Google Assistant can finally control Chromecast from your phone

Google’s Assistant app is capable of lots of things, but before today, controlling a cast session by voice wasn’t really possible. Android Police reports that now the mobile app can do so, and you can even specify which Chromecast in your house is the target. Adjusting the volume, skipping or repeating tracks and tasking Assistant … Read more Google Assistant can finally control Chromecast from your phone

Games developer Supersolid raises $4M Series A round led by Index Ventures

Supersolid, a London-based mobile games developer with more than 50 million downloads under its belt, is best known for the smash hit games like Super Penguins, Adventure Town and Pororo Penguin Run. It was created by a team of highly experienced mobile and social games veterans with backgrounds in EA, Playfish, Glu and Macrospace. That … Read more Games developer Supersolid raises $4M Series A round led by Index Ventures

Oculus’ standalone headsets point to a changing VR landscape

The idea of standalone VR headsets is not a new one. Intel explored the field with Project Alloy for a while before killing it earlier this year, Alcatel made one that didn’t quite take off and Google announced it’s working with standalone Daydream headsets from HTC and Lenovo too. But it’s Oculus — the pioneer … Read more Oculus’ standalone headsets point to a changing VR landscape

How To Fix the Broken Social Security Number Sytem

Privacy and security advocates have sounded the alarm for decades about the dangers of the United States’ over-reliance on Social Security numbers. But serious discussion about what might replace them has become much more concrete in the weeks since Equifax revealed that attackers had potentially compromised 145.5 million Social Security numbers—along with other sensitive personal … Read more How To Fix the Broken Social Security Number Sytem

Researchers propose an open ‘internet of water’ tracking use, quality and costs

Where did the water coming out of your tap come from? How is it filtered and purified? How much does it cost the city and state per gallon to deliver? How can they improve that? These and other questions come naturally as fresh water becomes more and more valuable a resource — and we need … Read more Researchers propose an open ‘internet of water’ tracking use, quality and costs

Sprint’s Safe and Found combines parental controls with location info

If you’ve used an app like Life360, the new Sprint service will seem familiar. You can find any enrolled family member on a map in real time, create geo-fences to let you know when someone comes into or leaves a geographical area, and even check in so your family knows where you’re at. Safe & … Read more Sprint’s Safe and Found combines parental controls with location info

How mobile virtual reality is set to take over with Gigabit LTE

 Virtual reality experiences are split into two categories in 2017. On one hand you have the high-end, expensive and power-intensive VR headsets such as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. On the other hand are the cheaper, less immersive but portable mobile alternatives such as Google Daydream or Samsung Gear VR. Both technologies offer great … Read more How mobile virtual reality is set to take over with Gigabit LTE