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Star Wars-themed Google Cardboard VR viewers debut at Verizon

Star Wars-themed Google Cardboard VR viewers debut at Verizon

To accompany the release of the Star Wars VR experience within the official Star Wars app today, Verizon is getting in on the promotion scheme with special The Force Awakens-themed Google Cardboard VR viewers. It's still unknown exactly what the exclusive VR content will be, but users will be able to experience it best by putting their smartphones in some kind of VR headset, so it might as well be a collectible Star Wars version of Cardboard.

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10 more VR landmarks to visit with Google Cardboard (in Jordan)

10 more VR landmarks to visit with Google Cardboard (in Jordan)

Welcome to Jordan - Google's opened up the floodgates for virtual reality using "Street View" cameras and Google Cardboard. Without having to travel thousands of miles in a plane, you'll now be able to open up your web browser, tap a link, and open one of a handful of landmarks in the ancient city - placing your phone in your Google Cardboard VR headset to enter 10 unique realms. With Google's help, we're able to direct you to ten fantastic environments where your VR headset will transport you to a distant land in an instant.

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YouTube enters virtual reality with Google Cardboard

YouTube enters virtual reality with Google Cardboard

While you may have been able to use a Beta version of YouTube's VR feature before, today it goes full-power, leaving Beta mode. This is the first week in which the real-deal VR video software for YouTube apps on Android and iOS is available to all. This system works with both 360-degree videos (introduced many months ago) and with standard videos. Standard videos are able to be viewed in a sort of "theater" setting, not unlike "The Void" presented by Samsung GearVR and Oculus.

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New York Times giving away Google Cardboard ahead of VR app

New York Times giving away Google Cardboard ahead of VR app

Consider this news something we never thought we'd read about in 2015: The New York Times, as in the newspaper, is going to release it own virtual reality app in the coming weeks. The content itself will be made up of documentary-style short films, but in order prepare readers for the new experience, the NY Times will be shipping Google Cardboard to subscribers who have the paper delivered to their homes.

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Google’s Cardboard VR support reaches 100 countries

Google’s Cardboard VR support reaches 100 countries

This week Google has announced that their Cardboard VR app for both Android and iOS is available in 100 countries and in 39 languages. The app itself is well over the 15-million installs point, and Google has made a new update to their software developer kit for Cardboard on Android and Unity to improve performance and improve drift correction, making the entire experience just a bit more smooth. Big companies like ZEISS and Mattel have joined in on the fun by producing their own Google-certified virtual reality viewers for the Cardboard universe as well.

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Google Street View now lets you enter virtual reality

Google Street View now lets you enter virtual reality

With the help of Google Cardboard, iOS and Android users will soon be entering the virtual reality realm with Street View. Recently split off from Google Maps as its own unique entity, Street View version 2.0 now works with Google Cardboard support. This means that when you tap the Cardboard icon when your device is in landscape mode, the screen will be split in two and adapted to allow you to see in a manner which suits your two unique eyes with two slightly different views.

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Star Wars VR trailer released to Google Cardboard on YouTube (unofficially)

Star Wars VR trailer released to Google Cardboard on YouTube (unofficially)

Today we begin to see what it'll be like to be part of the Star Wars universe in virtual reality. While we saw the Facebook release of a 360-vision speeder journey through a shipyard on Jakku yesterday, today we're going to the planet with VR goggles on. Today we don't just imagine what it'll be like to look around this environment - we can really do it! And you can too - all you'll need is a pair of Google Cardboard goggles and your smartphone.

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Mattel View-Master hands-on: Retro toy gets AR upgrade

Mattel View-Master hands-on: Retro toy gets AR upgrade

Mattel's rebooted View-Master won't be the only Google Cardboard headset around when it hits stores this October, but it's possibly the most charming. Announced back in February, the distinctive red casing swallows up your smartphone and, courtesy of Qualcomm's Vuforia, summons interactive scenes by scanning photo-reels. Mattel finally has working prototypes, so I dipped my toe into a VR scene at SIGGRAPH 2015.

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Legendary, Google bring Warcraft to the world of VR

Legendary, Google bring Warcraft to the world of VR

Not to dash your hopes, this isn't the long-awaited Warcraft film yet. Not even a trailer. Though we expect the film to arrive in glorious stereo 3D or even VR when it does screen next year, the Warcraft being shown around at San Diego Comic Con is but an appetizer and perhaps even a distraction. Legendary Pictures and Google have teamed up to bring some fancy new content to VR via the Cardboard project. It also happens to be a smart strategy to advertise Legendary's upcoming films.

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With OnePlus sold out, where can you get Google Cardboard?

With OnePlus sold out, where can you get Google Cardboard?

It seemed too good to be true: Google's coveted Cardboard virtual reality headset at just a fraction of the price. Unfortunately, if you didn't jump on OnePlus' deal pretty much instantly you're bang out of luck, with supplies exhausted in short order. If you missed out, but still have a hankering for some VR action, there are still a few places where you can pick a headset up. In fact, if you're good with your hands, you could even make Cardboard yourself.

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OnePlus wants to give you Google Cardboard

OnePlus wants to give you Google Cardboard

This week the folks at OnePlus are doing something right. They're putting their name on some Google Cardboard units they've made themselves - using Google's specifications - and they're sending them out to whoever wants one for just the cost of shipping. While the materials might cost a bit less than five bucks (the cost of shipping) altogether, the fully constructed Google Cardboard - and all the work you'd have to do collecting the right pieces and cutting it all out - evens out nicely. UPDATE: Apparently one massive amount of people wanted to get this unit - they're out of stock!

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Arnold enters VR with Terminator Genisys for Google Cardboard

Arnold enters VR with Terminator Genisys for Google Cardboard

Today the next step in the never-ending Terminator series hits theaters - but before you get there, an experience awaits your smartphone. Today the folks at Specular Theory have a Terminator Genisys full 360-degree video prepared for the masses, created using YouTube Space LA and Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. This is 360 YouTube Chronicles, available to the masses through YouTube today, outside the film. You're going to want to watch this before you head to the movie theater - then you're going to wish that the whole movie was filmed this way.

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