Samsung: Killer VR/AR Screen/Headset And VR180 Absence

Samsung’s next-gen Gear VR could finally go standalone, incredible 2000 ppi OLED screen in tow

The last time they wrote about it, it had 2250 ppi.

It’s been close to a year since any solid news about this appeared: Samsung’s next VR headset could be called ‘Odyssey’.

What sounded like “*snort* Yeah, right. In five years!” science-fiction back then takes on a new meaning with the Varjo prototype paraded around this week.

Could Samsung beat Sony with a high-resolution standalone VR headset?

And here’s something strange: Of all the companies you would expect to be a partner to create VR180 cameras, Samsung wasn’t named as one. Is the Gear 360 camera selling that well? Or will an upcoming Samsung phone have such a camera included? I haven’t seen any formal specs for the VR180 cameras listed, so I’m beginning to think Samsung could put this in a mid-range phone instead of a flagship. If they don’t do it, perhaps Huawei or ZTE will beat them to it. Just imagine the chaos and embarrassment if Xiaomi is first with it!

Previously here:

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VR180: The Future Of VR Is … View-Master?

Google is launching a new line of cameras for 180-degree VR video

Updates from VidCon: more users, more products, more shows and much more

VR180

Google invites you to capture the world as you see it with VR180; new cameras announced from partners

LucidCam VR camera kicks off launch with promo tour of San Francisco

It’s been a very, very, very long time since I’ve posted about VR.

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Braggart. Incompetent. Liar. Impeach Him Now.

Twitter:

Previously here:

What We In NYC Knew For Decades
Impeach The President
Trump Is Over

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Blog Notes: Test Posts

Twitter:

I was trying the new Media Picker feature from the Android app on the borrowed Asus craptab and put up two posts that I’ve since deleted. People who get this via RSS might have seen them and gotten a peek at an upcoming post too, hence this explanation.

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Undeclared War Between America And Russia

Twitter:

This Business Will Get Out of Control

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Read Donald Trump’s Financial Statement Filed With Government

Office of Government Ethics. And a PDF can be downloaded there too.

A peek (Value is third column, Income is last column):


Click = big

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GoodReader PDF Reader For iOS Is Not Dead

Over the years that I’ve been doing my Google Books PDF tests, iPad owners have told me — and even shown me — that the GoodReader app for iOS could handle them without any problem.

But at an Apple Store, all I can use is iBooks for testing. Which is an important result to know. Because if iBooks becomes the only remaining app to read PDFs, I want to know that it can read all Google Books PDFs.

GoodReader has not been updated in quite some time. Their accounts (corporate and app) haven’t sent out tweets since Fall of 2016.

But I was determined to find out more and my first instinct was to search Twitter for users.

I had to wade through a ton of tweets in Japanese from a hyperactive account holder before finally finding some news about GoodReader.

According to this post on Reddit — GoodReader Lives! (which quotes the Facebook page) — it’s still alive and a big update is planned. But that post was published on April 17th, well before Apple announced iOS 11.

So my thinking is that whatever update they’ve been working on, they might have to overhaul in light of 11. Even so, if they stay in the game (unlike Blogsy), we Google Books PDF readers will still have an app to use without begging Apple to make iBooks work.

Additional:

From Boy Band Manager to Mobile App Mogul: A Profile of GoodReader CEO, Yuri Selukoff

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Video: iPad Pro 10.5 Google Books PDF Tests

Just look at those prices [click any image to enlarge]:

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TV: Blood Drive

It started like all things do, with Twitter:

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Video: iPad Pro 10.5 Benchmarks

This is a monster!

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