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Samsung and Oculus partner to create Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that uses the Note 4 (hands-on)

Facebook's Oculus VR is creating the Rift. Sony's PlayStation is creating Project Morpheus. Google is... well, Cardboard exists. And now Samsung's getting in on the virtual reality action, announcing Gear VR at IFA 2014 today in Berlin, Germany. Gear VR is a virtual reality headset with a removable …

Netflix Already Testing 4K Video Streaming

Not many of us have 4K devices yet. A 4K Ultra HD TV would pack about 33 million pixels, more than six times the resolution of even the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.<p>Yet 4K is coming, and when it drops, Netflix CEO Reed Hasting doesn’t want his service to be caught with its pants down, saying …

Televisions

12-year-old boy admits to hacking government sites for Anonymous

A 12-year-old boy in Montreal has pleaded guilty to breaking into multiple government and police websites in the name of the hacker collective Anonymous, reports the <i>Toronto Sun</i>. The attacks were not politically motivated, however; the boy testified that he traded information to members of Anonymous …

Sony clarifies PS4 game-sharing rules ahead of launch

After twisting the knife at E3 regarding Microsoft's then-complicated game-sharing program, Sony has explained how digital strategy will work on PlayStation 4. Although sharing physical games remains as simple as Sony's tongue-in-cheek video suggested, games bought over PSN will be more locked …

Creative Lip Synching Music Video Created from 4,000 Portraits of 350 People

It’s getting harder to impress these days when it comes to music videos, because there seems to be an abundance of uber-creative people putting …

Interesting Photo of the Day: Night Landscape Blend of Two Five-shot Panoramas

Humorously captioned “Drove to the middle of nowhere then hiked along the edge of a coyote-infested 200’ cliff in the dark to get this shot,” this …

Landscape Photography

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y review: new life

Pokemon X and Y is the revival the series has been waiting for<p><i>Pokemon X and Y</i> is the renovation this series has deserved for over a decade.<p>With <i>Pokemon X and Y</i>, Game Freak hasn't just buffed out long-standing blemishes with the core series; they've also added new, welcome features at every turn. The …

Shadow Puppeteers: Designing the World of Contrast

Didi has an imaginary friend. Her name is Dawn. Didi admires Dawn, she shares secrets with her, and even sneaks out after bedtime with her. However, Dawn isn't like most imaginary friends. She can pass into the shadows of any lit surface and manipulate the world around her--moving seamlessly …

Indie Gaming

How Game Freak designs Pokemon without overlapping

Pokemon games are loaded with pocket monsters, and the designers at Game Freak have a system to make sure that they don't overlap each other's designs, graphic design lead Hironobu Yoshida told Gamasutra.<p>Game Freak's team tracks the design progress using a bit of in-house technology that both keeps …

APOD: M78: Stardust and Starlight (2013 Oct 10) Image Credit & Copyright: Tony Hallas http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131010.html Explanation: Interstellar dust clouds and bright nebulae abound in the fertile constellation of Orion. One of the brightest, M78, is just left of center in this colorful telescopic view, covering an area north of Orion's belt. At a distance of about 1,500 light-years, the bluish nebula itself is about 5 light-years across. Its blue tint is due to dust preferentially reflecting the blue light of hot, young stars in the region. Dark dust lanes and other nebulae can easily be traced through this gorgeous skyscape. The scene also includes the remarkable McNeil's Nebula -- a newly recognized nebula associated with the formation of a sun-like star, and the telltale reddish glow of many Herbig- Haro objects, energetic jets from stars in the process of formation. http://astrophoto.com/M78.htm Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131010 #APOD

Google Maps preview now handles multi-point routes, upcoming events

When the Google Maps web preview launched, it omitted the previous version's multi-point directions -- a big setback for tourists and other frequent travelers. Much to our relief, the company just brought this navigation back for Americans. Preview users only need to hit a button to add extra …

Twitter 'See it' Button Lets you Watch TV Shows from Within Tweets

Comcast announced a groundbreaking partnership with NBCUniversal and Twitter today, which will allow users to tune into live streaming from their set-top box, smartphone or tablet just by tapping the ‘See It’ button that will be embedded in selected tweets.<p>The feature, available only to Xfinity TV …

Tile Bluetooth Tracker

A tiny Bluetooth tracker with a unique feature. If your Tile-tagged item goes out of range of your iOS device, mark it as missing and your Tile will …

Rotating Outlets & Power Strips

360 Electrical makes outlets, power strips and surge protectors with sockets that can rotate. This enables you to fit multiple plugs or adapters. …

Home Automation

Logitech TK820 Keyboard

The TK820 wireless all-in-one keyboard for Windows 7 & 8. It’s slim, wireless and has an integrated 4.17″ x 4.17″ touchpad that supports multitouch …

Omate Watch Phone

The Omate is a wristwatch and smartphone that’s significantly cheaper than its major competitors. It runs Android 4.2, has a dual core CPU and 3G, …

Gear & Gadgets

Nokero Solar LED Bulbs

Nokero makes affordable and versatile solar-powered LED bulbs. The bulbs convert solar energy to power its LEDs. The rechargeable AA batteries can …

Clean Energy

Nymi Authentication Device

A bracelet that’s meant to hold passwords and other personal info. It uses your heart’s activity as authentication and it can interact with a variety …

Water Bottle Humidifier

Fast Company says it’s made for dorm rooms but we think that understates the usefulness of repurposing any water bottle with the USB-powered Amazing …

Shopping

Disney tech lets users feel 3D objects on flat screens

Our smartphones and tablets may be able to show us what things look and sound like, but with their flat glass screens, there's no way that they could …

3D Printing

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Guardian Uses Bluetooth Low Energy Tech To Keep Your Child Safe

Despite the best efforts of vigilant parents, small children are like magicians with their ability to slip away unnoticed. BeLuvv, a startup in Taiwan, has created Guardian, a small wearable device that can be combined with a smartphone app to track your kid’s movements and prevent them from going …

Avegant's head-mounted virtual retinal display offers brilliant definition, we go hands-on (video)

We've never seen a product quite like this, and for Avegant, that's very good news. The startup's prototype virtual retinal display (VRD) delivers insanely sharp definition and a realistic image even with low-resolution sources by projecting directly into each eye using an array of two million …

The programmable world starts inside of our homes

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: SmartThings<p>In the near future, it will be possible to communicate with nearly every device in your home. More …

Internet of Things

Grand Theft Auto V shatters seven Guinness World Records

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>It turns out that everyone has a little bit of criminal in them, as Rockstar Games’ latest entry into its gritty <i>Grand Theft</i> …

Scan Gets $7M From Entree Via AngelList To Turn The Lowly QR Code Into A ‘Scan To Pay’ Gateway

Scan has raised $7 million from Entree and existing investors, including Menlo Ventures in its Series A round. It’s also announcing its new Scan to Pay service, which allows people to purchase items or donate money via a quick QR-code scan, regardless of whether a person — or even a venue — is …

Simple’s MoneyDrop Will Soon Let Users Transfer Funds Using Bluetooth

Things seem to have been moving rather smoothly for the folks at online banking startup Simple. They’ve spent the last year fleshing out their mobile apps with some much-needed features and added some 25,000 customers to their ranks since July. Now the team is looking to add yet another feature to …

Samsung Goes First, Google Experiments And Apple Refines

There’s a new rhythm to product releases among the biggest players in mobile tech, and increasingly, Samsung is building a reputation as the most brash and quick-to-act of what I would call the ruling triumvirate, which also includes Google and Apple. Google plays the reasoned experimenter, Apple …