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IKEA releases VR app for HTC Vive IKEA releases VR app for HTC Vive
- April 05, 2016

If you're one of the few who managed to grab a pre-order of the new HTC Vive VR headset, it may be best to check the status of your order. The app will essentially allow redecorators and interior designers to step virtually into an IKEA kitchen, which takes things further than a previous innovation that allowed customers to experiment with augmented reality in the living room. (more...)
At Build, Microsoft tried a different way to mobile developers' hearts At Build, Microsoft tried a different way to mobile developers' hearts
- April 05, 2016

On Wednesday, Microsoft said Windows 10 was now running on 270 million active devices, eight months after the operating system was released to the public. Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask allowed four goals on 22 shots before he was replaced early in the second period. This does sort of explain why Microsoft has been in no hurry to get consumers to use Windows 10 for mobile. (more...)
HTC Vive Orders Being Cancelled Due to Payment Processing Issues
- April 05, 2016

Take a look at the Reddit thread here to see an entire page from consumers who state that they were sent an email stating that their headset was no longer on the way. As of today (Tuesday, April 5th), the department store will have hands-on demos, as well as the option to pre-order the new tech. It's a premium product designed for those who want to get the most out of their VR experiences. (more...)
You can play PS4 games on your PC or Mac from tomorrow You can play PS4 games on your PC or Mac from tomorrow
- April 05, 2016

This isn't a blanket setting; you can restrict it to a handful of select friends if you like. Don't forget to turn it back on to fully experience your PS4. -You now have the option to broadcast to Dailymotion. Social Improvements: Share your friends' best moments to your feed for everyone to see. (more...)
Roku's New Streaming Stick Is Small, But Mighty Roku's New Streaming Stick Is Small, But Mighty
- April 05, 2016

Roku is also taking the opportunity to introduce version 7.1 of its operating system, which will be available on the Streaming Stick at launch. If you want a high-performance, 4K-ready streamer, the company has got you covered. Though premium buyers still tend to gravitate toward Apple's solution, Roku's Streaming Stick is a flawless recipe for giving any TV an IQ boost on a budget. (more...)
Huawei P9 Will Feature a Leica-Made Dual Camera Setup Huawei P9 Will Feature a Leica-Made Dual Camera Setup
- April 05, 2016

This should be a logical continuation of a last month's announcement of a new partnership between Huawei and Leica, which should bring better cameras to smartphones. On the end of the video, Huawei has displayed a #OO hashtag simulating the strategically placed Leica lenses on the back side of the P9. What's your take on the dual camera setup? The Huawei P9 was recently certified by the FCC as well, ahead of its official debut. (more...)
Tesla Model 3 Pre-Orders Point To $10bn Sales Tesla Model 3 Pre-Orders Point To $10bn Sales
- April 05, 2016

In a nutshell, we can expect deliveries to increase dramatically once the 45 percent increase in orders translates to cars in owner's driveways and assuming Tesla can keep up with the demand. Tesla Motors said Monday it delivered 14,820 vehicles in the first quarter of 2016, an nearly 50 percent rise over the same period a year ago. The company acknowledged first-quarter deliveries of the S and X were slowed by shortages of parts caused by " Tesla's hubris". (more...)
RBA holds rates steady
- April 05, 2016

The Reserve Bank has again made a decision to leave official interest rates on hold over April at the record low 2 per cent and unchanged now for the eleventh consecutive month. "Under present circumstances, an appreciating exchange rate could complicate the adjustment under way in the economy", he added. The RBA was upbeat about prospects for the domestic economy but warned tepid inflation provides scope for a future cut. (more...)
Federal Bureau of Investigation has started cracking Apple devices for other cases Federal Bureau of Investigation has started cracking Apple devices for other cases
- April 05, 2016

Apple remains in the dark about how a federally contracted "outside party" - believed to be Israeli mobile forensics specialists Cellebrite - succeeded in circumventing the security protections in the iPhone 5C in order to hack into San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook's phone. (more...)
Microsoft Officially Rolls Out Lumia 650 In US And Canada Microsoft Officially Rolls Out Lumia 650 In US And Canada
- April 05, 2016

It's good to see the handset now beginning to appear in other markets as well including India where the Windows phone has recently been spotted on Amazon India site for INR 16,599. "Whether you're choosing a phone for work or managing an IT department, you get full integration with the Microsoft apps and services that keep you productive, connected and ready for anything", says Microsoft. (more...)
Apple iPhone SE uses old fingerprint scanner, inferior display Apple iPhone SE uses old fingerprint scanner, inferior display
- April 04, 2016

Sales of its flagship iPhone are levelling off after surging past year to record levels that made Apple the world's biggest company by stock market value. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus unveiled. The handset also has the same design as the iPhone 6, including its bead-blasted aluminum cover. For the iphone 6s (similar internal specs to SE), the 16GB version retails at $650 while the 64GB version at $750. (more...)
Tesla's Model 3 to be introduced in India: Elon Musk
- April 04, 2016

Musk emphasized during his announcement that these numbers are the bare minimum for acceleration and range, and he said the goal is for all versions of the Model 3 to exceed them. It's worth remembering that this is only for the basic package, and so there will be other modes offering an extended Tesla Model 3 range, and also increased performance. (more...)
Microsoft just announced some MAJOR changes coming to Windows 10
- April 04, 2016

Cortana also works better with third-party apps, so you can ask the voice assistant to order to food - and Cortana will quietly place your order within Just Eat. It's not clear how the Cortana app will achieve this on Android and if developers will need to enable the features. New apps like Sticky Notes, Sketchpad and Screen Sketch were showcased in the demo at BUILD. (more...)
Tesla has already sold 198000 Model 3s
- April 04, 2016

It starts at $50,000 and has a range of 350 kilometres per charge, which is far more than most people drive each day. The Chevy Bolt, for example, is scheduled for release in late 2016, and comes with a 200 mile range and a sticker price of $30,000 after federal tax credits. (more...)
Oculus Rift VR Headset Shipments Delayed Due to Component Shortage
- April 04, 2016

The VR pioneers plan to make up for this inconvenience by covering all of the shipping and handling costs on orders made up until today. Palmer Luckey, the Oculus VR co-founder, spoke about his desire for a smooth launch of the Oculus Rift and how important it was for the future of virtual reality in an interview last week. (more...)
FBI Unlocks Shooter's iPhone, Drops Demands on Apple FBI Unlocks Shooter's iPhone, Drops Demands on Apple
- April 04, 2016

The FBI brought a bitter six-week dispute with the company to a close on Monday after managing to breach the encryption on the mobile phone of Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino attackers, with the help of an unnamed third party. Many legal scholars weighed in on the government's attempt to invoke the All Writs Act to override the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), which states that the government cannot "require any specific design of equipment, facilities, ... (more...)
Apple Wants FBI To Reveal How It Unlocked San Bernardino iPhone Apple Wants FBI To Reveal How It Unlocked San Bernardino iPhone
- April 04, 2016

While the forthcoming clash has been deflected, the move raises fresh questions over how the government overcame the company's security systems and whether the method, and its origin, will be disclosed. The FBI and Apple have a common goal here: to keep people safe and secure. The sudden end of the legal battle could also further intensify the struggle between tech companies and law enforcement authorities. (more...)
With Galaxy S7, Samsung seen rediscovering its mobile mojo With Galaxy S7, Samsung seen rediscovering its mobile mojo
- April 04, 2016

Making this possible is the latest mobile offering from Samsung - a Galaxy J3 device equipped with the S bike mode feature which is targeted mainly at the commuter bike segment. Samsung has launched two new smartphones under its Galaxy J series. The Galaxy A9 Pro packs a massive battery unit of 5000mAh, has a rear camera of 16MP (the front has an 8MP sensor) and also includes a fingerprint sensor, among other current standards. (more...)
Tesla unveils cheaper model aimed at mass market
- April 04, 2016

Considering it's not yet in production, the Tesla 3 had a pretty good first day, taking more than 135,000 reservations at $1,000 each, selling more in one day than some models sell in an entire year. Experts expect different versions of the electric sedan, some fancier and more expensive than others. Each advance order included a charge of $1,000, and the company took in more than $115 million within 24 hours. (more...)
5 ways to use Oculus Rift other than gaming
- April 04, 2016

As iFixit points out, that's better than the 401 ppi of the iPhone 6S Plus, but it's well below the Galaxy S7's 576 ppi. While those dev kits used off-the-shelf smartphone displays and generic lenses, the teardown highlights a much more customized solution now that the Rift is a consumer product (with Facebook's billions behind it). (more...)

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