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Oculus Rift gets its 2nd permanent price drop this year

Oculus Rift gets its 2nd permanent price drop this year

It appears that Oculus really wants to take the fight to HTC VIVE. The Oculus Rift has been on sale in a bundle with its Touch controllers for a few days now, dropping the package's price to $399 and severely undercutting the cost of a VIVE headset. Today, Oculus announced that the Rift will be getting a permanent price cut once the Summer of Rift sale wraps up.

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Samsung talks Galaxy Note 8 reveal and release

Samsung talks Galaxy Note 8 reveal and release

Have a glance around the internet right now and you'll see plenty of stories about the Galaxy Note 8 and when we can expect it to release. Following new reports that were published yesterday, it now seems like Samsung will announce the Note 8 during a New York event on August 23. Now Samsung itself is getting in on the fun, with Samsung Electronics president of mobile communications Gao Dongzhen spilling some details on the Note 8's launch.

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A new $200 Oculus headset could make VR mainstream

A new $200 Oculus headset could make VR mainstream

When it comes to VR, customers have options on both the high-end and the low-end, but nothing that's firmly in the mid-range. If you want an introduction to virtual reality, Samsung's Gear VR makes a good jumping off point, as all you need is a Samsung phone to make it work. On the other side of the coin, HTC and Oculus have the high-end on lock down with headsets that cost hundreds of dollars and require a beefy PC to work. What about everyone else who may want a reasonably powerful headset that doesn't require a PC? Oculus may be gearing up to unveil a headset aimed at that very segment.

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Official Mario Kart VR will crush your dreams: here’s why

Official Mario Kart VR will crush your dreams: here’s why

Nintendo has certainly flirted with the idea of VR in the past, but once the Switch arrived on the scene, hopes of Nintendo pursuing console-based virtual reality were dashed. Unlike the PlayStation 4, the Switch doesn't really lend itself well to virtual reality. That doesn't mean that Nintendo is opposed to VR, it just needs to find the right platform for it first.

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With new TV and AV controls, Alexa inches closer to ruling the Internet of Things

With new TV and AV controls, Alexa inches closer to ruling the Internet of Things

Alexa's abilities when it comes to controlling the devices in your living room just keep on expanding. A few weeks ago, Amazon expanded access to Alexa's Video Skills API, allowing developers to integrate Alexa into their services and let users find video content though voice commands. Today, Amazon is bolstering the Smart Home API, adding functionality to control devices like TVs, AV receivers, and IR hubs with Alexa.

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This is how PlayerUnknowns’s Battlegrounds next update gets a lot more hardcore

This is how PlayerUnknowns’s Battlegrounds next update gets a lot more hardcore

The next update for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is going to be a big one. We don't know everything that's going to be included in it, but earlier today, PUBG visionary Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene tweeted out that it will at last deliver the oft-requested first-person only mode. Servers hosting this mode will appropriately be referred to as "hardcore servers" in-game.

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5 things you should know before the Destiny 2 Beta release

5 things you should know before the Destiny 2 Beta release

After months of talk and teases, the Destiny 2 beta is nearly upon us. In just a few short days, gamers playing on PS4 and Xbox One will be able to get an early look at the game. With a game as big as Destiny 2, there are quite few things about this beta to cover, so here are five things you need to know before you dive in.

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Here we go again: Verizon’s data leak will make you mad

Here we go again: Verizon’s data leak will make you mad

Another day, another security breach: researchers at UpGuard have revealed that Verizon suffered a fairly massive data leak, exposing personal information on millions of customers. In this case, it wasn't Verizon itself that is responsible for the leak, but rather a third-party company partnered with Verizon. This breach also has a few things in common with the RNC leak that we learned about late last month.

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New Nintendo 3DS production ends in Japan

New Nintendo 3DS production ends in Japan

Well this is interesting: it appears that Nintendo has decided to stop New 3DS production in Japan. This is the second time this year that we've received such an announcement pertaining to Nintendo's hardware. Back in January, shortly before the launch of the Switch, Nintendo stopped production on the Wii U as well.

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Mysterious new Pokemon trailer hints at strange things

Mysterious new Pokemon trailer hints at strange things

It would seem that something big is being planned in the world of Pokemon. Earlier today, a mysterious new trailer appeared on Pokemon's Japanese Youtube channel. This new trailer is clearly teasing something, and it's doing so in a very creepy - almost unsettling - way.

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Apple tosses in free Beats headphones with Mac and iPad purchases

Apple tosses in free Beats headphones with Mac and iPad purchases

If you're a student or an educator and you've been thinking of picking up a new Mac or iPad, now might be the time to take the plunge. Apple has launched a new promotion which will see it handing out free Beats headphones with each eligible Mac or iPad purchase made by educators and students. Given the price of some of these Beats headphones, you could potentially save a lot of cash by taking advantage of this deal.

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Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon get special edition steelbook release

Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon get special edition steelbook release

A lot of Pokemon fans are probably looking forward to the mainline Pokemon title Nintendo announced for the Switch during E3 2017, but before that arrives, we've got Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon to look forward to. Serving as enhanced editions for Pokemon Sun and Moon, players will once again venture through the Alola region, presumably playing through a different story. Like Sun and Moon before them, it turns out that Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon will be getting a special edition steelbook release.

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