The Morning After: Facebook, Oculus and multiple VR headset confusion
Many of the Oculus believers haven't fully embraced the company's owners on Facebook. The final chapter was Oculus' move to require Facebook accounts to use its VR headsets, which users weren't exactly thrilled about.
According to Oculus, this shouldn't happen. It responded with a series of tweets over the weekend stating that using the same Facebook account on two headsets won't lock the user out. It has been added that there are plans to "introduce the ability for multiple users to log into the same device with their own Facebook account". In the end. Maybe it's time for future high resolution VR headsets here - more on that below.
Samsung's influential chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at the age of 78
He made Samsung the giant it is now.
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Samsung announced that chairman Lee Kun-hee died on October 25, aged 78, after being in hospital for the last six years after suffering a heart attack. The company didn't name his successor in a statement sent to Engadget, but Lee's son and de facto leader, Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong (also known as Jay Y. Lee), is believed to be one of the most likely candidates. Lee Kun-hee leaves behind a company much more powerful than it was when he started, but also one that seeks to overcome several ethical issues that could determine his tenure.
In addition to Samsung's rise to a major technology brand and manufacturer, Lee's presidency was marked by scandals. He was convicted of bribing the President of South Korea in 1995 and of embezzlement and tax evasion in 2008. During his retirement, his clout was so great that he received an apology in the hopes that he would win the 2018 Winter Olympics for South Korea - which he did.
Samsung has also come under increasing criticism for keeping the company running in the family, especially after Lee Jae-yong (mentioned above) was also convicted of bribery and embezzlement. The company has tried to distance itself from Lee Kun-hee's ethical missteps for the past several years, and his son has since claimed he will not hand over the leadership to his children.
Samsung and Stanford are making a 10,000PPI display for "flawless" VR
Truly seamless VR could be one thing.
Samsung and Stanford University have teamed up to develop OLED displays that support resolutions of up to 10,000 pixels per inch - well above what you see in virtually any existing display. It does this through a new OLED structure that emits white light between reflective layers, one silver and another made of reflective metal with nano-sized waves. This "optical meta-surface" apparently changes the reflective properties and enables certain colors to vibrate through pixels. (Yes, it gets a little scientific here.)
The point is, this allows for much higher pixel densities than you see in the RGB OLEDs on phones, but doesn't affect brightness to the same extent as you see white OLEDs in some TVs. Continue reading.
The Xbox Series X update 'Gears 5' adds Dave Bautista to the story mode
And New Game + brings with it a greater challenge.
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The Xbox Series X and S update to Gears 5 not only makes the game more beautiful, but also gives it a familiar face in several places. The coalition says the game will give you the opportunity to trade in Dave Bautista (or rather his WWE persona Batista) as Marcus Fenix during the single player campaign. So far, the actor and wrestler has been limited to multiplayer.
Yes, there will be changes to the game itself. New Game + mode carries over existing upgrades, adds new skins, and introduces “mutators” (think Big Head mode), but also introduces two new, particularly difficult difficulty levels. Continue reading.
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What we bought: Our favorite USB-C chargers
Some of the best chargers for your new iPhone 12.
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The iPhone 12 is officially available and got us thinking about chargers as Apple removed the power adapter from the packaging of its latest smartphones. You only get a Lightning to USB-C cable with your new handset. While this means the iPhone can be charged quickly, you will need a USB-C adapter to do it. Some are understandably outraged, but the decision is likely a boon in disguise. The charger that Apple bundled with previous iPhones was small but very slow, especially when compared to the fast-charging technologies offered by competing companies. Now we all have a reason to put some money into something better. If you want a charging upgrade alongside your new iPhone - or just generally - here are some options the Engadget team swears by. Continue reading.
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