Another rumor points to super-fast storage for the OnePlus 7 Pro

We’re just days away from the official OnePlus 7 unveiling on May 14, and the rumors and teasers continue to roll on. Today’s tidbit of information is about the ultra-fast UFS 3.0 storage that is apparently heading to the OnePlus 7 Pro. Sources speaking to the usually reliable XDA Developers say the Pro model will …

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The 5 Best VR Headsets (2019): Which Is Right for You?

Best VR for PC

(Room-Scale, Requires PC, Extensive Setup) The HTC Vive came out in early 2016, right alongside the Oculus Rift. Both require a powerful PC to power them, but the Vive’s focus on full-motion room tracking has always given it a leg up. Its connection to the popular Valve Steam game store also helps. The Vive is made to let you walk, dip, duck, dive, and dodge around your actual room while inside a game. It’s like turning your room into a Star Trek holodeck, and it’s still the most premium VR experience you can have (after the Vive Pro)—if you have the space.

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Equity transcribed: New a16z funds, a $200M round and the latest from WeWork and Slack

Welcome back to this week’s transcribed edition of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast that unpacks the numbers behind the headlines.

This week, Crunchbase News’s Alex Wilhelm and Extra Crunch’s Danny Crichton connected from their respective sides of the States to run through a rash of news about Divvy, Cheddar, SoftBank’s Vision Fund and Andreessen Horowitz. Plus, they got into the WeWork IPO:

Alex: We should move on to a business that we’ve never talked about on the show before WeWork.

Danny: To be clear, it’s not WeWork. It is the WeCompany.

Alex: But you have to put in quotes because no one knows what that is.

Danny: Sounds like a rollercoaster manufacturing company. So give us the top line numbers cause I never get tired of hearing them.

Alex: No, no, no. First we have to tell them the news Danny, what is the news then I will do the numbers.

Danny: Okay so the news was, so they originally had filed privately with the SEC to do their [...]  read more

Virtual reality needs spherical displays, say researchers

Virtual reality is with us. It’s real. It’s here. But it’s not exactly popular. Some think that’s because we’re social beings, and the idea of sitting on our own and being entertained alone and separated from others is off-putting.

Technically impressive they might be, but if the likes of HTC Vive Pro, Google Daydream View and the new Oculus Go merely allow us to spend more time with computer-generated characters, they’re only ever going to have niche appeal. Besides, collaboration between players, and even two players seeing each other, is tricky without accurate avatars, which means using a lot of hardware.

Cue a ball-shaped VR display called Crystal that’s designed to be watched by two people simultaneously, and uses relatively inexpensive off-the-shelf components. Could it replace VR headsets?

What is Crystal?

It’s a mixed reality globe with a physical 24-inch hollow ball-shaped display that presents 3D virtual content, but overlaid on to the real world.

“The [...]  read more

Facebook is pivoting

“The future is private,” said Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook’s roadmap, after conceding “we don’t exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now, to put it lightly.” But it’s easy to see why he would genuinely want that … now. Facebook’s seemingly endless series of privacy debacles have been disastrous for the company’s reputation.

Not its revenue, mind you; but revenue is famously a lagging indicator in the tech industry. Companies which, like Facebook, effectively become utilities, tend to maximize their income just as their use becomes ubiquitous — not because people especially like them any more, but because there seems to be no better alternative. (See also: Craigslist. PayPal. An obscure little company called MySpace which you may have heard of once.)

But “the future is private,” the vision of Facebook as a platform for groups and individuals sharing end-to-end-encrypted messages, the content of which it cannot be criticized for because it is literally [...]  read more

After Math: Liar, liar, pants on fire

Researchers find Twitter is good for amplifying lies Their rigorous survey included an intense examination of waves vaguely at the entirety of the social media hellscape in which we all currently reside Putin signs Russian internet isolation bill into law Jokes aside, this development does not bode well for the people of Russia. A regression …

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PH-France strengthen tourism cooperation

The Philippines strengthened its tourism partnership with France through … investment opportunities, air route connectivity and direct flight proposal, …
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Physicists Are Bewitched by Twisted Graphene’s ‘Magic Angle’

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero is channeling some of his copious energy into a morning run, dodging startled pedestrians as he zips along, gradually disappearing into the distance. He’d doubtlessly be moving even faster if he weren’t dressed in a sports coat, slacks and dress shoes, and confined to one of the many weirdly long corridors that crisscross the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But what he lacks in gear and roadway he makes up for in determination, driven by the knowledge that a packed auditorium is waiting for him to take the podium.

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Jarillo-Herrero has never been a slacker, but his activity has jumped several levels since his dramatic announcement in March 2018 that his lab at MIT had found superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene—a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon crystal dropped on another one, and then rotated to leave the two layers slightly askew.

The discovery has been the biggest surprise to hit the solid-state physics field since [...]  read more