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Admitting cool hardware isn’t enough, Magic Leap invests big in AR content

Admitting cool hardware isn’t enough, Magic Leap invests big in AR content

Magic Leap has acquired FuzzyCube Software, according to sources, as part of a growing effort to create content for its eventual mixed-reality hardware. According to the sources, Magic Leap also considered buying Moonbot Studios, an animation firm behind some award-winning animations. That deal reportedly didn't go through, though Magic Leap is said to have still managed to nab twelve of its animators and artists for its own products.

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AMD acquires Nitero, a wireless VR and AR company

AMD acquires Nitero, a wireless VR and AR company

AMD has announced the acquisition of Nitero, a company that focuses on wireless virtual reality and augmented reality solutions. According to AMD, it has acquired the company's key engineers, as well as its intellectual property, the combination of which will help usher in a future where high-end VR is delivered without the cable tether. The finer details about the deal, such as how much AMD paid, weren't provided.

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The Pink Moon rises tonight: all the details for seeing it yourself

The Pink Moon rises tonight: all the details for seeing it yourself

Later on tonight -- or in the early morning hours, depending on your location -- the night sky will be illuminated by the first full moon of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, the Pink Moon. If you're hoping to see a Pepto-pink moon tonight, don't get your hopes up -- the name refers to a type of flower that typically blooms this time of year, not the color of the moon itself. Still, stargazers and astro-enthusiasts will have a prime opportunity to get some nice shots of the moon in the coming hours.

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ZTE Quartz smartwatch is now official and heading to T-Mobile

ZTE Quartz smartwatch is now official and heading to T-Mobile

Reports of an inbound ZTE Quartz smartwatch surfaced back in February, and following that it leaked again in March. Now the wearable has been made official in a roundabout sort of way, appearing on T-Mobile's website as an upcoming product. Though the model is currently listed only as 'coming soon,' the T-Mobile product page does reveal the watch's various features.

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Expedia taps VR to offer immersive virtual room tours

Expedia taps VR to offer immersive virtual room tours

We've seen VR used to ease patients' pain and increase the thrill of real-life rollercoasters, and now we're seeing it make its way into the travel industry. Booking website Expedia is planning to offer virtual reality tours of rooms to give prospective customers an immersive tour ahead of time. The idea here is that while photos on the website give some idea of what the room is like, VR is as close as the person can get to actually being in the room short of booking.

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Yuneec Breeze FPV camera drone gets livestreaming support

Yuneec Breeze FPV camera drone gets livestreaming support

Yuneec Breeze, the camera drone with a relatively unique first-person-view system, has announced new support for livestreaming video. With this, users are able to livestream their drone's activities on certain popular platforms including Facebook and YouTube, greatly increasing the drone's usefulness for the average user. The livestreaming feature has arrived in the iOS and Android apps, among other things.

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Penna is a retro Bluetooth keyboard that looks swiped from a typewriter

Penna is a retro Bluetooth keyboard that looks swiped from a typewriter

What's old is new again, or so the saying goes. Many typists and writers romanticize the classic typewriter, and that has lead to various typewriter-esque keyboards over the years. Joining them is Penna, a Bluetooth keyboard that'll appeal to even the most discerning hipster. The model looks very similar to a classic typewriter, but with some modern features including a built-in tablet stand and wireless connectivity.

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JVC Marshmallow 2017 series headphones and earbuds arrive

JVC Marshmallow 2017 series headphones and earbuds arrive

JVC is known for its inexpensive audio products, ones that have surprisingly decent audio quality for their price. Perhaps most popular among the company's headphones offerings is its Marshmallow series, a product line mostly composed of earbuds. If your old Marshmallows are wearing out and you're in the market for a new pair, JVC has several options to choose from, having recently taken the wraps off its new Marshmallow HA-FX39BT, HA-ET50BT, HA-EC30BT, HA-S190BN, and HA-S90BN wireless models.

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ADATA UV310 is a sleek and waterproof metal 64GB flash drive

ADATA UV310 is a sleek and waterproof metal 64GB flash drive

ADATA has taken the wraps off a new sleek metal USB flash drive, one featuring a shiny and durable metal design with a large open loop on the end and dark, stamped branding on the top. The drive is long and looks well when paired with any device, including high-end and aluminum laptops. The style isn't unlike what we've seen from Samsung, though it does have its own small bits of uniqueness. This joins the company's array of other, mostly less attractive, flash drive offerings.

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Invader Zim will rise again…in the form of a TV movie

Invader Zim will rise again…in the form of a TV movie

The Nickelodeon cartoon Invader Zim invaded our hearts and imaginations more than a decade ago, only to end up short-lived and relegated to online streaming services. If you've long awaited the classic cartoon's return, there's good news coming your way: Invader Zim will be hitting televisions soon(ish) in the form of a made-for-TV animated movie. A teaser trailer for the movie has already been released.

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Xiaomi Mi Panoramic Camera has two sensors for 360-degree content

Xiaomi Mi Panoramic Camera has two sensors for 360-degree content

Chinese company Xiaomi has introduced its new Mi Panoramic Camera, a slim square-shaped camera with two image sensors for capturing 360-degree content. Xiaomi designed the camera to function as something like a multi-purpose camera -- it can be used traditionally when panoramic content isn't needed, and that is joined by three other camera modes. Joining the camera is a tiny included tripod.

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LG G6 is now available in the US: free Google Home included

LG G6 is now available in the US: free Google Home included

LG Electronics' newest flagship Android smartphone, the LG G6, is now available to consumers in the United States. Buyers can grab the handset for the four big carriers -- Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint -- as well as a U.S. Cellular model. Best Buy is also offering the handset if you prefer to buy from the big blue retailer rather than through a carrier. Those who get the handset will also receive a free Google Home device.

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