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Samsung’s new Gear 360 available tomorrow for way cheaper than the original

You can pick up a new Gear 360 starting May 25! The biggest hurdle for most people when it comes to getting into 360-degree photography is price. Cheap 360 cameras don’t take good photos, and good 360-degree cameras aren’t cheap. Samsung is going to put an end to this with its new Gear 360 camera, which will be launching in stores and online just about everywhere for $229. That price undercuts the original Gear 360 pricing by over $100, and makes the next best camera in the lineup considerably more…

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Google’s Daydream strategy is getting the right kind of attention

Google is focused on a moving target in ways no other company seems prepared for right now. VR and AR got prime-time Keynote energy at Google I/O, as well as a separate keynote the next day with heaps of extra details. And as cool as it is to see a new UI coming to Daydream or the “VPS” system in Tango being used in Lowe’s stores later this year, the big news from I/O was neither of these things. It’s the reaction from VR developers already embedded in the ecosystem…

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Samsung’s Two Piece case is actually kind of perfect

I’m not sure I’d call this a case, but I love it and want one for every phone. A common thread alongside the unveil of the Galaxy S8 was a critical side-eye at the Two Piece case that would be sold for both sizes of the phone. Samsung didn’t spend a lot of time explaining how this case worked, only that it had a top and a bottom that didn’t connect and several color options that didn’t match would be made available after the phone was released. While everyone else…

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Daydream’s next update is bringing Cast, Notifications, and Social

There’s a huge update coming to Google Daydream, and it’s going to be great for everyone. Separate from all of the awesome things coming to Android in the O update, Google has some big things coming to Daydream. While the overall purpose of this update is preparing the platform for the upcoming Standalone Daydream launch, existing Daydream-ready phones are going to benefit in several huge ways. This new version of Daydream is codenamed Euphrates, and this is what we know so far! New UI, New Dashboard The big visual changes…

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Daydream works in the Android O Beta, so be careful

The Android O Beta isn’t going to kill your Daydream sessions. Good news, developers and bleeding edge enthusiasts! If you’re planning to enroll your Google Pixel to the Beta Program for Android O, the Daydream app and its connected experiences are still available to you. There have been similar previews in the past that disabled access to VR services out of concern for performance issues, but clearly Google feels confident Daydream performance hasn’t been negatively impacted which is great. That having been said, be careful. Betas are often very unfinished,…

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Five reasons why I pre-ordered the Amazon Echo Show

Sometimes I really need my Echo to show, not tell. I’m fairly embedded in the Alexa ecosystem. There’s a full-sized Echo in my living room, an Echo Dot in my bedroom, and the Alexa-enabled Triby sits on my fridge in the kitchen. I don’t use Alexa for anything particularly special, mostly just music/podcasts and smart light control and the occasional timer. There’s a lot more I could do with Alexa, but I often find the experience limiting without a display to accompany the sound. I currently have a tablet mounted…

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Google Daydream does not work on the Galaxy S8 yet, but SOON!

One way or another, Daydream will work on the Galaxy S8. Update 5/17/17: Google has announced Daydream support for the Galaxy S8 will be available via update this summer! If you try to install Google Daydream on the Galaxy S8, a phone that exceeds the requirements for Google’s VR platform in every conceivable way, you’ll be met with an error message stating a compatible version is missing and will not be able to install Daydream. Just like we were, when trying this out during the event in NYC. The bad…

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Amazon’s Fire tablets just got a big refresh

Amazon is driving costs down even further, making its tablets irresistible. Remember way back when there was such a thing as a company capable of competing with Amazon on price for tablets? Those days are long gone, and today Amazon is making sure things stay that way. Four of Amazon’s tablets have been refreshed today with new features and colors, and the prices just keep getting better. Lets see what we’re looking at! Amazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 The new Fire 7 tablet from Amazon is lighter and…

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