HTC’s standalone Vive Focus will soon get 6DoF VR controllers

While Facebook’s Oculus Quest won’t arrive until the spring of 2019, its seemingly beefier inside-out tracking plus 6DoF controllers may already pose a threat to HTC’s Vive Focus, as well as to other Vive Wave-based standalone VR headsets — including Pico’s Neo (whose ultrasound-based 6DoF controllers are still missing) and the more recent G2. As […]

Spotify comes to Wear OS with stand-alone app, Spotify Connect support

Enlarge (credit: Spotify/Fossil) Wear OS gains a popular new app today that many have been waiting for, as Spotify announced that it’s bringing a stand-alone wearable app to Google’s smartwatch platform. Spotify’s stand-alone app lets you browse and control music from your wrist. It seems to be a lighter version of Spotify’s mobile app, allowing […] drops its stand-alone live streaming app may be blowing up as a social video service, but it’s scaling back the amount of apps it offers. The company has informed TechCrunch that it’s dropping its stand-alone livestreaming client,, and rolling its features into its main lip-syncing app. Fire up now and you’ll only be steered toward a download for […]

How stand-alone VR headsets will usher in mainstream adoption beginning in 2018

BII This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here. The virtual reality (VR) market is expected to rally in 2018 after seeing slow growth from 2016 to 2017. The uptick will be largely catalyzed by the emergence of the […]

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon XR1 reference design for standalone AR and VR headsets

The augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) markets have seen their ups and downs, but Qualcomm remains unabashedly convinced that they’re an untapped goldmine. Citing research from IDC, the company expects the install base for standalone headsets like the HTC Vive Focus and Oculus Go to top 186 million by 2023. That is one of the […]

Google Daydream VR goes standalone with Lenovo’s Mirage Solo

Enlarge / The Lenovo Mirage Solo headset with its WorldSense cameras clearly visible on the front. (credit: Lenovo) Daydream, Google’s foray into the crowded virtual reality space, has hitherto used headsets that are simply holsters, a way of holding an Android smartphone right in front of your face so that it works as a pair […]

Mahindra's Automobili Pininfarina now officially a standalone EV brand

We first got word last month, and how we have the official announcement: Indian automaker Mahindra has launched Automobili Pininfarina as a new standalone sustainable luxury vehicle brand, with plans for a new electric hypercar in 2020. The company will be a client of Italian design house Pininfarina SpA, known for its work with Ferrari […]

Standalone Oculus Go headset could debut at Facebook’s F8 event

Last year Oculus teased its standalone “Go” VR headset saying it would go on sale for $ 199 early in 2018. Now Variety cites unnamed sources claiming that it will debut at Facebook’s F8 conference May 1st. That should provide the kind of stage Zuckerberg, Barra & Co. would like for their first mass-market virtual […]

Fox News to Launch Standalone Subscription Service By End of 2018

Following in the footsteps of other cable TV channels, Fox News plans to launch a standalone subscription service that will be available to viewers without a cable package. RELATEDBill Clinton Impeachment to Be Focus of Fox News Documentary Series According to the New York Times, the streaming service — Fox Nation — will offer right-leaning […]

Polestar Update: Tuner Volvos to Stay; Stand-Alone Stores for EVs Won’t Be Company Owned

– Last year, Volvo announced it was expanding the purview of its Polestar high-performance sub-brand by making it a separate entity that would produce its own vehicles, and the debut of the first one, called simply the 1, followed shortly. This 600-hp plug-in hybrid is a carbon-fiber-bodied Volvo S90–based coupe; its electric-only range towers over […]