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Google’s great democratization of Virtual Reality

Google’s great democratization of Virtual Reality

Google is primed to further expand their delivery system for virtual reality content (VR) this year as cardboard is called just "the first step" by the CEO of Alphabet. As we mentioned earlier this morning with the following article, Google's about to make another sweeping gesture: Google Android VR tipped to take on Oculus, Samsung Gear VR. They're going to do it. They're going to come in and give VR to everyone like Oprah giving her audience a bunch of bees. It's going to be amazing.

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Splash Cars channels Splatoon for Android and iOS

Splash Cars channels Splatoon for Android and iOS

Developer Craneballs releases game Splash Cars for iOS and Android, channeling the Nintendo Wii game Splatoon in the process. This game has its users driving tiny cars and trucks, rolling around maps that are subsequently covered in paint. This game follows the "paint road racer", you, the hero. In your mission you'll not only paint the world red (or blue, or green), you'll summon friendly citizens to help you. You'll be at war with your fellow paint racers - it's up to you to re-create and paint the world in your image.

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Odd Project Ara “tablet” sighted in benchmark site

Odd Project Ara “tablet” sighted in benchmark site

If you have forgotten about Project Ara, Google's promise of a modular smartphone, you can, perhaps, be forgiven a bit. Promised, although tentatively, to launch sometime in early 2015, the now almost mythical device is still nowhere to be seen. Except in developer conferences, blog posts, and, apparently, benchmarking websites. An certain Google Project Ara, model A8A01, appeared on GFXBench and while most of the specs seem normal for a high-end smartphone these days, one detail or two make it sound more like an odd and gigantic tablet instead.

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Google Android VR tipped to take on Oculus, Samsung Gear VR

Google Android VR tipped to take on Oculus, Samsung Gear VR

Google already has one foot in the virtual reality train but Cardboard is more like a tentative, hobbyist contraption more than a serious, longer lasting consumer product. Well, that is about to change, according to the usual people familiar with the matter. Google is allegedly working on a new virtual headset along with an accompanying "Android VR" platform, that will also use smartphones as the display and processing power. In other words, it will be a direct jab at Samsung's Gear VR, jointly made with Oculus, now part of Google's rival Facebook.

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London wants Google to bring its autonomous cars across the pond

London wants Google to bring its autonomous cars across the pond

Now that Google's little self-driving pod cars are making their way to more cities in the US for testing, overseas metropolises are starting to show an interest. Transportation officials in London revealed this week that they've begun early discussions with Google to bring their autonomous cars to the UK capital. This new comes right after the vehicles have made Washington State their third testing ground, following cities in Texas and California.

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Google looking into wireless charging for its self-driving cars

Google looking into wireless charging for its self-driving cars

As Google's self-driving cars continue to make progress and move to more locations for testing, it appears the company is now making plans on how to better charge the small pod cars. A FCC filing discovered by IEEE Spectrum indicated that Google is looking into wireless charging as an option, with plans to install system around its headquarters, as well as the former Air Force base that serves as the self-driving testing grounds.

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Google releases Android Studio 2.0 beta with improved developer tools

Google releases Android Studio 2.0 beta with improved developer tools

Google has just announced that a beta of its Android Studio 2.0 software is now available for download, offering new and improved tools for Android app developers. As the latest version of the IDE (integrated development environment), Android Studio 2.0 doesn't have a confirmed release date yet, but sometime before May seems likely. Those interested in trying it out can download it now from the Beta channel website.

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DIY Bullet Time with your smartphone (and a prayer)

DIY Bullet Time with your smartphone (and a prayer)

Professional skier Nicolas Vuignier has done an experiment in which he whips his iPhone around his head on a string. As he does so, he films the process. As the process unfolds, slow-motion video captures Vuignier in what's commonly referred to as Bullet Motion. Think The Matrix. Remember Neo. The action you're about to see is going to blow your mind, if only because it's been done so simply.

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Android Wear speakers activate today

Android Wear speakers activate today

Starting this afternoon, Android Wear smartwatches will be able to use their built-in speakers. Just so long as they have them installed. Users who have a Huawei Watch or the ASUS ZenWatch 2 (49mm) will be getting an Android Wear update that may surprise them. Believe it or not, these two watches (and some future watches) have a speaker inside that hasn't yet been activated. After this update from Google, it's go time.

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Goblin VR folds flat, fits in your pocket

Goblin VR folds flat, fits in your pocket

Amongst the many mobile VR headsets available in the wild today is a new "Goblin VR" headset, built to Google Cardboard Standard 2.0 and able to fold flat to fit in your pocket. It's simple. It's light. It's made of materials you will feel slightly less silly wearing on your face. It'll work with your iPhone and your Android as well, for devices with displays up to 6-inches diagonally - so your phablets can come to play.

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Google tipped to endorse Qualcomm’s server chips over Intel

Google tipped to endorse Qualcomm’s server chips over Intel

Intel's server business, which is currently its strongest business, might soon be shaken up. And not directly by a rival chip maker. Instead, it will be Google's expected endorsement next week that could spell trouble for Intel. According to insider sources, Google, who is considered to be the world's biggest buyer of server processors, will be publicly singing of Qualcomm's server chips at an investor event next week. Qualcomm, who already poses a threat to Intel because of its dominance in the mobile market, could soon be eating a huge chunk of Intel's server pie as well.

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