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A design schematic for the new Google Glass. (Source: FCC)

Google Glass is coming back, but will stay in a business-oriented sandbox this time

Google Glass was the search giant's first attempt at smart glasses, and could clip onto transparent spectacles to deliver info and shots from its camera via an eyeball-level LED. It was not a popular release, not least because of ...
Image via Pokemon Let's GO official site

You will be able to transfer Pokemon from Pokemon GO to Pokemon Let's GO on the Switch

A feature in the latest Pokemon game, Pokemon Let's GO, may get you to load up your game of Pokemon GO on your smartphone. Pokemon that trainers have captured in Pokemon GO can be transferred to Pokemon Let's GO on the Switch. The...
The DJI Mavic Air is going on sale for Black Friday. (Source: DJI)

DJI releases details of this year's Black Friday promo pricing

DJI is putting a number of its drones, including the Mavic Air and Spark, on sale for the Black Friday season. This sale also includes the Osmo 2 Mobile and Racing Edition Goggles. This promotion is starting later this month.
Lenovo Lecoo Unmanned Store opens early November 2018 (Source: Lenovo)

The Matrix is here: Lenovo opens unmanned convenience store

The first Lenovo Lecoo Unmanned Store is located in Beijing, at the company's tech campus. Its goal is to help Lenovo test its facial recognition, electronic payment, IoT, AI, and AR technologies. The catch is that Lenovo tablets ...
RED's Hydrogen One will finally be available this Friday. (Image source: RED)

The RED Hydrogen One goes on sale November 2 for US $1300

After numerous delays, the RED Hydrogen One will finally go on sale at Verizon and AT&T this Friday, November 2. Despite the initial hype built around the device last year, the steep price tag and disappointing feature set threate...
Snap Camera is Snapchat for Twitch. (Source: Snapchat)

New app brings Snapchat filters to Twitch

Snap Camera is a freshly-launched desktop app that adds Snapchat Lenses to webcam feeds for vlogging or Twitch streams. Like all similar things Snap, it relies on facial mapping to super-impose a range of effects on a video's subj...
Lyft is pushing hard into self-driving cars. (Image via TechCrunch)

Lyft buys AR firm to help with its self-driving cars

Lyft, the second most popular ride-sharing business, announced its first acquisition centered around autonomous cars. The company will purchase Blue Vision Labs, an AR startup, for US $72 million (with an additional $30 million op...
KRY has developed a new VR therapy digital platform for those with 'stage fright'. (Source: VRAffinity)

Psychotherapy in VR, anyone? KRY Healthcare want to treat stage fright using a headset

KRY, a company that describes itself as a "digital healthcare provider", is the world's first group to offer treatment for public-speaking phobias in VR. This form of therapy is to be made available to adults of 18 and older. It i...
The Manifold 360-degree 6DOF from Facebook and RED is coming soon. (Source: Oculus)

Facebook and RED team up on Manifold 3D VR camera

Facebook and RED have launched the jointly developed Manifold 360-degree VR camera. What sets the camera apart from the competition is its ability to create fully immersive content with full 6DOF support.
The next Windows update is known as Redstone 5...until October, at least. (Source: NeoWin)

Windows 10 October update release may coincide with the Surface event

The next update to Windows 10 may be rolled out in the next month. In fact, some leaks claim that this will commence on the same day on which the new Surface products are to be launched. However, for that to pan out, it leaves Mic...
ARCore supports augmented reality features on some smartphones. (Source: ARCore)

OnePlus 6T may be approved for latest version of ARCore already

The OnePlus 6T is on a short list of upcoming smartphones mentioned in the ARCore 1.5 APK. This app supports up-to-date Google-provisioned features such as Lens. This feature is also to be included in the Nokia 9, as well as two a...
Alienware flagship store in Chengdu, China (Source: Retail Design Blog)

Alienware opening a new flagship store in China this weekend

Back in 2009, Alienware opened up the gates of its first retail store in the US. In the meantime, the brand's network of brick-and-mortar locations expanded all over the world and even got to China. Now, the time has come for a ne...
HP Pavilion Gaming 15t (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 3 GB) Laptop Review

83% HP Pavilion Gaming 15t (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 3 GB) Laptop Review

Cut corners. How much is a 144 Hz display worth? The Pavilion Gaming 15t is HP's latest entry in the budget gaming laptop market, designed to compete with the likes of Acer's Helio 300 and Dell's G7. While most areas of the notebook are good (including its high refresh rate screen), HP cut a few corners in their pursuit of the best budget gaming notebook.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
HP Omen 17t (i7-8750H, GTX 1070) Laptop Review

87% HP Omen 17t (i7-8750H, GTX 1070) Laptop Review

Quiet Giant. The Omen 17t is a well-balanced notebook. Its internals are consistently powerful, its 144 Hz G-Sync display is one of the best on the market, and it manages heat and noise with aplomb. With its competitive pricing, the Omen 17t is one of the best overall packages in the gaming laptop market.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.7 kg
Samsung's sequel to the Odyssey Windows MR headset will be called Odyssey+ (Source: Samsung)

Samsung HMD Odyssey+ Windows VR Headset coming soon

Samsung has a sequel to the Odyssey Windows 10 Mixed Reality headset released in 2017. As confirmed in a new Bluetooth certification, the new device will be called the Odyssey+ and it will be headed to store shelves soon.
The RED Hydrogen One with 4-View holographic display is coming October 9. (Source: RED)

Radical RED Hydrogen One finally gets release date

Professional camera maker RED has created a lot of hype around the launch of its first smartphone, the Hydrogen One. The new device features what the company claims has a display capable of displaying 3D holographic images that wo...
More information on the new Ryzen SoC surfaces

More information on the new Ryzen SoC surfaces

Recently AMD designed an SoC for ZhongShan Subor's new console the Z+. While previous console SoCs used Jaguar CPU cores which were based on AMD's previous generation of architectures and mid range Polaris GPU cores, this new SoC ...
Dell G7 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q) Laptop Review

85% Dell G7 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q) Laptop Review

New name, same value. Dell's latest entry into the budget gaming market changes branding but keeps the value. Does the new G7 offer as much bang-for-the-buck as the uber-popular Inspiron 15 7577? Find out in our comprehensive review.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
Turing intends to launch the HubblePhone in 2020, even though the company itself filed for bankruptcy in early 2018. (Source: Turing)

The Turing HubblePhone concept takes cues from Nokia's N93

Turing is back with a futuristic concept that might get launched in 2020, but most likely will not because the company has already filed for bankruptcy. The new HubblePhone would integrate all sorts of advanced technologies, inclu...
USB Type-C could soon support VR with new VirtualLink standard (Source Globenewswire)

VirtualLink will combine USB, HDMI, and power all in one cable to make VR more accessible

A single USB Type-C port may be all that's needed for a PC VR experience. VirtualLink 1.0 will define a new 'Alternate Mode' standard over the familiar USB port to hopefully reduce cable clutter associated with popular virtual rea...
The Blackmagic eGPU enclosure is fitted with a Radeon Pro 580 GPU. (Source: Black Magic Design)

Apple teams with Black Magic Design on eGPU for new MacBook Pros

Apple has teamed with Black Magic Design on a new eGPU enclosure to accompany its new MacBook Pro line. The enclosure is fitted with an AMD Radeon Pro 580 desktop GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and also acts as a Thunderbolt 3 dock.
The Google Pixel 2 XL is US$100 off for a limited time. (Source: Google)

Google Store offering Pixel XL 2 at US$100 discount, other devices on special too

Google is currently offering its Pixel 2 XL models at US$100 off their regular price. The sale also includes other products in its hardware lineup and runs until July 17 while stocks last.
MSI GV62 8RE (i5-8300H, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review

82% MSI GV62 8RE (i5-8300H, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review

New engine, same body. MSI brings Coffee Lake to their entry-level GV62 line. While the new Intel CPU is a breath of fresh air, it is the only real change to the machine since last year. Buggy system behavior and a cheap plastic case keep the GV62 8RE from being little more than white noise.
Intel Core i5-8300H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
The OnePlus 6 can be made to run Google ARCore apps. (Source: Dylan Raga / XDA Developers)

OnePlus 6 can unofficially run Google ARCore apps

The OnePlus 6 was conspicuous by its absence on the list of supported devices for Google ARCore but it turns out that the ARCore app can be sideloaded on the phone and it works just fine. It is not known when the OnePlus 6 will be...
VR/MR on the Xbox One consoles is still a distant dream. (Source: MBG / YouTube)

Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality not on Microsoft's radar for the Xbox One consoles anytime soon

In an interview to, Microsoft's Chief Marketing Officer for Gaming, Mike Nichols, said that there are no immediate plans to bring VR/MR capabilities to the Xbox consoles. Nichols feels that VR/MR is more suited t...
The Asus Zenfone Ares. (Source: GSMArena)

The new Asus Zenfone Ares is a sleeping high bang-for-buck device

Last week, Asus released its Zenfone Ares device. The AR-centric smartphone serves as a cheaper alternative to the Zenfone AR that was released last year, and offers incredible bang for buck in the process.
Looks like Microsoft is ready to finally present a consumer-friendly version of its mixed reality HoloLens headset in 2019. (Source: VOA News)

Next gen Microsoft HoloLens could launch in 2019

Since VR is already quite a mature technology, Microsoft intends to make its mixed reality headset more affordable for the masses. The next gen HoloLens should debut in early 2019, with improved holographic displays, a lighter fra...
Powercolor RX Vega 56 Nano launch (Source: Wccftech)

Computex 2018 | AMD RX Vega 56 Nano now official

AMD unveiled the RX Vega 56 Nano during a Computex 2018 special press event, but instead a reference edition — as it usually happens — they unveiled a variant made by PowerColor. This video card features 8 GB HBM2 memory, 3584 str...
The new Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box. (Source: Notebook Check)

Computex 2018 | Gigabyte shows eGPU with embedded Radeon RX 580

Gigabyte has added a new eGPU enclosure to its lineup. The new Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box is targeted at Apple MacBook users, although it will work equally well with Windows ultrabooks as well.
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The XR1 is expected to be featured in several VR headset models, including one from HTC Vive, later this year. (Source: Anandtech)

Qualcomm reveals XR1 dedicated VR/AR/XR SoC

According to Qualcomm, the VR and AR market is now mature enough for a unified SoC, so the company is almost ready to release the Snapdragon XR1 chip that will bring support for virtual, augmented and mixed reality environments. A...
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S will support Google ARCore apps. (Source: Digit)

Google brings ARCore apps to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S in China via the Xiaomi App Store

Google has partnered with Xiaomi to make ARCore apps available on the Xiaomi App Store in China. Google has not revealed any further details but these apps will be first made available for Xiaomi's latest flagship, the Mi Mix 2S, ...
LG's 4.3-inch OLED VR screen has a 4:3 aspect ratio. (Source: RoadToVR)

Google and LG working on ~5K virtual reality displays

A new paper compiled by LG and Google researchers stipulates that the human eye has a resolution of about 9600 x 9000 pixels with a FOV of 160 x 150 degrees. The new LG OLED VR screen is not there yet, but i certainly seems to be ...
Sony Xperia Ear Duo headphones will ship May 31. (Source: Sony)

Futuristic Sony Xperia Ear Duo headphones up for pre-order, ship May 25

Sony's futuristic Xperia Ear Duo headphones are now up for pre-order in the US. The headphones allow listeners to hear both music or voice overs at the same time as being able to hear ambient sounds around them.
Oculus Go VR headset goes on sale for US$199

Oculus Go VR headset goes on sale for US$199

The Oculus Go standalone VR headset has officially been launched and is available for immediate purchase. The Facebook-owned company is shipping the headset to 23 countries starting today, from US$199 for the 32 GB model.
Intel 'Coffee Lake-H' Performance Comparison: A worthy upgrade from 'Kaby Lake'?

Intel 'Coffee Lake-H' Performance Comparison: A worthy upgrade from 'Kaby Lake'?

The 8th generation 'Coffee Lake-H' chips for enthusiast notebooks are finally here. Intel is doing all it can to woo the masses back from AMD Ryzen by increasing core counts and boosting clocks. This generation also sees the rebranding of the Core i7-HK series as the 'Core i9'. Intel naturally claims significant improvements over the 7th generation 'Kaby Lake' but does it actually hold true? What do the new CPUs mean for the mobile enthusiast? Our preliminary review of new 'Coffee Lake-H' Core i7-8750H-powered notebooks tells what's improved and what's not. We also list out some of the notebooks that will debut this Spring sporting the new chips.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Swiping down from all screens will bring up the Gear S2's Quick Panel. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung releases Gear S2 software update with new functions

Samsung’s wearable, the Gear S2, has received a new software upgrade from the South Korean manufacturer. The user interface has been overhauled, the Samsung Health widget has been enhanced, and the watch can be used in conjunction...
Acer has stated that the Chromebook Tab 10 will support augmented reality some time in the future. (Source: Softpedia)

Acer reveals the Chromebook Tab 10 tablet

Acer has unveiled a Chrome-based tablet aimed at the education sector. This is the first tablet to be released using Chrome as its operating system, and Acer has given it the name Chromebook Tab 10. The 9.7-inch device includes a ...
Asus FX503VM (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review

82% Asus FX503VM (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review

Plastic, pragmatic. The Asus FX503VM is a mid-tier gaming laptop at a budget-minded price. Although there are some cut corners, the overall package is capable, competent, and attractive.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
The Lenovo Mirage Camera is a point-and-shoot VR content creation solution compatible with Daydream. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo Mirage VR Camera is now up for pre-order

Lenovo will ship its Mirage VR Camera on May 4 in the US. The point-and-shoot camera was made in collaboration with Google and supports Google Daydream VR headsets and smartphones.
The HTC Vive Pro is now available for pre-order. (Source: HTC)

HTC’s wireless Vive Pro VR headset goes up for pre-order

HTC’s second-generation VR headset, the Vive Pro, is now up for pre-order. Improved in every key area over the original, the company is hoping the addition of wireless support will help to attract new users put off by being tether...
A demonstration of a scene rendered in real-time via RTX. (Images: Nvidia)

GDC 2018 | Nvidia's RTX real-time ray tracing promises to bring lifelike lighting via Volta GPUs

Nvidia's new RTX technology may bring real-time ray tracing to gaming and other media. Ray tracing results in incredibly realistic lighting, which has long been a difficult process for most game engines to handle in real-time. In ...
The Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo Snapdragon 835-powered Mirage Solo Daydream VR headset coming May 11

First introduced at CES 2018 with a planned mid-year launch, Lenovo’s Mirage Solo Daydream VR headset will land on May 11. The device features what is effectively a built-in smartphone to provide a completely untethered VR experie...
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1080) Mini PC Review

Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1080) Mini PC Review

Bigger, faster, better value? The Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 is one of the most powerful small form factor desktops on the market. While relatively small compared to traditional desktops, it is twice as large as other Zotac ZBOX devices. Zotac puts this extra space to good use by packing in a full desktop Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) | | 3.3 kg
The MotoMod Virtual Viewer. (Source: Evan Blass)

Latest MotoMod is a VR headset, courtesy of a leak

Motorola looks set to release a new VR-based headset as a MotoMod for its Z series smartphones. The new headset also looks like it might have the backing of Oculus, if its headstrap is any indication.
This is just a fan-made render of the upcoming PS5. (Source:

Rumor | PlayStation 5 dev kits already tested by select third-party game devs

PlayStation 5 is most likely not going to be released this year, but dev kits being distributed this early could mean that the next version could be launched in 2019 at the soonest. Sony might also be concerned that the XBox One X...
The Oculus Rift headset had an introductory price of US$599.99. (Source: The Verge)

Oculus Rift VR headsets defeated by runtime service issue

Oculus Rift virtual reality headset owners have been struggling to operate their devices today due to an issue with the Oculus Runtime Service. Users who have tried to open the app have faced an error message stating “Can’t Reach ...
Asus ROG Strix GL703VM Scar Edition (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD 120 Hz) Laptop Review

84% Asus ROG Strix GL703VM Scar Edition (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD 120 Hz) Laptop Review

Hotter, Louder, Faster, Stronger. The Asus ROG Strix GL703VM is a more powerful version of the GL703VD, which we reviewed back in October. In addition to a faster GPU, the GL703VM brings a 120 Hz display, but fan noise and temperatures leave room for improvement.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.7 kg
Firmament should be the next release for game studio Cyan, Inc. (Source: Eurogamer)

Myst developer Cyan releases teaser for new game

The talented folk at Cyan, Inc. have released a cinematic trailer for the upcoming game, Firmament. A spectral voice narrates as the viewer is steered around some truly stunning graphics while briefly exploring the latest world be...
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are finally official. (Images: Samsung)

MWC 2018 | Samsung Galaxy S9 debuts with variable-aperture camera, AR Emojis, and more

They're finally here. The latest flagships from Samsung, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, share a lot in common with last year's S8 and S8+ with some incremental improvements. The biggest change lies in the camera, which now features...

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