Tech News March 20, 2014

  • Sony Joins Virtual Reality Race with New Headset for PlayStation

    Inspired by Oculus Rift, Sony is adding virtual reality to the PlayStation 4.

    Sony unveiled its long-rumored virtual reality headset on Tuesday at the 2014 Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, stood in front of a packed auditorium of game developers and said: “Virtual reality is the next innovation from PlayStation that could shape the future of video games.”

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Tech News March 19, 2014

  • Apps by the Dashboard Light

    New cars will soon come with high-bandwidth connections and app stores.

    Starting next month, many car buyers will be getting a novel feature: Internet connections with speeds similar to those on the fastest smartphones—and even a few early dashboard-based apps, engineered to be as dumbed-down as possible.

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Tech News March 18, 2014

  • Spying Is Bad for Business

    Can we trust an Internet that’s become a weapon of governments?

    Following a one-day summit in Brasilia this February, negotiators from Brazil and Europe reached a deal to lay a $185 million fiber-optic cable spanning the 3,476 miles between Fortaleza and Lisbon. The cable will be built by a consortium of Spanish and Brazilian companies. According to Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, it will “protect freedom.” No longer will South America’s Internet traffic get routed through Miami, where American spies might see it.

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Tech News March 17, 2014

  • Look, Smartphone: No Hands!

    Controlling an iPhone or Android phone with just your voice and a noise-cancelling headset is doable, but frustrating.

    I usually enjoy making fun of people who walk around wearing Bluetooth headsets, seemingly talking to themselves. So of course I felt like a hypocrite last week wandering around downtown San Francisco doing exactly that.

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