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Dolby's all-encompassing Atmos sound comes to virtual reality

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 18:26
Virtual reality thrives on immersive sound, so it only makes sense that audio format makers should get involved, doesn't it? Dolby certainly thinks so. It's partnering with Jaunt to put its cinematic Atmos sound into VR content, starting with snippet...

Physicists May Be One Step Closer To Explaining High-Temp Superconductivity

Slashdot - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 18:26
sciencehabit writes For years some physicists have been hoping to crack the mystery of high-temperature superconductivity—the ability of some complex materials to carry electricity without resistance at temperatures high above absolute zero—by simulating crystals with patterns of laser light and individual atoms. Now, a team has taken—almost—the next-to-last step in such 'optical lattice' simulation by reproducing the pattern of magnetism seen in high-temperature superconductors from which the resistance-free flow of electricity emerges.

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Samsung's new virtual reality headset works with the Galaxy S6

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 17:30
The original Gear VR headset actually made a little headway, even getting picked up by Best Buy. Its main barrier to entry, aside from its $199 price point, is limited device compatibility: if you don't have a Galaxy Note 4, you can't use the Gear VR...

Samsung's mobile payments service is coming this summer

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 17:30
It's been just a couple of weeks since Samsung acquired mobile payments company LoopPay, but it's already to announce the payment service based on LoopPay's tech: Samsung Pay. The service works with NFC (like Apply Pay and Google Wallet) and a new(is...

Meet Samsung's Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 17:30
The last time Samsung put on a show in Barcelona, it came bearing the Galaxy S5 and that love-it-or-hate-it bandage back. Not exactly a high point in the company's design history, you might say. Over the past year, though, that Korean juggernaut has ...

Pharming Attack Targets Home Router DNS Settings

Slashdot - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 17:24
msm1267 (2804139) writes Pharming attacks are generally network-based intrusions where the ultimate goal is to redirect a victim's web traffic to a hacker-controlled webserver, usually through a malicious modification of DNS settings. Some of these attacks, however, are starting to move to the web and have their beginnings with a spam or phishing email. Proofpoint reported on the latest iteration of this attack, based in Brazil. The campaign was carried out during a five-week period starting in December when Proofpoint spotted phishing messages, fewer than 100, sent to customers of one of the country's largest telecommunications companies.

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Live from Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event at MWC!

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 17:15
The moment we heard that Samsung was throwing a "Galaxy Unpacked" event at Mobile World Congress, we knew it had to be launching the Galaxy S6. And, according to the many leaks that are already circulating on the internet, we're probably right. Still...

AT&T is bringing LG's Watch Urbane and HTC's Grip to the US

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 17:15
Looks like you won't have to wait too long if you want to try LG's ritzy Watch Urbane or HTC's sporty, $199 Grip tracker in the US. AT&T has revealed that it will be the first American carrier (and first American retailer, really) to carry these devi...

Lenovo rolls out new sub-$200 tablets, two with Dolby Atmos

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 17:00
Lenovo might still be a little sore from the Superfish scandal that recently rocked its PC division, but thankfully the company's mobile arm has remained unharmed. And that's a good thing, because it's kicking off Mobile World Congress with the annou...

Research Suggests That Saunas Help You Live Longer

Slashdot - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 16:25
jones_supa writes A study of Finnish men suggests that frequent sauna baths may help you live longer. Previous research has suggested that saunas might improve blood vessel function and exercise capacity, or even lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension. The new study links long, hot sauna baths with more benefits, including fewer deaths from heart attacks, strokes, various heart-related conditions and other causes. The study tracked 2315 Finnish men for nearly 20 years on average. Most participants used saunas at least once weekly. Those who used them four to seven times weekly received the greatest benefits. The study published in JAMA Internal Medicine wraps up by saying that further studies are warranted to establish the potential mechanism that links sauna bathing and the aforementioned cardiovascular benefits.

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Here's what Project Ara phones will actually look like

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 16:18
Sure, we've seen prototypes of Google's Project Ara before, but these dummy modules from budget phone-maker Yezz mobile are as good a hint to how the phone might actually look in real life. We already saw how Google envisioned Ara will look, but give...

Mozilla is bringing Firefox OS to flip-phones and sliders

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 16:00
Mozilla has always positioned Firefox OS as an alternative platform for entry-level smartphones, but now it's targeting the feature phone market too. At Mobile World Congress, the company announced a new partnership with LG and carriers Verizon, Tele...

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 can take phone calls even when upside down

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 16:00
Yes, that's me holding a phone upside down while pretending to make a phone call. It may look silly, but that's exactly what the folks over at Alcatel OneTouch want to see going viral on the streets soon. What we have here is the new "orientation-fre...

HTC's Grip fitness tracker is a promising, puzzling first step

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 15:45
We're not entirely sure why HTC decided it needed to make a fitness tracker, but it did, and it has. The end result is the HTC Grip, a device that looks more than a little like one of Nike's FuelBands, but does so, so much more. HTC gave us a peek at...

HTC One M9 preview: A battle between polish and progress

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 15:40
It looks the same. That's the impression you'd probably get looking at the HTC One M9 for the first time. I felt that way too, at first. Thing is, HTC knows it's got a good thing going with its high-end One design and just didn't feel like a full-on...

HTC takes aim at Fitbit and Jawbone with the Grip exercise tracker

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 15:39
Remember that weird day at CES when HTC announced that it was partnering up with Under Armour, the fitness gear brand that would later buy popular health apps MyFitnessPal and Endomondo? Well, now we know what they've been working on together: Meet t...

HTC's Vive is a high-end VR headset being made with Valve's help

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 15:30
Of all the things we expected HTC to talk about at its MWC press conference, a design-focused virtual reality headset built in partnership with Valve definitely wasn't on the shortlist. It's called the HTC Vive and the two companies working on making...

42 Artificial Intelligences Are Going Head To Head In "Civilization V"

Slashdot - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 15:27
rossgneumann writes The r/Civ subreddit is currently hosting a fascinating "Battle Royale" in the strategy game Civilization V, pitting 42 of the game's built-in, computer-controlled players against each other for world domination. The match is being played on the largest Earth-shaped map the game is capable of, with both civilizations that were included in the retail version of the game and custom, player-created civilizations that were modded into it after release.

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This is the HTC One M9

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 15:13
Surprise! After months of speculation and leaks, HTC is finally ready to show the world its latest flagship, the One M9. Sorry to disappoint, but those leaks were, for the most part, spot on. As they suggested, there's no major change in terms of ind...

Inhabitat's Week in Green: Google's new HQ, folding bikes and fancy beehives

Engadget - Sun, 01/03/2015 - 15:00
Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. Buildings are among the biggest energy users, but new developments in the design world could help change ...