The Standalone Oculus Go Headset

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Oculus presents what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims is "the most accessible VR headset yet"-- the Oculus Go, a lower-cost headset positioned somewhere between the Rift and Gear VR.

Oculus GoThe Go is a standalone VR device, meaning it does not require a smartphone or tethering to a PC. It is built out of a lightweight mesh fabric, held together with a soft elastic fabric and carries a next-generation version of the optics found in the Rift.

The lenses feature the same wide field of view as the Rift, while the display is a "fast-switch LCD" with 2560 x 1440 resolution. Oculus claims the display has a higher pixel fill factor than OLEDs, with a "dramatic effect on visual clarity." Audio is also improved, with built-in drivers promising an integrated spatial audio experience with no headphones required.

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Amazon Adds Waterproofing With Kindle Oasis

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After 10 years of making eReaders Amazon presents a first waterproof version-- the Kindle Oasis, an update on the 2016 model featuring a larger display and an IPX8 water-resistance rating.

Kindle OasisThe Kindle Oasis has a 300ppi 7inch display equipped with 12 LEDs for more uniform front lighting. Ambient light sensors tweak the lighting according to the environment, and the display is covered with a proprietary glass Amazon says is its toughest yet. A built-in accelerometer automatically switches page orientation according to how the eReader is held.

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The "Entry-Level" Loewe Bild 3 TV

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Germany's Loewe presents what it describes as an "entry-level" 4K TV range-- the Bild 3, offering sets in 43-, 49- and 55-inch sizes at lower costs than the high-end Bild 7 and Bild 9 ranges.

Loewe Bild 3The 43-inch (model 3.43) and 49-inch (3.49) models feature LCD panels with support for HDR 10 and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). The 55-inch version ups the ante with an OLED panel and the addition of Dolby Vision HDR.

All models offer an integrated 80W with 4 drivers, 2 passive radiators and a bass reflex port, together with access to streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime TV, BBC iPlayer and Tidal. Bluetooth support is also included for wireless music playback.

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Yale Ships HomeKit-Enabled Locks

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Yale announces the iM1 Network Module-- the means for customers to add Apple Homekit support to Assure Lock products-- is finally available, following months of delay.

Yale HomeKitThe iM1 is an add-on module for a pair of Yale products, the Assure Lock SL (YRD256) and the Assure Lock Key Free Touchscreen (YRD246). It pairs with the Yale Secure companion app to allow customers check battery status, manage up to 25 PIN codes, see current lock status, customise lock settings, name a lock or add a new lock.

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SmartHalo Arrives in Apple Stores

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The SmartHalo-- an iPhone-compatible accessory providing cyclists with navigation, fitness and safety functionality-- arrives at Apple retail locations, starting from N. America.

SmartHaloA Kickstarter success story, the SmartHalo locks to bike handlebars. It pairs with a companion app (on iPhone 4S and higher) via Bluetooth 4.0, and uses a ring light to guide cyclists to their destination using either a turn-by-turn or compass-style lighting mode system.

In addition, a blue dot light illuminates for incoming lights, and a front light turns on or off according to the time of day and when a trip is in progress. A final feature has it record fitness data (such as calories burned) for syncing with the Apple Health app.

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