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Google is sending Expeditions on a tour of the afterlife

Google is sending Expeditions on a tour of the afterlife

Killing off beloved products can be difficult to do, but Google has gotten pretty good at it over the years. The company even put up a cemetery filled with its own products for Halloween last year. Now it looks like another tombstone needs to be installed, because Google has announced that it's sending Expeditions, its educational VR tour app, on one last outing — and it isn't coming back.

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Oculus discontinues the Gear VR-based Go headset

Oculus discontinues the Gear VR-based Go headset

Virtual reality company Oculus used to have a tight partnership with Samsung, to the point where both company's devices shared the same software ecosystem. The Oculus Go was released in 2018 as a self-contained VR headset, with a Snapdragon 821 processor and full compatibility with games built for Samsung's Gear VR. Sadly, it's now time to say goodbye to the headset.

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Hulu drops support for Daydream, latest nail in Google's VR coffin

Hulu drops support for Daydream, latest nail in Google's VR coffin

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The Galaxy Note10 marks the end of Google Daydream and Gear VR

The Galaxy Note10 marks the end of Google Daydream and Gear VR

Samsung's Galaxy Note10 was officially announced last week, and while it's jam-packed with almost everything most people could want in a smartphone, it also dropped a few features: the headphone jack is completely gone, and the microSD card slot isn't present on the smaller model. It has also become evident over the past few days that the Note10 doesn't support any mobile VR platform, marking an end to both Gear VR and Google Daydream.

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The $300 Lenovo Mirage Camera captures 3D 180° video and is marked down to just $100

The $300 Lenovo Mirage Camera captures 3D 180° video and is marked down to just $100

The product life cycle can be harsh — smash hits fly off the shelves and rarely get discounted, but other products, though they may be decent, don't catch on and are brutally discounted in fire sales. The 3D 180VR video-capturing Lenovo Mirage Camera is one such example —  originally launched for $300 in 2018, it can now be had for just $100 at Best Buy and Amazon.

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Get a 64GB Oculus Go wireless VR headset today for $209 ($40 off)

Get a 64GB Oculus Go wireless VR headset today for $209 ($40 off)

If you want a virtual reality headset to kill some time with, but don't want to burden yourself with wires or a high price tag, the Oculus Go might be calling your name. It's currently available at its lowest price for both of its storage options at Amazon and Best Buy.

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Google kills Play Movies & TV app for Daydream

Google kills Play Movies & TV app for Daydream

Google hasn't talked about its Daydream VR platform much lately, but it still exists and works with phones like the Pixel 3. Daydream has never had extensive app support, and there's one less Google app available today. Google has quietly retired the Play Movies & TV app for Daydream.

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The New York Times has released a Daydream-compatible virtual reality app

The New York Times has released a Daydream-compatible virtual reality app

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Google's Street View Trekker rig goes on a diet, upgrades its cameras

Google's Street View Trekker rig goes on a diet, upgrades its cameras

Google's Street View project is one of the largest collections of 360 panoramas images available for public use. While most images are taken with the easily recognizable Street View cars, for off-road collection a contraption called the Street View Trekker is used. Today, the Street View team is announcing an upgraded Trekker that has shed a few pounds and improved on image quality.

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[Deal Alert] Google Daydream View 2017 on sale for $40 at Verizon ($60 off)

[Deal Alert] Google Daydream View 2017 on sale for $40 at Verizon ($60 off)

Popping your smartphone into a headset is the most basic form of virtual reality technology, but of those devices, the Google Daydream View is a high-quality option. Right now, the 2017 Daydream View is 60 percent off and the 2016 Daydream View is 62 percent off through Verizon, making it a good time to purchase either device if you've been eyeing a simple mobile VR accessory. The 2017 version comes in at $40, down from $100 at regular price, while the 2016 device is $30, down from $80. 

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