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Zuckerberg tested Sony's VR headset before acquiring Oculus VR

When you're about to put down $2 billion on a company that hasn't released a product to consumers yet, you might want to test the waters first - especially when there are other VR companies on the market. This is exactly what Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook did, before deciding on acquiring Oculus VR.

 

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GameSpot is reporting that this information came from PlayStation Marketing executive, Guy Longworth. Longworth reportedly said during the Games Marketing Summit 2014 that Zuckerberg asked "Can I have a tech demo?" of Sony's Project Morpheus VR headset. Longworth was curious as to why Zuckerberg wanted to test out Sony's VR headset.

 

Longworth then joked around, saying: "I wish he bought ours," adding that VR is a trend that isn't going to disappear. He said: "I think that being able to have experiences that are truly deep and immersive...that it somehow makes you feel you are there...is something that people want. If you could really deliver that in the future, that would be huge".

LG's G Watch will feature an always-on, water-resistant screen

LG has been teasing its G Watch smartwatch for quite sometime now, but more details continue to leak out about the Android Wear-powered device. Now we're hearing it will come in two colors: stealth black and champagne gold.

 

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Not only that, but the display will be an always-on screen, with the G Watch being both dust and water-resistant. The always-on screen should be the biggest thing to take away from this news, as it would make sense to have it always-on, and always-listening thanks to the "OK Google" commands that you can use.

Oculus Rift receives teardown treatment, done in stop-motion

If you haven't used an Oculus Rift headset yet, whenever you get the chance, you really should. Jake Roper from YouTube's Vsauce3 has torn the VR headset apart in a new stop-motion video.

 

 

It's a very cool way of taking a look at the VR headset, in a very unique way. It gives you a look at the internals of the Rift, but if you wanted some pictures and a slower walkthrough, you can take a look at our unboxing video and article right here.

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Goccia fitness tracker weighs a bit more than a penny

The Goccia fitness tracker is on Kickstarter right now trying to raise $50,000 to come to market. The project has raised over $48,000 so far with a few days to go before the project ends. The Goccia device is a wearable fitness tracker that is billed as the smallest and simplest out there.

 

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It is certainly small at about the diameter of a dime and a bit heavier than a penny. The small size means you don't have to wear it on your wrist like most fitness trackers. It can be worn on a sleeve or other location thanks to its small size.

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Nike rumored to abandon FuelBand, fires the hardware team

It looks like Nike is done with its FuelBand wearable, with reports surfacing that the company has let go of most of its hardware division, and that the company will be stopping production of the hardware completely.

 

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There was a 'slim' version of the FuelBand expected toward the end of the year, but most of the 70 or so hardware employees have been let go. The anonymous network Secret.ly saw someone post a rumor last week, which read: "The douchebag execs at Nike are going to lay off a bunch of the eng team who developed The FuelBand, and other Nike+ stuff. Mostly because the execs committed gross negligence, wasted tons of money, and didn't know what they were doing".

 

But, Nike has just launched the Fuel Lab, which is think tank for connected devices based in San Francisco. We could see the company release an API for its software services, partnering up with a company to build the hardware while Nike provides the software.

Google sells out of Glass spots in only a day

You might recall that we had mentioned Google Glass was going on sale to the general public on April 15. You didn't need an invite to buy the Glass headset on that day, but you needed your $1500 to get hands-on the expensive wearable.

 

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The caveat to the public sale of Glass on the 15th was that it was only good while a certain number of Explorer spots were filled. Google never said how many spots it had available. In fact, we still don't know how many were available. What we do know is that Google sold all the spots it had in one day.

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Google Glass XE16 is blasting out to Glass users right now

Google is now rolling out its XE16 software update for Google Glass, with the KitKat-powered update requiring Glass users to update to XE 12.1 first, after which the bigger, more important update bakes itself into Glass.

 

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In order to update your Glass unit, you'll need to be plugged into charge, over 50% of charge on Glass itself, an have Wi-Fi enabled. I'm currently updating my Glass unit, but it will reportedly take around 20 minutes or so for the update process to complete.

David Attenborough's next documentary is compatible with Oculus Rift

Atlantis Productions will be making its upcoming documentary, Conquest of the Skies, compatible with Oculus VR's Rift headset. The legendary David Attenborough is attached to the project, too.

 

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Atlantis Productions' Commercial Director, John Morris, during an interview with Real Screen said: "We're now filming for the Oculus Rift, so when we filmed our recent flight in Borneo, we filmed with an eight-camera rig, so you got the full [360 degree] experience". Conquest of the Skies is filming in Borneo right now, and will be made available to the public later in the year.

Oculus VR founder says TVs 'won't be feasible' in the next 10-20 years

Oculus VR's founder, Palmer Luckey, sat down with Maximum PC recently, where he had some interesting things to say about the future of traditional viewing displays, and big-screen TVs.

 

 

Luckey talked about the resources required to build, ship and sell TVs, adding that the model "just won't be feasible". He continued: "Why in the world would you buy a 60-inch TV that, even if it were dirt cheap for that, it's still going to cost a lot to ship it and make it from raw materials. A VR headset is going to be much better and much cheaper and you can take it anywhere".

 

Some of the benefits of a large TV is that you can get a bunch of friends, or family members, to sit around and watch the same content. Luckey says that VR will soon be capable of doing that, where he adds: "It's all a matter of how good VR has to be. Eventually, VR is going to be good enough - someday, as good or as close to real life. If you want to simulate sitting in a room watching a TV, you'll be able to do that".

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Google updates Glass, ditches video calls, but improves photo browsing

Google is pushing out an update to Glass, which will see some improvements, and the removal of the function to video call people. Google removed the video call function from Glass as the feature didn't meet Google's "high standards".

 

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The search giant says that around 10% of Glass users were using the video call function, so in light of this, the Glass team made "the hard decision to remove video calls from Glass until the experience is better". Onto the updates, where Glass will not bundle photos together - this is really important, as your timeline can be completely cluttered with photos.

 

The latest update to Glass will bundle all of your photos, videos and vignettes into a single bundle for each day. For someone like me who takes lots of photos and videos per day, my timeline is constantly cluttered - news to my wearable ears!

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