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March 19, 2014

Aboot Face: Huawei Gives the Boot to Dual-Boot Android-Windows Phone

Last week, Shao Yang, the Chief Marketing Officer of Chinese handset maker Huawei, said in an interview that the company would be pursuing dual-boot Android-Windows phones, set for release in the United States in the second quarter. As it turns out, though, this was a load of hooey. Or, at least, it became hooey shortly after Yang’s comments were printed in the interview.

A post on FierceWireless today reports that Huawei has reversed course, and will not be pursuing a dual-boot phone in the US—or, it seems, anywhere—in the near [...]

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March 19, 2014

Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Announced, Available for Pre-Order

At last year’s Game Developer’s Conference, Oculus VR introduced the first development prototype of its virtual reality gaming headset, the Oculus Rift. It was a $300 kit that allowed developers to start updating their games with VR capabilities.

And as of today, the company has unveiled the long-awaited second prototype, aptly titled Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2). It’s launching in July for $350, and is available for pre-order starting today.

As expected, this update to Oculus’ mind-boggling, futuristic, [...]

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March 19, 2014

Watch Out: Samsung Reportedly Making Gear 2 with SIM Card

The wearables war has finally gotten started, thanks to Google’s announcement yesterday of Android Wear, and the accompanying announcements of Motorola’s Moto 360 and the LG G Watch. Not to be outdone, it seems as though Samsung is looking to free the smartwatch from its reliance on the smartphone entirely. A post on TechCrunch today reports that the Galaxy Gear maker is looking into releasing a Gear 2 smartwatch equipped with its own SIM card, potentially giving users the ability to make calls and send texts right from their wrists [...]

 
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March 18, 2014

Xbox Killer? Sony Reveals Project Morpheus VR Headset for PS4

Today at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), Sony lifted the curtain on a new product that’s been rumored for a while now: a virtual reality headset codenamed Project Morpheus made for use with the PlayStation 4 console. It’d be easy to point and say that it was inspired by the popular Kickstarter project, the Oculus Rift—easy and correct, as a post on GameInformer quotes Sony Worldwide President Shuhei Yoshida as saying as much.

A post on the Verge explains that the announcement came at an event called Driving the Future of [...]

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March 18, 2014

SocialRadar Uses Social Network and Location Data to Help You Navigate Who’s Nearby

I recently sat down with Michael Chasen, former co-founder/CEO of BlackBoard, at SXSW to discuss his brand new app called SocialRadar.  As may have guessed by the name of the app, SocialRadar is a social discovery app, but instead of using location and interests like other apps, SocialRadar cross references social information and data to tell you who is nearby and how you are connected to them.  The idea behind the approach taken by Chasen and his team is that you get more value this way.

SocialRadar monitors data from Facebook, [...]

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March 18, 2014

Business or Pleasure: Dropbox to Let Users Switch Between Work and Personal Accounts

As more and more people start making the switch to hosting their important files on the cloud, the various options for doing so are becoming more important with each new customer. Today, the Verge reports that Dropbox, arguably the most well-known third-party cloud storage application, will offer users options for easy switching between work and personal accounts without the need to sign in or out of accounts to do so.

The new feature is set to be announced at an upcoming press event on April 9, says the post, and that it’ll go [...]

 
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March 18, 2014

Google Announces Android Wear, Its Line of Android Smartwatches

Moments ago, Google announced that its popular mobile operating system, Android, is coming to your wrist in the form of wearables. Yes, Google is now officially getting into the smart watch race, and its doing it through a program they’re calling Android Wear.

The slogan of Android Wear is “information that moves with you,” indicating a device that keeps the data and services you want instantly at your fingertips, taking the smartphone somewhat out of the equation.

Features, apps and services on Android Wear devices will [...]

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March 18, 2014

Will Amazon’s Console Be a PC Game Streaming HDMI Stick?

A post on TechCrunch today adds fuel to the Amazon console fire, citing sources who say that the console will be a Chromecast-style HDMI dongle, and that it will even stream PC games over the Internet.

According to the post, an unnamed source says that Amazon’s console “should have support for streaming full PC game titles,” akin to the kind of video game streaming that was tried by OnLive and Gaikai—before the former went belly up and the latter was acquired by Sony for its PlayStation Now service. The report also claims that [...]

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