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Weekly Tech News: HTC unveil standalone VR headset and more

by 3 Community Manager ‎28-07-2017 02:57 PM - edited ‎28-07-2017 04:54 PM (159 Views)

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In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. This week we look at HTC’s new VR headset, Deezer’s new podcast partnership and more.


HTC announce first standalone VR headset

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In exciting virtual reality news, HTC has unveiled its first standalone VR headset, which will work without needing to connect to a PC or smartphone. Announced in a press release as the Vive Standalone, the headset is not officially named yet but will use the Viveport content ecosystem and run on the Snapdragon 835 processor.

The Vive standalone is the next step in the exciting world of VR, allowing users to take VR anywhere without needing to connect to a device. It’s currently only going to be available in China and we have no release date as of yet, but hopefully HTC will be taking the headset global.


Deezer partners up with AudioBoom


Music streaming service Deezer has just announced some exciting news – it will be partnering up with AudioBoom, a podcast platform that has an impressive user base of 60 million listeners a month. AudioBoom has over 200 podcasts available for users and has been endorsed by Stephen Fry.

Deezer has recently been working on expanding its services – they have also signed deals with football teams in exchange for exclusive football content. If you want unlimited access to music, podcasts and more, sign up for three free months of Deezer, exclusive to Three.


Connect your Android to Windows


Microsoft has released a preview of the latest update to Windows 10, and one of the new features will be the capability to send links from your Android smartphone to your PC, TechRadar reports.

Users will be able to link your Android phone to your PC (under Settings > Phone). If you’re logged into your Microsoft account on the PC, you can then install an app on your phone to allow for cross-device browsing. From there, you can send links to your PC for easy viewing, or save it for later.

Windows have stated that they hope to roll out an iPhone version of this feature soon. Windows are planning lots of changes with this latest update – you can check out the full list on the Windows blog.


Google rolls out personalized feed


No longer content with being the most popular search engine in the world and the go-to for every argument, Google wants to provide its users with a personalised feed that will be unique to them.

Since Google knows everyone’s entire search history, they’re able to paint an accurate picture of users and their interests. They’re now going to use this data to create a feed underneath the search bar that will factor in what’s trending in your area, latest news, info about your interests and more. If you’re a football fan, you'll see your team’s results. If you like makeup videos, expect to see your favourite YouTube blogger, and so on.

The new feed experience is available in the Google app for Android and iOS users in the US. Google plans to roll out the feed to the rest of the world in the next few weeks. You can read more about it at




Ashling is the 3Community's resident wordsmith. With a passion for social media, innovative technology and all things mobile, she fills the 3Community with articles about tech news, app reviews and tips and tricks to make your life a little easier.

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