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Oculus Go is the all-in-one VR headset you’ll beg Santa for

Charmaine Blake

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The Oculus Go is the easiest way to dive into VR.

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“Oculus Go
$199
The Good

Supremely easy to use • Effortless setup • High-quality lenses for a sharp image • Comfortable to wear • Affordable

The Bad

Light leaks from nose cutout • Charges over microUSB • Takes 3 hours to fully charge

The Bottom Line

The Oculus Go is the first VR headset that truly makes it easy to dive into VR without the hassle of connecting a phone or PC.

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I can’t think of a more messy and complicated technology in the last decade than VR.

I’ve tried just about every major VR headset released in the last few years. Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR, Windows Mixed Reality headsets — you name it, and I’ve strapped it on.

The problem isn’t that there’s no one single killer VR app that blows people away — there are now thousands of unbelievably immersive apps and games to pick from across the many different VR platforms — but that VR headsets are too much of a pain in the ass to set up and wear.

Running high-end VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive means you also need powerful gaming PCs or laptops that are by no means cheap. Meanwhile, Samsung’s Gear VR, previously one of the best ways to get started with VR, is still cumbersome since you’re constantly attaching and detaching a smartphone and dealing overheating issues (since the phone is working overtime to bring you VR images with as little lag as possible).

It’s been years in the making, but the Oculus Go, is a major turning point for VR. The all-in-one VR headset doesn’t need a PC or a smartphone. 

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To start shooting virtual zombies, watching Netflix on a giant screen, or any of thousands of other virtual experiences, you literally just put on the Oculus Go and, ahem, go into the virtual world.

Just as attractive as the Oculus Go’s simplicity is how much it costs: The headset starts at $199 for the headset with 32GB of storage and $249 for 64GB. Both come with a wireless controller. You can run the numbers yourself, but I’ll save you some time: The Go is cheaper than a Nintendo Switch and way lower than the price of a Gear VR or Daydream VR experience (factoring in the required phones, of course).

Just strap on and go

Fun fact: The Go headset is manufactured by China’s Xiaomi. Yep, the same Xiaomi that still doesn’t sell phones in the U.S.

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There’s nothing I hate more than unboxing a new gadget and having to read instructions to get started. A well-designed gadget is one that shouldn’t require much figuring out and the Oculus Go couldn’t be simpler.

Everything you need to get started in VR is included in the box. The headset’s gray color is neutral and doesn’t feel…”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/05/01/oculus-go-review/

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Roku on track for $1 billion in revenue in 2019

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“Roku plans to be a billion-dollar company in 2019, the company said on Thursday as part of its announcement of strong earnings. The company beat analyst estimates and reported strong growth in active users and streaming hours with earnings of $0.05 per share, compared with the $0.03 analysts had estimated, and revenues of $276 million, compared with the expected $262 million.

Roku also reported 40 percent year-over-year active user growth, with 27.1 million active users by year-end, and a 69 percent year-over-year increase in streaming hours, which reached 7.3 billion.

The company said it plans this year to invest in international expansion, its ad-supported service The Roku Channel, advertising and its Roku TV platform.

While cord cutting is driving some of Roku’s growth, only around half of Roku’s customers fit this description, CEO Anthony Wood pointed out. The other half are more like “cord shavers” — those who are still pay TV subscribers, but are shifting more of their TV viewing to streaming services.

Roku’s ability to also attract pay TV customers combined with the fact that one in four smart TVs sold in the U.S. now runs its software is helping the company’s market share grow.

Roku estimates that one in five U.S. TV households now uses the Roku platform for at least a portion of their TV viewing. In the year ahead, Roku aims to better capitalize on its traction by increasing the monetization per user and scaling the number of households using Roku………………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2019/02/22/roku-on-track-for-1-billion-in-revenue-in-2019/

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Netflix has the best movie selection, study shows

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“If you can only afford one streaming service, maybe this study will help you decide.

Based on the Rotten Tomato scores of all movies available on each of the big streaming services, it looks like Netflix has the best selection of movies, according to a study from Streaming Observer.

Compared to Amazon Prime, Hulu, and HBO Now, Netflix has the most movies that are “certified fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, which means they have a steady score of 75% or higher and have been reviewed by a significant amount of critics and Rotten Tomatoes users. Of Netflix’s 3,839 movies, more than 15% are certified fresh.

Hulu has the closest number of movies at 2,336 but only 9.6% are certified fresh. HBO Now with 815 movies is sitting at 4.7% certified fresh. Amazon Prime has the most options at 17,461 but quantity does not equal quality for the online retail giant because only 1.3% of its movies are certified fresh.

All this basically comes down to the fact that Netflix has more higher quality movies than anyone else — 596, to be exact, which is roughly 360 more than both Hulu and Amazon Prime.

The data used by Streaming Observer is from Jan. 20, so it’s always possible that this could change. Movies are coming and going from streaming services all the time, and when new streaming services like Disney’s anticipated service come along, it’ll be quite a disruption for these sites.

Plus, this is all subjective and doesn’t take television shows into account. It’s really all about what you’re interested in watching. Not everyone wants to watch the best movies all the time. Sometimes you just want to watch King of the Hill, and you can only get that on Hulu.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/netflix-best-movies/

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Hulu drops price after Netflix raises rates

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Hulu isn’t done taunting Netflix just yet.

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Just as Netflix’s prices go up, Hulu’s are going down.

“Hulu has announced today that its reducing the price of its ad-supported subscription plan to $5.99 per month. The current price for Hulu’s lowest-tiered plan is $7.99 per month.. The company’s “no ads” plan will remain priced at $11.99 per month.

This move comes just a week after the streaming service’s biggest competitor, Netflix, unveiled its largest price increase ever. The price of Netflix’s most popular plan is now $13 per month.

However, the move to undercut Netflix’s prices isn’t the first time Hulu’s taken a swipe at its competitor this month. Last week, amid Netflix’s big promotion for the upcoming release of its anticipated Fyre Festival documentary, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, Hulu dropped a surprise. It released its own Fyre Festival documentary, Fyre Fraud, before Netflix’s film.

In its pricing announcement, Hulu also unveiled a price increase for its Hulu + Live TV plan. That plan will be going from $39.99 to $44.99 per month.

Hulu Live TV brings channels like……………………………………………………………………”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/hulu-price-drop-599/

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