Facebook's next-generation standalone VR system, Oculus Quest, is expected to arrive this spring, bringing untethered standalone VR with self-contained room tracking and a pair of full-function controllers. It'll have competition, though, at least from HTC: the new Vive Focus Plus can theoretically do most of the same things. This is the Vive's only standalone VR headset, and will stand alongside the PC-connected, eye-tracking Vive Pro Eye coming later this year, and the still-mysterious but tethered Vive Cosmos.The newly-announced Focus Plus is really just an add-on to the HTC Vive Focus, a standalone VR headset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (same as the Oculus Quest) that quietly launched last year to enterprise markets in the US. The Vive Focus Plus adds a pair of 6DoF (six degrees of freedom) controllers that will allow the same type of fluid VR controls, in theory, that Oculus Quest and Microsoft's VR headsets provide. Since the Vive Focus tracks your environment via … [Read more...] about HTC Vive Focus Plus VR headset arriving to compete with Oculus Quest
Just when I thought all the best TV deals were in the rear-view, bam: Today only, and while supplies last, the Toshiba 32LF221U19 32-inch Fire TV is just $99.99. Are. You. Kidding. Me?See it at AmazonI was pretty excited a week ago when you could score a 24-inch Insignia Fire TV for the same price. This is 35 percent larger!Like Roku TVs, a Fire TV comes with lots of streaming apps: Netflix, Hulu, HBO and so on. (No YouTube, though, a definite deal-breaker for some.) And you get the benefit of an Alexa-enabled remote, so you can just tell the TV which channel or show you want.What's more, Fire TV affords access to various Alexa skills and a huge library of Amazon apps. For example, you could play the excellent party game Quiplash -- something Roku can't do. The screen itself tops out at 720p (aka 1,366x768-pixel) resolution, meaning it's not ideally suited for computer use. But don't let that "low" resolution dissuade you: At this size, 1080p isn't really necessary to enjoy … [Read more...] about A 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV for $100!
Foldable smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy Fold point to a bright future for the mobile world. But that doesn't mean you should hop on the bandwagon now. Samsung finally offered a longer, closer look at the Galaxy Fold, a smartphone that unfolds like a book to reveal a second, larger display. It's the stuff of sci-fi magic, and it opens the door to a whole new world of different designs and devices. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung flaunts Galaxy Fold at Unpacked 4:04 The Galaxy Fold may be impressive, but there might not be a more perfect illustration of the hazards of being an early adopter. Credit goes to Samsung for getting a foldable phone to market before rivals, but it's clear from our short first look at the device that a lot more polish and development needs to happen before this is ready for the average consumer. After all, the gadget was actually show on stage for a few minutes and wasn't available for demos despite Unpacked being the phone's launch event. "The … [Read more...] about Galaxy Fold will amaze you. Here’s why you won’t buy one
What's drier than being dry? CrystalDry.Bosch is showing off two new dishwasher technologies at the International Builders Show in Vegas this week. Both are focused on drying your dishes more effectively.New high-end models will be getting a feature called CrystalDry starting this fall, which heats the moisture in the dishwasher after a run to 176 degrees Fahrenheit. Supposedly, the hot air is then circulated gently to heat away the water remaining on the dishes.Midrange Bosch dishwashers will debut with a feature called AutoAir around this same time. AutoAir cracks the door of your dishwasher when the cycle completes, and protects your counter with a Steam Guard. Certain Samsung dishwashers take a similar approach, allowing steam to escape while letting fresh air circulate into the machine.Frigidaire recently rolled out new drying tech as well, called MaxBoost Dry, which mixes hot and cold air to whisk away moisture. Drying performance seems to be getting more attention from … [Read more...] about Bosch dishwashers turn up the heat for CrystalDry dishes
Steve Irwin, the legendary Australian outdoorsman and original Crocodile Hunter himself, is being celebrated by Google on what would have been his 57th birthday. Launched on Friday Feb. 22 to tie in with the late Aussie's birthday and this year's National Wildlife Day, Google's latest Google Doodle shows an animated Irwin in his element -- exploring the great outdoors, feeding crocs and even kissing a snake. But perhaps the most heart-warming of all are the illustrations of Steve with his wife Terri and kids Bindi and Robert. The Google Doodle comes almost 13 years after Irwin died suddenly in September 2003, when a barb from a stingray pierced his heart while he was shooting a documentary off the coast of Australia. While the shocking news made headlines around the world, Irwin's family have continued his life's work promoting wildlife conservation."Losing Steve was a real crossroads for us, but together we decided to continue his mission. Bindi, Robert and I have dedicated … [Read more...] about Google Doodle celebrates Steve Irwin, the original Crocodile Hunter