For everybody who's waited with bated breath for the widespread arrival of MirrorLink, take heed because the smartphone / car stereo integration technology is about to make a significant splash in the first half of this year.
One of the issues that people have with Sony digital cameras are seemingly arbitrary limits on things like video recording time and locks to the language menu. Limiting video recording to only 30 minutes means that you can't do things like record an entire birthday party in one go, you have to record it in 30-minute chunks.
We're in the midst of a significant transformation in how we get around. For over a century in America, mobility has meant buying a car. Over the course of the next century, it might mean something else: buying a car, sharing a car, summoning a self-driving car with a smartphone. We're not sure yet, but everyone in the auto industry is trying to figure it.
There is perhaps little doubt that virtual reality will be this year's big tech push. Whether or not that actually lasts for the next few years is probably not yet the question. But while many tech companies are churning out one VR headset after another, the amount of available virtual reality content is still severely lacking.
When Tesla was founded 13 years ago, its ambitions were never to be just a one-hit wonder. The electric car maker has always dreamed big, especially since CEO Elon Musk arrived and took over in 2008. What started with the peppy Roadster in 2006 evolved to include the luxurious Model S sedan, which hit the streets in 2012, and the Model X SUV, a 2015 arrival.
Exclusive titles are nothing new to the world of gaming. Man fan-favorite games are only available on one console or another. One of the biggest reasons for this is due to the fact that they're first-part titles, meaning that Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo is behind the game's development.
Another year, another Mobile World Congress. And of course, another flood of new devices and new visions. Wading through all the news and hardware that landed in Barcelona this week can be a daunting task. So here we are to help distill a few of them into some of the best, or at least head-turning announcements that have inundated our news streams and maybe even social circles.
Don't get too excited. It's not confirmed or officially announced yet but a memo was sighted that shows a T-Mobile promotion that may be hard to refuse. Well, if it's something from T-Mobile, expect that it's unusual or something that goes against the flow.
As hinted before, Samsung has indeed launched the Gear 360 camera in South Korea. Sadly for those wishing to get a whiff of more international news, the Korean OEM has remained mum on the subject of market availability in other countries. For now, interested buyers will have to content themselves with the knowledge that, at least, the camera has truly arrived in the market.
We have our hands-on feature already but we have yet to do an official unboxing video. While waiting for a new Samsung Galaxy S7 unit, be entertained by this video published by T-Mobile. It's not your usual unboxing video because this is one-of-a-kind. Of course, it's T-Mobile and you know how the mobile carrier headed by the very outspoken CEO John Legere can be non-traditional.
And just like that, Q1 of 2016 is over and done with. Already, we’ve had a number of flagships launched and a lot of smartphones and tablets to deal with, and it’s just the first part of the year! AnTuTu – the benchmarking outfit – has had their hands full even in Q1, but they’ve come out with their official top ten devices in terms of performance.
At the start of 2015, Sony effectively gave up on making smartphones in the hope of recapturing former glories. Its mobile division now loses the company nearly $2 million per day even after being slimmed down to a fraction of its former size.
As it was with the original Samsung Galaxy Note and every Galaxy Note thereafter, the Galaxy S7 will inform the next big-time S Pen-toting device. The smaller device will inform the looks and the feel of the larger device, and many features will be brought over to the future model as well.
As MWC 2016 draws closer, we're seeing more leaked images not just of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge but also of other smartphones. This time, another set of Galaxy S7 Edge images were posted on a Chinese website. The image above seems legit with all those smudges on the screen and its obvious similarity to last year's S6 Edge. We've seen this the other day in an official promo video .
Perhaps the biggest news of the month was the arrival of the HTC 10. As you'd expect, Phil and team absolutely nailed the coverage. You can out the HTC 10 Review, HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge comparisons, and even an HTC 10 vs iPhone 6s head-to-head. One other story I found of great interest was Alex's case for a Nexus 7P tablet. All great stuff.
So Sony is still one of those companies who put out companion software for their smartphones, if ever you need to connect to your device to your PC to do some tweaks and phone management stuff. This new software – only installable for PCs – is called Xperia Companion, and is quite similar to the PC Companion software that it is replacing.
Dave: I have been a VR skeptic for a while now. I have historically put it in the same category as 3D televisions. I’ve thought they are a trendy novelty and at best a niche product. Several friends havethe developer Oculus Rift and did their best to show/convince me how cool it was. But all I saw was a glitchy, pixelated world that never really came into focus.