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By Max Parker

The Morning After: Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Welcome to Thursday!<p>Another busy day at Engadget as CES hits its stride. If you're interested in the future of TV, there's a whole lot to take in from LG, Samsung and Sony. We saw ASUS smartphones aimed at photographers and early adopters. Plus, we took a nap in the bed of the future. Our CES live …

OLEDs

Smart Cube turns any drawer into a Bluetooth-controlled lockbox

One of the latest devices to go from crowdfunding to CES is this Bluetooth-connected lock from Smart Armor. The Cube uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to pair with your phone, and can unlock whenever it's in range (or from further away, if you have a Bluetooth router or other device to control it). …

Home Automation

Apple celebrates Chinese New Year with free Beats headphones

Apple will celebrate Chinese New Year by giving away pairs of Beats Solo3 headphones in its Product (RED) variant — which just so happens to also be a color associated with good luck and prosperity in various Asian cultures.<p>Unfortunately, if you’re reading this in the U.S., the giveaway isn’t …

Meet the VR boots that want to make you feel every step

If 2016 was the year of virtual reality, 2017 might just be the era of VR accessories. Japanese gadget-maker Cerevo has debuted Taclim, a pair of motion controllers and shoes that provide haptic feedback in VR, vibrating in various ways as players walk across different surfaces or kick enemies in …

Virtual Reality

Turkish president interviewed via FaceTime during military coup

As Turkey's armed forces seized control of the country today, an odd scene unfolded on <i>CNNTurk</i> as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared live on the screen of an iPhone. News reports indicated he was safe but did not confirm his location, while Erdogan called on the public to support him in public …

Armed Forces

GoPro announces VR video app and livestreaming tools

It's been a busy few days for GoPro. The firm officially took the wraps off its six-camera Omni VR rig last week, snagged one of Apple's top designers, and partnered with over 100 companies with its new developer program. Today, the company revealed it's launching a channel for 360-degree/virtual …

Virtual Reality

Neverware turns your tired laptop into a speedy Chromebook

When your old laptop takes five minutes to boot Windows, you may start to think about giving it away or worse, tossing it. A company called Neverware has a better idea -- why not convert it to run Google's Chrome OS? Using the company's free Cloud Ready software, you can convert it into a dual-boot …

Software

AT&T is bringing internet-style targeted advertising to TV

Targeted ads are coming to your TV by of AT&T. The telco is partnering with video advertising company Videology to sell ads based specifically on what the two think you're looking for, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The tech is based on, among other things, the channels you watch and …

Media Management

Amazon's new free game engine comes with Twitch baked in

While Amazon might be known for selling you things, its cloud services now have just as much of an impact. It already powers many of the most popular apps and websites on the planet, but it's easy to forget that the company has an impressive online gaming presence thanks to Twitch. With its latest …

Game Development

Samsung Gear VR users can mingle on AltspaceVR

Samsung Gear VR users can start making friends in a virtual reality world now that AltspaceVR has released its app for the headset to the public. In fact, they can mix and mingle not only with other Gear VR users, but also with people who use the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift*. You can think of …

Virtual Reality

Samsung reportedly launches its VR camera February 21st

Tired of waiting for Samsung's virtual reality-oriented Project Beyond camera to be more than just a well-meaning idea? You might just get your hands on it (or rather, something like it) soon. <i>SamMobile</i> sources hear that Samsung is preparing to launch a finished VR camera, the Gear 360, alongside …

Samsung

This VR flying rig had me pining for the fjords

Riding on a flying, virtual Pegasus is cool and all, but German design firm Hyve has cooked up what might be an even purer VR flying experience. Rather than plop down on a specially made stationary bike, designer Johannes Scholl has spent the last two years of his life crafting Icaros, a rig you …

Virtual Reality

I quite literally ran around a virtual arena and loved it

We've been watching the development of Virtuix's Omni VR treadmill since 2013. The company debuted a fully-functional production model at CES 2016 and I was lucky enough to take the $700 device for a test drive -- or rather test run.<p>The treadmill doesn't work like the one at your gym, mind you. …

The First Ever MFi-Certified Storage Drive Built Specially for Your iOS Devices!

• Dimensions: 0.35"H x 1.3"W x 2.6"L<br>• Weight: 0.02<br>• Material: aluminum & ABS plastic<br>• Finish: brushed aluminum<br>• Battery: 180 mAH<br>• Encryption level: hardware AES …

Man sues Bethesda over his 'Fallout 4' addiction

There's little doubt that <i>Fallout 4</i>'s gameplay is involving when you can spend dozens of hours on the main storyline alone. However, one Russian man is convinced that it's <i>too</i> involving. <i>RT</i> says that he's suing Bethesda for 500,000 rubles ($7,030) for failing to warn that <i>Fallout 4</i> would "become so …

Bethesda

Google adds more Chromecast games for the holidays

If you're giving someone a shiny new Chromecast this holiday season, it turns out you'd be giving them a healthy dose of family-friendly games as well. Today, Google has announced that it's rolling out several new games made just for its tiny TV streamer. They include <i>Angry Birds Friends</i> (which lets …

Board Games

Watch a 4-year-old drive a dump truck by remote control

To prove the toughness of its latest FMX truck, Volvo turned it into an RC racer and handed the "keys" to the luckiest 4-year-old ever. The results were what you'd expect: Pure chaos. To be fair, young Sophie probably guided the vehicle better than we would have at that age (or even now). However, …

'Gone' is a VR thriller from 'Walking Dead' team and Samsung

While playing games and watching 360-degree videos in virtual reality is fun, the medium is so powerfully immersive that it seems to beg for something more compelling; something that goes beyond just VR versions of existing content. That's the idea behind <i>Gone</i>, a recent collaboration between Samsung …

Virtual Reality

Oculus now lets you play 1980s games in a virtual reality arcade

First revealed at the Oculus Connect event back in September, the Oculus Arcade app has finally been released.<p>The app, which lets you play old school …

Virtual Reality

Translogic 186: 1978 Ferrari 308 GTE Virtual Reality Test Drive

Translogic partners with 8112 Studios to take you on a virtual reality test drive of the all-electric 1978 Ferrari 308 GTE, converted by EV West.For years we've heard about how virtual reality will revolutionize the world, but only recently does the technology seem poised to hit the mainstream. …

Virtual Reality

Apple will fix your MacBook's worn-out display coating

The Retina display on your MacBook or MacBook Pro is supposed to look gorgeous. However, some owners have encountered just the opposite -- the screen's anti-reflective coating is wearing out quickly due to pressure or stains, leaving them with an unsightly laptop (and in some cases, a repair bill). …

MacBook Pro

Elon Musk: Apple hired the Tesla engineers we've fired

During an interview with German business newspaper <i>Handelsblatt</i> on Thursday, Elon Musk unleashed some very CE-Oh No He Didn't!-worthy words about Apple's car efforts. "They have hired people we've fired," he responded when asked if he was worried about a new competitor that's been snapping up former …

Tesla

NVIDIA brings its top-end desktop graphics to laptops

You no longer need a huge, water-cooled rig to play the latest blockbuster shooters, with plenty of gaming laptops doing a fine job of marrying performance with portability. But a divide still exists, with even the best mobile GPUs defined as "desktop-class," which is a nice way of saying they …

'Sleepy Hollow' for Oculus wins first virtual reality Emmy

Virtual reality has officially become mainstream, as an Emmy has been awarded to a work created for a VR headset (the Oculus Rift DK2) for the first time. <i>The Sleepy Hollow Virtual Reality Experience</i> (below), co-produced by Fox and Toronto-based Secret Location, won in the "Interactive Media, User …

Virtual Reality

Google's driverless cars skirt deer and pedestrians in Texas

By the looks of things, Google's self-driving cars have been learning a lot in Austin, Texas. In its first report since it began testing autonomous vehicles in the city, the company details the challenges its cars have had to face while driving on its roads. For instance, they've been spotting and …

Autonomous Vehicle

Experience bullet time in Epic's crazy VR demo

Game-tech powerhouse Epic Games and its Unreal Engine are capable of some seriously impressive stuff, and now the North Carolina-based outfit wants you to experience what it's capable of in the virtual reality space. "Showdown" is the demo that the outfit's been showing off at industry events for …

Virtual Reality

The best WiFi router (for most people)

<i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy.<br>Read the original full article below at</i> <i>TheWirecutter.com</i><p>After spending a total of 200 hours researching and testing over 20 WiFi routers, plus analyzing reader comments and feedback, the $100 TP-Link Archer …

Wi-Fi

Verizon's Hum can turn your '97 Stratus into a connected car

If you want in on the connected car action but your vehicle is nearly as old as the internet, Verizon's new Hum service may help. It's a $15 per month plan that includes an iOS or Android smartphone app and CDMA-enabled hardware that plugs into an OBD-II port, something all 1996 and newer vehicles …

Telecoms