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Apr

Best VR Headset for Star Trek: Bridge Crew


Make sure you have the VR Headset which offers the most complete experience for Star Trek: Bridge Crew.

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One of the most anticipated VR games of the last couple years is finally coming out soon. You should get ready for the launch by picking a good VR Headset to complete the experience.

Read more at VR Heads!

25
Apr

Six things you need to do immediately after getting the Galaxy S8


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Take some time to make your Galaxy S8 yours.

There’s a lot going on inside the Galaxy S8. From the new design, which does away with much of the front bezels, to the relocation of the fingerprint sensor to the back of the phone, the S8 is all new. But there are some holdovers from previous versions of the Galaxy lineup, including a number of software features that were present in previous iterations, updated and brought over to the S8.

To make the transition to the Galaxy S8 an easy experience, here’s a list of six things you should do right after getting the phone and turning it on.

1. Make sure the navigation buttons are to your liking

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If you’re coming from another Galaxy phone, you may not feel the need to change the order of the virtual home buttons, but anyone else may be confused and irritated by the fact that the back button is to the right of the home key on the Galaxy S8.

The good news is that you can change where those buttons live just by going straight into the settings and making a quick switch. While you’re there, be sure to pick a background color for your new virtual home and check ‘Unlock with Home button’ if you want to make unlocking the phone much easier.

How to switch the position of the navigation buttons on the Galaxy S8

2. Set up your preferred unlock method

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There are a ridiculous number of ways to unlock your Galaxy S8, and you should take some time after setting it up to try them all out and discover which one works best for you.

Because the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor is on the back of the phone, it may be difficult to reach for some people and requires the phone to be picked up from a table to unlock it. So it’s a good idea to experiment with two new unlocking features — facial recognition and iris scanning — to see whether or not they suit your needs.

Of course, if neither of them do the trick, a simple wearable should suffice, but either way we’d recommend trying to get face recognition working, since it’s nearly as fast and accurate as a fingerprint — and you don’t even need to touch the phone.

Oh, and while you’re in there setting up the face unlock or iris scanner, do yourself a favor and enable the feature that starts scanning immediately after the screen turns on. It’s called “Iris unlock when screen turns on” or “Face unlock when screen turns on” in their respective setup areas.

The difference between iris scanning and face unlocking on the Galaxy S8

3. Enable ‘Secure Startup’

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It’s great to have myriad ways to unlock your Galaxy S8, but great security is your responsibility, especially since, increasingly, your phone is your life and your lifeline.

One way to prevent unwanted hands or eyes on your data — even the notifications on your lock screen — is to enable Secure Startup, which requires a PIN or pattern before you even reach the Android lock screen. This ensures that if your phone is stolen or lost while it’s off, no one will be able to see any personal information, since the phone’s content is completely encrypted until after the secure unlock code is entered.

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4. Tame that TouchWIZ launcher

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The launcher on the Galaxy S8 is actually pretty darn good, but it can get better pretty quickly. The first way is to give yourself one of Samsung’s beautiful Infinity Wallpapers, which shift and luxuriate as you move through the various screens. But unlike other live wallpapers, the Infinity Wallpapers also extend to your lock screen and always-on display, which makes spending some time choosing the right one even more essential.

The TouchWIZ Home launcher is also pretty customizable: You can enable an app drawer button if you’d prefer not to swipe up or down to get to your list of apps, and you can change the home screen grid to 5×5 to fit more on the screen at once. Finally, you can hold down on any home screen to align the icons to the top left or bottom right — or leave them strewn all over the place — to suit your desire for order or lack thereof.

5. Learn your gestures

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There must be some advantage to moving the fingerprint sensor to the back of the phone, right? Well, Samsung allows you to use it to activate the notification shade by swiping down on that fingerprint sensor. The feature isn’t enabled by default, so you’re going to want to head to the phone’s settings and go to Advanced features and enable Finger sensor gestures.

It seems like a nothing add-on, but once you enable it you’ll realize how convenient it is to be able to swipe down on the fingerprint sensor to check notifications, especially right after unlocking the screen.

More: How to quickly get to the GS8 camera with the power button

6. Don’t waste that screen space

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The Galaxy S8 has a new, taller screen, and some apps don’t support that extra vertical space out of the box. But it’s easy to force them to — just head to the settings, go to Display and Full screen apps and check off the ones you want to force to fill the whole screen.

Some apps don’t look perfect when stretched, but we haven’t noticed any that look downright wrong, and that’s all we can really ask for, at least until developers build in support for this new, taller format.

In an 18:9 world, we need a new way to quantify screen size

Your turn

What are some of your essential out-of-the-box Galaxy S8 tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments!

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25
Apr

Samsung issues ‘urgent update’ to fix Device Quality Agent error


Samsung is releasing a patch for an annoying bug that kept people from enjoying their Galaxy S8s.

Samsung has issued an “urgent new software update” to fix a problem some of its Galaxy S8 customers were experiencing with a software component called Device Quality Agent, or DQA.

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After downloading a day-one software update, many Galaxy S8 owners in the U.S. and Canada began seeing an error every 30-seconds to a minute with the notice that “DQA keeps stopping.” DQA is that Device Quality Agent, and it keeps tabs on Wi-Fi quality throughout the device. The temporary fix was to Force Close the DQA app itself, or to disable Wi-Fi, but neither were long-term solutions. Thankfully, Samsung issued the small urgent update through its Galaxy Apps store starting April 24, and it should roll out to all Galaxy S8 owners in due time to fix the issue.

This is the second time in a week that Samsung has had to deal with a small but vocal minority of customers complaining that a bug had beset their new smartphone. Previously, Samsung announced that it would issue a software update to correct a red tint problem on some of its AMOLED displays.

Did you experience the “DQA keeps stopping” bug? Let us know if the update fixed the problem!

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25
Apr

Best Cases for Orchid Gray Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus


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The Orchid Gray Galaxy S8 stands out in a sea of black and silver phones. Make sure to show it off even when using a case!

If you bought the Orchid Gray Galaxy S8 or S8+, you’re faced with an all-too-familiar dilemma — do you forgo a case and risk damaging your brand new phone, or do you buy a case and cover the unique beauty of your phone?

Fortunately, you have several options to protect your phone without covering up the cool gray look of your phone. Didn’t get the Orchid Gray model and regret it? One of these cases might be a good compromise. Get the peace of mind you need while showing off that flashy Orchid Gray with one of these cases!

  • Spigen Thin Fit case
  • Caseology Elite Armor case
  • Samsung S-View case with kickstand
  • Spigen Ultra Hybrid case
  • Samsung Clear Cover case
  • Samsung LED View Wallet case

Spigen Thin Fit

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Spigen’s Thin Fit cases are designed for those who really don’t want a case that adds bulk to their pocket carry. This case is designed to ensure an exact fit that mostly offers protection for the back, including the main camera.

It’s a lightweight case that leaves the ports and buttons exposed for quick accessibility, but most importantly, it’s available in Orchid Gray! You get basic protection against drops, scuffs, and scratches, while maintaining your phone’s original look fairly well. It’s also compatible with a screen protector and is available for both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

Caseology Elite Armor

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The Elite Armor case from Caseology offers rugged protection for your new phone that combines a shock-absorbing TPU sleeve with a hard PC cover on the back that’s available to match your Orchid Gray phone.

This is a sleek option for those looking for a heavy duty case to match your phone’s color. Raised bezels around the main camera and screen keep them protected from scratches. There are ample cutouts around the ports, along with covers over the buttons that don’t affect their responsiveness.

Available for both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, if you’re looking for a rugged case to match your phone, this is your best bet.

Samsung S-View case with kickstand

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The first of several Samsung cases on this list, the S-View is a very stylish and functional case option for both the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Available in Orchid Gray, this case features a translucent matte cover for protecting your screen, which also doubles as an adjustable stand for watching videos in landscape with the S8’s 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

You’re still able to interact with your screen with the cover in place, allowing you to swipe to control calls, music and more without having to unlock your phone.

One of the subtle benefits of buying a case from Samsung can be found on the back. A common gripe about the Galaxy S8 is the placement of the fingerprint scanner next to the camera. While most cases offer a bigger cutout that includes both the camera and the fingerprint scanner, Samsung has decided to give the fingerprint scanner a cutout of its own, which will make a world of difference when you’re blindly trying to find it with your finger.

Available on Amazon for both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

Spigen Ultra Hybrid case

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If you’d rather see your actual phone through your case, Spigen’s Ultra Hybrid clear case is a great option that will keep your phone protected while remaining crystal clear.

It’s a very slim design that combines a TPU bumper with a PC back cover to provide great drop protection without adding bulk or covering up the design of your phone. It’s available for both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, so make sure you click the right link for your phone.

Samsung Clear Cover case

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Samsung also offers an ultra-slim clear case of its own, which is tinted to match — maybe even enhance? — the Orchid Gray color of your phone. It offers reinforced protection around the vulnerable corners, with cutouts around the bottom ports, side buttons, and a specific cutout around the fingerprint sensor on the back.

The Orchid Gray option only seems to be available for the Galaxy S8, so S8+ owners will have to look elsewhere.

Samsung LED View Wallet case

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Last but certainly not least we’ve got the Samsung LED View Wallet case. The key feature here is the programmable LED panel on the screen cover, which connects to your phone and displays notifications, incoming calls, and lets you tap or swipe to interact with your phone without opening the cover. The inside portion of the LED cover doubles as a wallet, offering a card slot.

There’s a lot to like about the LED Wallet cover. It offers protection, feels good in the hand, doubles as a card holder, and is also available in Orchid Gray. It also automatically wakes your phone when you open the cover and will put it to sleep when you close it. And because it was designed in-house by Samsung, you should have no issues with fit and your phone should pop into place securely.

Samsung’s LED View case is available on Amazon for both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

How are you planning to protect your phone?

Which cases have you been eyeing for your Samsung Galaxy S8? Or do you think cases are a waste of money? Lets talk about it in the comments below!

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25
Apr

HTC U 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: What’s the rumoured difference?


HTC is rumoured to be announcing its next flagship device on 16 May in the form of the HTC U 11, at least that’s what the most recent leaks suggest.

The device, which has been called Ocean in the past, will face some stiff competition when it arrives though with both Samsung and LG having already taken the wraps off their 2017 flagships. 

Here is how HTC’s U 11 could compare to the fantastic Samsung Galaxy S8 in terms of specs, based on the speculation.

  • HTC U 11 ‘Ocean’: What’s the story so far?
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 preview

HTC U 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Design

  • Galaxy S8 has beautiful metal and glass design, all about screen
  • HTC U 11 said to be coming with squeezable frame
  • Galaxy S8 has 3.5mm headphone jack, HTC U 11 thought to ditch

The Samsung Galaxy S8 features a beautiful design with an almost all-screen front and very slim bezels. There are no physical buttons on the front, with the home button built into the curved display, while the fingerprint sensor is positioned on the glass rear next to the camera lens. 

A dedicated button for launching the Bixby voice assistant is situated on the left-hand side of the metal frame, while USB Type-C and the 3.5mm headphone jack are both present at the bottom of the device. The Galaxy S8 is IP68 water and dust resistant.

The HTC U 11 is rumoured to be coming with a squeezable frame, called Edge Sense, and it is thought the device will feature a shiny finish and a capacitive button on the front, like many HTC devices that have gone before it. It is also rumoured to be IP57 water and dust resistant. 

The 3.5mm headphone jack is expected to be ditched, as it was on the previous U handsets, but USB Type-C is pretty much a certainty. Exact measurements have not been detailed in leaks as yet but we’d expect it to be slightly smaller in terms of height than the Galaxy S8 that measures 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm and weighs 155g.

HTC U 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Display

  • Galaxy S8 has 5.8-inch, Quad HD+, 570ppi
  • HTC U 11 expected to have 5.5-inch, Quad HD, 534ppi
  • Galaxy S8 has Mobile HDR Premium and is curved

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch curved display with a Quad HD+ resolution (2960 x 1440), which delivers a pixel density of 570ppi. The device is all about its display, though despite its larger size, the footprint of the handset itself hasn’t changed all that much compared to the Galaxy S7 edge, largely down to the new 18.5:9 aspect ratio. 

Samsung opts for Super AMOLED technology for its S8 display, offering bright and vibrant colours. It also offers Mobile HDR Premium, meaning the Galaxy S8 is ready to shine when more HDR content becomes available on the likes of Amazon Video and Netflix.

The HTC U 11 is thought to be coming with a 5.5-inch display and a Quad HD resolution, which would put its pixel density at 534ppi. It is not clear whether HTC will opt for AMOLED like it did with the Pixel devices, or whether it will choose LCD like the HTC 10. 

It has however been claimed that the HTC U 11 might offer a curved display, which would be a new design trait for HTC. There have been no leaks surrounding the likes of Mobile HDR as yet, though with Samsung and LG both offering it, it would be an odd feature for HTC to ignore.

  • Mobile HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Mobile HDR Premium explained 

HTC U 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Cameras

  • Galaxy S8 has 12MP rear, 8MP front, both f/1.7
  • AF on front camera for S8, OIS on rear
  • HTC U 11 could have 12MP rear with either 8MP front, or 16MP

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel rear camera with a f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation. The front-facing snapper has an 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus and an aperture of f/1.7.

Both are excellent performers, delivering great all-round performance in our experience. There are some good features on board, including the ability to adjust the on-screen exposure compensation slider, as well as control focus for selfies with various blurring options available.

There have been a couple of rumours relating to the cameras for the HTC U 11. Some suggest we will see a 12-megapixel rear camera with an 8-megapixel front camera like the Pixel devices, while others claim a 12-megapixel rear snapper with a 16-megapixel front camera like the U Ultra.

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ review 

HTC U 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Hardware

  • 4GB RAM, 64GB storage on S8 and expected for HTC U 11
  • 3.5mm headphone jack on S8, not expected for HTC U 11
  • Fingerprint and iris scanner on S8, only fingerprint rumours for HTC

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with the Exynos 8895 chip, or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, depending on the region. There is 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory and you’ll also find microSD support for storage expansion up to 256GB.

As we mentioned previously there is a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB Type-C for re-charging the 3000mAh battery, with both wireless charging and fast charging also supported. A fingerprint sensor is on board the rear of the device, while an iris scanner is present on the front of the S8.

The HTC U 11 is rumoured to be coming with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and it is thought there will be at least 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, with microSD support. Battery capacity has yet to be detailed in leaks, but USB Type-C is expected, as we mentioned. 

Leaks suggest there will be a fingerprint sensor on the front of the HTC U 11, as has been the case with previous HTC handsets, and it is thought the headphone jack will be removed. The HTC U 11 is expected to be coming with BoomSound HiFi like the HTC 10, so hopefully the new flagship’s sound output will be up there with the best again.

HTC U 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Software

  • Both Android Nougat with respective software skins
  • Squeezable frame for HTC U 11 expected to offer various functions 
  • Curved screen on Galaxy S8 offers software features 

The Samsung Galaxy S8 runs on Android Nougat with Samsung’s TouchWiz software over the top. It offers Google Assistant, along with Samsung’s new AI system, Bixby and the overall software experience is excellent.

The HTC U 11 will no doubt also launch on Android Nougat along with HTC Sense. It is expected to come with full Google Assistant, along with the HTC Sense Companion app that has been designed to use AI in order to help you get the most out of your phone. 

In terms of other software features, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a number of functions that make use of its curved display, while the HTC U 11 is reported to be coming with that squeezable frame we mentioned. Based on the leaks, it looks like users will be able to squeeze the frame in order to perform certain functions, though it isn’t clear what these will be yet.

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 tips and tricks

HTC U 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Conclusion

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is a fantastic device, offering a beautiful design, excellent performance and great cameras. Based on the rumours for the HTC U 11, it looks like Samsung’s device will offer the larger and sharper display, a few more sensors like an iris scanner, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 

In terms of performance, there’s not likely to be much difference between these two devices based on the speculation, but the HTC U 11 looks like it could offer something interesting in terms of design and software features if the squeezable frame appears.

We will update this feature as more rumours appear, as well as when the official specs are announced.

25
Apr

AT&T’s rural internet push starts with Georgia


AT&T is making good on an FCC Connect America Fund promise to bring reasonably fast internet to rural dwellers and those who’d otherwise have to settle for pokey service. The carrier has completed its first batch of fixed wireless internet rollouts in Georgia, giving residents an antenna-based LTE data link with speeds of “at least” 10Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream. That’s not the 25Mbps/3Mbps that the FCC currently defines as broadband, but it’s enough to use many modern services — and unlike satellite internet, it’s not prone to high latency or interference from the weather. As you might guess from the cellular connection, though, you won’t have unlimited access.

The $60 you pay per month on a 1-year contract ($70 otherwise) will get you 160GB of data. That’s a much higher cap than the mobile internet on your phone, but it will put a damper on downloading 4K movies or bigger video games. Run over and you’re looking at $10 for every 50GB past the limit, up to a maximum of $200 per month. Naturally, AT&T will give you a deal ($10 less per month) if you also subscribe to a cellphone plan or DirecTV.

The Georgia effort isn’t expansive at this stage, but it’s just the start. AT&T is planning to bring fixed wireless to 17 more states in 2017, reaching 400,000 locations. It’ll ultimately serve more than 1.1 million locations by 2020, about 67,000 of them in Georgia. While that may not sound like a lot, it’s important to stress that this is more about who’s being served than the subscriber count. The Connect America Fund is meant to help farmers and other rural residents who might otherwise be left behind in the modern era. This lets them run businesses, communicate with family and otherwise participate online at a level that many of us take for granted.

Source: AT&T (1), (2)

25
Apr

XPrize winner says its Tricorder is better than ‘Star Trek’


The technology of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek looked so far forward it could almost have been used as a visual aide to Arthur C. Clarke’s third law: technology so advanced, it’s indistinguishable from magic. Despite the fictional technological magic of transporters, replicators and warp drive, Qualcomm saw enough potential in the show’s medical tricorder to challenge the world to build one. Now, the Tricorder XPrize finally has a winner in Final Frontier Medical Devices’ DxtER. The result isn’t so much an all-in-one scanner as collection of noninvasive medical-diagnosis gadgets. Even so, its creators claim the DxtER package is better than Star Trek’s fictional tricorder.

That isn’t to say that DxtER does more than the show’s magical medical scanner — unlike Star Trek’s tricorder, the winning XPrize entry is actually a small collection of specialized and smart medical devices that interact with the user’s tablet. This includes a compact spirometer that can measure the strength of a patient’s lungs, a Mono test kit, medical-grade heartrate and respiration monitors, and devices like the DxtER Orb, which doubles as a thermometer and stethoscope. These devices can’t scan patients at a microscopic level like Star Trek’s device, but Basil Leaf technology co-founder George Harris says it improves on the show’s tricorder in one key area: It’s designed for patients to use themselves.

“One of the things about the tricorder in the show is that it always needed a doctor to interpret the results,” Harris told Engadget, explaining that DxtER’s companion app helps users understand the medical data DxtER collects. “Our tricorder has the doctor built-in, so it’s both the tricorder and Dr. McCoy together.” He’s not wrong, both from a practical and narrative perspective — characters on Star Trek often didn’t fully understand what a medical scan meant unless the doctor explained it to them. Likewise, the average patient can’t accurately diagnose herself even if she has access to a wealth of medical knowledge. Just ask any hypochondriac with a WebMD addiction.

Giving consumers the ability to diagnose themselves at home sounds nice, but it’s bigger than that. Harris says Basil Leaf and Final Frontier Medical Devices are working to make sure every component of the DxtER tricorder kit is FDA-approved — meaning results compiled in the kit’s app could be used by doctors with no need to rerun the same tests at the hospital. “You can take those results and take them to the ER or to your physician or whoever’s helping you, and they can build off those results,” Harris explained. “They don’t have to start back at square one — they can jump off at that point and move on with their health care.”

A consumer version is still probably years away, but Harris says the group is using the $2.5 million it received from winning the XPrize competition to help fund a 500-patient clinical trial, a key step to getting the suite of gadgets approved for use in the US and putting a “Dr. McCoy” in every home that wants one. But Harris is careful to point out that the device isn’t designed to replace a visit to the doctor’s office. “We’re not trying to replace physicians,” he says. “We’re trying to help you, the consumer, understand their health care and also help those physicians make better decisions for those consumers.”

25
Apr

Juicero’s unnecessary complexity makes it unnecessarily pricey


Juicero came under fire after Bloomberg showed that you don’t need its $400 (previously $700) machine to squeeze juice out of its proprietary fruit and vegetable packets. All you need are your hands and a bit of force. But why is the company’s WiFi-connected juicer so expensive anyway? Ben Einstein, a product designer and founder of venture capital firm Bolt, has taken a Juicero apart to figure out what’s underneath its glossy white plastic exterior and found a machine of “unnecessary complexity.”

Einstein, who examined every part of the juicer, says over 50 percent of its manufacturing costs came from painstakingly machined components. These are large custom parts made using expensive equipment that most startups avoid. If they have no choice, startups typically customize just one or two components: Juicero apparently has eight of them. They include a custom motor and power supply, which isn’t commonly found in startups’ products, because it requires additional certification.

Another aspect that added to its costs is its “beautifully engineered” plastic parts. Einstein says some of them were made using an expensive process called overmolding that molds two hard plastic parts together with a rubber-like polymer. Its various components also seem over-engineered — it takes over 20 parts, for instance, just to keep its door closed.

“It’s clear that cost savings was not anywhere near a top priority for Juicero when designing this product,” Einstein concluded. “[If] it was,” he added, “something went horribly wrong.” Things might have been different if the company’s target audiences are businesses and corporations. No matter how beautiful Juicero is, most consumers don’t need complex machine that costs an arm and a leg just to make some juice, especially when they can use their hands to do what it does. As for those who already bought one and regret having done so, the company is thankfully offering a full refund until around May 20th.

Source: Ben Einstein

25
Apr

Facebook is tweaking the News Feed to make room for fact checkers


In its own way, Facebook is taking responsibility for the spread of misinformation and changing how its products deliver news. The next phase of that is a test that “might” populate the News Feed with articles related to the one all your friends are sharing. As the GIF below illustrates, there’s a box below shared news story and it has a handful of links to articles about the same subject, but from different publishers and even fact checkers. The idea here is to give people more information on a topic before they mash the “share” button.

“That should provide people easier access to additional perspectives and information, including articles by third-party fact-checkers,” product manager Sara Su writes in a blog post. This move sounds like Facebook is trying to chip away at the echo chamber that social networks can become while also offering up objective facts related to a politician’s wild claims, for example.

Is it going to be effective? That’s anyone’s guess right now, but it should be easier for Facebook to track than full-page newspaper ads.

Source: Facebook Newsroom

25
Apr

Engadget giveaway: Win a Glyph video headset courtesy of Avegant!


If you enjoy the movie theater, but can’t stand crowds, Avegant’s Glyph could be your saving grace. This rechargeable audio/video headset projects a 720p private screening experience onto each of your eyeballs via compatible devices and a microHDMI connection. We’d have to say it’s a viewing rig first and foremost, but it can double as standard headphones when flipped up. Not only is it great for movie viewing, but it’s also a capable drone companion, letting you enjoy first-person perspectives and even leverage its 9-axis head tracking for flight control. You can also enjoy a variety of 3D PC games, as well as 360 video experiences. This week, Avegant has provided a Glyph headset for one lucky reader, but that’s not all. Anyone can enjoy a $100 discount at the company’s website with the code ENGADGET through April 27th. To enter, all you need to do is head to the Rafflecopter widget and get up to three chances at winning a free Glyph video headset.

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