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2 weeks ago

How the HTC Vive reset everything I knew about the future of VR

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HTC Vive

I thought I'd already seen the best of what virtual reality had to offer. But 20 minutes with the HTC Vive changed all that. It changed everything.

I'm surrounded by the sounds of what I'd probably call a busy auto body shop if my eyes were closed. But the room I am standing in doesn't have any large machines that I'd normally associate with these sounds. It's a fairly small room, some kind of repair station by the looks of things. A vaguely familiar voice comes in over the speaker behind my left shoulder and instructs me to charge the power tools I am holding in my hands. I look down and, sure enough, there's a pair of identical tools I don't recognize in my hands. As I turn around to face the source of the audio, I catch the infamous Aperture Laboratories logo stamped on one of the many blueprints strewn across my station. Over to the left of the long surface that makes up my desk, a P-body figurine stares back at me.

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2 weeks ago

Miles from Tomorrowland joins the Watch Disney Junior app with Google Cardboard support and an XPrize challenge

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Disney is headed into virtual reality today, and their primary focus is children. In a coordinated effort with XPrize, Disney is taking their science-focused Miles from Tomorrowland series and turning it into a full STEAM — that's Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics — competition. The purpose is to get children to not only learn about these disciplines, but participate in them. This is why, starting today, science centers all over the US will be participating in Miles from Tomorrowland: Space Missions challenges for kids 2-8. To keep the adventure going at home, the Watch Disney Junior app will be updated with Google Cardboard-ready Miles from Tomorrowland content.

For the uninitiated, Miles from Tomorrowland is an incredibly popular pre-school series featuring based-in-real-science lessons and adventures. Despite only being 15 episodes long at this point, the show has featured characters voiced by George Takei, Mark Hamill, Bill Nye, Olivia Munn, and many others. The expansion into this new Space Missions challenge encourages kids to participate in one of three themes categories. Kids will be encourages to do everything from build a paper spaceship or a mobile of the solar system to create a superstellar landscape out of clay and other materials. The top prize is a trip to the Kennedy Space Center to watch a rocket take off, while second place and runner up prizes include 3D Printers and 100 Google Cardboard units.

Watch Disney Junior is expected to update early next month with the new Google Cardboard content, but if your child is ready to participate in the space missions before that happens you can head to the contest page and download the activities now.

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2 weeks ago

Misfit introduces the Flash Link, a $19 fitness tracker that can help you take a selfie

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The popular fitness tracking company Misfit has released its most affordable fitness tracker yet, the Flash Link. Building on top of its already successful Misfit Flash, the company has added a number of new features and functionality to the device, beyond fitness tracking. Priced at $19, the Flash Link adds a smart button that allows you to control features of its new Link app. Unfortunately, the new Link app will not make its way to Android until next month, but the Flash Link will still track your stats and sync with the existing Misfit app. Some of the features of the upcoming Link app include:

  • Track Activity + Sleep
  • Take A Selfie
  • Control Your Music
  • Turn Lights On or Off
  • And much more in store!

Whether you are looking for your first fitness tracker, or one with a few extra features, its hard to go wrong for $19. The Flash Link will not come with a wrist strap like other models, though you can purchase additional accessories for it separately.

Purchase the Misfit Flash Link for $19

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2 weeks ago

HBO Now arrives on Android and Fire OS phones and tablets, coming soon to Chromecast and Fire TV

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HBO Now has made its way to Android and Fire OS phones and tablets, making it no longer an iOS exclusive. The service is now available for phones and tablets running Google's Android platform and Amazon's Fire OS.

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2 weeks ago

Fairphone 2 modular smartphone pre-orders are now live in Europe for €529

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Fairphone has started taking pre-orders for its Android 5.1 Lollipop-based modular smartphone, the Fairphone 2. However, it will only be available for European residents to buy and use. The price for the smartphone is €529.38, and it will begin shipping in November.

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2 weeks ago

Marshall surprises music lovers with a new smartphone; meet the exquisite London

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Marshall is a brand you'd usually associate with musical equipment, be it guitars, amplifiers or even headphones, but the company has just stunned music fans with a new smartphone. Meet the London, a stylish new mobile phone by Marshall that aims to really turn up the volume with Android Lollipop.

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2 weeks ago

Huawei boasts about Honor 7 success, confirms it will head to Europe in new video

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In its latest video, Huawei has taken a moment to boast about the success its already seen with its Honor 7 smartphone, as well as confirm that it will indeed be heading to Europe. With more than 2 million pre-orders in 12 hours, the Honor 7 received 9 million pre-orders in its first week.

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2 weeks ago

Angry Birds 2 will take pig-warfare to the next level on July 30

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Developer and publisher Rovio has announced plans to release Angry Birds 2 on July 30. It's the first full sequel to the arcade game that launched in 2009 for mobile devices and spawned a ton of spin-off titles, including two based on the Star Wars franchise. It's also become a huge merchandising hit with lots and lots of products, from back packs to candy to an upcoming animated movie.

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2 weeks ago

Motorola holding launch events on July 28 — New Moto phones inbound

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Moto invite

'Your relationship status is about to change'

Motorola has started sending out invites for press events on July 28 in New York City, São Paulo and London. What will we see? A new Moto G is likely in light of recent leaks, but we wouldn't rule out the possibility of higher-end stuff as well.

Moto's invite is pretty coy — does that signature contain both Xs and Gs, or are we reading too much into it?

The company's teaser site offers some background:

Yes. We're in a relationship with our phone.

We feel lost without it. We trust them with our most personal questions, photos, stories and secrets. They never leave our side. But shouldn't all that care and devotion you show be returned?

A better mobile relationship is on its way.

Join us on 7.28.15 to find out how we are changing things for the better.

Whatever happens, we'll be live from both NYC and London on the morning of July 28 to find out more.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Pay trial launches in Korea ahead of global roll out

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Samsung has launched a trial of its new mobile payments platform in Korea. The Samsung Pay month-long trial is in preparation for a global roll out to more regions. The company announced on the Samsung official blog that owners of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are the first to be able to use Samsung Pay.

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2 weeks ago

EU launches two antitrust investigations against Qualcomm

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The European Commission has launched two formal investigations against Qualcomm to determine whether or not the chip maker engaged in antitrust practices. It's alleged the company has abused its market position by undercutting rival parties to force them out of the industry.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung's first smartphones with front-facing LED flash are now available in India

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After launching the underwhelming Galaxy J1 earlier this year, Samsung has expanded its Galaxy J lineup with the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 in the country. Both handsets will be sold exclusively on Flipkart, with sales kicking off from July 23.

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2 weeks ago

This is how you can get an invite for the OnePlus 2

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With the OnePlus 2 launching later this month, the Chinese vendor has been sharing details about the upcoming handset. Thus far, we know that the phone will retail for under $450, feature 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, feature a 3,300mAh battery, a lightning-quick fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C and a Snapdragon 810. Today, co-founder Carl Pei shed more light on the "vastly improved" invite process for the phone.

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2 weeks ago

Vodafone's affordable Smart Ultra 6 is now available in silver

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Vodafone has announced that the UK mobile operator is now selling the silver variant of its Smart Ultra 6 smartphone. The company unveiled the latest offering in the Smart series last month, priced at just £125 for a HD display and LTE connectivity.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi's latest Mi TV 2S is a 48-inch 4K TV with a 9.9mm frame

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Xiaomi has unveiled a new product in its Mi TV lineup, the Mi TV 2S. The TV features the latest version of MIUI — based on Android 5.0 — and comes with a 48-inch 4K display in an aluminium frame that's only 9.9mm thick.

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