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Google launches ARCore Developer Preview 2, will kill Tango on March 1

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Google today launched ARCore Developer Preview 2, which you can download now from developers.google.com/ar and use to create AR experiences on Android. At the same time, the company announced it is ending support for Tango, its first augmented reality platform. ARCore is an Android software development kit (SDK) that brings augmented reality to existing and future Android phones without requiring additional sensors or hardware. The first preview was ... Read More
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Samsung will reportedly announce the Galaxy S9 in February

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Samsung is reportedly planning to announce its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S9, in February, according to a report from Bloomberg, with the phones launching as early as March. If true, it’d be one of the earliest announcements for a new model of Samsung’s main Galaxy line, which have typically been announced in March and released in April in years past. ... Read More
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India’s import tax hike on electronics could hurt Apple most

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(Reuters) — India has increased the import tax on dozens of electronic products such as mobile phones and television sets, a government statement said, to help curb supplies from overseas and build up the domestic industry. The rise in tax from 10 percent to 15 percent on handsets will make imports of phones – including most of Apple’s iPhone models – more expensive at a time the company’s revenue growth is slowing in India’s $10 billion smartphone market. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a flagship Make-in-India program to expand the domestic industrial base, and one of the areas showing success is electronics. Pankaj Mohindroo, president of the Indian Cellular Association, said on Frid... Read More
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The 2017 Ars Technica gadget gift guide: Power-user edition

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Enlarge / What many Arsians have on their wishlists this holiday season...Mark Walton It’s the holidays, which means it’s once again time to rack your brain in search of the right gifts for the right people. If someone on your list is into tech, though, we’ve got your back. For this year’s edition of the Ars Technica holiday gift guide, we’re breaking down our recommendations into themes. Our fourth and final crop of recommendations are for power users, or people who immerse t... Read More
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Apple considers a whispering Siri function

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You might one day be able to whisper to Siri and have the assistant whisper back. Apple is considering that possibility, as described in a patent application first spotted by Gizmodo. That’s great news for anyone who likes to pretend they’re on the phone but are really just talking to Siri. Oh wait, that’s probably just me. Apple filed for the patent in 2016, but ... Read More
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Samsung’s first smart speaker will reportedly arrive in early 2018

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Months ago, DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile division, confirmed that his company was working on a smart speaker. Today, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that the speaker is targeted for release within the first half of 2018 and is expected to cost around $200. Bloomberg... Read More
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Another startup is attempting to make all-in-one credit cards a thing

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Smart credit cards that let you toggle between multiple digitally saved credit cards haven't had a great run. Plastc, which raised more than $9 million in preorders, failed to ever ship a product and filed for bankruptcy. Coin, on the other hand, managed to ship a card, but ended its product services after Fitbit acquired the company. Still, the dream isn't dead, yet. A company called Edge announced today that it's acquiring Plastc for an undisclose... Read More
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Redbox launches a new on-demand streaming service

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Redbox has launched a new on-demand streaming service, which will allow users to buy and rent digital movies and TV shows. Redbox is best known for physical DVD and Blu-ray rentals found at its bright red kiosks. On Demand is now in public beta and will offer many of the same new-release movies and shows that are available at kiosks, the company says. The new service isn’t like Netflix or HBO: there are no subscription fees, and customers just pay for each movie or show they rent or buy. It’s basically a competitor to iTunes and Google Play. "We know consumers have a lot of choices when... Read More
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Microsoft Ventures invests in strategy management software startup Workboard

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Workboard, a startup that develops software for companies to manage and measure their business strategies, has raised $9.3 million in a series A round of funding from Microsoft Ventures and Floodgate, with participation from other existing investors. Founded out of Redwood City, California in 2013, Workboard offers a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform to help organizations set their strategies, measure their progress, and shift priorities when needed. ... Read More
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LG claims its new Gram laptops have ‘full day’ battery life

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LG is announcing its refreshed range of its thin and light Gram laptops today, ahead of CES next month. LG is introducing three refreshed versions of the Gram, in 13.3-, 14-, and 15-inch models. The 2018 Gram laptops include Intel’s 8th-generation Core i5 and i7 processors, SSD storage, and an option for a second SSD drive. LG’s Gram laptops have always been very thin and light, and this year’s models maintain just over two pounds for the 13.3- and 14-inch models, and 2.4 pounds for the larger 15-inch version. While LG claimed its Gram 14 laptop had 23 hours of battery life earlier this year, the test was ... Read More
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Samsung updates its Notebook 9 ultrabooks with even bigger batteries

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Samsung refreshed its Notebook 9 series of laptops earlier this year, and the company is getting ready to do the same for 2018. Samsung is unveiling three new models today, instead of waiting for CES next month where we typically see a number of new laptops. The first is Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pen, and perhaps the most interesting of the trio. It’s a 13.3-inch 2-in-1 notebook, and as the name suggests the Notebook 9 Pen includes an integrated S Pen, much like the Notebook 9 Pro introduced in May. ... Read More
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Phil Eskeland discusses the ROK economy

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CGTN's Rachelle Akuffo spoke with Phil Eskeland, executive director of Operations and Policy at the Korea Economic Institute of America, about the strength the ROK economy. Watch CGTN LIVE on your computer, tablet or mobilehttp://america.cgtn.com/livenewsSubscribe to CGTN America on YouTubeFollow CGTN America:Twitter: @cgtnamericaFacebook: @cgtnamericaGoogle+: CctvamericaTvnews»» Watch CGTN ««Was... Read More
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Researchers can determine what smartphone a photo was taken on by analyzing it

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Researchers at the University at Buffalo have discovered a way to identify smartphones by analyzing just a single photo taken by the device. The researchers centered on a flaw in digital imaging called photo-response non-uniformity (PRNU) to do so. PRNU happens when the imperfections in the manufacturing process of each camera’s sensors create tiny variations. Those variations can cause the millions of pixels in the camera’s sensor to project colors that are slightly brighter or darker than normal, which creates a systemic distortion in the photo called pattern noise. This is invisible to the naked eye, and is extracted b... Read More
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AI and augmented reality could make fixing your router a little more bearable

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When something goes wrong with the appliances in your home, what do you do to fix them? Probably, you Google the problem. Then you dig out a manual or look one up online. If none of that helps, you might call the company who made the thing, and then spend an age on the phone trying to explain what’s gone wrong. But what if you didn’t have to explain — what if you could just show someone the problem, and have it explained to you? That’s the proposition from Israeli company TechSee, which is building a customer support platform using two of 2017’s most overused buzzwords: augmented reality and artificial intelligence. But, unlike a lot of firms getting on the AR/AI bandwagon, TechSee’s pr... Read More
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Samsung’s latest patent shows a phone with wraparound display

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There’s a new Samsung patent published today that shows a potential dual-sided smartphone with a wraparound screen that stretches onto the rear of the device, as spotted by LetsGoDigital. There’s little written about the potential device in the patent, which was filed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office on September 2, 2016. Ten concept drawings refer ... Read More
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Google’s top tech searches in 2017: iPhone 8, iPhone X, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Xbox One X

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Just like every other tech company interested in playing the holiday PR game, Google puts together end-of-year lists for its various properties. Google may have a ridiculous number of these properties, but the one best associated with the company is still Search. Google today released the 17th installment of its year-end zeitgeist meter. There are a myriad of categories, which you can dive into deeply to satisfy your curiosity. Year in Search results are provided by analyzing Google Trends data to see what the world was searching for throughout the year. First and foremost, let’s start with the winners overall. Here are the... Read More
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Samsung’s unannounced Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus expected to have dual front cameras

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A new generation of Samsung’s Galaxy A-series phones are rumored for a release this January, as reported by Android Police. A user manual was uploaded online to Samsung’s website, which provides minimal details on what we can expect for next year’s new A-series phones. It appear... Read More
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China is right: The world doesn’t need Silicon Valley

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Ever since the Chinese Government banned Facebook in 2009, Mark Zuckerberg has been making annual trips there attempting to persuade its leaders to let his company back in. He learned Mandarin and jogged through the smog-filled streets of Beijing to show how much he loved the country. Facebook even created new tools to allow China to do something that goes against Facebook’s founding principles — censor content. But the Chinese haven’t obliged. They saw no advantages in letting a foreign company dominate their technology industry. China also ... Read More
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Realfiction Presents World’s Largest Mixed-Reality Display During CES 2018

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DeepFrame is a next-gen MR technology that seamlessly blends physical reality and digital holograms – glasses not required COPENHAGEN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 12, 2017– Realfiction, a global innovator in mixed-reality solutions, will introduce the latest breakthrough in MR, DeepFrame, to North American audiences during CES 2018. The world’s largest mixed-reality display, DeepFrame enables photorealistic images and videos to be viewed through a glass window in 4K resolution — without requiring spectators to use any special eyewear. The patent-pending technology makes it possible – for the first time ever – to integrate digital holograms directly into everyday settin... Read More
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Would you buy an Android iPhone X clone for under $300?

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You probably aren’t familiar with Leagoo, a small Chinese smartphone company. But chances are you’re very familiar with its products, which appear to be heavily inspired by popular flagship phones from other companies. Leagoo’s latest phone, the S9, is no exception, setting its sights on Apple’s flagship iPhone X, complete with reduced bezels and the infamous notch that has become the device’s hallmark design feature. (Leagoo is also beating Samsung to the “S9” name by a couple of months, because the company looks like an equal opportunist when it comes to borrowing ideas.) According to Leagoo, the S9 will cost just a fraction of the iPhone X’s $999 price range, with the ... Read More
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Samsung and Amazon will start streaming HDR10+ content tomorrow

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Samsung says it will start streaming videos in HDR10+ on its premium TVs in partnership with Amazon starting on Wednesday, reports Yonhap News. Samsung says it’s the first time HDR10+ content will be available through a streaming service. Around 100 TV shows and movies are available, including The Grand Tour and The Tick with more titles to be added. HDR10+ is available to those with Samsung’s QLED or UHD TVs and Amazon Prime Video. Samsung and Amazon announced the HDR10+ open standard for high dynamic range video ... Read More
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Republic Wireless announces a clever walkie-talkie for tracking your kids

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Republic Wireless has announced two new communication devices called the Relay and Anywhere HQ. The Relay is a screen-less, water-resistant device that works like a walkie-talkie, but has the added ability of being able to locate children with GPS, so you can check on them whenever you want. To talk, you just push the button and hold the device close to your face and speak. It connects over 4G LTE and Wi-Fi networks, and also features music, games, and Google Assistant. Other hardware features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, an accelerometer, haptics, and a LED notification ring. There’s also a companion app for Android and iOS devices, and the batter... Read More
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The Best Cordless Stick Vacuum

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Dyson also sells a V7 Absolute, which has all the tools of the V8 Absolute, with the same battery life and suction as our main pick. A few variants of the V8 are available, too, including the V8 Animal (without the soft-fiber brush roll) and the brand-new, exceptionally expensive V8 Carbon Fiber with even more suction on Max mode. If any of those variants seem appealing to you, go ahead and grab the... Read More
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The week’s best tech deals include Amazon Echo, iPhone X, and DJI Spark discounts

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We’re nine days into December and there’s still Black Friday deals that you can find online, including the new Amazon Echo, Google Home and Xbox One S console. Tomorrow, Amaz... Read More
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The best wireless headphones to buy

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One of the ironies of headphones is that we often end up owning multiple pairs while busily pursuing the single ideal set of cans that will suit all our needs and circumstances. Never mind that the perfect headphones don’t exist; we still want them. The closest thing to that do-everything pair of headphones can be found when looking at wireless over-ear models. This is the sweet spot where portability, high-fidelity sound, and lasting... Read More
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Go ahead and charge your iPhone X on a wireless Pikachu charger

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We've waited years for the iPhone to support wireless charging. We wanted that convenience, we said. We wanted to be just like our Android brethren, we said. And now, I'm happy to share that we can all unite over a wireless Pikachu charger. A company called TeknFun just announced the Pikachu, which it says should be compatible with Samsung devices and the iPhone 8 and X. It's available ... Read More
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Airlines Restrict ‘Smart Luggage’ Over Fire Hazards Posed By Batteries

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Enlarge this image Three major U.S. airlines have announced new restrictions on "smart luggage" due to the fire hazard posed by lithium-ion batteries in cargo holds. The airlines say any such batteries need to be removable. Rob Carr/Getty Images hide caption toggle... Read More
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Next year’s Android phones will be able to capture 4K HDR video

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Qualcomm has just revealed the details of its new Snapdragon 845 mobile processor, which will show up in smartphones and laptops starting early next year. The Snapdragon 845 is the direct successor to 2017’s 835, which proved to be wildly popular for flagship Android smartphones. Like its predecessors, the 845 is not just a processor, but an alphabet soup of processors and systems, such as a CPU, GPU, ISP, and DSP, all contained on a single unit. In addition, the platform utilizes Qualcomm’s latest gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi modems for connectivity. The big new feature for this year is the ability to capture 4K video in HDR at up to 60 frames per second. The 845 can also shoot slo-mo 720p video at 480 frames... Read More
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The Galaxy S9 might not show up at CES after all

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Last month, the first rumors about what to expect from Samsung’s upcoming flagship Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus smartphones began to swirl, and with it came a tantalizing detail: the devices could show up as early as CES for a sneak preview. But a new statement from a Samsung spokesperson in The Korea Herald is casting doubt on that appearance, with a representative saying that “it is unlikely” that the S9 will be at CES. That said, the statement is an unusual choice of langu... Read More
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China’s phone market is now dominated by five companies, none of which is Samsung

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China is the most unique smartphone market in the world: a phone maker can be a global sales leader without ever treading beyond Chinese borders, and small upstart challengers can suddenly explode in popularity from out of nowhere. The latter aspect is becoming harder now, however, as the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel shows that China’s top five phone vendors are becoming a more solid and dominant group. Kantar reports that, for the calendar quarter ending in... Read More
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Booz Allen: Artificial intelligence transforming immersive training

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ORLANDO, Fla. — While graphics, computing speed and even hardware are improving to make virtual and augmented reality training closer to real life, the integration of data science and artificial intelligence will take immersive training to the next level, according to Booz Allen Hamilton consultants in charge of the company’s strategic innovation. At the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) the showroom floor was full of virtual training products, but many are still essentially two-dime... Read More
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Qualcomm Is Building Awesome Windows PCs Out of Smartphone Parts

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There was a time when every gadget did something completely different. Your phone was fast and lasted three days in your pocket, but it could only do a few things. Your computer was massively capable, but so big you couldn't lug it anywhere. Everything had a purpose, and they rarely overlapped. But now? Now it's different. You can watch movies, play games, and do Very Serious Work on any number of devices—phone, laptop, tablet—and in lots of different places. Every device is an everything device. The tech industry seems to understand the way the world is going, and is changing accordingly. Samsung's DeX system... Read More
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Join us on Circuit Breaker Live today for DJ gadgets and a photo shootout

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Another Tuesday is upon us, and yes, another episode of Circuit Breaker Live is here, too. We'll be live today at 4PM ET at our usual spot on Twitter with your hosts Paul Miller and Ashley Carman (that's me!), who is subbing in for Nilay Patel. Today's show has everything you could want from a live gadget show on Twitter. DJ and tech reporter Dani Deahl will teach me and Paul how to DJ. She'll maybe even make a beat on air with her DJ gadgets. I'm deeply untalented at playing music, so this segment will be fantastic. Then, reporter Sean O'Kane and creative director James Bareham will join us for an epic smartphone camera sho... Read More
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Here’s how much Apple risked by delaying the iPhone X launch

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Whether the November launch of the iPhone X was a strategic decision or driven by manufacturing issues, Apple took a huge gamble this year by deviating from its rhythm of releasing the new flagship in late September. That move was further complicated by releasing the more incrementally updated iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in that usual September slot. Knowing how consumers would react to these unusual choices was anyone’s guess: Buy the new iPhone 8 right away? Wait for the iPhone X? ... Read More
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Google is fixing its disastrous burger and beer emoji today with Android 8.1 release

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We never expected the outrage over the design of a hamburger emoji to bubble up to the point where Google's CEO had to personally intervene, but such is 2017. And today, our long cheese-on-bun global nightmare comes to an end with the public release of Android Oreo 8.1, which fixes the unappetizing glyph. Android 8.1 also adds a new beer emoji, which no longer sees frothing foam inexplicably remain at the top of the mug after half the beer has been downed. Here's what the offending emoji looked like in 8.0: ... Read More
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Xiaomi shows off upcoming Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus full-screen smartphones

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Xiaomi is preparing to announce the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones in China on Thursday, and director of product management Donovan Sung has just shown them off in a set of tweeted photos. There aren't any details on pricing or specs yet, but we can see that both phones have slim bezels and roughly 18:9 screens, in line with many high-end devices released this year. The difference is that you can expect the Redmi 5 phones to be pretty cheap. Though it isn't the company's flagship line, the Redmi series is very important to Xiaomi, particularly in India. The Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4 were the ... Read More
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Oculus Rift needs a streamlined update in 2018 to boost VR adoption

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The push of VR toward mainstream adoption is at an interesting moment. On the one hand, we have more VR headsets on the market than ever before powered by technology from Microsoft, Facebook, Sony and Google, with manufacturers including Samsung, Acer, Lenovo, Dell and HP all trying to cut off a piece of what is still a small market. On the other hand, it was a tough year for many of the VR developers out there who found themselves struggling with low adoption numbers. One of the early social VR apps, AltspaceVR, ran out of money and its remaining team got swiped up by Microsoft. Meanwhile, one of VR’s earliest and biggest proponents, CCP Games, ... Read More
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Cyber Monday vendors targeting gamers with big discounts

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Gamers are going to get a lot of bargains on Cyber Monday, the traditional discount day for electronic commerce holiday shopping. Cyber Monday hasn’t always been as big a deal for gamers, but the discounting strategy has spread everywhere. The day has grown in significance as electronic commerce surpasses retail sales in many categories, particularly electronic goods such as video games. Gamer sites are speculating that there will be some discounts coming on the newest titles for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Among the discounts coming up: ... Read More
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The 40 best Cyber Monday tech deals you can still buy

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Cyber Monday may have ended five days ago, but there’s still a ton of great deals you can get at major online retailers. We’ve combed through our favorites and rounded up the 40 best tech deals you can still buy, including laptops, speakers, and gaming. Highlights include $115 off the DJI Spark, $20 off the new Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (today only, Saturday, December 2nd), and $200 off the newest version of the ... Read More
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Samsung strategy chief wants to chase more big acquisitions

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(Reuters) — Samsung Electronics’ $8 billion purchase of automotive and audio electronics company Harman has given the technology conglomerate confidence to chase more big deals, its strategy chief said on Friday. Young Sohn, the South Korean company’s Silicon Valley-based president and chief strategy officer, said he was keen for world’s top maker of memory chips, smartphones and televisions to expand in automotive markets, digital health and industrial automation. Samsung, which this year surpassed Intel to become the world’s biggest semiconductors manufacturer, has signaled its appetite for dealmaking over the past year, saying it was seeking businesses to build software and services to further differen... Read More
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Samsung’s new luxurious smart flip phone has the widest aperture camera lens yet

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Samsung unveiled a new expensive flip phone, the Samsung W2018, during a launch event in China today, as first reported by GizmoChina. Many of the W2018’s specs are on par with the S8 and Note 8, with one exception: the camera lens. The W2018 is the latest addition to ... Read More
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DxO’s detachable One camera is available now for Android for $499 through an early access program

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It’s been a long time coming, but Android users can finally get their hands on a USB-C version of DxO’s detachable smartphone camera — sort of. DxO isn’t doing an “official” launch of the Android camera just yet, but if you’d like to get in on the action early, you can sign up for the company’s “Early Access pack” for$499 over at the DxO website, according to Android Central. That $499 gets you the USB-C version of the DxO One that was designed for Android phones a few months ago, along with a rugged Outdoor Shell access to DxO’s PhotoLab software. It’s t... Read More
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Samsung is looking into palm scanning to display password hints

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Samsung is looking into using palm scanning to remember forgotten passwords, according to a patent it filed today, as first reported by SamMobile. The 42-page patent states in Korean that first, users should take a photo of their palm using the front camera, in order to verify their identity. If the palm lines match with previous records, then Samsung would display a password hint scattered a... Read More

IDC: Wearables grew 7.3% in Q3 2017, Xiaomi and Fitbit tied for first ahead of Apple

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In Q1 2017, Xiaomi took the wearables crown from Fitbit. The Chinese powerhouse has managed to hold on in Q2 and now Q3, where Fitbit has regained ground and tied it. (Until this year, Fitbit was indisputably first every single quarter.) Mobile companies shipped a total of 26.3 million wearables worldwide in Q3 2017. That number is up 7.3 percent from the 24.5 million units shipped in Q3 2016. The latest figures come from IDC, which found that... Read More
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KSV acquires the Samsung Galaxy League of Legends esports team

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KSV, the esports team company started by Kabam cofounder Kevin Chou, is announcing today it has acquired Samsung Galaxy, an esports team that recently won the big League of Legends world championship title. The addition of the South Korean team gives KSV control of four major esports teams across games such as League of Legends, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and PlayerUnknown’s Battleground. The common thread is that all of the teams are based in South Korea, where esports is a kind of religion. KSV believes that its focus on the Korean teams will help it become a contender in the global esports market, since the Koreans are so competitive in esports, which is expected to ... Read More
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Samsung Pay might copy Venmo’s social feed

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Samsung filed a patent in Korea this past year for a social story sharing feature using Samsung Pay. The patent, which SamMobile first spotted, explains how users can share their legitimate purchases and maybe even rate the places they frequent. Samsung also discusses working with celebrities to launch the stories feature. The update sounds similar to Venmo's feeds in which users can share their money exchanges with the world. The key difference betwe... Read More
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What an Internet Analyst Got Wrong About Net Neutrality

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The Federal Communications Commission's plan to jettison its net-neutrality rules found a surprise supporter this week in respected technology industry analyst and blogger Ben Thompson. In a blog post Tuesday, Thompson argued that he supports net neutrality, but thinks the FCC is right to repeal rules that ban broadband providers like Comcast and Verizon from blocking, slowing down, or otherwise discriminating against legal content. The FCC's authority to enforce net neutra... Read More
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Apple claims Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors use its patented technology

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Apple and Qualcomm’s legal battle continues today with a new claim of patent infringement focused on some of Qualcomm’s top processors. According to Reuters, Apple claims that Qualcomm is infringing at least eight battery life patents with its processors. In particular, it singles out the Snapdragon 800 and the Snapdragon 820. Those aren’t Qualcomm’s most recent processors, bu... Read More
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The Best Noise-Cancelling Earbuds

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For the initial testing for this guide, I compiled a list of every noise-cancelling in-ear headphone model from brands I’d heard of and brands I hadn’t. As I mentioned earlier, most noise-cancelling headphones have pretty poor reviews on Amazon; I discarded those that had multiple reviews and an overall score well below 3.5 stars. The rest I called in for testing. Many of them have since been discontinued, and as such are no longer listed here. The models below are current and were either tested or not considered due to bad reviews. For this update, very few new models were released; those new models are mentioned here, as well. ... Read More
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The REDS EV prototype is designed to help you relax in a traffic jam

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It’s not a self-driving car, but its a car designed for the times when its not being driven. REDS is the alpha prototype for a new Chinese city car conceived by the provocative former BMW design chief Chris Bangle, whom The New York Times car design critic Phil Patton ... Read More
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Socialization will make VR mainstream

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Recent price drops in virtual reality headsets have created a wave of excitement in our community by signaling a significant and encouraging step toward mainstream adoption of the technology. However, tech experts and VR aficionados alike know that hardware accessibility is just one small piece of the puzzle, which also consists of better content creation tools, applications, network mechanics and more. Another crucial component of the big picture is social VR. For those unfamiliar with the fairly new term, it generally means multiple VR users share the same virtual experience regardless of their physical location.... Read More
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Google has learned the proper way to make a cheeseburger in Android 8.1

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai promised to look into the great cheeseburger emoji debate, and he's made good on his word. Apparently Android 8.1 ships with a new and improved cheeseburger emoji in which the cheese is placed atop the patty, as opposed to underneath it. Emojipedia first spotted the fix. Google previously pictured the cheese at the bottom of the sandwich, which we can all agree is incorrect. But it wasn't until someone named Thomas Baekdal called the emoji out in October that the world woke up to this extremely inc... Read More
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Red phones are having a moment this year

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We are months away from next year’s Lunar New Year, yet phone companies like Huawei and One Plus have already begun announcing red phones that people may opt to give each other during the festivities. That makes sense, considering red is a lucky color in parts of Asia and it’s heavily associated with the Lunar holiday. If you don’t live in China or South Korea but you have family or friends who do, these are some holiday-timed red phones available now. Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung released a new burgundy edition of its flagship Galaxy S8 phone in South Korea to... Read More
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The 2017 Ars Technica gadget gift guide: On-the-go and travel tech edition

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EnlargeBose It’s the holidays, which means it’s once again time to rack your brain in search of the right gifts for the right people. If someone on your list is into tech, though, we’ve got your back. For this year’s edition of the Ars Technica holiday gift guide, we’re breaking down our favorites into themes. The following crop of recommendations is centered on travel—from smartphones to headphones to portable batteries, these are the gadgets we’d take with us on our next road trip. Feel ... Read More
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Samsung’s new app helps people who are colorblind recalibrate colors on their TVs

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Samsung has launched a new app called SeeColors designed to help people who are colorblind adjust the color settings on their QLED TVs to their specific needs. The app lets people diagnose their personal deficiencies, and links with the TV to adjust colors based on the results. Samsung notes that 300 million people suffer from Color Vision Deficiency (CVD), with many unaware of their condition. The app claims to be able to identify the type and level of a person’s CVD.... Read More
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IOTA launches IoT data marketplace, envisions devices autonomously buying and trading information

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IOTA, the eighth largest blockchain in the world and one built specifically to power the internet-of-things economy, launched a data marketplace today, in partnership with over 20 large organizations around the world, including Microsoft, Bosch, Samsung, and Fujitsu. The idea is to enable a future where any connected sensor or device can grab data from an open marketplace, for a micro-fee, to power an application. Smart city sensors, for example, could use environmental data collected via Samsung’s ARTIK sensors to drive IoT-based pollution alerts. And connected cars could perhaps tap data from Bosch, the world’s largest automotive part supplier, to get details on a part that appears to be malfunctioning. ... Read More

Samsung brings LED displays to European movie theaters, plans U.S. launch in 2018

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Samsung has announced that it’s bringing its much-hyped LED movie theater screen to Europe and plans to bring it to more markets around the world —  including the U.S. — in 2018. The Korean tech titan unveiled the Samsung Cinema LED in Las Vegas back in March before rolling out the first commercial installatio... Read More
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VRWERX: Scaring the crap out of you

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Presented by Intel The brief history of modern VR is a history of scaring people. Even a whimsical adventure can elicit moments of terror if you find yourself standing on the edge of a cliff or trying to make a huge jump. Overt horror experiences, then, can be truly terrifying, but virtual reality studio VRWERX and its managing partners Russell Naftal and Alex Barder want to push things even further. “Our goal was to make people crap themselves,” says Barder. Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul was the studio’s first game project, a spin-off of the ‘found footage’ horror films. Barder and Naftal don’t scare easily, they say. Naftal doesn’t love heights, and Barder once got freaked out by a ... Read More
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Cyber Monday 2017: Best Headphone Deals from Beats to Bose

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This is a perfect time of year to upgrade your dirty old white Apple earbuds to just about anything else. Want to finally get the Sonos system you've been dreaming of? It's on sale. From Bose to Beats, here are the best audio and headphone deals we've found for Black Friday. (Be sure to also check out our main Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals guides for a lot more sales.) Handpicked WIRED Cyber Monday Guides: ... Read More
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Cyber Monday 2017: Best Video Gaming Deals on PS4, XBox, and More

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We’ve already published our favorite Black Friday deals for 2017, but we’re making some topic-specific guides to help you navigate the immense number of deals going on over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There are a lot of excellent gaming deals going on, and we’ve gathered some of the best right here, all available online so you don’t have to traipse around in the cold on Thanksgiving weekend to get them. (Be sure to also check out our Cyber Monday deals guide for a lot more sales.)... Read More
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Cyber Monday 2017: TV and Home Theater Deals

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Sometimes the term "Black Friday" seems like a misnomer. A possible replacement might include "Televisions-On-Sale Friday." Yes, this is one of the most popular times of the year to score a big-ticket electronics item for comparatively little dinero, but sorting through the white noise can be a little difficult. If you're in the mood to update your home entertainment system before Aunt Gertude and Uncle Melville stop by, we have picked some of your most attractive options here. (Be sure to also check out our main Black Friday and ... Read More
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You will soon be able to listen to Amazon Music through your Samsung Smart TV

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Recently, Samsung has been rolling out new features to its lineup of Smart TVs, such support for YouTube TV. Yesterday, the company announced (via Engadget) that owners can soon listen to Amazon Music through their Smart TVs, the first third-party device to connect to the service. The company says that users will be able to browse their libraries, play... Read More
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Hot advice: take a vacation and an underwater selfie

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My family and I went to Mexico last week, and it was great. Sunshine until 7PM is a miracle and does wonders for your seasonal depression. Anyway, my dad recently bought the water-resistant Samsung Galaxy S8, and given that I didn't pay for it, I asked him if I could take it into the pool with me to try and take a selfie. He ended up coming with me in an attempt to capture unique moments. I'm absolutely a believer in water-resistant phones now, to the point that I don't understand why Samsung, Apple, LG, Google, and Sony haven't marketed their new phones as gadgets designed to take unique vacation photos. I remember buying disposable cameras covered in plastic as a kid. Those were fun, but I had to wait to ... Read More
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What Is Alexa? What Is the Amazon Echo, and Should You Get One?

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Photo: Michael Hession Our pick All Amazon Alexa devices offer essentially the same Alexa functions, but they differ in enough ways that you can’t simply substitute one for the other, or go with the cheapest. If you want music without hooking up any ... Read More
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Rec Room’s PSVR open beta makes it one of VR’s most important apps

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Seattle-based Against Gravity is working on what is perhaps VR’s most important app. Rec Room connects players across all headsets that make use of two full motion hand controllers, including Rift, Vive, PlayStation VR as well as headsets from Acer, Samsung, Lenovo, HP and Dell. Some VR software like Altspace and EVE: Valkyrie have enabled cross-play before across several headsets, but Rec Room’s multiplayer is likely to have wider reach being free and offering access to a whole bunch of fun and easily accessible activities — like paintball, charades and questing. Rec Room launches is now in open beta on the PlayStation Store in North America, South America and the EU. It does not require PlayStation Plus to play.... Read More
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Black Friday 2017: TV and Home Theater Deals

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Sometimes the term "Black Friday" seems like a misnomer. A possible replacement might include "Televisions-On-Sale Friday." Yes, this is one of the most popular times of the year to score a big-ticket electronics item for comparatively little dinero, but sorting through the white noise can be a little difficult. If you're in the mood to update your home entertainment system before Aunt Gertude and Uncle Melville stop by, we have picked some of your most attractive options here. (Be sure to also check out our main Black Friday and ... Read More
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Black Friday 2017: Laptop and Phone Deals

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Black Friday isn’t always the best time to buy a computer or phone. It’s easy to get ripped off by a deal that seems too good to be true (it usually is). To save you a few headaches, and a lot of dollars, we’ve compiled some WIRED picks for the best PCs and mobile device deals going on Black Friday weekend, some of which are already available. All of these deals are purchasable online, not in-store. If you insist on trudging through the crowds, we wish you the best, but you won’t find a lot of help here, outside the Black Friday ads linked below. (Be sure to also check out our main ... Read More
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The Best Phones Available To Buy In 2017

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We've gone through all the new phones released so far in 2017 to pick the ones with the best cameras, battery life, and overall performance. Whether it's Apple's iPhone, Samsung's Galaxy Note8, the Google Pixel, the OnePlus 5, or Andy Rubin's Essential phone, you can't go wrong with any of these devices. Here are the best phones you can buy right now. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/saiFACEBOOK: ... Read More
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Black Friday 2017: Best Online Deals

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Black Friday, Black November, Pre-Black Friday, Cyber Monday… The buzzwords for November’s big holiday sales are as plentiful as stuffing on Thanksgiving. And we’d like you to enjoy that Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of getting shoved around at your local big box store just to save $20, hop on your PC! With a little help from our friends at TechBargains, we here on WIRED's Gear team have found some of the absolute best tech deals online before, during, and around Black Friday. (Be sure to also check out our main ... Read More
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The Galaxy S9 will reportedly be a more iterative update and could show up at CES

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All the major smartphones of 2017 are out in the world, but it’s never to early to start thinking about next year’s flagships. Samsung is reportedly starting earlier than ever, with the company reportedly previewing the S9 and S9+ at CES in January, according to Evan Blass at VentureBeat. The S9 and S9+ are said to be more iterative updates on the existing S8 and S8+ than the radical redesign Samsung offered this year. According to Blass, the new phones should see upgraded processors — likely Qualcomm’s forthcoming Snapdragon 845 — for an extra speed boost... Read More
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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, iterative upgrades, will make a cameo at CES

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Samsung is planning to show off its next-generation Galaxy S handsets a bit earlier than usual, according to someone briefed on the company’s plans, with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ scheduled to make their first public appearance at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Although some of the details of the new models were shared with VentureBeat, it’s not clear how much information about the devices will be revealed at CES. Samsung is still apparently holding an official launch event in March, as it did this past year for the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The two phones are said to be nearly iden... Read More
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Alexa and Google Assistant should tell you when the next bus is coming

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Rarely a week goes by without news of a new feature for AI assistants like Alexa, Bixby, or Siri. It’s a fast-moving competition between tech giants like Amazon, Samsung, and Apple, but despite billions of investment in AI and everyone from Softbank to Will.I.Am entering this space, sometimes critical or easily accomplishable tasks for the uberbots aren’t immediately addressed. For example, for a long time, Google Home and Alexa-enabled devices were unable to add events to popular calendar services, and Alexa has only been able to ... Read More
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How to win at Black Friday

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Black Friday is upon us, but if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed that sales this year started as early as November 1st. That’s been the trend in recent years, as retailers move the start date earlier to maximize sales. What that means for the rest of us is that we need more stamina than ever to stay vigilant and alert and snatch the best deals — that is, if you want to win at Black Friday. At The Verge, we’ve been scouring the web to bring you the best Black Friday deals in tech. Whi... Read More
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Why Handy Games is working on 11 games for the Nintendo Switch

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It may sound a little nuts, but Handy Games has gone crazy for the Nintendo Switch. The German company is developing 11 games for Nintendo’s hot platform, which has become the fastest-selling game console in 2017. This week, Handy Games launched Aces of the Luftwaffe Squadron, a sequel to an earlier mobile game. It’s a vertically scrolling 2D air combat game, where you play an American squa... Read More
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The best Black Friday 2017 phone deals at Best Buy, Walmart, Verizon, and more

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If you’re shopping for a new phone this weekend, be prepared to read some fine print. The days of straightforward discounts are over. Instead, you’re now looking at deals that require you to sign up for frequently confusing installment or leasing plans, with the discounts paying out over the course up to two years. That’s certainly not as nice as just getting a price cut up front. But if you were planning to buy your phone on a monthly payment plan anyway, there’s not much to take issue with here. On Black Friday, you’ll be able to save several hundred dollars on some of this year’s top phones. You can check out this year’s best discounts below. Walmart ... Read More
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Tech Fix: How to Buy a Great TV This Black Friday

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Viewing Conditions and BudgetTo narrow down your search, the first rule of thumb is to assess the ambient light in your living room.If your living room gets lots of sunlight, you will want a very bright TV with vivid colors that can overcome some of that ambient light that washes out your TV, Mr. Soneira said. In this situation, you would probably go for an LCD TV, which can produce very bright and sharp images.Photo... Read More

Samsung to establish an AI research hub

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(Reuters) — Samsung Electronics said on Wednesday it would create an artificial intelligence (AI) research center and strengthen an executive role to look for new business areas for all its three major business groups. The minor changes to the tech giant’s business structure were to “quickly respond to market changes,” Samsung Electronics said in a statement. The move follows last month’s appointment of a new generation of top managers that dispelled lingering worries about a leadership vacuum from the detention of Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee. The new AI research center would be under a joint research center of the mobile and consumer electronics businesses, two of its three main businesses, the comp... Read More
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The Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Home and Lifestyle Deals We’ve Found

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Shopping at a brick-and-mortar might get your heart rate up, but it's not technically a sport—at least, not yet. In addition to our favorite Black Friday deals, the gear team here at WIRED has scoured the web for topic-specific home and lifestyle bargains that you can order from the safety and comfort of your living room. (Be sure to also check out our main Black Friday Deals Guide for a lot more sales.) Black Friday Ads for 2017 for Home & Lifestyle Deals Amazon Pre-Bla... Read More
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Behind Pinterest’s push to make the world pinnable

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“A picture is worth a thousand words” could very well describe the current search paradigm. We’ve spent years typing into a text field, but there are times when it’s hard to describe what we’re really looking for. Traditional search engines are built around intent, but they usually fall short when it comes to discovery. This is an area where Pinterest believes it can shine. In the past couple of years, the company has sought to redefine the future of retail, one pin at a time. Everything in the world is a pin In 2015, Pinterest revealed it h... Read More
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More than 480 web firms record ‘every keystroke’

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Hundreds of web firms are tracking every single keystroke made by visitors, a study from Princeton University has suggested.The technique - known as session replay - is used by companies to gain an understanding of how customers use websites.More than 480 websites used the technique, according to the study.Experts questioned the legality of using such software without user consent."These scripts record your keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling behaviour, along with the entire contents of the pages you visit, and send them to third-party servers," ... Read More
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The best TV deals of Black Friday 2017 from Walmart, Best Buy, and more

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Black Friday is upon us, which means it’s the perfect time to purchase a new TV. There are dozens of deals from dozens of outlets, but don’t fret: we’ve pulled together an exhaustive list of the best TV deals you’ll find this year. The best TV to buy on Black Friday The best deal this year is LG’s OLED TV, the cheapest version of which comes in at $1,499 for a 55-inch model, down $100 from its regular price. That may not seem like a huge discount, but LG OLEDs are the best TVs you can buy, period. And getting one under $1,500 will always be a steal. If you don’t want to spend that mu... Read More
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Apple Watch Series 3 (non-LTE) review: third time’s the charm

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I like watches. I wear one every single day, without fail, and have since I was in elementary school. I also like gadgets a lot, which means that a smartwatch is something that I’ve always been intrigued by and wanted in my life. But despite being both a watch wearer and a fan of overwrought gadgets, I’ve never found a liking for the Apple Watch. The early iterations had a clumsy interface, slow performance, and jus... Read More
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Rez Infinite is now available in VR for Google Daydream

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Rez Infinite is one of the best games available for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and the Vive, but the mind-bending experience has always required you to be tethered to a TV or PC. That changes today with the first version of the game for mobile VR — Rez Infinite is out now for Google Daydream. That means owners of any Pixel phone, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8, the LG V30, and a handful of other devices will be able to play Rez Infinite with ... Read More
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3 Razer Phone ‘gaming’ features that everyone will love

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Razer is always trying to present itself as something much bigger than a gaming-peripheral manufacturer. The company wants to establish itself as a lifestyle brand for gamers. That has led to its broadcasting products, a suite of awesome laptops, and more. But no piece of technology is as ingrained ... Read More
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Chinese Phone Maker Bets Big With a Premium Price

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Huawei (pronounced HWA-way) is already well known at home. The company outsells all others in China, the world’s largest smartphone market. And it is nipping at Apple’s heels to be the No. 2 phone maker worldwide. According to the research firm Canalys, Huawei shipped 39 million phones in the latest quarter; Apple shipped 47 million. But those Huawei devices were mostly low or midrange.“We see good signs that people have seen the brand change to a large degree,” to one that is “stylish and innovative,” said G... Read More
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The Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 TV and Home Theater Deals

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Sometimes the term "Black Friday" seems like a misnomer. A possible replacement might include "Televisions-On-Sale Friday." Yes, this is one of the most popular times of the year to score a big-ticket electronics item for comparatively little dinero, but sorting through the white noise can be a little difficult. If you're in the mood to update your home entertainment system before Aunt Gertude and Uncle Melville stop by, we have picked some of your most attractive options here. (Be sure to also check out our main Black Friday Deals Guide for a lot more sales.) Black Friday Ads for 2017 with TV and Audi... Read More
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OnePlus 5T review: polished to a T

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OnePlus is one of those beguiling companies that seem to promise impossibly wonderful things. Flagship products at budget prices. The assiduous elegance of an iPhone at the attainable cost of a mid-range Motorola. It’s a company that constantly flirts with the “too good to be true” label, sometimes delivering on its lofty claims and at other times failing to live up to its own hype. I like the new ... Read More
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Shopping Tips For This Year’s Black Friday

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Published on Nov 19, 2017If you haven't started your holiday shopping, this Friday is the day to do it! But Black Friday can get overwhelming quickly. CBS2's Cindy Hsu chats with Smart Shopping Expert Trae Bodge. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Star Wars Jedi Challenges hands-on — wielding a lightsaber in augmented reality

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Disney wants you to be immersed in Star Wars this fall as The Last Jedi film comes out in December. And one of the ways it is doing that is with Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, an augmented reality headset that makes you feel like a Jedi. I tried it out in a hands-on demo, and it worked better than I thought it would. It wasn’t a purely gimmicky experience, the way that many AR demos feel. The product debuted on November 3 in Best Buy Stores or the Lenovo web site. Disney is heavily advertising it on TV. It isn’t cheap at $200, and so it’s an expensive toy for the Star Wars kid in all of us. Lenov... Read More
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Drone Gift Guide: 9 Choices From DJI, GoPro, Yuneec, and Parrot

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Drones have risen above niche status. What used to be a pricey hobby for RC enthusiasts and pro videographers is now a field ripe with funky sky gadgets. Choices range from $20 toys up into pro models that cost several thousand dollars. Whether your loved one is brand new to flying machines or can zip a quadcopter through a basketball hoop at 50 yards, we’v... Read More
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The Best Blu-ray Player

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From top: Sony BDP-S3500, Sony BDP-S5500, LG BP550 and Samsung BD-J5100. The Blu-ray player market is shrinking. Companies like Toshiba no longer manufacture players, and these days, most of any given company’s models are nearly identical. They almost all have the same progression in features as you go up in price. Base models are wired-only. The level above adds Wi-Fi, then 3D, and then you get 4K upconversion. Adding 4K usually means adding a faster processor, making the overall experience better—but not to a degree that you’d want to pay for it.Since most companies have stopped making players, it was easy to review the main models from the companies that still do: LG, Sony, and Samsung. Some other companies like Panasoni... Read More
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USA TODAY’s Black Friday Countdown

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Detected Closed Captioning: We've Got Your Countdown To Black Friday Here In Talking Tech Along With The Cheat Sheet On The Best Tech Deals That we Found So Far Here's What You Need To know Best Buy Will Open First At 5:00 P.m. On Thanksgiving Followed By 6:00 P.m. For Walmart And Target But Here's A Switch The Companies Say That Most Of Their Best Deals Will Be Available Online As Early As Thursday Morning ditto For Amazon If You Wanted To Get A Connected Speaker For The Home Google Is Making It Worth Your While With Its bite-sized Answer To Amazon Alexa The Google Home Mini Walmart Has The Mini For $29 Down From The Usual 50 Bucks But The Drawing In A $25 Gift Card Bringing The Effective Price Down To Just Four Dollars Tar... Read More
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The Best Laptop/Phone Black Friday 2017 Deals

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Black Friday isn’t always the best time to buy a computer or phone. It’s easy to get ripped off by a deal that seems too good to be true (it usually is). To save you a few headaches, and a lot of dollars, we’ve compiled some WIRED picks for the best PCs and mobile device deals going on Black Friday weekend, some of which are already available. All of these deals are purchasable online, not in-store. If you insist on trudging through the crowds, we wish you the best, but you won’t find a lot of help here, outside the Black Friday ads linked below. (Be sure to also check out our main Black Friday Deals Guide for a... Read More
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ZTE Axon M review: double trouble

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Two for the price of one. Two birds with one stone. Two heads are better than one. It’s a fairly simple concept: if having one of something is good, then having two of that thing is even better. At face value, ZTE’s Axon M doesn’t look like a $725 smartphone. The design is chunky for a modern phone, although the squarish aluminum chassis is comfortably weighty to hold. Turn on the device, and you’re greeted by... Read More
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Even new phones are no longer guaranteed to have the latest version of Android

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The OnePlus 5T and Razer Phone are two fundamentally different devices, which are nonetheless united by one unfortunate downside: both of them are going on sale this month without the latest version of Android on board. OnePlus will tell you that this issue is down to its extremely stringent testing process, while Razer offers a similar boilerplate about working as fast as possible to deliver Android Oreo. But we’re now three months removed from ... Read More