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    Asus had a lot to talk about during its “Zenvolution” conference in Taipei earlier today, opening the 2016 edition of the typically low-key Computex expo with a bang by taking the wraps off three exquisite-looking, relatively affordable phones, three 2-in-1 Surface Pro 4 competitors, a MacBook slayer, and even an unusual little home robot. But there was no mention of a Verizon-bound Zenpad Z8 or any other Android tablet, and Asus also left out the VR announcements it began teasing all the way back in February. You have to figure therefore neither the PC, nor the phone-based immersive ...

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    You wouldn’t think it by looking over HTC’s latest financial report, but 2016 is shaping up to be a solid year for the long-ailing Taiwanese hardware manufacturer, at least from an innovation standpoint. The HTC 10 phone finally strays from the design path of the One family, the company’s very first smartwatch might see daylight next month, followed by a Marlin/Sailfish-codenamed Nexus duo, and most importantly of all, the Vive VR headset is already out. As in, commercially launched worldwide, and after a short period of shipping difficulties caused by rampant demand, it’s once ...

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    You probably didn’t pay much attention to ZTE’s secondary announcement of a basic VR headset with Daydream support alongside the exquisite-looking new Axon 7 phone yesterday, but it turns out that might well have been the absolute highlight of the company’s Beijing event. It’s a pretty big deal that the ZTE Axon 7 and its head-strapped partner will be fully compatible with Daydream virtual reality experiences, presumably once the former gets updated to Android N, because according to Clay Bavor, “there will most likely not be any retroactively Daydream-ready phones.” That’s ...

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    Mark your calendars, ladies and gentlemen excited about the VR launch of the OnePlus 3 “flagship killer”, as the last and arguably most important puzzle piece falls neatly into place today, thanks to an inside blabbermouth. Or maybe this is yet another intricate marketing ploy from the inventors of unorthodox advertising disguised as a goof. Either way, we strongly believe OnePlus will take the wraps off its HTC-inspired Snapdragon 820 powerhouse on June 14, just one day after the official kick-off of the 2016 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Pretty ambitious timing, but ...

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    For better or worse, OnePlus certainly has a knack for marketing gimmicks which make the company that “never settles” stick with you long after a silly April Fools’ prank taken too seriously, a VR-set smartphone launch event, or arguably distasteful “Smash the Past” contest. The latest eccentric publicity stunt will not only see the OnePlus 3 unveiled in VR… sometime soon, but actually made available in a space station called The Loop, where prospective buyers will go and order the new “flagship killer” via their virtual reality headsets. Don’t own one yet and refuse to ...

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    Before the Google I/O keynote, we were awash in rumors pointing to a standalone virtual reality headset coming from Google. You always have to be careful with those rumors, as the reality of Google's VR strategy doesn't seem to hinge on the same high end hardware that Oculus and the HTC Vive utilize. Moving forward we'll be talking about Daydream as the next evolution of the Cardboard experiment. In terms of hardware, Google isn't making a headset, but instead is offering a set of guidelines and reference designs for developers to take advantage of. The hot new addition? A motion sensitive ...

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    Although the I/O conference is first and foremost Google’s way of staying connected to software developers, helping them out with new tools, platforms and OS iterations, and even handing them out free hardware, everyone can and should be interested in attending the event at least once. If not for the gifts, the product announcements, prototype showcases and just the chance to hear Sundar Pichai and other top Googlers speak from a few yards away make the experience (and expenses) well worth it. But don’t beat yourself up if you were put off by this year’s registration fee, failed to ...

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    In keeping with its secretive nature and tradition, Google let very few things slip in the weeks leading up to the 2016 installment of I/O. We’re pretty sure Android N will be further detailed at the software developer-focused conference in San Francisco tomorrow, perhaps finally getting an official dessert name too, and a pair of highly anticipated Cardboard sequels and spin-offs should be on display for the whole world to marvel at. But that can’t be it. Granted, the introduction of new Nexus devices could take an extra few weeks, possibly months. And the self-driving car project is ...

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    As if high-end smartphone prices weren’t bad enough on the old continent, with VAT and other hefty taxes added in, very few of the innumerable recent US deals on in-demand models like the Galaxy S7 or LG G5 have been brought to British, French or German shores. No BOGO offers, hardly any discounts on S7 + Gear S2 bundles, or combinations of the modular G5 with one or several of its functionality-enhancing “Friends.” On the bright side, you were able to get the Gear VR headset free of charge with GS7 and S7 Edge pre-orders in select European markets, and now that that promo is over, ...

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    The financial survival hopes of traditional PC manufacturers that refuse to adapt to new trends and tap into different segments of the always volatile tech market are slim to non-existent, with convertible tablets, smartphones, wearable devices and virtual reality headsets just a few of Lenovo, HP, Dell, Asus, Sony or Acer’s top expansion and reinvention opportunities. Once upon a time the world’s second largest computer maker, Acer somehow managed to slip out of the global top five in 2015 and lose its relevance in an increasingly less relevant industry. The Taiwanese OEM is far from ...

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    ***Winner Update*** Thank you everyone for participating! We have selected two winners for this contest. Austin and Fata will be receiving a Nextbit Robin and Galaxy S7 respectively! Many thanks to Nextbit and Clove.co.uk for supplying these prizes! *** Is Apple Music deleting your downloaded music? What does Lenovo have up its sleeve for the next generation of Motorola devices? What are we looking forward to at this Google I/O? Plus, we're giving away TWO phones to celebrate TWO hundred episodes! We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone ...

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    Unlike Google, or rather recently founded parent company Alphabet, which often seeks media attention over its many projects and experiments in early development stages, Apple prefers to work behind closed doors on new products before bringing them to the public in advanced, polished and commercial-ready form. The Tim Cook-led Cupertino money-making machine is also known for leaving others to pave the way in terms of trends and fledgling technology innovations, adopting fresh stuff only at or near a maturity point. That was most recently the case of the Apple Watch, and all signs point to ...

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    Google is no stranger to serving up subtle (and sometimes, not-very-subtle) hints regarding unreleased software and hardware in the oddest places. A program’s source code could often contain so-called easter eggs confirming names or functions of other apps, platforms and devices, while placeholder listings will occasionally pop up in plain view on the search giant’s many portals. With the Android VR cat effectively out of the bag now, Big G decided to join in the speculation games to further increase the pre-I/O buzz. Google Play’s Developer Console shows a clear mention of something ...

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    It’s no longer just industry pioneers like Oculus, Samsung, Google and HTC that are going the extra mile in their efforts to swallow a savory slice of the fast-growing VR hardware pie. Almost all self-respecting smartphone and PC manufacturers have more or less concrete plans of tackling at least one of two early virtual reality segments in the not-so-distant future. We’re talking Apple, LG, Huawei, Asus, Xiaomi, LeEco, and according to fresh speculation, even Meizu, the Android handheld OEM that managed to triple its shipments numbers between 2014 and 2015, ending last year with a ...

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    It’s often hard to make heads or tails of rumors pertaining to upcoming software and hardware launches by Google, since the search giant is particularly secretive about its plans, not to mention crafty for bogus intel, and always capable of changing product roadmaps at the last minute. But you had to be a fool to think there was no truth to VR development gossip, with Samsung, Oculus, HTC and Sony so very serious about moving the technology forward today, and nearly two years after the initial launch of the Cardboard platform. It can’t be a coincidence the super-basic, super-cheap ...

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    While waiting for an exciting next-gen Cardboard headset full of sensors and a way more powerful standalone Google VR viewer, both of which could see daylight at the I/O conference in a week or so, you’re free to experiment with the immersive technology for a crazy low price in more countries than ever. And you’re even officially supported by the search giant now in Canada, UK, France and Germany, a few months after the US Google Store debut of the original Cardboard. Of course, these super-basic, humble devices (if we can call them that in the first place) were initially launched in ...

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    You didn’t need to be a rocket scientist to suspect the third-generation ZenFone roster would break cover at Computex Taipei in late May or early June, after Asus chose to sit both January’s CES and February’s MWC out. But the Taiwanese device manufacturer doesn’t want you to wonder anymore, at least not as far as the announcement date and venue are concerned. You can witness the “Zenvolution” on Monday, May 30, starting at 2 pm CST, at the Humble House in Taipei, with the company’s Computex booth then open between May 31 and June 4 to showcase all the new products. All, ...

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    This is a little odd, but while Samsung was recently reported to have trouble shipping free Gear VR headsets to the many, many folks who pre-ordered the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge stateside, a top-rated eBay seller can somehow afford to charge just $80 for the immersive albeit highly smartphone-dependent accessory. It’s not one of the usual suspects either, like mobilepros1, qualitycellz, or even techno.trading.house, but instead imagewarehouse1, so when the listing mentions a “limited quantity available”, chances are you’re looking at a couple of hundreds of units or so. Already, at the ...

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    After a year full of challenges, wrapped up with an unexpectedly underwhelming holiday quarter, everything seems to be going Samsung’s way once again. Smartphone sales are back on an upward trajectory, thanks mainly to the high-end Galaxy S7 duo, and the Note 6 could well maintain the momentum in H2, even with an iPhone 7 thrown in the mix. Speaking of next-generation iPhones, the 7s or 8 should finally adopt OLED display technology, and Samsung is definitely on the short list of prospective parts suppliers, with a collaboration of this nature no doubt mutually benefiting the two’s ...

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    Virtual reality is arguably the future of tech, although it’s hard to believe VR headsets, goggles, cameras and other gadgets of the sort will indeed surpass smartphones in mainstream popularity in four years, as an HTC official recently predicted. For the time being, it’s all about baby steps, and actually getting the few high-profile “immersive” products so far unveiled in the hands and on the heads of early adopters. Everyone from Oculus to HTC to Samsung and even LG appear to be struggling with that, delaying commercial launches and shipments of devices available on pre-order. ...

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    HTC, in partnership with Valve, and Oculus, which is owned by Facebook and can also call Samsung a reliable ally, seem to be in a stalemate as they each try to take the lion’s share of early VR headset sales and profits. Until not long ago, the Rift was at an advantage over the Vive, thanks to a stronger pre-existing fanbase and lower price, but the score has been evened by the former’s deeper manufacturing troubles and longer shipping delays. The HTC Vive appears to be edging out the smartphone-pairing battle too, and according to the DIY experts from iFixit, it’s easier to repair ...

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    The HTC Vive virtual reality headset seemed at a major disadvantage compared to the Oculus Rift when it went up for pre-orders a couple of months back. Not only was it a little late to the party, but its arch-rival started at a more palatable $600 price as well, and it had a huge Kickstarter fanbase. Unfortunately for Oculus and fair competition in a fledgling scene that badly needs it in order to thrive, Rift deliveries are being plagued by key component shortages. Meanwhile, the Vive is itself backordered, but unless something bad and unanticipated happens, it should ship “around ...

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    Early virtual reality headset adopters might be forced to choose how they enter into the immersive new tech environment not by virtue of UI smoothness, device build quality, app utility or even bang for buck factor. Instead, if you’re undecided between the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it could ultimately come down to which one will be available sooner. And that’s most likely the Vive, unless you’ve pre-ordered the Rift consumer version among the first few people in the world, and also got lucky. Currently, both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive can be pre-ordered from their respective ...

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    Samsung wasn’t keen to fully clear the air regarding the US price tag and release date of the Gear 360 spherical VR camera when denying it would cost $350, and in the meantime, third-party retailer B&H has backpedaled on its educated guess as well. Elsewhere however, things couldn’t be clearer, at least in terms of retail pricing, and $350 still feels like a solid theory for American availability. On Korean shores, that’s more or less exactly what the Gear 360’s valuation converts to, with regional pre-orders already live, and deliveries slated to begin next week, by April 29. ...

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    Forget “natural-looking” emoji, floating windows, the return of night mode, and app priority importance. Virtual reality might not only be the next big thing for tech in general, but also the Android “ecosystem” in particular. Thus far, Google has looked surprisingly shy and hesitant to properly jump on the VR bandwagon, developing the meek Cardboard platform and not much else. Before long though, a version of Android dedicated entirely to powering virtual-reality applications could debut, hopefully in pre-release beta form first. Android N probably isn’t it, with ...

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