Amazon, Huawei and Roku were highlighted as particularly troubling, with the former's Halo Fitness Tracker singled out for its use of sensors and microphones, and the latter described as a "privacy nightmare" for its overzealous tracking and sharing of personal data with advertisers and other third parties. … [Read more...] about Beware these spying gadgets this Black Friday
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Apple has improved its low light calculations considerably for the iPhone 12 range, too. All three cameras (including the 12MP selfie cam) here can capture Night Mode shots, which are among the clearest and crispest of any smartphone. This has been integrated seamlessly too, so you don’t need to select a separate mode whenever the light drops. … [Read more...] about iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 mini: how much does size matter in the Apple ecosystem?
This is exciting because zoom is about much more than just being able to snap distant skylines. Having two cameras with dedicated telephoto focal lengths in your pocket is, as we'll discover, a creative bonus that makes phones feel more like DSLRs or mirrorless cameras. For photographers, this is way more interesting than a 108MP sensor that was, as I argued last year, never really the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra's real headline feature. … [Read more...] about The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra proves the megapixel war is now a battle of the zooms
This story is part of CES, where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021. In my Oculus Quest VR headset, I was in a room surrounded by large-brained aliens. Their heads flashed, white and black. I turned to one, staring at it. Soon enough, its head exploded. I looked at the others, making their heads explode. Then I looked at a flashing portal marker across the room and was gone. I did this without eye tracking. A band on the back of my head was sensing my visual cortex with electrodes. … [Read more...] about Controlling VR with my mind: NextMind’s dev kit shows me a strange new world
I'll be honest with you, I actually don't really know what the plans are there. what the possibilities are. My job is really to think five years from now what lands in a product that is, like, an integer multiplier on that. I don't mean to downplay that work. I mean, the polish that has been done really going all the way back to [Oculus] DK2 -- think about where we were with DK2 and where we are now and it's pretty astonishing how much better it is at doing those things. But I'm thinking, well, OK, now how do we change that experience? What happens if you get depth of focus? What happens if you get haptics, because I've talked about haptic gloves in the past. What happens if your audio is perfectly spatialized? Just saying that [regarding Quest 2], not that I don't value it, it's just not where my mind tends to be. … [Read more...] about Facebook’s VR-AR visionary on what comes after the Oculus Quest 2