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Lilbits: Amazon may be cracking down on pay-to-play reviews

At least two companies that sell mobile accessories on Amazon seem to have had all their product listings removed a few days ago. Search the site for a set of Mpow wireless headphone or earbuds and you’ll find that everything is “currently unavailable”. The same goes for Aukey, which normally sells a much wider range […]

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HTC Vive wireless adapter is now available for $299 (more than half as much as the Vive)

The HTC Vive virtual reality headset sold for $799 when it first launched in 2016, but the price dropped to $499 earlier this year when HTC introduced the more powerful Vive Pro. That price includes the headset, base station, and motion controllers — everything you need to get started except for a computer. So it […]

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HTC to layoff nearly a quarter of its workforce

After selling a significant portion of its smartphone business to Google, Taiwanese device maker HTC has continued making smartphones. HTC has also been investing heavily in its Vive virtual reality business. But the company has been having a tough time of things lately. Its latest phone has arrived to mediocre reviews, at best. Year-over-year revenue […]

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HTC Vive VR headset price drops to $499, Vive Pro goes up for pre-order for $799

It’s been about two years since HTC released its first VR headset, the HTC Vive. At the time it carried a hefty price tag of $799, but HTC has slashed the price a few times and today the company is permanently reducing the price of a Vive headset, controllers, and base stations to $499. But […]

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HTC reveals Vive Focus standalone VR headset (but cancels its Google Daydream-compatible headset)

HTC was one of the first companies that said it would build a standalone virtual reality headset that uses Google’s Daydream VR platform. Now the company has unveiled its first VR headset that doesn’t need a phone or a PC to function… and not only is it not a Daydream device, but HTC says it’s […]

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Is HTC developing a Vive-branded phone for VR?

HTC may be best known for making smartphones, but the company entered the virtual reality space in 2016 with the release of the HTC Vive VR system. Now it looks like the company may be bringing the Vive brand to an upcoming smartphone. Or something. HTC hasn’t made any officially announcements about the new phone […]

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Google Earth does VR… but only for HTC Vive at launch

Google’s Daydream View virtual reality headset for smartphones began shipping this month, and one of the first apps available for the platform is a VR version of Google Street View. I found it kind of underwhelming. But you know what looks pretty cool? Google Earth VR. Google is launching a virtual reality version of its […]

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HTC Vive goes wire-free with $220 TPCast add-on

Just a day after MSI started selling the first VR-ready gaming PC in a backpack, HTC has unveiled a device that could make the whole idea of a gaming backpack unnecessary. Here’s the thing: high-end virtual reality headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift currently need to have a wired connection to a PC […]

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HTC launches Viveport app store for VR apps (that aren’t games)

Virtual Reality devices like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR have gotten a lot of attention from gamers. But you can also use a VR headset to explore distant lands… or the bottom of the sea or the night sky. You can watch 360 degree movies, make music, or create paintings. So HTC is launching […]

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HTC Vive launches to mixed (but promising) reviews

Just days after the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset began shipping, rival HTC has begun shipping its Vive headset and VR system to customers. And the early reviews are in. Priced at $799, the HTC Vive is about $200 more expensive than an Oculus Rift… and that price doesn’t include the cost of the powerful computer […]

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HTC Vive VR headset coming April 1st for $799, pre-orders start Feb 29th

HTC will begin taking pre-orders for its first virtual reality headset on February 29th, and the company hopes to begin shipping the HTC Vive to customers on April 1st. The phone maker is partnering with video game company Valve on the technology… but I hope you have a tax refund coming, because the Vive headset won’t be […]

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HTC launches Vive Pre virtual reality headset for developers

HTC plans to launch its first virtual reality headset this year, but not matter how good the technology behind the device is, the HTC Vive won’t be much use if developers don’t create games, videos, and other experiences for it. After launching an initial developer kit in 2015, HTC is introducing an updated model at […]