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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review

Today we review the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active from AT&T. This device takes the innards of the Galaxy S6, expanding the exterior bits to make a device that's resistant to the elements as well as shock. You can drop this one. While the original Galaxy "Active" device wasn't quite as resistant to the one truest danger of all, dropping the darned thing, here we've been given a reprieve. And a good sign for the future. This device has everything the Galaxy S6 has, and more - a bigger battery too.

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Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

The Microsoft Lumia 640 isn't all that remarkable on its own. It's another Windows Phone device, made by the people who up until this past year were known as Nokia. Now it comes from Microsoft, and it's ready to roll for a cool $130 USD. That's a good value for what the device presents. But with today's Elop exit and news of Microsoft's reshuffling, is it a good time to be buying in to Microsoft's phone ecosystem? Or is this the company's last gasp before throwing in the towel?

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V-MODA 3D-prints $40,000 headphones with gold plates

V-MODA 3D-prints $40,000 headphones with gold plates

V-MODA announce their team-up with 3D printers to bring the most uniquely customizable headphones ever to the public. These headphones will have custom-designed shields made of a wide variety of materials, making them anywhere from $200 to $40,000 apiece. While V-MODA have been making laser-engraved shields for their headphones for many years, now they're going the extra mile. Now you're going to have the ability to make some of the strangest designs ever, in full 3D, in materials you'd never otherwise have jammed in a pair of cans.

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StarVR 5K 210-degree VR headset reborn

StarVR 5K 210-degree VR headset reborn

The first experience you're going to have on the 5K-toting StarVR might well be the most terrifying. This headset was previously called "InfinitEye" before the company was acquired by Starbreeze AB. This week Starbreeze Studios have announced that this headset would be renamed "Project StarVR." The acquisition of one company by the other means that InfinitEye is now part of Starbreeze, and that the two are more powerful and far more well suited for the quickly expanding VR ecosystem than they were apart.

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LG Smart Lighting joins the Apple HomeKit party to battle Hue

LG Smart Lighting joins the Apple HomeKit party to battle Hue

In the very near future, LG will release a number of smart lights and a hub which will be compatible with Apple HomeKit. This LG Smart Lighting solution is not LG's first - they also released a Bluetooth-friendly bulb called LG SmartLamp, allowing you to connect - one at a time - to each bulb within range. This new line of bulbs will all connect to a single device called a Scene Gateway, a hub that requires only power and a connection to your internet router.

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Why you’re going to want the 500GB SHIELD Pro

Why you’re going to want the 500GB SHIELD Pro

This week the SHIELD Pro - the larger internal storage size-toting version of the Android TV device - has begun shipping to users. In addition to rolling out with 500GB of internal storage space, says NVIDIA, this version of the device also comes bundled with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. This is the same device SlashGear took a close look at in our NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV review quite recently - both inside and out. This device is made to take over your living room entertainment, providing movies, music, and most of all games to your HD TV.

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Oculus Touch: up close with the next-gen VR controller

Oculus Touch: up close with the next-gen VR controller

Today Oculus announced Oculus Touch, a set of wireless controllers that allow the user to see gestures and movement in virtual reality. While the latest software for Oculus Rift did include visions of virtual reality hands, Oculus suggested today that they needed to go a step further. Beginning their special Oculus Rift event out with word that the headset would ship with an Xbox One controller, they went on to show a couple of hand-held joysticks with halos around them. This is the controller setup that'll usher in the future, so they suggest.

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Gleaning information from the Oculus Rift CV1 “leak”

Gleaning information from the Oculus Rift CV1 “leak”

This morning a set of images of the final version of the Oculus Rift consumer version (CV1) were leaked. While at first it appeared that these images were finalized photos of the headset set to be released next year and revealed in full tomorrow, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey took to Reddit to confirm the "placeholder" nature of the images. In short - they look radical, they look great, but they're not what you're going to be buying in 2016. They're close, but no cigar.

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Holus promises Princess Leia holograms from your phone

Holus promises Princess Leia holograms from your phone

Holographic tabletop platform Holus connects to smartphones, tablets, and PCs to turn 2D content to 3D holograms. This machine uses projection in a pyramid-like structure inside a table-like box that allows you to display and interact with 3D content. Users are able to connect with the machine using full-sized HDMI and/or USB, and connections are supported through several types of smart devices. This is a crowdfunded project for now, but in the first 20 minutes of being on Kickstarter, it's both reached and surpassed it's goal by over 150%.

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Oculus rebrand in effect with 48-hour countdown

Oculus rebrand in effect with 48-hour countdown

Oculus releases a bit of a rebrand in their company as they begin a 48-hour countdown to their first consumer-aimed special event. This event will take place on June 11th, providing information about the release of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The rebranding of the company includes a strong logo type with the word oculus in all lower-cased letters as well as a "stadium" mark - a bit of a flattened-top and bottom oval representing the vision of the company. Observe the future of VR, brand-wise.

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