Apple is developing a standalone AR & VR headset complete with 8K displays: report

Apple is working on a new headset that will utilize both VR and AR technologies. The introduction of the iPhone X saw a very limited entry into the AR world by Apple, while in terms of VR, the Silicon Valley-based giant is yet to release any products. According to a new report, however, both technologies be the basis of the brand’s next big product.

More specifically, Apple is reportedly working on a brand new standalone headset that would integrate both VR and AR support, although it is still in the early stages of development. The tech product will reportedly sport two displays, one for …


JPEG XS is coming; designed for streaming video and VR, this format is low-latency and low-energy

JPEG, as many of you know, is the standard format used to compress digital images. And soon, the group behind JPEG will release JPEG XS. No, this isn’t a situation where the new format is used instead of the older one. Actually, you can expect to see both used side-by-side. JPEG XS was created specifically for streaming video and VR as opposed to JPEG, which was created to help download digital images.

The Joint Photographic Experts Group, in an announcement made last week, said that this new JPEG format will make viewing VR images less nausea-producing because of its low latency. It …

Plex VR app launches on the Gear VR

After making its debut on the Google Daydream back in January, Plex’s VR media center is now available on the Samsung Gear VR.

Like other similar offerings, the Plex VR media center puts you in the center of a virtual environment with a big, floating screen in the middle. Part of the fun, as usual, comes from the relatively high level of interactivity of each of the environments. Plex VR offers three such venues – a luxury apartment and a deep space scene known as “the void,” which are free, and a drive-in theatre, which you need to have a Plex subscription …

The all-new Google Daydream View VR is half price at Best Buy (today only)

Great news for those who like to ride the waves of the latest trends in technology, as the newest Daydream View VR from Google is now available for purchase at Best Buy at half price.

It’s one of the best choices if you are into the VR stuff, even if it doesn’t offer the same level of immersion like HTC’s Vive or Facebook’s Oculus. The Daydream View VR is an improvement over the original headset, so it’s worth the upgrade at this price.

Speaking of which, Best Buy is selling the Daydream View VR for just $59, although it’s usually available for $100. There’s a catch though, as the …

Sony Xperia XZ2 pre-orders start today overseas; reserve a unit and get a free PS4 or PlayStation VR

Just yesterday, we unboxed the Sony Xperia XZ2 for you. Starting today, pre-orders are being accepted overseas for both the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. At both Carphone Warehouse and European carrier Three, those making a paid reservation for one of the two new models will have a big choice to make. Sony is tossing in a free PS4 gaming console and the Gran Turismo Sport bundle. Or, as an alternative, those who pre-order one of the two new handsets can opt to receive a free PlayStation VR Starter Pack instead.

The SIM-free Xperia XZ2 is priced at £699 ($974 USD), while the XZ2 Compact …

New VR headset Moto Mod, the Motorola Virtual Viewer, surfaces

As Motorola works to officially unveil the next-generation modular Moto Z3 series, we could see a whole slew of new Moto Mod accessories for the entire line going back to 2016’s Moto Z lineup. A new tweet disseminated today by prolific tipster Evan Blass, reveals that one of the next Moto Mods will be a VR headset named the Motorola Virtual Viewer. Blass leaked an image of the box and the actual headset.

It would appear that the Virtual Viewer will be a Daydream headset, and the phone will connect to the device inside the front of the VR viewer. That would seem to be the case judging from …

HTC merges VR and smartphone departments in the US, lays off employees in the process

Despite being far from bad, the HTC U11 couldn’t help the Taiwanese company in avoiding financial deficit
HTC is definitely not in its best shape, but things seem to be getting even worse. Just a mere week after Chialin Chang resigned as president of HTC’s smartphone business, the Taiwanese company has reportedly laid off a big part of its US team, leaving only employees responsible for the company’s global affairs.
This is just another drop in the ocean of bad news regarding the company. HTC had a pretty …

Qualcomm unveils new standalone VR reference design based on Snapdragon 845

Amidst Qualcomm’s latest spree of new product and feature announcements, one shines brighter than the others. That’s nothing but a new reference standalone VR platform based on the Snapdragon 845 chipset. The main pillars that the new VR platform stands are low latency, high frame rates, and smooth head tracking performance, Qualcomm says, ticking all important boxes for immersive virtual reality experience.

One of the more intriguing features of the platform is a new functionality dubbed Adreno Foveation, which tracks the users eyes and concentrates the highest graphics …

How to watch the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic games live on your Android/iPhone or in VR

The Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are currently the biggest sports event in the world and this won’t change until the closing ceremony of the games that will take place on February 25. Until then, however, the Olympics will be one of the hottest topics in town. But how to watch the interesting events and disciplines while you are away from home and want to cheer for the 244 athletes that make up the U.S. Olympics Team or your local representatives on the games?

Well, as you likely know, NBC has the exclusive live rights to the major sports event in the US, …

Apple, LG and Valve invest in a firm that will offer OLED microdisplays for VR and AR headsets

According to a filing made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple, LG and Valve are teaming up to invest $10 million in a firm called eMagin. The company produces microdisplays used in the healthcare, military and industrial businesses. However, the SEC filing includes a statement from eMagin that gives us a clue for the interest by the three aforementioned companies.

In the statement, eMagin says that it is in talks with “multiple Tier One consumer product companies” to develop and design microdisplays for headsets that would be used on consumer devices. These could include …