Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


Why Gboard is the only iOS keyboard you need

Why Gboard is the only iOS keyboard you need

Earlier today, Google announced a new keyboard for iOS users. This is certainly not the first alternate keyboard that we've seen. With the release of iOS 8 came support for 3rd party keyboards. We've seen a few interesting ones, including one from Microsoft, who already has their own mobile platform to worry about. Since Google knows a thing or two about smartphones, I decided to go ahead and install it on my iPhone 6, and it may be the best keyboard I've used on my iPhone to date.

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Check out NVIDIA’s 200FPS DOOM gameplay demo

Check out NVIDIA’s 200FPS DOOM gameplay demo

If you're a PC gamer, then you know that over the weekend, NVIDIA announced their new GTX 1080 and 1070 cards. The announcement came Friday evening, but this was only one part of a larger ongoing event over the weekend. At one point on Saturday, members of id software came out to showcase DOOM running on one of the newly-announced cards. And now we have footage of the demo that was shown.

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Swedish court rules against The Pirate Bay, domains to be seized

Swedish court rules against The Pirate Bay, domains to be seized

The Pirate Bay is a website that I honestly never thought would still be around. If you've somehow never heard of it, the website is used for searching for and downloading torrents. Many of these are for pirated media and programs, hence the name. It's been around since 2003, and has fought many legal battles to keep itself online for the last 13 years. However, it looks like it may have suffered a major blow today.

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Rock Band VR is coming, but only for the guitar

Rock Band VR is coming, but only for the guitar

I've spent a lot of time rocking out on a plastic guitar. I have no problem jamming with my friends, or even doing it in front of a few strangers at a party. But I've never considered the thought of getting up on a stage in front of thousands of screaming fans. Mostly because no matter how good you are on a plastic guitar, you'll never have thousands of fans packing a stadium for you. Well, at least not without a little bit of help.

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VUZE 3D VR camera gets a $799 price tag

VUZE 3D VR camera gets a $799 price tag

If you think that a good VR headset is an expensive purchase, just take a look at what it costs for a camera capable of capturing content for one. Many of the best options out there cost considerably more than a Vive or Rift headset. The ones that don't tend to shoot fairly low-quality images. Well we've had our eye on one since January, and it's looking like it might be a great compromise between price and quality.

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NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition: What you need to know

NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition: What you need to know

Last Friday NVIDIA made their big announcement, which we all knew was the GTX 1080 and 1070. Their performance charts and explanations of the new technologies being used were very interesting, but one little detail left many people confused. It was when they announced the Founder's Edition of the cards. Well now that the dust has settled from the event, it's time to clarify once and for all, just what makes a card a "Founder's Edition."

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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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