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Microsoft's latest HoloLens demo is more realistic about its limitations

Microsoft revealed at E3 that the field of view for its HoloLens headset isn’t likely to get much better. It’s been a sticking point of the otherwise impressive headset, and it appears that Microsoft is now being more realistic about the limitations. In a new video released today, Microsoft …

Augmented Reality

Quip now has a native desktop app for Mac and Windows users

Quip, the company that hopes to disrupt the likes of Microsoft Office and Google Docs, now has a standalone desktop application for Windows and Mac.<p>The app looks and functions just like its mobile counterparts, and Quip says it put a lot of effort into making the desktop app feel natively ingrained …

OnePlus confirms its next phone will have 4GB RAM and cost less than $450

The OnePlus 2 will have a beefy 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM to take on other Android device manufacturers’ flagship devices this year.<p>The Chinese smartphone maker has also confirmed that its next phone will be priced under $450 when it launches later this month. That’s up $100 from the original price of the …

Affinity Photo, a new Photoshop challenger, makes its debut in the Mac App Store

While the beta version of Affinity Photo — launched in February as an independent challenger to Adobe Photoshop — was extremely smooth, usable and bursting at the seams with high-end features, it was still a beta and needed a bit of polish.<p>Not anymore. Today, Serif has released the final version in …

Science Fiction

10 do’s and don’ts of UI and UX design

User experience online is very similar to the user experience you get when going to a grocery store. You want a pleasant time without any hassle. You want to be able to navigate the store quickly, get what you need right away, head to the checkout line without a wait, and get back home.<p>You don’t …

These IIT graduates have built an electric scooter that charges faster than your phone

For four years, Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain slogged for hours in their dorm rooms, working on prototypes of devices ranging from clean combustion engines to efficient battery packs. By the time they graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) in 2012, their dream of …

Startups

Who Deleted Me On Facebook? Find Out Now

Who deleted me on Facebook<p>Who Deleted Me on Facebook is an app available for Android and iOS devices that lets you keep track of your friends list.<p>Similar to Who Unfollowed Me for Twitter, it tells you when friends have disappeared from your list and whether they’ve deactivated their accounts or …

Apps

Latest Siri prank has more idiots calling emergency services

Siri has become an accessory to even more bullcrap from the Internet as pranksters have found another way to trick Apple’s digital assistant into contacting emergency services. And it’s only slightly less dumb than you think.<p>The prank claims that “something funny” will happen if you say “112” to …

Microsoft details how it will upgrade users to Windows 10

With Windows 10 launching on July 29, Microsoft today detailed how it will upgrade users to its latest and greatest. The company will do so in waves, which shouldn’t be a huge surprise — the goal is to hit 1 billion devices in “two to three years,” which naturally won’t be occurring all in one …

Windows 10

7 common iOS problems and how to fix them (pictures)

iOS

The sneakers of the future will switch colors with a tap on your smartphone

Smart clothing and gear is one of the next great frontiers in wearable tech — and these sneakers that change color with a simple smartphone tap is an …

Shoes

Smigin Is a Foreign Language Tool That Doesn’t Make You Sound Like A Tourist

If you’ve ever tried to learn a foreign language, you probably know that most existing methods focus on aspects of the language that aren’t very helpful in everyday life. For example, newcomers to a language are often first taught the names of animals or colors, words that aren’t normally …

Language
Microsoft Windows

Anki Will Ship The Second Generation Of Its Robotic Slot Cars On September 20

Think of Anki Overdrive as slot cars for the smartphone age. With upgrades, achievements and characters, it’s a perfect marriage of smartphones with physical toys. The system debuted two years ago and the company has steadily upgraded the system since. But today, the company revealed the ship date …

Robotics

Climb El Capitan From Your Browser With Google’s New Vertical Street View

Climbing is easy when there’s no risk of death!<p>Look away from the screen and find an outside wall. Maybe something built with bricks or stone. Now imagine climbing up that sheer face using no specialized gear other than your hands and feet.<p>Impossible, right? Yet that’s how Lynn Hill made the on El …

Solid Explorer's Android file manager gets a facelift

After six months of beta testing, developer NeatBytes has updated its Solid Explorer file manager app for Android.<p>The latest version brings a Material Design interface, support for numerous cloud storage services and the ability to beam media files to your Chromecast-equipped TV.<p>Most notably, Solid …

Microsoft launches site for teachers taking Minecraft into the classroom

Minecraft in Education portal aims to get educators sharing tips on how Mojang’s popular game can be used to teach children<p>Millions of children are already playing Minecraft at home, whether on computers, consoles or mobile devices. Now the game’s parent company Microsoft wants to encourage more …

Education Technology

Apple Retail Announces 2015 Interactive Summer Camps for Kids

Apple has opened registration for its annual Apple Camp three-day workshops where kids aged 8 to 12 can visit a retail store and learn how to make movies or create interactive books using software such as GarageBand, iBooks Author and iMovie on iPad and Mac. This year's two free workshops are …

9 new uses for an old Android device (pictures)

Apps

The next OnePlus phone is coming on July 27th

A keynote you can watch in virtual reality<p>The $299 OnePlus One proved that you can get a flagship-quality smartphone without paying traditional flagship prices. And now its successor is almost here. OnePlus will officially unveil its next phone, the OnePlus 2, on July 27th at 7PM PT (10PM ET). The …

Mobile Technology
Wear OS

The OnePlus 2 will be announced on July 27... in VR

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus will launch its next phone, the OnePlus 2, on July 27.<p>The company previously shared that its upcoming device will have a USB-C port, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 version 2.1 chipset under the hood and it will run OnePlus’ own version of Android, OxygenOS.<p>It also …

Scientists are making people jog for 3D-printed chocolate rewards

In a tasty science experiment, 10 Melbourne families will host a 3D printer in their home that will make chocolate treats based on how much they …

The Moto 360 smartwatch is getting better with WiFi, always-on apps

It's taken nearly a month, but the round Moto 360 smartwatch is finally joining some other Android Wear devices with support for the latest software update. It's rolling out to owners now, and adds features like the ability to connect directly to WiFi even if your phone is out of Bluetooth range, …