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July 14, 2015

Here’s What You Need to Know About Virtual Reality (VR), The Next Computing Frontier

This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles featured plenty of virtual reality gaming developments. Once regarded as an impractical laughingstock, VR has been transformed with the introduction of new technical developments. These innovations touch upon both the hardware used to simulate a realistic virtual world as well as the software running atop this machinery.

Attendees at this year’s E3 were eager to try out the Oculus Rift, which is expected to be released early next year. [...]

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July 7, 2015

Sony’s Latest Bright Idea Sounds Like A Dud

Every once in a while someone is hit by a spark of inspiration, a light bulb moment they call it, and a great idea is born. But it takes more than just a great idea to make it a reality — it takes a special person with the will to execute the idea. Otherwise all we are left with is an idea that will never actually see the light of day.

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Sony’s light bulb speaker turned on.

Some of my favorite lightbulb moments (with excellent execution) include the [...]

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May 15, 2015

First Apple HomeKit Devices to Debut Next Month

Apple says that the first batch of smart home devices running its HomeKit software will start shipping in June—despite a recent Fortune report to the contrary. According to the Wall Street Journal, an Apple spokesperson says that we’ll get our first taste of Apple-crafted home automation within a few short weeks.

Apple competitor Samsung has already jumped into the Internet-of-Things game with its purchase of SmartThings last year.

Said Apple’s Trudy Muller:

“HomeKit [hardware certification] [...]

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May 14, 2015

Verizon Announces LG Lancet Windows Phone

It’s here, and it’s cheap: Verizon has officially announced the long-rumored LG Windows Phone called the Lancet. Despite the fact that the images of the phone on Verizon’s website seem limited to renders, we now know the device’s specs and pricing. While there’s nothing too particularly exciting under the hood, the phone is a relative bargain at a full price of $120.

Will the Lancet be capable of running Windows 10 Mobile? We’ll know later this year…

The device runs Windows Phone 8.1 [...]

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May 13, 2015

Waterproof Galaxy S6 Active Spotted

It seems that Samsung has a more durable version of its popular Galaxy S6 handset in the works, as a leaked image of a “Galaxy S6 Active” appeared on the web on Tuesday. Leaked to GSMArena, the image shows a rugged device stamped with the AT&T logo and the name of the device on the back—and it could be just the phone for folks who want a high-end handset without the fear of it shattering into a million pieces:

This appears to be the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, a waterproof, ruggedly [...]

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May 11, 2015

New Samsung Tablet Image Leaked

A new Android tablet from Samsung has leaked onto the Internet, and it shows that the competition for the dwindling tablet market is still happening. The image appeared on the @onleaks Twitter account on Sunday, with the label that it’s Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2, with a measured display of 9.7 inches.

The leaker says the new tablet was designed with the Galaxy S6 in mind.

Another tweet from the France-based leaker says that the new tablet was inspired by the Galaxy S6 smartphone, which is currently [...]

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May 6, 2015

Oculus Rift Confirmed for Q1 2016

It’s happening: Facebook-owned Oculus announced on Tuesday that its long-in-development virtual reality headset, the Rift, will be ready for our sweaty faces in the first quarter of 2016. Pre-orders will open later this year, and that’s just enough time for me to go OH CRAP I NEED A BETTER COMPUTER SITUATION FOR THIS MAGIC VR HEADSET.

The company made the announcement on its blog, though not too many more details came through other than that. Oculus did say that this long-awaited consumer grade version of the Rift is better than [...]

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May 4, 2015

The Next Apple TV Remote Will Be Radically Different

The original Apple TV remote (left), next to the current Apple TV Remote (right).

The first Apple TV remote was small, white plastic device with a handful of buttons. That remote was phased out by the current remote that ships with Apple TV’s, the current one is the one most people are familiar with: thin and silver with a few black buttons — just the right amount to make it useful and intuitive. This is by design.

The New York Times is now reporting that the new Apple TV remote, which [...]

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May 4, 2015

Rumor: New Surface Pro 4 Reveal in Mid-May

I’ve been using and loving my Surface Pro 3 for about a year now—but, hot damn, I’m ready for a new jammy up in here. A post on SlashGear from last week cites an anonymous tipster, who claims that Microsoft will be revealing the newest iteration of its Surface Pro line sometime this month—which would put the Surface Pro 4’s debut about a year after the reveal of the Surface Pro 3.

The post offers some details about what the new Surface Pro 4 might offer. Since we’ve known since last October that it’ll be compatible with the [...]

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April 21, 2015

Microsoft Says HoloLens Will Run Windows Universal Apps

Microsoft’s annual developer conference, Build, is nearly upon us. To get people excited, the company provided more details about one of its buzziest new devices: the HoloLens.

The new goodies come under the Frequently Asked Questions section toward the bottom of the HoloLens page, and they help clear up some confusion about just what the HoloLens is, and how it’ll work. Whereas earlier I thought the HoloLens was merely a peripheral for the PC that will give users a new way to interact with their computers, it turns out that the [...]

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