Day one with the Oculus Rift DK2, the good, the ugly and the games  So, the DK2 is here and I've spent the day with it. Ahead of our detailed review of the unit, which will land soon, I wanted to share some quick thoughts and impressions with you. The DK2 VR Headset is a quality piece of hardware made from good solid quality plastics. The unit does not feel heavy, despite its extra 60g heft over the DK1, and on the head the weight difference is unnoticeable as the unit fits better around your face with the top strap and cable running over your head. No more breakout box! Only a single, braided cable running over the top of your head. Road to VR

Super-dense computer memory A novel type of computer memory could, in theory, let you store tens or even hundreds of times as much data on your smartphone. Researchers at Rice University have demonstrated a more practical way to manufacture it. The type of memory in question, resistive random access memory (RRAM), is being developed by several companies, but fabrication usually requires high-temperatures or voltages, making production difficult and expensive. The Rice researchers have shown a way to make RRAM at room temperature and with far lower voltages. MIT Technology Review

Blurred lines: Are YouTubers breaking the law? John Bain received his first offer to create advertorial for his YouTube channel in 2010. "A video game publisher asked me to create a video about one of its titles," says Bain. "They agreed to pay for the coverage so long as I agreed to not say anything negative about the game." It was the first of a slew of such deals that Bain -- better known to his 1.7 million YouTube channel subscribers as TotalBiscuit -- has been offered, from posting a product link in a video's description through to elaborate ad campaigns. Eurogamer

Leaked photos of a Motorola pre-production device: This may be the Moto X+1 We've been hearing rumors and seeing at least some evidence of a new Motorola flagship for the past few months. The Moto X was released in August of last year, which makes it just about time for a refresh in the current yearly phone cycle. Recently a tipster sent us a series of photos, claiming that the device is a "near-final prototype" from Motorola. The source claims that what you're looking at is the Moto X+1, and based on the evidence, it seems reasonably legitimate. Android Police

What it's like to play games when you're colorblind The first time I realized my color blindness was affecting how I played games was back in 2004. EA was fresh off of MVP Baseball 2004 and was looking to improve on a game that I still hold as one of the best sports titles of all time. Their big addition for MVP Baseball 2005 was the Hitter's Eye, a mechanic designed to simulate how hitters pick up different pitches coming out of a pitcher's hand. The ball would stay white for a fastball, or flash red or green for a breaking ball or changeup respectively. Kotaku

Preview: A closer look at OS X Yosemite, just in time for the public beta It's not difficult to get your hands on pre-release Apple software. For a mere $198 a year ($99 each for OS X and iOS) you can download beta versions of operating systems from Apple's developer site even if you've never written a line of code in your life. This year, Apple is taking things a step further. The new public beta program for OS X Yosemite officially launches Thursday, taking software that has traditionally been protected from the public by a $99 paywall and distributing it to the first million users who sign up on Apple's site. Ars Technica

Near miss: The solar superstorm of July 2012 If an asteroid big enough to knock modern civilization back to the 18th century appeared out of deep space and buzzed the Earth-Moon system, the near-miss would be instant worldwide headline news. Two years ago, Earth experienced a close shave just as perilous, but most newspapers didn't mention it. The "impactor" was an extreme solar storm, the most powerful in as much as 150+ years. "If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces," says Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado. Nasa

Hold the phone: A big-data conundrum One advantage of being a professor is that you can ramble about your eccentric theories to a captive audience. For example, I often grumble to my graduate students that every time a newiPhone comes out, my existing iPhone seems to slow down. How convenient, I might think: Wouldn't many business owners love to make their old product less useful whenever they released a newer one? When you sell the device and control the operating system, that's an option. The NY Times

Tripping on air: Why game journalists can't describe games It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Super Smash Brothers Melee. The first time I played a game on console was the original Super Smash Bros. on N64 at a friend's house. He warned another friend who had the game not to invite me over, because I'd do nothing but play Smash Bros. I've probably spent more time playing Melee and Smash Bros in general than any other game I own... Gather Your Party

6 TB NAS Drives: WD Red, Seagate Enterprise Capacity and HGST Ultrastar He6 face-off  The SMB / SOHO / consumer NAS market has been experiencing rapid growth over the last few years. With declining PC sales and increase in affordability of SSDs, hard drive vendors have scrambled to make up for the deficit and increase revenue by targeting the NAS market. The good news is that the growth is expected to accelerate in the near future... AnandTech

PS4 Destiny graphics look superior to Xbox One version, but barely A few days ago, the Destiny beta finally made its way to the Xbox One and Xbox 360. It launched on the PS4 and PS3 earlier in the month, but now we can get a good look at the beta running on both of the current generation consoles. It’s no surprise that the last-gen versions are noticeably uglier, but how does the 900p Xbox One version stack up to the beta running at 1080p on the PS4? ExtremeTech

The almost forgotten story of the Amiga 2000 Steve Jobs was quoted that he wanted to "make a dent in the universe", and now, everyone (other than Amiga users) wants to change the history books and erase Commodore and the Amiga from history but, there actually was one Amiga that truly changed the world. Unfortunately, The Amiga 2000 is one of the least favorite or collectible Amigas . Even today, with the most "die hard" Amiga fans, the A2000 often is ignored and shunned as a "big, ugly, tank" tank of a machine. Amiga Lounge

Dynamics of Steam as a sales platform Visibility is everything. It’s so much more important than anything that you can sacrifice everything else to gain more visibility on the front page, but it’s not easy. In that sense, it’s much more important than if you have a good game, good scores, optimum price, good promo materials, and awareness. But all these work to increase your chance of visibility on the front page. It seems. Gamasutra (also, "PC is decimating console, just through price" - Romero)

How to invent a person online On April 8, 2013, I received an envelope in the mail from a nonexistent return address in Toledo, Ohio. Inside was a blank thank-you note and an Ohio state driver’s license. The ID belonged to a 28-year-old man called Aaron Brown -- 6 feet tall and 160 pounds with a round face, scruffy brown hair, a thin beard, and green eyes. His most defining feature, however, was that he didn't exist. The Atlantic