Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Consumer Electronics

Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 drops to $999 and adds Qualcomm’s XR1

Six years after Google Glass was unveiled, it goes without saying that the first major augmented reality headset wasn’t the massive success some imagined: The $1,500 Enterprise Edition was ultimately pitched almost exclusively to businesses, and after less than two years, the company had to tell people it hadn’t been abandoned. It’s been a while, but Google […]

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Samsung’s One UI comes to Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, and Sport

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch generated plenty of attention — thanks to a sleeker design and UI enhancements over its predecessors — and now Samsung is bringing Active’s software improvements to older models. That means the Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, and Gear Sport will be able to use Samsung’s One UI, new watch faces, and […]

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Google’s Huawei restrictions are a wake-up call for all Android phone makers

Huawei’s fortunes have gone from bad to worse, as news emerged last night that Google will stop providing Huawei with support for Android and Google services. The move was made in response to a U.S. order that restricts companies ability to trade with Huawei. The upshot of this is that Huawei won’t be able to […]

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Ready At Dawn breaks down how Oculus Rift S inside-out tracking works with Echo VR

Echo VR developer Ready at Dawn explained in a short blog post how the game will work with the inside-out tracked Touch controllers on Oculus Rift S. The developer also praised the higher resolution display of the Rift S, claiming it makes it “easier to read name tags and help pick out snipers from far away.” Inside-out controller tracking […]

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Oculus Quest launch games pricing: Only 1 is over $30

Facebook provided the prices planned by developers for their May 21 launch on Oculus Quest. Oculus Quest is the $400 all-in-one VR system from Facebook which ships with a pair of intuitive hand controllers. There are more than 50-plus titles planned for launch and the games selected represent Facebook’s effort to curate a high-quality console-like […]

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Verizon CEO touts 1.5Gbps peak 5G speed as S10 reviewers hit approved sites

Back in February, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg told the audience at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event that he was “super excited” to bring the Galaxy S10 5G to market, even though he wasn’t making specific promises as to how fast the phone would perform on Verizon’s 5G network. Now we have a better idea: Vestberg told […]

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Oculus Quest will have 1 million YouTube VR videos at May 21 launch

If you’re planning to buy an Oculus Quest, and wondering whether there will be sufficient content to keep you entertained on its May 21 launch day, good news: YouTube VR will be available as a Quest launch app, which means that over a million public VR videos and experiences will be available through Google’s service […]

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Sprint will launch 5G on May 31 in 4 cities with LG V50 and HTC 5G Hub

Having previously set general targets for its initial launch of 5G services and devices in the United States, Sprint says today that it will begin offering 5G in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Kansas City on May 31, with its first 5G device preorders starting tomorrow, May 17. Users will be able to use LG’s V50 […]

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Verizon releases Galaxy S10 5G with 20 cities of hype for only 2 cities

My hat’s off to Verizon this morning for the bold marketing campaign behind Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G, and more generally, its nascent 5G network. Take a moment to visit the company’s 5G mini-site today, which happens to be the S10 5G’s U.S. launch day, and you’ll experience a wonderfully clean graphic design that works as […]

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Ossia and T-Mobile pilot wireless-charging asset trackers in Walmart warehouses

True wireless charging at a distance has arrived — you just can’t buy it yet. But companies like Ossia are making progress, buoyed by industrial and enterprise players. In September 2018, the Bellevue, Washington-based startup said it would team up with Walmart to help the retailer cut costs in its thousands of stores, Ossia’s fourth […]

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Tactical Haptics will launch dev kit preorders for ‘haptic controllers’ on May 29

Tactical Haptics will launch preorders for its Reactive Grip controller development kit on May 29. The controller uses “haptic feedback” to give you a sense of touch in applications such as virtual reality games. The hope is that the next big frontier for VR technology will be the sense of touch, as the visuals already […]

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Pokémon Rumble Rush is an island-hopping, monster-capturing romp for iOS and Android

With the release of the (surprisingly fun) movie Detective Pikachu, Pokémon is once again in the popular consciousness. And license holder The Pokémon Company is trying to capitalize on that by releasing the free-to-play Pokémon Rumble Rush for mobile devices. Pokémon is a huge global franchise that spans different mediums: games, anime, books, and over […]

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Apple’s iOS 12.4 and watchOS 5.3 betas will add support for Apple Card

One day after Apple released the final versions of iOS 12.3 and watchOS 5.2.1, the company is ready to give developers their first tastes of iOS 12.4 and watchOS 5.3. These will likely be Apple’s final point releases for each operating system ahead of June’s WWDC 2019 event in San Jose, California. While iOS 12.2 […]

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Arm’s Mali-D77 targets barf-free, high-performance, untethered VR headsets

Arm is unveiling its design for the Arm Mali-D77 display processor, which is targeted at next-generation virtual reality head-mounted displays. Arm’s client line of business vice president Nandan Nayampally said in a blog post that the new processor can help eliminate motion sickness. If a processor alone can really do that, I’ll be really surprised. […]

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HTC’s Vive Pro Eye arrives in Europe and China for roughly $2,000

HTC’s deluxe version of the Vive Pro VR headset debuted in January at CES with a new name — Vive Pro Eye — and a promise that it would sit above rather than replace its predecessor. Today, HTC announced the new model’s release across 25 European countries and China, complete with a price tag that […]

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Apple faces 14% price hike if U.S. adds new 25% Chinese tariff

High prices already led Apple’s iPhone sales to plateau during the typically strong holiday season, and a new round of U.S. tariffs against Chinese-manufactured products are seriously endangering its upcoming revenues, CNBC notes today. At a threatened 25% tariff rate, Apple would need to raise its U.S. prices by roughly 14% to keep margins constant […]

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VR hit Moss gets new levels, story content for Oculus Quest’s May 21 launch

Moss fans will finally get a taste of new content later this month. Indie developer Polyarc is bringing its hit virtual reality game to the wireless Oculus Quest on May 21 — and it’s coming with a new chapter called Twilight Garden. Moss tasks you with helping the cute and heroic Quill, a mouse that’s trying […]

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Vodafone sets 7-city 5G launches for July 3 in U.K., summer in Spain (updated)

In separate announcements, British carrier Vodafone confirmed today that it’s almost ready to begin offering commercial 5G services across both the United Kingdom and Spain. The U.K. will see an initial seven-city rollout across London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, and Glasgow on July 3, while Spain will have its own seven-city launch (via El […]

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Apple’s ugly iPhone 11 camera square finally puts function over form

Apple’s designers are generally admired around the world, but like other design teams, they’ve had their ups and downs over the years. The ups are numerous and strong that the downs — iOS 7’s “flat” UI, some bizarre recharging Lightning accessories, and the iPhone Smart Battery pack — seem comparatively trivial. Sure, they were ugly […]

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Apple releases iOS and tvOS 12.3 with smart TV and Channels updates

One and a half months after its beta debut, Apple’s iOS 12.3 update is officially arriving in final form today for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches, alongside tvOS 12.3 for Apple TVs. Both releases focus largely on TV-related enhancements, including the addition of support for third-party televisions with AirPlay 2 capabilities, integrated subscriptions to “Channel” […]

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