Samsung offers free VR headset with Galaxy purchase in US for Father's Day

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Stuck for what to get a tech-loving Dad for Father's Day? Samsung are offering a free Gear VR headset to anyone who buys a Galaxy device - but only if you're in the US. 

Sadly, Samsung discontinued its promotion for a free Gear VR headset with the preorder of a Samsung S7 and S7 edge devices in the UK a few months back. 

But those in the US can bag themselves a headset with a Galaxy...

By Rachael Power, 02 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices.

Batman themed S7 and Gear VR headset launched by Samsung

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Samsung's announced a new Batman-themed package, which includes an exclusive black and gold S7 edge phone alongside a black matte Gear headset. 

Warner Brothers, DC Entertainment and Samsung got together on the third anniversary of mobile game Injustice: Gods Among Us to announce the limited edition package. But, it'll only be available in China, Singapore, Korea, Mexico and Russia for now, with other countries to be announced...

By Rachael Power, 31 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Brands, Devices.

ARM to beef up 2017 smartphones’ virtual and augmented reality capabilities

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Smartphones are set to get a VR and AR capability boost in 2017, with ARM announcing its new graphics processing unit and processor.

Nearly all smartphones on the market are powered by ARM processors, and performance of devices has increased 100 x since 2009.

To make way for the advent of widespread adoption of VR - where smartphones will be...

By Rachael Power, 31 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices.

Queen's Brian May launches affordable VR viewer

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Not content at letting the likes of Google dominate the affordable VR market, Queen's Brian May has decided to release his own VR viewer, the OWL Virtual Reality Kit. 

May, who also has a PhD in Astrophysics, is a keen lifelong stereoscopy enthusiast and collector. His OWL product has been around since 2009, focusing on Victorian stereo cards and recently released astronomy and Queen-focused 3D images. 

But after...

By Rachael Power, 27 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Hardware.

HTC’s looking for VR startups to take part in its accelerators

HTC is looking for VR startups to enter its ViveX accelerator, where accepted applicants will receive a package of mentorship, support, office space and more.

Applications close tomorrow for the Beijing, Taipei and San Francisco-based accelerators and those interested need to fill in a few details online.

Those successful will receive from $50,000 to $200,000 in a convertible note or warrant depending on the stage and location of the...

By Rachael Power, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Devices, Hardware.

In-depth: Virtual reality in the courtroom could happen quicker than we think

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The use of virtual reality in courtrooms “could happen within a relatively quick space of time” if it’s seen as being beneficial, according to a leading UK digital solicitor.

Peter Wright of DigitalLaw UK told VR Tech News the technology has the scope to make a significant impact in helping jurors come to the right conclusion in cases, as well as decreasing the time spent explaining complex...

By Rachael Power, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Regulation, Research.

Netflix teases with virtual reality video store for HTC Vive at Hack Day

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Netflix seems like a fun place to work. Every six months or so, it gives its team of engineers and designers the chance to take part in a Hack Day, where they work on various features and improvements to the service.

Unfortunately, many of the hacks aren't kept, used or implemented by Netflix. However, we really wish they'd stick with one of its latest ones, where three developers got together to create a demo of a...

By Rachael Power, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Devices.

Get up close and personal with Paul McCartney in Jaunt VR

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Cinematic VR company Jaunt has partnered up with Sir Paul McCartney to produce a six-part VR documentary series ahead of the singer’s impending album launch on 10 June.

The somewhat quirky move is presented by Visit Britain and GREAT Britain’s ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ campaign, which aims to promote tourism in the country.

Each episode is themed around a song, from 'Early Days' to the 'Mull of Kintyre' and filmed in McCartney's private home...

By Rachael Power, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices.

Oculus update stops Rift games on Vive, Revive responds with update bypassing DRM

Oculus updated its app last week, which stopped the Revive patch that allowed HTC Vive users to access games from the Oculus store.

Until last week, players could use Revive to access the Oculus store. However, Revive developer CrossVR posted on Reddit last Friday that Oculus’ latest update which included ‘platform integrity checks’, had broken support for Revive.

“Tl;dr: Oculus prevented people who don’t own an Oculus Rift from playing Oculus Home games,”

By Rachael Power, 24 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Devices, Hardware.