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Google said to be working on a standalone VR headset

Google is reportedly developing a new, standalone virtual reality headset. Unlike the Oculus Rift, which requires a PC to work, or Google Cardboard, which is powered by smartphones, this new device would apparently be untethered, operating more akin to the Microsoft HoloLens, a standalone augmented reality headset.

From The Wall Street Journal:

One of the people familiar with the matter said the headset will include a screen, high-powered processors and outward-facing cameras. Google plans to use  [Read More…]

Samsung Gear S2 update brings new watch faces, apps and more

The Samsung Gear S2 has received a fresh update that includes new applications, watch faces and more. Perhaps the most notable additions are of the new applications, which include World Clock, ESPN and News Briefing apps. Of course, there are some more minor changes to the Contacts app and Settings to be aware of as well. Here’s the full breakdown:

This update includes new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes. Add new applications: World Clock, ESPN, News  [Read More…]

Google is developing its own stand-alone virtual reality headset

Considering how prevalent virtual reality (VR) has become over the last year or so, it’s getting hard to ignore. Google already has a bit of a play in the VR market with its Cardboard platform, and word has it that it’s planning on building a competitor to Samsung’s Gear VR setup, but it turns out there’s something else in the works, too.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google is hard at work on putting together a virtual reality headset  [Read More…]

NVIDIA offers Valentine’s discounts on select games for Shield

NVIDIA is currently holding a sale on a number of games for the Shield Android TV and Shield Tablet to celebrate Valentine’s Day. In all, NVIDIA has discounted six titles, including two from the GeForce Now game streaming service, and four on Google Play.

For the titles on GeForce Now, you’re looking at The Park and Submerged, which have been discounted by 33 percent and 25 percent, respectively. The other four Shield-compatible titles, all on Google Play,  [Read More…]

Unlock your smartphone quick and easy with doctorSIM

Even folks who are not tech-savy may have heard about phone unlocking in some form or another. This is especially likely if you’ve questioned using your phone on an international trip. A locked phone isn’t a complicated concept; it is merely a result of carrier exclusivity. The U.S. carriers often tune phones for their own network’s specs, and part of that process is not allowing that phone to go any other carrier (hence the term “locked”).

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But a locked  [Read More…]

Sprint serves up $150 Unlimited 4-line family plan

Limited-time promotion is like having a fourth line for free

Sprint today introduced a new, limited-time deal for families of up to four users in need of lots of mobile data. Available starting from February 12, Sprint will offer a plan of four lines of service with unlimited talk, text, and data for $ 150 per month. Moreover, accounts also receive 3GB of mobile hotspot and Sprint Global Roaming with unlimited 2G data and text messaging in select countries.

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Review: Under Armour Speedform Gemini 2 RE connected running shoes

A really nice pair of running shoes, with some extra intelligence thrown in.

Under Armour is making a big push into connected fitness. Part of the strategy involves altogether new products like the Under Armour HealthBox in partnership with HTC, but another area is adding smarts to its existing products — like these, the Speedform Gemini 2 RE running shoes. If you’re familiar with Under Armour’s running shoe line you’ll know that the Speedform Gemini 2s  [Read More…]

HTC One M10 rumored for May retail launch in the U.S.

Noted leaker @evleaks is reporting that the HTC One M10, thought to be the next flagship device from HTC, will launch in the U.S. the week of May 9. He also claims that HTC will release a watch before that time.

Small consolation, HTC fans: you’ll be able to pick up the watch before the end of April.

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 11, 2016

The HTC One M10 is said to  [Read More…]

Why it feels like the Internet of Things is going backwards

The Internet of Things isn’t dead, it’s just taking a nap. Well, sort of.

A year ago, it felt like new IoT products were being announced practically every day. Some were Kickstarter projects with broad ambitions, while others were big brand presentations that had consolidated their plans into single channels to release products later in the year. The connected home, where everything talked to everything else, seemed well on its way to being a reality that  [Read More…]

Archos announces Oxygen 50d before MWC

archos_50d_oxygenWith Mobile World Congress just around the corner, we are already seeing some early announcements and press releases from manufacturers. This latest one comes from Archos, a French manufacturer known for mostly making low- to mid-range tablets and smartphones in the European markets. The latest Archos device will be an addition to the existing Oxygen line, and will be dubbed the Oxygen 50d. The namesake indicates that it is a successor to the  [Read More…]