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FBI’s backdoor iPhone access is just the beginning: Apple asked to open 9 new phones

FBI’s backdoor iPhone access is just the beginning: Apple asked to open 9 new phones

Apple's battle with the US government has been going on for around a week now, and it doesn't look as though there's any end in sight. There is a lot of debate as to whether Apple is in the right or wrong, with their stance on not unlocking the San Bernardino shooter's phone. However, it seems as though Apple has been right about at least one thing.

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Of course you look dumb in VR: That’s how you know it’s working

Of course you look dumb in VR: That’s how you know it’s working

Gear VR is everywhere at Mobile World Congress, but the picture you've probably seen - and maybe laughed at - is the sea of Samsung-visor'd journalists blissfully unaware Mark Zuckerberg is strolling past. After all, it's easy to scorn those deep in the virtual reality experience, or point out that wearing a head-mounted display can leave you looking silly.

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Google Fiber is getting no love in Austin, Texas

Google Fiber is getting no love in Austin, Texas

If you mention Google Fiber in most places, you'll generally get one of two responses. Either people will be excited, because they're getting (or have already gotten) the high speed service, or people are sad that the company hasn't picked their city to get it. But in Austin, Texas, you'll get a very different reaction.

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Mark Zuckerberg embodies VR’s single biggest issue

Mark Zuckerberg embodies VR’s single biggest issue

It wasn't what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this week at the Samsung Galaxy S7 press conference. It was what he didn't say. It was the photo you're about to see. It was the future he intends to build with Samsung, with Oculus, and with the eyes and ears of millions of users. Once the following image was released, it was clear: we were part of a new age. Social interaction with a headset on. Maybe not an age you're going to want to be a part of.

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Apple responds to questions about San Bernardino case

Apple responds to questions about San Bernardino case

What do you do when you're at work, and your boss asks you to do something that you find to be unethical? Maybe you go over his head, and talk with his boss, or even someone in HR. But what happens when the US government gives you an order to do something like that? If you're Apple, you can't really go over the government's head. But you can go to the people.

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Kanye misses the point, seeks legal action against The Pirate Bay

Kanye misses the point, seeks legal action against The Pirate Bay

In case you missed the news earlier this week, Kanye West released a new album. Normally, a new album from a popular artist would create some ripples, but Kanye won't settle for anything less than Tidal waves. And now he's wanting to take on the most notorious of torrent sites.

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Why John McAfee’s offer to unlock San Bernardino iPhone makes sense

Why John McAfee’s offer to unlock San Bernardino iPhone makes sense

The biggest news this week isn't about some new device hitting the market, or a major technological breakthrough. Instead, it's about one older iPhone. While no one might think twice about an iPhone 5c, this phone could radically change the state of cybersecurity in our country, and even the world. This phone was once owned by the San Bernardino shooter, and at the moment, no one can unlock it.

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Google Tango HMD: smartphones’ next step

Google Tango HMD: smartphones’ next step

What Apple did for smartphones, Google will soon be doing for headsets. What you're about to see was born, in part, in the development of Google Glass. It's wearable, but it exists in the virtual realm. Google has begun development of a headset that will be able to map the world around you as you walk through the world. With this headset, you'll enter a second reality, cultivated in Google Cardboard, developed in Project Tango.

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Why gamers should be wary of Microsoft’s PC gaming push

Why gamers should be wary of Microsoft’s PC gaming push

We know that Microsoft is wanting to commit to cross-play functionality, which is the ability to buy a game on one platform, and have it work for the other. This looks like a big win for both Xbox One and PC gamers alike, but people are still upset about the loss of exclusivity to Xbox One titles. I explained earlier in the week why that's hardly a reality. But there is a good reason to be cautious about this new concept.

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Google’s “Eye-Phone” wont replace its predecessor

Google’s “Eye-Phone” wont replace its predecessor

While we're estimating that the all-in-one VR headset is going to be a big deal, it's not going to replace your phone - it's going to replace your television. For those that take this next wave serious enough to replace their television AND their phone, well - therein lies the danger. Warnings are out there. We've talked about this. The troubles we've been discussing over the past several years regarding virtual reality headsets become a much bigger deal when it comes to using said device as your one-and-only.

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Kanye West just doesn’t get it

Kanye West just doesn’t get it

When you're an artist, a big reason that you create your art is so that you can share it with the world. With that in mind, you generally want to make your art as accessible to the masses as you can. That's not to say that you should simply give away the things you make, but you might not want force your fans to pay a monthly fee on an exclusive platform, just for the privilege of experiencing your gift to the world. Yes, I'm talking to you, Kanye (and no, I don't think he's actually listening).

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What Microsoft’s cross-buy initiative means, and why it’s good for gamers

What Microsoft’s cross-buy initiative means, and why it’s good for gamers

Imagine picking up a new game, and spending hours playing it on your couch. Then, maybe your couch is occupied by other people watching movies. Well, you have a perfectly good PC in the other room, so you go fire it up, and continue where you left off. You don't have to worry about buying another copy, or setting up streaming, it just works. This is a future that Microsoft is looking at making a reality, though not everyone is happy about it.

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