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Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of March 13, 2017)

Politics and the Donald Trump administration once again dominated the past week during which the CBO scored the GOP’s health care bill, the White House released their budget plan and Trump’s latest travel ban was blocked by two judges. Read more about these ongoing issues, as well as the other …

Graphics in Samsung's next super phone will look much prettier thanks to this chip

You may think your iPhone or Galaxy device works just fine today. But wait until you see what it could do with new chips coming in 2017.<p>Think: better battery life (of course), VR-ready graphics, and the ability to run at peak speeds for an entire game without killing your battery. You would even be …

Samsung pushes VR with a special offer for S7 owners

VR is going to be big, there’s no doubt about that. Oculus, HTC, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung, and several others have already thrown their hats into the ring. The trick now is making the average consumer aware of it. It looks as if Samsung is doing just that with their Gear VR.<p>Following …

See Earth in stunning 4K from the ISS

Like 'Planet Earth' but really zoomed out.<p>Check out some of the most gorgeous footage ever caught of Earth. NASA astronauts have beamed down stunning 4K footage of our planet from the ISS using a RED Epic Dragon digital camera and posted it on their YouTube channel.<p>This isn't the first ultra-high …

Virtual Reality Movie Makers Need To Focus on Viewers' Attention

We are at the very early stage of virtual reality and, now that a slew of headsets are out or about to come out, we’re going to see a flood of content ranging from games, to shorts videos, to full length movies. And, as almost anyone could have predicted, we’re already seeing VR porn. For the …

Virtual Reality

Android N Preview adds launcher shortcuts and new emoji

Google inches toward a final release by adding new features to its upcoming OS.<p>A month has passed since Google released its Android N developer preview, and today the company rolled out an update to the in-progress OS. In addition to split-screen support, quick message replies and a battery-saving …

Samsung silently releases an updated Galaxy Tab S2

Without so much as a whisper, Samsung has begun selling an updated version of its Galaxy Tab S2 tablet in Europe this week. The company’s usual tablet refresh cycle would have suggested that we were due for an announcement in July or so, but German retailer <i>Cyberport.de</i> appears to already be selling …

Solar cell generates power from raindrops

Solar power's nemesis might become its friend.<p>Rain is normally a solar energy cell's worst nightmare, but a team of Chinese scientists could make it a tremendous ally. They've developed a solar cell with an atom-thick graphene layer that harvests energy from raindrops, making it useful even on the …

Clean Energy

Turn your old Android device into a security camera

If you've got an old Android smartphone or tablet in a drawer somewhere doing nothing, then why not put it to good use as a security camera.<p>Got an …

Google reportedly building Cardboard v2

It’s been a year and a half since Google first introduced the world to VR with its low-cost Cardboard headset that worked with almost any smartphone. The Financial Times reports that the company is now working on the next iteration of its VR viewing device, slated for release later this …

What you need to know about nausea in VR

For many people, sliding on a VR headset for the first time is like stepping into another world. It's bizarre and fantastic and occasionally a little …

Google lowers minimum app prices in 17 countries

To many people around the globe, 99-cent apps might still be too expensive. In an effort to reach more people worldwide, Google has lowered the minimum app price in the Play Store for 17 countries, after a successful pilot in India earlier this year. Prices vary depending on location: Indians enjoy …

Apps

You can now try Firefox OS 2.5 on your Android device with a quick APK install

Bored with your current flavor Android, but don’t want to flash a new ROM? You’re in luck. Firefox has today released an interesting “Developer Preview” version of their web-based Firefox OS.<p>The Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview is an experimental app that lets you use an almost-complete version of …

Graphene could bring night vision to phones and cars

Thermal imaging devices like night-vision goggles can help police, search-and-rescue teams and soldiers to pick out bad guys or victims through walls or in complete darkness. However, the best devices require cryogenic cooling, making them heavy, expensive and slow. Enter graphene, the …

Google reveals Project Tango tablet: Nvidia K1 with 4GB RAM, 128GB storage

Late last month we learned that Google had plans for Project Tango that go way beyond its smartphone hardware. Specifically rumors claimed the project started its life out as a 7-inch tablet and that Google was working on newer more powerful tablet hardware. Now Google’s ATAP has officially let the …

Born Out Of A Cisco Consulting Gig, Predictive Sales Tool 6Sense Raises $12M

Of the many ways that big data analytics is impacting how enterprises do business, one of the most interesting has been in the area of predictive intelligence — the idea that by looking at all of the data being created in and around your organisation, you can help figure out what to do in the …