HTC Vive’s Deluxe Audio Strap finally completes the high-end VR headset experience


What most people don’t know about virtual reality headsets could fill a holographic stadium, but that’s not slowing the competition between the leading VR headset makers. The latest competitive upgrade comes from HTC’s Vive VR headset in the form of a new audio attachment called the Deluxe Audio Strap. 

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To be clear, this isn’t so much an innovation as it is playing catch-up with the Oculus Rift, which debuted the commercial version of its VR headset with headphones built into the device. 

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Reddit adds location tagging, which isn’t a very Reddit-like thing to do


Alert Reddit users: you can now tag posts with your location. 

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Thanks to a new partnership with Foursquare—yes, the check-in app you may have used in the late 2000s—Reddit posts, published via the mobile app, can include a geotag that’s particular to a specific venue or as broad as a country. 

It’s all optional, a simple way to add context on where you are if you so choose. Nearby locations are shown in a drop-down menu if the smartphone owner has location services enabled.

This isn’t the first big partnership for Foursquare, which now likes to refer to itself as a location intelligence company. It also powers the location tags of Snapchat (for geofilters), Pinterest, Twitter, and Uber.  Read more…

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‘Baywatch’ bombed. What should Dwayne Johnson do next?


There are now two precise moments that define the Hollywood portion of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s career so far: 

1. The April 2011 release of Fast 5, when Johnson shook off Tooth Fairy to become a bona fide action star on a level of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and;

2. This weekend’s flat-on-its-face flop Baywatch, when the limits to that stardom became painfully clear.

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Just as Johnson is realizing the height of his pop-culture powers — even floating a run for the White House — he suffers his first embarrassing box office bomb, an $18.5 million domestic opening weekend for a summer nostalgia comedy whose $40 million expectations weren’t so hot to begin with.  Read more…

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Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone has a screen so big it wraps around the selfie cam


The Essential Phone, coming from the workshop of Android creator Andy Rubin, is finally out after months of teasing. And it’s probably the most exciting smartphone launch in years. 

The phone is a looker: Titanium on the back, an enormous screen on the front, extending all the way to the top and broken only by the phone’s selfie camera. The screen actually wraps around the camera, which could be a horrible idea but for now we can only say that it looks cool. 

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It comes with a set of top-notch specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 2560 x 1312 pixel resolution (that’s a 19:10 ratio, so different from both the LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8), 4GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel dual rear camera coupled with an 8-megapixel selfie cam, a fingerprint sensor on the back, 128GB of storage, a 3,040mAh battery.  Read more…

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Apple’s obsession with fitness and fashion is hurting the Apple Watch


I recently began wearing an Apple Watch regularly. Generally I’m not a watch guy — haven’t been since I gave up my calculator watch in the late ’80s — but in recent years I’ve learned to appreciate some of the utility features of smartwatches.

I especially like the notifications, which necessitate only a glance at the wrist instead of the heavier lift — literally and figuratively — of digging my iPhone out of my pocket. First world problems, sure, but those are really what the Apple Watch (and, arguably, all consumer tech) was designed to address.

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Smell like cheesy pizza with these novelty bath salts


You can now literally immerse yourself in the scent of your favourite food — in a bath. 

A novelty retail chain in Japan is offering Japanese food-themed bath salts that are designed to make you feel and look like you’re bathing in your favourite food or drink.

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The chain, Village Vanguard, is offering flavours like cheesy pizza, Japanese gyoza potstickers, beer, and even yakiniku grilled meat so you can smell like them after you’ve come out of a bath.

It’s also offering flavours like cilantro and edamame soybeans. Yes, cilantro.

We're not sure if you'll smell like soap after bathing in cilantro, but it's worth a shot.

We’re not sure if you’ll smell like soap after bathing in cilantro, but it’s worth a shot.

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This rat is doing just fine in his banana skin, thanks for asking


Everyone finds joy in different places.

Some people discover it in the face of a yappy dog, or a smiling infant. Others see it in the first flowers to bloom with the arrival of spring. 

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Rats, meanwhile, just really, really like banana skins.

On Monday, 19-year-old student Lucy Baker from London shared the following images of her pet.

Become the banan

— gecko emoji 🦎 (@smollverine) May 29, 2017

Rats often get a bad rep, but just look at the little guy above. He’s having a great time with that banana skin. It’s like a miniature rat-sized hammock — a yellow, fruity sleeping bag. Read more…

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Video of blindfolded Muslim man offering hugs will restore your faith in humanity


Try and watch this video without tearing up. Seriously, do it, and it’ll restore your faith in humanity. 

Baktash Noori, a video blogger on YouTube under the “Life of Bako” channel, has spent the last few days blindfolded, standing alone on Manchester’s Market Street with his arms open. 

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Carrying a sign which says, “I’m Muslim and I trust you. Do you trust me enough for a hug?” the blogger wanted to show a small act of kindness after the attack at Manchester Arena during Ariana Grande’s concert which killed 22 people.  Read more…

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McLaren’s supercar factory is a minimalist’s paradise


From the outside, McLaren’s ultramodern supercar factory looks like a giant mirror in the horizon, splitting water and sky. It’s an unexpected sight in the English town of Woking. 

Is it any wonder that it was built by the same architects behind Apple’s Campus 2? Like Apple, the sublime philosophy here is all about supreme hygiene – in shape, color and design — and an obsession for detail and minimalism. 

SEE ALSO: McLaren has a sweet job offer for the world’s fastest gamer

I was invited inside the facility to hear about McLaren’s latest experiment to find the next generation of racers. They’re on a mission to hire a super fast online gamer for a year as a F1 simulator. It’s a bold move and McLaren is the first racing team to try it.  Read more…

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Asus’ Blue Cave router has a gaping hole in it, but manages to look pretty sweet


There’s really no way you could miss the huge blue hole in the centre of Asus’ new router.

The rather aptly-named Blue Cave is the Taiwanese tech giant’s latest AC2600 dual-band Wi-Fi router.

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But there’s more to the hole than pure aesthetic design.

Speaking to Mashable on the showfloor of the Computex technology show, an Asus spokesman explained that the antennas of the device are built into the roof, so you’ll no longer have those ugly rods sticking out of your router.

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The hole is meant to separate the antennas from the motherboard, which sits at the bottom of the router.  Read more…

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