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Virtual Reality Done Wrong: Making it Look Terrible

Today we're going to discuss how not to present virtual reality to the public. The images you see at the top of this article are wrong. They're bad. Skeptics of this platform see these images and remain skeptical. People who love virtual reality look at these images and see how goofy they look when they have virtual reality headsets on. It may have worked in the 1980s when ads were extremely strange - but it's not going to work here in the present.

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Tim Cook’s VR comment

This afternoon during Apple's financial Q1 2016 earnings call, Tim Cook was asked one question about VR. When asked about whether or not virtual reality devices in 2016 were a niche product, Tim Cook had the following to say: "I don't think [VR] is a niche, it's really cool and has some interesting applications." That's it. Does this mean Apple is investing in virtual reality hardware and applications? Not necessarily, but it certainly doesn't discount that idea.

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Why VR is the future of gaming, Part 2: Toybox and human interaction

Last week I wrote about my experiences with VR at CES in Part 1 of "Why VR is the future of gaming." I talked a lot about my experience with the Oculus Rift, and the Bullet Train demo. It definitely changed my perception of VR, but that wasn't my only great experience with the technology. Well, today it's time for me to talk about the experience I had directly following my time with the Bullet Train demo.

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iMessage is not Android’s problem

Your mother has sent you and your sister a photo of their dog, and expects you to reply with a positive note back. But you have an Android device and you're using Google Voice. You get the message, but you don't get the photo. Your mom gets mad that you've not replied. You say it's because she's using iMessage and photos and videos won't be sent to devices unless they also have iMessage. She tells you to get iMessage. You can't get iMessage, you have an Android device. You see where this is going.

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How Apple’s VR hire leads to a gesture-controlled car

Apple reported to hire Doug A Bowman, a virtual reality specialist, 3D interface specialist, and computer science professor at Virginia Tech. Bowman is also Director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech, and primary investigator for the 3D Interaction Group at Virginia Tech. This group participates in a "worldwide community of scholars and researchers in VR, AR, and 3D UIs". It may be that Apple is dipping their big toe into the virtual reality universe - or it could just be that Apple is thinking about how to make their Apple Car a unique proposition indeed.

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Why VR is the future of gaming, Part 1: Oculus Rift and Bullet Train

Earlier this month I was with the rest of the SlashGear team at CES, and as you no doubt saw, VR had a big presence at the show. I was able to test out various VR offerings from different companies. Everything from Google Cardboard up to the Oculus Rift. While I enjoyed trying different things out, it wasn't until the last hour I was at the show that I began to truly understand just how much VR will change the way we play games.

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The best phone camera when it really mattered most

When it came time for my son to be born this past week, I had a very important decision to make. Amongst the devices I had on hand - of which there were many - I had to decide which was going to be best to capture photos of my son's birth to share with family members that would not be able to witness it. Before you go any further - don't worry, I'm not going to share any super personal photos in this article, only a few shots captured in the off-moments between doctor's checks and screeching newborn.

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Why Netflix blocks content in your country

In mid-January of 2016, Netflix made clear their intent to enact Proxy Detection worldwide - AKA they'd be blocking your VPN. Some Netflix users, paying users the lot of them, use proxies or "unblockers" as they're sometimes called, to see content that'd otherwise only be available outside of their country. Why does Netflix block content in the first place? You pay for their service, why don't they let you see all of the content they have to offer? The answer, unfortunately, is precedent.

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8 of the best LEGO Star Wars fan creations

The wonderful thing about LEGO is that with those tiny bricks, you can build just about anything. Sure, you start out building from pre-made kits, but eventually you'll expand to making your own creations. Somewhere in a closet I still have the TIE fighter and X-wing that I built, long before there were any official kits. They weren't exact replicas, but with my imagination, they were perfect for space battles. Today, I thought I'd take you through some of the best Star Wars Lego fan creations. Here they are, in no particular order:

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