Briefly: Best Contact-Storing Apps, Aussie Robot Wars, 360-Degree Oculus Rift

Briefly: Best Contact-Storing Apps, Aussie Robot Wars, 360-Degree Oculus Rift
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Brief news items for Lifehacker readers, including: The best apps for storing all your contacts, download the original Syndicate strategy game for free.

  • The Whiplash is an Oculus Rift-powered control rig capable of spinning the player around 360 degrees to replicate the movement on the virtual reality headset. It is terrifying. Click here to watch Gizmodo’s Luke Hopewell take it for a spin.
  • You can also get the original, classic computer game Syndicate from Origin for free. For more online bargains, head to our Hump Day Deals page.
  • If you’ve got a well-organised contacts book, our hats are tipped in your direction. Keeping track of hundreds of people across dozens of sites and services is no easy task, and it seems strange that no one’s quite cracked the formula for getting all this information sorted out. Here are four apps taking on the challenge.
  • Valve’s much-touted Steam Machines will officially launch in November. Kotaku has the story.
  • Competitive robot fighting is beginning to gain traction in Australia and it’s every bit as awesome as it sounds. Gizmodo investigates.