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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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Samsung Galaxy S7 tiny facts: Camera Bump, Rubbery Gasket, Battery

Samsung Galaxy S7 tiny facts: Camera Bump, Rubbery Gasket, Battery

Three tiny facts have popped up in the last day for the Samsung Galaxy S7 which you should be aware of. You, the user, the person who may or may not be picking this device up when it's released early this year. These facts have to do with the hardware, primarily, centering in on the changes the company has made since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6. This version of the device has a smaller camera bump, for example - but not without its tradeoff.

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NXP QorIQ LS1012A 64-bit ARM processor is smaller than a thumbtack

NXP QorIQ LS1012A 64-bit ARM processor is smaller than a thumbtack

NXP Semiconductors has rolled out the QorIQ LS1012A processor promising enterprise-class performance and security for consumer and networking applications in a very small package size. The chip has a 64-bit ARM v8 processor with network packet acceleration and QorIQ trust architecture security capability and line-rate networking performance at 1W of power. The chip packs all its features into a tiny 9.6mm x 9.6mm package size.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 details spilled in press photo leaks

Samsung Galaxy S7 details spilled in press photo leaks

A wide variety of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge press photo leaks have appeared just days before the big reveal event. These devices will undoubtedly be shown in full within a week from today, so the rumors suggest, but until then, here we go. These images join the weeks of rumors and detail leaks from insider sources appearing over the past few months, showing off Samsung's newest set of two devices, one the next-generation Samsung Galaxy S7, the other a combination of two devices next generations: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. So it would seem.

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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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Apple apologizes for Error 53, restores bricked phones

Apple apologizes for Error 53, restores bricked phones

Believe it or not, once an iPhone is bricked, it isn't necessarily dead forever. Earlier this month we came into the understanding - like many iPhone users in the wild - that Apple had built in a so-called "Error 53" into their iPhones with Touch ID sensors. If the devices had been tampered with - fixed by 3rd party fix-it groups, included - they'd be bricked. Now Apple has apologized publicly for the method with which they'd implemented said feature.

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Nextbit Robin Review: never mind the cloud, here’s the hardware

Nextbit Robin Review: never mind the cloud, here’s the hardware

The NextBit Robin smartphone may be the first in a new era of smartphone - far more trusting in its creator. Or it could be a mistake, holding on to the cloud when the public continues to fear the worst - hiding their data in their mattresses instead of allowing the data banks to do their job with security. Then there's the NextBit Robin's hardware design. It's gorgeous. It looks like the sort of hardware you'd find in a museum under "historic groundbreakers in industrial design." It looks like someone contacted the finest designers of the 1960's, each of them bent on making all things as visible as they were functional, and told them to imagine a smartphone.

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LG’s new ultra-slim bio sensor is more accurate, needs less power

LG’s new ultra-slim bio sensor is more accurate, needs less power

LG Innotek has taken the wraps off a new ultra-slim optical bio sensor module it has developed for tracking various health metrics including things like stress, heart rate, and oxygen levels. Higher-end smartphones typically include these sort of modules — the Galaxy S6, for example — and they serve to complement fitness tracking wearables and fitness/health-centric apps like Moto Body and Google Fit.

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Ekko sound pods stream audio to several headphones at once

Ekko sound pods stream audio to several headphones at once

Ekko Audio has taken the wraps off an intriguing product that aims to make a single audio source available to multiple pairs of headphones at once. This functionality is achieved via sound pods, of which four are available; each sound pod streams audio to a pair of headphones plugged into the pod, allowing everyone to listen to, for example, the TV or radio using their own headphones or earbuds.

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New Android phone puts all chips on speaker upgrade

New Android phone puts all chips on speaker upgrade

Two teaser images from Lenovo reveal the full body of their next smartphone, one whose power rests in speaker quality. Oddly enough, these speakers appear to be sitting on the back of the phone, not the front. As such, users will need to place the smartphone face-down to get the full experience. Like some previous Lenovo smartphones, this one comes with Dolby sound technology - and Dolby branding. Does that make the device enticing enough to consider for you?

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MacBook USB-C recall instructions tell if you’re affected

MacBook USB-C recall instructions tell if you’re affected

Apple's first USB-C MacBook release included a cord which had a bit of a hardware flaw - one that the company is now in the process of fixing. For those of you that've purchased a MacBook in the past several years, there's one simple way of figuring out whether or not you MAY be affected. If your power cord is a MagSafe connector (magnetic, as the name implies), you do not need to worry. From there, if you're a USB-C sort of user, there's one more check.

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Dish promises 7 days without ad-skipping for Fox content

Dish promises 7 days without ad-skipping for Fox content

When TiVo and the other first DVRs hit the scene, people ate them up. Finally, for the first time, you could watch shows and movies when you wanted to. Sure, you could setup a VCR to record something at a specific time, but that was more hassle than it was worth. The other big feature was being able to quickly and easily skip commercials. Unfortunately, skipping commercials is getting harder and harder, as Dish Network is finding out.

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