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HTC is partnering with Qualcomm for a self-contained Vive virtual reality headset exclusive to the Chinese market. The headset, called the Vive Standalone, is billed as a “premium” device and will run apps from HTC’s Viveport platform. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 835 chip and is based on Qualcomm’s all-in-one reference design, which includes inside-out positional tracking that would put it in the company of high-end tethered headsets.

With this white label app, merchants can now cover the entire customer journey, from selection to payment, offering a complete omnichannel experience. Acapture, a global, data-driven omnichannel PSP, together with Boatsters, a world leading rental platform for yachts and boats, have launched a Virtual Reality (VR) Webshop pilot project. Both consumer groups were born or raised with constant Internet connectivity, and are competent cross-border online shoppers. The research has revealed, however, generation Z consumers value face-to-face interaction as much as digital, and prefer to combine all platforms and channels, from mobiles, wearables and in-store experiences. Over half choose to communicate in-person despite their flawless use of connected technology, and over two thirds prefer to shop in-store.

T-Mobile is already shipping Samsung Galaxy S8 orders, as first spotted by Phandroid and Android Forums. The company already said the S8 and S8 Plus would arrive by April 19th — two days ahead of other retailers — but it’s possible they now could arrive even sooner. Easter might mess with deliveries slightly, but still, the shipments are imminent. The company shipped the Galaxy S7 early, too. T-Mobile’s selling the regular S8 for $750, or $30 / per month for two years. As a reminder, the S8 and S8 Plus won’t be in stores until April 21st, including at T-Mobile. You’ll be able to find it at Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and Best Buy.

Nvidia's been enjoying a long and uninterrupted run at the top of the graphics card heap, and it just extended its lead with the new Titan Xp. For $1,200, the card offers the same Pascal GP102 GPU as the $5,000-ish Quadro P6000, with all 3,840 CUDA cores to play with. It also has much faster memory than the Quadro, bumping up from the 10GHz of last year's Titan to 11.4Ghz. Like the Titan X (which can now be had for around $1,000, if you can find it in stock), the Xp has 12GB of GDDR5X RAM.