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Occipital Bridge hands-on: The room-mapping AR rival to Google WorldSense

Occipital Bridge hands-on: The room-mapping AR rival to Google WorldSense

Where are you in the bold new world of virtual and augmented reality? I don't mean that metaphorically, either: the question of where a user in a virtual world is physically, and how they're interacting with the real world around them, is arguably the key to making the next generation of headsets. It's something not only big names like Google and Apple are working on, but VR/AR specialists like Occipital.

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Hands-on with Brilliant’s aptly-named smart home Control panels

Hands-on with Brilliant’s aptly-named smart home Control panels

There's a ridiculous blind-spot in the smart home, and it's all about control. Our light bulbs speak to the internet, and our connected speakers stream from there, and we can adjust our thermostats from halfway around the world. When we're actually at home, though, actually having to pull out a phone or tablet to do something as simple as turning on the light is an oddly involved process. It's also something startup Brilliant believes it has the answer to.

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This is what Embedded Android is like in Audi’s Google I/O concept car

This is what Embedded Android is like in Audi’s Google I/O concept car

Android may have spread to the dashboard, but Google won't be happy until its OS fully colonizes the auto industry. At Google I/O 2017, it's showing off the next phase of that plan, cars from Audi and Volvo running the new Embedded Android for Automotive. In the case of this gleaming metallic orange Audi Q8 sport concept, that means the German automaker's regular MMI infotainment system has been cast out and replaced with a new, Android-based alternative. We clambered inside the hybrid SUV concept to check it out.

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HTC U11 hands-on: The Android flagship you want to squeeze

HTC U11 hands-on: The Android flagship you want to squeeze

There's a lot riding on the HTC U11, the company's new flagship Android smartphone. As the name makes abundantly clear, the U11 is a phone which straddles the gap between two of HTC's existing lines. On the one hand, it's the successor to last year's HTC 10. At the same time, though, it's also part of the U series, borrowing liberally from the aesthetic of the HTC U Ultra launched earlier this year.

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In Delphi’s latest self-driving car, aggression is an option

In Delphi’s latest self-driving car, aggression is an option

Intel's autonomous car plans aren't pie in the sky, and there are already driverless vehicles using the company's technologies plying the public roads. Vehicle tech supplier Delphi, a mainstay in the automotive manufacturing world, brought along its latest self-driving prototype to Intel's Autonomous Vehicle Showcase in its new San Jose, CA facility, and offered to take me for a spin. Funnily enough, what's most special, you can't actually see.

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Facebook just gave everyone at F8 this 360-degree camera

Facebook just gave everyone at F8 this 360-degree camera

You can tell a lot about a company's intentions by the things it pushes on developers, and Facebook is clearly looking into 360-degree video in a big way judging by its F8 2017 giveaway. The social network has handed every dev in attendance a Giroptic iO, a 360-degree camera that clips to a smartphone or tablet. With it, you can either snap circular photos or record video, or live-stream on Facebook Live.

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iPad Pro Review Addendum: 1-year later, still sketchin’

iPad Pro Review Addendum: 1-year later, still sketchin’

I've officially been using the iPad Pro - the first one - for a full year. It's actually been more than a year if you count my time with my first review unit. In any case, I've been making use of a 12.9-inch original iPad Pro since March of 2016. Since then there's been no single smart device (other than a smartphone) that I've used so consistently.

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The limits of semi-autonomous driving tech: We go Volvo Pilot Assist II winter testing

The limits of semi-autonomous driving tech: We go Volvo Pilot Assist II winter testing

Semi-autonomous automotive tech has infiltrated a host of modern cars, but the luxury segment sees more than its fair share of systems designed to do as much of the driving for you as is legally possible. Unfortunately, when you pick up the keys to your new car or truck, there's very seldom any information provided about how and when you should use any of these features - let alone a discussion of situations where it might be dangerous to rely on them.

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Moto G5 Plus First Look: What no other phone has (at this price)

Moto G5 Plus First Look: What no other phone has (at this price)

As a precursor to our Moto G5 Plus Review, the following is an up-close look at the features that this smartphone has that no other phone has - in this price range. As the Motorola Moto G5 Plus’ specs might suggest, this is a phone that isn’t about to compete with devices like the Galaxy S8 or LG G6. While the greatness of this device may be based on price alone, there’s a whole extra dimension that those that normally purchase much more expensive phones might not consider. The uniqueness of the Moto G5 Plus has a lot to do with design... without forgetting the fact that it'll cost users between $230 and $300 USD.

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Samsung Gear VR with Controller hands-on: S8 gets a 3DoF remote

Samsung Gear VR with Controller hands-on: S8 gets a 3DoF remote

Along with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ there's a new Gear VR with Controller to turn the Android smartphones into a virtual reality experience. Though the headset itself is much the same as the existing Gear VR, though now with a dock inside that accommodates the new flagship phones, what's new is the Oculus-powered Gear VR Controller. As we've seen from Google's Daydream and other VR systems, that opens the door to far more interaction.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on with Galaxy S8+ – To Infinity & beyond

Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on with Galaxy S8+ – To Infinity & beyond

There's a whole lot riding on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in 2017. Samsung's new flagship Android smartphones - clocking in at 5.8-inches and 6.2-inches respectively - debut a new "Infinity Display" with razor-thin bezels, a promising voice agent called Bixby, and make the case for why a Galaxy phone should be at the center of the Internet of Things. In short, not only do they have to mount a pre-emptive attack on the iPhone 8, but the S8 and S8+ need to give their creator some much-needed good news.

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PRODUCT RED iPhone 7 up close (and available)

PRODUCT RED iPhone 7 up close (and available)

A Special Edition of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been made available by Apple in collaboration with PRODUCT RED. Today we’ve got the iPhone 7 Plus PRODUCT (RED) Special Edition in-hand to see it up close and personal. This device is identical to any other iPhone 7 Plus, save the exterior backside, buttons, and SIM tray. That, and a portion of the proceeds will go to PRODUCT RED, of course.

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