Chinese discount phone makers were supposed to rival Apple’s iPhone globally. Instead, they’re dying off within China

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Ever since iPhones officially went on sale in China back in 2009, pundits have claimed that local production of cheaper smartphones would not only block Apple’s growth prospects in China but also invade smartphone markets globally. They were wrong, here’s why.
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[Update: Create your own lenses from within the app] Snapchat’s Lens Studio will let anyone make and publish Augmented Reality ‘Lenses’

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Snapchat is an inexplicably popular service, but you know what it’s missing? There just aren’t enough augmented reality filters (known as Lenses) for your snaps, right? True or not, Snap has announced a new tool called Lens Studio that will let anyone create augmented reality objects and publish them for other Snapchat users.

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Review: Superior Sound from within Via the Trekz Air Bone Conduction Headphones

If you find earbuds uncomfortable but don’t want big bulky headphones, the Trekz Air ($ 179.97) from AfterShokz are a great solution. The company takes an innovative approach to transmitting sound. Instead of earbuds sitting in your ears or ear cups covering them, the AfterShokz use bone conduction technology to send audio through your temples leaving your ears open to hear ambient sounds. This is great for joggers and bicyclists.

Related: Editor’s Choice: Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones of 2017

I’ve used older AfterShokz models but I’m even more impressed by the latest models that use titanium to be almost weightless. They also feature voice prompts to help with pairing and control. Despite the lightweight design, the Trekz Air still achieves six hours of continuous music and calls. It’s not cheap, but these should last for years, and they come with a two year warranty to back it up.

Pros

  • Remarkably lightweight titanium design
  • Amazing bone conduction technology
  • Open ear for hearing ambient sounds
  • Voice prompts for pairing and control
  • Six hours of continuous music and calls

Cons

  • Expensive

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a headphone for working out, indoors and outdoors without blocking ambient sound, the Trekz Air from AfterShokz should meet your needs. 

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You’ll Be Watching NBA Game On a Magic Leap Headset Within Five Years

Since is formation in 2010, Magic Leap has emerged as one of the most promising companies working with augmented reality – despite showing very little of its technology to the public. Now, its CEO, Rony Abovitz, has indicated that the AR Magic Leap headset might be on track to launch sooner rather than later.

Abovitz appeared at Recode’s Code Media conference alongside NBA commissioner Adam Silver to announce that live basketball games will be streamed to the company’s headset. Play will be captured as volumetric video, giving viewers the ability to move around the court and choose whatever viewing angle they like.

The Magic Leap headset. Image Credit: Magic Leap

The presentation even included a video of retired NBA player and current basketball analyst Shaquille O’Neal, who showed off his own Magic Leap headset and enthused about his own experience watching games on the glasses, calling it “the most amazing thing.”

In a follow-up interview with The Verge, Abovitz stated that this method of streaming live NBA games will be available within the next two to five years.

Volumetric video uses multiple cameras to produce an image with depth, which isn’t too far removed from the standard broadcasting set-up at a sporting event. This could make NBA games a perfect proving ground for Magic Leap’s technology.

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Facebook is pushing its own Onavo VPN service within iOS app

Facebook users in the United States, and possibly elsewhere, are starting to see, or have been seeing for some time now a new Protect option in Facebook for iOS’s navigation menu, which redirects users to the Onavo VPN app on App Store…. Read the rest of this post here


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