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Samsung unveils $800 quick-charging Notebook 7 spin convertible laptop

Available in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch editions, the new Windows 10 2-in-1 features a 360-degree touchscreen display and can extend battery life by two …

Gear & Gadgets

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 may unlock with a glance, report says

Fingerprint scanners are an excellent way to secure your smartphone from hackers (or prying partners). But as we've seen before, if someone really …

The Race to Make Virtual Reality an Actual (Business) Reality

<b>By Jeffrey M. O'Brien</b><p>Photographs by Bob Croslin for Fortune Magazine<p>April 27, 2016, 6:30 AM EDT<p><i>Big corporations are investing billions—but the</i> …

Virtual Reality

Samsung's VR future includes Star Trek holodecks and no wires

Think virtual worlds, software that can track the movement of your hands and the ability to "touch" virtual items.<p>"You're actually in a virtual world, interacting with all the virtual objects as if you're living there."<p>Injong Rhee, executive vice president and head of R&D for software and services …

Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality

Magic: The Gathering Comes to Dungeons & Dragons for the Ultimate Fantasy RPG

Both <i>D&D</i> and <i>Magic: The Gathering</i> have told stories about multiverses and alternate planes of reality, but they’ve never used that conceit to link two …

See a player get so scared playing VR horror demo her virtual hands shake

A viral video shows a woman getting scared out of her skull by a horrific-looking shooter on the HTC Vive.<p>If you're a fan of horror video games, you haven't lived until you've died a grisly virtual death.<p>Horror games work best in a totally immersive environment, and virtual-reality headsets like …

Virtual Reality

2nd Generation Apple Watch Could Be Untethered From iPhones

Apple posted on its developers site that starting on June 1 all new watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps. While everyone pretty much expected that this would be the case someday I suspect it is a bit sooner than expected since only the initial version of the Watch has been …

Apple

Problems with the Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge and how to fix them

Samsung continues to improve on what they started last year, with the latest Galaxy S flagships, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge boasting an even more refined design and build quality, the mandatory bump to the latest and greatest processing package, a better camera, better battery life, and …

Operating Systems

LG G5's best feature isn't its modular design, but its second back camera

In the coming weeks and months, you're going to hear LG boast about all the features that make its new flagship G5 Android phone better than its …

It looks like Samsung's crazy folding smartphone is actually happening

According to Korean news site ETNews, Samsung will apparently start mass-producing the "smartlet" — as we call it — this year for a 2017 release.<p>What the heck is a smartlet? It's a smartphone with a folding screen that can turn into a tablet when you unfold it.<p>In a call with investors in January, …

Mobile

5 Android shortcuts you'll wish you knew all along

​While Android doesn't have keyboard shortcuts, these time-saving tips are the next best thing.<p>Whether you're just getting started with Android, or a seasoned user, these are the five shortcuts you should be using right now.<p>Bypass unlocking your phone (when it's safe)<p>This feature in the <b>Lock screen</b> …

Android News

Banned Chinese Photographer Captures Playful Nudes in Nature

Ren Hang’s 'Athens Love' features the Grecian countryside and tasteful nudity.<p><i>This article contains adult content.</i><p>All images courtesy of Klein Sun Gallery<p>Ren Hang’s photographs may be banned in China, but nobody had an issue at the New York opening of his latest series, Athens Love, at Klein Sun …

Art

Jailed State Department Cyberstalker 'Hacked Minors' In Sextortion Scheme

Michael Ford worked at the US Embassy in London in 2013 when he started sending emails from his government-issued computer to unwitting targets, asking young females – typically aspiring models and sorority members, in some cases minors – for their username and password for email accounts. Posing …

U.S. Dept. of State

The 25 Best Free Android Apps

From bleeding-edge productivity to fun with friends, presenting 25 great, no-cost additions to your home screen.<p>It’s time to load that Android-powered slab of glass and circuitry up with a heaping helping of download-worthy apps.<p>Of course, it’s downright impossible to individually tickle everyone’s …

Apps

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Crushes the Apple Inc. iPhone 6s in This Key Area

Image credit: Apple.<p><b>Apple</b> had long been known for offering the best camera experience in the smartphone industry. However, over the last product generation or so, a number of Android-powered flagship phones began to one-up the iDevice maker. For example, in popular camera performance test DXOMark, …

Android Circuit: Galaxy S7's Big Problem, How LG Will Defeat Samsung, Falling Prices Killing Android

Taking a look back at seven days of news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung’s storage problems with the Galaxy S7, the flashy display of the South Korean flagship smartphone, how LG hopes to defeat Samsung, the virtual reality Oscar ceremony that never took …

Phones

Trying Virtual Reality Porn Is Like Losing Your Virginity All Over Again

The revolution is coming.<p>Virtual reality is about to change sex for good. I just had my first experience with VR porn, and it was as fun, exciting, and scary as The First Time.<p>But unlike that momentous event, this one didn't happen in a teenage bedroom: my VR 'V' plates were taken in an outdoor …

Virtual Reality

The Cicret Bracelet puts a smartphone display on your arm with full touchscreen functionality

When Android Wear and Apple Watch launched, each device touted the ability to bring the functionality of a phone to your wrist. This has been executed with varying degrees of success. While I am able to check my notifications and carry out certain tasks on my Apple Watch, an iPhone it is not.<p>That’s …

Microsoft Hides The Future Of Windows 10 In Plain Sight

Windows 10 might be Microsoft’s latest play for the desk-bound PC and Tablet market, but its the smartphone implementation of Windows 10 that has caught my attention again this week. Not on the flagship Lumia 950 and 950 XL devices (much as they show promise), but on something a little bit smaller, …

Mobile
Mobile Technology

Galaxy S7 Leak Confirms 5 Brilliant New Features

Earlier this month Venture Beat’s Evan Blass, also known as @evleaks – the world’s most famous smartphone tipster, revealed major changes Samsung plans to make to the upcoming Galaxy S7. And now we can start getting excited about them…<p>Taking to Twitter again, Blass has announced that all these …

Phones

Delete All of These iPhone Apps or Risk Having Your Data Stolen

Popular games like Angry Birds 2 may have been infected by suspicious malware.<p>Following a recent security breach, Apple has removed over 300 apps from the iTunes store this week after discovering that the software was collecting users' email addresses and device serial numbers, MyFox Boston reports.<p>…

Apps

Android Has A New Weapon In The iPhone War

As Samsung and Qualcomm kiss and makeup, there’s every chance that the latter’s new 820 chipset could be powering the Galaxy S7. This is important for a number of business and technological reasons, as Forbes contributor Ian Morris details here.<p>For consumers, however, there’s one real standout …

Mobile

Microsoft is bringing its excellent Windows Phone keyboard to iOS

One of my favorite features in Windows Phone is its truly excellent keyboard. It's far more accurate and easy to use than the default iOS keyboard and many Android alternatives, but you've had to use Windows Phone to take advantage of it so far. Microsoft is planning to make its Word Flow keyboard …

Windows Phone

Microsoft is pulling the plug on Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 next Tuesday

Microsoft is ending support for most users of Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 next week on January 12th, releasing a final patch encouraging users to upgrade to one of the company's more recent browsers. The end of support means that these older versions of Internet Explorer will no longer receive …

Software

Hasbro explains why Rey was excluded from Star Wars: Monopoly (update)

Hasbro has recently come under fire for excluding Daisy Ridley's <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> character, Rey, from its movie version of Monopoly.<p>The game, which allows players to choose between four characters from the Star Wars universe, is just another piece of <i>The Force Awakens</i> merchandise that …

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