Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


Oculus DRM backfires, Revive now lets you pirate games, too

Oculus DRM backfires, Revive now lets you pirate games, too

Friday, I talked at length about how Oculus seemed to be shooting themselves in the foot. This was largely in response to a new update for the Rift that included some particularly annoying DRM. This DRM checks to see if you have an Oculus Rift physically attached to your computer, and if it doesn't it prevents you from opening the game. Only a few days have passed, and their hard work has already been undone.

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Want to go to E3? This year you can, sort of

Want to go to E3? This year you can, sort of

When I was a kid, I dreamed of going to E3. I'd get to go and play all of the unreleased games, and be the envy of all of my friends. There was just one tiny problem that my young mind hadn't figured out yet: E3 is an industry event. Regardless of your passion for video games, you'd be turned away at the door, unless you had some credentials. But this year, E3 is changing some things up.

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Galaxy X’s rumored foldable display appears before official release

Galaxy X’s rumored foldable display appears before official release

We've heard rumors for years that we'll be getting flexible displays that you can roll or fold up. We'll see a demo, and then we don't hear anything about it for months. Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same. We've most recently heard that the Samsung Galaxy X will be treated to a display that you will be able to fold up and stick in your pocket. And this week, Samsung will be showing off a screen that can do exactly that.

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Spotify’s new Family Plan gives you 6 accounts for $15 per month

Spotify’s new Family Plan gives you 6 accounts for $15 per month

In this digital age, it's not uncommon for every member of the family to have their own smartphone, laptop, and possibly a tablet, too. With everyone using these devices, there's going to be some overlap on what subscriptions they have. Well Spotify is updating their Family Plan, and it's going to save you some money every month.

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Oculus is shooting itself in the foot with DRM

Oculus is shooting itself in the foot with DRM

When you release the "next big thing" in your particular corner of the market, a company relies on a few things to ensure its success. One key component is making sure that the product delivers on all of its promises. Another is to rely on brand recognition to get people to purchase it. And finally, you have to make sure that you don't manage to upset your user base before they even get your product into their hands. Oculus seems to be struggling pretty hard with that last part, currently.

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OWC SSD update lets MacBook owners use Boot Camp again

OWC SSD update lets MacBook owners use Boot Camp again

Back in March, OWC released their first SSDs that were compatible with mid-2013 and later MacBooks. Normally, this wouldn't even be worth mentioning, except for the fact that these were the only aftermarket drives that were compatible with these laptops. Unfortunately, they did come with one small issue, that annoyed those wanting to run Windows on their laptops.

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Uber users with dying phones are more willing to pay 9.9x surge pricing

Uber users with dying phones are more willing to pay 9.9x surge pricing

In this digital age, we tend to rely on our phones for a great many things. We use them to communicate, to order and pay for items, and we even use them to make sure that we get a ride to where we need to go. One company knows a lot about how desperate we can get when your battery is about to die, and how much we'll pay as a result.

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Oculus locks out Vive users with new DRM

Oculus locks out Vive users with new DRM

Last month we found out that there was a way for HTC Vive owners to play games that were only meant for use with the Oculus Rift, called Revive. This was pretty big news, as it was the first time that anyone had been able to do it. And while it was a hack, users were happy to be able to use their hardware with games that they want to play. Unfortunately, that fun has come to an end, thanks to an update from Oculus.

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Chrome removes backspace as back button feature

Chrome removes backspace as back button feature

Have you ever been filling out a form online, only to mess something up, requiring you to hit the Backspace key? If you're lucky, it simply deleted the text that you wanted it to. However, if you were unlucky, it may have just taken you back to the previous page. And if you were extra unlucky, you just lost all of the data you'd worked so hard to enter. Soon that will be an issue of the past, however.

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New edible six-pack holders are just what the environment needs

New edible six-pack holders are just what the environment needs

We all know that the rings on a six-pack can be dangerous. No, you're not going to injure yourself taking out a can. However, once discarded, it can cause some serious issues for various wildlife that can get trapped inside the rings. But one company wants to ensure that never happens again.

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Rawr messaging app lets you hug, twerk, and kick your friends in the crotch

Rawr messaging app lets you hug, twerk, and kick your friends in the crotch

If you want to message your friends, but don't want to use plain old text messaging, you have plenty of apps to choose from. If you want to send photos, you can use Snapchat. If you want to make sure that all of your messages are encrypted, you can use WhatsApp. And now, if you want to virtually kick your friend in the crotch, then you can use Rawr.

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TeslaCrypt ransomware creators apologize, release master decryption key

TeslaCrypt ransomware creators apologize, release master decryption key

Have you ever done something that you knew was bad, but did it anyway? And then later you felt really bad about it, and wanted to make up for what you did? Well that's exactly what happened to one group of ransomware makers.

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