We didn’t think much of the VR headset technology so far. Sure, it made for some nice demos but we were slightly put off by the low resolution imagery on the Oculus Rift and the way the Gear VR required you to own and use a specific Samsung model. Today, we finally, tried on the just announced HTC Vive first hand (short for the cheesy Very Immersive Visual Experience), and we were floored.
Still at a pre-production stage, the whole thing looks a lot like a prototype with a special belt you have to wear to carry all the wires with you. But the demoed VR functionality was flawless.
We walked around the simulated environment, exploring it freely – getting closer to appreciate the fine details or stepping back to see the whole thing. But most importantly, we got the chance to interact with it in a way that Occulus Rift and the Gear VR don’t allow you to. Read more »
If you are among the owners of a Windows RT tablet, you may have wondered whether about the future fate of Windows RT devices and whether they might get updated to Windows 10 eventually.
It turns out Windows RT devices will get updated with some of the features of the upcoming OS, but not the OS itself.
Even though Windows RT appeared as the OS of choice on a few quite capable tablets, it never managed to gain traction mostly due to the lack of support for x86 desktop applications.
Today, it’s mostly outphased by a slew of tablets running proper Windows 8.1. Read more »
A new rumor suggests Google might be unveiling a real-time voice translation system sooner rather than later. Skype already offers a similar functionality as of last month.
A report by New York Times claims that the new functionality will be released as an update to Google’s mobile Translate app on Android. But don’t expect real-time translation of voice calls just yet. Read more »
The LG Tone Infinim HBS-900 is the top-of-the-line model in LG’s Bluetooth headset lineup. Its highlight are the retractable earbuds, with the cables hiding inside the body of the neck band.
The harmon/kardon insignia is not present here by accident either. This stereo Bluteooth headset has some serious audio credentials to match its premium price tag.
Another selling point in favor of the headset are the LG G3-specific features. LG has made sure that the two devices are a great match. In fact, at the time of writing this review there is a great Christmas deal going on in certain markets (Germany for one) where you get the Tone Infinim for free with each purchase of the LG G3.
Coming from the lower LG Tone Ultra HBS-800 model and using a phone that’s different from the G3, I was curious to see not only how good the HBS-900 is but also whether it actually deserves the 50% price markup over the LG HBS-800. On its own, the Tone Infinim currently sells for about $150/€150 depending on the region.
Join me as I take a brief look at this stereo Bluetooth headset in our latest flash review. Read more »
The Pangu dev team has now released their iOS 8 jailbreaking magic for OS X.
The Pangu jailbreak tool has been the go-to iOS jailbreak tool for quite some time now. Its latest version has has been released a few days ago, allowing you to jailbreak any device running iOS8 or iOS8.1. This includes the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Unfortunately, it has only been available for Windows computers so far. Today, this has changed. Read more »
It was only yesterday that the iPhone 6 duo went on sale in China and we’re already hearing the first juicy reports.
Apparently, China Unicom, the country’s second biggest carrier, has hired on-site tailors for its store in Shanghai to offer the service of pocket enlargement to those customers who opt for the bigger iPhone 6 Plus.
The photo of the tailor working on a pair of pants at the store is apparently going viral on China’s social network Weibo. Read more »
A true work of art, this Apple iPhoine 6 has been pimped by the Italian company called Caviar, which brought us the gold and titanium Putin edition iPhone 5s .
The company is now busy working on even more luxurious editions of the new iPhone 6, and we have some live shots to show you. Read more »
Windows 9 is close to announcement (September 30) and the leaks of some of the new features have already started cropping up. Today’s leak shows us something that looks like a centralized Notifications center and a new Multi-Desktops feature.
We already showed you the leaked video of the revamped Start menu, but this time the same source has shared demos of the new Notification center and the Multi-Desktop feature, which will be part of the new edition of Windows. Read more »
On stage at the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch announcement today, Apple announced the availability details regarding their upcoming Apple iOS 8.
Apple iOS 8 will be available as a free download on September 17. Read more »
Lenovo just announced its latest generation smartphones, the updated Lenovo Vibe X2 and Lenovo Vibe Z2. Lenovo has already posted a video up online, showing the unique differentiating features that the Vibe X2 possesses.
The Lenovo Vibe X2 has a 5-inch FullHD screen, a 13MP camera on the back and is only 7.27mm thin. It uses a MediaTek MT6595m True8Core processor and runs Andoird 4.4 KitKat with Lenovo’s custom VIBE UI. After that quick specs refresher, we’ll let Lenovo do the rest of the presentation with their video. Read more »
Following an unfortunate incident, Swedish national Alexander Maxén reportedly dropped his Sony Xperia Z2 on the bottom of the ocean. And it wasn’t until six weeks later, that a scuba diving friend of his, finally managed to recover the device.
You can’t beat a happy ending but what makes this one special is that the smartphone lasted that long underwater at at least 10m depth and yet it’s still fully operational. Read more »
The controversy surrounding the OnePlus One smartphone seems to be a never-ending industry topic. We sat down with Carl Pei, Director of OnePlus Global, in an attempt to clarify some of these burning questions that are setting our editorial mailbox on fire these days.
OnePlus is a young Chinese mobile phone manufacturer who already managed to make a splash even before their first product was out. Thanks to clever online marketing, each one of their product teasers made the headlines across the world with promises for a disruptive smartphone with high-end specs and unseen before pricing.
Of course, with expectations running so high, once the OnePlus One smartphone hit the market there were bound to be disappointed users along with the happy ones.
To make matters worse, the smartphone is still playing hard to get with only the few people who possess the privileged right of an invite being allowed to purchase the device. That certainly played out well as people are always bound to crave something that they can’t readily have.
I first met Carl back when he was hard at work making a name for Oppo – and quite successfully at that. Now he has focused his energy into turning OnePlus into an (at least) equal success.
Carl is composed and outspoken and behind his easy going smile, he’s a creative professional with broad knowledge across various industry subjects and some really sharp thinking. I am more than curious to see how the OnePlus will turn out with his guidance. But I digress. On with the interview… Read more »
In the past few days we’ve been witnessing lots of controversy regarding evidence that the phone manufacturer Xiaomi is sending your personal data to a Chinese server. A lot has been written about that – we’ve heard both sides of the story as Xiaomi representatives are trying to put down the wild fire and assure everyone that this is not the case.
We just wanted to make it clear that as an editorial team we stand behind them and for us it seems there is no truth to these allegations. Unfortunately, we may have helped aggravate the situation by reporting it rather… bluntly. Read more »
Leaked slides of what looks to be internal presentation material about the rumored Nvidia Shield tablet and game controller have made it online. Now we know that Nvidia will announce the devices on July 22 and will release them on July 29 in the US and on August 14 in Europe.
Recently, a leaked product image showed us how the Nvidia Shield tablet would look like. Today, we get tons of further details about the long rumored tablet and gaming controller by the company. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy K zoom is about to hit the market and we are getting ready to start our review. It is Samsung’s fourth camera/phone hybrid.
Following in the steps of the Galaxy S4 Zoom and the Galaxy Camera series, it offers a retractable 10x zoom lens on the back of what appears to be a regular Android smartphone.
Only this time around, the balance seems tipped more towards the smartphone than the camera. Read more »