Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


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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iPhones now require a passcode to be entered once every six days

iPhones now require a passcode to be entered once every six days

One of my favorite features to come to the iPhone was the fingerprint reader. I've had laptops in the past with the feature, but I never really found myself using it very often. However, with a smartphone, it's so nice to just press and hold my finger for a second or two, rather than tapping in a passcode. A recent change to iOS means that you'll have to start using your passcode a little more often than before, though.

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2nd Generation Boosted skateboard gets a big boost

2nd Generation Boosted skateboard gets a big boost

Getting around has never been easier than it is today, and it's only going to get easier in the future. Self-driving cars and electric bicycles mean that you have to do less work to get from point A to B. Of course, sometimes you want to arrive in style, which is why the Boosted Board exists.

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Google patents sticky hoods for self-driving cars

Google patents sticky hoods for self-driving cars

Google has been hard at work on their self-driving cars, but people still have a lot of questions about them. Some of the biggest questions revolve around what happens when one of the cars inevitably hits a pedestrian. Even the best driver (or computer driver) can't always avoid hitting someone, if they walk or run out in front of a car. Knowing this, Google has been hard at work trying to find ways to help mitigate the damage to someone struck by one of their cars. And their latest patent shows a bizarre method for doing it.

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LEGO reveals 2′ tall Big Ben Creator set

LEGO reveals 2′ tall Big Ben Creator set

When I was a kid, LEGO sets had a little bit of variety. I remember having your normal "City" sets, Space Police, and some kind of medieval line. While I enjoyed all of these, I usually chose to disassemble most of them and make my own creations. These days, it seems like everything under the sun has been made into a LEGO set. Today, we've got a look at a new Creator set, which will have you building a famous landmark with your tiny bricks.

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