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NextVR aims to transform sports entertainment forever

NextVR aims to transform sports entertainment forever

Late last month, the virtual reality specialists at NextVR successfully tested out transmission of an NHL game with Live VR. This means that no matter where you are - just so long as you have an internet connection - you'll be able to watch the game. Not just from whatever perspective the standard camera wishes you to view - but from the perspective of someone who's down in a front-row seat. This week we had a chat with the co-founders of NextVR about how they made headway at a 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series LA Kings vs. San Jose Sharks Game.

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HTC Grip hands-on; finally, an HTC wearable

HTC Grip hands-on; finally, an HTC wearable

As expected, HTC now has a wearable. The company has long been complimentary of wearables, and vowed long ago to have one for us at some point. With the Grip, HTC hopes to get a grip on the wearable market, and tough it has a display — the Grip is more fitness wearable than smartwatch. It also makes good on HTC’s partnership with Under Armour, and when we consider other moves Under Armour has made, could make this wearable a go-to for fitness buffs.

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Daytona Rising: Reinventing a NASCAR icon

Daytona Rising: Reinventing a NASCAR icon

NASCAR. That’s just over-powered cars going in a circle for hours, right? As the Daytona 500 reaches its horsepower-heavy crescendo today, it’s the iconic racetrack, the Daytona International Speedway, which is sharing a little more of the spotlight than usual. Coaxing fans out from their living rooms and the surfeit of entertainment options there isn’t a unique problem in sports, but it’s one that sponsor-dependent NASCAR faces more than most. The answer is Daytona Rising, an ambitious program designed not only to renovate the grandstand but to turn the historic track into what Joie Chitwood, President of the Speedway, describes as “the first and only motorsports stadium.” I headed out to Florida to find out how new tech is bringing the race experience up to speed.

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Mayweather/Pacquiao megafight brilliantly announced via Shots

Mayweather/Pacquiao megafight brilliantly announced via Shots

How do you go about getting some attention if you’re Floyd Mayweather? A nickname like ‘Money’ doesn’t hurt, especially after you shed the ‘Pretty Boy’ moniker. Talking about the cash you earn on social media  doesn’t hurt, either (we're definitely jealous). Having your own social platform in Shots — yeah, that’s a solid method, too. Finally facing the one fighter fans and pundits think you should before retirement is also a solid way to grab headlines. Breaking news of that fight on Shots? Brilliant.

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HTC out in the open with Esports

HTC out in the open with Esports

Back a few weeks ago, HTC launched (publicly) their HTC Esports initiative. They're sponsoring Esports teams now, and they're being fairly open about it. Not that it was a secret, but given their relative lack of hard-and-fast connections (hardware) to the gaming universe, it's not immediately apparent why HTC would be doing such a thing. Today, HTC released a video by the by the name of "Rebirth: What Is Esports." Sounds like a bit of a play on the name of the camera HTC Re, doesn't it?

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ESPN gets iOS makeover, full Android update ‘in a few months’

ESPN gets iOS makeover, full Android update ‘in a few months’

ESPN might be the worldwide leader when it comes to sports information delivery, but apps — not so much. On iOS, ESPN has separate apps for the iPhone and iPad. Dubbed SportsCenter and ScoreCenter, respectively, the duopoly was confusing, but necessary. The larger iPad brought more to the table than the smaller iPhone, but now that we’ve got larger iPhones, ESPN is bringing some solidarity to their app offerings. A new app, simply known as ESPN, will be available on both iPhone and iPad, and has been reworked form the ground up.

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Enko running shoes absorbs shocks, boosts strides

Enko running shoes absorbs shocks, boosts strides

Technology these days has us focusing on our health and fitness, but most of them through monitoring devices like smartwatches and fitness bands. But sometimes, the most efficient and effective improvement doesn't have to be the most sophisticated or complicated. Like these pair of Enko running shoes. You won't find any digital or smart component in here. What you will discover, instead, are shock absorbers that not only protect your feet from injury-causing impact, but also stores and then releases energy in order to give your feet a push to power up your running.

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Super Bowl weekend gets ‘beaconized’ courtesy of Gimbal

Super Bowl weekend gets ‘beaconized’ courtesy of Gimbal

As the sporting world steadies its gaze on Phoenix this weekend, there’s more than just a Super Bowl going on. The event, once just a game to decide the champions of the NFL, has morphed into a festival. Much like the NFL has grown, so has their coup de grace. If you’re weaving your way through the festivities orbiting the Super Bowl this weekend, you might even find your phone is getting in on the action, helping you find great stuff to do.

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Zepp launches personalized feedback for wearable with app update

Zepp launches personalized feedback for wearable with app update

Data gathered through wearable sensors is nothing without context, which is why Zepp is updating their apps today to better serve athletes who utilize their multi-sport sensor. With the move to version 2.2 for Zepp Golf, Zepp Baseball, and Zepp Tennis, users will get access to Insights, a new feature from Zepp that gives personalized feedback based on information Zepp’s sensor provides to the app. Users will get personalized feedback and suggested drills to correct mistakes, or build on already good performance.

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NFL, Google huddle to bring Super Bowl to YouTube, Search

NFL, Google huddle to bring Super Bowl to YouTube, Search

The team-up that many have been waiting for is happening at long last. The NFL and Google have signed up a deal that will bring the upcoming SuperBowl XLIX front and center in Google's world. But don't get the wrong idea. The deal in place only covers search results, clips, and, of course, ads, with revenue being shared by the two. Official NFL content must still be consumed from NFL's own source or partners, with Google providing only a teaser and a gateway to the Super Bowl world.

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