Beijing: Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has confirmed that the US sanctions were hurting it badly, especially the absence of Google's core Android software, Play Store and popular apps like Search and Maps on its devices. According to a Financial Times report quoting a senior Huawei executive, the company hasn't been successful in finding replacements for Google apps which are very popular on Android devices across the globe. "There are so many Android users in Europe and south-east Asia. They're so used to these Google applications on top of Android phones," Joy Tan, Vice President of Public Affairs at Huawei US, was quoted as saying on Sunday. "We can continue to use the Android platform since it is open-source, but we cannot use the services that help apps run on it." Under the terms of the previous US trade ban, Google was barred from selling Android license to Huawei, meaning its phones could use the base open-source code, but would not have access to the all-important Play … [Read more...] about Absence of core Android and popular Google apps hurting Huawei the most: Report
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BERLIN: Samsung announced its first-ever virtual reality headset last night, named Gear VR. It is a headset that Samsung has built in conjunction with VR company Oculus, and the company aims to invest more in this technology in coming time. So, what does it feel like to play a game or watch a movie using the headset? Here are our first impressions of Samsung's new Gear VR virtual reality headset... Samsung Gear VR is a pretty big gadget and consists of two parts -- the headset and the strap. The headset is big and characterized by a curvy and sloping design. You need to pop a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in the headset in order to make Gear VR work. On the right side of the headset is a touch-sensitive scroll pad that can be used to juggle between different functions on the screen. The volume hardware key is also located on the right. You can change the focus of the image from a scroll wheel located on the top of the screen. This feature works well even if you wear prescription glasses. … [Read more...] about First impressions: Samsung Gear VR
If you like the current state of the internet, you should know about net neutrality. If you are not aware of it, don't worry. Internet is built around the idea of openness. It allows people to connect and exchange information freely, if the information or service is not illegal. Much of this is because of the idea of net neutrality. If you like the current state of the internet, you should know about net neutrality. Many web users are aware of it. But if you are not, don't worry. We explain it here: Click here to register your voice Join The Times of India's campaign to support net neutrality What is net neutrality? Net neutrality is an idea derived from how telephone lines have worked since the beginning of the 20th century. In case of a telephone line, you can dial any number and connect to it. It does not matter if you are calling from operator A to operator B. It doesn't matter if you are calling a restaurant or a drug dealer. The operators neither block the access to a … [Read more...] about What is net neutrality and why it is important?
In a bid to gain footprint into Cloud game streaming market, Facebook has acquired Spanish video gaming firm PlayGiga. According to a CNBC report, the acquisition comes at a time when tech giants like Apple and Google have rolled out Cloud video game streaming services like Arcade and Stadia. Microsoft has also previewed its xCloud game streaming service. A Spanish business newspaper Cinco Dias claimed that Facebook acquired PlayGiga for about $78 million. "We're thrilled to welcome PlayGiga to the Facebook Gaming team," a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying on Wednesday. PlayGiga was founded in 2013. "We are excited to announce that the PlayGiga team is moving on to something new. We are continuing our work in cloud gaming, now with a new mission. We want to thank all of our partners and customers for their support over the years," the company wrote on its website. Facebook acquired VR headset maker Oculus for $2 billion in 2014. The social networking giant has also … [Read more...] about Facebook has acquired this video gaming company
It's possible that multitasking makes people more impulsive and affects memory, the researchers said. However, given that these new findings are in relatively young people, the results suggest that multitasking may be a consequence of something more innate, like humans' inherent tendency to be distracted, the researchers said. … [Read more...] about Is Digital Multitasking Good for Teens?