Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Consumer Electronics

Fry’s Electronics closes another store in Anaheim, shelves still bare

Fry’s Electronics announced that it will close its store in Anaheim, California. That follows an announcement in September that the company was shutting a store in January, 2020. I asked them in September if the whole chain was shutting down, and they said no. A spokesman said the company was restocking its shelves. But the […]

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Huawei’s Mate Xs and MatePad Pro 5G promise high-end tablet performance

Leaked fairly extensively over the past few weeks, Huawei’s Mate Xs foldable and MatePad Pro 5G tablet became official today, offering users access to the embattled Chinese company’s most powerful consumer 5G technologies. But they won’t be cheap, and thanks to U.S. government restrictions they’re running on an open source fork of Android called EMUI10 and […]

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Sony’s 5G Xperia 1 II is more a showcase than a contender

While the likes of Samsung, Huawei, Apple, and Xiaomi now garner the lion’s share of the global smartphone market, a number of other players continue to build mobile devices for those looking for something a little “different.” One such company is Sony, and the veritable veteran of the mobile phone sphere today unveiled its first […]

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No Man’s Sky adds living ships and VR improvements

No Man’s Sky’s range of galaxy-trekking space ships are about to feel a bit more, well, alive. Developer Hello Games today introduced the Living Ship update, which adds a race of biological spaceships to the massive VR-compatible sci-fi adventure. These unique craft aren’t made of nuts and bolts — they’re hulls are living tissue. And, get […]

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Unity gets controller-free hand-tracking in the editor with Oculus Link

The latest update to the Oculus Integration for Unity adds the Quest’s controller-free hand-tracking to the editor. Facebook added experimental controller-free hand-tracking for Quest in December. It lets you use your hands in the open air to interact with VR content rather than through Touch controllers. This is done through advanced computer vision algorithms powered by […]

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The VR world doesn’t need 4 Vive Cosmos headsets or 2 Proton glasses

I’m a huge fan of hardware experimentation and prototyping — enough to enjoy looking back at abandoned designs and forgotten products that either never made it to market, or were replaced by more memorable sequels. While iteration is a necessary part of the innovation process, a successful company generally settles on a single, polished final […]

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HTC teases Vive Proton ‘display headset’ concept for 5G smartphones

Now that its Vive and Vive Cosmos families have been firmly established as PC-tethered virtual reality headsets, HTC is tentatively looking towards a future where its hardware is used with 5G cellular devices, and considerably less bulky than its current goggles. That explains the company’s unexpected disclosure today of Project Proton, a pair of concept […]

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HTC debuts Vive Cosmos Elite, Play, and XR models, plus new faceplates

Despite its unique modular design, HTC’s $699 Vive Cosmos VR headset had a rocky rollout last year, in equal parts because of its premium price and various software issues, including tracking problems. Thankfully, HTC isn’t giving up on the concept — instead, it’s announcing three new models in the family, as well as three faceplates […]

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Snapchat adds lava and water AR Lenses using ground segmentation and ML

Although it’s still best known as a social media network, Snapchat has rapidly become a leader in real time augmented reality effects thanks to camera “Lenses” that alter the looks of people and landmarks. Today, the app is adding two ground replacement lenses to the mix, enabling users to swap solid pavement, carpeting, or other […]

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Alleged iPhone 9 video leak reveals thinner hybrid of iPhones 4 and 8

Rumors of an inexpensive new entry-level iPhone have been circulating for over a year now, alternating between the names “iPhone SE 2” and “iPhone 9.” A new video posted on social media (via Stefan Constantine) appears to show the device, and while it has some familiar design cues from prior iPhones, it’s technically a “new” […]

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Japan Display launches 1058ppi 2.1-inch screens for smaller VR glasses

Two of this year’s most important evolutions of VR glasses involve increasing their display resolution and reducing their size — changes that Japan Display (JDI) is making possible. The company backed by Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba announced today that it’s now mass-producing a pair of high-pixel-density screens designed for smaller, lighter VR glasses, including at […]

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Specs are Android’s biggest advantage over iPhones, but do users care?

As important as “specs” are to screens, speakers, cameras, and other electronic components, the related concept of “diminishing returns” always looms large. Short for “specifications,” specs define a product’s performance characteristics, while diminishing returns suggest that there’s some performance level beyond which further improvements aren’t adding anything important enough to justify their added expense for […]

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Logitech Streamcam is a great 1080p60 camera for content creators

Logitech has made webcams for a long time. This has made it one of the go-to companies for the growing content-creator market. But while webcams like the C922 are great, Logitech always built its cameras as general-purpose devices. That left Twitch streamers and YouTube stars to repurpose these home-office tools for their own purposes. But […]

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SteamVR beta adds new dashboard, Oculus Quest icon

The beta version of SteamVR now has an all-new interface, as well as adding an icon for Oculus Quest in Oculus Link mode. SteamVR is Valve’s PC virtual reality platform for Windows, macOS, and Linux. The runtime is downloaded and updated via Steam. SteamVR supports all PC VR headsets, so developers building SteamVR apps can […]

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If Apple’s 5G iPhone plans are still fluid, it’s in for quite a ride

If you believe most of the evidence out there, Apple’s iPhone designs are typically finished well in advance of their release, enabling the company to focus its final months on manufacturing the massive quantities users around the world will demand on day one. Due to problems with Intel’s 5G modem and an eleventh hour settlement […]

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ProBeat: The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip might be for you

Last year, when Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold, before it failed spectacularly, Evan Blass explained why it wasn’t for you. It was for early adopters. This week, Samsung unveiled its second foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip. It might be for you. Based on price alone, if you’re wondering whether you should shell out at […]

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Google and Amazon ceded smart speaker market share to Chinese rivals in 2019

In 2019, both Amazon and Google ceded smart speaker market share to Chinese rivals, according to a survey published today by Strategy Analytics. The firm reports that of the 146.9 million units sold in the year 2019 — a 70% uptick compared with 2018 — Amazon Alexa-powered speakers made up 26.2% (roughly 38.5 million units), […]

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Project xCloud finally comes to iOS, but with some serious limitations

Microsoft’s cloud gaming service is finally making its way to iOS. The company announced a Project xCloud beta is launching on Apple’s mobile operating system beginning today. This enables iPhone owners to stream Halo: The Master Chief Collection to their phone from the cloud. Microsoft has spent the last several months running an xCloud test […]

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Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra specs: What Samsung changed

At its Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event today, the South Korean tech giant announced the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra, successors to the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+. The company also announced the Galaxy Z Flip, but we’re just focusing on the main three. These are Samsung’s eleventh-generation phones — […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 5G phones may anger Verizon users, confuse others

Samsung’s annual Galaxy Unpacked event for S-series phones is now in the history books, and there were some impressive announcements — the Galaxy Z Flip foldable looks cool, Galaxy Buds+ will sound better, and every new Galaxy S20 phone includes 5G support. That’s a big step up from last year, when only the largest and […]

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Samsung’s Flex Mode is the killer feature foldable phones needed

Though the Galaxy Z Flip was pretty thoroughly leaked ahead of today’s Galaxy Unpacked event, one thing truly stood out during Samsung’s official unveiling: Flex Mode, a feature that enables half of the folding phone’s screen to sit upright while the bottom rests flat on a table. Up until now, everyone has been waiting for a […]

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Samsung debuts Galaxy Buds+ with 2-way speakers and longer battery life

Samsung today debuted the Galaxy Buds+ with improved battery life and 2-way speakers. The second-generation Galaxy Buds made to compete with Apple’s AirPods are expected to cost $149 and come in blue, white, and black. The news was announced today at the Galaxy Unpacked event which took place at the Palace of Fine Arts in […]

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Samsung Galaxy S20 begins shipping March 6

At the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco this afternoon, Samsung unveiled its newest flagship series: Galaxy S20. Like S-series lineups before it, the S20 is a showcase of the company’s technological innovations, which this time around include a powerful eight-core processor, a display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and across-the-board 5G compatibility. Pre-orders […]

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