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Facebook and Oculus data privacy update: AR and data download

Facebook and Oculus data privacy update: AR and data download

Oculus users were sent an update sheet today for the near-future of the VR platform owned by Facebook. In preparation for the European Union's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules in-effect date, Oculus is taking action. This May, new tools will be launched for Oculus users, including a new Privacy Center, Updated Terms of Service, Updated Privacy Policy, and a new Code of Conduct added to the Oculus official Terms of Service. Also you'll be able to download all your data - so that's neat.

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Google Arts & Culture now lets you explore Earth’s historic locations

Google Arts & Culture now lets you explore Earth’s historic locations

There's no lack of historic locations to visit on out fair planet, but most of them are constantly under threat of disappearing. Whether due to disasters, war, or the eventual killer of all things, time, many of the amazing structures around today will be gone eventually. However, a company named CyArk has dedicated itself to archiving them before that happens. It's possible that you've never heard of CyArk before, but Google has, and now it's making CyArk's impressive maps of these structures and wonders available through its Arts & Culture app.

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Plex adds Oculus and Gear VR support to its virtual reality app

Plex adds Oculus and Gear VR support to its virtual reality app

Plex's virtual reality app now supports Oculus and the Gear VR, expanding it beyond its former Daydream limitation. The Plex VR app was announced in January, enabling Daydream users to watch content using their virtual reality headset, including co-watching with a friend who is represented in-screen via an avatar. Those same features still exist, but they're now available to more headset owners.

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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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Firefox Reality download released: VR and AR in early mode

Firefox Reality download released: VR and AR in early mode

Just in time for the AR explosion, Mozilla revealed their first version of Firefox Reality. That's a Firefox web browser for VR and AR platforms - mixed reality, in other words. This is a web browser made to appear in virtual reality, augmented reality, and in a way that allows simple VR and AR control.

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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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Magic Leap One shipping dev kits with Apple-esque security demands

Magic Leap One shipping dev kits with Apple-esque security demands

For as revolutionary as the Magic Leap One headset claims to be, we definitely don't know enough about it. Even though Magic Leap has given us a few morsels of information about the headset and what it can do, Magic Leap One is still shrouded behind a veil of mystery. The date when we'll find out more might actually be approaching, as it seems the first headsets are going out to developers.

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The PC isn’t dead, it’s even making companies richer

The PC isn’t dead, it’s even making companies richer

What is a PC? In fact, what is a computer? Some market analysts and Apple predict that the next two or three generations will start asking those questions. For years, in no small part due to the downhill trend of PC sales, analysts and journalists have been declaring the PC to be dead. The problem which such overarching declarations is that it can’t be true for all cases. And depending on who you ask, that PC market is actually even more lucrative than ever before.

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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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Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 VR dev kit: no beacons, no wires, all eyes

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 VR dev kit: no beacons, no wires, all eyes

While VR and AR seem to have taken a backseat at CES and MWC, advocates and supporters are now making up for lost time. HTC has just revealed details of its VIVE Pro headset and Google has listed some of the new ARCore 1.0 apps available. Now Qualcomm is following suit, announcing its latest VR development kit, boasting of the latest VR technologies you can find in a standalone headset. And, of course, all of this revolves around the capabilities of the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform.

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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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Macy’s VR in-store tool offers immersive furniture shopping

Macy’s VR in-store tool offers immersive furniture shopping

Macy's is the latest retailer to explore the use of virtual reality as a shopping tool. Starting this summer, select Macy's stores will introduce a VR tool that enables customers to better visualize potential furniture purchases in a "real" room. This is an expansion of a furniture pilot project, which the company calls a success. As such, the expansion will bring the VR tool to 60 more stores throughout the nation.

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