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11th May, 2016

Google’s own Cardboard viewer arrives in the UK

By James Trew

The company’s own-brand budget VR headset is available outside the US.

Google’s most accessible VR headset is now available in France, the UK, Canada and Germany, via the official store. For something that was meant to bring VR to the masses, Google had been unusually coy about actually putting it out there. The search giant only started selling its own version of the headset in the US in February. Before then, you had to source fromthird parties (fortunately there are many), or change your cereal ornewspaper of choice. Even then, headsets varied in quality for something made of cardboard, and not all the manufacturers offered the newer version, so [...]

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6th May, 2016

Apple Music’s new student plan cuts subscriptions in half

By Matt Brian

If you can prove you’re studying, you’ll only have to pay $5/£5 a month.

Although it may soon give it a welcome revamp, Apple is finding new ways to lure new listeners to its Music streaming service. The company confirmed today that it has launched a new student membership in seven countries, which offers the same features as regular plans with at least a 50 percent discount. Users simply need to prove they’re studying at an eligible college or university to take advantage of the new tier.

Currently, student memberships are live in Australia (A$5.99) and New Zealand (NZD $6.49), but will also be available in the US ($4.99), UK (£4.99), [...]

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5th May, 2016

YouTube will reportedly start streaming live TV in 2017

By Nathan Ingraham

A new ‘Unplugged’ service would compete with options from Sony and Sling.

Streaming live TV over the internet is the latest entertainment land grab — as more consumers cut the cord, plenty of companies are finding new ways to offer potential customers a way to get their live TV fix. According to a report from Bloomberg, YouTube might get in the action in 2017 with a new service called Unplugged. The plan calls for YouTube to offer a bundle of cable TV channels, but what channels will be included remains to be seen.Bloomberg notes that discussions are ongoing with major media companies like Comcast / NBCUniversal, Viacom, Fox and CBS but no [...]

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5th May, 2016

Anne Frank’s story to be told in VR

By Jon Fingas

‘Anne’ will recreate the Holocaust symbol’s brief life.

You can already tour Anne Frank’s hideaway in virtual reality if you can’t make it to Amsterdam, but producer Jonah Hirsch is taking that one step further. He’s creating a VR experience, Anne, that will tell the Holocaust symbol’s tale in 360 degrees. Details of how it will work aren’t available, but you’ll get to at least get to wander around the secret annex where Frank and others hid from the Nazis for two years. The project is still young (you’re looking at a rough version above), so it may be a while before you’re trying Anne for [...]

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