Gadgets

Nearly three years after the showing of the prototype, Facebook-owned Oculus finally unveiled the much-awaited Oculus Rift virtual reality headset this week. While news sources and fans are eagerly awaiting more details about the long-enigmatic device, a news conference in San Francisco revealed some, but not all, specifications. Here’s what we know so far:

Playing with Avengers and Star Wars toys is about to reach a whole new level of cool! Disney just announced their new line of wearable toys which will combine hardware, sensors with cloud and Bluetooth to create embedded play experiences. Picture laser tag, on steroids!

If you keep a smartphone or tablet long enough, it loses resale value to the point that it may eventually end up sitting in a drawer somewhere, gathering dust (try selling an iPhone 3 on Craigslist these days…). Technology advances so quickly that within a couple years, many of these devices are pretty much useless for their original purpose.

There is little doubt that the combination of sensors, smarts and systems that is the Internet of Things is on course to change every element of our daily lives. From fixing everyday problems to solving global issues, the Internet of Things has enormous potential. But the ability to add sensors to everyday products, connect unusual items to the Internet and lend a little something extra to the ordinary can also be, well, fun.

Videos evolved in an unbelievable way since the first introduction of the film camera. GoPros, drones and 4K cameras are headlining today’s video technology; but what else can be done to further evolve the video market? A new video camera from VSN Mobil is looking to capture images and video (and the market) by introducing an angle rarely seen before, a 360-degree panoramic angle.

A series of reports are circling the web regarding a new top secret project being performed by Apple. This project has been confirmed to be focused on the building of a self-driving car. The project is officially known as Titan.

A quick web search of items before their time will provide a long list of gadgets and machines rejected by our predecessors which are now shaping our future. For example, Apple’s Newton was considered a flop when released in 1993, but upon close inspection it strongly resembles the highly popular iPads of today.

Christmas morning probably saw more than a few gift recipients searching fruitlessly for just one more HDMI port behind the television. High-Definition Multimedia Interface cables have quickly become the standard for connecting all audio/visual equipment to our televisions, but with everything from your cable box to your PlayStation to your BluRay player to that new streaming media device you found under the tree all vying for one of those precious ports, how do you deal with a lack of them?

You have several options at your disposal when trying to detect, diagnose and resolve network problems. Listed below are the basic troubleshooting tips that you can go through to eliminate hours without Internet connectivity. However, the most serious of problems need to be solved by a network technician, but you can avoid technicians if you follow the steps listed below.

Hundreds of vendors fly to Las Vegas each year. Some skip out on one year and others are regulars. It is impossible to visit each and every booth in four days, but the biggest names cannot be missed. Everyone needs to know what they will roll out later in the year and what new technology will revolutionize the way we live. Here is a look back on some of the biggest booths at CES 2015.