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Give Virtual Reality a Try With This $5 Google Cardboard Kit

Want to experience VR without waiting for an Oculus Rift? Google Cardboard can turn your Android phone into a DIY virtual reality headset, and you can get your own from eBay today for just $5. Once you’ve locked in your order, start downloading some compatible apps! [Google Cardboard Valencia VR Headset, $5] … » 7/09/15 6:15pm 7/09/15 6:15pm

Google's Dream Robot Is Running Wild Across the Internet

Remember a few weeks back, when we learned that Google’s artificial neural network was having creepy daydreams, turning buildings into acid trips and landscapes into Magic Eye pictures? Well, prepare to never sleep again, because last week, Google made its “inceptionism” algorithm available to the public, and the… » 7/05/15 4:01pm 7/05/15 4:01pm

How Ingress, Google's Real-World Smartphone Game, Got Me Out of My Shell

Getting out of the house and meeting new people is hard. For a long time, I let inertia limit me to the same neighborhood and daily routine—until I started playing a mobile, augmented-reality game from Google called Ingress. In just a few months, I’ve explored places I’d never seen before, met tons of new and… » 6/10/15 4:16pm 6/10/15 4:16pm

Why Chrome Uses So Much Freaking RAM

Chrome may be the best browser around, but it eats up your PC’s RAM like turkey on Thanksgiving. If you’ve ever looked at your task manager, you’ve probably flipped out at the sheer number of Chrome processes and the memory they hog. Here’s why Chrome uses so much RAM, and how to curb its gluttony. » 5/21/15 2:10pm 5/21/15 2:10pm

Thanks For the Net Neutrality, Oligarchs

"Net neutrality" will be the law of the land following the Federal Communications Commission's vote to reclassify broadband Internet services as public utilities. Please take some time this week to thank the outspoken citizens who made this possible. These heroes of the open Internet are regular folk, just like you… » 2/28/15 1:08pm 2/28/15 1:08pm

Google's Helping Turn the View-Master Into a Virtual Reality Headset

When Google introduced its cardboard VR headset, there was an easy point of reference. It's like a View-Master, but with full-on virtual reality. And now, the marriage is official because Mattel and Google are partnering to make just that: A Google Cardboard-powered View-Master. » 2/13/15 11:02am 2/13/15 11:02am

Five Best Android Phones: 2014 Edition

There's no shortage of great Android phones on the market if you're looking to switch, buy your first, or upgrade. Even so, there are certainly some phones that stand above others, either because they have great specs, include good software, get fast updates, or are just a joy to use. Here are five of them, based on… » 11/23/14 1:17pm 11/23/14 1:17pm

How Magic Leap Is Secretly Creating a New Alternate Reality

Don't you hate it when someone claims to have a magical new technology, but won't tell you how it works? When I saw that a super stealthy startup called Magic Leap had raised $542 million to make animals appear out of thin air, I resolved to find out exactly what was going on. Here's what I found. » 11/19/14 3:06pm 11/19/14 3:06pm