I can finally do cartwheels in VR with HTC's Vive Focus

Engadget

After fully unveiling the Vive Focus, HTC finally allowed lucky folks like myself to properly test out the six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) standalone VR headset. For the first time, I can actually walk around in VR without being tethered to a PC nor confined to a fixed space. It's a truly mobile VR solution -- more so than smartphone-based VR headsets, which only let you look around on the spot (3DoF). Naturally, I used this opportunity to test this 6DoF tracking to its limits, even if it meant doing cartwheels while wearing the Vive Focus.



Google Pixel's 'Only on Verizon' pitch isn't what it seems

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Columnist Ed Baig reviews Pixel, which features the high-IQ Google Assistant and a competitive, high-end smartphone camera. A. When Google introduced its Pixel and Pixel XL phones in early October, it picked a hybrid distribution strategy. Instead of selling these $649-and-up smartphones only on its own site, as it had with its earlier Nexus phones, it also signed up Verizon Wireless as a distribution partner. To judge from the ads during the World Series, only the second purchase option exists. They keep touting the Pixel -- "a winner for anyone looking for an excellent phone," USA TODAY's Ed Baig wrote -- as "only on Verizon," something Verizon's own page about the phones repeats.


T-Mobile creates a helmet to help you get your binge on everywhere

Mashable

T-Mobile wants its users to be able to binge on content at all times -- no matter what else is going on. The "un-carrier" launched its new Binge On Up headset on Friday, April 1. The product is designed to promote, T-Mobile's Binge On feature. Binge On lets users stream video from services such as Netflix, YouTube and Hulu without it counting against their data caps. SEE ALSO: Hulu wants to be your matchmaker this April Fools' Day Basically, think of it as a head-mounted selfie-stick that makes it possible to walk around the office while also watching Broad City.


EFF thinks T-Mobile could be violating net neutrality with new data plan

ZDNet

T-Mobile chief executive John Legere speaks at an Un-carrier event in San Francisco in September, 2014. Electronic Frontier Foundation believes T-Mobile's new "T-Mobile One" data plan could violate net neutrality principles because of how it allows customers to use data. With Congress washing its hands of the matter, the FCC voted to regulate Internet Service Providers as utilities. "From what we've read thus far it seems like T-Mobile's new plan to charge its customers extra to not throttle video runs directly afoul of the principle of net neutrality," Jeremy Gillula, EFF's senior staff technologist, told the Daily Dot. Net neutrality activists have a problem with T-Mobile One's way of streaming video, as it has videos limited to 480p quality.