Meta’s Quest Pro headphones are due to arrive next month, but there are always leaks to spoil the party. In a video by Ramiro Cárdenas, you can see a black headset with three front-facing cameras that look like the minimal glimpses we’ve seen of the Project Cambria headset. Cárdenas said multiple devices (labeled “engineering samples”) were left in a hotel room. Oops!
We also got a closer look at a pair of new controllers with a new design that replaces the previous loopy ones. The packaging says “Meta Quest Pro” – so that’s probably the name. The noise may have died down, but technology continues to advance. Expect better motion tracking, higher quality displays and more.
Virtual reality is set to get another boost in the next 12 months. Along with the new Meta headset, Sony’s PS VR 2 headset is due next year. In fact, expect to hear more about PlayStation VR titles later today.
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The Flip 4 is also $100 off.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the pinnacle of the foldable smartphone lineup, but it’s also the company’s most expensive phone at $1,800. If you’ve had your eye on one but can’t stomach the price, there’s good news. You can now pick one up for $1,600 ($200 off) on Amazon, just a few short weeks after it goes on sale. (And my favorite flip phone, the Z Flip 4 is also on sale for $900 – $1000 off.)
The software introduces a new lock screen design.
Apple has released iOS 16 for all of us and the theme is customization. Apple has redesigned the iPhone lock screen. You can now adjust the font and color of the clock and screen date accent to match your wallpaper more closely. You can even create multiple lock screens and link them to specific focus modes. Oh, and you can make stickers out of photos. The software is available on iPhone 8 and newer devices.
4K and fast shooting speeds for less than $1000.
Canon’s EOS R10 offers some nice features for a sub-$1,000 camera: reliable 4K 60p autofocus, super slow motion, pop-up display, built-in flash, and very fast shooting. However, the sensor can produce some rolling shutter, and for several reasons, it’s not the best camera in low light. See our full verdict.
The company is also previewing more discovery features.
Roku’s new Wireless Bass subwoofer costs $130. That’s $50 less than the Roku Wireless Bass Pro, and there are some trade-offs. It has a single 5.25-inch subwoofer, compared to the Pro’s 10-inch subwoofer, and it’s front-firing instead of downward-firing. The Wireless Bass also has less power, with 120W of peak power versus the Wireless Bass Pro’s 250W. Roku also unveiled a new version of its entry-level streaming player, the Roku Express. The latest model comes with dual-band WiFi, which is likely to improve streaming performance. The $30 device streams video in 1080p quality, so you’ll need to consider other models if you want to watch TV and movies in 4K.
A new Pixelbook is reportedly “far along in development.”
According to an internal memo reported by On the edge, Google is killing its Pixelbook laptop development. Apparently, he “shut down” the team working on the next generation of the device. The move means Google is officially done with laptops after nearly a decade of experimenting with notebooks. Will this mean more resources dedicated to the company’s big-screen version of Android?
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