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VR missed several opportunities, but this is the biggest yet

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The first time I put on my headset and walked around in VRChat, the avatar-filled virtual reality multiworld, I accidentally interrupted a small gathering of friends. They were meeting in a small cabin on one of the hundreds of worlds hosted on the platform. As far as I could tell…


There’s finally competition for Apple in a space where for a long time there weren’t any good alternatives

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Though I’ve gone to great lengths to make my workflow fit onto my iPad Pro, I still find myself picking up my laptop whenever I need to work on more complicated, code-related tasks. …

Almost a year after it was announced, the U.S. government’s ban on Huawei has not been enforced

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In May of 2019, the United States government made the extraordinary decision to ban U.S. companies from buying equipment from the Chinese tech giant Huawei over concerns that its technology represented a national security risk. But almost a year later, the ban still hasn’t gone into effect. …

How foldable displays are made and what could be the next-gen form factor

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The first portable mobile phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, weighed one kilogram, had to be held with two hands, took 10 hours to fully charge, had a 30-minute battery life, and cost $4,000. We’ve come a long way since then. …

Why I track my sleep for better health

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I’ve been using the Oura Ring sleep tracker nearly every day for an entire year. I bought the ring myself in 2018, and I have no affiliate relationship with the company. …

Samsung wants to make foldable phone screens fashion. Apple, at least for now, doesn’t need to make a statement.

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Rebecca Hirst, Samsung’s U.K. product marketing head, said something curious at the company’s annual Unpacked event in early February. While showing off the company’s new foldable Galaxy Z Flip, Hirst called it “a statement smartphone,” implying that the device is meant to be not only useful but also a fashion…

How ‘good enough’ became the mantra of tech design

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Every successful product begins with an idea. A way to share photos online. A portable music player. A modular phone. Next comes an MVP — a minimum viable product — or perhaps an MMP — a minimum marketable product. At this point, if the idea is good, it will become…

It’s hard to charge too much money for something consumers can already get for free

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Nvidia’s game streaming service, GeForce Now, has been in beta for longer than similar offerings from Microsoft, Sony, or Google have existed. But as of last week, it’s finally live. GeForce Now’s main appeal is that you can play the games you already own from existing game stores like Steam…

Kindle competition is coming soon

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The Kindle has hardly changed in almost a decade. Sure, it’s had some incremental improvements — slightly nicer e-ink screen, waterproofing, OS tweaks, removal of all physical buttons — but the basic unit is much the same as it has been for years.

Amazon dominates the e-reader industry, so it…


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