HTC wants to make it easier for everyone to get into virtual reality. And it hopes to do so through the Vive Cosmos.The Vive Cosmos, unveiled Monday at CES 2019, is a new consumer-friendly headset that promises to be easier to set up and more comfortable to use than rival devices. The Cosmos is HTC's latest step to get consumers to give VR a second chance. The Taiwanese company was one of the early advocates of virtual reality, which garnered intense hype and the interest of major players like Facebook's Oculus, Samsung and Google, only to stumble as consumers shied away from the expensive equipment and early clunky experiences. While there are high-end theatrical-like VR productions, there's often limited access to them. Now playing: Watch this: Vive Cosmos comes with lots of questions 0:52 At CES 2019, VR stands at a crossroads with some predicting that it goes away while others see its potential for a comeback. Clearly, HTC is hoping for the latter. … [Read more...] about HTC teases a new tethered VR headset for the masses in Vive Cosmos
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There's still an enormous amount of work to do to make roads safer. In 2017, about 40,000 Americans were killed in motor vehicle fatalities. An additional 4.5 million people were injured seriously enough to require medical attention, according to the nonprofit National Safety Council.Qualcomm, a company that's best known for making computer chips for smartphones, used its stage at the CES trade show in Las Vegas to highlight some of these stark numbers and offered a potential way to lower them.The chipmaker discussed its efforts to deploy C-V2X technology in cars and roadside infrastructure as a new way to allow drivers to -- in effect -- see around blind corners, stop ahead of emergencies a mile down the road and brake before hitting a distracted pedestrian. The technology uses existing cellular networks to allow cars to essentially communicate with each other and other objects along the road. That information is then fed as warnings to drivers to help them avoid collisions and other … [Read more...] about Qualcomm seeks to save lives with new C-V2X driver warning system
It’s rare for Apple to make a reasonably priced product that is also excellent. The AirPods—love ‘em or hate ‘em—are an example of this happening. The new iPad is another. It’s good. It’s not great! But it’s probably all the iPad you need. Before diving right in, I should admit that Apple’s sales pitch for the new iPad worked on me. The company announced the new product two weeks ago at a fanfare-heavy event in Chicago that emphasized how iPads were especially great for schools since the new $330 version ($300 for those in education) supported the Apple Pencil. I’m not a teacher or a student, but this felt like a big deal to me. The Apple Pencil is widely regarded as the very best stylus solution for the tablet, and I felt swayed. The iPad is simply more useful if you can write on it easily. In the past, the cheapest iPad didn’t support the Pencil—that was an iPad Pro thing—so the added value actually felt … [Read more...] about The New Cheap iPad Is All the iPad You Need
I’m not terribly fussy about how I read. I used an old Kindle Keyboard until a stray pen in my backpack broke its display, and I’ve long happily used a Paperwhite without so much as considering the fancier Kindles Amazon has released since I got it back in 2013. Hell, half the time I’m just reading on the Kindle smartphone app for a few minutes here and there between glances at my email. So the new Kindle Oasis, the company’s most advanced reading gadget yet, is not designed for me. But goddamn, it’s great. When the Kindle Oasis came out last year, we were justifiably awestruck by how clever, if weird, it was, with its physical page-turn buttons, and a reversible design that worked for both right-handed and left-handed people. It was teeny tiny and light, lovable—and very expensive. We were floored by the price tag. $290! The new Kindle Oasis is better in almost every way than its predecessor, and that includes in price. It now starts at … [Read more...] about The New Kindle Oasis Is the Best Ereader of All Time, But Is It Worth It?
A new law in the EU requires all new cars be equipped with eCall, a system that automatically contacts emergency services when a vehicle is involved in a crash, no matter how minor. PHILIPPE HUGUEN/Getty Images Imagine driving down the road and suddenly you get into an accident. It's not that severe, but you still lose your bearings. Would you know who to call? But what if the accident is bad and you lose consciousness — or are trapped — and can't even get to your phone to call for help. These are the kinds of situations that prompted the European Union to pass a law requiring all new vehicles sold there be equipped with technology called eCall. The system automatically contacts emergency services when there's a car accident, no matter how minor. The law was proposed in April 2013, passed by the European Parliament two years later, and took effect in April 2018. How it Works The eCall system connects the vehicle's occupants to a human operator at the proper Public … [Read more...] about New Cars in Europe Automatically Call Police in an Emergency