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eyeSight wants to bring gesture control to smartphone-based VR

Smartphone-based virtual reality is great, but it's still a little hard to control. eyeSight, however, hopes to change that with its gesture-control tech, which works on even basic Cardboard-based VR systems.

You can now say ‘OK Hound’ in SoundHound to trigger voice searches

You can now ask SoundHound to play a song, or identify music, with just your voice. The company has brought its natural language voice assistant, Hound, to its popular music app.

Google’s Android Experiments winners include a game based entirely in notifications

Google has announced the winners for this year's Android Experiments competition, which include an Android phone-based robot, a phone-based 3D controller, and a game that takes place entirely in Android's notifications.
Social Media

Does Twitter’s new ‘Live’ streaming button signal the end for Periscope app?

Twitter for Android is testing a new "Live" camera button that connects to Periscope, allowing users to quickly launch live broadcasts. The feature sees Twitter once again playing catch-up with rival Facebook Live.
Android Army

Lenovo debuts the Vibe C, a midrange phone bound for Croatia

Lenovo's angling for budget smartphone buyers with the Vibe C, an affordable Android handset bound for Croatia. It's specs are nothing to write home about, but certainly not the worst of the midrange bunch.

Sony's newest Xperia X member is a phablet with a 16-megapixel selfie camera

Sony just announced a fourth device to its Xperia X lineup -- the Xperia XA Ultra. The 6-inch phablet has a 16-megapixel front-facing camera, paired with optical image stabilization, for selfies.

20 cases and covers to protect your shiny, new Galaxy S7

We take a look at the some of the best Galaxy S7 cases and covers to help you safeguard your new Samsung phone. Find a style that suits you and protect your S7 from damage.

You can join Waze’s new carpooling program if you meet some very specific criteria

Google-owned navigation app Waze is launching a pilot carpooling program in San Francisco. It's partnering with a select number of companies, to start, and isn't paying drivers a salary -- only a fee to cover gas and maintenance.

Google code hints of RAW+JPEG photo capture support in Android camera app

A few lines of code in Google Camera's APK shows Nexus devices might soon have the ability to capture RAW+JPEG photos, inside Android's stock photo app. The feature will let users shoot uncompressed photos for editing and JPEGs for sharing.

John McAfee reportedly tried to trick reporters into thinking he'd hacked WhatsApp

Noted cybersecurity figure John McAfee allegedly attempted to mislead reporters into thinking he'd cracked the security of messaging app WhatsApp. The scheme involved smartphones preloaded with malware.

Google’s Spaces chat app hopes to avoid the fate of Google+ and Buzz

Google takes aim at Slack, Skype, and WhatsApp with Spaces, its new chat app. Spaces, is designed to make sharing web content among groups of people easier. It's available for Android, iOS, and the web.
Virtual Reality

VRidge streams VR from your desktop to Google Cardboard

RiftCat is the company that has developed VRidge, an app that lets your phone stream VR content running on your computer. This is good news for anyone sitting on capable hardware who shelled out big bucks.