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SlashGear’s adventures in Mixed Reality (Episode 2)

SlashGear’s adventures in Mixed Reality (Episode 2)

This week we're getting a bit deeper into what looks good when it comes to capturing Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and the mix - Mixed Reality. We're doing this because we don't JUST want to capture content for those of you that have a VR headset and want to see reviews of games and such. We want to capture content that anyone can enjoy and find value in. Today we're at an important point in history - two big groups have announced 360-degree in-game capture: NVIDIA and Epic Games.

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2016 Lexus LX 570 Review – Sasquatch in a cummerbund

2016 Lexus LX 570 Review – Sasquatch in a cummerbund

If the Lexus SUV credo has long been 'quiet luxury,' then the 2016 Lexus LX 570 is its incognito off-road assassin, Sasquatch in a cummerbund, Sir Edmund Hillary at a cocktail party surrounded by pretenders. This full-size, multi-ton beast is the inheritor of a legacy that includes countless crossings of the Serengeti mated with the penthouse-levels of charm and grace bred into its Land Cruiser-based platform by way of Lexus' ability to transcend badge-engineering and create something distinct from its Toyota truck roots. In other words, it's a people mover with few peers in a world where off-road credentials and stream-fording brass balls have largely been replaced by lumpen globs of metal and glass devoid of any personality.

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What to expect at Google IO – Android VR headset, Nexus, Tango

What to expect at Google IO – Android VR headset, Nexus, Tango

Amongst other oddities at Google I/O 2016, it's time for a Google-made Android VR headset. Not just cardboard, but hardware, running Android. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality included. This week it's become apparent that more sources - in the software world - have been given a heads up on Google's VR plans for Google I/O 2016. That is, they've been given the go-ahead on getting excited for what may or may not be a thing Google will reveal at their yearly developer conference. So once again we're going to refer to the bits and pieces we've put together over the past few weeks - and months.

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Oculus isn’t giving up on Gear VR: Facebook 360 Photos, more

Oculus isn’t giving up on Gear VR: Facebook 360 Photos, more

Oculus Rift may finally be shipping, but that doesn't mean the company is sidelining its smartphone-based Gear VR, which is due for some big updates in UI and social integration. Over 1m people used Samsung's Gear VR in April, the company says, a milestone which according to Max Cohen, head of mobile at Oculus, arrived much sooner than had been predicted.

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NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition: What you need to know

NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition: What you need to know

Last Friday NVIDIA made their big announcement, which we all knew was the GTX 1080 and 1070. Their performance charts and explanations of the new technologies being used were very interesting, but one little detail left many people confused. It was when they announced the Founder's Edition of the cards. Well now that the dust has settled from the event, it's time to clarify once and for all, just what makes a card a "Founder's Edition."

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2017 Audi A4 Review

2017 Audi A4 Review

Classic design ages gracefully, but the 2017 Audi A4 hides its technological prowess under a body that's evolutionary rather than revolutionary. The latest version of the German company's compact executive sedan may look a whole lot like the outgoing model, but to my mind that's the beauty of it: unlike some rivals, change hasn't been made for its own sake.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline first drive – Not your typical truck

2017 Honda Ridgeline first drive – Not your typical truck

In trucks, as in all things, you can take the easy way or the hard way, and the 2017 Ridgeline suggests Honda has some masochists in its ranks. In a market filled with beefy, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin competitors, the second-generation Ridgeline takes a more measured, considered approach. That works for Civic and Accord, but are Tacoma and Colorado drivers really ready to embrace the thinking person's pickup?

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Logitech Base Review: The iPad Pro stand Apple should’ve made

Logitech Base Review: The iPad Pro stand Apple should’ve made

Apple's Smart Connector on the iPad Pro has more potential than just the Smart Keyboard case, but it's Logitech that's filling in the biggest gap for the high-end tablet. The Logitech Base gives your iPad Pro a permanent perch on your desktop, a sleek stand that not only works as a useful home for the slate, but keeps it charged up while it's there.

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NVIDIA GTX 1080 and 1070 – Two Titan X killers revealed

NVIDIA GTX 1080 and 1070 – Two Titan X killers revealed

Today, Nvidia’s Orderof10 countdown ended, and lead gamers in the Austin area on a scavenger hunt to get VIP access to a special announcement event at Emo’s club. Inside, around 500 people gathered to see what the company was announcing. We’ve seen rumors and hints for the last couple of weeks, so most people came in with at least some idea of what to expect. Of course, NVIDIA had plenty of surprises in store.

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Four things the 2016 Prius Two Eco gets absolutely right

Four things the 2016 Prius Two Eco gets absolutely right

Not for nothing is the Toyota Prius the chariot-of-choice for the eco pious. Toyota's segment-starting hybrid has become a mainstay of the green driving movement over its nearly two decades of production, at the same time racking up criticisms that it's more appliance than automobile. Along comes the fourth-generation 2016 Prius, however, and while you may be tempted to write it off as more of the same, it turns out there's a lot more changed than just the controversial looks.

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Fluance RT81 Turntable Review – Your retro gateway

Fluance RT81 Turntable Review – Your retro gateway

The current music industry pivot back to vinyl maybe have been exaggerated by the media, but it still warms my record-collecting heart to see so many new options available for those who enjoy listening to LPs. This includes a fresh crop of turntables being built by companies outside the mainstream of traditional platter-spinners like Sony, Technics, and Numark.

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Amazon Kindle Oasis Review – An embarrassment of riches

Amazon Kindle Oasis Review – An embarrassment of riches

Amazon is out of its mind, and yet for some reason I'm considering opening my wallet and spending hundreds of dollars on a Kindle Oasis. The company's new flagship ereader wows first with design, then with sticker-shock: closest yet in Amazon's quest to dethrone paper with its digital replacement, but out of the reach of all but the most dedicated, deep-pocketed readers.

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