HTC's virtual reality partnership with Valve is finally shipping, and we're just starting to dig in to ours. Before we get too deep into things like cellular services on the HTC Vive and what it takes to dedicate a part of your house to wandering around in what feels like another dimension, we need to address the box itself. The Vive box is enormous, and contained within is everything you need to get started and have a good time.
Here's the unboxing and initial setup. We'll be back soon with a whole lot more on the Vive, assuming someone doesn't fall asleep in the thing.
While Google is currently in the spotlight over antitrust concerns in other parts of the globe, Canada's Competition Bureau has announced it has dropped its investigation into the company's search practices.
Fans of Blizzard's hit collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be able to get their hands on its latest expansion pack soon. 'Whispers of the Old Gods' has a firm release date of April 26 in the U.S., followed by a release in Europe and Asia on April 27.
The enemy pilot that has been on my ass for the last 45 seconds finally caught up to me.
It was my own fault. I ran out of debris when I cut left instead of right, and now there's nowhere for me to hide. Alarms are going off all through the cockpit, cracks have formed across the glass canopy, and I've just burned through my countermeasures. There's no way out of this, and just as I start rotating the ship to face my enemy head on, everything explodes. Glass flies inward toward me, and then all of the air in the cockpit is sucked out into space.
In the real world, I exhale deeply and my heart rate increases. It happens every time I die in Eve: Valkyrie, and it's the first of dozens of times my body has reacted physically to something I've seen in the Oculus Rift CV1.
HTC returns in style, with one of the best Android phones of the year so far.
The quick take
After a disappointing couple of release cycles, HTC's 2016 flagship is a confident return to form, and a reason for high-end buyers to start paying attention to the company once again. This impressive all-rounder gets a lot of important things right — performance, build quality and, for the most part, the camera. And although it's trumped by the Galaxy S7 in some key metrics, the HTC 10 is arguably the closest competitor Samsung has right now.
Well-built aluminum unibody
Fast performance and clean, uncluttered UI
Impressive audio features
Capable all-round camera
Display not great in sunlight
Camera focusing can be finicky, particularly in macro
Verizon Wireless will begin taking pre-orders for the upcoming HTC 10 on Friday, April 29. It will also show off the smartphone in its retail stores on that same date for hands-on previews.
Verizon has announced that customers who are interested in checking the phone out first hand will be able to do so in stores on April 29. Shipments are expected to begin in May, and Verizon notes that it will be the first carrier to offer the HTC 10.
Keep in mind, Verizon is offering three months of HBO NOW in addition to paying for your switching costs and allowing you to trade your current phone in for credit on the new HTC 10.
Google is continuing to take Android security very seriously, and that shows in the Android Security 2015 Annual Report. Last year, Google announced a reduction of Potentially Harmful Apps (PHA) by nearly half and has kept that momentum up this year. The company now scans around 400 million devices and 6 billion installed apps each day, a huge jump from where it was in 2014.
Samsung commenced Marshmallow rollout for the Galaxy S5 in South Korea (SM-G900L) late last month, and the update is now hitting the global variant of the phone (SM-G900F). The SM-G900F variant is sold in Europe, Latin America, and parts of Asia, with the update rolling out to users in Sri Lanka.
LG has created a website that's designed to showcase the LG G5 and its "Friends". Called Play More, the site lets you pair an accessory and a toy, following which you get a video with the two in action.
U.S. Cellular has announced that it will offer its customers a new, easy method of secure messaging, provided by TigerText. Specializing in enterprise messaging, TigerText is offering its secure messaging solutions to both individual and corporate U.S. Cellular customers. Participating customers will be able to pay for the service directly through their bills.
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