Advertisement The consumer VR space is mid-way through product cycles, so our expectations from IFA this year were low. But still, we expected a bit more than what we found.Oculus was notably absent from the show, as was HTC, which is a shame given that their Wi-Gig based wireless adaptor for the Vive goes up for preorder on September 5th. I was expecting at least that to be demoed along with the Vive Pro, but I guess they couldn’t afford to make it to the show.Instead, we saw an endless sea of mobile VR cases, which we won’t bore you with–except for an innovative Star Wars thing that turned your mobile into an augmented reality headset (scroll down for more on that).So here’s the extensive list of what was shown at IFA 2018 in the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality sectors.Acer: OJO 500 Windows Mixed Reality HeadsetThe OJO 500 (pronounced with a soft J, like “oh-ho”), brings Acer’s Mixed Reality offering up to date, with a 1440 x … [Read more...] about Virtual and Augmented Reality at IFA 2018 Was Missing In Action
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Microsoft is planning to refresh the Windows 10 user interface using a new design language. An update that's referred to internally as Project Neon. Little is known about exactly what Project Neon will change, but the screenshot you see above, shared on Twitter by Tom Hounsell, is the best hint yet at how Windows 10 is going to change its look in the near future. Windows 10 is meant to be the last version of Windows, but that doesn't mean it's going to remain a static operating system. Microsoft intends to keep tweaking it as and when necessary, and with the number of devices running Windows expanding, Microsoft clearly thinks it's necessary. That's where Project Neon comes in. It's meant to refresh the Windows user interface to allow it to exist on new types of device. For example, Microsoft's own HoloLens devices, other augmented reality and possibly virtual reality platforms, smartphones and tablets, and of course Xbox One. At the same time, Neon must continue to cater to desktop … [Read more...] about Microsoft Teases Project Neon Windows 10 UI Refresh
Advertisement In terms of money, Apple is on top of the world right now, pulling in more cold, hard cash from punters Apple Makes Biggest Profit Ever, The Pirate Bay Rises from the Ashes [Tech News Digest] Apple Makes Biggest Profit Ever, The Pirate Bay Rises from the Ashes [Tech News Digest] Everything is awesome for Apple, The Pirate Bay returns, hotels told not to block WiFi, YouTube dumps Flash, Grim Fandango Remastered arrives, and Budweiser transforms guy into Pac-Man. Read More than ever before. But money isn’t the be-all and end-all, even for companies who live and die by the amount of profit they make.Apple in particular has built its business on the back of innovating, and it’s in danger of losing its reputation as being the company that goes into areas where others fear to tread. Tim Cook and co. need some fresh ideas. And we’re to help.Innovative Ideas For AppleApple has become rather boring of late. Since Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, the … [Read more...] about 10 Intriguing Ideas to Help Apple Find Its Mojo
Sex + Technology = Sexnology In case you haven’t noticed, human sexuality has grown steadily more digital over the past quarter century, seriously picking up steam in the last few years by riding atop the social media tsunami. For starters, we’ve got the online porn explosion. And no, I’m not exaggerating when I use the word “explosion.” Statistics reveal that today 12% of websites are pornographic, 25% of search engine requests are sex-related, and 35% of Internet downloads are pornographic. And all of these numbers are significantly up from just a few years ago. Right now pornography of every ilk imaginable is ubiquitous, available to anyone, anytime, on practically any device—and more often than not it’s free. Think, “Siri, show me some porn,” and you’ll get the picture. Much of today’s online pornographic content is what we would once have described as “amateur” but now refer to as “user … [Read more...] about Techy-Sexy: Digital Exploration of the Erotic Frontier
Advertisement Your phone runs Android, your tablet runs Android… your refrigerator runs Android?The Linux-based, open source operating system that is Android has made itself a household name by competing against the iPhone and gaining a large chunk of the global mobile market. But Android’s open nature has led to another phenomenon: weird devices powered by it.We’ve previously covered 10 things you didn’t know were powered by Linux Linux Is Everywhere: 10 Things You Didn't Know Were Penguin-Powered Linux Is Everywhere: 10 Things You Didn't Know Were Penguin-Powered If you think the world rests on Windows, think again. Linux plays a crucial role in keeping our world going. Read More , but now it’s time for Android’s turn. Other than phones and tablets, what exactly does this mobile OS power?Home Security SystemOkay, so the entire Xfinity Home Security system isn’t powered by Android, but it is controlled by a Comcast-branded Android … [Read more...] about Not Just For Phones And Tablets: What Other Devices Run Android?