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Valve's Oculus Rift interface is a giant floating screen

SteamVR beta launches day before developer event<p>Valve has updated its Steam beta client to support the Oculus Rift headset. A new mode called SteamVR reportedly consists of a "giant floating curved screen" showing the Big Picture interface that you can look around by moving your head. It's …

For Samsung and Galaxy Gear, less may be more

When looking at the plethora of wearable devices unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, other companies certainly followed that principle. A walk around the show floor saw startups such as<p>MartianandPebbleand major players such asLGand Sony introduce new wearable gadgets. And in …

Valve's VR-friendly Steam UI launches in beta prior to its headset reveal

If Oculus VR's new "Crystal Cove" prototype is anything to go by (it's seriously guano, if you hadn't heard already), then gamers are really going to appreciate the virtual reality revival. It's no secret Valve, too, is cooking up its own VR headset, and the company recently added a new search …

The celebrity parties that convert the stars to Samsung

Whether it's Jay-Z giving free albums to Samsung users, or Alicia Keys serving as Blackberry's creative director, celebrities and smartphones are a seemingly perfect match. But while the stars do a good job of selling phones to the rest of us, when it comes to their personal devices it takes a …

Sony announces big and small smartphones for emerging markets

Sony has a diverse line of smartphones that it sells around the world, everything from the 4.3-inch Xperia Z1 Compact to the massive 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra. Today, the company is announcing two new smartphones targeted at emerging markets: the 6-inch Xperia T2 Ultra and the 4-inch Xperia E1.<p>The T2 …

How Google and Nest could get the smart home all wrong

<i>Welcome to the Google smart home: You walk up your steps and use your Android device (or iOS app) to open your smart lock and signal to the network that you've arrived, whereupon your Nest thermostat turns the heat up to a comfy 71 degrees and Nest smart lights adjust the brightness to optimize</i> …

LG G2 next to join the gold smartphone craze -- report

Yet another company is offering a gold-colored smartphone, according to a sales listing on e-commerce site ePrice.<p>The online-shopping site on Tuesday published images of a gold-colored LG G2. According to Android Headlines, which was first to discover the listing, ePrice is selling a 16GB model for …