Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


Google Cardboard comes to Canada, UK, and more

Google Cardboard comes to Canada, UK, and more

There have been many promotions by Google and other companies to send out free Google Cardboard VR headsets. I got really excited about the Star Wars one last year, but despite getting signed up, mine never arrived. Thankfully, if you haven't been able to get in on one of these promos, there is still a way to get your own, even if it's not for free. The only downside is that they've really only been available in the US. At least until today.

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Flens focuses your phone’s flash into a real flashlight

Flens focuses your phone’s flash into a real flashlight

I do photography for fun, so I'm used to purchasing new lenses to get the shots that I want. It's just something that comes with the territory. These days you can even pick up new lenses for the camera on the back of your phone. But what you may never have considered getting one for is your phone's flash.

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Nintendo drops 2DS price to $79

Nintendo drops 2DS price to $79

Yesterday we saw the first trailer for the newest Pokemon game, and got a good look at the starters that you'll be able to choose from. Of course, if you don't have a 3DS, you won't be able to catch 'em all. If the 3DS is out of your budget, there is always the alternative, the 2DS, which is about to become even more affordable.

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Walmart files lawsuit against VISA for requiring customer signatures

Walmart files lawsuit against VISA for requiring customer signatures

Wal-Mart isn't known for being a champion of the people. While they do offer low prices, they also don't pay competitive wages for their workers. However, yesterday the company announced that they would be suing Visa, due to perceived risks to customers who use debit cards issued by the company.

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Surface Book and Pro 4 devices get another round of updates

Surface Book and Pro 4 devices get another round of updates

While Microsoft's Surface Book is one of the more innovative products that the company has released in a while, both it and the Surface Pro 4 have had a rocky time since their launch. Last month we saw a number of updates from the company that seemed to have taken care of many of the major problems that plagued users. Not all of them were solved, but a new firmware is hoping to take care of the last of the bugs.

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Viking Horde malware uses Google Play Store to infect Android devices

Viking Horde malware uses Google Play Store to infect Android devices

Android owners might want to be extra cautious about the apps they download, for a little while. There's a new piece of malware in the wild, and it's turning phones and tablets alike into a part of a large botnet. The worst part about the new Viking Horde malware is that it appears to be coming from a number of apps available on the Google Play store.

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Ghostbusters: Dimension lets you bust some VR ghosts

Ghostbusters: Dimension lets you bust some VR ghosts

Virtual reality is probably the coolest thing to happen to PC gaming since broadband internet. However, it does have limitations in its current form. One of the biggest is the fact that depending on the headset, you need to stay in the same spot, or are at least confined to a small area. But imagine being able to roam free, and bust some ghosts while you're at it.

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Dropbox for Education is good for schools, but not individuals

Dropbox for Education is good for schools, but not individuals

Dropbox is perhaps one of the most well-known cloud storage services out there. They offer users 2GB of free storage space, with the option to increase that by recruiting friends and completing other tasks. While they have offered Pro and Business plans for their users, the educational field has been left out of their plans. But today's announcement will hopefully make sharing files a bit easier for some educational establishments.

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Alexa teams up with KAYAK to help plan your next vacation

Alexa teams up with KAYAK to help plan your next vacation

Amazon's Alexa service has slowly been getting more and more new features since its launch last year. It can now control your thermostat, your lighting, and even summon your Tesla for you. And now it will help you book your travel, thanks to KAYAK.

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Periscope will let you save videos, and broadcast from DJI drones

Periscope will let you save videos, and broadcast from DJI drones

Periscope is one of those services that was an inevitable evolution from the likes of YouTube and Twitch. It allows you to quickly and easily broadcast video to your followers in real-time. You can share the stream on places like Twitter, and people can instantly tune in, just by scrolling through their feed and seeing your Periscope post. And while it's great at broadcasting, it's lacked a lot of basic features that users have been wanting.

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Amazon takes on YouTube with Video Direct service

Amazon takes on YouTube with Video Direct service

If you're a video content creator, there is really only one place to go to distribute your work. While there are other services out there, YouTube is the biggest and best place to go to upload your content and get maximum visibility. Unfortunately, many content creators have experienced major issues with having their content flagged, which has resulted in lost revenue, and even having their channel taken down. Which is why Amazon's latest announcement might be a breath of fresh air.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon starters revealed: What you need to know

Pokemon Sun and Moon starters revealed: What you need to know

Nintendo is a strange company. The best-selling titles on their consoles are almost always first-party titles. Which is why it's always a big deal when they announce a new installment in any of their franchises. We've known about Pokemon Sun and Moon for quite some time now, but today marks the release of the first trailer, and our first look at the three starter Pokemon that you'll be able to choose from.

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