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Oculus Half Dome details: 140-degree VR Prototype

Oculus Half Dome details: 140-degree VR Prototype

This afternoon Oculus revealed a new VR headset - a prototype called Half Dome. This new headset isn't necessarily a replacement for any previous headset - it's a testing ground for what's to come. This new headset project was revealed at F8, Facebook's developer conference, where other VR and social networking projects of all sorts were also revealed as they are each year.

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Samsung will preinstall Verizon’s Oath apps on Galaxy S9 under new deal

Samsung will preinstall Verizon’s Oath apps on Galaxy S9 under new deal

Oath, the Verizon subsidiary, has struck a deal with Samsung that involves putting four of its own apps on the maker's mobile devices. The apps will arrive first on Samsung mobile devices in the United States, later expanding to cover the maker's devices in other markets, too. The deal includes a couple Yahoo apps, plus the Go90 video app.

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Galaxy Note 9 leaked: Crowning details early

Galaxy Note 9 leaked: Crowning details early

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might well be released earlier than previously suspected - so says the latest tip on the device. Now that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus's cameras are being out-shot by the likes of the Huawei P20 Pro, Samsung's being pressured to push the envelope. Forget the iPhone X Plus, it's time for Samsung to start releasing hero smartphones three times a year instead of just two!

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Xperia Ear Duo pre-order available now, launching this month

Xperia Ear Duo pre-order available now, launching this month

This is probably one of the longest waiting time between announcement and retail launch. Granted, Xperia Ear "Open Style", as the Xperia Ear Duo was initially called, was first shown off as a near-final prototype August last year. With the interest in ubiquitous smart assistants on the rise, perhaps Sony thought that now is the perfect time to bring the Xperia Ear Duo to the market. It doesn't hurt that the Apple AirPods also made two-piece earbuds more fashionable now.

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Tim Cook: iPhone X pricing, strategy here to stay [UPDATE]

Tim Cook: iPhone X pricing, strategy here to stay [UPDATE]

This is the first time since the iPhone line was split into two devices that the more expensive unit sold more than the lesser. That's what Apple CEO Tim Cook suggested during Apple's fiscal Q2 financial results call this afternoon. Cook responded to a question of the current Apple strategy of releasing three phones at once - specifically on the iPhone X and it's starting price of $999 USD. Tim Cook said he couldn't be prouder of the work they'd done and the way they've done business in the quarter at hand - and the one before that, too.

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iPhone 6s Plus switch: Why Apple’s next X will convince you

iPhone 6s Plus switch: Why Apple’s next X will convince you

Today we're going to talk about what you're options might be later this year if you've currently got an iPhone 6s. Now's about the time when the iPhone 6s is scheduled to start trading in in large numbers. That's because the iPhone 6s came out a couple years ago, and users are getting antsy. Now that the iPhone 6s isn't as cool as it once was, users want to make a big change.

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Android P notifications to get more powerful based on Reply screenshot

Android P notifications to get more powerful based on Reply screenshot

Smartphone notifications are both the bane of the modern digital world but also its lifeblood. They both keep us up to date on our friends' random outbursts as well as remind us of an important appointment. As such, notifications need to be smarter but also give us more control over them beyond simply swiping them away. Fortunately, if the latest screenshot for the experimental Reply app notifications is any indicator, it seems that the next version of Android, the still to be named Android P, will do just that.

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BLU settles privacy violations probe with FTC, won’t pay a fine

BLU settles privacy violations probe with FTC, won’t pay a fine

Phone maker BLU has struck a settlement with the FTC over the Commission's privacy violations accusation. According to the agency, BLU had a contract with ADUPS Technology Co. to provide software and security updates to its products. However, that contractor allegedly gathered user data and transferred it to the company servers, acquiring "far more information than needed to do its job," according to the FTC.

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Facebook’s new dislike button (upvote and downvote)

Facebook’s new dislike button (upvote and downvote)

So Facebook has a dislike button now - only it's shaped like an arrow. There's one up arrow and one down arrow, and both arrows sit below comments in several areas of Facebook. Much like Reddit, comments are upvoted or downvoted, and rise or fall in large threads as such. Basically Facebook copied Reddit.

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Ask Siri to define “mother” twice and you’re in for a shock

Ask Siri to define “mother” twice and you’re in for a shock

AI-powered voice assistants and their smart speaker abodes are hot items these days. But useful (or not) as they may be, they come with some inherent risks. Driven primarily by voice, there is no quick way for users to screen results and stop the assistants before they blurt out something private, sensitive, or inappropriate. Take, for example, Siri, who will gladly inform you of a definition of the word "mother" that you may not really care for or want to hear.

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MediaTek cuts off ZTE over Taiwan’s new approval requirement

MediaTek cuts off ZTE over Taiwan’s new approval requirement

ZTE faces growing problems following a recent US ban that prevents the nation's companies from selling hardware to the Chinese company. According to recent reports, Taiwan's government has ordered local companies to stop doing business with ZTE until they get approval to resume. MediaTek is one of those companies, and it has confirmed that it has ceased doing business with ZTE for now.

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Sony earnings: PS4 booming, Mobile not so much

Sony earnings: PS4 booming, Mobile not so much

Sony's earnings report for the year 2017 suggested they'd sold a whopper of an amount of units of their current gaming console, PlayStation 4. After selling 76 million+ PlayStation 3 units over the product's lifetime, Sony's on track to sell that many by the end of the current financial year. That's no small feat - but it's still a while away from the greatest selling home console of all time - PlayStation 2.

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