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Occipital VR Dev Kit finally gives iPhones some VR chops

Occipital VR Dev Kit finally gives iPhones some VR chops

Despite execs’ show of support for virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies, Apple’s iPhones have sadly been mostly left out of the party. Google Cardboard and similar headsets are a far cry from the more sophisticated equipment you’d find in products like the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift, or even the Gear VR. That, however, might soon change, with Occipital now offering a VR Dev Kit that specifically targets Apple’s devices and platforms, like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and the Mac.

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OnePlus X gets Marshmallow next week, OnePlus 3 Nougat “soon”

OnePlus X gets Marshmallow next week, OnePlus 3 Nougat “soon”

If the usually lively OnePlus has been relatively silent lately, you can probably blame it on multiple Android versions. Or, if you are a OnePlus smartphon owner, you’ll probably be thankful they were. At a Reddit AMA, the Chinese startup shared that they had been hard at work at bringing the latest Android versions to its smartphones. The good news, the mid-range OnePlus X will be getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow as early as next week. The bad news, OnePlus 3 owners will have to wait a bit longer for Android 7.0 Nougat.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 unofficially poses for the camera

BlackBerry DTEK60 unofficially poses for the camera

BlackBerry’s third fully Android smartphone, and probably its last for the year, is perhaps the strangest yet. Not exactly in terms of specs but in the price for those specs. Although related to the already launched DTEK50 by name, it is pretty much a high-end beast, at least based on BlackBerry’s own spec sheet. At the same time, however, the company might actually be putting a price tag that’s lower than equivalent smartphones this year.

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Samsung Pay celebrates 1st birthday by adding coupons

Samsung Pay celebrates 1st birthday by adding coupons

Especially in markets like the US, wallets don’t simply contain cash or credit cards. More often than not, they’re also overflowing with coupons, those little pieces of paper or cardboard that entice you to buy more for less. Any mobile payment system, therefore, will have to support digitizing and using those as well if they are to succeed in the market. Fortunately for Samsung Pay, that functionality has indeed finally landed in the US as well. And just in time to celebrate its first anniversary in the country.

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Xiaomi Mi 5s hides Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor inside

Xiaomi Mi 5s hides Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor inside

Chinese superstar Xiaomi has just released two new flagship smartphones and, while they might be too easy to pan as yet another familiar-looking pair, the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus do have a few tricks up their sleeves, especially the smaller model. While in most cases an incremental step up from this year’s Mi 5 generation, the Mi 5s in particular has an interesting feature that is, strangely and sadly, gimped by implementation: an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.

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Narrative shuts down: Promises lifelogging camera app for owners

Narrative shuts down: Promises lifelogging camera app for owners

Lifelogging camera company Narrative is shutting down, with the wearable company confirming today that it has entered into voluntary dissolution. Sales of the compact Clip camera, which is designed to be attached to a shirt or bag strap and capture photos at regular intervals through the day, will cease, the company told owners in an email, as will aftermarket support.

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FOX Sports Go app hits Chromecast and Xbox One

FOX Sports Go app hits Chromecast and Xbox One

Earlier this month, the FOX Sports Go app launched for Roku, arguably the most popular set-top-box platform on the market. Many people use other devices to stream their content, though, including Google’s Chromecast and the Xbox One. As of today, owners of both those platforms can also download and use the FOX Sports Go app, joining the Android, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku users who already have access.

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Mercury joins Earth as tectonically active planet

Mercury joins Earth as tectonically active planet

NASA made a short but substantial announcement on Monday: Mercury is tectonically active, joining Earth as the second tectonically active planet located in our solar system. The realization was made thanks to research funded by NASA, which found that Mercury — which is small, hot, and shrinking, the space agency says — is continuing to contract, resulting in small fault scarps that are “geologically young" and serve as signs of tectonic activity.

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Mevo by Livestream camera review

Mevo by Livestream camera review

A year or so ago, live streaming events was more of a fad that only the very tech savvy or very social user would do. As we near the close of 2016, however, we look back at how the Internet has been flooded by this type of “democratized” broadcasting, ranging from sports and music events, to political debates, to witnessing crimes as they happen. But while live streaming has mostly been associated with smartphones, there is always a need for more professional, but still accessible, recording devices. That’s where the Mevo camera from Livestream comes in, developed by the company whose very name is synonymous to its purpose.

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Shomi, a Netflix streaming competitor, closes its doors

Shomi, a Netflix streaming competitor, closes its doors

Shomi, the Canadian alternative to Netflix, is shutting down, the service has announced. The streaming service launched in Canada as an alternative to Netflix, with the companies behind it, Shaw and Rogers, offering Shomi as an add-on for their Internet and cable subscribers, as well as a standalone subscription for others. Despite the money and effort shoveled into it, Shomi, the 'Canadian innovation,' failed to sustain itself.

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SpaceX Mars mission event: all the important details

SpaceX Mars mission event: all the important details

Today Elon Musk and his group of space magicians have explained how they'll make it possible for the everyday citizens to reach Mars in our lifetime. What we're doing here is running down some of the key details - all the important details, that is - for the common citizen. The citizen that plans on going to Mars as soon as possible, that is. The first item on our list that we'll be chopping up is the SpaceX timeline. It's ambitious, but very much within the realm of possibility for this forward-thinking company.

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Amazon deliveries may be left inside your home in the future

Amazon deliveries may be left inside your home in the future

Who do you trust more? The delivery person who handles your packages, or all the random people who drive past your home and see a nondescript cardboard box sitting in front of your door? If your answer is the delivery person, you’re not alone, and one day you may be able to invite them to leave your packages inside your home, whether that’s just inside the main door or inside of the locked garage. Such deliveries would be made possible via smart locks, at least according to a new report.

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