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March 26, 2014

Daily Roundup: new HTC One review, Facebook acquires Oculus VR and more!

by John_A

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

HTC One review (2014): a great phone, but no longer a game-changer

HTC’s new One is official, and it’s quite the looker. With a sleek unibody chassis reminiscent of last year’s model, the new One packs a larger 5-inch screen, and a brand new version of its Sense UI. What’s more, the handset is one sale in the US today, starting at $199 for the 16GB version.

Facebook is buying Oculus VR for $2 billion, plans to ‘unlock new worlds for all of us’

Facebook only recently purchased Whatsapp, and now it’s continuing the shopping spree by acquiring the virtual reality company Oculus VR for $2 billion in stock and cash. Why? Appartenly Zuckerberg wants to make Oculus a platform for “completely new kinds of experiences.”

Microsoft makes MS-DOS and Word for Windows source code public

In a blog post today, Microsoft announced it’s teaming up with the Computer History Museum to make the source code from MS-DOS and Word for Windows available to all. Roy Levin, managing director of Microsoft Research, hopes the decision will help future technologists better understand the roots of personal computing.

The new HTC One vs. the competition: the battle of Android flagships rages on

Above, you’ll see four of the latest and greatest smartphones — one of them being the new HTC One. Replete with a larger screen, dual backside shooters and a brand new version of its Sense UI, this year’s One is a formidable opponent. But can those improvements carry the sleek handset into battle against the likes of the Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2?

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