2016 in review: Hits and misses in mobile technology

What did 2016 bring for smartphones, laptops and other mobile technology? A few heralded releases surpassed expectations, while others promptly fell flat. Let's take a look back and which products and trends came out on top with a win – and which ones chalked up a big loss... Continue Reading 2016 in review: Hits and misses in mobile technology Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Google Apple Google Pixel Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]

Why Google Daydream might beat Gear VR in 2017

Google Daydream View is "intriguing, but not yet ready for primetime" and lags behind its (only) mobile VR headset competitor, the Samsung Gear VR. But gaps between these rivals should tighten over the next year and Daydream could even come out on top, thanks to a few key advantages... Continue Reading Why Google Daydream might beat Gear VR in 2017 Category: VR Tags: Mobile VR VR Daydream View Samsung Gear VR Android [Read Entire Story]

The best apps and games to download for a new phone, tablet, VR or gaming console

You've just unwrapped your shiny new tech gift, torn it from its sleek packaging, and got the thing up and running. Now what? Let New Atlas provide suggestions on which apps and games you should download first, for everything from smartphones to VR headsets... Continue Reading The best apps and games to download for a new phone, tablet, VR or gaming console Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Samsung Gear VR Apps Android Tablet [Read Entire Story]

The best apps and games to download for a new phone, tablet, VR or gaming device

You've just unwrapped your shiny new tech gift, torn it from its sleek packaging, and got the thing up and running. Now what? Let New Atlas provide suggestions on which apps and games you should download first, for everything from smartphones to VR headsets... Continue Reading The best apps and games to download for a new phone, tablet, VR or gaming device Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Samsung Gear VR Apps Android Tablet [Read Entire Story]

Mobile app and core trainer turns ab workouts into a game

There are many reasons to work on core strength, but there's only one way to get it: hard work. The Stealth core trainer (currently on Kickstarter) wants to help you smile through your training by turning planks into a full-body arcade game... Continue Reading Mobile app and core trainer turns ab workouts into a game Category: Health & Wellbeing Tags: Applications Kickstarter Fitness Related Articles: Top 5 [Read Entire Story]

The best Google Daydream games and apps

If you've already got your hands on a Google Daydream View headset, then you are probably an enthusiastic early adopter. Here are New Atlas' picks for the best games and apps to download as you prepare to lose yourself through the power of mobile VR... Continue Reading The best Google Daydream games and apps Category: VR Tags: Mobile VR Daydream View Games Virtual Reality Apps Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]

Why VR? The top 6 reasons to embrace virtual reality

Mention virtual reality (or VR, as it is increasingly known) and you're likely to elicit one of two responses: either utmost enthusiasm and awareness, or something along the lines of Homer Simpson yelling "Neeeeerd!" But VR deserves to occupy a more substantive niche on the mainstream public radar, and here's why... Continue Reading Why VR? The top 6 reasons to embrace virtual reality Category: VR Tags: Education Health Samsung Gear VR [Read Entire Story]

Google Pixel XL vs. LG V20

If you're shopping for an Android smartphone this holiday season, two of your best options are Google's Pixel XL and the LG V20. While the Pixel is probably the better all-around choice, the V20 will better serve certain groups of customers. Let's compare their features and specs... Continue Reading Google Pixel XL vs. LG V20 Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Smartphones Phone Comparisons Google Pixel LG V20 Product [Read Entire Story]

The best Gear VR games, apps & experiences

Samsung Gear VR has been around for over a year now, and content-wise it's got a significant leg up on its (only) formidable mobile VR competitor, Google Daydream View. While some of its best content has been around since launch, its lineup is more robust than ever. Whether you want to slip into VR to escape the holiday bustle, or you'll be gifting a headset and you seek suggestions for the giftee, here are New Atlas' curated picks for must-try Gear VR content... Continue Reading The best Gear [Read Entire Story]

Google Daydream mobile VR compatibility comes to Moto Z, Moto Z Force

We've already praised the Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones for their bold take on modularity, but this pair will soon have another notable accessory in the mix: the Google Daydream View virtual reality headset... Continue Reading Google Daydream mobile VR compatibility comes to Moto Z, Moto Z Force Category: VR Tags: Daydream View VR Samsung Gear VR Motorola Lenovo Virtual Reality Related Articles: [Read Entire Story]

The best mobile apps to keep the holidays merry & bright

The holiday season is demanding, but mobile technology can help. Here's our picks for smartphone and tablet apps that promote holiday cheer while minimizing the season's stresses... Continue Reading The best mobile apps to keep the holidays merry & bright Category: Mobile Technology Tags: iOS Games Applications Android Related Articles: Top 5 third-party apps for Apple Watch [Read Entire Story]

2016 2-in-1 Comparison Guide

To help you with buying decisions (especially holiday gift giving) we've rounded up the year's leading 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrids at a variety of price points. Let's take a closer look at these boundary-blurring convertibles... Continue Reading 2016 2-in-1 Comparison Guide Category: Laptops Tags: Asus iPad Pro Microsoft Surface Laptop Tablet comparison Lenovo Yoga Acer Aspire [Read Entire Story]

Mobile VR is growing up: The best new Gear VR games

Maybe the folks behind Samsung Gear VR are bracing for competition from Google Daydream, because the newest batch of game content is all-around better than the last time we did a new release roundup. Here are the latest mobile VR diversions from the Oculus store. .. Continue Reading Mobile VR is growing up: The best new Gear VR games Category: VR Tags: VR Games Samsung Gear VR Related Articles: Roundup: Newest [Read Entire Story]

Google Pixel XL vs. OnePlus 3

Pixel XL, the first made-by-Google phablet, has earned big accolades for its camera, super-swift performance and pure Android experience. Still, it's an expensive phone, and not all of its features are necessities. How does it compare to one of our favorite bargain 'droids, the OnePlus 3? .. Continue Reading Google Pixel XL vs. OnePlus 3 Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Phone Comparisons Smartphones comparison Product Comparison [Read Entire Story]

Google Daydream VR headset hits shelves November 10th

Today, Google announced a November 10th ship date for its new Daydream View virtual reality headset and controller, a grown-up version of the experimental Cardboard viewer. Daydream is available for pre-order through the Google Store now... Continue Reading Google Daydream VR headset hits shelves November 10th Category: VR Tags: Virtual Reality Daydream View Google VR Related Articles: Google invites us [Read Entire Story]

Tips & tricks for optimizing iOS 10

iOS 10, Apple's latest mobile software, rolled out last month. Like past Apple updates, it mostly maintains the previous operating system's clean-and-cool exterior, but packs in new features that are not always immediately apparent. Here's a primer on how to harness the useful new tools in iOS 10. .. Continue Reading Tips & tricks for optimizing iOS 10 Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Apple Tips Apple+Apps iOS 10 Related [Read Entire Story]

Running-centric Apple Watch Nike+ edition launches October 28

Apple announced the Apple Watch Nike+ edition at its annual keynote in September and it's slated to hit shelves on Friday, October 28. What can we expect from this running-centric smartwatch?.. Continue Reading Running-centric Apple Watch Nike+ edition launches October 28 Category: Smartwatches Tags: Nike Running Apple Watch Related Articles: Lumo smart shorts offer real-time feedback on your jogging technique [Read Entire Story]

Don’t look to your wrist for accurate heart rate monitoring, study says

One recently published study indicates that wrist-based heart rate monitoring may not be as reliable as hoped. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic's Heart and Vascular Institute found that four leading devices were of inconsistent accuracy, and that accuracy drops during workouts. .. Continue Reading Don't look to your wrist for accurate heart rate monitoring, study says Category: Wearables Tags: Fitness Mio Tracking Apple Watch [Read Entire Story]

Google Pixel XL vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

We've already compared the first Google-made phablet with its closest predecessor (Nexus 6P) and its Apple adversary (iPhone 7 Plus). How does Pixel XL measure up against its most formidable Android challenger, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge?.. Continue Reading Google Pixel XL vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Product Comparison Google Pixel Phone Comparisons Smartphones Samsung Galaxy S7 edge [Read Entire Story]

Not just for gamers: Gear VR is educational, evocative

Virtual reality has primarily been a gamer's domain, but proponents say it is poised for expansion into our work, social lives and education. Today, mobile VR offers the most accessible glimpse into that future. Learn a thing or two from these leading GearVR experiences, and while you're at it, ascertain a few things about the state of the industry... Continue Reading Not just for gamers: Gear VR is educational, evocative Category: VR Tags: Virtual Reality [Read Entire Story]

Google Pixel XL vs. Nexus 6P

Google has finally released "made by Google" smartphones, but they did not spring up from scratch. The Pixel XL's closest relative is the Huawei-manufactured, Google-overseen Nexus 6P. What are the differences between last year's well-reviewed Nexus 6P and the first phablet to bear the Google name? .. Continue Reading Google Pixel XL vs. Nexus 6P Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Nexus 6P Product Comparison Google Pixel Phone [Read Entire Story]

Google Pixel vs. Samsung Galaxy S7

While Google is no stranger to smartphone manufacturing (the conglomerate has been overseeing Nexus design and manufacturing for years), the Pixel is the first phone to officially be dubbed "Made by Google." How does the hotly anticipated Pixel compare to its industry-leading Android competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S7?.. Continue Reading Google Pixel vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Product Comparison Google Pixel Google [Read Entire Story]