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Here’s everything Oculus showed off at its VR gaming showcase

Oculus Quest and Rift headset owners have plenty to look forward to over the next several months if Wednesday’s Oculus Gaming Showcase is any indication. Oculus put together its first…

‘Lone Echo II’ heads to Oculus VR this summer

Here’s a highlight of some of the more notable announcements from Facebook’s first Oculus Gaming Showcase. Source / Engadget

Microsoft no longer requires Xbox Live Gold for free-to-play multiplayer games

In a major move, Microsoft is updating how Xbox Live Gold subscriptions work, by dropping the requirement for you to even have a subscription in order to play free-to-play multiplayer…

Netgear beats Q1 expectations with strong SMB revenue

Higher-than-expected demand for SMB products helped drive the results

Intel Core i5 vs. i7 processors

Intel offers the Core i5 and i7 ranges for the mainstream market, but which should you choose? Our Intel Core i5 versus i7 guide breaks down the differences. Source /…

Saddlebred Axe and Throwing Star Target Set for $15 + free shipping w/ $49 – CNET

Saddlebred Axe and Throwing Star Target Set for $15 Source / CNET

PetSafe’s Treat and Train is a useful dog trainer tool that really needs an app

At five months pregnant, I got a puppy.  I know. As several concerned friends, strangers, and even my doctor told me, I’m very brave. And sure, it’s great practice. And…

The best photo editing software for 2021

Whether you are prepping your photos for print or Instagram, here are our picks for the best photo editing software options. Source / Digital Trends

Two formerly Japan-only ‘Ace Attorney’ games are finally being released in English

Warm up your arguing voice and limber your objection fingers, there’s a new Ace Attorney game coming to town. Source / Engadget

TigerGraph and Google Cloud make it a threesome

TigerGraph rounds out its cloud portfolio and tightens connections with the BI world.

Xbox lets you play multiplayer games like Destiny 2 for free – CNET

You no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to jump into free-to-play games like Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone and Fortnite. Source / CNET

Amazing and cringe-worthy selfies: From the dangerous to the downright gross

The selfie phenomenon is unrelenting, you can’t open a browser without someone’s self-taken mugshot gurning down on you. That said, we’d be lying if we didn’t dot our own social…

Best laptop 2021: Mac, PC, and Chromebook top picks compared

New year, new laptop? These are the devices that should be at or near the top of your shortlist.

PlayStation Plus could soon include a video service

Sony may offer movies to PlayStation Plus subscribers through a briefly hinted-at Video Pass service. Source / Engadget

The best note-taking apps for iOS and Android

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite note-taking apps for iOS and Android phones and tablets to help keep your life organized and your thoughts in order. Source / Digital…

Fitbit rolling out stress tracking to its other fitness trackers and smartwatches

Fitbit’s CEO James Park announced during the company’s Luxe fitness tracker reveal event that it would be rolling out its stress management feature to its other fitness trackers and smartwatches,…

Xbox All Access: How to purchase an Xbox Series console for as little as $25 a month – CNET

Is a payment plan a good option when it comes to buying your next console? Source / CNET

Signia Active are hearing aids that work just like true wireless earphones

Hearing aid specialist Signia has announced the Siginia and Signia Pro designed to take the stigma away from aids. The new Signia Active and Active Pro aids are designed to…

Signia Active are true wireless earbuds that also enhance your hearing

They may look like normal true wireless earbuds, but the Signia Active do more than stream music. They also enhance your hearing in noisy environments. Source / Digital Trends

Salesforce updates Service Cloud to meet post-pandemic consumer demands

As economic activity rebounds, Salesforce contends, consumers will need more help, both from customer service agents and field service agents.

Samsung opens Galaxy Upcycling beta to turn old phones into IoT gadgets

Samsung is opening up its Galaxy Upcycling at Home beta to users in the US, UK and Korea. Source / Engadget

Samsung launches software update to turn older Galaxy phones into IoT devices

The company’s Galaxy Upcycling at Home program will allow consumers to repurpose their older phones into IoT devices, such as childcare monitors and light sensors.

Kef Mu3 review: Form over function?

Kef is far from one of the biggest names in the consumer audio market, but it’s been putting out interesting, well-designed devices for a good while now.  Its speakers are…

Bowers & Wilkins launches PI7 and PI5 premium true wireless earphones

Bowers & Wilkins has launched the PI7 and the PI5, two new true wireless earbuds models, which it says don’t compromise “sound quality for wireless convenience.” Source / Engadget

Apple will engrave ‘fart’ and ‘dick’ on your new AirTags, but not ‘poop’

Apple finally announced its Tile-killer product at Tuesday’s event — and not a moment too soon, as everyone’s probably a little out of practice when it comes to the whole…

Highlights of the day: UMC foundry quotes to rise sharply in 2022

Taiwan-based pure-play foundry house UMC has told clients that it will raise manufacturing quotes in 2022. Some mature segments at UMC will see at least a 40% rise in foundry quotes. Some IC designers, such as Phison and Silicon Motion, who are keen on securing supply, have already placed orders with their foundry partners for 2022. Singapore is well-known for its service and finance sectors, but it has ambitions to play a bigger role in manufacturing in Southeast Asia. Yip Wei Kiat, Singapore’s trade representative in Taipei, told Digitimes in a recent interview how his country can be a gateway for manfacturers seeking to invest in ASEAN.

Adata to acquire real estate for NT$2.62 billion

Memory module maker Adata Technology has announced plans to acquire real estate in Taipei, northern Taiwan for a total of NT$2.62 billion (US$93.4 million).

Quanta confirms ransomware attack

Quanta Computer has confirmed that its computer systems have been hacked, following reports that some of the ODM’s files containing clients’ notebook designs have been stolen by a hacker group that has demaned a ransom of XMR123,028 in cryptocurrency – equivalent to almost US$50 million.

Polaroid Go unveils the world’s smallest analog instant camera

Polaroid has unveiled what it claims is the world’s smallest analog instant camera, the Polaroid Go, and it launches just days after Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 40. Source / Digital Trends

Singapore can be springboard into ASEAN, says Singaporean trade representative in Taipei

Singapore is well-known for its services and finance sectors, but there is much more to the economy of the Southeast Asian country, which is keen on expanding its manufacturing and can be a gateway for Taiwanese firms looking to establish a foothold in the region.