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Samsung Gear VR Teardown (mini)

Samsung Gear VR Teardown (mini)

What follows is not a full teardown of the Samsung Gear VR. We're not going to go through all the steps involved in finding the right screwdrivers, spudgers, pins and all that. Instead we're going to go through the basics for two groups of people. First, the people that own Gear VR units that want to get inside without destroying their device. Second, for people who want to see what this device is made of. To the untrained eye, it's certainly not made of a lot, that's for certain.

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Divergent: Insurgent experience brings big screen to Gear VR

Divergent: Insurgent experience brings big screen to Gear VR

On the 27th of February, Lionsgate will be bringing a new app to the Gear VR virtual reality headset. This app will bring users to the film "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" before the film is released, and will be going on tour before release. That's confusing, we know. Before being released to the public on Gear VR, users will be able to see the experience on Gear VR headsets in several locations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, and San Francisco soon.

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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415

This week the folks at Qualcomm have introduced a number of new processors for high volume tiers of smartphones. They've started off with two families: Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 400. From there, you'll find units like the Snapdragon 620 and the Snapdragon 618 coming out, ready to "redefine the 600 tier with significantly higher levels of performance with integrated 64-bit ARM Cortex A-72 CPUs and new X8 LTE modems." There's also a new octa-core CPU for the 400 tier - so its looking like even the "lowest end" of the smartphone universe is coming up powerful!

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Marshall Major II returns in Brown, Pitch Black, and White

Marshall Major II returns in Brown, Pitch Black, and White

Back in 2012 we had our first listen on the Marshall headphones line with the original Major. Now comes not only the Major II, but the Major II in several new colors. This collection of headphones is bringing on a Pitch Black color - like the original, as well as one in Brown, and another in White. These headphones aim to take the already-impressive sounds delivered with the 2012 model up a notch with a number of improvements in physical shape and high-definition audio.

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Neptune Duo: an even stranger wearable

Neptune Duo: an even stranger wearable

The first wearable device by Neptune was a phone for your wrist. The second wearable from Neptune, called Neptune Duo, will be a phone for your wrist AND a device - like a smartphone - that uses your smartwatch as a base. So it's as if the team at Neptune decided that it didn't make enough sense for the smartphone to be the key device - like it is now - and decided to switch places with the smartwatch. How strange, you might say - how weird it is that they'd do such a thing!

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Pebble updates with Android Wear, Google Fit

Pebble updates with Android Wear, Google Fit

This week Pebble is taking on Google's wearable universe by updating with PlexFit and Android Wear notifications. To gain access to Google Fit - a Google-made and Google-handled fitness system for Android devices - Pebble now works with the PlexFit app. To take on Android Wear, Pebble's latest update integrates Android Wear notifications right at the source. This Android Wear system has been in Beta for several weeks and is now being released to the public in the latest Pebble Android app update.

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Kodak PIXPRO SL25 Smart Lens Camera Review

Kodak PIXPRO SL25 Smart Lens Camera Review

This is a camera that you strap on to your smartphone to take photos your smartphone might never have otherwise been able to take. The Kodak PIXPRO SL25 Smart Lens Camera works with software made by Pixpro, so you'll be connecting with a Pixpro app - if you wish - and you'll be working with a device that has Kodak and Pixpro branding on it. Can this device take on the smartphone segment and attach to a unique crew of photographers in the process?

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I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

This week it's become clear to me what Android Wear is doing wrong. It's not that the software isn't smooth. It's not that the software doesn't make sense. It's that Android Wear doesn't make good on the promise of a fully functional piece of smart equipment on my wrist. While a device like the LG G Watch R may be one of the finest smartwatches on the market today, it's still just a buzzer. Its main function is still secondary to the smartphone.

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LINE@ app launches to mix users with their fans

LINE@ app launches to mix users with their fans

LINE Corporation, the company behind the popular chatting app LINE, has announced the launch of a new option called LINE@. With LINE@, companies, brands, and popular users can communicate with their fans (or clients, customers, etc.) by posting things like business content and promotional materials, among other things. LINE@ users can chat individually with those they've friended, post messages for everyone who is following to see, and more. It is available now for both Android and iOS. Users can have multiple LINE@ accounts, says the company.

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Nintendo will be releasing a Mii mobile app

Nintendo will be releasing a Mii mobile app

Nintendo still isn't taking the plunge into mobile games, which is as disappointing as ever. It is, however, looking to dabble with mobile platforms, revealing that it will be creating a Mii app in the relatively near future. The information comes straight from Nintendo's President Satoru Iwata from an interview he recently had with The Nikkei. Amidst talks of the company's financials when asked about plans for smartphone games, he said using Mii characters as social avatars would be "fun".

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