The best new games and apps for the Gear VR

Whether you're buying a new Samsung Gear VR or holding onto a previous edition, this could be a good time to refresh your content library and get behind the goggles. Oculus software updates have made the experience easier to navigate, and there are some intriguing new releases in the Oculus Store... Continue Reading The best new games and apps for the Gear VR Category: VR Tags: Gaming Mobile VR Oculus Samsung Samsung Gear [Read Entire Story]

Facebook Spaces brings social VR to the Oculus Rift

Last October, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Oculus Connect 3 and demoed a seemingly far-off app where friends could speak and interact in VR. Today, the first day of the annual Facebook Developers Conference, a nearly identical app called Facebook Spaces launches in beta... Continue Reading Facebook Spaces brings social VR to the Oculus Rift Category: VR Tags: Facebook Oculus Oculus Rift Oculus Touch [Read Entire Story]

The best new iOS and browser apps for video and graphics

Most video and graphic design work takes place digitally these days, but developers are constantly dreaming up new ways to improve on the wealth of software already available. These iOS and browser-based tools showcase new combinations and features that could make video and design creation increasingly mobile and accessible... Continue Reading The best new iOS and browser apps for video and graphics Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Apple+Apps Applications [Read Entire Story]

Verizon releases its Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch on May 11

Back in February, Verizon quietly unveiled a smartwatch of its own alongside the launch of Android Wear 2.0 in the LG Watch Style and Sport. Today, the carrier confirmed that the Wear24 watch will hit stores starting May 11... Continue Reading Verizon releases its Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch on May 11 Category: Smartwatches Tags: Android Wear Verizon Wireless Wearable Related Articles: Verizon trials drones as [Read Entire Story]

Smile or scream in virtual reality with an expression-translating mask

The best VR experiences let users use their real-life bodies to maneuver in the virtual world. MindMaze wants to extend that immersion to include the user's facial expressions: Its latest product, Mask, is a headset insert that tracks the wearer's expressions and transmits them to their VR avatar... Continue Reading Smile or scream in virtual reality with an expression-translating mask Category: VR Tags: Daydream View HTC Vive Mobile VR [Read Entire Story]

Misfit introduces Flare, a simple, affordable fitness tracker

The Fossil-owned fitness tracker company Misfit launched a new wrist wearable today. The Misfit Flare tracks activity and sleep in a simple, modern form factor at a moderate price point. .. Continue Reading Misfit introduces Flare, a simple, affordable fitness tracker Category: Wearables Tags: Misfit Wearable Related Articles: Misfit's Vapor fitness smartwatch will run Android Wear 2.0 Misfit's [Read Entire Story]

Twitter Lite uses less data, space on mobile devices

Twitter Lite offers all the key features of the social media platform, but it takes up less than 1 MB of your mobile device's storage. It also loads faster, is more resilient on shaky mobile networks, and incorporates a data saver mode, making it perfect for those with limited access to data, storage, or network connectivity. .. Continue Reading Twitter Lite uses less data, space on mobile devices Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Twitter Web Applications [Read Entire Story]

Hands-on with the updated Gear VR with controller

The 2017 update of the Gear VR is just about here, and we spent some time with Samsung's incrementally-updated mobile VR headset – along with its new motion controller – at yesterday's Galaxy S8 launch event... Continue Reading Hands-on with the updated Gear VR with controller Category: VR Tags: VR Virtual Reality Mobile VR Samsung Samsung Gear VR Related Articles: Samsung has a brand new [Read Entire Story]

Mobile VR isn’t pushing virtual reality forward – it’s hindering it

When today's virtual reality devices first hit the scene, we expected mobile VR to progress and grow at a striking pace. Fast forward to the present: Little has changed in mobile VR – to the point that its slow evolution could be dragging down the mainstream adoption of virtual reality as a whole... Continue Reading Mobile VR isn't pushing virtual reality forward – it's hindering it Category: VR Tags: Oculus Samsung Gear VR VR Virtual [Read Entire Story]

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ flaunt Infinity Displays, enhanced biometrics and a new virtual assistant

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 and S8+ at its "Unpacked" event this morning in New York City. As expected, the high-end flagships have nearly bezel-free displays, glassy curved builds, boosted internals and Samsung's new virtual assistant, Bixby. .. Continue Reading Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ flaunt Infinity Displays, enhanced biometrics and a new virtual assistant Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Samsung Gear VR Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Samsung [Read Entire Story]

What should be next for the Apple Watch?

Now that Android Wear 2.0 is hitting wrists in an array of smartwatches, the Apple Watch sticks out in a sea of increasingly masculine, analog watch-informed designs. It stands alone as an iPhone-dependent piece of wrist tech with a distinctly 21st-century look. While the wearable certainly has its merits, we think the Apple Watch is begging for a few key updates... Continue Reading What should be next for the Apple Watch? Category: Smartwatches Tags: Apple Watch [Read Entire Story]

Apple software updates add Find My AirPods function, expanded Siri support

Today, Apple released software updates for its mobile and watch operating systems. iOS 10.3 brings features like "Find my AirPods", Siri support for mobile payments and ride booking, CarPlay shortcuts and more. watchOS 3.2 adds similar Siri enhancements and a Theater Mode... Continue Reading Apple software updates add Find My AirPods function, expanded Siri support Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Apple Apple Watch watchOS iOS 10 [Read Entire Story]

Automatically curbing Apple Watch notifications seems like a wise way to prevent distracted driving

There are times when at-a-glance notifications do more harm than good – driving is one of them. A recently awarded patent suggests that the Apple Watch could eventually prevent this distraction/nuisance by automatically detecting when you're driving and following suit by halting notifications. Considering the known dangers of distracted driving, it seems like a wise way to approach smartwatch safety... Continue Reading Automatically curbing Apple Watch notifications seems like a wise way to [Read Entire Story]

Samsung confirms LTE connectivity for Gear S3 Classic smartwatch

Samsung's Gear S3 smartwatch comes in both "Classic" and "Frontier" varieties. Until now, only the latter has been available in an LTE variant. Today, Samsung announced that US customers will soon have the option of purchasing a Gear S3 Classic with 4G cellular connectivity as well. .. Continue Reading Samsung confirms LTE connectivity for Gear S3 Classic smartwatch Category: Smartwatches Tags: Samsung LTE Wearable Samsung Gear S3 [Read Entire Story]

NCAA March Madness is the latest sporting event to get virtual reality coverage

The NCAA March Madness Live VR app offers a virtual seat to the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Starting with the "Sweet 16" games in San Jose, viewers have a variety of viewing options for watching the collegiate tournament in VR. .. Continue Reading NCAA March Madness is the latest sporting event to get virtual reality coverage Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Oculus Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality VR [Read Entire Story]

Huawei Watch 2 vs. Samsung Gear S3

Comparing the Huawei Watch 2 (and its Watch 2 Classic variant) with the Samsung Gear S3 (available in both Classic and Frontier editions) shows that the latest smartwatch offerings from Huawei and Samsung are quite comparable in form and function. Let's take a look at their features and specs... Continue Reading Huawei Watch 2 vs. Samsung Gear S3 Category: Smartwatches Tags: Huawei Watch 2 Product Comparison Samsung Gear S3 Wearable [Read Entire Story]

Facebook 360 brings its immersive videos to Gear VR

Photos and videos shot in 360° – interactive media that lets you click around the capture see beyond the frame and into your surroundings – are becoming increasingly popular on Facebook. The new mobile VR app Facebook 360 gives Gear VR users an easy way to immerse themselves in this 360° content. .. Continue Reading Facebook 360 brings its immersive videos to Gear VR Category: VR Tags: Samsung Gear VR Facebook Mobile VR Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]

VR provides distraction therapy for chemo patients

Individuals with cancer experience many anxiety-filled moments over their course of treatment. In order to alleviate some of this stress, one Australian hospital is using virtual reality to provide a therapeutic degree of relaxation and escapism to its chemotherapy patients. .. Continue Reading VR provides distraction therapy for chemo patients Category: VR Tags: Samsung Gear VR Cancer VR Virtual Reality Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit Alta HR adds heart rate sensor, improved sleep tracking

The eponymous fitness tracker company Fitbit has added a heart rate sensor and improved sleep tracking to the popular Alta model it first released last year. The new Fitbit Alta HR offers fully-featured fitness tracking in a more streamlined form factor than its smartwatch-like counterparts. .. Continue Reading Fitbit Alta HR adds heart rate sensor, improved sleep tracking Category: Wearables Tags: Fitness Fitbit Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]

Huawei Watch 2 vs. Apple Watch Series 2

The Huawei Watch 2 represents a big, sporty departure from its more traditional-looking predecessor. In terms of specs, it compares favorably to the Apple Watch Series 2, though the two makers' approaches are quite different. Let's take a look... Continue Reading Huawei Watch 2 vs. Apple Watch Series 2 Category: Smartwatches Tags: Product Comparison Huawei Huawei Watch 2 Apple Watch Apple Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]

Oculus incentives are a perk, but aren’t enough to make VR mainstream

Facebook has steadily incentivized the Rift virtual reality headset since acquiring its maker Oculus in 2014. These efforts are enough to push the Rift ahead of its competition, but can they spur the widespread VR adoption that Facebook envisions?.. Continue Reading Oculus incentives are a perk, but aren't enough to make VR mainstream Category: VR Tags: Oculus Rift Facebook HTC Vive Virtual Reality Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]

Huawei Watch 2 vs. Huawei Watch

Huawei's first smartwatch – simply called the Huawei Watch – was one of our favorites in the first-wave crop of smart wrist wearables. Let's examine how the second generation Huawei Watch 2 compares to the first... Continue Reading Huawei Watch 2 vs. Huawei Watch Category: Smartwatches Tags: Huawei Watch 2 Huawei Watch Wearable Product Comparison Huawei Related Articles: LG Watch Sport vs. [Read Entire Story]