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    Earlier today on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, we found ourselves briefly discussing the state of virtual reality hardware, and the subject of HTC's Vive came up. The headset represents a marked departure from the sort of electronics we're used to expecting from the company, and considering the shaky financial ground HTC finds itself on, Vive could end up offering an important new way for the firm to new sources of revenue. Of course, for it to do that it needs to come out first. Unfortunately, it sounds like HTC's plans for the Vive are behind schedule, and you may be waiting longer than ...

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    As recently as last week, the phrase "virtual reality headset" was, for me, a guaranteed ticket to a midday nap. I'd grown up amid the fizzle of projects like Sega VR and Virtual Boy; I'd seen several variations on more modern smartphone-powered visors; I'd tried out an Oculus headset. While I enjoyed the latter experience, I also forgot about it pretty quickly. With its ungainly hardware, nausea-inducing graphics, and limited mass adoption, VR has never topped my list of fun things in tech. So when HTC brought us to Barcelona for a briefing on its new virtual reality device, I ...

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    Virtual reality seems to be one of the buzzwords floating around MWC 2015 this year. Just after HTC unveiled its Vive virtual reality headset made in conjunction with Valve, Samsung has debuted a new Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition made in partnership with Oculus for the newly-announced Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The new Gear VR is meant for "extraordinary entertainment," letting its users work with high-quality content easily. And the device itself is way nicer to wear, improving its comfort level with better ergonomics. Rounding out the list of changes, the new virtual reality headset ...

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    Unlike the Samsungs, LGs, Apples, and Motorolas of this world, HTC has always been a company laser-focused on smartphones. Last year we started to see signs of that changing, not only as the company expanded back out into tablets with the Nexus 9, but also into other mobile devices like the RE camera. At MWC this year, that expansion has continued with the HTC Grip fitness tracker, and now that trend continues as we learn of the company's first push into new virtual territory, announcing the HTC Vive Developer Edition through a partnership with Valve. Despite the HTC involvement, Vive ...

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    Even though we've got a few players in the VR headset business like Samsung and Oculus, this is still a niche market that needs traction to take off. Microsoft's vision of what a VR headset should be has gotten a lot of us surprised as well, but as much promise as the HoloLens brings, we still have to see a final product to judge if it'll revolutionize anything. Apple is always open to pick up on slow markets and propose smarter solutions, and it seems a VR headset is the next way to go. Apple was just granted a patent for its own VR headset, but if you thought this would be a ...

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    2015 promises to be an exciting year for tech fans eager to see if virtual reality really has a shot at finally becoming something that's impressive, practical, and affordable all at once. Last year gave us hardware like Samsung's Gear VR, and we're already looking forward to a follow-up (or at least some sort of adapter) for the the Galaxy S6. And while Microsoft may be shooting for the moon with HoloLens, LG's approaching VR from a far more accessible angle, announcing today the VR for G3 viewer and plans to give it away for free. VR for G3 is no Gear VR nor HoloLens, but a tweaked ...

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    LG Optimus 3D, HTC EVO 3D: time was, if you wanted to view 3D content on your phone, that meant picking up a special smartphone with an autosteroscopic display. Except, as the lack of subsequent models like those should indicate, people weren't picking them up. But a few years later the situation has changed, and now the hot thing with 3D is pairing your regular-old 2D smartphone display with a set of lenses for an up-close-and-personal 3D experience. That's what Samsung's Gear VR does, but before that there was Google Cardboard, the no-frills DIY option to turn your handset into a mini 3D ...

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    It's been over three months now since the Gear VR went official at Samsung's IFA Unpacked event, ready to bring new Note 4 owners into the world of mobile virtual reality. Last month the manufacturer told us that we could expect to see the headset land for sale in the US sometime in early December, but Samsung wasn't ready to reveal a specific date. This week, it looks like that time time has finally come, as we see the Gear VR quietly go up for sale on both Samsung's and AT&T's websites. Just as anticipated, the headset sells for a cool $200. Both Samsung and AT&T sales look to be ...

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    Last week, before we found ourselves overwhelmed by Black Friday deals, we spent a little time talking to you about Pinć, an upcoming virtual reality accessory for the iPhone. While on first glance it didn't appear to be much more than an ultra-portable, head-mounted, Google Cardboard-like shell, it quickly became clear that Cordon Media, the company behind Pinć, was interested in making its effort stand out, bringing it features like a pair of finger-mounted “rings” that are tracked by your iPhone's camera to allow for real 3D input. Assuming some of the rough patches we noted in ...

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    If you haven't been paying attention to virtual reality hardware already, you may soon find yourself taking a close look at the latest developments, especially as more and more smartphone companies start dabbling with the tech. Samsung's Gear VR, easily the most high-profile product, only just arrived, and especially with the consumer release of Ocuclus Rift for PCs looming in the not-too-distant future, VR is likely to find itself all over the news as we move into 2015. Who will be the mobile players that arrive to really take full advantage of the burgeoning VR market? Evidence continues ...

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    Recently, I got to try out a prototype of a new product that brings a virtual reality platform to the iPhone 6 and 6+. Pinć is a new device and platform from Cordon Media; a company with experience in building software interfaces for large wall-sized screens, but that doesn't really work on small smartphone screens... unless you turn them into virtual reality goggles. We've already seen Samsung try something like this with their new Gear VR product which can turn the Galaxy Note 4 into an Oculus Rift style portable virtual reality headset. I also got to use that one for a bit, and you ...

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    Update: The Weekly 119 is now available in super-HQ audio form – your ears will thank you if you download or stream from one of the links below. See you next week! As one brand gets a supersized juice-up, another goes a little quicker to the retirement home – and the rest undulate in uncertain undertakings from the sensational to the soporific. So it goes in mobile as in any other field, and we're here to cover it in the brief lull between reviews at Pocketnow's Boston offices! In between talk of the Lollipop-flavored new Nexii and the sandblasting of Nokia logos from Microsoft's ...

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    Two hot technologies find themselves at a crossroads at the moment, as the latest wave of interest in virtual reality hardware crosses paths with the ongoing evolution of smartphones. Efforts like Google Cardboard and Samsung's Gear VR may have gotten this ball rolling, and we're already seeing other manufacturers eager to jump on board, as well. Now we get word of what looks like it may be the next company to join them, as Oppo teases what sure seems to be a VR headset of its own. The company shared the above image on social media late last week, and it pretty clearly depicts an ...

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    Earlier this week we took a look at one of the latest virtual reality accessories to launch for smartphones, the VR One from Carl Zeiss. It looked a bit like the Samsung Gear VR, what with its strap for head-mounted operation, but sounded more like another Google Cardboard, dialing back on the custom software and hardware – though that also meant a much lower price point than the Gear VR, coming in around $100. It looks like that's just the start of a flood of similar devices from competing manufacturers, and today we check out an even more affordable option, as Archos announces its VR ...

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    Job got you down? Has your love life lost its spark? Are you sick and tired of real reality? Lucky for you, all of that can change thanks to the modern miracle of virtual reality! Okay, that sounds a little cheesy, right? Okay fine, it's a lot cheesy. Virtual reality, however, is much less so and has the potential to revolutionize, well, everything! We've been trying to put virtual reality to use in more and more applications over the years, and now it's poised to go beyond expensive simulators and make its bold entrance into our living rooms, and even our pockets! In the past, virtual ...

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    It seems that every time we hear about "augmented reality" (AR) it's from someone who has a new product they're trying to peddle, which usually takes the form of some hideous looking piece of headwear. Recently, however, consumers are turning to smartwatches rather than eyewear. This is evidenced by the number of available apps for Android Wear compared to Google Glass, especially considering the latter has been available for so much longer. That's what one company is banking on: an augmented reality smartwatch. According to most definitions, "augmented reality" is a technology that ...

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