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AccuWeather has a Gear VR app so you won’t have to look outside

AccuWeather has a Gear VR app so you won’t have to look outside

Virtual reality is a great way to experience events and places that would be near impossible to experience first hand, like the weather outside. OK, so it’s not exactly possible to experience the weather half way around the world or experience tomorrow’s weather today. And it’s definitely difficult to watch a tornado wreak havoc without fearing for your safety. It’s precisely for all those reasons that AccuWeather collaborated with Samsung to brings its name, and its content, to your face. In Gear VR, of course.

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Samsung’s next Gear VR includes a controller, faces off with Daydream

Samsung’s next Gear VR includes a controller, faces off with Daydream

Shortly before MWC 2017 began, we heard a rumor that claimed the next Gear VR from Samsung would ship with a controller. While the initial expectation may have been to see Samsung announce this new iteration of the Gear VR alongside the Galaxy S8, the company has wasted no time, revealing it today at MWC 2017 instead. It turns out those rumors were right, and the next Gear VR will include a controller.

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Hospitals test Gear VR as non-addictive pain management tool

Hospitals test Gear VR as non-addictive pain management tool

Samsung and AppliedVR are working with hospitals to test the Gear VR as a potential pain management tool that doesn’t have the same addiction potential as opioid prescriptions. A trial has tested the Gear VR with both child and adult patients to test whether a library of ‘relaxing landscapes’ and games can help take one’s mind off things like chronic pain and anxiety. Up to 120 hospitals are being sought to participate in the trial.

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Samsung Gear VR Internet app gets WebVR support

Samsung Gear VR Internet app gets WebVR support

The problem with smartphone-powered virtual reality experiences is the dearth of significant content for the platform. At least compared to the likes of the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. While there are, of course, a few mobile VR apps around, a good number of VR content is out of reach because they are available only in other places, like web browsers. With the latest update to the Samsung Internet app for the Gear VR, that partly becomes a thing of the past as it gains support for the still young WebVR 1.0.

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Two new Samsung Gear VR coming soon, one jumping to AR

Two new Samsung Gear VR coming soon, one jumping to AR

You might think Samsung will be too busy putting out fires (caused by the Galaxy Note 7, of course), that it wouldn’t have time for more experimental technology, but this is Samsung we’re talking about. At a virtual reality gathering in California, Samsung Electronics VP Dr. Sung-Hoon Hong confirmed rumors that there would a “Gear VR 2” coming soon. But wait, there’s more! There’ll even be a “Gear VR 3”, but that might be a bit of a misnomer because that headset might actually be more about AR than VR.

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Samsung Glass AR headset tech teased (pre-MWC)

Samsung Glass AR headset tech teased (pre-MWC)

Samsung AR glasses may be on their way not long after the Galaxy S8 and the newest Gear VR headset is revealed this February. These would be the newest edition of the Gear VR and a pair of smart glasses that haven't yet been revealed. "If there are any good ideas to make AR glasses [out there], we want to talk to you," said Dr. Sung-Hoon Hong, Vice President of Samsung Electronics. The doctor spoke at the Virtual Reality Summit in San Diego this week.

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Leap Motion wants to rid mobile VR of controllers

Leap Motion wants to rid mobile VR of controllers

No matter the visual, and even aural, fidelity of virtual and augmented reality headsets, the illusion starts to break down the moment you want to grab something in the synthetic worlds. You can’t, at least not literally. We are, instead, limited to input devices like sticks or, worse, gamepads, especially on mobile VR with less capable smartphones. If Leap Motion has its way, however, that will be a thing of the past soon. The company specializing in glove-less hand and finger gesture input has revealed a new platform that aims to bring that same freedom of movement and input to mobile VR.

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Galaxy Beta Nougat Preview breaks Gear VR compatibility

Galaxy Beta Nougat Preview breaks Gear VR compatibility

Living on the cutting edge sometimes comes at a price. For owners of a Gear VR headset and compatible smartphone, that cost cuts deep. Such owners who have enrolled into Samsung’s Galaxy Beta Program in order to be one of the first to experience Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices have discovered, perhaps to their dismay, that their smartphones could no longer work with their virtual reality headsets. That leaves these users with no choice but to leave the program and go back a step if they want to still use the Gear VR. That is, if they still can.

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Galaxy Note 7 support for Gear VR pulled by Oculus over safety concerns

Galaxy Note 7 support for Gear VR pulled by Oculus over safety concerns

The Galaxy Note 7 can no longer be used with the Gear VR headset, Oculus has announced. The company pulled support for the handset over safety concerns following reports of fires amongst replacement devices. The lack of support will remain 'until further notice,' and given Samsung's recent actions, it is likely we'll not see it return. The Gear VR headset can still be used with Samsung's other compatible Galaxy smartphones, however, including the Galaxy S7.

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5 Oculus Rift alternatives if you’ve changed your mind

5 Oculus Rift alternatives if you’ve changed your mind

Today we're running down a number of alternatives to the Oculus Rift, a device made by the folks who re-invigorated the modern world of virtual reality computing. While no device is exactly like the Oculus Rift, there are a few devices that fit the bill for a wide variety of computing situations - especially gaming. If you've been convinced today that you need to send your Oculus Rift right back where it came from, we've got a bit of info about that, as well.

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Gear VR getting Xbox One controller support, available first in Minecraft

Gear VR getting Xbox One controller support, available first in Minecraft

With services like Xbox Play Anywhere, Microsoft already has its hand in a few gaming honey pots. We can add one more to that list, as the company announced today that its Xbox One controllers will soon be compatible with Samsung's Gear VR. That functionality will be available first in Minecraft: Gear VR Edition through an update that's currently scheduled to land in October.

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Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Connect Auto now available in US

Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Connect Auto now available in US

The day you've been waiting for is finally here, Galaxy device fans. Samsung's newest flagship phone, which we called the best Android device of the year, even topping the already impressive Galaxy S7, is now available in the US. But even if you don't plan on picking up the new phablet, several other impressive accessories are hitting stores today, including the newest Gear VR, Gear 360, Gear IconX, and the Samsung Connect Auto.

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