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Google releasing virtual reality headset this year, report says

Back in January, we reported that recent job postings indicating that Google was likely developing its own virtual reality headset.<p>Now, just two …

Virtual reality's biggest challenge? Not even the developers can sell you on it

Explaining VR is impossible, you have to try it for yourself<p>Valve and HTC recently showed a collection of games coming to the Vive virtual reality platform to the press, and the platform has an impressive collection of games on the way.<p>The press and developers gathered near the end of the event to …

AR Startup Magic Leap Raises $793.5M Series C At $4.5B Valuation Led By Alibaba

Magic Leap has been successful in keeping a lot of its technology under wraps — the augmented and virtual reality technology company has yet to release a product — but its fundraising has been an open secret. Today, however, one part of it is finally being confirmed: the startup announced that it …

Take It To’s blogging platform helps creative professionals showcase and share their work

Take It To today launched a content management system aimed specifically at creative professionals. You might think of it as having a style similar to Medium, with aesthetics like Tumblr or Pinterest, but there’s more to this than meets the eye. It’s billed as a way to give artists, designers, …

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Aussie startup that displays ads for lower phone bills launches in the U.S.

Almost nobody likes looking at ads, but they might be a little more acceptable if you were getting paid for it.<p>Australian startup Unlockd wants to …

10 Regrets Most Entrepreneurs Eventually Face

<i>This piece was originally published on Entrepreneur.</i><p>From the time you first start thinking about owning your own business to the day you open the …

Best Buy is giving a Gear VR to buyers of a Note 5 or Galaxy S6 today

The Gear VR is pretty much a must-have if you own one Samsung's top-of-the-line Galaxy Phones. It's a wonderful, if imperfect, introduction to virtual reality that's relatively attainable at only $100. But there's an even better deal happening on it right now at Best Buy: it's offering a Gear VR …

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These Are The First Winners of Samsung’s VR Content Contest

The electronics giant is hoping to inspire the creation of more and better independent VR content.<p>Samsung today crowned the first set of winners in its ongoing virtual reality content competition.<p>Last summer, in a bid to seed more and better independent content for its Gear VR headset, Samsung …

What Impressed Me the Most About Microsoft’s HoloLens

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Here's how Facebook makes those 360-degree videos look so awesome

Ever wondered how Facebook's 360-degree videos look so good, no matter where you turn your phone (or, if you're watching on your desktop, where you …

Apple Hires Leading Virtual Reality Researcher

Apple has hired Doug Bowman, one of the U.S.' leading virtual reality experts, according to a new report from the <i>Financial Times</i>. Bowman joined Apple after going on sabbatical from his job as a computer science professor at Virginia Tech.<p>His experience spans both fully immersive VR, as used in …

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10 apps increasing health care access for low-income patients

Going to the doctor's office is a loathsome experience for anyone, but the burden is compounded when you're struggling financially.<p>With costly …

Facebook is opening an Oculus research office in Pittsburgh

Facebook is about to open a facility dedicated to Oculus virtual reality research in Pittsburgh. The company confirmed the news to <i>Venture Beat</i> after a local paper noticed that it had leased a 20,000 square foot building in the city's Oakland neighborhood. Why Steeltown, you might ask? Facebook, …

Xiaomi’s Sub-$150 Redmi 3 Gets A Full Metal Body And Much Larger Battery

Xiaomi has announced the Redmi 3, the latest version of its budget smartphone. The five-inch device, which sports a full metal body for the first time and a new diamond lattice design, goes on sale January 12 for 699 CNY, that’s around $107 and is the same price tag as its predecessor.<p>The Chinese …

Indonesia Cashback Service Snapcart Lands $1.7M Ahead Of Southeast Asia Expansion

Snapcart, an Indonesia-based startup that runs a service offering consumers rewards in exchange for scans of their shopping receipts, has closed $1.675 million in funding just four months after launch.<p>The round — which is described as “pre-Series A” — is led by new investors Wavemaker Partners and …