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Hardware isn’t enough — content is key to mainstream VR adoption

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The virtual reality industry is teetering on the brink of expansion to mainstream audiences. VR is making its mark on a variety of industries including entertainment with box office record breakers like 2017’s “It”, healthcare with applied pediatric medical training and advertising with AT&T’s use of a virtual car crash simulation to convey the dangers of texting and driving. VR’s application... Read More
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ZTE’s Axon M Pushes For a Dual-Screen Phone Future

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Over the years, every so often, companies come along with a bold proclamation: The smartphone was designed wrong. Never mind that it's the most popular device ever created, or that it's occasioned countless markets and upended the way we live. What if it looked like, you know, something else? Usually such proclamations come from some dude with a Kickstarter, or as a Hail Mary from a flailing company. But now ZTE—the world's fourth-largest phone maker—has something. Its new flagship device, the Axon M, is a dual-screened smartphone that the company imagines as the ultimate multitasking machine. Think of it like a smartphone sandwich: screen on top and bottom, computer in the middle. Flip it ope... Read More
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Microsoft joins the VR battle with Windows Mixed Reality today

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Microsoft is launching its own answer to virtual reality today, taking on HTC and Oculus in the process. Windows Mixed Reality will be available in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and headsets are now available to buy. Here’s everything you need to know about Windows Mixed Reality. While Microsoft has picked the “Mixed Reality” naming for its initial headsets, they’re only capable of virtual reality experiences right now. Microsoft’s range of headsets are similar to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and many manufacturers are selling bundles that include touch controllers. The main difference between the Vive / Rift and Windows Mixed Reality is that the headsets do not require separate sensors.... Read More
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Pixel 2 review: Still the best Android phone money can buy

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In our review one year ago, VentureBeat called the Pixel “the best Android phone money can buy.” The Pixel 2, unveiled two weeks ago, boasts some marked improvements over its predecessor: among them a better camera, visual searches, and on-the-spot translation of 40 languages. With these updates, Pixel smartphones remain serious contenders among flagship Android smartphones, albeit with limited distribution. What’s new We’ll go over new features and d... Read More
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Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 ships on November 16: 13.5-inch for $1,499 and 15-inch for $2,499

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Microsoft today unveiled the Surface Book 2, available for the first time in two sizes: a 13.5-inch, like its predecessors, starting at $1,499 and a new 15-inch, the largest Surface laptop yet, starting at $2,499. Both feature up to 17 hours of battery life, a USB-C port, and the latest 8th-generation Intel Quad-Core processors. Surface Book 2 will be available for preorder on November 9 and starts shipping on November 16. While the 13.5-inch for $1,499 succeeds the original Surface Book laptop released in November 2015, there’s also a 13.5-inch starting at $1,999 that succeeds ... Read More
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Google’s Pixel 2 Smartphone Is a Powerful Extravagance

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Now comes the Pixel 2. After testing the gadget for nearly a week, I found I prefer it to the iPhone — though this is mostly because I have always carried Android phones. Android is what I’m used to, and all my digital data is stored with Google, even though my daughters think I’m silly for not buying an iPhone.Compared with other Android devices, the Pixel 2 XL, the model I tested and the larger of the two versions of the device, was also a big improvement. I own a Samsung Galaxy S7, widely considered the best Android phone on the marke... Read More
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Google Pixel 2 review: plainly great

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Without fail, every person who has picked up the Pixel 2 XL has said virtually the same thing: "It feels like it's made out of plastic." I said it myself when I first held it. Of course, neither the Pixel 2 nor the Pixel 2 XL are made out of plastic. They're made out of Gorilla Glass and aluminum, just like every other high-end phone these days. But Google coated all that aluminum with a textured finish that hides most of the antenna lines and also makes the phones easier to grip. Google took what could have been a visually impressive design and covered it up in the name of ergonomics. It literally made a metal phone feel like a plastic one. It chose function over ... Read More
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Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 has more power and a new 15-inch size

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A spec bump and a size bump for a laptop should be the easiest story in the world to tell. For example: Microsoft's Surface Book 2 has new processors, new graphics cards, slightly tweaked designs, and is now also available with a new 15-inch screen. Simple. But for Panos Panay, the head of Microsoft's Surface division, nailing that story is a struggle. He can enthuse about the intricacies of the updated hardware design of this powerful machine, which is designed with a snake-like hinge that allows you to remove the screen and use it as a tablet. He will tell you about its upgraded, eighth-generation quad-core Intel processors, Nvidia graphics cards, and improved ba... Read More
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Umbra lets you instantly view complex 3D images on any device

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Umbra is launching a tool called Composit that will let you upload a complex 3D model to the cloud and then view it on any device. The Helsinki, Finland-based company makes it a lot easier for dispersed teams of engineers and product designers to work on the same project without having to be tethered to a powerful workstation computer. The process is fairly simple. The user installs Composit and uploads a project with a single click. The file is then viewable instantly on any piece of hardware in real time. Composit is a fully automated, cloud-based solution that allo... Read More
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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Review: There Is No Better Android Phone

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If I had to pick the moment I most appreciated the Google Pixel 2, it would be when our airboat driver-slash-tour guide put a hot dog and a piece of raw chicken in his pocket, dove into the New Orleans swamp, and began playing with a giant gator named Who Dat. I’m no social media whiz, but I knew there was Instagram gold unfolding in front of me. So I pulled out my Pixel 2 XL, the larger of Google’s two new models, double-clicked on the power button to open the camera, and starting snapping. ... Read More
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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: the 10 best new features

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Microsoft has been testing its latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update over the past six months, and it's now ready to roll out to existing machines today. While Microsoft’s “Creators Update” naming extends to this latest Windows 10 update, a lot of the features are new additions that will be used by all Windows users. Microsoft is officially launching its Windows Mixed Reality (VR) headsets with the Fall Creators Update, and it’s finally bringing its contact integration to the Windows 10 task bar. Most of the improvements in the Fall Creators Update are minor, and some have even been delay... Read More
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Netflix’s original content strategy is crushing rivals

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When Netflix officially entered the original video content market in 2013, it pulled a neat trick that has left its rivals choking on its dust. The trick? It succeeded right from the start, making great shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. As a result, it made original content look easy. HBO had been doing this for a couple of decades and had made it seem intimidating. But if Netflix can do it practically overnight, anyone can, right? Nope. As result, what seemed like a risky pivot four years ago has now put enormous distance between Netflix and all of its rivals, while making the Silicon Valley company one of the biggest content studios on the planet. That prowess was on display y... Read More
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Conjuring Divinity: Original Sin 2 on my smartphone is why I love PC gaming

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I spent Sunday playing the PC role-playing game Divinity: Original Sin 2 — except I wasn’t anywhere near my desktop. Instead, I was playing the excellent fantasy adventure on my smartphone with an Xbox One controller. I was able to do this thanks to a handful of magical technologies and the open nature of the PC. Let me start by confirming that this setup works well as long as I’m on my home network. I’ll explain how it all works (it’s simple), but I think it’s an excellent way to play a lot of PC games without having to chain yourself to your desk. I stream the game to my Sam... Read More
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How Facebook’s Ad System Works

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Facebook was part of a gradual but significant change in online advertising over the past decade. As more people have moved more of their online activity from PCs to mobile phones, the lines between ads and organic content have continued to blur, particularly on popular social networking service like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.Why did mobile phones encourage this change?Mobile phones offer less room on their screens for ads. Usually, there is only space for a single column of information, and that must accommodate both ads and other content. The result is that ads have moved into a... Read More
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Huawei challenges Apple and Samsung with new Mate 10 smartphones

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(Reuters) – China’s Huawei has unveiled a new line of smartphones that match or even improve on key features offered by Apple or Samsung while undercutting their rivals on price. Huawei aims to distinguish itself through technological advances that will put it on a level playing field with the most coveted premium-priced devices, helping to boost profitability that has been undermined by heavy discounting in the chase for market share. Monday’s product launch in Munich introduced Huawei’s new Mate 10 series, touting high-end cameras, screens and batteries but at prices 15-30 percent below more or less comparable Apple and Samsung smartphones. Huawei was the world’s No.3 smartphone maker by shipment... Read More
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LG’s spirited defense of the headphone jack is futile

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I wrote this in my LG V30 review, but it bears repeating and expanding upon: LG has crafted the best-sounding headphone audio in any smartphone yet. The V30’s quad-DAC audio system is a legitimate technological advancement that delivers real joy and a tangible upgrade over every other phone out there. And it doesn’t matter. It pains me to type these searing words of dismissal, but we all have to face the facts. At no point in smartphone history has audio been a meaningful differentiator. HTC tried it with a long series of flagship phones, including the Beats-branded ... Read More

The internet of things meets augmented reality as Evrythng partners with Zappar

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Evrythng and Zappar are teaming up to blend augmented reality with the internet of things (IoT). How’s that for combining some popular buzzwords? New York-based Evrythng has created a smart products platform that collects, manages, and applies real-time data to drive IoT applications, or everyday objects that are smart and connected. London-based Zappar has created an AR platform that brings interactivity to these everyday objects. By combining the two platforms, product makers can make their IoT objects more interactive. With the combined products, brands will be able to utilize scan co... Read More
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Huge new screen in London’s Picadilly Circus will display ads based on nearby cars and people

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A huge new screen installed in London's iconic Picadilly Circus will track cars and people who pass by to display targeted ads. As first spotted by Wired, the 790 square meter screen can produce 281 trillion different colors from 11 million pixels spaced 8 millimeters apart. It will be the largest display of its type — about the size of four tennis courts — in Europe when it’s switched on later this month. Landsec, the company that owns the screen, says it features recognition technology that... Read More
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Samsung announces Connect Tag tracker that uses cellular IoT tech to help you find people and things

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There is no shortage of little portable tracker devices that you can attach to your keys or your dog to ensure you never lose the things that matter most to you. But Samsung has today announced the Samsung Connect Tag, one of the first mobile consumer products that uses the fledgling narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) standard to connect devices. For the uninitiated, NB-IoT licenses small amounts of LTE cellular spectrum to carry data for low-bandwidth devices. NB-IoT holds many benefits, including greater power efficiency to preserve batteries, strong coverage, support for lots of devices, and it... Read More
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Samsung Connect Tag tracks your kid or pet for up to seven days per charge

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Samsung will release a trackable tag that it says is the first consumer mobile product to use narrowband network technology (NB-IoT). Narrowband networks connect Internet of Things devices through cellular communication bands. The networks are designed for devices that use small amounts of data and power and provides the capability to securely connect to the Internet for location services. The Samsung Connect Tag provides location information b... Read More
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The Best Chromecast Speaker

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Chromecast Audio is one of several competing wireless audio technologies currently being built into speakers. A Chromecast Audio product connects to your home Wi-Fi network, and streams Internet-based audio content. You select the audio program you want to hear using Chromecast-compatible apps running on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Chromecast’s main advantage over the much more common Bluetooth standard is that it lets you play the same audio on multiple speakers throughout your home, which Bluetooth generally can’t do at present. Chromecast Audio is similar to Sonos, but doesn’t support nearly as many music services. You can also play music from a p... Read More
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Oculus’ Nate Mitchell: VR ‘expectations got ahead of themselves’

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Nate Mitchell is one of the Oculus co-founders and continues to be a key leader at Facebook defining the product strategy for VR going forward. While he works closely with the Rift team, he’s also keenly aware of VR’s evolution over the last five years as he’s part of a small group of Oculus executives who helped create an enormous rush of interest in VR when they sold their startup to Facebook in 2014 for roughly $3 billion. This acquisition set off a wave of investment in VR that saw numerous startups funded alongside giants like Google and Microsoft dramatically stepping up efforts to build out VR headset strategies. This year, though, public... Read More
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Germany needs a game plan to effectively prepare its workforce for AI

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In late 2016, the White House published a report titled Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy. It’s a solid work of research and forecasting that proposes equally solid policy recommendations. Here’s part of the framing, from the report’s intro: AI-driven automation will continue to create wealth and expand the American econom... Read More
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Review: Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)

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Do you prefer your candy bars king size, regular, or fun size? I’ve always favored the middle. Regular size bars are big enough to satisfy, but not so huge that I feel that pang of guilt in my sugar-ridden stomach. Buying a tablet from Amazon is similar. You can opt for a cute 7-inch Fire, but there’s a good chance it’ll feel too small. Or you can buy a big 10-inch Fire, which, for some, will be unwieldy. The 8-inch Fire? In my opinion, it’s just right.The latest Amazon Fire HD 8 has a 1,280 x 800-pixel, 8-inch screen that’s robust enough for watching movies on a long bus ride (though the viewing angles aren’t amazing), and ... Read More
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Facebook Announces New Virtual Reality Headset, the Oculus Go

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Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announced the Oculus Go, a virtual reality headset aimed to bring VR to 1 billion people.Detected Closed Captioning: [Music] Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Announced The New Virtual Reality Headset At The VR Developer Conference In San Jose October 11th Zuckerberg Said The New Oculus Go Is Facebook's New Effort To get VR To One A Billion People He Said Quote It's The Most Accessible VR Headset Yet The Headset Is Plan To Be Different From Other VR Headgear That Is Already Available It Will Be A Standalone Headset And Not Require The use Of Smartphones Or A Computer The Oculus Website Says It's Made With More Breathable And Comfortable Fabrics The Oculus Go Will Also Come With A Handset S... Read More
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Why is Oculus making four different VR headsets?

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Earlier this week, Oculus doubled its VR hardware lineup, adding two new headsets alongside the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. The first is a development kit codenamed Santa Cruz, which features full motion tracking in a wireless headset. The second is Oculus Go, a mobile headset with built-in electronics instead of a phone slot. Facebook’s VR chief Hugo Barra says Go and Santa Cruz are supposed to complement the Rift and Gear VR, not replace them. At a time when v... Read More
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ProBeat: Facebook ramps up its VR price war

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In July, there was a single week when Facebook’s Oculus cut prices for its Rift VR headset and Touch controller to $400 for a limited time, a rumor suggested a $200 standalone Oculus VR headset was coming next year, and the company made the aforementioned two-product bundle permanent, promising to make $500 the regular price once the deal was over. At the time, I declared Facebook wanted to start a VR price war. In Augu... Read More
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The DeanBeat: Optimism and despair over VR at Oculus Connect

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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, injected a dose of optimism into the crowd at the Oculus Connect event this week at the San Jose Convention Center when he set a goal of getting a billion people into virtual reality. That’s reassuring in a way, since the Oculus Rift, the Samsung Gear VR, and other virtual reality products haven’t set the world on fire since launching in the spring of 2016. Zuckerberg unveiled a $200 wireless Oculus Go headset, and showed that his company was doubling down on Oculus, which ... Read More
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Sonos, Alexa, and Spotify: An excruciatingly slow evolution

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Perhaps no one was more excited than I was by the official announcement that Amazon’s Alexa would work with Sonos speakers. And now, almost two weeks later, no one may be as frustrated as I am. It had been more than a year since Sonos, realizing it had badly missed the boat on voice-powered speakers, announced a partnership with Amazon to integrate with Alexa. Great! I am the ideal target for this. I own two Sonos Play:1 speakers. And I have an Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. It seemed insane that these gadgets didn’t already work together. Occasionally, I even looked at buying various hubs that might allow them to work in tandem... Read More
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Samsung Electronics CEO Kwon Oh-hyun to step down in March 2018

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(Reuters) — Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday its CEO and Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun had decided to step down from management, as it forecast record third-quarter profits on the back of soaring memory chip prices. The surprise resignation comes as Kwon was expected to take a bigger role following the arrest of Samsung Group scion and heir apparent Jay Y. Lee in February on bribery charges, and the departures of other key executives. “I believe the time has come for the company to start anew with new sprit and young leadership to better respond to challenges,” Kwon, who is seen as Samsung Group No. 2, said in a statement. “We are fortunately making record earnings right now, but this is the fr... Read More
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Samsung forecasts Q3 profit of $12.8 billion, up 179% year-on-year

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(Reuters) — Samsung Electronics said on Friday its third-quarter operating profit likely nearly tripled from a year earlier to a new record, beating analyst estimates as strong memory chip prices fattened margins. Samsung shares touched a fresh high of 2.74 million won soon after the market opened on Friday, on hopes for record 2017 earnings driven by soaring demand for memory chips with ever greater storage capacity. “Memory chips have entered a brave new world. The rate of supply increase has slowed drastically, while demand has exceeded expectations, rapidly lifting prices,” said Kim Woon-ho, analyst at IBK Investment & Securities. “Although the share price has recently seen steep jumps, it st... Read More
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Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-hyun to resign citing ‘unprecedented crisis’

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Kwon Oh-hyun, Samsung Electronics’ CEO and the head of its hugely successful components business, has announced his resignation. He will step down from the CEO role, as well as his positions on the board and as CEO of Samsung Display, in March 2018. "It is something I had been thinking long and hard about for quite some time. It has not been an easy decision, but I feel I can no longer put it off," Kwon said in a letter sent to employees. "As we are confronted with unprecedented crisis inside out, I believe that time has now come for the company start anew, with a new spirit and young leadership to better respond to challenges arising from the rapidly changing IT industry." The “cris... Read More
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Samsung predicts record profits for second straight quarter

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Samsung Electronics’ earnings guidance for the third quarter of 2017 is out, and it’s looking like another record for the Korean giant. The company expects to have made around 14.5 trillion won (~$12.8 billion) in operating profit off 62 trillion won (~$54.7 billion) in revenue; last quarter it made 14.1 trillion won, its highest ever quarterly figure. The earnings would represent a year-on-year revenue increase of approximately 28 percent and a huge operating profit jump of more than 170 percent. Of course, Samsung took a major hit ... Read More
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Project Santa Cruz: Hands-on with Facebook’s next-generation wireless VR headset

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Facebook’s Oculus division is making good progress on its next-generation virtual reality headset, dubbed Project Santa Cruz. It’s a standalone device that has no wires and does not have to be connected to a personal computer, leaving the wearer free to wander around a room in VR. It creates a liberating feeling that allows you to become much more immersed in your environment. Oculus showed off the prototype on stage at its ... Read More
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Samsung’s Gear Sport and Gear IconX earbuds will be available for preorder starting tomorrow

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Samsung has announced that the Gear Sport and its second-generation Gear IconX earbuds (also known as Gear IconX 2018) will be available for preorder starting October 13th. Priced at $299.99, the Gear Sport comes in blue and black and will be available nationwide from October 27th through Samsung.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Macy’s, and U.S. Cellular. The Gear IconX 2018 will come in black, gray, and pink, for $199.99 and will also be released nationwide on the same day through ... Read More
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AR/VR Weekly: Seeking a virtual reality tabletop

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This week, a friend of mine said he wanted to be able to play games like Dungeons & Dragons at a virtual table. Oh, no problem, I said — check out Roll20, an app that helps people gather for role-playing games online. But then he said, “No, I mean virtual as in virtual reality.” Well, duh, I thought. I should’ve known that. But my friend has a point — role-playing experiences could be a killer app for VR. But how would it look? Experiment 7 is working on translating board games to VR with its Magic Table system — it’s done chess and is now gearing up for ... Read More
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Essential will start shipping the white version of its phone next week

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Essential plans to start shipping the white version of its phone next week. The company just began sending emails out to people who still have a preorder on the white model saying that the phone “is ready and we will start shipping next week.” It also tweeted out that the phone would be available in white through Best Buy, Amazon, and Sprint. The announcement puts the white version of the Essential phone nearly two months behind the black model, which started shipping on August 25th. It’s... Read More

Oculus opens Explore API to all Gear VR developers, coming to Rift in 2018

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Oculus announced at its Oculus Connect keynote event today that its Explore API will be available for all Gear VR developers. The API will enable devs to promote their content in the new Oculus Explore section that’s meant to help with app discoverability. It will be available for the Rift in 2018. Using the Explore API, a developer can create Stories around their app or game. These can be used to showcase updates or announcements as well as deeplink to videos or specific content within an app. Oculus Home’s product manager Christina Womack points to a successful push by Samsung VR. ... Read More
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Taylor Swift announces a social app for fans called The Swift Life

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After a year during which Taylor Swift was nowhere to be found, Taylor Swift is suddenly everywhere: on demand on DirecTV, on the sides of UPS trucks, and now, in the App Store. Her new app The Swift Life is a partnership with Glu, best known for cash-grab celebrity mobile games like Katy Perry Pop, Britney Spears: Ameri... Read More
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Microsoft launches Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK, rebrands Windows Store as Microsoft Store

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During its Windows Developer Day event today, Microsoft today launched the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update software development kit (SDK). Developers can download the new SDK now from developer.microsoft.com/windows. At the same time, Microsoft has confirmed that the Windows Store has been rebranded as the Microsoft Store. Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was ... Read More
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Clean up your hive of scum and villainy with these Star Wars robot vacuums

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It’s nearing the end of the year, and Star Wars fans have much to be grateful for. The latest trailer for The Last Jedi dropped last night, and tickets to the flick are now on sale for select parts of the US. Samsung wants to get in on the sci-fi action, with the launch of a new Star Wars-themed version of its ... Read More
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Windows Phone was a glorious failure

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This past weekend, Microsoft made official what was already known for years: the Windows Phone mobile operating system is dead. There’ll be no further development, no miraculous Windows 10 Mobile revivals, and no further attempts to compete with the overwhelming duopoly of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. The new Microsoft, led by Satya Nadella, prefers collaboration over competition — or at least that’s the choice the company tells itself it has made in abandoning its thwar... Read More
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Samsung launches Star Wars-themed PowerBot vacuum cleaners in the guise of Darth Vader and Stormtrooper

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On the same day as fans the world over were teased with a trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie, Samsung has sought to align itself with the insanely popular film franchise by launching a limited edition Star Wars-themed vacuum cleaner. That’s right, the Korean electronics giant has announced a duo of new PowerBot robot vacuum cleaners, a spin-off from the VR7000 Samsung ... Read More
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Netgear adds 1080p video to Arlo Pro 2 security camera

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Netgear has unveiled its second-generation Arlo wireless security camera, with new features such as 1080p high-definition video, optional 24/7 video recording, optional solar power, and support for Amazon Alexa voice commands. And since you can link the Arlo Pro 2 wire-free security camera to your television, now you can see who’s at the front door without getting off the couch. The previous Arlo Pro camera de... Read More
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Nokia Technologies to halt Ozo VR development and focus on digital health and licensing

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Nokia has announced plans to “halt” development of its Ozo VR camera, citing “slower-than-expected” virtual reality adoption in the digital media realm. It was back in July 2015 that Nokia first announced the Ozo VR camera, a device that sportd eight synchronized shutter sensors and microphones for stereoscopic three-dimensional video. With a starting price of $60,000, the camera was aimed squarely at the professional filmmaking fraternity, however the price later dropped to a more palatable... Read More
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The Best Qi Wireless Charger for iPhone and Android Phones

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A wireless charging pad is for anyone who owns a smartphone that supports the Qi wireless-charging standard—including the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, and the past few generations of Samsung Galaxy phones—and who would like to charge without plugging a cord into the phone itself. With a Qi charger, you just rest your phone or tablet on the charging pad to power it up. “Wireless” is a bit of a misnomer, though, because you have to plug the charging pad into a USB port or wall outlet. (“Magnetic charging” may be a better term because Qi uses magnetic coils to transfer energy and power your device, but we’ll stick with ... Read More
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Microsoft almost made a bezel-less Windows Phone in 2014, and it looked great

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Microsoft almost beat Apple, Samsung, and Google to the punch when it comes to bezel-less, full-screen smartphone displays. Windows Central happens to have in its possession a rare Windows Phone prototype device, codenamed “Vela,” that was an early iteration of what would eventually become the uninspired Lumia 435. The device sports the now nearly ubiquitous edge-to-edge display style now being used by Apple’s iPhone X, the Sa... Read More
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Apple investigating swollen batteries in iPhone 8 Plus handsets

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Apple is investigating a series of reports about battery problems with some of its new iPhone 8 Plus phones.Over the last week, six reports have come to light which show the phones splitting apart soon after they start to be used.In all cases the battery inside the phone has swollen rendering the phone unusable.It is not yet clear whether the swollen batteries are a few isolated cases or are indicative of a bigger issue.The first report about an affected iPhone 8 Plus came from Taiwan. Phones with similar problems have now emerged in Japan, China, Canada, Greece and Hong Kong.I... Read More
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Microsoft mixed reality guru Alex Kipman believes communication will be VR’s killer app

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When Microsoft announced its Windows Mixed Reality platform last week, it talked about how the combination of virtual reality and augmented reality (which Microsoft calls mixed reality) would create a new era in computing. Alex Kipman, technical fellow at Microsoft and the researcher behind Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset, went on stage at an event in San Francisco and answered questions from a group of journalists. He did his entire presentation while wearing a new Samsung HMD Odyssey mixed reality headset, and he predicted that communications would be the killer app for mixed reality. That’s why Microsoft acquired ... Read More
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SmartBoy review: Turning your phone into a GameBoy is cool, but it’s also a pain

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The Nintendo GameBoy library is a sweet chocolate box of retro gaming: little cartridges containing quaint, meticulously machine-coded 8-bit treasures. It would be a shame to see these games become lost and forgotten in time. Doing its part to make sure that doesn’t happen, Hyperkin has launched the SmartBoy (available now for $50), a smartphone accessory that hooks up to any handheld Android device with a native Type-C USB port and enables you to play the gems of the GameBoy catalog. All that’s needed is an original GameBoy or GameBoy Color cartridge to slide into the unit. Being the local retro-snoot, and avid fan of the GameBoy platform, I eagerly took it upon myself to give the HyperKin SmartBoy a test run! ... Read More
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Samsung 4K TV, Amazon Kindle, and more tech get discounts this week

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There was an array of new hardware announced this week, such as the Google Pixel 2, the Sonos One speaker, and the Samsung Odyssey headset. While you can pre-order those today, you might be looking for deals on some other great tech that’s available right now. Our favorites includes Amazon’s Sonos s... Read More
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3 best and worst features of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

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Google on Wednesday took the wraps off its new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones, the sequels to the first-ever Google-designed Android handsets. Both devices look sharp, minimal, and sport what the company says is one of the best mobile cameras on the market, with original Pixel buyers able to testify the device line’s prowess in the picture-taking department. But perhaps you’re still on the fence. Maybe you own an Apple product, and you’re simply fed up with iOS, or have no intention of buying the iPhone 8 or shelling out for the iPhone X. Or perhaps you... Read More
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Search On For 3 Men Who Robbed Livery Cab Driver

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It happened early morning on Friday, September 29th. Police just released the surveillance video.Detected Closed Captioning: New This Morning The Search For Three Men Who Surrounded A Cab And Robbed The Driver In Brooklyn This Happened Early Morning On Friday September 29th But Police Just Released Surveillance Video they Say The Men Hailed The Greene borough Cab And Told Him To Drive To St. Andrews Place And Herkimer In Bedford Stuyvesant That's When They Got Out One of The Men Grabbed The 34 Year Old Driver Punched Him In The Stomach The Three Took Off With $100 And A Samsung Galaxy Cell Phone ... Read More
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Google Closer to Using Balloons for Telecom in Puerto Rico

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Last Friday, engineers on Google’s internet-by-balloon Project Loon tweeted that they hoped to bring emergency connectivity to Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria left more than 90 percent of the island without cellphone coverage. Just seven days later, the Federal Communications Commission Friday gave the company a green light to fly 30 balloons over Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for up to six months. If all goes to plan, Google’s balloons will soon help replace the thousands of cellphone towers knocked down by hurricane-strength winds. The balloons would provide voice and data service through local carriers to users’ phones. The details of those arrangements aren’t... Read More
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CCP hopes to capture what makes Eve Online special with new mobile game

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CCP Games unveiled Project Aurora today. It’s a new massively multiplayer online game on mobile that will roll out to a few countries later this year, with a full launch planned for 2018 for iOS and Android. To develop Project Aurora, CCP teamed up with PlayRaven, which developed mobile strategy titles such as Winterstate and Spymaster. CCP, of course, is well known for the ... Read More
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Israel: ‘Startup Nation’ — the good, the great, and the one fatal flaw

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Like many small countries across the world, Israel punches well above its weight in the global startup ring. Until my recent visit to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to find out why Israel was doing so well, I — like many before me — had assumed the Startup Nation‘s “per capita” success was due to just one reason, but I couldn’t have been wider of the mark. My journey of discovery started with an invitation from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who encouraged me to visit the region as part of a delegation of journalists from across the globe. What followed was a whirlwind tour of startups, accelerators, and co-working spaces designed to showcase the best o... Read More
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The Pixel 2 can automatically switch into do not disturb mode when you’re driving

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In addition to announcing two new Pixel phones this week, Google released a new app called Pixel Ambient Services. I know, it's an exciting name. This is the description for the app: "Pixel Ambient Services provides features based on local context for Pixel devices." Today Android Police spotted that Google's provided screenshots for the app feature an au... Read More
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ProBeat: Google did not learn from Apple’s headphone jack removal

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I was pissed off in August when my colleague, Evan Blass, revealed this year’s Pixels would not have a headphone jack. It’s October, and I’m pissed off now, as indeed the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL don’t have a headphone jack. Google has made a calculated mistake. Yes, I know, the headphone jack isn’t going to be around forever — technology moves forward at a blistering pace — and ... Read More
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Save on a Samsung 4K TV, a Dell Laptop, and More This Weekend

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If you're in the market for a speedy new laptop or a 4K TV, we might be able to help you save some money. Thanks to our friends at TechBargains, we have fresh offers for you this Indigenous Peoples' Day weekend. Grab a Dell Inspiron 15 5566 laptop with an Intel Core i7-7500U dual-core processor and 1 TB hard drive for only $469.99 (use code: 330SAVE - list price $799.99). Upgrade you... Read More
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Microsoft starts letting Windows 10 users control smart home devices from their PC

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Windows 10 users are going to be able to treat their PCs more like smart home hubs. Windows Central reports today that Microsoft has added a "connected home" section to Cortana. From this new menu, users can sign into smart home services, thereby giving Cortana control. It's currently compatible with Wink, Insteon, Nest, SmartThings, and Hue. Windows Central notes that it's seen the connected home menu on both Windows 10 desktop and mobile, so it's likely rolling out now. The Verge's Tom Warren reported earlier this year that Microsoft ... Read More
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Google is tryharding at phones right now, and I love it

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At my high school, it wasn't "cool" to make an effort during PE. I distinctly remember being told this during a basketball game where I out-hustled a kid six inches taller than me for a rebound. I paused for a moment, and then went back to hustling. "Nah," I thought to myself. "I'd rather win." Ever since then, I've always considered myself on the side of the tryhards. If you can win with seemingly zero effort, good for you. But in my opinion, it's better to break a sweat than to lose the game. The part of this blog post where I talk about playing sports is now complete. Thank you for your patience. It's hard to think of Google as a scrappy underdog, ... Read More
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Sunken is the hidden object VR game that takes you under the sea

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Sunken is a virtual reality game that plunges players into the ocean deep to explore shipwrecks. Though it’s a low-stakes hidden object game, it’s tinged with hints of H.P. Lovecraft, and the environments evoke a sense of dread. It launched today for the Samsung Gear VR. Tapps Games has a history as a mobile studio. It dived into VR this year, and Sunken is its fourth release. Developer Waldir Rodrigues says that, up until now, they’ve been experimenting and figuring out how to create the best player experience with the new technology. “We are now coming out of a learning and experimental stage of small quick projects,” said Rodrigues in an email... Read More
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Bluetooth won’t replace the headphone jack — walled gardens will

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Yesterday, Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, two phones I’ve been excited about for a while now. They have big screens, a delightfully playful design sensibility, and what promises to be a fascinating upgrade to the previous Pixel’s best-in-class camera. They also don’t have headphone jacks. Predictably, my Twitter replies exploded. Last year I wrote a piece calling the removal of headphone jacks from phones “user-hostile and stupid” in the lead-up to the iPhone 7 launch. Google and Samsung certainly weren’t shy in pointing out that th... Read More
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The Pixel’s missing headphone jack proves Apple was right

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When it launched the iPhone 7 a year ago, Apple confidently declared the headphone jack obsolete technology that we could learn to live without. I disagreed with the necessity of its removal then, and I disagree with it now, but with Google joining the ranks of jack-less phone makers, I think it’s time to accept the inevitability of the 3.5mm port’s demise. According to the two towering US giants of mobile tech, the future is wireless (or, in emergencies, dongle-shaped) and even though that will make our lives less convenient and our tech less compatible, we should all just come along for th... Read More
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Google Takes Assistant’s Fate Into Its Own Hands

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Two smartphones. Three smart speakers. A gorgeous laptop and stylus. An upgraded virtual reality headset. A pair of wireless earbuds that can translate a conversation in real-time, like a Babel Fish. New as of Wednesday, all adding to Google’s existing stable of Chromecasts and Nest smart home devices. Most of them seem to exist for one simple reason: If you want something done right, do it yourself. That something, in this case, is Google Assistant. The company’s pragmatically named AI helper already lives on Google Home, last year’s Pixels, and lots of other smartphones—... Read More
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AR/VR Weekly: Microsoft charges in

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Well, well, well, look who is today’s hero in virtual reality world. No, it’s not Facebook. It’s not HTC or even Sony. It’s … Microsoft, and it signals that one of the other big megacorps in tech is ready to dive deeper into the emerging scene around VR, augmented reality, and mixed reality. Tuesday, Microsoft announced ... Read More
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Google unveils latest smartphone: Pixel 2

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Tech giant Google has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone. The Pixel 2 is designed as a direct competitor to the iPhone and comes with high-end features and a hefty price tag.But is there room in the smartphone market for another premium device? CGTN’s Phil Lavelle reports.Detected Closed Captioning: Designed For You With The Best Of Google Built In And There It Is Google's Second Coming The Pixel 2 Smartphone Yet Another Big Cellphone Unveiling It's A Really Crowded Market At The Moment There Are A Lot Of Premium Options For Consumers To Choose From Events Like these Now Appointment To View For Tech Fans New Speakers New Home Assistants Lords to The Phone Is The Big Attracti... Read More
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Forza Motorsport 7: Comparing the Mazda MX-5 Miata with its video game counterpart

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Everything in life is a comparison test. You have to compare colleges, compare cities, and compare cars to figure out which one is the most viable for you and which one meets your needs. As a journalist, this is an incredibly difficult process because you have to track every detail and compare every specification when it comes to things like how an iPhone 8 compares to a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or maybe a Dell business laptop against one from Asus. It’s not 100 percent objective, of course, because we’re all human, and we have a certain background and perceptions that can dictate our viewpoints. Yet there is ... Read More
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Google Pixel 2 vs. iPhone X vs. Galaxy S8: how the phones compare

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Google has officially taken the wraps off the second generation of its Pixel smartphones — the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. If the original Pixel was a chance for Google stop standing on the sidelines and show the rest of the world how to make a great smartphone, the Pixel 2 looks like what happens when you take an already great phone and put it through a year of refinement. On the hardware front, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL look like they’ll stand up next to any of their contemporaries from Apple or Samsung. Google included a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 processor, better displays,... Read More
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The 5 biggest announcements from Google’s Pixel 2 event

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Google’s Pixel event today confirmed a lot of leaks and rumors, but it also held some surprises and software upgrades developed with machine learning. Marking its second year making hardware, Google announced the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL; an interesting new camera called Google Clips; a new Google Home Mini and Max; a Pixelbook, and an updated Google Daydream. If you missed any of it, we have the biggest announcements right here. ... Read More
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Google’s new Daydream View is designed for your couch, not your bag

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The first thing I noticed about Google’s new Daydream View VR headset is the pink controller. In the original View, all plastic parts were beige or gray, even if you got the model wrapped with rich crimson fabric. Now, they’re coordinated: if you buy the colorful “Coral” edition, you’ll get a coral remote, too. It’s not a big change, but it’s emblematic of Google’s overall goal: re-creating last year’... Read More
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Google’s Pixelbook is the first high-end Chromebook in years

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Chromebooks mostly exist in two camps. The first is the education market, where an entire generation of students have been using cheap, low-end laptops to get their schoolwork done. The second camp is the direct-to-consumer market, where manufacturers like Samsung and Asus have been introducing higher-end models that creep up into the $500 range, but don't have the power or flexibility of a proper Windows or Mac laptop. Now, for the first time since Google discontinued the Chromebook Pixel last year, it’s back in the top end of the market wit... Read More
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The Google Clips camera puts AI behind the lens

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You know what a digital camera is. It's a lens and a sensor, with a display to see what you're looking at, and a button to take the picture. Google Clips is a camera, but it only has some of those parts. There's no display. There’s a shutter button, but it's completely optional to use. Instead, it takes pictures for you, using machine learning to recognize and learn faces and look for interesting moments to record. It took me a while to wrap my head around Google Clips. It didn't land for me until Eva Snee, the user experience lead for the camera, told me a story about a little moving photo I was looking at. To me, it was just a couple of toddlers. To Snee, it wa... Read More
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Exclusive first look at the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

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For a majority of the 10 years smartphones have been mainstream, phone makers have been copying each other’s designs. It's not easy to differentiate when all you really have is a slab of glass and a handful of variables like materials, camera, ports, and bezels to work with. It's only recently that we've been able to suss out some genuine schools of design thought, and genuinely competing philosophies of phone design are only beginning to emerge. That’s why the designs for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are remarkable: in its second year of making phone hardware, Google is establishing an aesthetic that isn't just consistent, but is distinct from what both... Read More
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Google Pixel 2 phones take portrait-mode selfies

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Google's second-generation Pixel mobile phones are able to take "portrait mode" photos via both their front and rear single-lens cameras.Other handsets have been able to auto-blur image backgrounds for some time, but they typically rely on using two-lens cameras on the phones' backs to create realistic effects.Google said its innovation meant it could make more space for the battery and introduce front-facing speakers.But it has dropped the headphone jack.Instead of using a dedicated 3.5mm port, users will either ... Read More
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Google is turning Stranger Things characters into adorable augmented reality stickers

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Google is adding augmented reality stickers for the Pixel, including official collections based on Stranger Things and Star Wars, among other franchises. The company says its Pixel 2 phones’ cameras are specifically optimized and calibrated for high-quality augmented reality, and it showed this off at today’s event with a variety of AR apps. One lets you watch League of Legends in augmented reality, and another lets you play with augmented reality Legos, similar to an app that already exists for Google’s Daydream VR platform. In AR Stickers, character stickers can interact with each other — if you put Stranger Things heroine Eleven in a scene with her nem... Read More
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Google unveils Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL with no headphone jack

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After rumors and leaks, Google product chief Mario Queiroz today unveiled two new Android 8.1 Oreo smartphones at its annual hardware event: the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Available for preorder starting today, the two phones will see a staggered rollout. The smaller Pixel 2 sports a 5-inch, 1080p display, with a 16:9 aspect ratio that was until this year the standard on Android flagshi... Read More
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Google leaks its Pixel 2 XL design minutes before event

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Google has spoiled its own Pixel 2 announcement just minutes ahead of its official unveiling. In a move similar to Apple’s iPhone 7 mistake last year, Google has updated its official Google Home app with images of the Pixel 2 XL. Google’s new Pixel 2 XL smartphone has been heavily leaked multiple times ... Read More
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US couple stole goods worth $1.2m from Amazon

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A couple in the US have admitted stealing goods from Amazon valued at more than $1.2m (£910,000) by repeatedly pretending that items they ordered were damaged in the post.Erin Joseph Finan, 38, and Leah Jeanette Finan, 37, from Indiana, have pleaded guilty to postal fraud and money laundering. The couple face fines of up to $500,000, as well as prison sentences of up to 20 years.They will be sentenced on 9 November. According to local newspaper the ... Read More
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Google’s biggest Pixel 2 problem will be making enough of them

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A year ago, you’d have been forgiven for dismissing Google’s new Pixel phones as a superficial rebranding of the company’s “hobby” Nexus line. Most observers believed Google was still dabbling in the hardware business, even with the new “Made by Google” branding introduced alongside the Pixel. But what’s happened since then is that Google bought the HTC team that built the Pixel and Pixel XL, retrospectively making those truly and entirely “Phones by Google.” And the devices themselves, develop... Read More
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Live Video: Watch Google’s Pixel 2 Phone Event

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[embedded content] Google is expected to launch a heap of new hardware at a media event in San Francisco today, including a follow-up to last year's Pixel phone. You can watch the whole show right here starting at 9am PDT, 12pm EDT. We will also be liveblogging the whole event, so follow along for commentary and real-time analysis from WIRED's reporters on the scene. The Pixel 2 is sure to be the biggest news, but we also ex... Read More
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Watch Microsoft demo and explain Windows Mixed Reality

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Microsoft held a special Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco yesterday, to launch its range of new VR headsets. While Microsoft refers to its entire platform as “mixed reality,” the new headsets that will be available on October 17th are simply virtual reality ones for now. The mixed reality platform is designed to include headsets like the HoloLens with its augmented reality implementation, and Microsoft hopes that one day we’ll see headsets that combine virtual and augmented reality. We’ve previously covered exactly what Windows Mixed Reality looks like, but Microso... Read More
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Samsung’s Windows Mixed Reality headset feels like an impressive Oculus Rift competitor

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Microsoft held an event today in San Francisco dedicated to its Windows Mixed Reality platform, where Kinect and HoloLens mastermind Alex Kipman showed off some impressive live demos and unveiled a new headset and motion controller combo from Samsung. In a separate press demo room following the presentation, we were able to experience the new hardware, called Samsung Odyssey, running a virtual reality Halo experience, Halo Recruit, to showcase the platform’s un... Read More
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Samsung HMD Odyssey hands-on: VR doesn’t have to be difficult

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Microsoft held its mixed reality event in San Francisco today, where it unveiled its ecosystem for Windows-based virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. Samsung revealed its own PC-based VR device, the Samsung HMD Odyssey, as a complement to its Gear VR smartphone headset. I tried it out briefly and navigated through Microsoft’s Cliff House virtual space interface. Like the headsets from Oculus and HTC that preceded it, ... Read More
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Samsung Odyssey virtual reality headset announced for Windows

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Samsung has unveiled a virtual reality rig designed for use with Windows PCs.HMD Odyssey joins previously announced VR headsets and hand controllers from Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer and Asus to form the launch hardware line-up for Microsoft's new Mixed Reality platform.Unlike earlier PC-based VR kit, the new products are able to track their wearers' movements in a room without requiring additional external sensors.But experts have questioned whether the market will support so many brands.Until now, HTC's Vive and Facebook's Oculus Rift have had most of the market in high-end PC-based VR he... Read More
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Intel is building a Windows VR experience for the Winter Olympics

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Intel says it’s planning to deliver a Windows Mixed Reality experience for the Winter Olympics next year. A company spokesperson appeared, in virtual reality, at Microsoft’s special Mixed Reality event in San Francisco this morning. While Intel hasn’t demonstrated exactly what it’s building, it will likely be similar to the VR broadcasts from NBC during the 2016 Rio Olympics. NBC previously broadcast a range of events on the Samsung Gear VR headset, through a dedicated NBC Sports app. The Olympics are a good demonstration of the appeal of virtual reality video, with the abi... Read More

Samsung’s Windows Mixed Reality headset Odyssey ships November 6 for $499

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At its Windows Mixed Reality event today, Microsoft made a slew of announcements, including that it has a new partner: Samsung. The South Korean company is developing its own Windows Mixed Reality headset dubbed the Samsung HMD Odyssey. Shipping on November 6, the headset will be available in a bundle with motion controllers for $499. “When we began designing and engineering the Samsung HMD Odyssey with Microsoft, there was only one goal in mind, create a high performing headset that’s easy to set up and can transport people to the incredible world of virtual reality,” Alanna Cotton,... Read More
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Microsoft rescues AltspaceVR, announces Samsung VR headset and SteamVR preview

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Microsoft declared today that the era of Windows Mixed Reality has begun as it kicked off an event in San Francisco with several announcements, including the acquisition of AltspaceVR, a new Samsung Windows mixed reality headset, and a SteamVR preview. Microsoft refers to mixed reality as the headsets that can produce virtual reality (the feeling you are immersed in a virtual world) or augmented reality (which layers digital animations on the real world). The mixed reality he... Read More
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Samsung’s new Windows Mixed Reality headset looks like the best yet

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Samsung is officially unveiling its Windows Mixed Reality headset today, and on paper it looks like the best one yet. While we’ve seen plenty of headsets from Acer, Asus HP, Dell, and Lenovo, Samsung’s Odyssey headset differs from its rivals thanks to dual-OLED displays. Samsung is also using a higher 1400 x 1400 resolution on each display in its device, and a better 110-degree field-of-view. Both of these additions will improve VR experiences on the headset compared to rivals that typically offer 1400 x 1400 per eye and 95-degree field-of-view. It also places Samsung’s headset as more of a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift competitor, and Samsung has even added an IPD adjustment at the base of its headset (jus... Read More
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Microsoft acquires VR social network AltspaceVR

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AltspaceVR, the virtual reality social network that hosts events like stand-up comedy or presidential debate-watching parties, is now part of Microsoft. After a sudden shutdown due to a drop in funding in July, the free VR community was in “deep discussions” with unknown parties to keep it online. It originally looked like Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey might step in and save the community, but Microsoft has now come to the rescue. The team at AltspaceVR ... Read More
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Sony’s confusing rat king of an AI assistant strategy

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This summer at consumer tech conference IFA in Berlin, Sony released its LF-S50G smart speaker, the first device from the company with Google Assistant inside. With its release, Sony continued to send unclear messages about its AI assistant strategy, or if it even has one. For instance, last year Sony began selling Xperia Ear, a Bluetooth headset with Sony’s proprietary assistant inside. Known simply as Assistant, it can do many of the essential things Siri and Google Assistant can do... Read More
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The Best External Optical Drives for DVDs and Blu-rays

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We eliminated any DVD drives that cost more than $40 and any Blu-ray drives that cost more than $120, as well as any models that didn’t both read and write discs, and any that had poor or few reviews on Amazon. We also eliminated older versions of currently available drives, and we didn’t retest anything we’ve ruled out since we first published this guide in June 2013. The LG GP70NS50 burned and ripped DVDs at about the same speeds as other drives we tested in 2017, but it currently costs more than our picks, and its silver paint scratched a few times in our travels. It’s a fine drive otherwise,... Read More
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ARKit and ARCore are leaving VR in the rearview mirror

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AR/VR has become a two speed market, with mobile AR set to have over twice the number of users at launch in 2017 than the entire AR/VR headset market by 2021. Apple ARKit, Google ARCore, and Facebook’s Camera Effects Platform could have 900 million users by the end of 2018, with their launch changing the trajectory of the whole ma... Read More
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Samsung’s component division will make more money off the iPhone X than the Galaxy S8

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Samsung is set to make around $110 from each iPhone X that Apple sells, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. To clarify, that’s Samsung as a corporate entity — specifically the conglomerate’s component manufacturing arm — not Samsung Electronics, which makes Galaxy smartphones and is generally the more familiar part of the company to most consumers. The Journal estimates that Samsung’s profits from the iPhone X are expected to be so large that the company’s revenues could earn up to $4 billion more than producing parts for the G... Read More
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Indiana couple admits to stealing over $1 million worth of electronics from Amazon

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An Indiana couple has pled guilty to charges of federal mail fraud and money laundering resulting from an elaborate scheme that fleeced Amazon out of over $1.2 million in merchandise, according to The Star Press. Erin Finan, 38, and Leah Finan, 37, enacted their scheme by taking advantage of Amazon’s accommodating returns policy, which does not always require a broken item be sent back before a replacement is issued. Under hundreds of false identities, the couple ordered electronic goods like GoPro cameras and Samsung smartwatches, then would claim the item was... Read More
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These are the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

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Unlike Apple, Google tends to hold just a single major hardware launch per year — and just like last year’s event, this one will also be held on October 4. The range of products expected to debut include a mini connected speaker, a laptop, refreshed VR headset, and more… but what always interests us most are the phones. The event is scheduled to be livestreamed on YouTube beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific. For the second year in a row, the stars of Google’s hardware showcase will be a pair of own-branded smartph... Read More