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Virtual Reality Done Wrong: Making it Look Terrible

Virtual Reality Done Wrong: Making it Look Terrible

Today we're going to discuss how not to present virtual reality to the public. The images you see at the top of this article are wrong. They're bad. Skeptics of this platform see these images and remain skeptical. People who love virtual reality look at these images and see how goofy they look when they have virtual reality headsets on. It may have worked in the 1980s when ads were extremely strange - but it's not going to work here in the present.

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Google’s Solara 50 drone crash caused by wing failure

Google’s Solara 50 drone crash caused by wing failure

In May 2015, one of Google’s Internet drones, a Titan Solara 50, crashed during a test flight in New Mexico. The drone was solar powered and didn’t last long in the air before crashing in the company’s Albuquerque test field. This drone was part of Google’s larger effort to deliver Internet from the stratosphere; investigators began probing the cause of the crash following the incident.

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Apple’s VR team is real, here’s who they are

Apple’s VR team is real, here’s who they are

Apple's latest acquisition once again tips their involvement in the virtual reality industry. Apple has been tipped - and essentially confirmed - to have acquired FlyBy Media, a group that has their hand in Indoor Mapping, Automotive (autonomous navigation), Drones (autonomous flight), and both virtual reality and augmented reality. They've worked with Google on Project Tango, a futuristic smartphone-based 3D-mapping system that'll tie in with virtual reality in the near future.

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Google made a terrible pun of its Google.com sale goof

Google made a terrible pun of its Google.com sale goof

If you screw up and accidentally allow the central domain to your business to be sold to an outside buyer, you might as well make a bad joke about it. Google suffered some collective red faces midway through 2015, after somehow forgetting to renew its google.com domain and allowing it to be - briefly - purchased by someone else, but the search giant did manage to put a comedy spin on the solution.

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Android MediaTek devices open to de-bugging (hacking aplenty)

Android MediaTek devices open to de-bugging (hacking aplenty)

Earlier this month a potential security issue in Android devices with MediaTek processor was found by researcher Justin Case. This issue apparently exists in Android devices that've gone through the review process with their manufacturers but have not had a "debug" feature deactivated before shipping. While MediaTek is working on a fix for this issue across all devices, there are still smartphones and/or tablets out in the wild with this vulnerability open, and devices hackable with a simple software "flick of a switch" so to speak.

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HTC One M10 release details pack a familiar set of specs (and a watch)

HTC One M10 release details pack a familiar set of specs (and a watch)

HTC is tipped to be bringing their next-generation smartphone to an event outside of Mobile World Congress 2016, instead opting for a stand-alone event not unlike that of the HTC One M8. It's almost as if HTC decides where to reveal their flagship device each year depending on the weather. Here once again they'll probably show off something in Barcelona (MWC), but will bring another bit of heat just a week or two later. Last year they were at MWC with their M9, but the year before that they were in NYC.

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Nexus 5 gets modded with a microSD slot

Nexus 5 gets modded with a microSD slot

In a world where smartphone cameras are taking bigger pictures, and apps are getting larger, we need more space on our phones. Unfortunately, most manufacturers are still charging a massive premium for anything larger than 16GB, and failing to include an option for additional storage. So what do you do when you need more space on your phone? You tear it apart and add a microSD card slot.

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Google My Tracks alternative apps swoop in

Google My Tracks alternative apps swoop in

Google's app "My Tracks" has reached its end of life, the company preparing to phase out support starting on April 30th, 2016. This app won't just have an end of service at that time, it'll basically just stop working altogether. With Google My Tracks gone, users will have to move to better and/or more popular services before that time is up. OR they'll just have to stop tracking their runs, and run without knowing where they've gone, like in the olden days.

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Huawei Mate 8 Review

Huawei Mate 8 Review

The Huawei Mate 8 (or NXT-L29 as it is also known) asks you to make a fundamental choice about what you are looking for in a phone. Or rather, it makes that decision for you by way of its generous form factor. The Mate 8 certainly puts the 'phab' in phablet - it's fast, features a beautiful display, and offers enough battery power to jumpstart your car - but along the way it also requires its users to accept some very specific compromises to how they use the device on a daily basis. It also charges a significant premium over its primary competitors both Apple and Android, despite not exactly matching its peers on the spec sheet.

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