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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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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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Five ‘OK Google’ commands that’ll make your life easier

Five ‘OK Google’ commands that’ll make your life easier

The Android smartphone in your pocket is a powerful tool that, when used correctly, could make your everyday life more organized and less chaotic. Do you take advantage of that potential? If your answer's no, keep reading. Google has a slew of 'OK Google' commands and you probably use some of them; if you're like me, though, you may have procrastinated about pulling up the full list of commands and seeing what's available. If so, check out the following five commands that could make your daily life easier.

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Android N could save the slumping Android tablet market

Android N could save the slumping Android tablet market

When was the last time you saw or even heard of a noteworthy, particularly high-end, Android tablet? With the except of the Google Pixel C, which has its own story to tell, chances are the last ones of note were mostly launched in 2014 or prior, with a sprinkling of a few curious ones in between. Although technically there is no dearth of Android tablets in the market, interest and sales in the device segment has waned greatly in the past years. Depressing at that may sound, hope springs eternal, and that hope could very well be brought by Android N, whatever its name will be.

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It might be too late for a Nokia Android phone

It might be too late for a Nokia Android phone

The Nokia-branded Android smartphone we've demanded since before the company's ill-fated commitment to Windows Phone is finally coming, but it may be too little, too late. News today that Nokia will license its name for the next ten years to a new line of phones and tablets, only running Google's platform rather than Windows 10, seemed initially to be the perfect opener to Google I/O 2016, but it also raises one big question: does anybody still care about a Nokia device?

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How we hunted Angry Birds in Hawaii: A SlashGear 360 Adventure

How we hunted Angry Birds in Hawaii: A SlashGear 360 Adventure

Several weeks ago I was invited by the folks behind the Angry Birds movie to fly to Hawaii to speak with the stars. Generally we try to steer towards science and science-fiction films when we do any sort of coverage for movies - we are SlashGear, after all - but this film is something special. Rovio - creators of the Angry Birds franchise - carved out a unique chapter in the history of the smartphone. Could they convince us that a movie needed to be made? Could Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, and Josh Gad convince us?

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Sony’s Xperia AI reinvention puts Alexa in the crosshairs

Sony’s Xperia AI reinvention puts Alexa in the crosshairs

Sony has set its sights on the "evolution of communication", and it's not content to let Google, Amazon, and Apple hog the spotlight in AI. The company may have a patchy track-record with its Xperia range of phones and tablets over the past few years, but with the rebooting of its mobile business in 2016 and a more ambitious strategy centered on smart products with more unusual form-factors and functions, it could well be time to take Sony seriously again.

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Friendly Reminder, Gmail users: don’t fill up your Photos

Friendly Reminder, Gmail users: don’t fill up your Photos

Today I received a rather rude awakening - after years of abusing the space Google had given me for online storage, my ticket had come up. I'd been uploading files to places like Google Drive and Google Photos at full resolution, without a care in the world, doing so every day, automatically, without a care in the world! The mortality of this freedom became all too real to me today. Today, Google gave me a rather scary warning. If I didn't make some space, they'd stop my emails.

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iPhone 7 Pro feature may give Galaxy Note 6 users a wake-up call

iPhone 7 Pro feature may give Galaxy Note 6 users a wake-up call

The release of the iPhone 7 Pro - or iPhone 7 Plus, whatever they end up calling it - could be a wake-up call for Android-loving Samsung users worldwide. Why? Because Apple could be invading one of the areas the Samsung Galaxy Note still holds sway over in the smart device universe. The iPhone 7 Pro's ability to work with the Apple Pencil, for example, could be Apple's inroad to taking command of the Android phablet userbase.

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Nvidia GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition Review – A new king

Nvidia GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition Review – A new king

A week and a half ago, NVIDIA announced their next flagship GPU, the GeForce GTX 1080. This is the first GPU to use the company's new Pascal architecture. According to NVIDIA, this powerhouse is set to deliver substantial increases over the previous generation. Even though we're still another week and a half away from launch, we've gotten our hands on one of the new cards, and we've been putting it to the test.

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How to use Walmart Pay (hint: it’s really simple)

How to use Walmart Pay (hint: it’s really simple)

Walmart Pay, the retailer's alternative to Android Pay and Apple Pay, just made its first big rollout, arriving in all of the company's stores in both Texas and Arkansas. Given how big Texas is, it's not surprising the rollout encompasses nearly 600 stores -- that's a lot of stores, yes, but also a lot of customers who have a new-fangled way to pay. How do you use Walmart Pay? It's pretty easy.

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What I want most from Google IO 2016 is…

What I want most from Google IO 2016 is…

This morning we're running down our wants for Google's next developers conference, starting with what's already been asked for and ending with what we'd be surprised by. Two of the most discussed bits thus far that we've seen thanks to Reddit and The Verge are a real iMessage competitor and a new camera app. A decent camera app. One that's not just general for the masses. And what about an iMessage competitor? Don't we already have enough message apps?

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