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Samsung Gear expands virtual-reality arsenal 
In this Monday, Feb 22, 2016, file photo, a Samsung Gear VR oculus is demonstrated during a preview of Samsung's flagship store, Samsung 837, in New York's Meatpacking District. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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Samsung is trying to dazzle consumers by adding more entertainment and educational options to its Gear virtual reality headset as it attempts to turn a technological curiosity into a cultural phenomenon.

The new selections announced Wednesday include "Nomads," a three-dimensional video series examining different lifestyles in remote parts of the world. There's also an upcoming video game called "Tactera" that requires players to plot a battlefield strategy on a holographic tabletop.

They join a menu of more than 250 apps designed for the Gear VR since its consumer model was released nearly six months ago.

Oculus, a Facebook-owned virtual reality specialist that helped design the Gear, says more than 1 million people are now using the $100 headset. About 80 percent of the usage is spent watching video.