Facebook and Samsung strengthen partnership to grow VR

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Samsung has concluded their Unwrapped event to open their MWC 2016 activities this week. Of course the headline of the event was the release of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. However, viewers may have noted that a large bulk of of the event was spent on virtual reality, including the announcement of the new Gear 360 for capturing VR content. Samsung closed things out by bringing none other than Facebook’s own Mark Zuckerberg onstage to talk about how the social media giant is working with Samsung and expanding their own support for virtual reality. Read more

LG G5 modular design opens door for LG CAM Plus, LG Hi-Fi Plus

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As word leaked out over the past few weeks about LG designing their new flagship smartphone, the LG G5, to give users the premium build of an all metal body with the convenience of a swappable battery, we also heard the word “module” tossed around a bit. At their press event this morning, LG revealed the first two modules – the LG CAM Plus and the LG Hi-Fi Plus – and showed a little bit of how these new modules will work. Read more

Always Right Cord backers couldn’t get transparency, so I stepped in

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I’ve backed projects on Kickstarter multiple times, but never anything major or lavish that I had to really think about. It’s just because I get a little thrill out of contributing assistance to the people behind these projects, brilliant men and women wanting to take their idea from just that, an idea, to a real product offered to consumers around the world. We’ve seen great success come out of Kickstarter, and some of those successes have even been able to spawn successor. There’s a lot of good to Kickstarter, but there’s also a lot of bad to Kickstarter. Deciding to become a backer to large projects with massive campaigns is risky because of the unknown. Backers could end up losing out on their money because, once a a campaign meets its goal, the funds are secured in the creator’s account. Where’s the thrill in that? Backers can build up hope to receive an ambitious, unique product only to be left without any reward along with a weaker bank account.

Always Right Cord is a project which launched on Kickstarter on September 21, 2015. The project debuted with the purpose to create a cable that has reversible USB 2.0 and micro-USB connectors so you could simply connect your devices without worrying about connecting them into ports in any specific way. This may sound familiar because it’s part of the USB Type-C hype, but many people aren’t ready to switch to that technology. Always Right Cord’s creator, a vague profile known as Always Right, set the Kickstarter campaign’s goal at $5,000. Guess what? The goal was met the following day and proceeded to generate almost $32,000 because of 1,123 backers believing in the project.

Backers could have received their Always Right Cord in November, but it’s now February and not a single backer has received one. Delays are acceptable as long as there’s transparency, something the people behind Always Right Cord have failed to provide numerous times.

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Modules, drones, and virtual reality devices joining the LG G5 this Sunday

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The launch of the LG G5 is fast-approaching, but no one cares to stop sharing information about the upcoming flagship. Who says we’ve had enough, right? It gives us all more to think about and discuss. One of the earliest G5 rumors pointed to the phone having a modular design which would enable components like the battery to be swapped with ease. Modular designs are not necessarily new — take a look at Project Ara — but they are still a rarity. Having a modular design would finally give LG something to truly differentiate its flagship from Samsung’s offering. But not much has been said about the G5’s modular design in recent weeks, leaving many to believe the company would not being going forward with the it. Today, though, hope was born and the modular design was basically confirmed.

Evan Blass is spilling a big secret that will be revealed on February 21 at LG’s MWC 2016 event.

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