Posts tagged with: virtual reality
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    If the Zika virus threat doesn’t spook all of the world’s top athletes into jointly boycotting it, and Brazil’s worst economic recession since the 1990s ultimately allows for the smooth unfolding of this summer’s Olympic events in Rio de Janeiro, US-based sports fans can look forward to the most epic TV and VR broadcasts in the Games’ history. Not only is NBC touting its “most live Olympics ever”, with 4,500 hours (that’s more than 187 straight days) of real-time online coverage streaming of everything from basketball to dressage, but Samsung Gear VR owners will also be ...

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    Will the Oculus Rift overcome its production issues and component shortages to snatch the high-end VR headset crown away from the unanimously praised and slightly easier to come by HTC Vive? Could a third contender rise to the throne, racking up 6 million shipments before the year ends, despite only launching in October? Well, Sony certainly has the upper hand in affordability, and it may also help the popularity of the PlayStation VR that you don’t need to own a super-advanced, ultra-expensive gaming PC too. Just a PS4 console some of you already have lying around the house, or if you ...

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    Virtual reality enthusiasts and especially those excited about super-immersive gaming probably know the best is yet to come, despite the road-opening Oculus Rift and universally acclaimed HTC Vive already seeing daylight. This battle isn’t over until Sony throws its hat in the ring as well, which we’ve known for a while was only supposed to happen in October. At long last, the PlayStation VR today gets an explicit launch date, October 13, thus keeping even its earliest adopters waiting another four months. If you want to secure your place at the front of the line, we’re afraid ...

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    Although it hasn’t yet performed the financial miracles some anticipated, the HTC and Valve-co-developed Vive VR headset looks to be on the definitive path to consumer success. But virtual reality technology isn’t just about immersive home gaming, entertainment and interactive music experiences, with the enterprise sector very much a part of HTC’s unique vision of the computing future. Enter the $1,200 Vive BE, short for Business Edition, meant to “capture the huge demand from industries worldwide to employ virtual reality technology in commercial applications.” Available at ...

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    HTC may have tried to put on a brave face as it confirmed another two miserable quarters (both Q4 2015 and Q1 2016), anticipating “good momentum” next, thanks to the company’s latest flagship phone and its acclaimed rookie VR effort, but the jig is now up. Unfortunately for the faltering Taiwanese tech giant, the HTC 10 handheld and Valve-co-developed Vive headset, alongside the rest of its slumping product lineup, could only manage to generate unaudited consolidated revenue of NT$6.75 billion for May 2016. That’s just a little over US$200 million, and represents a year-over-year ...

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    We’re only three days away from Lenovo Tech World, an exciting press event in San Francisco where the continuously reshuffling device manufacturer intends to tackle “the most promising and emerging topics in innovation, including virtual reality, IoT and harnessing the power of the cloud to transform people’s lives.” Sounds vague, experimental and potentially boring as hell, and besides, Lenovo recently unveiled the Motorola Moto G4, G4 Plus and G4 Play in India, so it’s unlikely there’s already something different and similarly exciting in the pipeline. Or is it? Well, we ...

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    If video killed the radio star a few decades back, virtual reality may soon radically transform if not eradicate the traditional music video experience. Instead of watching a series of images selected by musicians and often adept directors to represent a song’s beat and message on your screen of choice, why not take part in the action from the comfort of your couch? Several years still need to pass before you can just put on a pair of glasses and start grooving with Adam Levine whenever you feel like it, but the first step towards an exciting future where the recording and tech industry ...

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    While Google confirmed at the I/O developer conference last month that fall 2016 is the ETA of its “high quality mobile virtual reality” Daydream platform, the search giant didn’t say when actual supporting phones manufactured by partners Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Asus, Alcatel, and Xiaomi would land. And mind you, current-gen Android flagships, including the Galaxy S7, LG G5, HTC 10 and even Google’s own Nexus 6P, are pretty much guaranteed to not work with the final, consumer variant of Daydream. But the recently unveiled ZTE Axon 7 will, according to its producing company, ...

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    When Asus let the cat out of the bag back in February regarding the Q4 2016 launch of a mystery “phone based VR/AR” device, everyone figured we’d hear more come Computex. Indeed, the company’s home turf-set tech expo saw an inconspicuous-looking piece of head gear break cover a few days ago, only the leather-strapped gizmo remains completely cloaked in secrecy. Meanwhile, we have absolutely nothing to report on the “PC based VR” front, with Asus likely working behind the scenes alongside Oculus to further strengthen the HTC Vive barricade, but a commercial product still a ...

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    How can anyone possibly compete with Samsung in the low-cost VR headset space when the Oculus-powered Gear VR is yet again given away for free in a sweet smartphone bundle arrangement? This time, the deal is even sweeter, believe it or not, as the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Note 5 join the ranks of the S7 and S7 Edge in netting you gratis immersive accessories, no matter where you buy your flagship handheld from. As long as it’s a manufacturer-sanctioned US retailer, and you sign up to a device installment plan, outdated two-year contract, lease, or purchase one of the ...

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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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