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Oculus Crescent Bay revealed: 360 tracking & 3D sound

Oculus Crescent Bay revealed: 360 tracking & 3D sound

Oculus VR has revealed a new virtual reality prototype, Crescent Bay, promising greater precision in motion tracking, more immersive sound, and another step closer to the consumer version. Oculus Crescent Bay, launched at the Oculus Connect conference, has the sort of all-round improvements that "allow for a level of presence that's impossible to achieve with DK2," CEO Brendan Iribe claims, referring to the previous DK2 prototype announced back in March.

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NVIDIA VR Direct: Oculus Optimized

NVIDIA VR Direct: Oculus Optimized

NVIDIA is taking the Virtual Reality world head-on with a feature suite called VR Direct. This NVIDIA-made system works with the lowering of latency, VR SLI, VR DSR, MFAA, Auto Asynchronous Warp, and "Auto Stereo." This all starts with latency - the most important element in VR. If the image you’re looking at moves slower than your head thinks it should, you’ll get sick. From there, everything else can expand.

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Galaxy Note 4 available Oct 17, pre-orders tomorrow

Galaxy Note 4 available Oct 17, pre-orders tomorrow

Right on the heels of the announcement of the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung has announced availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. This device is part of the line of devices credited with bringing the massive-screen smartphone to the market, and this generation’s version is the first with a higher-than-1080p display. This device also has an advanced S Pen for writing as well as a metal rim.

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Wifi smartphone charging adopted by mystery brand

Wifi smartphone charging adopted by mystery brand

Well if that isn’t the most mysterious title for an article about a next-generation wireless charging technology, I don’t know what is. The folks at Energous have shared some information this week about their technology "WattUp", a technology that’ll allow you to charge your phone while you walk around your home. Someone adopted their technology, but they can’t say who.

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iOS 8 hits iPhone: here’s what you get

iOS 8 hits iPhone: here’s what you get

Today’s the big day: iOS 8 is here. Starting today, iFans everywhere will get iOS 8 pushed to their phones. After a download, things change quite a bit. Though not the aesthetic change from iOS 6 to iOS 7, iOS 8 adds a lot more functionality than you may know about. Here’s what you can expect.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Review: Bigger is Better

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Review: Bigger is Better

Apple promised us something big, and it delivered both metaphorically and literally. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus take Apple's flagship smartphone in new directions, finally bowing to consumer demand for larger handsets. These aren't just your old iPhone made bigger, however: a combination of broad hardware improvements and iOS 8 makes sure of that. Question is, does bigger mean better, or has Apple lost its legendary ease of use in the process? Read on for my full review.

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My Maps: customize your Google Maps experience

My Maps: customize your Google Maps experience

A little-known system called My Maps has just been updated by Google for Google Maps. What you’re able to do - and what I’ll be showing you here - is take what Google has made with Google Maps and add your own special markers, trails, and directions. You can take what you’ve made, then, and share with friends, coworkers, and associates.

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Moto X (2014) Review: Finally, a true Motorola flagship

Moto X (2014) Review: Finally, a true Motorola flagship

Motorola never quite got the praise it deserved with the original Moto X, the company's decision to step off the specs bandwagon unduly masked by relatively uninspiring design. Now, the 2014 model arrives to rectify that, sharing the same name but stepping up performance, aesthetics, and - essential for any device with ambitions to play among the flagships - build quality. Has the Moto X finally got the balance right? Read on for our full review.

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Moto 360 Review: Flawed Charm

Moto 360 Review: Flawed Charm

The Moto 360 has a lot to live up to. Motorola's wearable spoiled our first taste of Android Wear smartwatches back in July, leaving the first square-faced examples to run the platform looking hopelessly geeky in comparison. Arguably the closest to a regular watch in design we've seen so far, and - though the Apple Watch may respectfully disagree - quite possibly the most handsome, the Moto 360 certainly has the style box ticked, but is that enough to earn a place on the wrist?

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