Google Cardboard is a platform for turning your smartphone into a virtual reality headset using a folded piece of cardboard and a few lenses to adjust the focal distance. It’s probably the cheapest way to experience VR, assuming you’ve already got a phone.
A growing number of mobile apps let you do everything from explore the universe to watch videos in a virtual movie theater while wearing a cardboard headset. But you may not be able to find some of them by searching the Google Play Store for “cardboard,” because Google seems to be removing apps that use that word.
- Google boots some apps from the Play Store, apparently for using “Cardboard” in their names
Affected apps include Cardboard Theater, Cardboard VNC, and Cardboard Catpult. At least one of those apps has returned to the Play Store under a new name: VR Theater for Cardboard [Variety]
- Huawei may be working on a notebook called the MateBook
Although, come to think of it, that name could also make sense for a keyboard dock that lets you use a Huawei Mate phone as the brains of a convertible notebook or something. [MyDrivers]
- SeeSo will be a $4/month subscription comedy video site from NBC
It’s cheaper than Netflix… and will have a much smaller selection of content. [SeeSo]
- Alienware Steam Machine reviewed
Can a PC feel like a game console? Yes. Kind of. [Engadget]
- Asus releases official bootloader unlock tool for Zenfone 2, but you might want to stick with the unofficial one
Asus says you’ll void the warranty and you won’t be able to receive over-the-air updates if you use their tool. There’s also no officially supported way to re-lock your device. [/r/Android]
- E Ink shows off a 1.1 inch, round flexible display for smartwatches
E Ink is most commonly found in eReaders like the Amazon Kindle. But the low-power, sunlight readable displays can also be used in labels, smartwatches, smartphones, and other devices. [ArmDevices]