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Chime wants to be the Keurig of chai tea: Hands-on

Chime wants to be the Keurig of chai tea: Hands-on

Chai tea is a complicated thing, and startup Chime wants to give it the same geek upgrade coffee has seen over the past five years. Though you wouldn't necessarily know it to drink the syrupy Starbucks beverage claiming to be a chai latte, a proper cup of chai tea takes some serious effort to prepare: Chime is promising to address all that, with the convenience of a Keurig but the authenticity of a hand-made drink.

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Google Daydream Dev Kit first-impressions: Nexus Smooth

Google Daydream Dev Kit first-impressions: Nexus Smooth

Google offers developers their first hands-on opportunity with their newest VR setup, the Daydream Dev Kit. The fact that I'm able to get a Google Daydream "Dev Kit" by doing some simple tweaks to hardware I've already got on-hand today is a real testament to the versatility - and future versatility - this platform is all about. While later this year Google and 3rd-party manufacturers will create consumer-ready Daydream VR kits, today we can make our own. All we need is a Nexus 6P, another Android smartphone, and a desktop or laptop computer - plus some patience.

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This is Xiaomi’s Mi Box, the new Android TV superstar

This is Xiaomi’s Mi Box, the new Android TV superstar

Android TV hasn't quite managed to clamber aboard the hype-train yet, but if any company can light a fanboy fire for the set-top box platform, it's Xiaomi. The Chinese firm - and outspoken VP Hugo Barra - brought the Xiaomi Mi Box along to Google I/O this week for its first public outing, complete with 4K Ultra HD resolution and a pair of very different controllers.

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Cyberpong VR Review : Simple and Sharp

Cyberpong VR Review : Simple and Sharp

Brickbreaker for virtual reality - the first iteration of brick-breaker, you might call it. That's what Cyberpong VR is. This game was developed by the folks at developer studio Colopl NI, who suggest that it "takes the core experience of classic paddle ball games and brings it to life in an immersive and futuristic game world fully controlled by the player." That it does indeed.

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VR Recording with Mixed Reality: Our First Trials

VR Recording with Mixed Reality: Our First Trials

Today we're going to talk briefly about what we're doing in virtual reality - specifically in attempting to capture what it's like to be IN the virtual realm. It's not enough, we think, to just show the flat feed - though we've had to do that already several times. It's also not enough just to show two screens - flat feed and a real view of the user with a VR headset on. That shows what's going on, certainly, but it doesn't go far enough in showing what the user is seeing, hearing, and experiencing.

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Sennheiser has a fix for bad GoPro audio

Sennheiser has a fix for bad GoPro audio

GoPro's action cameras might be the go-anywhere video recording option for racing, biking, and other extreme sports, but the audio they capture has always been the ugly sibling. Sennheiser, though, believes it may have the answer with its new, microphone-toting GoPro camera case, one of the first products to launch under the GoPro Developer Program.

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Fisher-Price is making kid-safe baby moments with GoPro

Fisher-Price is making kid-safe baby moments with GoPro

GoPro cameras might be most commonly associated with track days and extreme sports, but if Fisher-Price has its way you'll be using them to record your kids, too. The company is one of more than a hundred different firms taking part in the GoPro Developer Program, the camera specialist's attempt to turn its product line into a whole ecosystem.

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Amazon’s new Kindle Oasis is insanely thin and painfully expensive

Amazon’s new Kindle Oasis is insanely thin and painfully expensive

If ever an ereader was aspirational, the Kindle Oasis, Amazon's eighth generation and most dramatically impressive to-date, is it. Taking the online retail behemoth's aping of paper with the flexibility of digital books to its most extreme example so far, the Kindle Oasis promises cutting-edge ergonomics along with the flexibility of not one, but two batteries and a clever way to carry both. It comes at a hefty price, however.

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This is the HTC 10: First Impressions

This is the HTC 10: First Impressions

HTC had stopped listening, but it learned its lesson with the new HTC 10. Back in 2013 HTC unveiled the flagship One M7, and was widely praised for its unibody design, purposefully different approach to phone photography, and overall user-experience. In trying to keep up with the ever-present threat of Apple's iPhone and the increasingly polished - and heavily promoted - Samsung Galaxy line, though, HTC lost its way.

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Plantronics BackBeat GO 3 first-impressions

Plantronics BackBeat GO 3 first-impressions

Usually, with headphones you have a choice: the convenience of Bluetooth and no wires, or the audio quality of wired, but the fuss of cords and cables in your pocket or bag. Plantronics believes its latest wireless headphones address that, with the BackBeat GO 3 offering not only lengthy runtimes - and even more if you pair them with the optional charging pouch - but the promise of far improved sound over rivals.

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HP’s Apple-baiting Spectre isn’t its only slick new laptop today

HP’s Apple-baiting Spectre isn’t its only slick new laptop today

All eyes may be on HP's new Spectre 13.3, dubbed the world's thinnest notebook, but if sacrificing touch and 4K are too big a compromise for you, fear not. The new ultraportable makes do with a non-touchscreen Full HD display - not to mention only USB-C ports for connectivity - in order to hit its 10.4mm thickness, but there are three other new HP models revealed today which balance their scales a little differently.

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HTC Vive’s secret sauce is casual gaming

HTC Vive’s secret sauce is casual gaming

HTC Vive isn't a small investment in time, gadgetry, or of course money. You'd be forgiven for assuming that, with its huge box full of headset, controllers, motion-tracking base stations, and all the many cables and power adapters that keep them connected and running, playing with Vive would be a similarly involved process. Still, you'd be wrong.

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