Apple and Google preparing to enter VR market
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 11:05

Apple and Google preparing to enter VR market


New job postings suggest keen interest

It was made clear earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that 2016 would be the year that virtual reality (VR) finally becomes available in consumer formats to initial enthusiast public audiences. Some of the major competitors we’ve seen in this space so far include Facebook-owned Oculus with its Rift headset, Sony’s PlayStation VR headset and HTC’s Vive Pre headset, which we explored here.

FCC now lets Americans use their own cable set-top boxes
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A powerful win for the free market economics

In a sweeping change of course directed at a tightly controlled television industry, cable and satellite operators in the United States will now be obligated to let their customers freely choose which set-top boxes they can use, according to a proposal announced by the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday.

Haptic touch gloves for VR games coming soon
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 09:06

Haptic touch gloves for VR games coming soon


A much needed interface for virtual environments


Recently, a New York-based startup has emerged from the shadows and promises to give virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) users a much more natural alternative controller interface for their new headset toys than the proprietary ones emerging with each new device.

Apple Watch 2 enters production in Q2 2016
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:25

Apple Watch 2 enters production in Q2 2016


Second-generation forecast lower than expected


A new report by DigiTimes claims that Apple’s second-generation Watch is expected to enter production in the second quarter of 2016, citing sources from within the company’s upstream supply chain.

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 4 firmware accidentally installs to wrong devices
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Crashes them hard with blue and black screens

Earlier today, Microsoft released the first firmware updates of the year for its latest Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices. These were automatic updates that were supposed to add battery charging enhancements, a more accurate fingerprint sensor driver, and support for Microsoft’s Surface Pen on the Surface Pro 4 device.

Apple's "iPhone 7 Plus" to feature rear dual-camera design
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Telephoto and wide-angle lenses side by side

Apple’s upcoming tenth-generation 2016 flagship smartphone device, let’s just call it the “iPhone 7 Plus,” is expected to come in a dual-camera configuration on the back side, according to well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple iPad Air 3 may feature four speakers, rear LED flash
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Toymaker may finally be embracing tablet photography


A recent leak from the folks at French technology blog NoWhereElse.fr has shown what appears to be a rumored sketch-up illustration of Apple’s yet to be announced third-generation, ultrathin iPad Air 3.

Foxconn primary iPhone manufacturing plant goes up in flames
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Fire is contained for now

Last night at Foxconn’s main manufacturing plant in Zhengzhou, east-central China, a large fire broke out spanning several floors of the building and prompting an emergency evacuation procedure.

Prank website instantly crashes and reboots Apple iOS devices
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Update: Now taken offline, but original code still available

Thanks to a few very simple lines of HTML script, a new Apple prank website promises to instantly crash the Safari web browser of any iOS and then reboot a user’s device.

Nvidia shows off its 'Light Field' VR headset at VRLA 2016
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Much more natural depth-of-field, no "seasickness" effect

Back in November, we wrote about Nvidia’s current partnership with Stanford University to develop a next-generation virtual reality headset that uses a Light Field stereoscope give wearers a much more natural depth-of-field in virtual environments.