective background removal is another capability of Razer’s utilization of Intel RealSense Technology which enables no need of a green screen. The Stargazer would perform facial recognition with the biometric ability of Windows Hello. The limitation is that it can be used only with Windows 10 and sixth generation or later Intel core CPUs. Hence, if you are using Windows 7 or 8, or an earlier version of CPU, you are out of the race. Stargazer has brought Intel RealSense Technology to the masses on YouTube and Twitch.

The powerful difference between Razer’s Stargazer and Logitech’s C922 is that Razer has the RealSense Depth perception camera that helps to locate an object by recognizing its distance whereas Logitech removes the background by its “Intelligent Sharp Recognition”  created by Personify. It can be concluded from the tests that RealSense works better in this aspect. With different light setups, Stargazer with RealSense identifies the object quickly without fail. It effectively reacts to sudden changes and removes backgrounds excellently.

Picture and Sound Quality

Source: CNET

 

It captures quality photos and videos with great sound. Capturing video at 720p at 60fps is perfect for streaming on YouTube and Twitch. With strong color accuracy, you would absolutely be clear on your Skype calls and not the sharpest one on Twitch. Hence, in terms of picture quality in low light settings, Stargazer cannot compete with the C922. Stargazer has good microphones, and is the best at eliminating the ambient noise.

Software Settings

Source: Razer

 

Stargazer does not involve too much of software. The only aspect of requirement is Razer Synapse– it is the program to be installed to configure laptops and peripherals. If you already own a Razer mouse or keyboard, it will be smooth.

The Razer Stargazer couldn’t fulfill all our expectations. It is retailing for $150 on Amazon; and for that you get a very good way of removing the natural backgrounds, but with average picture quality and good noise cancellation. But where it fails is in respect to producing crisp visuals which its competitor, the C922 does. Ultimately, if you do not want to fiddle around with a green screen, then go ahead and get the Stargazer.

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Apple recalls 15in MacBook Pro laptops over battery fire risk

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Apple is recalling some of its 15in MacBook Pro laptops over a battery fire risk.

The company said on Thursday that a limited number of its largest laptop line, sold between September 2015 and February 2017, contained batteries that “may overheat and pose a safety risk”.

Apple asked customers with MacBook Pro (Retina, 15in, Mid 2015) laptops to stop using the machines immediately and to seek to have the battery replaced as soon as possible, which would be done free as part of the recall. It said the service may take one to two weeks.

The company said anyone with the model, which cost upwards of £1,599, should cross-check the serial number of the machine on the Apple recall site. The serial number could be found by clicking on the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen and choosing “About this Mac”.

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““Customer safety is always Apple’s top priority, and we have voluntarily decided to replace affected batteries, free of charge,” Apple said in a statement.

The battery issues did not affect other 15in MacBook Pro laptops or other Mac products, it said.

Battery safety issues have been taken more seriously across the technology industry since the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone was recalled twice before being permanently discontinued after a series of battery fires.

Despite being dwarfed by iPhone sales, Apple’s Mac line of laptop and desktop computers remain a key part of the business. In its most recent quarterly financial results, Macs brought in $5.5bn (£4.2bn) in revenue.

The third-generation retina MacBook Pro is the immediate predecessor to the current fourth-generation MacBook Pro line, which dropped traditional connectivity ports for the modern USB-C standard and the Touch Bar in 2016.

In April, Apple recalled of some of its plug adapters after discovering they could break and cause electric shocks when touched.

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Apple is recalling some of its 15in MacBook Pro laptops over a battery fire risk.

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Huawei Looking to Grab Eyeballs with Newly Launched Huawei MateBook X, MateBook E, and MateBook D

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Huawei has already established itself as a trustworthy brand across the world. The Chinese tech giant is slowly expanding itself into all areas of the tech industry. This time it has directly come onto the laptop world with the launch of its three exclusive Huawei Matebook models – MateBook X, MateBook E and MateBook D.

All three Matebook models have branched into different areas of devices. MateBook X, for example, is a 13-inch laptop, while MateBook D is a 15.6-inch Notebook. On the other hand MateBook E is a 2-in-1 tablet-cum-laptop. Huawei launched all three of them officially at an event in Berlin. Now let’s take a closer look at all 3 models.

 

MateBook X 

 

Source: www.laptopmag.com

 

This laptop comes with a 13-inch IPS display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and it boasts a resolution of 2160×1440 pixels on screen. According to Huawei, this laptop is all set to come with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The 4.4-inch bezel will make it easier to carry around for sure.

Talking about specs, this laptop is all set to arrive with 7th Generation Intel Core i5/i7 coupled with Intel HD620 graphics. It will come in two variants: one with 4GB RAM and i5 processor and another with 8GB RAM and i7 processor. Similarly the internal memory will vary – either it will be 256GB or 512GB of SSD storage. The price of Mateboox X starts from $1,575.

 

MateBook D 

 

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It has a 15.6-inch screen and seems to be the big brother of MateBook X – but both of them differ in specs. From the gaming point of view, this laptop comes with Nvidia graphics to support high definiti0n gaming. It might come in three variants or you can get the option to expand the memory. It has three options – 4GB/8GB/16GB – when it comes to the RAM.

As with the RAM, you will get similar options with the hard disk drive too. A 1TB of hard disk drive is the highest variant but you can also buy the 256GB or 512GB variants. More features shall be revealed as we get hands on it. For now, Huawei has unveiled this phone in three colors – Champagne Gold, Space Grey and Aurora Blue. It will be available for prices starting $899 up to $1,125.

 

MateBook E 

 

Source: cnet

Do you remember the original Huawei MateBook? Consider this an upgrade of the same device. It has the same basic design though – but there is a 2K panel to view videos this time. According to Huawei, this laptop can hold up to 9 hours of battery life. The starting price shall be $1,125 and it can increase up to $1,460.

All of these three devices come with their own specifications and specialties. However, it seems like they are competing with one another. Huawei’s decision to release all three of them at an event is rather strange. From the name (MateBook), it seems like it is some Chinese derivative of MacBook. Now all there is left to see is how it actually performs.

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Twitch Allowing Steamers to Make More Money with Affiliate Program

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Online game-streaming platform Twitch has introduced its affiliate program that allows non partnered streamers to make more money and improve their popularity among users to be partnered. With an intention to grow a larger community of the smaller streamers such an affiliate program has been initiated. A Twitch partner gets a lot of benefits. A twitch partner gets access to tools, emotes, and various other benefits to grow his or her community.

 

So, this affiliate program is meant to benefit the small streamers with its Cheering with Bits tool. It was launched in 2016 and is based on virtual currency called “bits”, and has a value of $1.40 per 100 bits. The currency is available in 5 denominations such as 1, 100, 1000, 5000 and 10,000.

 

Source: www.vg247.com

 

It is an invite-only program and is not for everyone. Subscribers who have broadcasted up to 500 minutes in the last month are eligible. Other eligibility criteria include at least 50 followers, at least 7 unique steaming days, an average of three concurrent viewers.  With new ways and ideas, Twitch has got a greater idea to increase its active community. This would motivate the creators to add more content for the users and increase engagement per user base. Greater engagement would increase the average revenue per user (ARPU).

 

Online videos have become a strategic tool for marketers to promote their products and capture consumer attention. Live streaming is way to connect to the audience real-time over the Internet. Subsequently, affiliates would get more subscriptions, access to run ads, and get one subscriber emote to award its subscriber. For this, Twitch will use its discretion to choose the affiliate for going further.

 

Source: GameSync Gaming Center

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Twitch is majorly dominated by video game players, but also aspiring musicians, chefs and artists. The expectations are to attract at least 10,000 streamers into this affiliate program. Certain new features would be added into the program to make it more attractive for users as well as streamers. It is an idea to create a system that the viewers would pay the reward to the streamers according to the performance.

 

Twitch’s main rival YouTube has just revised its polices to pay only to those who attract more than 10,000 views and another event happened related to the hate videos or racist videos that have made advertising appear less on YouTube. Twitch has come up with new features after such incidents to grow its community with safe money making methods.

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