NotCulus Rift: How I Hacked Together My Own Serious VR Headset

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey told me not to buy an Oculus Rift. That was two years ago, and he's repeated the plea every time I've seen him since. Don't buy it. It's not ready. It's just a developer kit. He's right, but I'm tired of waiting. I want a VR headset and I want it now. So I built one. Sorta. » 3/02/15 12:20pm 33 minutes ago

Better Headphones On Sale, Build a New PC, and More Deals

We've got a pair of great headphone deals for you today. First up, the AKG Bluetooth On-Ears were a Wirecutter alternate pick, and have solid user reviews on Amazon. They normally sell for around $300. [AKG K 845BT Bluetooth Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $250] » 3/02/15 12:15pm 37 minutes ago

Microsoft's Folding Keyboard for iOS and Android Is a Razor-Thin Beauty

Imagine a keyboard that you can carry around like a wallet—almost as thin as paper, just a few millimeters—and that works with any smartphone or tablet, be it Android, iOS or Windows Phone. This is exactly what Microsoft's new fold-able keyboard is, a little beauty for those who really miss physical keyboards… » 3/02/15 12:10pm 43 minutes ago

Throwing a Giant Gamepad Pillow When You Lose Is Safer For Your Walls

Even if you're the most well-mannered human being the rest of the time, your inner raging Hulk probably comes out whenever there's a video game controller in your hand. And the next time you're sniped by a cowardly camper, or put that straight Tetris piece in the wrong place, try throwing this soft Gamer Pillow at the… » 3/02/15 11:53am 59 minutes ago

Welcome to the Rural Town That Wants to Build a Hyperloop Utopia

What do cities look like in the world of Hyperloop transit? Will supersonic travel turn our cities into vast, intermodal suburbs? And what about the edge towns that once bled into the country, fed by car travel—will they empty out and decay, eliminated by a new form of transportation that bypasses them? » 3/02/15 11:20am Today 11:20am

Google Wants to Become a Wireless Carrier, But It's Not What You Think

We've long heard whisperings that Google wanted to become a wireless carrier, and over the weekend, a Google executive confirmed those rumors. Intriguing! Just imagine Google Fiber—but for mobile. However, Google's not trying to compete with the Verizons and AT&Ts of the world. Think of it more like Nexus for networks. » 3/02/15 10:25am Today 10:25am

Your New Galaxy S6 Will Have a Built-In Expiration Date

Your smartphone's battery life won't last forever. Today, your digital companion might work all day long, then party late into the evening—but a year from now, you'll almost certainly have depleted a substantial portion of its capacity. What happens when your phone no longer lasts the day? Time to replace the battery!… » 3/02/15 10:15am Today 10:15am

Trim Your Videos Before You Upload With the New YouTube Android App

If your latest video masterpiece has some extraneous fluff at either end of the clip, the new YouTube app for Android lets you chop it off in seconds, no questions asked. Make sure you're running the latest version from the Google Play Store and the option shows up as soon as you import or record a video on your… » 3/02/15 9:53am Today 9:53am

New Glasses Make You Invisible to Facial Recognition Software

AVG is a name well-known in the Windows world for its decent and free anti-virus software, but the company is apparently looking to expand outside of just software and protect people's privacy in the real world now. At Mobile World Congress, AVG is demoing a concept pair of glasses that both foil facial recognition… » 3/02/15 9:20am Today 9:20am

Build or Upgrade Your PC With Today's Amazon Gold Box

If building or upgrading a computer is on your 2015 to-do list, Amazon's got great deals on a variety or peripherals, PC parts, and software to get you started. This is a Gold Box deal, so these prices are only valid today, or until sold out. [Amazon] » 3/02/15 8:45am Today 8:45am

Blackphone 2 Is Probably the World's Most Secure Smartphone

"While the rest of the market is going one way, with selfie sticks and curved screens, we're going down another, to the heart of problems, sticking with privacy and security," said Silent Circle's Mike Janke at the launch of the company's new secure smartphone, the Blackphone 2. And he's not kidding — though no frills… » 3/02/15 6:17am Today 6:17am