Thanks to the pandemic, it seems like just about everyone is a lot more familiar with having meetings and even family get together over video calls like Zoom and Google Meet. But what if you could have something more immersive? Facebook’s new Horizon Workrooms is like a Zoom call, but in virtual reality, and I tried it out.
And much to my shock, it’s actually an excellent experience. It felt like a thing of the future, something that maybe everyone would use someday. Except that’s never going to happen. I don’t believe this will ever see mass adoption, and I’ll tell you why in our top story.
In the past year, we’ve relearned what it means to have a meeting and embraced new forms of communication through services like Zoom. But video calls lack the presence of in-person meetings. Facebook’s new virtual reality Horizon Workrooms almost fixes that problem. But (almost) no one will use it. Read More »
It’s hard to stand out in the world of headphones, which leads to many manufacturers using extravagant features to make things more marketable. But Monoprice is here with the BT-600ANC to remind us that sometimes, something run-of-the-mill and boring is exactly what you want. Read More »
Motorola has announced the 2021 version of its $700 Edge flagship, and oddly enough, it ditches the signature waterfall “edge” display seen in previous models. But that may not be a bad thing—the 2021 Edge offers more compelling specs than its predecessor, including a 108MP main camera and (finally) a water-resistance certification. Read More »
Facebook has announced Horizon Workrooms, a VR meeting tool that may one day replace Zoom and other remote collaboration tools. Available as an open beta on Oculus 2 headsets, Horizon Workrooms aims to closely mimic the in-person meeting experience by leveraging all of Oculus’ fancy features. Read More »
This week LEGO unveiled a life-sized replica of the icon Toyota Supra GR made entirely out of LEGO bricks, and it works, too. Combining nearly half a million bricks and over 2,700 hours of labor putting it together, the company ended with a full-scale electric Supra that goes nearly 17 mph. Read More »
Love sous vide eggs, but don’t want to spring for a pricey sous vide cooker? We don’t blame you. This handy machine, however, offers sous vide-style egg bites that makes quick work of your favorite breakfast food at a fraction of the cost of a sous vide cooker. All you need to do is fill the silicone molds, cook ’em, and breakfast is served. The small appliance only weighs two pounds and won’t take up much space on your countertop. It’s also perfect for those on diets like keto or paleo, or who have a vegetarian or gluten-free lifestyle.
If you have a phone plan through Cricket Wireless, you’re getting a special treat: free HBO Max. Of course, the offer isn’t without a few catches and sacrifices; the most noteworthy of which is that it’s only the ad-supported tier. Read More »
If you’ve clicked on this article, you’re likely already aware of the long-running GPU shortage. If you’re like us, you’re crossing your fingers that it’ll end so you can finally get an RTX 3080. But according to NVIDIA, that likely won’t be the case any time soon. Read More »
Some people laugh at the “Built Ford Tough” slogan, but the Ford Motor Company prides itself on its extensive, bizarre stress tests. In fact, Ford may be a little too proud of these tests. The company is telling everyone that it’s put the Mustang Mach-E, its first mass market electric car, through several weeks of robotic butt torture … including the sweaty bottom test. Read More »
Amazon is reportedly preparing to increase its physical presence with retail stores in several states. According to anonymous sources cited by The Wall Street Journal, Amazon wants to open “small department stores” to sell clothing, household items, and electronics, not to mention facilitate an easier return and replacement system for its customers. Read More »
Every change to the Plex UI results in a ton of community backlash, for better or worse. But Plex’s newly-announced Modern UI might just survive the wrath of fans. Not just because it’s a beautiful, community-driven update, but because it’s opt-in and somewhat customizable. Read More »
Bird, known for its rentable electric bike and scooters, is now launching Bird Bike—an e-bike you can purchase. The bike was created to help meet the ever-increasing demand for micro transportation, especially outside of the large cities where Bird’s rentals are typically limited to. Read More »
Connecting your laptop to a full-sized monitor is easier than ever thanks to USB-C Alt Mode, so why even bother buying a desktop PC? That seems to be the idea behind Dell’s new line of monitors, which utilize USB-C connectivity and feature tons of built-in perks to help make the most of your laptop. Read More »
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the Internet. VPNs can be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi, and more. Read More »
Windows 10’s emoji look strange. That’s no surprise because they were designed for Windows 8—and they haven’t aged well. Windows 11 completely replaces every single emoji in Windows, getting rid of that flat design language and delivering something beautiful and modern. Read More »