Google takes a big VR leap with Owlchemy Labs acquisition

Google has only been in the serious VR game for a few months with Daydream, but that doesn’t mean it’s a small player. Many of its interactive and immersive efforts extend beyond the limitations of its phone-based headset, including Title Brush and Google Earth VR, and a new acquisition looks to …

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Qualcomm’s new chips bring handy features to low-cost Android phones

Low-cost smartphones like the Moto G5 introduced a few months ago are shipping with soon-to-be-outdated chips from Qualcomm, which has announced successor chips. Qualcomm on Monday introduced the Snapdragon 630 and 660, which are massive upgrades to chips used in low-cost smartphones introduced over the last six months or so. …

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T-Mobile quietly kills ‘Free Data for Life’ giveaway for new tablets

In the age of high definition video streaming, you can’t get very far with 200MB of mobile data. That appears to be the reason T-Mobile quietly killed its Free Data for Life program on Sunday. Originally introduced in 2013, Free Data for Life gave tablet users 200MB of free data for …

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Samsung surprises with early release of unlocked Galaxy S8

Bixby Voice isn’t the only thing we’ve been waiting for when it comes to the Galaxy S8. While Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customers have been enjoying their infinity displays for weeks, the rest of us have been patiently waiting for unlocked models to hit shelves so we can avoid …

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Sim-ply fantastic: EA says a new Sims Mobile game is on its way to iOS and Android

The venerable Sims franchise might seem like it was tailor-made for smartphones, but surprisingly a full version of the popular game has never made it to mobile. While Electronic Arts released the simplified and in-app purchase-heavy Sims FreePlay back in 2011, it seemed like the dream of a real-deal mobile …

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We’ve gotten our first look at an Echo with a built-in screen, and it’s straight out of 2005

Alexa is poised for a major breakout. Over the past few months, Amazon’s AI assistant has expanded to the iPhone in the Amazon app, Android with the Huawei Mate 9, and gotten a camera upgrade with the fashion-minded Echo Look. But a new leak suggests Amazon has even bigger plans …

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Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4 tech will give phones a boost midyear

If you hate waiting for your smartphone to charge, relief is coming soon. After some hiccups, Qualcomm’s superfast charging technology, called Quick Charge 4, will be in smartphones around the middle of this year. Qualcomm says Quick Charge 4 is one of the fastest smartphone battery technologies. It can charge …

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