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HTC Vive 'Star Wars' VR Experience Premieres at GDC

ILMxLab premiered its first virtual reality experience for the HTC Vive at the Letterman Digital Arts Center during the Game Developers Conference …

The 'Everest VR' Experience On HTC Vive Is So Terrifying I Couldn't Even Finish It

Step right up and read about the tech journalist who bailed out of the <i>Everest VR</i> demo at GDC 2016 because it was too believable and immersive. This is the story of (almost) climbing Mount Everest in the middle of San Francisco. A story about gaining an abrupt and colossal amount of respect for …

Valve invites you up to The Lab with the HTC Vive (pictures)

HTC Vive Will Launch With 50 Virtual Reality Games

With the April 5 consumer launch just around the corner, the Game Developers Conference this week is all about the games for HTC Vive and developer …

Thanks To Valve, The HTC Vive Has Its Perfect Launch Game

To effectively sell any new gaming technology, you need free companion software that convinces gamers it’s worth using. That software needs to be instructional but disguised by an addictive, fun, simple, and intuitive package. The most successful example of this has to be Nintendo's <i>Wii Sports,</i> …

This is how HTC will sell the Vive to the British public

HTC's Vive VR headset is almost upon us. Pre-orders went live on February 29th and the first units should be heading to early adopters' doorsteps on April 5th. One question has long lingered in the back of our minds, however. How does HTC plan on selling this product to the masses? Well, aside from …

Hilarious ‘Also Shot on iPhone 6’ parody campaign mocks Apple

TORONTO – Apple’s “Shot on iPhone 6” billboard campaign has taken a different twist in San Francisco thanks to a guerrilla advertising …

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As Developers Depart, Google Glass Is Ready To Become This Era’s Segway

Just over 18 months ago Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said he found having to talk to Google Glass out loud “the weirdest thing” and admitted that there would be “places where Google Glass are inappropriate.” Well, hello! I think the average person could have told Google this long before they spent …

Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith

(REUTERS) – After two years of popping up at high-profile events sporting Google Glass, the gadget that transforms eyeglasses into spy-movie worthy …

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

I would very much like a flexible smartphone that I could scrunch up like paper and stuff into a pocket. I don’t quite know why I would like that, but it feels like something that the future should create.<p>Samsung’s wild Galaxy Note Edge is a tiny step toward that eventuality. The screen’s glass …

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Samsung Announces Gear Fit Fitness Band with Heart Rate Monitor

Alongside its Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch and the new Galaxy S5, Samsung has announced the Gear Fit, a fitness band that will take on the likes of Nike, Fitbit and Jawbone when it hits the market on April 11. The device weights 27 grams and includes a heart rate monitor, pedometer, sleep tracker and a …

Samsung’s Galaxy S5: More of the same — but with a 16MP camera and fingerprint sensor

NEW YORK — Samsung’s next flagship smartphone is here.<p>Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S5 today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But for the unlucky press who couldn’t make it to Spain, the company also held a small media event only a few blocks away from Apple’s Soho store.<p>At this …

Samsung allegedly pressures Korean newspaper to kill coverage of anti-Samsung film

The president of an online newspaper in South Korea allegedly ordered editors to take down an article about the anti-Samsung film <i>Another Promise</i>, then sent apologetic text messages intended for Samsung executives who had apparently complained about the paper’s coverage. But the texts from <i>NewDaily</i> …

Google fears France's privacy notification order will ruin its homepage

Search giant requests suspension of order from French courts<p>Google is trying to avoid public shaming by asking a French court to suspend an order forcing the company to notify users of its recent €150,000 fine, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. France's privacy watchdog, the Commission Nationale de …

Feds scold Samsung for using standards-essential patents to seek iPhone ban

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Suzanne Tucker/Shutterstock<p>The Department of Justice on Friday announced the end of an investigation into a …

Samsung shows just how awkward life can be in its latest Galaxy Gear ad

In Samsung's world, the quickest way to a woman's heart is through your Galaxy Gear smart watch.<p>The tech industry has become well known for its odd, tone-deaf advertisements, and Samsung's latest is no exception. In a new two-and-a-half minute lifestyle ad, two men on a ski lift compete for the …

The Day Google Had to 'Start Over' on Android

Google was building a secret mobile product to fend off chief rival Microsoft. Then Apple announced the iPhone, and everything changed.<p>In 2005, on Google’s sprawling, college-like campus, the most secret and ambitious of many, many teams was Google’s own smartphone effort—the Android project. …

Millions of Android users 'deceived' by flashlight app that shares location with advertisers

An Android developer has agreed to settle charges with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over a free flashlight app that has been "deceiving" users. Brightest Flashlight Free, available in the Google Play store, has been downloaded over 50 million times, but a complaint from the FTC reveals that …

Updated report graphs Apple’s dedication to supporting older iPhones vs. Android

We hear a lot about adoption of iOS updates vs the fragmentation that Android users are forced to deal with, but just how far behind are the top Android devices compared to iPhone when it comes to getting support? To answer that question, Fidlee.com has updated a chart that it first put together a …

Samsung’s patent could make big smartphones easier to use for everyone

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: WIPO<p>I like the idea of big smartphones more than I actually like using them. That’s because, even though I have …

Nexus smartphones can reportedly be forced to reboot through SMS attack

The latest Nexus smartphones can be forced to restart, freeze, or lose network connection because of an issue with the way they handle a certain type of SMS message, reports <i>PC World</i>. Security researcher Bogdan Alecu reportedly discovered that the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 4, and the Nexus 5 all …

Google Glass Banned From Restaurant After Glasshole Tries To Get Employee Fired

<i>Dramatization.</i><p>The inevitable has occurred. Another restaurant in Seattle, Washington, has banned Google Glass from its establishment due to privacy concerns. The first restaurant to do so earlier this year was the 5 Point Cafe. Now the Lost Lake Cafe And Lounge (co-owned by the owner of the 5 Point …

Embeds Return To New Google Maps, Will Soon Include Ads

Google has quietly brought back embeds to its new Google Maps interface today and announced that it plans to include ads in these embedded maps in the coming weeks.<p>When Google launched the new version of its online mapping service, it introduced a new look, more personalized maps and a slew of …

This Chart Explains Why Android Devs Are Poor & The Best Apps Are On iOS First

When people talk about Android being bad for developers, this handy chart explains in a nutshell what they’re talking about: across the board, in every metric, Android developers make less money than iOS developers… often by a <i>lot</i>.<p>Put together by Business Insider, the monetization gap between …

Samsung calls for mistrial, accuses Apple of appealing to racial bias

Attorneys for Apple and Samsung made their closing arguments today in the damages retrial intended to settle up how much Samsung should pay for last year's patent infringement verdict. However, a comment made by Apple attorney Harold McElhinny had Samsung's team arguing for a mistrial on the …

Google Plus Creates Uproar Over Forced YouTube Integration

Google Plus is back in the headlines again, but not for any spike in users or must-have new features. Rather, Google’s social network has now become further entwined in yet another of Google’s properties, YouTube.<p>YouTubers, both video creators and commenters, are upset about the new requirement of …

YouTube Founder Says What We're All Thinking About Google+

Stop trying to make Google+ happen. It's not going to happen.<p>Google's perpetual insistence upon shoving its social network down everyone's throats has finally reached a boiling point. YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim came out of the woodwork to post his first comment in eight years on the …

Samsung fined $340K for fake online reviews and comments — by Taiwan

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has fined Samsung $340,000 for an organized campaign of using a “large number of hired writers and designated employees” to post good reviews and comments about its own products and criticism of competitors’ products.<p>Samsung got off easy, however; the fine could have …

Google’s new terms of service are harder to read than “Beowulf”

Have you ever tried reading <i>Beowulf</i> and decided it was a bit too hard to follow before giving up? How did you get on with <i>War and Peace</i>?<p>If you struggled with either of these notoriously unwieldy classics, good luck understanding Google’s latest terms and conditions. Researchers from the University of …