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Trends with Benefits: Note 7 owners get paid to stick with Samsung, Sony ships PlayStation VR

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Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Naomi Vo, Caleb Denison, Rick Stella and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

Samsung wants to pay you for your Note: As Samsung struggles with the fallout from the Note 7, they are offering to pay customers a credit to return them. What does this mean for the Note line of phones how can they win back your trust?

PlayStation VR launch: The new VR system from PlayStation is receiving some pretty stellar reviews. What does it included and is this the system that finally brings Virtual Reality to the masses?

Atari founder’s adventure into VR: Noah Bushnell is one of the founders of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese (who knew!?) and has just come out with brand new VR system, called Modal VR. The goal is to create a multiple player VR experience that can work with up to 900,000 square feet of space!

Google Home vs Amazon Echo: Google seems primed to sweep into a number of burgeoning tech markets, including the Home sector. Google Home is a prime competitor to Amazon Echo and we go into the facets that may put them over the edge.

Facebook “Trending” algorithm gets fooled: After removing the human factor in curating news stories for “Trending”, Facebook is facing a backlash regarding fake articles. Can their algorithm be adjusted, or is a human editor necessary?

Stopping Mosquito bites with Science: If you are one of those people that ALWAYS gets bitten by Mosquitoes, you will understand the excitement here. Scientists have taken the first steps toward determine what “flavor” humans are to mosquitoes, in order to make us invisible.

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