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HTC might be using Nokia’s playbook

HTC might be using Nokia’s playbook

According to a tip this afternoon, Nokia is about to go - or has already gone - the way of Nokia in the smartphone business. The tip suggests that HTC might begin using ODM for smartphone manufacturing. That'd mean that HTC would continue to be the brand, and HTC would continue to design phones, but HTC wouldn't be manufacturing the phones themselves.

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HTC demonstrates multi-room VR with Vive Pro and SteamVR 2.0

HTC demonstrates multi-room VR with Vive Pro and SteamVR 2.0

The current big challenge for virtual reality technology is to work in large rooms. The next dream for the future, however, is likely to be multi-room experiences, where users can wander between rooms or other connected spaces without issue. This is probably still a couple of years away, but HTC has shown off a small example of how it could work, with a demonstration featuring a Vive Pro, multiple base stations, and a beta of SteamVR 2.0.

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HTC makes huge workforce cuts amid another bad year

HTC makes huge workforce cuts amid another bad year

For quite some time now, HTC has been struggling when it comes to making money. Its quest for profitability has seen some big shake-ups, from laying off workers to even selling off a large portion of its smartphone design team to Google. Today we're learning that the layoffs aren't over just yet, as HTC is preparing to make some big cuts at its Taiwanese manufacturing division.

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Tilt Brush VR painting app adds Beginner Mode for future pros

Tilt Brush VR painting app adds Beginner Mode for future pros

Google has a virtual reality app called Tilt Brush that changes the way humans create art. This painting app enables owners of certain VR headsets to paint in three-dimensional space, a rewarding experience that has resulted in some pretty incredible work. Switching from 2D to 3D painting environments can be tricky, though, so Google has added a new Beginner Mode to help users develop their skills.

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HTC U12+, VIVE Focus integration bridges the mobile, VR divide

HTC U12+, VIVE Focus integration bridges the mobile, VR divide

HTC has just unveiled its 2018 flagship, the HTC U12+, proving that it's not yet done in the mobile market. It is perhaps no coincidence that it scheduled that announcement mere days before its VIVE Ecosystem Conference (VEC). Because at its VR-centric event, it announced a reimagined VIVE Ecosystem and a new System Update 2.0 for the VIVE Focus which would, among other things, let HTC U12+ owners see their smartphone notifications inside the VIVE Focus, letting them access a part of the outside world without removing the headset.

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Beat Saber is the new hype VR game

Beat Saber is the new hype VR game

This week the folks at Hyperbolic Magnetism are probably pretty pumped up about all the press they're getting for Beat Saber. They first started development for this game back in 2016, and between then and now it's been tested by hundreds of users. In its first couple weeks on the Steam VR store and Oculus Store, Beat Saber's become a sort of shock hit.

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HTC Vive Pro starter kit hastily debuts (with one big annoyance)

HTC Vive Pro starter kit hastily debuts (with one big annoyance)

HTC faced criticism for offering the new Vive Pro as a headset-only system, with VR newbies frustrated they'd have to spend considerably more to outfit themselves with the controllers and other accessories, and now it's addressing that. A new Vive Pro Starter Kit is being added to the line-up, targeting those who aren't upgrading to the higher-resolution Vive Pro from an existing HTC Vive setup.

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HTC VIVE Pro Review round-up: Beyond the obvious

HTC VIVE Pro Review round-up: Beyond the obvious

Today we're taking a look at the first round of HTC VIVE Pro reviews from a variety of publications. What we've found is a whole lot of "this is very expensive" and "not for the average user" - which is pretty much what we could have safely assumed would be said. What's not so obvious is judgement on the intended audience - on who HTC assumed would be buying this device in the first place. We're looking at everything.

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VIVE Focus release date narrows, and there’s good news

VIVE Focus release date narrows, and there’s good news

HTC recently announced a release date for the incoming VIVE Pro, but that isn't the only VR headset the company has on deck. There's also the VIVE Focus, which is arguably just as exciting as the VIVE Pro thanks to its standalone design. Today we're getting a better idea of when HTC plans to launch the VIVE Focus, which up until this point is something that's been up in the air.

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HTC Vive Tracker 2018 quietly sneaks onto the store

HTC Vive Tracker 2018 quietly sneaks onto the store

HTC is making a lot of noise over at GDC regarding its new VIVE Pro headset. You’d think it would also be making some noise about the new VIVE Trackers that would go along with it. But for reasons still unknown, HTC has not said a peep about the upgrade VIVE Tracker (2018). Which is quite strange considering it is what you’d probably expect from an upgrade: better, same price, and most likely incompatible with its predecessor.

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HTC VIVE vs VIVE Pro: What’s the difference?

HTC VIVE vs VIVE Pro: What’s the difference?

Today, HTC revealed that its new VIVE Pro headset has gone up for pre-order with a ship date of April 5. At the same time, it marked down the price of the regular VIVE significantly, shaving $100 off the price of its full bundle permanently. While the VIVE Pro is expensive, it might be worth the upgrade for those who want the best VR has to offer. On the other side of the coin, the VIVE at its new price offers a lot of value (especially compared to its previous price points), so what's the difference between the two?

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HTC VIVE is now the cheapest it’s ever been

HTC VIVE is now the cheapest it’s ever been

As HTC prepares to launch the souped-up VIVE Pro, it's taking a look at the original VIVE and the bundle it offers to those looking to dive into VR. Today, HTC is announcing that the VIVE is getting yet another price drop, so if you decide that the VIVE Pro is a little too expensive for your tastes, you might want to consider its predecessor instead. Beyond that, this might put even more pressure on Oculus Rift, which has seen a handful of price drops of its own.

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