Samsung isn’t selling the best Windows Mixed Reality headset in Europe

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Samsung unveiled what looks like the best Windows Mixed Reality headset earlier this month. Samsung’s Odyssey headset differs from its rivals thanks to dual-OLED displays, a higher 1400 x 1600 resolution per eye, better 110-degree field-of-view, and built-in headphones. While it’s a clear Oculus Rift competitor, the company isn’t bringing its headset to Europe.

A Samsung spokesperson revealed to The Verge that the headset will be available in the US, but not Europe. It’s not clear why the company is not bringing the headset across the pond, and we’ve asked Samsung for more information. Samsung is planning to release its Windows Mixed Reality headset on November 6th in the US, priced at $499 with bundled motion controllers.

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Invoxia’s latest Triby IO speaker works with both Alexa and Apple’s HomeKit

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Invoxia has a new smart Bluetooth Triby speaker that works with both Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s HomeKit. Triby IO is similar to its predecessor physically, featuring an adorable retro inspired design with a handle, rechargeable battery, and a magnet on the back so it can be attached to places like a refrigerator. Most importantly, it now adds HomeKit support for anyone that’s bought into Apple’s smart home ecosystem.

“The Triby becomes one of the first portable HomeKit switches,” Invoxia CEO Serge Renouard told VentureBeat. “You don’t need to have your iPhone with you anymore.” The device has five buttons on the front that are customizable — users can program certain lights to turn on or off, set the thermostat at a certain temperature,…

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How Fluent Forever became the most funded app in Kickstarter history

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Did you study a language for multiple years in high school or college? Did you learn a language while studying abroad? Now ask yourself if you could hold a basic conversation in that language if somebody fluent were to come up to you right now. If you’re like me, and hundreds of other people, you likely can’t. When I try to speak Spanish with someone, there always comes a point where I have to pull out my Google Translate app or start doing some poor form of charades. Needless to say, knowing a language other than your own comes in handy for countless situations, including traveling, business, communicating with family members, and so on.

Why is it that learning languages seems reasonably manageable, but retaining that conversational…

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Monument Valley 2 is coming to Android in November

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The sequel to Monument Valley was a surprise: back in June the game was announced and launched at the same time. And while the game was an iOS exclusive at launch, it’s finally making its way to other platforms next month. Developer Ustwo says that the Android version of Monument Valley 2 will be available on November 6th.

Like the original, a breakout hit that was downloaded more than 30 million times, Monument Valley 2 is a peaceful puzzle game, in which players guide characters through gorgeous scenes filled with impossible architecture. The sequel changes things up with a larger focus on narrative, telling the story of a mother and her child over the course of 14 chapters. It also introduces some new ways to interact with the world,…

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The USA vs. Japan giant robot duel showed that making giant robots is hard

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It finally happened. Last night, America’s MegaBots Inc. took on Japan’s Suidobashi Heavy Industry in a giant robot duel streamed on Twitch. The 26-minute show (which actually took place a while ago, and was recorded over the course of several days) is now available to watch on YouTube. If you don’t want to find out who won, stop reading right now and have a watch.

Done?

Okay, so, congratulations to team USA! Commiserations to team Japan! And well done to all involved for actually going through with the project.

Now, considering this fight has been in the works for more than two years , expectations were extremely high. The MegaBots team did a fantastic job of selling the dream of Giant Fighting Robots — too good, in fact, because the…

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Lego celebrates the women of NASA with new minifigs

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Earlier this year, Lego announced that it would be making a set celebrating the women of NASA, based on a submission to the Lego Ideas site by Maia Weinstock, the deputy editor of MIT News. And today, Lego has finally taken the wraps off what the finished set will look like.

The set highlights the achievements of several of NASA’s most celebrated female scientists and astronauts, divided into three miniature dioramas:

  • Nancy Grace Roman, known as the “Mother of Hubble,” who was a key figure in the creation of the Hubble Space Telescope, alongside a model of the famed telescope
  • Margaret Hamilton, who was the lead software designer for the Apollo 11 moon landing, in a recreation of the famed picture of her next to the Apollo navigational…

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Microsoft claims Windows 10 ARM battery life will be a ‘game-changer’ for laptops

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Microsoft first unveiled its plans for ARM-powered Windows laptops last year. The new devices will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, and will support traditional desktop apps thanks to an emulator in Windows 10. While Qualcomm previously promised laptops before the end of the year, we haven’t heard much about them yet. Asus, HP, and Lenovo are all preparing devices, and it seems like battery life will be a key selling point.

During a Qualcomm summit in Hong Kong this week, Microsoft and Qualcomm dropped some hints at what to expect from new ARM-powered laptops. Trusted Reviews reports that Qualcomm is still committed to getting devices in the market in December, and that Microsoft is promising multi-day battery life. “To…

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HP made a ridiculously powerful detachable tablet for artists

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If you’re a graphic artist and find yourself needing a ton of power on the go, HP may have the answer. It’s unveiling a new detachable tablet today called the ZBook x2 that has the specs of a workstation PC: a quad-core i7 processor (from Intel’s Kaby Lake-R line), an Nvidia Quadro M620 graphics card, and up to 32GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD.

That’s all inside of a seriously chunky tablet and detachable keyboard cover. The tablet has a matte 14-inch touchscreen that can be configured up to 4K resolution with 10-bit color. It supports a passive pen — made by HP but with Wacom tech — that includes 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and an eraser on the back. An integrated GPU is built into the tablet itself, and the Nvidia card is stored in…

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Facebook Live now has a built-in screen-sharing function

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Today, Facebook added the ability to directly share your screen on Facebook Live, as spotted by The Next Web. Previously, third-party software was needed to do the same thing.

As shown in the below tweet, the option now appears on the right-hand side under “FaceTime Camera” with a button marked “Share Screen.”

If you click on “Share Screen” a prompt will follow asking to install the Facebook Screen Sharing extension to your browser. The Next Web says the option was available in Chrome, but not in Firefox. Then, when you do share your screen, you’ll be able to…

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EA shuts down Dead Space studio Visceral, but its Star Wars game is still alive

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EA has announced that it’s shutting down Visceral Games, the studio best known for developing the Dead Space series of games and Battlefield Hardline. Visceral was in the middle of work on an upcoming Star Wars title, which EA says will live on in some form, with EA Worldwide Studios and EA Vancouver taking over development.

According to EA executive vice president Patrick Söderlund, Visceral’s take on the Star Wars title would have been a “story-based, linear adventure game,” which the company has decided needed to be shifted toward a “broader experience.”

EA isn’t elaborating too much on what the reimagined title will look like, but the brief description it gave about rebuilding…

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Google is testing out adding third-party accounts to Gmail on iOS

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Google is testing out the ability to add third-party email services to the Gmail app on iOS. If enabled, it would put the app directly in competition with Apple’s own default Mail app, along with other third-party email apps like Spark and Edison Mail.

Google has offered the option to add third-party accounts on Android phones for a while, which made sense, given that Gmail is the default (and sometimes, only) email app preinstalled on many Android devices. But offering the ability to support other email accounts could indicate a shift in how Google views its iOS app — not only as the best place for accessing Gmail accounts, but as the best email app on the platform, period.

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WhatsApp now lets you share your location in real time

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WhatsApp announced today that you’ll be able to share your location in real time with friends on your contact list, a popular feature borrowed from its parent company Facebook. The feature, called Live Location, should be available starting today and is coming to both the iOS and Android versions of WhatsApp. Facebook officially rolled out temporary location sharing in Messenger back in May, having experimented with the idea in different formats within Messenger and the main Facebook app for years.

To use Live Location, you open a chat with a person or group. Under “Location” in the attach button, tap “Share Live Location.” You can set a timer for how long you want to share your location, and everyone you’ve chosen to send your location…

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Razer Blade Stealth updated with quad-core eighth-gen processors

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It may feel like it was just yesterday when Razer updated its Blade Stealth laptop (it was actually in June), but the company is back with another refresh to the high-end configuration of the 13.3-inch laptop, adding one of Intel’s latest eighth-gen quad-core i7 processors.

The new processor is the Intel i7-8550U, clocked at 1.8 GHz, which can be boosted to 4.0 GHz. Otherwise, the new Stealth is pretty much the same as the updated model from June. It’s got the same 3200 x 1800, 13.3-inch display, 16GB of RAM, and color choices of the classic black and the more professional gunmetal gray option introduced earlier this year.

To go along with the updated Blade Stealth,…

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With the return of fall comes the return of a fantastic pop culture mystery

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What does fall mean to you?

Perhaps that it’s time to talk about death without it being weird? Perhaps it’s thinking of a topical-and-clever-but-cool-and-comfortable-and-cheap-and-flattering Halloween costume? Or washing your sweaters over and over, even though nothing makes them stop smelling like basement? Time to pull your Bon Iver-heavy playlists out of storage and think your saddest thoughts? Maybe “fall” to you means artificial pumpkin spice and apple flavors, and if so, that’s fine. Maybe “fall” is just a little pit stop before you get to the good stuff: the snow and twinkly lights stuff. Maybe the meaning of “fall” is inarticulable for you, but you know it makes you feel a little wild and possessed. Maybe you’re a witch? Cool!

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Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update is now available

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is here and ready to download. The software giant first started testing its Fall Creators Update back in April, and now all Windows 10 users will be able to experience the improvements today. Just like previous updates, Microsoft is rolling it out in stages, and you can check whether it’s available for your own PC from Windows Update. If your device is eligible then it will start downloading in the background, and a prompt will appear to schedule a time to install.

If your device isn’t on the list, then that doesn’t mean you can’t skip the line. You can manually update to the Fall Creators Update over at Microsoft’s Windows 10 site. Simply click the “update now” button and…

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Dropbox offers a new plan that lets you sync and share work from one spot

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Dropbox launched a new plan today called Dropbox Professional for individuals that lets you store, access, and track files from one place. The plan opens up Dropbox’s business feature Smart Sync to individuals for the first time. Smart Sync lets you save space by storing files only in the cloud, without any hard drive backup, and it’s compatible with Mac and Windows.

The company also announced a new feature called Dropbox Showcase, which lets you create a PowerPoint-like introduction to the documents you’re sharing, to give more context to shared links. You can add a logo and custom layouts. Showcase also tells you who’s viewed your link so far, and Professional gets you a detailed viewer history of the past 120 days with time and dates….

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Google will start selling products at its pop-up stores this week

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Google doesn’t have any dedicated hardware stores like Apple or Microsoft, but it has previously experimented with pop-up demo experiences where users can test products before buying them online through the Google Store. That’s changing today… sort of.

The company confirmed to The Verge that it will begin selling hardware at these temporary locations this year. The Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Google Home Mini will go on sale in New York City and in Los Angeles on Thursday. The rest of the new devices will follow as they’re released over the next few weeks.

The company opened the retail spaces in West Hollywood in LA and the Flatiron District in New York. Both locations are open from October 19th through December 31st, so…

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Google Home speakers now let you control YouTube TV with your voice

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Google continues to add more media and smart speaker integrations across its growing number of hardware and software products, and today YouTube TV support has arrived. Now, if you have a Google Home speaker — that includes the new Home Mini and Home Max that were announced earlier this month — you can use your voice to control YouTube TV broadcasts. You will, of course, need the YouTube TV app to be running on a Chromecast hooked up to your TV.

For those who may be unaware, YouTube TV is the video company’s over-the-top service that was first announced back in February. Similar to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV costs $35 a month and grants access to local affiliate broadcast stations like ABC and CBS on top of roughly 35…

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