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November 15, 2017

The Morning After: Wednesday, November 15th 2017

by John_A

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to Wednesday. Firefox Quantum is here, and it may be time to consider a browser switch. Also, we have a few reports from the Engadget Experience and first impressions of HTC’s new VR headset.

A promising start.HTC Vive Focus hands-on


Richard Lai stuck his head inside the latest VR headset from HTC to try out its wireless 6DoF (six-degree-of-freedom) experience. While the Vive Focus may lack Google Daydream hooks, it does have “world-scale” inside-out tracking. It’s lighter than the original Vive while including a high-res AMOLED screen and Snapdragon 835 CPU. The tracking worked well in “less intensive” apps; however, it was apparent that developers didn’t have much time to port their experiences over. We’ll learn more about the Vive Focus as it gets closer to release, but there’s already a lot of potential here.

No, *your* hands are feet.Alternate Realities at The Engadget Experience


The Alternate Realities grant program at yesterday’s Engadget Experience event resulted in the debut of several immersive art projects. Even if you couldn’t make it, there’s plenty to learn about Dinner Party, Untrained Eyes, Dance With flARmingos and Your Hands Are Feet.

Lucky number 57.Firefox Quantum arrives


Mozilla claims its newest browser is over twice as fast as the version from 6 months ago thanks to both a new, multi-core CSS engine, tab prioritization and the elimination of bugs that were weighing the software down.

A hot take straight out of Moria.Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel will need to forge its own identity


Bezos & Co. have some big decisions to make about what kind of Lord of the Rings story their new TV show will tell. According to Nathan Ingraham, “the series needs someone at the helm who lives and breathes Tolkien.”

Remember RIM?Can Tesla avoid becoming the BlackBerry of electric cars?


Tesla’s juggling production hell, harassment lawsuits, and increased EV competition from traditional automakers. That’s why Roberto Baldwin says the company “needs to focus less on car innovation and more on improving its manufacturing” to remain at the forefront.

But wait, there’s more…

  • Oops: OnePlus inadvertently left a backdoor on its phones
  • GameStop halts its PowerPass unlimited used game rental program
  • CompuServe’s still-active forums are finally shutting down
  • Why your favorite indie game may not get a boxed edition
  • Apple’s 2019 iPhone could have a rear-facing 3D sensor
  • Uber now locks in the fare for your scheduled ride

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