virtual reality

Facebook acquires TBE, makes VR audio apps free

Facebook acquires TBE, makes VR audio apps free

Two Big Ears has been acquired by Facebook, making the entire "Spacial Workstation" for Cinematic VR and 360 audio free for all users. Facebook has made this software suite part of their own, offering the public a download which includes tools for three audio apps as well as their Facebook 360 encoder app and stand-alone video player. While Facebook has yet to release a VR video editor, this gets them a whole lot closer.

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OnePlus 3 to be released in VR, thousands of VR viewers given for event

OnePlus 3 to be released in VR, thousands of VR viewers given for event

This week the OnePlus 3 is being teased by the folks at OnePlus, a group that previously gave away thousands of "Cardboard" viewers with Google's spec. Now they're bringing the idea back, giving away thousands of an accessory they call the Loop VR. They've also gone so far as to show the OnePlus 3 off in the video by sliding it in to the headset. You won't get any additional specs here, unfortunately.

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Android starts to Tango as iPhone potential wanes

Android starts to Tango as iPhone potential wanes

While Apple's next iPhone seems to show little potential for great change, Google announces Android software integration with one of their most forward-thinking projects ever: Tango. Apple has built a massive consumer following with the idea that their iPhone is reliable, secure, and ubiquitous - unavoidably present in the public eye. Google, on the other hand, creates the software that manufacturers of all sorts then use to create their own, unique smartphones. This week, Google announced that they'd be adding Tango software to the next version of Android. This could change the public's expectations for a great smartphone entirely.

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Oculus is shooting itself in the foot with DRM

Oculus is shooting itself in the foot with DRM

When you release the "next big thing" in your particular corner of the market, a company relies on a few things to ensure its success. One key component is making sure that the product delivers on all of its promises. Another is to rely on brand recognition to get people to purchase it. And finally, you have to make sure that you don't manage to upset your user base before they even get your product into their hands. Oculus seems to be struggling pretty hard with that last part, currently.

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Oculus locks out Vive users with new DRM

Oculus locks out Vive users with new DRM

Last month we found out that there was a way for HTC Vive owners to play games that were only meant for use with the Oculus Rift, called Revive. This was pretty big news, as it was the first time that anyone had been able to do it. And while it was a hack, users were happy to be able to use their hardware with games that they want to play. Unfortunately, that fun has come to an end, thanks to an update from Oculus.

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IMAX virtual reality movie theaters are coming this year

IMAX virtual reality movie theaters are coming this year

IMAX, the company behind the technology used in those really big movie theater screens that certain films play on, has plans to give virtual reality a similar theater-going experience. Before the end of the year, IMAX will open six locations to host "VR experiences" that go above and beyond what consumers can get at home, reports the Wall Street Journal. These experiences will held in places like movie theaters and malls, starting with Los Angeles and eventually heading to China.

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Everything you need to know from Google IO 2016

Everything you need to know from Google IO 2016

This morning we've collected every bit of news from Google I/O 2016, sorting it all out into easily digestible bits. Each of the news items you'll find in our list below has a link (or more than one link) to a more in-depth related story. You can get the basics here, or drop in on whichever subjects you like to keep your mind reeling. Learn a little or learn a lot - whatever you want!

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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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See the new YouTube VR app for Daydream

See the new YouTube VR app for Daydream

This morning Google gave a first glance at their newest VR app - YouTube VR for Daydream. This app will show off both spherical 360 videos as well as flat videos all in a virtual space. This release will build on Google's releases of new video and audio formats on YouTube for VR - both Spacial Audio and 360-degree video included. What we're able to see thus far is limited - but extremely encouraging and full of potential.

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How Google will bring Daydream to you

How Google will bring Daydream to you

Google's been hard at work over the past couple of years getting a virtual reality platform ready for the planet - this week they've opened the doors. With Google's "Daydream", developers will be given the keys to the mobile VR vehicle, and smartphone users will be taken for a ride. Not just a flat, smartphone screen ride, but a 3D, spherical, immersive ride, the likes of which have only been available with multi-hundred-dollar headsets before now.

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Google will make its own Daydream VR kit

Google will make its own Daydream VR kit

Google won't be leaving adoption of Daydream, its virtual reality platform built on Android, to chance: it's going to make its own headset, just to be sure. The plans were revealed during a VR-focused session at Google I/O this morning, the company's annual developer event, with VP of VR Clay Bavor confirming that, while third-party firms would be free to develop their own Daydream hardware, they'll face Google-made competition on store shelves.

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The must-read news from Google I/O 2016

The must-read news from Google I/O 2016

At the 2016 Google I/O 2016 developers conference, the company revealed software for their products and specifications for hardware for the future. Today we're running down all the bits and pieces in as simplified a way as possible for the common user - with links to more in-depth data collections for those that wish to go the extra mile. This wrap-up will be updated as Google and friends reveal more information throughout the week, and will be locked up at the end of the event series.

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