Oculus Will Add VR Support For Netlfix, Twitch, Hulu And More


Welcome to a world of VR that is (or will be) more consumer-friendly.

Oculus is working with some of the top apps of this generation, including Twitch, Hulu and Netflix — the latter launching today — to bring virtual reality versions of the services to the Oculus Rift platform. Facebook, Lionsgate, Fox and even TiVo support are all in the works, as well.

Also announced on the side, but still of importance: Minecraft for VR and a Samsung Gear VR headset that works with all 2015 Samsung phones for $99. Indeed, the virtual reality onslaught is ramping up for 2016.

Via: Oculus

Pebble Time Round: The 7.5mm Thin Smartwatch Meant To Be Practical

pebble-time-roundThis time around, Pebble is keen to bring a practical rounded smartwatch to market. Compatible with iOS and Android, the Pebble Time Round is a $250 smartwatch in a 7.5mm, marine-grade stainless steel case, with black, silver, or rose gold colorways. The practicality comes from its battery life: it can (purportedly) receive enough charge to last 24 hours in 15 minutes, with a full battery life of two days. Those stats translate to its ability to track your sleep cycle and physical activity.

In fact, it might be one of the most practical smartwatches announced to-date. It’ll be time to see if that stays true when it ships later this Fall.

Via: Pebble 

Microsoft Drops Office 2016 For Windows And Mac, Catches Up To Drive

The-new-office-is-here-4-v2In a sense, Office 2016 is an incremental update that allows it to catch up to Google Drive and Docs as a whole.

Real-time co-authoring is now a feature, Cortana integration debuts for assistance, better search has been engineered, better cross-platform compatibility, chat with built-in Bing searches, and finally, business integration to the point where DLP (Data Loss Prevention) is built-in and Multifactor Authentication makes it easier to operate on the software suite if away from the corporate network.

As for design, the interface remains mostly unchanged, but updated of course, to fall in similar aesthetic quality with the new Windows 10.

Office 2016 is now available for Office 365 subscribers or as a one-time purchase on Mac — pick your poison, essentially.

Via: Office Blog

SteelSeries Apex M800 Keyboard Review: Once A Rainbow, Always A Rainbow

20150917_171641In July of yesteryear, I took a look at what was SteelSeries’ best gaming keyboard offering: the Apex. An excellent choice of backlit colors, but with too many cramped keys and lackluster actuation between those keys, it was fraught with disappointment. This year however, the Danish gaming peripheral maker has stepped forward with the Apex M800.

Through and through, it’s a mechanical keyboard, with the company’s own style of mechanical switches, complete with individual key lighting and a dual-processor setup  that allows for some very cool effects, macros, and dual USB 2.0 ports.

But, is a high asking price — even among the world of backlit, mechanical keyboards — worth the temporary pain, with the promise of comfort afterwards? It’s time to critique.

Master & Dynamic Has Engineered The ME05 Earphones, Milled From Brass

ME05_black_onsideHand-finished and machined from solid brass, Master & Dynamic is at another attempt to continue making a name for itself in the headphones and earphones industry. The sound delivered from their products is fantastic, as I’ve said once before (twice, actually). However, this time there’s a different aesthetic going on here: the use of brass. Utilizing the unique sonic qualities that brass has, M&D can create warm, sounds using the 8mm titanium-coated dynamic drivers, along with balanced weight distribution so that the ME05 doesn’t fall out of your ear.

Asking price? $199.

Via: M&D

Apple Releases iOS 9, The World Begins Downloading It With Gusto

ios9Today, iOS 9 debuts on the millions of devices that make use of it — namely, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.Some of the major new features include the improved Siri, split-screen multitasking on the iPad, enhanced keyboards, updates to Safari, picture-in-picture operation, the new Live Photos feature, transit info in  Apple Maps, the News app, battery saving mode and much, much more.

Per usual, it’s free, but as Apple’s servers get slammed by the sudden demand of the update, some are reporting issues downloading and/or installing it.

Patience, folks.

Via: Apple

Ducati Outs The (Beautiful) Monster 1200 R Street Bike

ducati-monster-1200-r-1Essentially, this is supposed to be the best of track performance with everyday practicality. The Monster series from Ducati has a reputation for being capable of those two aforementioned traits — to a degree — but now Ducati wants to blur the lines further, with the new Monster 1200 R.

In doing so, I’ve another goal to aspire to in its completion: acquiring said motorcycle.

Its heart is a 1200 cc Testastretta twin-cylinder engine, producing 160hp. In regards to the chassis and overall design, the seat, tailpiece, and stance have all been redesigned, with new instrument cluster display, passenger and rider foot peg, along with three riding modes.

Oh, and it comes in two colors: red or black.

Via: Ducati

Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wired Review: Easy, Breezy, Beautiful

20150913_154521Back in February, I took an extended look at the Momentum 2 Wireless, which at the time, was the wireless headphone of choice for its incredible sound range, battery life, aesthetic beauty and overall splendor. Then, the defect run came a few weeks after, which unfortunately affected the Momentum’s ability to keep a paired connection in urban areas, or anywhere with some frequency interference — a major inconvenience for me, living in NYC.

Despite the design issue being resolved by this point, I still had to review the wire-only version — for testing purposes, obviously.