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Oculus VR Facebook rebranding tipped: new interface and logo [UPDATE: Denied]

Oculus VR Facebook rebranding tipped: new interface and logo [UPDATE: Denied]

There’s a big change going on at Oculus VR this week. After announcing that they’d been acquired by Facebook for $2 billion USD in stock and cash, the team felt some relatively significant backlash from the internet-based public. Now they may be in for a second wave as word - the anonymous type, mind you - suggests that Facebook’s plans are to rebrand Oculus with a new interface and logo.

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Google Project Tango hands-on: 3D mapping with phones

Google Project Tango hands-on: 3D mapping with phones

Google loves smartphones, but with Project Tango it’s hoping to make them even smarter and more aware. The handiwork of Google’s skunkworks Advanced Technology and Projects Group, it explores what happens when you add high-resolution 3D mapping sensors to an Android device, and what the potential is for gaming and more. We caught up with Johnny Lee, technical program lead at Google, to find out more about the project and get some hands-on time with the prototype device.

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Facebook buys Oculus for Rift VR social

Facebook buys Oculus for Rift VR social

Facebook has bought Oculus, spending $2bn on the maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, in what the social network says will be a push to grow 3D vision in gaming, communications, and "new social experiences." The deal, which will be made up of around $400m in cash and the remainder in Facebook stock, is expected to close before the end of June 2014, and will help Facebook in not playing catch-up to future platforms as, founder Mark Zuckerberg concedes, it did with mobile.

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NVIDIA SHIELD gains remote game streaming: outside your network, anywhere

NVIDIA SHIELD gains remote game streaming: outside your network, anywhere

Starting this April, NVIDIA will be activating Remote GameStream abilities in Beta mode on their handheld gaming device NVIDIA SHIELD. In an update to NVIDIA SHIELD, the company will allow your PC to stream games outside your personal wireless network for the first time. Where before this ability was only allowed inside your own home (without creating your own server, that is), here NVIDIA opens the gates to "anywhere access."

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HTC One M8 vs Galaxy S5 in-store battle begins

HTC One M8 vs Galaxy S5 in-store battle begins

It’s a fight that’ll be fought on carrier displays - the HTC One M8 vs the Samsung Galaxy S5. Both devices have hit carriers this afternoon - the Samsung Galaxy S5 as early as this past Friday - with intent on taking the cake in Android-based smartphone supremacy. Of course they’re both aimed at taking the whole smartphone pie, but who is competing with who?

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HTC One M8 priced and released: same day in-store

HTC One M8 priced and released: same day in-store

In a relatively unprecedented move for a top-tier smartphone in recent times, HTC has made the HTC One M8 available the same day it’s been revealed to the public. As HTC makes the HTC One M8 (the successor to the HTC One (codename M7) from 2013 their official newest smartphone, they also release it to pre-orders on some carriers and in-store availability in others. This availability includes both USA and UK carrier locations, as well.

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HTC One M8 Review (2014)

HTC One M8 Review (2014)

The new HTC One (M8) needs to succeed, and HTC is taking no chances. As well as an even sleeker design, innovative Duo camera, and clever software enhancements, HTC is drastically cutting the waiting time, putting the new One up for sale from today across all four major US carriers as well as in select international markets. It's clear HTC has learned from its mistakes with the original One, but does the new One M8 deliver enough to give the company the edge this time around? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Google Glass inks Ray-Ban and Oakley frame deal

Google Glass inks Ray-Ban and Oakley frame deal

Google has inked a deal with Ray-Ban and Oakley parent company Luxottica to develop a Google Glass collection, potentially pushing the wearable computing platform directly into the gaze of the mass market. The collaboration will see a joint team of Google and Luxottica eyewear and wearable tech experts collaborate on "the design, development, tooling and engineering of Glass products" to make sporting a computer on your face more fashion-friendly.

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MOTO 360 details expand in image gush

MOTO 360 details expand in image gush

Diving a bit deeper into the Android Wear world from Motorola’s perspective, the MOTO 360 is being shared from a few more angles this week. This device is the first smartwatch from Motorola in the Android Wear age, the company having previously delved into this ecosystem with devices like MOTOACTV all the way back in 2011. Here and now Motorola gets classy with a glass-fronted circular smartwatch that’s not afraid to be understated.

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Virtual Reality gaming going multiplayer: Oculus and PS4 on deck

Virtual Reality gaming going multiplayer: Oculus and PS4 on deck

So you want to enter a virtual landscape where you can play any and all games in a holodeck-like situation, but you want to bring your buddies, too? The next generation of virtual reality gaming has your back. As we experienced at GDC 2014 and as is being re-confirmed again this week, the next wave isn’t all going to be about you escaping from the rest of the world - you aren’t going in alone!

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