How to (temporarily) un-root your Nexus 5/Nexus 7 so you can install OTA Android updates.

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Glad to hear that a few of you found my Marshmallow 6.0.1 rooting tutorial helpful!  Now, let’s follow up on something.  A rooted Android is a beautiful thing, but there’s only one drawback to having a rooted devices: over-the-air (“OTA”) updates can’t be installed like they would on a non-rooted devices.  If you try to install OTA updates on a …

Can we talk about TrueTwit, for a second?

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Like many of you, I use Twitter.  Sometimes for fun, sometimes for business, and sometimes for personal interests.  Recently, I read about The Archimedes Home Wind Turbine on Reddit’s Technology subreddit, and thought I’d research the start-up.  After all, I am looking for ways to sustainably power our home.  I found the self-named company on Twitter, then click that ever-so-familiar …

1st wave for HoloLens. Feels good.

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I got an interesting email from Microsoft today: It’s official!  I’ve been approved for a HoloLens SDK.  I’m in the first wave of shipments.  First wave of shipments for the world’s first augmented reality holographic technology.  But with the sinking $CAD dollar, I’ll really have to think about this one.

The SteamVR Performance Test Tool is here, and you should download it

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Not long go, HTC and Steam finally let loose the HTC Vive COnsumer Edition’s preorder and delivery dates.  February 29, 2016 for preorders, and “full commercial availability in early April of this year.  And today, Steam released their SteamVR performance test.  At first, I thought that I was getting a fairly simple calibration package. Boy, was I wrong. The download weighed in …

How To: Root a Nexus 5 smartphone or Nexus 7 tablet (Marshmallow 6.0.1 Build# MMB29Q)

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You’ve probably heard this word before. Rooting your Android smartphone (or tablet).  It’s all the rage among people (like myself) who like to tinker with gadgets… especially expensive, handheld gadgets. “Rooting” your device simply means that we’re unlocking our phone’s software, and giving yourself full, administrative access over all of the smartphone’s functions.  It’s similar to jailbreaking an iPhone. Benefits of root …

Amazon hops into the VR/gaming fray.

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Well, this is interesting. First, Amazon bought the gaming studio Double Helix Games. Then, they bought Twitch TV. Afterwards, they bought Crytek’s CryEngine, saving Crytek from financial ruin. Today, Amazon announced the release of Lumberyard, their gaming engine, making it official- another behemoth has jumped into the gaming industry in a very big way.   Things that we know about Lumberyard: It’s …

Oculus Rift Pre-Orders are live! But wait. What?

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The good news is that the Oculus Rift isn’t vapour-ware as many have been fearing.  In fact, the pre-order service has officially gone live. The not-so-good news?  The price tag.  It’s $600USD before taxes and shipping and handling.  It comes pre-packaged with EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale, but things get more interesting for the Canadian Oculus enthusiast.  Given today’s $CAD to …