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Fully Charged: Google Cardboard adds spatial sound, plus big DLC coming for Lego Marvel’s Avengers

A handful of tech news tidbits to get the morning rolling

Google Cardboard gets spatial sound

Earlier this week, we heard that Google has put a renewed focus on virtual reality efforts, with a new division established just for such purposes. And already we’re seeing benefits: today, Google released a software development kit that will allow Google Cardboard app makers to add spatial sound to experiences.

Cardboard may be the lowest-end VR experience available today, but spatial sound will surely add a welcome layer of gloss to the audio aspect, and let developers build in more immersion despite the well-below-Oculus graphics. It may be a little while before we see the benefits in apps and games, but if you dig the phone-centric VR platform, this is only good news.

[Source: The Verge]

Lego’s Avengers add-ons


Eager for the release of Lego Marvel’s Avengers later this month? Well, if you’re planning on playing on PlayStation 4 or 3, you’ll get a rather nice bonus: free add-on packs based on recent and upcoming Marvel flicks. The Captain America: Civil War character pack will release on 26 January with the game, and offer nine new characters to take into battle.

Meanwhile, the Ant-Man character and level pack not only delivers 11 new heroes and villains to play with, but also a new level inspired by the film. If you’re a multiplatform player, these Sony-exclusive perks could sway your purchase towards a PlayStation version for sure.

[Source: PlayStation.Blog]

Google Glass is having issues

Google Glass is having issues

Google might have taken Glass back into hiding for further evolution, but there are still people wearing the smart glasses today – and a lot of them are suddenly having issues. According to 9to5Google, Google+ has been flooded with complaints, ranging from being unable to setup the headset after a factory reset to random resets.

It’s been several days now, apparently, but one unlucky user said they got a response from Google: it’s reportedly a server issue on their end that’s ruining the Glass experience, and they hope to have it fixed within a day or so. Google will reportedly send out an email to all owners when fixed, the post claims.

[Source: 9to5Google]