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Insta360 Pro is the $3,500 'Street View auto ready' camera you've always wanted

Insta360 Pro is the $3,500 'Street View auto ready' camera you've always wanted

Earlier in the year, Google announced that it would be working with hardware partners to launch Street View ready cameras that anyone could buy. There were four different types of cameras mentioned: mobile, auto, VR, and workflow. Thanks to Insta360, it's now possible to get your hands on the very first Street View auto ready camera.

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You can now use Daydream to browse the web in VR with Chrome

You can now use Daydream to browse the web in VR with Chrome

Google added an experimental version of WebVR to Chrome as far back as version 56 earlier in the year, and there were a handful of sample web pages you could take a look at to test out the various features. Since then, more demos have been added and other uses have also been toyed with, including the interesting VR short-film, Tabel. In a recent AMA, the Chrome team said they were re-working WebVR, and it seems as though that job is done.

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Google's new Daydream View will be covered in fabric and cost $99

Google's new Daydream View will be covered in fabric and cost $99

Google launched the Daydream View headset last year alongside the Pixel. For a time, it was only the Pixel that had support for Google's VR. There are a few more phones now, and there's about to be a revamped VR headset, according to a leak from DroidLife. See above for the new Daydream View, which looks a lot like the old one.

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Justice League VR: Join the League is a completely free Cardboard VR minigame collection from Warner Bros.

Justice League VR: Join the League is a completely free Cardboard VR minigame collection from Warner Bros.

All you Cardboard VR headset owners should take a quick look at Warner Bros. latest title on the Play Store. It is titled Justice League VR: Join the League, and it is a DC superhero themed minigame collection just released for the Cardboard VR platform. Each minigame has a different DC superhero as its protagonist, with a total of five games to choose from.

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Galaxy Note8 should be compatible with Daydream from Day 1

Galaxy Note8 should be compatible with Daydream from Day 1

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ took their sweet time to get a software update that would enable Daydream compatibility, but it appears that won't be the case for Samsung's latest and hottest flagship, the Note8.

According to a Samsung spokesperson who talked to NieuweMobiel, Daydream support will be enabled out of the box for the Note8 so you won't have to wait months for any software update to let you slip that shiny phone into your Daydream headset and turn it into a window for VR content... and probably be one of the test subjects for the new Note's capacity to not burst into flames when overheated.

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[Update: Sold out] Deal Alert: Google's Daydream View VR headset is just $39.99 (50% off) at Verizon

[Update: Sold out] Deal Alert: Google's Daydream View VR headset is just $39.99 (50% off) at Verizon

Google unveiled its Daydream View VR headset alongside the Pixel in October 2016. At $79, it was a good way to bring virtual reality to the masses, with its comfortable fit and included controller. At Verizon's current price of $39.99, a purchase is virtually (ha, see what I did there?) a no-brainer if you're in the market for a VR headset.

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Zeiss' VR One Connect bridges the gap between mobile and PC virtual reality

Zeiss' VR One Connect bridges the gap between mobile and PC virtual reality

VR doesn't seem to be as exciting these days. Whether it's the limitations of mobile VR (like heat, video quality, and battery drain) or being tethered to your PC with the Rift or Vive, VR doesn't seem that appealing to many people — I, for one, am not one of those, but I digress. To combat some of the weaknesses of both platforms, Zeiss has come up with the VR One Connect, which bridges the gap between mobile and PC virtual reality... in theory.

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Samsung's Relúmĭno is a Gear VR powered aid for the visually impared

Samsung's Relúmĭno is a Gear VR powered aid for the visually impared

It was announced earlier in the year at MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, and now Samsung's impressive Relúmĭno app has been officially launched. The C-Lab project is designed to help people with visual impairments enjoy the same activities as others, and it uses Samsung's Gear VR headset in conjunction with one of the company's newer Galaxy phones, such as the S7, S7 Edge, S8, or S8+.

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[Deal Alert] HTC permanently drops VIVE VR to $599 ($200 off), probably to compete with Oculus

[Deal Alert] HTC permanently drops VIVE VR to $599 ($200 off), probably to compete with Oculus

For anyone wanting to get into VR, the number of options and different price points can be a bit overwhelming. At the lower end, you have Google's Cardboard or Daydream viewers, which can be used in conjunction with Android phones to offer a fairly basic VR experience. Devices like the Oculus Rift fill the middle tier, for those wanting a more robust ecosystem. Then at the top end, you've got the HTC VIVE. At $799 it's only ever been for those who are really serious about VR. HTC is hoping a price drop down to $599 will open it up to a wider audience.

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Qualcomm announces depth sensing camera tech that will make its way to Android devices

Qualcomm announces depth sensing camera tech that will make its way to Android devices

In what could be exciting news for the future of cameras on Android smartphones, Qualcomm has announced an expansion to its Spectra™ Module Program. This will open mobile devices up to high-resolution depth sensing and better biometric authentication.

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