Huawei's Daydream VR headset very close to unveiling, here are some pictures of its controller

Google kind of jumped the gun on Huawei’s Daydream VR back in January, but the year is almost over and the accessory is nowhere to be seen. Although the Chinese company doesn’t have too many Daydream-ready smartphones available on the market, its VR headset will most likely work with other brands as well.

Currently, Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 are the only smartphones that have been certified to support Daydream VR. Also, the newly launched Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro could soon be certified as well.

Well, it appears that Huawei’s Daydream VR …


Apple's new ad hints that with the iPad Pro, we are close to a post-PC world

Apple says that with the iPad Pro and iOS 11, a post-PC world is closer than we think. And that is the focus of a new ad for the device that was released yesterday by Apple. It isn’t until the very end of the commercial when you understand what Apple is trying to say in 60 seconds. A young girl named Scout (maybe 11 or so) hops on her bike, carrying her iPad Pro in a bag. It’s a busy day for this young iPad Pro user as she meets a friend on an apartment stoop, and works on a report about insects (using the camera to take a picture of a praying mantis).

Our heroine then sits down …

The OnePlus 5T price may be pretty close to its predecessor's

Hot on the heels of CEO Pete Lau’s tweet that the OnePlus fans will “appreciate what’s coming” despite that the “cost of smartphone components is rising,” comes a new leak which claims that the upcoming 5T handset will cost the same as its predecessor. In fact, the source posted what it says a table with the OnePlus 5T model pricing, allegedly sourced from a local carrier, which shows two versions of the handset will be in play, just as the rumors suggest.

The 6 GB RAM / 64 GB storage model carries the $505 equivalent price tag, while the 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage high-ender …

Once you enable audio on Instagram, sound now continues until you close the app

A change to Instagram rolled out to the app recently and this is how it works. When you open the picture and video sharing app, videos will autoplay with the sound off. But when you tap on the screen to turn the volume on one video on, all other videos will autoplay with the sound on for the remainder of your Instagram session. We’d say that makes common sense. And if you tap on the screen again turning the audio off on the current video, all of the subsequent videos will go silent. If you disable the sound on your Instagram videos, they will remain off when you finish your session and start up …

The Essential Phone is unreasonably difficult to repair, close to impossible

When Andy Rubin announced its start-up will launch an Android smartphone called Essential Phone, many have been reluctant that the device will find its place among the flagships launched by more experience and tradition in the industry.

After a couple of missed deadlines, it became clear that the Essential Phone was not ready for prime time. Now that the smartphone is shipping to those who placed pre-orders, people are probably wondering whether or not to purchase it.

At first glance, the Essential Phone looks like an unusual device, but not necessarily in a bad way. But how easy …

High-quality iPhone 8 dummy in the new copper "Blush Gold" color, up close and personal

So, Apple is definitely moving some pieces around with how its iPhones look and feel this year around — some would say “finally”. While the “s” models that will succeed the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are said to be same in form factor, but sporting a glass back and wireless charging, it’s the iPhone 8 (a.k.a. iPhone X, iPhone Edition, iPhone Prime) that will have a revolutionary form factor, a proportionally radical price tag, and a bunch of premium colors to entice users to get the special handset.

On that note, we’ve been seeing a new gold shade for the all-screen iPhones. A descendant …

Smart Invert in iOS 11 is as close to Dark Mode as Apple gets for now

Perhaps it has something to do with joining the dark side, but Apple has teased us for years about a system-wide Dark Mode and has never delivered. Perhaps the force is not strong enough to make this a feature on iOS even though every year there is a rumor that it is coming. While iOS does have an Invert Color feature, this is not exactly what the Apple faithful have been hoping for. The latter feature will invert colors used on photos, emoji and Message attachments.

But with iOS 11 comes Smart Invert. This brings users the same features as Invert Color, but is smarter. In other …

This AR lunar model takes you as close to the moon as you can get (without a spaceship)

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The moon may be 238,900 miles away from Earth, but with a new lunar model and accompanying AR app, it might as well be in the palm of your hand.

AstroReality, a Bay Area-based startup whose co-founder is an astro-photographer, is creating hand-painted, 3D-printed moon models to bring the moon’s surface down to Earth.

The Lunar Pro is a softball-sized, one-pound orb that recreates the moon and all its craters, edges, and other topography based on NASA’s lunar orbiter data. It’s made at a resolution of 4,000 DPI, which is incredibly precise. It’s then molded with a poly resin material that is hand-painted to mimic what the moon looks like. It comes shockingly close. Read more…

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The mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor comes surprisingly close to top-end Snapdragon 835 chip in performance test

Earlier this month, US chip maker Qualcomm announced its brand-new Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors for mid-range phones and other smart devices. Benchmark scores of the 660 model appeared online, showing the chip is capable of surprisingly high performance that hovers near the flagship Snapdragon 835 model’s teritorry.

In GeekBench (a prominent CPU performance test), the Snapdragon 660 – as present inside an unidentified smartphone code-named Heart – racked up 5,455 points in the multi-core test. Compared to the flagship Snapdragon 835 as present in the Samsung …

Android Instant Apps on Android O up close


At last year’s Google I/O conference, we were greeted with a preview of Android Instant Apps. The idea behind them is to broaden exposure while also saving on data and storage. Where a natively downloaded Android application may be several dozen megabytes (or a few hundred megabytes) in size, not including related overhead storage or amount of data used, Android Instant Apps use only a fraction of both.

With Android Instant Apps, developers can choose to “deep link” connection requests from compatible Android devices and instead of opening a Chrome browser page, or prompting to install …