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Check this out: The Chemical Brothers enter the VR realm with Within

Check this out: The Chemical Brothers enter the VR realm with Within

A new project from The Chemical Brothers and Within are bringing a VR experience to Google's WebVR Experiments. This project goes by the same name as the Chemical Brothers' single: "Under Neon Lights." To access the entire world with next-level musical excellence, this project is accessible through a smartphone, desktop computer, or Daydream VR headset - with Google Pixel smartphones - and others.

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SlashGear’s Birthday Gift Ideas Guide [Late Winter 2017]

SlashGear’s Birthday Gift Ideas Guide [Late Winter 2017]

Here in the the gadget universe where men's gift ideas and women's gift ideas are equally awesome, SlashGear's latest look at the landscape is key. What we're doing today is running down a few of the most awesome items out in the wild available for grabbing for your favorite boy or girl. Be it your anniversary gift for a geek-like significant other or a birthday gift for a friend, we've got you covered in a radical way. Nobody is going to expect what's coming from you if it comes from this list - and nobody's going to be disappointed by that, either.

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With 10m Cardboard VR shipped, Google makes huge content push

With 10m Cardboard VR shipped, Google makes huge content push

Google has announced a massive milestone for its Cardboard VR viewer today, revealing that it has shipped 10 million units. In a world where virtual reality seems to still be coming into its own, Cardboard is proving to be a significant player. That figure gets even more impressive when we consider that Cardboard has only been available since June 2014, so it took just over two-and-a-half years to move 10 million units.

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Google launches Daydream VR in Chrome for Android

Google launches Daydream VR in Chrome for Android

This week the folks at Google have launched the latest version of Chrome for Android devices, this one ready to roll with Daydream VR. Users of Daydream-ready devices will be able to visit and experience a number of Daydream-formatted webpages that allow a virtual reality experience to be viewed directly through the Chrome web browser. In the past, there were rumblings about WebVR for multiple sorts of virtual reality devices - for now, there is only talk of Daydream.*

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ZTE Axon 7 Nougat update brings Daydream, Hiya caller ID

ZTE Axon 7 Nougat update brings Daydream, Hiya caller ID

ZTE is making good on its commitment to deliver a quality Android smartphone experience to the US. In addition to bringing models like the Blade V8 Pro, Axon 7 mini, and, of course, the Axon 7 itself, the Chinese OEM is now rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to its 2016 flagship. But it isn't just the sweetness of the latest Android version that will land in users' hands. ZTE is also using the opportunity to add some value to the Axon 7 with Daydream VR support as well as free caller ID and spam blocking via Hiya.

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Google Daydream grabs HTC’s Vive design chief

Google Daydream grabs HTC’s Vive design chief

It's clearly the week for big moves in virtual reality, with HTC losing its VP of Design to Google, where he will work on Google Daydream. That might sound like an unusual shift, but with Claude Zellweger responsible for not only the HTC Vive headset but the entire brand strategy and execution, he's perfectly placed to help Google take Daydream mainstream. Meanwhile, his work on phones will also play a significant role.

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Anyone can now make and publish Daydream VR apps

Anyone can now make and publish Daydream VR apps

While virtual reality technology and hardware are almost “there”, actual significant content remains hard to come by. With more powerful systems like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the price of equipment presents a high barrier to entry. Google’s smartphone-powered Daydream VR platform, in contrast, is more accessible but has been closed off to outsiders. That is, until now. Google has now swung the doors wide open, allowing anyone and everyone who is a developer to not only make Daydream apps but also get them up on the Daydream app store. If they meet the criteria.

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Google Daydream adds ASUS, ZTE, Huawei phones, new headset

Google Daydream adds ASUS, ZTE, Huawei phones, new headset

Cardboard, Google’s first attempt at smartphone-powered virtual reality, was immediately available to almost every Android phone, and even some iPhones. In contrast, Daydream felt more like an exclusive club, with only the Pixel, and later on the Moto Z, as members. That club has just gotten a bit bigger, though not by much. Following announcements made at CES 2017, Google is formally welcoming four new smartphones into the Daydream fold. What’s even better is that it’s also announcing the first ever third-party Daydream headset to make it easier to, well, daydream.

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ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Daydream and Tango under one roof

ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Daydream and Tango under one roof

The ZenFone 3 Zoom wasn't the only phone ASUS brought to CES, introducing us to the ZenFone AR as well. Of course, we had a feeling that such a phone would get a reveal thanks to an early leak from Qualcomm, but at this point, that's neither here nor there. The ZenFone AR has been made official, and it packs support for Google Tango and Daydream into the same device.

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Tango capable ZenFone AR leaked ahead of CES reveal in Qualcomm slip up

Tango capable ZenFone AR leaked ahead of CES reveal in Qualcomm slip up

CES is an exciting time, but sometimes companies get a little too excited and spill the beans on a new product before it's ready. Such is the case with the ASUS ZenFone AR, which was "leaked" in a sense by a Qualcomm blog post. The ZenFone AR will be the second Google Tango phone to hit the scene, following on the heels of Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro.

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Daydream View with Nexus 5X possible with root, workarounds

Daydream View with Nexus 5X possible with root, workarounds

It’s no secret that Google is biased about its Pixel phone. After all, it is its first, and so far only, “made by Google” phone. Just look at its exclusives: Google Assistant, unlimited Google Photos storage, and Daydream View compatibility. That last one, however, seems to be changing little by little, thanks to some investigation and hard work by the Android community. With just a somewhat simple workaround, a rooted Nexus 5X, possibly even any rooted Android 7.0 smartphone, has the potential to be compatible with Google’s fashion-conscious virtual reality headset as well.

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Netflix finally gets Google Daydream support

Netflix finally gets Google Daydream support

Daydream View owners take note, because your wait is over: Netflix has finally arrived. Now you'll be able to use Netflix instant streaming to watch movies or original shows like Stranger Things or House of Cards in wonderful virtual reality. Of course, you could do that before thanks to the Gear VR, but now you can also do it on the Daydream View.

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