‘You gotta be patient.’ Why HTC keeps pushing VR forward, and what’s next

We sit down with an executive from HTC to talk all things Vive Pro — the controllers, the headphones, and taking VR to the next level. We even touched on the future of the stand-alone Vive Focus, which hasn’t been released in North America yet.

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Will AT&T’s call to drop Huawei end phone maker’s US hopes?

Loss of the deal with the giant mobile carrier has put a huge obstacle in the way of the Chinese firm’s ambition of conquering the American market

Amid the glitz and glamour of the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas last week, one piece of news struck a particularly sour note for Chinese phone-maker Huawei. Despite months of preparation, the giant US mobile carrier AT&T announced last Monday that it was pulling out of a deal to sell Huawei’s smartphones.

The decision was taken as a result of political pressure on AT&T by American politicians, who had written to the telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – which must approve the sale of phones and other devices in the US – saying they had “long been concerned about Chinese espionage in general, and Huawei’s role in that espionage in particular”. Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer division, was obliged to go through the motions at CES of introducing his new Mate 10 phone, having seen planned marketing spending of $100m and assurances of no government interference turn to ashes.

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The best Amazon Alexa commands

Amazon Alexa is a voice assistant that can make your home smart and your life easier, if you know the right commands. We’ve collected all the best Amazon Alexa skills for you here.

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I was Mark Zuckerberg’s mentor. Today I would tell him: your users are in peril

I’m a major investor in Facebook, and I fear the dangers of tech addiction. While investors’ recent open letter to Apple is significant, more need to speak up

I am a tech investor, and Facebook is by far my largest investment. Still, for the past 15 months I have been pushing Facebook to sacrifice near term profits. The reason? I want them to address the harm the platform has caused through addiction and exploitation by bad actors. Government watchdogs barely regulate the technology sector in the United States, so investors like myself have a big role to play.

I was once Mark Zuckerberg’s mentor, but I have not been able to speak to him about this. Unfortunately, all the internet platforms are deflecting criticism and leaving their users in peril. Zuckerberg’s announcement on Wednesday that he would be changing the Facebook News Feed to make it promote “meaningful interactions” does little to address the concerns I have with the platform.

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How to quit your tech: a beginner’s guide to divorcing your phone

Stuck on your screen? We asked six very busy people to attempt a digital detox – here’s how you can, too

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Read the news? Check your emails? Scroll through social media? Now, imagine your phone’s not in the room. If that makes you feel aimless or uncomfortable, it may be time for a digital detox.

This doesn’t have to be about giving up the digital world altogether, says Tanya Goodin, founder of digital detox specialists Time To Log Off and author of Off. “It’s about becoming aware of your own personal challenges around screens, gaining an understanding of what will help you overcome them, and learning to live with technology in a way that’s healthy. People are always amazed by how different they feel after not being on their phones and that motivates them to want to keep going.”

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