360-degree videos to help get you ready for Christmas!

Replace your world with something a little more Christmas-y.Some people hit the day after Thanksgiving and immediately flip into Christmas Mode, and some feel that excitement at friends and family opening their gifts a little closer to the holiday. It's a great feeling when it comes naturally, but a handful of folks out there need something to kick start that Christmas spirit with a specific event. Sometimes it's that first glass of egg nog, or seeing family you haven't seen in a while.Other times it can be seeing your favorite holiday movie, and with VR and 360-degree videos filling the world there are some great new short experiences for you to dive into. Here's a look at some of our favorites, guaranteed to get you ready for the holiday!Read more at VR Heads! ...

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Galaxy Tab S2 running Nougat surfaces on GFXBench

We confirmed last month after Samsung launched the Galaxy Beta Program for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge that the company has started developing Nougat for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge as well. We later reported that Nougat for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy Tab S2 was also […]

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BlackBerry opens research center to improve QNX-powered autonomous vehicles

BlackBerry moves even further into software.Earlier this year, BlackBerry announced that it was shifting research and development for its QNX platform, which powers the infotainment systems in millions of cars around the world, to include autonomous vehicles. The idea was to leverage QNX's powerful embedded position in the industry to leverage BlackBerry as a contender in the self-driving car space against the likes of Tesla, Apple and Google.Now, the company is opening a dedicated facility in Ottawa, with support from the Canadian government, to further those plans. From Reuters:After a detour where QNX's industrial-focused software was used to reinvent the now-discarded BlackBerry phone operating system, BlackBerry is focused on how its embedded software interacts with the explosion of sensors, cameras and other components required for a car to drive itself. But while deep-pocketed Silicon Valley has invested heavily in the artificial intelligence and machine learni...

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Why you shouldn’t download paid Android apps for free

Everyone likes free stuff. I love free stuff. But nothing in life is really free.We're not your mom, and we're not going to get into the middle of a morals debate on software piracy and if it's really stealing. But we can give you a couple of really good reasons not to download a pirated copy of a paid app.It's a good way to get malwareYup. Malware. Most of what you hear about malware on Android phones is sensationalism designed to make you click a link. Much of it is proof-of-concept work that never will see the wild. Finding an exploit and distributing that exploit are two very different things. But it does happen, and almost all of it happens to people who download apps that didn't come from Google Play.Taking an Android app and opening it up so you can edit things — like removing a license check — is simple and the tools are readily available. So are countless tutorials about using those tools. That makes it easy for almost anyone to drop other code into an app. But...

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