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How to use Bluetooth headphones with Google Daydream

Audio is an integral part of enjoying Google Daydream, make sure you get the best experience possible. Being able to clearly hear what is going on around you when you are enjoying yourself in VR is key to really fall into the experience. So it’s pretty common to want to invest in an awesome pair of Bluetooth headphones so that you don’t have to worry about wires getting in your way while you are playing. Unfortunately, Bluetooth headphones don’t tend to work particularly well in VR. It isn’t impossible, and…

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How to browse and add Alexa skills from any computer

How can I control Alexa from the web? While the Alexa app on phones and tablets is the default for setting up and managing an Amazon Echo, you can do quite a bit with Amazon’s website if you prefer. Just like shopping for anything else on Amazon, you can search for Skills to add to your personal Alexa and take advantage of the larger screen in the process. All you really need is the ability to log in to your Amazon account, and you can use any browser to manage…

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Mod-1 Headophones Review: Bring the bass

Simplicity sold me on my new favorite headphones and made me realize what I had been missing. It’s easy to be distracted by features on headphones right now. Google Assistant, instant pairing, and “dynamic” noise cancellation are fun things to play with, but each of these features sees the price slowly creep up while leaving behind the fundamentals of a good pair of headphones. In my search for what should be considered table stakes for any good $100+ pair of headphones, I came across Modular and its first set of…

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What CES tells us about VR and AR in 2018

Generally speaking, CES is a decent lens to view trends for the year. As fast as the tech industry seems to move, smartphones in particular, there are some general trends that can be easily observed at CES. Products are put on display from every corner of the world, and of the few that make it to release this year, only a few will be worth remembering. Still, CES is a solid way to see where the industry thinks people will spend their money, and that paints a decent picture of…

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The biggest VR and AR announcements of CES 2018

This year was all about polish, and that’s a very good thing. As virtual reality and augmented reality continue to grow in popularity, CES remains one of the best places to see what we can expect in the coming year. This year, in particular, we got a look at some very cool new headsets aimed at improving the overall experiences we have today. Lots of companies are eager to ditch the cord, remove the phone, and generally make it so VR headsets are self-contained wonders. In the augmented reality world,…

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How to upgrade to a new Philips Hue Bridge

If you’ve been using Hue bulbs for a while, you should upgrade your Bridge. Philips has been roilling out lots of exciting new updates to its Hue lights, including the recent integration with Razer’s Chroma lighting platform for gamers. There’s a lot more coming, but not all of those features are going to be compatible with the original round puck that came with your Hue lights. Fortunately, Philips includes a feature in the Hue app that makes transferring your lights and settings super easy. See at Amazon Here’s how it…

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It’s not just you: The Philips Hue update system is overwhelmed today

It turns out these smart bulbs are kinda popular. Philips used CES as a perfect opportunity to drop a big feature update into its app today, but in order to use that app all of the bulbs in your home need to also be updated. This isn’t usually a big deal, but because so many people are trying to update their Hue bulbs today the servers at Philips are a little overwhelmed. Long story short, it’s going to be a little while before you get access to this new feature….

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Lenovo Mirage Solo vs Oculus Go

Google and Oculus are competing like never before. As cool as it is to be able to put your phone in a simple headset and be transported to another world, sometimes you need your phone to be a phone. It’s inconvenient to get to the end of the day and be unable to enjoy VR because your phone is nearly dead, or to have to take the protective case off of your phone every time you want to enjoy VR. The solution, according to Google and Oculus, is to make…

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Google is focusing on 180-degree video for VR headsets

Depth is more important than the sphere. For several years now, 360-degree cameras have been seen as the best way for consumers to capture something for VR. It started with Photospheres, and slowly the cost of multi-sensor fisheye sphere cameras came down enough that it was reasonable for people to pick them up for fun. And it’s true, you can have a lot of fun capturing a 360-degree photo or video to share on Facebook. Sharing on Facebook or streaming live to Twitter are very different experiences from recording something…

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Lenovo Mirage Solo is the first Daydream headset that doesn’t need a phone

The next phase in Google’s VR strategy starts today. You can do a lot with Daydream today, but it has been clear since Google’s last developer conference that the company had greater ambitions for its nascent VR platform. Using a lot of the spatial logic the company gained from Project Tango, Google announced an expansion called Daydream Standalone. The goal was a headset that didn’t need a phone because it had its own hardware inside, and instead of standing still like you would with Daydream this headset would allow you…

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