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iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Arrive In China On October 17

iphone-6-6-plus Apple has announced the official launch date for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China. On October 10, customers will be able to pre-order the devices from Apple’s site. On October 14, they’ll be able to put earlier orders in at Apple’s retail locations, and devices will become available for pickup on October 17. Read More

iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Arrive In China On October 17

iphone-6-6-plus Apple has announced the official launch date for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China. On October 10, customers will be able to pre-order the devices from Apple’s site. On October 14, they’ll be able to put earlier orders in at Apple’s retail locations, and devices will become available for pickup on October 17. Read More

5 Roadblocks to Virtual Reality Becoming Mainstream

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For more than 25 years, one iteration or the next of virtual reality has been touted as a life-altering technological breakthrough. At the first Oculus Rift developers conference, attendees saw how far its creators have come in pursuit of an outstanding virtual reality platform.

But virtual reality still has a long way to go before it’s ready for consumers, and its biggest proponents know it, too. During Oculus Connect, the company’s top brass talked about the issues virtual reality still struggles with, and how they might be solvable. While there could potentially be solutions for each problem, they won’t be tackled overnight. Read more…

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5 Roadblocks to Virtual Reality Becoming Mainstream

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For more than 25 years, one iteration or the next of virtual reality has been touted as a life-altering technological breakthrough. At the first Oculus Rift developers conference, attendees saw how far its creators have come in pursuit of an outstanding virtual reality platform.

But virtual reality still has a long way to go before it’s ready for consumers, and its biggest proponents know it, too. During Oculus Connect, the company’s top brass talked about the issues virtual reality still struggles with, and how they might be solvable. While there could potentially be solutions for each problem, they won’t be tackled overnight. Read more…

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HP Plunges Downmarket With A $99 Windows Tablet, $199 Windows Notebook

hp stream 7 The race to the bottom is back. Reminiscent of the netbook war of yesteryear, HP just followed Toshiba’s lead with a $99 tablet along with introducing a $199 Windows notebook. Expect to see these colorful devices at a department superstore near you. HP hasn’t revealed the specs powering these Windows 8 machines. That’s by design and as we’ve said for years, the spec is… Read More

HP Plunges Downmarket With A $99 Windows Tablet, $199 Windows Notebook

hp stream 7 The race to the bottom is back. Reminiscent of the netbook war of yesteryear, HP just followed Toshiba’s lead with a $99 tablet along with introducing a $199 Windows notebook. Expect to see these colorful devices at a department superstore near you. HP hasn’t revealed the specs powering these Windows 8 machines. That’s by design and as we’ve said for years, the spec is… Read More

Purposely Bending an iPhone Doesn’t Mean Bendgate Is Real, It Means You’re an Assh*le

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Bendgate just won’t go away. A week after reports of iPhone 6 Plus devices being a little too flexible went viral, the durability of Apple’s biggest smartphone is still a growing topic of conversation.

For its part, Apple says that it’s very rare for an iPhone 6 Plus to warp or bend, and the company even went so far as to open up its testing lab to some members of the pressConsumer Reports‘ own lab tests also refuted Bendgate — at least when pressure is applied in the center of the phone and not focused exclusively on the seam near the buttons.

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Parrot Zik 2.0 Bluetooth Headphones Trim Down and Smarten Up

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It can be hard to look cool or even stylish when you’re wearing giant headphones on your ears, but that doesn’t stop electronics manufacturers from making them or consumers from buying them. Two years ago Parrot sought to raise the headphones (or “cans”) bar with its Zik Bluetooth headset and subsequently sold 200,000 of them worldwide.

Devised by legendary French designer Philippe Starck, Zik featured a lot of curves, faux leather, gesture control and NFC tap to pair technology. Overall, they were gorgeous and, at $399, expensive.

Now Parrot has unveiled the second generation of Zik, known, naturally, as Zik 2.0. While Starck’s new design maintains the headset’s signature curves, it also cuts down on the exposed metal and replaces the metal that does shine through with lightweight aluminum. Overall, Zik 2.0 is lighter (217 grams as opposed to 330 grams), and more pleathery Read more…

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Paralyzed Rats Take 1,000 Computer-Controlled Steps

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It’s a strange sight: a paralyzed rat walking on its hind legs in a precise cadence, all controlled by a computer.

“It is a little bit Frankenstein,” says Gregoire Courtine, a neuroscientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland, who in a paper published Sept. 25 in Science Translational Medicine describes his efforts to use electronics to restore fluid, realistic movements to paralyzed animals.

The study is part of a wider effort to help paralyzed people walk again by zapping their spinal cords with electrical pulses. These signals can replace commands normally sent out by the brain, but which are interrupted when the spinal cord is injured. Read more…

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BlackBerry Is Gonna Get Weird With Smartphone Design At Least Once A Year

blackberry-whatever BlackBerry could be about to become the most interesting company in the smartphone business: The Canadian telecommunications firm will deliver a minimum of one “unconventional device” per year, according to a new report from Reuters, following the launch of the square-screened Passport last week.
The Passport is definitely an outlier gadget, with its wide-bodied construction… Read More