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Why do people keep giving Magic Leap money?

Magic Leap, an augmented reality company that has never shipped or even shown a product, has just gotten a $502 million investment on top of its nearly $1.4 billion in existing funding. The round is led by Singapore holding company Temasek, and includes major existing investors like Google, …

Here’s A Virtual And Augmented Reality Check From CES 2017

If you’re like me, you’re waiting for the day when virtual and augmented reality aren’t just fun buzz words, but a very real part of our daily lives. A time when they’re not just for gaming, but something that will allow you to have experiences that transcend the time and space of where you are.<p>Don …

16 of the coolest apps and games for Daydream, Google's new virtual reality headset

Unlike the bulky, several-hundred-dollar pieces of kit from Oculus or HTC, all you need is a relatively cheap headset, the accompanying motion-sensitive remote, and a modern, "Daydream-ready" smartphone capable of running the apps for it.<p>At a fraction of the price, it is never going to be as …

Google I/O 2016 Could Bring Android VR And An Amazon Echo Competitor

Here's what to expect from the show<p>Google's annual developer conference I/O (short for "input/output" in computer science lingo) is set to take place this year in Palo Alto, California from <b>Wednesday, May 18, through Friday, May 20</b>. And with the arrival of the conference comes the possibility of new …

Microsoft's Mind-blowing HoloLens Needs Work, But Is No Google Glass

<i>Actor Servando Magadan Jr. tries out the HoloLens in between shooting scenes. [Photo by Daryl Deino]</i><p>I have been reviewing tech products since 2006, but nothing that has ever come across my desk has excited me as much as Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality glasses. Actually, the HoloLens is a …

This teen made $100,000 in bitcoin and now he's crowdfunding a VR headset

His grandma gave him $1,000 when he was 13 years old, and he invested it in bitcoin. A year and a half later, he cashed out, netting $100,000. At 15, …

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Can't Afford an Oculus Rift Headset? Best Buy Will Give You a Free Demo

You can now try before you buy.<p>The Oculus Rift virtual reality glasses are both very expensive and notoriously hard to get—the first shipment sold …

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Oculus will sell its virtual reality headset in Best Buy stores beginning this week

It's the first time the Rift has been available for in-store purchase.<p>Facebook-owned Oculus wants to take virtual reality mainstream, so it’s bringing its VR headset to the place mainstream shoppers can find it: Retail stores.<p>Oculus announced Monday that it will begin selling “a small number” of …

FBI shares its first iOS and OS X vulnerability tip with Apple

The FBI has informed Apple of a vulnerability affecting older iPhones and Macs. It’s the first time such information has been shared with Apple by the feds under a White House “Vulnerability Equities Process” intended to disclose security weaknesses when they are discovered.<p>The Vulnerability …

FBI will not share iPhone unlocking mechanism, cites lack of ownership | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday it did not own the rights to the technical method a contractor used to open an Apple iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters and therefore could not submit details of the mechanism for an interagency …

Google takes you on a 360-degree tour of the Sydney Opera House

It's never been easier to visit historic places around the world, at least virtually. And now, thanks to a partnership with Google's Cultural Institute, the Sydney Opera House is letting people take a 360-degree video tour of its iconic arts center. The experience, which is roughly nine minutes …

You can play 'Minecraft' in virtual reality right now

Is the first true "killer app" for virtual reality finally here?<p><i>Minecraft</i> is out for Gear VR starting April 27, meaning anyone that owns Samsung's …

Samsung's Second Gear VR May Be A Standalone Wireless Headset

No need to insert your Galaxy phone or tablet<p>Virtual reality headsets like the Samsung Gear VR, the HTC Vive, and the Oculus Rift all allow you to leave the physical world and enter the virtual. And, thanks to head position tracking and even, in the Vive's case, forward-movement tracking, the …

FBI plans to use a loophole to keep iPhone hack a secret

The Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn’t plan to reveal its method for unlocking the San Bernardino iPhone, according to the Wall Street Journal.<p>After a congressional hearing, and an 11th hour cancellation from the FBI after finding a third party to unlock it, the world waited in anticipation …

Magic Leap video puts HoloLens on notice

Magic Leap, a secretive startup backed by Google, has released a video demonstrating what its augmented reality headset is capable of. This comes hot on the heels of a deep dive into the Florida-based company from Wired.<p>The video, entitled "A New Morning," claims to have been shot directly through …

This Virtual Reality (VR) Headset For iPhone & Android Is Down To Just $22 From $199

Companies like Facebook, Sony, Microsoft are continuing to ensure that virtual and augmented reality becomes the next boom in the world of …

Making Calls in VR with HTC Vive's Bluetooth Functions

Voice calling and messaging comes to the HTC Vive VR system with HTC’s Voice Services. We show you how to set it up and tell you if it’s any good or …

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Wolverton: Microsoft’s HoloLens offers glimpse of holographic future

SAN FRANCISCO — My entry into the holographic world last week didn’t exactly go smoothly.<p>At times I couldn’t see any holograms. When I could, they …

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Motion sickness and double glazing: the challenges of developing a game for VR

Some scoff at virtual reality. Anyone who lived through the previous VR 'revolution', who saw devices like the Virtua Boy or sat in a Battletech pod, …

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This is what Microsoft HoloLens is really like

Still, the HoloLens didn’t look... totally bizarre? Maybe that’s because it’s now natural to compare it to the Oculus Rift, which strips you of your humanity by enveloping the entirety of your eye sockets, a giant box where your face should be. Or maybe we really are nerds already inured to idea of …

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Oculus Rift review

I still have moments in the Rift when I forget myself. In a flash of frustration or pure brain commitment, I take my hand from the controller and …

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey hand-delivers first Rift VR headset to customer

After months and years of anticipation, the first Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has been delivered into a customer’s hands. Ross Martin was the very first person to get a pre-order in for the Rift when they opened in early January.<p>As a celebratory gesture, Palmer Luckey flew to Alaska to …

VR And AI Will Lead The Next Major Round Of Digital Disruption

Ready for the next chapter in the continuing saga of technology siring big-time business disruption? This year’s SXSW Interactive conference left little doubt of the protagonists: virtual reality and artificial intelligence.<p>Companies ranging from startups to Samsung and McDonalds (yes, McDonalds) …

FBI Unlocks San Bernardino Attacker's iPhone, Drops Case Against Apple

The FBI has successfully accessed the information on the iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino terrorist, the Justice Department says.<p>The government is now essentially dropping its legal action against Apple, Bret Baier reported.<p>Officials have asked a California judge to vacate her order directing …

Microsoft HoloLens Holoportation Virtual Teleportation System Demonstrated (video)

Microsoft has this week unveiled a new application that can be used with its Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headset in the form of …

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The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset Is AmazingIts Also a Work in Progress

Image Courtesy of Oculus VR<p>A couple days ago I found myself sitting in a digital cave with an enormous fire-eating hell-demon. Naturally, I was at …

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US Government just unlocked the San Bernadino iPhone, tells Apple 'never mind'

After weeks of back and forth, it appears that the FBI vs Apple saga ends today, at least in the federal courtroom that started it all.<p>The US Government officially said that it has gained access to San Bernadino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone 5c and is now asking the court to vacate its …

7 virtual reality experiences that will blow your mind

After four years of waiting, the Oculus Rift finally arrived on Monday.<p>Other big-name headsets like Playstation VR hit the market later this year, so plenty of people are sure to jump into the virtual world.<p>And when they do, they'll be playing lots of immersive games, though VR is more than …

Oculus Rift review: Virtual reality gaming is finally ready for your living room

After years of development,<br>the virtual reality headset is finally here...<p>Oculus Rift review<p>Oculus Rift review<p>It’s about damn time.<p>The Oculus Rift has …

Watch us unbox and poke around the Oculus Rift for the first time

The Rift is here! The Rift is here!<p>After years of build up and pre-release developer kits, the first deliveries of the consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset started arriving this morning.<p>Lucas and I got to spend time with the Rift over the past few days (read Lucas’ full …

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