Oculus Quest Update 10.0 improves the casting feature and more

Oculus Quest Update 10.0 brings many improvements on the casting feature along with some others like changes to settings and notifications and experimental features.

First, more devices became compatible with the casting feature. Before this update, compatible devices for the casting features were 3rd gen Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra, and NVIDIA Shield. Now, all generations of Chomecast are compatible, as well as Chomecast built-in devices such as Google Home Hub and Smart TV.

Second, latency is reduced. the connection is more stable. And the overall quality of video has improved. Lastly, you can now start casting directly from the headset without a need for a mobile app. It’s very easy. Here’s how to do it.

  • Click “Sharing” on the home screen
  • Click “Cast”
  • Choose your device you want to cast to

As mentioned above, there are some other updates on the settings, notifications, plus some experimental features. Here is the original note about this update quoted from the Oculus forum.

Casting
We’ve made the following updates and enhancements to casting features:

Quest now supports all generations of Chromecast as well as some Chromecast built-in devices (NVIDIA SHIELD TV, Google Home Hub, and some smart TVs).

You can now start a casting session in-VR, as an alternative to using the Oculus Mobile app. To do so, select Sharing > Cast and choose the device you want to cast to.

Chromecast latency, connection stability and picture quality have all been improved.

Feedback when a casting connection is established or broken has been improved.

Notification Preferences

We’ve made some improvements to notification preferences from in-VR to clarify that the preference set in the headset are different from those set in the mobile application.

    To access your notification settings in-VR, select Settings > Notifications and adjust the toggles to reflect your settings preferences for each notification type.

Settings

We’ve made improvements to the in-VR settings that allow you to better personalize your VR experience.

    To access your settings in-VR, select Settings and adjust the toggles to reflect your preferences.

New Experiments
This section includes new features we’re testing for future releases. You can opt-in to experimental features by selecting Settings > Experiments in-VR. Please note, the experiments section includes features that are still being developed, so you may encounter anything from minor-issues to app-crashes.

On Quest, you can now see when your friends beat your high score in games like Beat Saber. You’ll be able to see these updates in the Oculus mobile app, as well as in-VR.

On Quest, you can now see a curated set of trending and popular videos of people playing games on Quest.

On Quest, you can now see a list of the “The Best 5” of a certain type of content, such as the “The Best 5 Sports Games, The Best 5 Games to Break A Sweat, The Best 5 Apps for the Weekend, etc.

Miscellaneous

We’ve made system updates that improve performance when running some applications.

We’ve created new icons and optimized our iconography for consistency, improved performance and enhanced readability.

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How to play Oculus Go and Gear VR games on Oculus Quest

The recent update has expanded the library of Oculus Quest’s apps and games. Now, you can play 66 games and apps for Oculus Go and Gear VR on Oculus Quest. Here is how to do it.

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How to play Oculus Go and Gear VR games on Oculus Quest

  1. Select “Library” on the home screen of Oculus Quest.
  2. Click “Quest” on the top left corner, and it will open the dropdown menu. And “Go/Gear VR” appears in the dropdown menu.
  3. Click “Go/Gear VR” in the dropdown menu.
  4. You now see three sections in the menu on the left: “Apps”, “Updates”, and “Not Installed”. You can find Go/Gear VR’s apps and games that are available on Quest in the “Not Installed” section.
  5. Click “Not Installed” and an app or game you want to play on the Quest, and it will download and install.

The apps and games that you installed can be found in the “Apps” section. Click the app or game to play.

If an update is available, you will see in the “Updates” section. Or, you will be notified and asked if you’d like to update when you start an app or game.

Not all apps and games are compatible

At the time of writing, there are 66 Go/Gear VR’s apps and games available to play on Oculus Quest. Go/Gear VR’s apps and games you never played won’t show up until you install on Oculus Go or Gear VR or download on the mobile app.

Please note that not all apps and games of Go/Gear VR are available for the Quest. If you don’t see the apps or games you have installed on Oculus Go or Gear VR in any section (Apps, Updates, and Not Installed) it’s not available for the Quest.

You can see a full list of “Oculus Go and Gear VR apps on Quest” here. Oculus plans to add more titles to be supported on Oculus Quest.

Some apps and games are 6DoF

It’s worth noting that some games are optimized for Quest’s six degrees of freedom to a certain extent. It will cause less motion sickness and give a more immersive and realistic experience.

For example, Sisters is a horror experience game. I played it a long time ago, but it was available for the Quest. So, I installed and played it. Then, I noticed that 6DoF works in the game, meaning that you can move in the room. Instead of sitting on the same spot in the room, you can get closer to the creepy doll, peek what’s behind the sofa, or check whatever gives you a creep.

Not only does the 6DoF make games more immersive and realistic, but also more comfortable and enjoyable. Roller coaster rides are more thrilling with less motion sickness. Horror games are scarier. If available, I suggest trying to play them on the Quest.

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Oculus Quest Firmware Update 9.0

Firmware update makes some improvements on the Oculus Quest VR headset. The followings are major improvements by Oculus Quest firmware update 9.0.

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Passthrough+

Passthrough is the feature that you can see the view of the real world without taking off the headset. When you walk out of the Guardian boundaries, the headset automatically shows you the view of the real world in black and white.

Passthrough+ is an enhanced version of the same feature. It improves the estimation of the depth, size, and distance of objects in the real world.

Passthrough+ has been already implemented on the Oculus Rift S, which is tethered to a gaming PC with powerful graphics cards.

Turn off Inside-Out tracking for 3DoF mode

Now, you can turn off the Inside-Out tracking system, which contributes to the 6DoF tracking without external cameras. With the system turned off, Oculus Quest works with 3DoF tracking like Oculus Go.

Oculus Quest has four built-in cameras to track your position in the room. The cameras require enough light to perform the tracking. However, some usages don’t need the 6DoF tracking, and you may also want to use it in a dark environment. For example, you just want to watch a movie while someone else is sleeping in the same room.

Read Also: You can watch Amazon Prime Video on VR headset now

You can turn off the system in two ways. One of them automatically prompts you to choose to go without tracking when the tracking is unable to function in the environment due to insufficient light. The other is that you can manually turn off by opening Settings > Device > Tracking and toggle the switch.

Compatible with Go and Gear VR apps

If you have apps or games of Oculus Go or Gear VR, you can now download and play on the Oculus Quest. 66 titles of Oculus Go or Gear VR are now available to play on the Oculus Quest.

Read Also: How to play Oculus Go and Gear VR games on Oculus Quest

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Star Wars VR Series Vader Immortal Episode II is available now for Oculus Quest and Rift

Star Wars VR Series Vader Immortal Episode II is now available at Oculus Store, $9.99 USD for Oculus Quest and Rift headsets. The game is “cross-buy” so you can play on both Quest and Rift headsets with a single purchase on either platform.

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The story is about the same length as the Episode I. And it also has Lightsaber Dojo. Episode II focuses on the Force. You are going to learn how to use the Force. Now that you have additional ability to use in a battle, you can trap enemies or objects from distance and destroy or throw them. In addition, you can throw your lightsaber and bring it back with the Force. The Force is also available to use in Lightsaber Dojo, too.

To be honest, Episode II lacks punch, as compared with Episode I. In Episode I, the presence of Darth Vader was much more intimidating. And, the traveling in spacecraft was very immersive, and the landscape of Mustafar was very powerful. I guess that sequels can be just like this, less stunning than the original.

I also prefer Lightsaber-only battle to one with the Force because it’s more exciting and controlling the Force is kind of frustrating. Maybe, I need more training in Lightsaber Dojo II. Anyway, the Vader Immortal Episode II is worth $9.99 USD, available in the Oculus Store.

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What is the difference between the Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Pro?

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is the updated version of Gear Fit 2, which is a stylish and versatile fitness band. At a glance, it’s almost identical. What is the difference between the Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Pro?

Design

Both the Fit 2 and the Pro has a curved Super AMOLED touchscreen display. The Pro has a slightly smaller display, but you can’t see a difference because the difference is 0.08 inches.

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The back of the display, there are a heart rate monitor sensor and electrical contacts for charging. You can place it on a charger in either direction and built-in magnet helps to attach it to the charger correctly and stay securely.

On the right side, there are two buttons to turn on/off, open the menu, and go back to a previous screen.

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The Pro comes with a wristband with a standard watch clasp instead of the Fit 2’s peg and hole closure. Unlike the Fit 2, the Pro’s wristband provides a more secure fit on your wrist and it won’t take off accidentally. If you don’t like the original design of the wrist band, you can purchase and change for yourself. There are a variety of designs of aftermarket wristbands compatible with both the Fit 2 and Pro.

Features

Both the Fit 2 and Pro has a built-in GPS to track the route, distance, and speed in real-time without a need for a smartphone. It’s good for those who run outdoor because they don’t want to carry a smartphone during the workout.

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Both the Fit 2 and Pro has 4GB internal storage for keeping music files to play offline. If you subscribe to the Spotify’s Premium, you can download and create a playlist for listening offline or stream via WiFi.

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The Gear-version apps such as Spotify, Calories, Under Armor, etc are new, but they are not only for the Pro. These new apps are compatible with both models. You need to download and install them via the Samsung Gear app on a smartphone.

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Water-Resistance

The Pro features a water-resistance rate at 5 ATM, which means it can be submerged in up to 50 meters of water. This is the feature mainly differentiated from its predecessor. Obviously, it’s good for swimmers. And, when it goes into the water, the Pro automatically goes into Water Lock Mode, which prevents water pressure from activating or controlling the screen accidentally.

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Who is Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro for?

The overall design of Samsung Gear Fit 2, as well as the Pro, is for those who prefer a sleek fitness band to a traditional watch style. Plus, a curved AMOLED display gives a natural look on your wrist. With the water-resistance feature, Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is good for swimmers. And a built-in GPS, heart rate monitor, and music library are probably all you need for your workout.

The term “Pro” might give you the impression that it has new and exclusive features. But, except for water-resistance feature, the Fit 2 and Pro are almost identical products. In fact, the original prices are not much different. The original price of the Fit 2 is $179, and the Pro is $199. If you already have the Fit 2, there is no need for upgrading to the Pro unless you need a water-resistance feature. But, if you don’t have any fitness tracker right now and like this design, a sleek, discreet, and versatile Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is highly recommended.

ProductGear Fit 2 ProGear Fit 2
Wristband DesignStandard Watch ClaspPeg-n-Hole
Screen Size1.5"1.58"
Resolution432 x 216
310 pixels
432 x 216
322 pixels
Size25.0 mm x 51.3 mm24.5 mm x 51.2 mm
Fits Wrists125 to 165 mm (S)
158 to 205 mm (L)
125 to 170 mm (S)
155 to 210 mm (L)
Weight33 g (S)
34 g (L)
28 g (S)
30 g (L)
RAM512 MB512 MB
Internal Storage4 GB4 GB
WiFi802.11 b/g/n802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.1
Battery200 mAh Li-ion200 mAh Li-ion
SensorsAccelorometer,Gyro,HRM,GPS,BarometerAccelorometer,Gyro,HRM,GPS,Barometer
Water Resistance50 meters under the ISO standard 22810:2010up to 5 feet (1.5 m) of water for up to 30 minutes
Price$199*$179*

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Microsoft Surface Tablet Laptop lineup in 2019 – What are the differences in Microsoft Surface models?

Microsoft has been expanding the Surface line of portable computers. Go, Pro, Book, and Laptop. There are so many to choose from. And, they resemble at a glance, but they are significantly different from each other. What are the different Microsoft Surface models? Knowing the differences helps you decide which one is right for you. Here is Microsoft Surface Tablet Laptop lineup in 2019.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Surface Pro 6 is a 12.3-inch tablet. With an optional keyboard called Type Cover, it works as a laptop. The keyboard attaches to the tablet with a magnet and detaches easily. While Surface Pro 6 is available in two colors (black and platinum), Type Cover has several different colors available so you can add an accent to your Surface Pro 6 to stand out from others. Unfortunately, the Type Cover is sold separately, so is the stylus pen.

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Despite a recent trend, Surface Pro 6 doesn’t have USB-C ports. Instead, it has USB-A and proprietary Surface connector to charge itself and hook up the hub to connect a variety of external devices. Starting at $899.

Mircosoft Surface Go

Microsoft Surface Go is a 10-inch tablet. Just like Surface Pro 6, you can use it as a laptop with the Type Cover, which is sold separately as well. Surface Go comes with Windows 10 in S mode, which is a less powerful operating system than all other Surface computers. If you want to more power, you may consider purchasing a business version of Surface Go come with Windows 10 Pro.

image of microsoft surface go

Surface Go has a great portability and comfort size as a tablet. A keyboard and stylus pen are not included. You need the extra around $200 for them. The Surface Go is currently one of a few Surface models which have USB-C port. With the port, not only can you hook up external devices, but you can also charge the Surface Go. Starting at $399.

Microsoft Surface Book 2

Surface Book 2 is available two different sizes, 13.5 and 15 inches. It competes directly Apple MacBook Pro. Unlike Surface Pro and Surface Go, Surface Book 2 doesn’t have a kickstand. Its display props up just like a traditional laptop. And the touchscreen display is detachable from the keyboard to work as a tablet. Because of the unique design of hinge, Surface Book 2 can’t fold itself up completely. There is a gap around the hinge, which may need the extra room in your backpack or whatever you carry it with.

image of microsoft surface book 2

Surface Book 2 has USB-C port, but it’s not Thunderbolt 3. Surface Book 2 includes the keyboard base. But, a stylus pen is sold separately. Starting at $1149.

Surface Laptop 2

Surface Laptop 2 is a 13.5-inch traditional laptop. The display and keyboard never get separate like other Surface computers. Unlike Surface Book 2, Surface Laptop 2 fold up flat so you can slip it into a tight compartment of your bag. It has a touchscreen display, but the hinge doesn’t allow to rotate 360 degrees. It doesn’t even open flat. The maximum open-angle is about 100 degrees.

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It comes with the Windows 10 operating system. If you need features that are exclusive to Windows 10 Pro, you may want to consider a business version of Surface Laptop 2. Like all other Surface computers, accessories like mouse and stylus pen are not included. Starting at $1199.

Conclusion

Surface Go is the smallest Surface computer. It’s good for those who want a tablet but occasionally need for typing. If you type a lot but also want to use it as a tablet, choose Surface Book 2. It’s the most versatile Surface computer of all. However, it’s a little thick when folded because of the hinge design. If you want more portability, you may choose Surface Pro 6. If you don’t need a tablet at all, Surface Laptop 2 is the best choice.

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Thunderbolt 3 – the most advanced port available today

Thunderbolt 3 is the fastest connectivity standard on the market today. It provides up to 40 Gbps. When you often transfer large files, connect to multiple 4K displays, you should get devices with Thunderbolt 3. Here is some basic information about Thunderbolt 3.

Thunderbolt 3 uses USB-C

Thunderbolt 3 uses a USB-C connector. A USB-C is a thin, flat, and reversible connector, which you find it on many recent electronics. However, not all USB-C connectors, port, or cable support Thunderbolt 3. Even if a device or cable doesn’t support Thunderbolt 3, you can hook up your device to the other device with Thunderbolt 3. In this case, you use a Thunderbolt 3 as a regular USB-C (USB Type-C 3.1 to be exact), which is capable of transmitting at a rate of up to 10 Gbps.

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How do you know if a port or cable supports Thunderbolt 3?

As mentioned above, Thunderbolt 3 is a connectivity standard, not a shape or type of USB connector or port. Without exception, Thunderbolt 3 uses USB-C. So, how do you distinguish between Thunderbolt 3 and a regular USB-C port or connector? For ports or cables with Thunderbolt 3, you can see a lightning-bolt logo on or near them.

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What is the speed of other types of USB?

Let’s see how fast other types of USBs provide a transmitting capability. USB 2.0 is only 480 Mbps, USB 3.0 is up to 5 Gbps, and USB 3.1 is up to 10 Gbps. Thunderbolt 3 is 4x faster than USB 3.0 and twice as fast as the previous generation, Thunderbolt 2.

Peer-to-peer network

Thunderbolt 3 supports Ethernet networking protocols. With a Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter cable, you can transfer data from one PC to another at up to 10 Gbps. It’s a great way to copy large files quickly between two computers.

Connect to a monitor

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You can transmit video from Thunderbolt 3 port to DisplayPort 1.2 on a monitor. Thunderbolt 3 is capable of outputting to two 4K monitors at the same time. If you want to connect multiple monitors from a single Thunderbolt 3 port, you will need a Thunderbolt dock.

Send and receive up to 100 watts of power

Just like other USB ports, Thunderbolt 3 can provide up to 100 watts of power so you can charge your mobile devices at the maximum possible speed. Interestingly, USB-C ports are not only to send the power but also to receive it. In fact, recent laptops have a Thunderbolt 3 port as a charging port to recharge itself, and the same port can connect to other devices when it’s not recharging.

Daisy Chain up to 6 devices

You can connect up to six devices using Thunderbolt 3 devices and cables. For example, to watch a video that is stored in an external hard drive, you connect your computer, hard drive, and a monitor using multiple Thunderbolt 3 cables. As long as devices support Thunderbolt 3, and devices in the middle of the daisy chain have two Thunderbolt 3 ports, it works without the need for a Thunderbolt dock.

Best 2 in 1 Laptop in 2019 between 12″ and 14″

If you want a computer with great portability yet you don’t want to compromise its performance, a 2-in-1 laptop is your best bet. There are two types of 2-in-1 laptop. One looks a traditional laptop but it has a touchscreen that flips back 360 degrees so you can use as a tablet. The other is basically a tablet with a detachable keyboard. The former is more like a laptop with a capability of use as a tablet. And, the latter is more like a tablet with a capability of use as a laptop. And, there is a wide range of size available on the market, however, I prefer the size around 13-inch as a potable laptop when traveling or moving around in a house with it. So, here in this post is the best 2 in 1 laptop in 2019, around 13-inch for travel.

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Convertible Laptop

Convertible 2-in-1 laptops look a traditional laptop. A display is a touchscreen, and it has hinges that flip back 360 degrees to turn into tablet mode. You can also rotate around 300 degrees back and let it stand up to see a display without a keyboard in front of you (aka tent mode). or face a keyboard down on the desk to show the display only with a desirable angle (aka display mode).

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If you type a lot, a convertible 2-in-1 laptop is a good choice. Battery and motherboard are stored in the base, not in the display. So, it has good balance for typing. It also has the advantage to have a large space for a battery. In general, a convertible 2-in-1 laptop has better battery life than a detachable 2-in-1 laptop. The downsides are that it’s likely to be thicker and heavier. And when you use it as a tablet, a keyboard is on the back. It feels awkward although the keyboard is disabled.


Lenovo Yoga C930 14″

Lenovo Yoga C930 is a 13.9-inch convertible 2-in 1 laptop. Not only does the hinge allows flipping the display 360 degrees for use as a tablet, but also does it have a built soundbar. It provides solid audio quality whatever position you set the laptop in. A webcam has a physical shutter to cover the lens for privacy and security with extra confidence. It includes an active pen and there is a slot in a chassis to store neatly. Starting at $1079.99.

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Specs – CPU: Intel Core i5/i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/1TB | Display: 13.9-inch, FHD/UHD| Size: 12.9″ x 8.9″ x 0.57″ | Weight: 3.04 lbs

Ports – (1) USB 3.1, (2) USB-C Thunderbolt 3, (1) Audio combo jack


HP Specter x360 13t touch

HP Spectre x360 is a 13.3-inch convertible 2-in-1 laptop. It has a fancy design on a chassis edge, which looks like a jewel. One corner has a power button, which you can access whatever position you set the laptop in. And the other corner has a Thunderbolt 3 port. There is another Thunderbolt 3 port on the side. It has a long battery life. Starting at $1149.99.

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Specs – CPU: Intel Core i5/i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | Display: 13.3-inch, FHD/UHD| Size: 12.16″ x 8.58″ x 0.57″ | Weight: 2.92 lbs

Ports – (1) USB 3.1, (2) USB-C Thunderbolt 3, (1) Audio combo jack


LG Gram 14

LG Gram is a convertible 2-in-1 laptop with a lightweight body. It weighs only 2.53 pounds. It comes with an LG-s Stylus Pen. The laptop doesn’t have a slot for the pen or even the pen doesn’t have a magnet to attach to the laptop body. There is no Thunderbolt 3 port. Starting at $1499.99.

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Specs – CPU: Intel Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB | Display: 14-inch FHD | Size: 12.8″ x 8.3″ x 0.7″ | Weight: 2.53 lbs

Ports – (1) HDMI, (2) USB 3.0, (1) USB-C, (1) Audio combo jack


Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 2019

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is a lightweight 2-in-1 laptop. It weighs only 2.8 pounds. It also has a long battery life. An active pen is included, however, there is no slot to store in the laptop. The latest version (2019 ver), the metal chassis gives you a premium look and feel. Starting at $1099.99.

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Specs – CPU: Intel Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB | Display: 13.3-inch, FHD | Size: 12.14″ x 8.13″ x 0.55″ | Weight: 2.84 lbs

Ports – (2) Thunderbolt 3, (1) USB-C, (1) Audio combo jack


Detachable 2-in-1 Laptop

A detachable 2-in-1 laptop is basically a tablet with a detachable keyboard. Typically, a keyboard is thin, and it doubles as a cover of the tablet. There is no hinge to stay the display (tablet) up in the position. Instead, it has a built-in kickstand on the back. It has great portability. The overall size even with a keyboard can be thinner, and the weight can be lighter than a convertible 2-in-1 laptop. It’s good for those who type occasionally. However, a thin keyboard may cause difficulty in typing especially when typing on your lap.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is a 2-in-1 laptop with a detachable keyboard. The size of the display is 12.3 inches. A kickstand behind the display holds the position. Unfortunately, there is no USB-C port. Battery life is improved by around 2 hours as compared with its predecessor. Please note that a basic version doesn’t include a keyboard or stylus. Make sure what accessories included and price when you buy. Starting at $899.00.

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Specs – CPU: Intel Core i5/i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824 | Size: 11.5″ x 7.9″ x 0.33″ | Weight: 1.7 lbs/2.4 lbs (with keyboard)

Ports – (1) USB 3.0, (1) Mini DisplayPort, (1) Surface Connect port


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd Gen

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd is a Windows tablet that has a very similar design with Microsoft Surface Pro 6. The size of the display is 13 inches, with a resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixel. It is slightly larger than Surface Pro 6. Unlike Surface Pro 6, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 comes with a keyboard and an active pen. It also has two Thunderbolt 3 ports and 4-in-1 MicroSD card reader. Starting at $1199.00.

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Specs – CPU: Intel Core i5/i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 512GB/1TB | Display: 13-inch, 3000 x 2000 | Size: 11.96″ x 8.88″ x 0.35″/11.96″ x 8.88″ x 0.59″ (with keyboard)| Weight: 1.96 lbs/2.79 lbs (with keyboard)

Ports – (2) USB-C Thunderbolt 3, (1) Audio combo jack


Dell Latitude 7200 2-in-1

Dell Latitude 7200 is a 12.3-inch Windows Tablet. The resolution is 1,920 by 1,280 pixels, which is considered adequate but lower than competitors such as Surface Pro 6 and ThinkPad X1. There are two Thunderbolts 3 ports. A keyboard and active pen are not included. Starting at around $1500.

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Specs – CPU: Intel Core i5/i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/ | Display: 12.3-inch, 1920 x 1280| Size: 11.5″ x 8.22″ x 0.37″/11.5″ x 8.22″ x 0.48″ (with keyboard) | Weight: 1.87 lbs/2.06 lbs (with keyboard)

Ports – (1) USB 3.1, (2) USB-C Thunderbolt 3, (1) Audio combo jack


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The Best Dash Cams on Amazon in 2019

Dash cams market are rapidly growing in recent years. As dash cams get to gain prominence, they tend to have a better resolution, more features, and more reasonable price tags. It seems that almost all dash cams today have G-sensor, motion sensor, and loop recording. Let’s focus on other features and compare the popular dash cams. Here are the best dash cams on Amazon in 2019.

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Apeman C450

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Apeman C450 ($59.99) is a single channel (front only) dash cam. It has a 170-degree wide-angle lens and a 3.0-inch display. An included suction mount allows a dash cam to spin 360 degrees so you can face toward the inside of your car and record happy time with your friends and family. Again, it’s a single-channel dash cam, and there is no interface for a rear camera. So, there is no way to add a rear camera. Of course, you can directly mount it on the rear window as a dedicated read camera. It may be good for big SUVs because you don’t need to an extra long cable to connect the front and rear camera of dual channel dash cam.

Crosstour CR300

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Crosstour CR300 ($37.99) is almost identical with Apeman C450 in design and features. It has a 170-degree wide-angle lens and a 3.0-inch display. The mounting device also spins freely so you can face toward the inside of the car to record the interior. Crosstour CR300 is also a single channel, and there is no interface to connect to the rear camera.

Apeman C420

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Apeman C420 ($49.99) is a single channel dash cam. It has a 170-degree wide-angle lens. It has almost the same features as Apeman C450, except for the overall size is smaller, and so is the display. The size of display is 2-inch. It’s more discreet and also less noticeable from the inside. The mount can spin freely so it can face toward the inside of the car. You can’t add a rear camera to Apeman C420.

Rove R2-4K

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Rove R2-4K ($99.97) is a single dash cam. It has a 150-degree wide-angle lens and features 4K UHD video recording. If you want a dash cam for security and legal purpose in case of an accident or something like, it doesn’t have to be that high resolution. But, if you want to record a scenic road or a happy time with your friend and family inside the car, 4K would be great. It supports up to 128 GB SD card. However, 128 GB is not really great for dash cam featuring 4K. It has a built-in GPS to record location, speed, and route along with videos. It also has built-in WiFi. You can connect with your smartphone via WiFi and manage your videos with a companion app wirelessly. So, you don’t have to pull and put back the SD card anymore. And, the firmware of the dash cam can be updated easily with your smartphone app. It also has features of time-lapse recording and voice guidance.

Rexing V1

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Rexing V1 ($99.99) is a single channel dash cam. It has a 170-degree wide-angle camera and a 2.4-inch display. And, built-in WiFi allows you to manage the videos wirelessly with your smartphone and a companion app. You have an option to add a GPS device so you can record the information such as location, speed, and the route along with videos. Most Rexing brand dash cams come with an adhesive mount. An adhesive mount sticks on the windshield, and a dash cam mounts on it directly. So, dash cam itself won’t move after mounting on the windshield. The camera lens can move certain angle up and down, but not sideways.

ProductApeman C450Crosstour CR300Apeman C420Rove R2-4KRexing V1
Resolution1080P1080P1080P4K1080P
Screen Size3"3"2"2.4"2.4"
Field of View170°170°170°150°170°
ApertureF=1.8F=1.8F=1.8F=1.8
GPSNNNYOptional
B01AKH377A
WiFiNNNYY
Max SD card support32GB32GB32GB128GB256GB
Compatible hardwire kitB0791BHYBWB07FXJD8W1B0791BHYBWB07FXJD8W1B01LXC2329
Price$59.99$37.99$49.99$99.97$99.99

About hardwire kit for parking recording

All dash cams in this post are capable of parking recording. However, they all need a constant power supply for parking recording. For most recent cars, cigar lighter sockets have no power when a car turns off. Thus you need a hardwire kit to power the dash cam all the time. Please note that they work under the same principle, but there is compatibility with each dash cam. Make sure of compatibility with your dash cam when you purchase a hardwire kit.

Apeman C860

image of apeman c860 dash cam

Apeman C860 ($99.99) is a dual channel dash cam. The front camera has a 150-degree wide-angle lens and a 2.7-inch display. The rear camera isn’t waterproof, so you need to mount it on the rear window from inside. It supports up to 128 GB micro SD card so you need to format SD card less frequently. Please note that although many dash cams have the feature of loop recording, the recordings triggered by sensors such as parking recordings are not subject to loop recording. Once the portion of SD card for parking recording gets full, it won’t record the new one until you erase some of them or formal SD card to erase all at once along with other recordings. So, a larger capacity SD card support is a good feature.

Apeman C420D

image of apemen c420d dash cam

Apeman C420D ($59.99) is a dual channel dash cam. Both front and rear cameras have a 170-degree wide-angle lens. The front camera has a 2.0-inch display. It’s almost identical to C420 (single channel), but there is a slight difference in the interface. Thus I don’t think they are interchangeable. The rear camera is waterproof. I don’t know the exact rating, but you can mount the rear camera both interior and exterior.

CHORTAU B-T13

image ofchortau b-t13 dash cam

CHORTAU B-T13 ($47.98) is a dual channel dash cam. The front camera has a 170-degree wide-angle lens and a 3.0-inch display. The rear camera is waterproof so you can mount it both interior and exterior. The front mount is not only spin around but also swivel. You can easily level after putting the mount on the windshield.

Crosstour CR900

image of crosstour cr900 dash cam

Crosstour CR900 ($99.99) is a dual channel dash cam. Both cameras have a 170-degree wide-angle lens. And the front camera has a 3-inch display. Both front and rear cameras use an adhesive mount. The front camera can adjust the angle up and down and left and right at a certain degree. And, the rear also turns up and down. You have an option to add a GPS device to record the location, speed, route along with videos. The rear is not waterproof. So, you need to mount on the inside of a rear window.

Rexing V1P

image of rexing v1p dash cam

Rexing V1P ($129.98) is a dual channel dash cam. The front camera has a 170-degree wide-angle lens and a 2.4-inch display. It has a built-in WiFi to connect your smartphone and manage videos wirelessly with the app. You have an option to add a GPS device to record the location, speed, route along with videos. The rear camera is not waterproof. You need to mount inside of the rear window. It comes with an adhesive mount. Simply, stick the mount on a windshield and attach a dash cam to it. it supports up to 256 GB SD card.

ProductApeman C860Apeman C420DCHORTAU B-T13Crosstour CR900Rexing V1P
Resolution
Front/Rear
1440P/1080P1080P/720P1080P/720P1080P/1080P1080P/VGA
Screen Size2.7"2.0"3.0"3.0"2.4"
Field of View
Front/Rear
150°/150°170°/170°170°/130°170°/170°170°/140°
ApertureF=2.0F=1.8F=1.8
Waterproof (Rear Camera)NYYNN
GPSNNNOptional
B07H9RQGCB
Optional
B01AKH377A
WiFiNNNNY
Max SD card support128GB32GB32GB32GB256GB
Compatible hardwire kitB0791BHYBWB0791BHYBWB07FXJD8W1B07FXJD8W1B01LXC2329
Price$99.99*$59.99*$47.98*$99.99*$129.98*

Crosstour CR750

image of crosstour cr750 dash cam

Crosstour CR750 ($79.99) has two cameras on a single device. It’s also known as a taxi cam. Each camera is on the front and back. The front camera faces the road and the back faces the inside of the car. So you have a recording of the road and interior at the same time. It’s good for taxi drivers as a security camera. But, it’s also good for those who travel and want to record both a scenic road and you and your friends and family of happy times. It also has a built-in GPS. It can record location, route, and speed along with the videos. An included suction mount can spin freely, but it’s not much use for taxi cam.

Pruveeo C2

image of pruveeo c2 dash cam

Pruveeo C2 ($89.99) has two cameras on a single device. It’s also known as a taxi cam. Two cameras are located on the bottom of the device, and both of them can rotate 180 degrees. It has a 2.7″ display. The display is considered as a standard size for a dash cam. However, all buttons are located on either side of the display that makes the overall size of the device huge. Besides, it’s a taxi cam, which you can’t completely hide it behind a rearview mirror for the inside camera. While clear presence of dash cam may deter criminal activity by passengers of Uber, Lyft, and Taxi, it’s not good for those who want it to be discreet.

Vantrue N2 Pro

image of vantrue n2 pro dash cam

Vantrue N2 Pro ($199.99) is a dash cam that has two lenses, also known as a taxi cam. The front camera has a 170-degree wide-angle lens and the interior camera has 140 degrees. The interior camera sits on the right end of the device and it can turn up and down so you can adjust the angle without affecting the angle of the front camera. It supports up to 256 GB SD card. The mount with a swivel joint allows you to level the camera easily after putting on the windshield. It has a 1.5-inch display. Due to the design especially the inside camera location, you can’t put behind a rearview mirror to hide from a driver’s sight completely. The best position is probably below or next to the rearview mirror on the passenger side. If it’s too close, it blocks the view of the inside camera. You have an option to add a GPS device for recording route, location, speed, etc. The GPS device doubles as a mounting bracket. So, all you need is to switch the mounting brackets. It costs around $20. It’s not expensive, but the dash cam is so expensive that it should include the GPS mount. It’s a drawback.

ProductCrosstour CR750Pruveeo C2Vantrue N2 Pro
Resolution
Front/Back
1080P/720P1080P/1080P1080P/1080P
Screen Size2.4"2.7"1.5"
Field of View
Front/Back
170°/130°150°/150°170°/140°
ApertureF=1.8F=2.0/F+1.8F=1.8/F=2.0
GPSYNOptional
B07CYW6JXW
WiFiNNN
Max SD card support32GB128GB256GB
Compatible hardwire kitB0791BHYBWB0765683WGB07G9WTWB9
Price$79.99$89.99$199.99

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Beat Saber Update – 6 new songs added in OST Vol.3

Six free songs are added to Beat Saber. When you try to start the game, you will be notified the update is available and ask if you want to update. After being updated, you will see six new songs in OST vol.3. Here is a list of the songs.

image of beat saber new free update ost vol 3
  • Origins (ft. Mutrix) by Jaroslav Beck, Jan Ilavsky
  • Reason For Living by Morgan Page
  • Give A Little Love by Pegboard Nerds
  • Full Charge by PIXL
  • Immortal by Slippy
  • Burning Sands by Boom Kitty
image of beat saber update free new songs ost vol3

All six new songs use gold and pink cubes. You are supposed to slash gold cubes with the left controller and pink cube with the right controller.

The issue with Custom Songs, Beat-On, and SideQuest

I play Beat Saber on Oculus Quest. If you have custom songs downloaded via SideQuest and Beat-On, you may experience installation failure no matter how many times you try to update. If it’s the case, you need to uninstall Beat Saber via SideQuest or Beat-On and then reinstall Beat Saber.

Don’t worry about your high scores. They remain intact throughout the process.

Even after you uninstall Beat Saber, you will continue to see the icon of the game in the home screen and library. Just click it, and it will start downloading and installing automatically.

Then, I tried to add custom songs back. I opened Beat-On and followed step 1 & 2 & 3. (1 – uninstall Beat Saber, 2 – patch on Beat Saber, 3 – install mod Beat Saber) However, it freezes. Beat-On says “Critical Error” in a red box and shows the image below forever. After that, you can’t open Beat Saber or even uninstall it.

image of beat on critical error after update ost vol 3 beat saber
image of beat on freeze after update ost vol 3 beat saber

The only way to get out of this situation (as long as I know), hook up the headset to the computer and launch SideQuest. Click “Currently Installed Apps and a gear icon on Beat Saber and “UNINSTALL APP.” Then you have to reinstall via the home screen or library. (A popup window says “Update”, but what it actually does is download the whole game and install.)

image of uninstall app via sidequest oculus quest
image of uninstall beat saber via sidequest oculus quest

Again, don’t worry about your high scores. I have done three times (freeze, uninstall, reinstall, Beat-On, freeze again), high stores stay without a need for a backup.

It seems the patch is not compatible with the updated Beat Saber. The developer will probably release a compatible patch soon. Until then, you can enjoy the new songs and many other songs in OST Vol.1 & 2, Extra, and add-ons.

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