Even though they’re not the only VR headsets on the market, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift attract the most attention and command the mainstream media presence. When announced, Oculus Rift launch price of $599 presented a main advantage over HTC Vive’s $799. In markets such as the European Union, that price went as high as Euro 699 (Rift) vs. 899 (Vive). Translated into USD, $785 vs. 1010. From the very start, explanation for the Vive price was that the package enables “room scale VR,” with the included tracking solution (Lighthouse) and a pair of motion controllers, while the Oculus Rift only comes with a Microsoft Xbox controller.
ABI Research reports that Amazon has set the tablet market “ablaze” thanks to the launch of its $50 Fire Tablet. The device was released in late September 2015, sporting a 7″ display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and 8 GB of internal storage. Even more, it features a microSD card slot allowing the owner to beef up the internal storage to a massive 136 GB (total). Amazon evidently expects customers to download media left and right from the company’s various online services. According to ABI Research, Amazon took a big chance by launching the tablet with such a low price point. The move was a
MVNO or Mobile Virtual Network Operator is becoming a thing of fashion among IT giants, and could start to slowly squeeze conventional telecom operators, especially among the early adopters. Among the traditional IT names, IBM was the first that ran its own MVNO that was accessible to non-employees (back in 1990s, you could subscribe to IBM’s modem service and use it globally), but that was not widely adopted until Amazon launched its Kindle tablet, which used Qualcomm’s MVNO, and later replaced it with an in-house, SIM-free architecture for Kindle devices more known as the Whispernet. As Google seeked a path to grow, the company decided to become a fully fledged
Netflix used CES to make an announcement we all expected for too long – the online video streaming juggernaut finally managed to secure global rights for the content showed. Unlike previous (blackmailed) negotiations, Netflix did not cave to Hollywood’s content distribution cartel and made its entire portfolio available to users in 120 countries around the globe. This means that you can watch all the shows and movies Netflix has to offer, meaning users that were stifled and forced to use torrents to get the latest content – finally getting an opportunity to legally watch the content that 91% of bit-torrent users would gladly pay for (according to a survey
As we all know, the key to adopting a technology for mass market is hitting the ‘sweet price point’, which is typically based around three figures – $99, $199, $999. $999 was the price point when first VHS demolished Betamax, CD replaced vinyl, DVD replaced VHS, and so on. $199 was the price point that Apple hit with the iPhone and we all know what happened afterwards. $99 however, is a price point where a product becomes a commodity, whatever it is. After launching its first generation GearVR Innovator Edition for $199, Samsung teamed up with Facebook and Oculus to prepare a product which could
In a true “gloves off” scenario, Amazon will ban the sales of Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices in their shop, starting October 29th. This marks another chapter in the ever going battle of streaming services and providers. It seems that the online store giant is taking none of it from Google and Apple as it won’t allow Prime Video on neither the Apple TV and Chromecast devices. Likewise, the app is also not available for the Chromecast. The current generation of Apple TV (not the newly released one) is the 14th best selling device in the entire electronics section of Amazon. Currently is ranks 4th place
According to a story on Wall Street Journal, Amazon will forego any further phone development. While not ruled out completely, the development of the next-generation Amazon phone is extended “indefinitely.” Sources of the paper say that a significant volume of Fire Phone engineers have been sacked, which marks the first round of layoffs in history of Lab126, Amazon’s secretive hardware division. The failure of Fire Phone (no longer available for sale) took Amazon in a direction of rethinking their hardware strategy. With the aformentioned device, even heavy subsidizing didn’t help – the phone wouldn’t sell even when the price was dropped from $199 – $0.99 in an effort
It’s called Prime Day and it’s Amazon’s way of celebrating their 20th birthday. It will be a day filled with great deals, discounts and some other worthy deals, available on the online store. Amazon is advertising this as their version of Black Friday – but better. On Wednesday, July 15, new and existing members in the U.S. will find deals starting at midnight, with new deals starting as often as every ten minutes. They can shop thousands of Lightning Deals, seven popular Deals of the Day and receive unlimited fast, free shipping. This event is available exclusively for Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Spain,
Super cheap chips from Rockchip allows low-end Chromebooks to hit $149.
Fed up with US regulations, Amazon is developing its drone technology 2,000 feet north of the border.
Amazon’s upcoming Lightning Deal slashes the PlayStation TV by 50%, possibly lowering the price to as little as $40.
Research said that the total amount of global tablet shipments has slowed down.
The Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 USB soundcard is a shining example of what an external sound card these days should be.
Asus’s Rampage V Extreme show why it is the king of the X99 motherboards with its sunning performance and the unbeatable uncore/cache overclocking.
Retailers like eBay and Amazon prepare for the holiday season with discounts on newly released games.
Cyanogen is not going to provide software updates to Indian users following its exclusive deal with local vendor Micromax.
Amazon’s daily Gold Box deal discounts one of this year’s best games.
Verizon is trying to make people’s travels during the holidays easier with Connection Day by giving everyone digital gifts to make travel just a bit easier
Here is the daily roundup from Japanese consumer tech and tech business websites for November 20, 2014.
DirecTV has launched their new 4K content delivery service through their Geniue HD DVR service allowing Samsung owners to watch some 4K content over DirecTV