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February 1, 2016

News, Technology, Video Games

Airmail for iOS is here: the email app that can do everything

The most popular email apps usher in some sort of innovation: Sparrow had incredible simplicity, Mailbox had snoozes, and Inbox has its intelligent cards and bundles. Their popularity came from changing the way we work with email — so it’s easy to overlook today’s launch of Airmail for iOS, which has no one standout feature, as just another app. But even though Airmail doesn’t have any one standout innovation, it does something that few other mobile apps dare to do: let  ...

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Land Rover, Luxury Cars, News

For $140k, Land Rover wants to take you on the world’s most luxurious road trip

Everyone likes a good road trip. Whether it’s to move cross country (check), to see the space shuttle launch (I did the drive, though the launch was scrubbed), or just to see somewhere new (check, check, check). A road trip is an opportunity to see the world, one mile at a time. Most of my road trips have involved stops at quaint, but inexpensive, roadside motels across the United States and Waffle Houses and every local fast food joint known to man. But you can also go the other way,  ...

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News, Technology, Virtual Reality

Google adds design oomph to virtual reality unit as Apple enters the fray

Now that Google has an official virtual reality division, it’s shuttling more Googlers into it. The company has moved around 10 employees to a dedicated design team for VR, including Joshua To, a design lead for the apps unit, according to sources. A Google rep confirmed To’s move, but didn’t comment further. Design is a critical element for Google’s success in VR. Most of the VR devices on the market, or coming soon, are considered lacking in their accessibility and aesthetic. And Google  ...

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News, Video Games, Virtual Reality

Hands On: Crytek’s ‘The Climb’ is an Exhilarating Yet Comfortable VR Experience

Frank He goes hands on with Crytek’s Oculus Rift exclusive rock-climbing VR title ‘The Climb‘ at this year’s VRLA Winter Expo. Guest Article by Frank He Now a second year UCLA undergraduate in a neuroscience program, Frank was born in Los Angeles and then raised in Canada, spending his high school years across the border in New York. His main interest is in technologies that enable immersive experiences, and Frank’s academic path is towards better understanding the brain, how it works, and  ...

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News, Technology, Virtual Reality

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 event is happening in three weeks

Samsung has announced its latest "Unpacked" event where the company will announce, in its usual language, "The Next Galaxy." The event is set for Sunday February 21st at 7pm CET (1pm ET) in Barcelona, one day before Mobile World Congress takes over the city. The invitation includes an image of a shadowy cube with two edges glowing to form a "7," suggesting that we will indeed see the Galaxy S7 at this event, and the teaser trailer above sees someone staring at  ...

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News, Video Games, Virtual Reality

Hands On: Everest VR is a Visceral, Beautiful Interactive Documentary

Frank He continues his VRLA Winter Expo adventures as he goes hands on with Everest VR, a HTC Vive powered experience from Sólfar Studios and RVX, that blends beautiful visuals with informative narration to present a compelling, interactive VR documentary. Guest Article by Frank He Now a second year UCLA undergraduate in a neuroscience program, Frank was born in Los Angeles and then raised in Canada, spending his high school years across the border in New York. His main interest is in  ...

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