Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Consumer Electronics

Facebook reportedly teams with Luxottica to produce AR glasses by 2025

Facebook has been clear about both its ambitions to create all-day wearable augmented reality glasses and its inability to do so with current-generation hardware. Now it’s apparently ready to work with an established giant in the glasses world, Luxottica, to help it bring the product to market. According to CNBC, the Orion glasses are a […]

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Pico and ZeroLight demo Boundless XR, untethered VR streaming from PCs

In the very near future, virtual reality headsets will increasingly ditch their cables in favor of next-generation wireless alternatives that stream low-latency, high-bandwidth visuals to their screens. Today, Pico Interactive and ZeroLight are publicly demonstrating Qualcomm’s wireless enabling technology Boundless XR, which will soon “untether” PCs using either Wi-Fi or 5G. Similar to Intel’s WiGig […]

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Google schedules Pixel 4 hardware event for October 15

Google today sent out invites for an October 15 hardware event in New York City. The company will almost certainly detail its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones at the annual Made by Google event. We say “detail” because Google has already shown off the devices in response to the first Pixel 4 leaks. […]

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Early iPhone 11 sales reports confirm the obvious: It’s the price, stupid

If there’s been any major complaint about iPhones over the past two years, it was pricing, which crept up in the U.S. and conspicuously hurt sales in some international markets. But now that Apple has dropped prices on the iPhone 11, a key analyst says that early sales are stronger than expected — a good […]

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Geekbench suggests Google will launch a 5G Pixel 4 XL

Google has actively leaked numerous details of its next-generation Pixel 4 smartphone ahead of its expected October launch, but one detail — support for fast 5G networks — appeared to be absent. That has changed, however, as new Geekbench 5 benchmarks (via PocketNow) appear to show a “Pixel 4 XL 5G,” which if accurate will […]

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Pokémon Go adds critters from Black and White’s Gen 5 roster

Pokémon from the franchise’s fifth generation will start showing up in Niantic‘s hit mobile game Pokémon Go today. Gen 5 encompasses Pokémon Black and White and the direct sequels Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2. Yes, it can all be a bit confusing if you’re not familiar with the franchise, but all of the […]

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Vivo Nex 3 has a 99.8% screen-to-body ratio

Leave it to Vivo to unveil a nearly 7-inch smartphone with a chart-topping 99.8% screen-to-body ratio. During an event in Shanghai this evening, the Dongguan, China-based company took the wraps off of the Nex 3, which ships in both 5G and 4G variants and boasts a three-camera system with a telescopic lens. Pricing and release […]

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Bose’s AR Frames get a narrative gaming boost from the team behind That Dragon, Cancer

The most recent game from the team behind the emotionally evocative and autobiographical That Dragon, Cancer was built for a pair of sunglasses. In The Other, players wear Bose AR Frames — head- and gesture-tracking sunglasses with built-in speakers — as they listen, look, and walk their way through a narrative game set in a […]

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Oculus Quest devs see standalone VR as good for sales despite curation frustration

We’ve heard from a growing list of VR developers who made it through Facebook’s stringent approval process for the Oculus Quest standalone VR headset and found a lot of buyers waiting to purchase their content on the other side. While we still don’t have enough reports to nail down the specific size of the Quest market we […]

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How HTC crafted Vive Cosmos for a new generation of consumer VR

HTC unveiled its high-end consumer virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive Cosmos today. It ships on October 3 for $700, and I had a good hands-on demo with the system, for which preorders are opening today. And I had a chance to sit down with a couple of HTC executives after my demo, and I […]

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HTC Vive Cosmos consumer VR headset ships on October 3 for $700

HTC is launching a new high-end consumer virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive Cosmos, and it will ship on October 3 for $700. Preorders are open today. The new VR headset is going to feel like a new generation of VR, perhaps the second or third since the first modern VR headsets launched in 2016. […]

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5G uses less power than 4G at peak bitrates, but more for basic tasks

If you’ve been holding off on buying a 5G device because you’re concerned about cellular power drain, don’t fret: 5G devices are actually capable of delivering greater energy efficiency than 4G LTE models, according to a new study by the Signals Research Group (SRG), though either 5G or 4G may consume less power depending on the […]

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iOS 13 reveals iPhone-tethered Apple AR glasses with a controller

Regardless of whatever other augmented reality hardware solutions Apple might have been working on, the company’s immediate path forward appears to be iPhone-dependent AR glasses with a handheld controller, rather than a standalone platform. That’s the biggest surprise developers Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo have discovered in newly-released versions of iOS 13 and XCode 11, which […]

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Apple’s By Innovation Only event established Samsung as the trailblazer

While Apple’s media events are always polished, Samsung’s can be downright hard to watch — awkward pacing and confusion are practically givens every time. Yet even as a long-time Apple user, I must concede that the companies’ respective events have firmly established Samsung as the consumer electronics innovator to watch in 2020, thanks largely to […]

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iPad is the right way to play Apple Arcade games

Apple didn’t draw much of a connection yesterday between the new iPad and the Apple Arcade game subscription service, but in the hands-on demos, it had the right idea. I played Frogger in Toy Town, one of the premiere Apple Arcade games, on the new iPad. It was a lot of fun playing the game […]

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Apple iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max hands-on — flagship smartphones without 5G

To no one’s surprise, Apple launched its flagship smartphones today, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. These high-end smartphones take camera technology to a new level, but they don’t come with 5G connectivity. We got a hands-on demo of the smartphones, which you can see in the video. The iPhone 11 […]

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iPhone 11 hands-on — a mainstream smartphone with Night Mode for low-light shooting

Apple unveiled its iPhone 11 smartphone today, and we got a look at it. Here are some hands-on impressions. This phone is a successor to the iPhone XR. It has a cheaper liquid crystal display (LCD), and it has a 6.1-inch display — pretty much the same as what you could get with last year’s […]

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Why Fry’s Electronics hasn’t been restocking goods in multiple stores

Fry’s Electronics recently acknowledged it would shut its store in Palo Alto, California, in January because its lease wasn’t renewed. But stores in other places are running out of goods and don’t appear to be restocking them. It seems like another sign of the retail apocalypse. But a Fry’s spokesman said any rumor of impending […]

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Apple Watch Series 5 hands-on — small power-mode tweaks and an 18-hour battery life

Apple unveiled its Apple Watch Series 5 today at an event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s headquarters. I got a close look at the device after the announcement and shot this video. Sorry for the vertical shot. But you can get an idea for some of the features. It isn’t so different from […]

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iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max: What Apple changed

At Apple’s Innovation Only event in Cupertino today, the company announced its iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, successors to the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. Apple’s 13th-generation phones are now official. Preorders for the new iPhones begin September 13, and the devices will start shipping September 20. Before […]

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