Deal: Buy the LG G5 for just $299.99 and get a free LG 360 VR headset worth $129.99


LG tried to launch a whole new set of modular features with 2016’s LG G5 flagship phone. However, consumers didn’t take too kindly to it and this year’s LG G6 had removed all of the modular capabilities from the year before. Part of the reason for LG’s decision to give up on modular with this year’s flagship had to do with the Moto Z line released last year by Motorola/Lenovo. The Moto Z series made adding modular accessories a snap thanks to the 16 magnetic pins on the back of the handsets.

Eliminate the modular features, and you still have a serviceable high-end handset with the LG …


Google to introduce a high-end VR headset at Google I/O?

Now that we’ve arrived at Google I/O, we hope to find out if there is any truth to the rumor about Google introducing a high-end stand alone VR headset during the developer conference. While the company’s previous two VR headsets required a smartphone to work, (Google Cardboard, Daydream VR) this new headset will be a standalone device similar to other high-end models such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

While this device could still come to market using the Daydream VR name, it is expected to be first to sport a feature that allows users to track their positions and movements without requiring …

New Samsung commercials present the Galaxy S8 as a perfect travel guide, excellent VR gaming device

It’s been two weeks since Samsung released the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, so the novelty surrounding the two phones has worn off a bit. But Samsung’s marketing machine marches on, and, with two brand new commercials released on YouTube, it’s making sure that potential customers know what the S8 series has to offer.

The first new commercial presents the Samsung Galaxy S8 as a perfect travel guide – after all, the smartphone can provide information on pretty much anything you need when travelling (as long as you’re connected to the internet, that is), and it also has a great photo camera. …

You can keep your VR headset if you return the Galaxy S8 due to manufacturing defects

The Galaxy S8 launch was not completely uneventful, as many users have noticed a red tint on their phone’s display. Although Samsung was pretty quick in delivering a software update that supposedly fixes the issue, some Galaxy S8 owners plan to return their phones and ask for a refund.

We’ve been recently tipped off by one of our readers who claims his Samsung Galaxy S8 recently received the update that should fix the red tint issue, but it didn’t do what was supposed to do. When he called Samsung and requested a refund, he was told that he could keep the Samsung …

Conan O'Brien's theory on VR: Even if it's not about sex, it needs to be about sex, sex, sex

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“I assume I’ll be having sex today.”

Those are the first words out of Conan O’Brien‘s mouth upon being presented with an opportunity to try the new virtual reality game Wilson’s Heart on Oculus Rift

Of course, the game has nothing to do with sex, but O’Brien’s theory is that VR is headed in one direction: sex. Therefore, the entire video demonstration features O’Brien taking every opportunity to figure out how his VR experience can somehow turn into sex, from fiddling with the privates of a dead guy to casting a lewd eye on a virtual tentacle monster (“That I could have sex with”).  

We know how excited some of us get by seeing sex in VR, but it probably won’t really become a thing, even for O’Brien, until we get full-body haptic suits so you actually can feel all the totally wrong things you want to do in the virtual world. When that happens, all the VR jokes will cease, because people will be too busy finding out just how freaky they really are in the Matrix.  Read more…

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What to expect from Google I/O 2017: Android O, stand-alone VR headset, Google Assistant everywhere

How time flies! As if it was yesterday when we finished our 2016 edition of “What to expect from Google I/O” and it’s already time to see what the Big G has in store for us in 2017. But we are not complaining – we are always curious to see first-hand what the leading companies in the industry are working on and the moment and envisioning for the future. 
As is tradition, Google I/O 2017 will kick off with a keynote. This one’s scheduled for 10:00 AM on May 17 and will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

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Deal: Samsung Gear VR (2nd-gen) on sale for just $50 on Amazon

ProductLocationItem ConditionCurrent PriceOffer ExpiresSamsung Gear VR (2015)AmazonNew$49.89 ($69.99)
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If you’re interested in entering the trendy VR niche but don’t want to break the bank on an Oculus VR or an HTC Vive, you might want to check out Amazon’s latest offer for the second-gen Samsung Gear VR. 

The e-commerce site has the headset on sale at just $49.89, down from the usual retail price of $99.99. Samsung itself sells the same device for $69.99, so a discount of 29% compared to the best alternative price is something …

The first IMAX VR arcade is a huge hit—and I can see why

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Virtual reality may have just got the shot of confidence it needed to break into the mainstream. 

On Friday, IMAX held its latest earnings conference call and it came with an unexpected bit of news: the company’s virtual reality arcade experiment in Los Angeles has been a success.

Of course, for anyone who has visited the facility, as I did last week, the news is hardly a surprise. 

“Our LA facility, which has been opened for roughly 3 months now, has seen over 20,000 unique visitors,” said IMAX CEO Richard Lewis Gelfond during the earnings call. “From a revenue standpoint, the center is pacing at roughly $15,000 a week over the last month or so, including our highest grossing week to date, this past week, and continues to exceed expectations.” Read more…

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Mark Zuckerberg posts Oculus VR film profiling prison inmates changing their lives

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Mark Zuckerberg made a big splash last week with Facebook’s dive into social VR in the form of Facebook Spaces. But Zuckerberg knows that social media is just part of the VR picture, and on Sunday he demonstrated that by posting a short VR film called Step to the Line. 

Shot using the new Nokia OZO camera, directed by Ricardo Laganaro, and produced in partnership with Defy Ventures, the film is part of the Oculus VR For Good program. The Oculus initiative was launched last year to support VR film projects that encourage positive social change.  Read more…

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Sir David Attenborough comes in VR to tell you about rocks and minerals

When you think of a person with deep, soothing voice that resonates with everything inside of you, you either think of Morgan Freeman or your father. Unless you grew up in Britain. In the UK, ‘God’s voice’ person would be Sir David Attenborough, hands down. This man has talked about more rocks than there are rocks on this planet, on more media platforms than most contemporary pop stars, with voice – certainly more beautiful and dreamy than most of said stars’. Iconic British naturalist, Sir Attenborough is now also going to star as a hologram in a VR experience, called ‘Hold …