The best VR headset 2018: which headset offers the best bang for your buck?

Best VR Headset Buying Guide: Welcome to TechRadar’s round-up of the best Virtual Reality Headsets on PCs, phones and consoles you can buy in 2018.

Update: Can smartphone-powered VR compete with their PC-tethered counterparts?

To find out for sure, check out our Google Daydream View (2017) review. Here’s a teaser: while not nearly near as powerful or robust as the likes of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, we were impressed with the variety of VR content on offer with Google’s mobile headset, plus its capability for running virtual reality right from a phone.

The big question is whether standalone VR headsets will usurp mobile VR as the new way to VR game on the go. With the Oculus Go rumored to launch soon, we likely don’t have long before we find out.

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The best VR headset can be a hard thing to pin down, especially when virtual reality devices are getting ever-more advanced while at the same time dropping their prices to all-time lows.

Permanent price drops have swept across the high-end VR landscape, making it more and more difficult to choose between headsets that each bring something unique to the table.

Decisions are complicated by the fact that there is seemingly a new VR headset or significant advancement to an existing one every day. Where once Oculus Rift and HTC Vive dominated the best VR headset conversation, new headsets are springing up left and right, some even without wires.

On the flip side, more powerful VR headsets are coming to the fore as well. The HTC Vive Pro, which releases on April 5, is an sizeable upgrade over the HTC Vive that also comes at the sizeable price of $799 / £799 (about AU$1,015).

Then, of course, there are the mobile headsets, namely the …read more

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Americans want tech companies to fix the internet, not the government

After first rocketing on to the scene as a “thing” in 2016, it didn’t take “fake news” long to worm its way into the American lexicon. And while bogus information in the digital age is as old as the internet itself, 2016 was the first time we found the words to articulate it, even crassly. Americans understand the problem, now more than ever. But according to a new poll by Pew Research, it’s not lawmakers the majority of citizens are counting on to fix it. Quite the opposite, actually. Nearly 60 percent of those polled agree the mess belongs to…

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Facebook insists “users are not the product” in controversial new statement

If you thought using Facebook was free, think again.

The age-old adage of “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” holds true for Facebook’s business model, which many pundits have argued it build on trading users’ personal data as currency. And what the social media platform does — or allows others to do — with that data has recently copped a lot of criticism in the wake of the ongoing Cambridge Analytica Scandal.

Facebook has a tough fight ahead of it as it tries to restore its name and win back public trust, and the latest shot in that war is an official blog post titled “Hard Questions” , which seeks to reassure Facebook users that they “are not the product”.

Just semantics?

In the post, Facebook’s vice president of advertising, Rob Goldman, addresses the question, “If I’m not paying for Facebook, am I the product?”

“No,” is Goldman’s answer. “Our product is social media – the ability to connect with the people that matter to you, wherever they are in the world. It’s the same with a free search engine, website or newspaper. The core product is reading the news or finding information – and the ads exist to fund that experience.”

While Goldman is quick to compare Facebook to a “website or newspaper”, the social media platform has historically fought against any suggestion that it’s a media company.

In fact, when questioned by the US Senate as to which companies are Facebook’s direct competitors, CEO Mark Zuckerberg struggled to come up with an answer.

No such thing as a free lunch

It’s hard to define what service Facebook truly offers, even for its CEO. It not only owns the world’s largest social media network, but sells advertising space and, now, hardware such as the Oculus Rift VR headset and it’s seemingly …read more

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New leaked pictures show LG G7 ThinQ from every imaginable angle

The rumors and leaks for upcoming handsets fly thick and fast these days, and LG’s highly-anticipated G7 ThinQ is the latest phone to find itself unofficially unveiled on a near-daily basis.

Revealed on Twitter by noted leaker, Evan Blass, we now have our best look yet of the LG G7 ThinQ, with some very high quality and official-looking product shots that show the AI-focused device from every conceivable angle.

As you can see, the LG G7 ThinQ’s reported notch is on full display here, though if previous rumors are to be believed, it will be optional.

The leaked images also show a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, a dual camera setup, and what appears to be its rumored dedicated button for Google Assistant to the left the display.

Thanks to a clear shot of the phone’s bottom edge, we can also surmise that LG has kept the device’s 3.5mm headphone jack around for another generation, which should please fans of the rapidly disappearing input. Also on display is the G7 ThinQ’s USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.

While nothing can be confirmed at this stage, we’re pretty confident that this particular leak is on-the-money, given Blass’ track record. We’ll know for sure when the LG G7 ThinQ is officially launched on May 2, 2018.

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