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475.5 million hours of esports consumed on Twitch from July-Dec 2015

Newzoo recently released updated numbers about esports viewership on Twitch, with esports totaling 21.3% of Twitch's viewership from July to December …

Augmented reality is conquering new frontiers with Star Wars

Tiffany Tsai Contributor<p>Tiffany Tsai currently works as the Marketing Manager at Augmate.<p>Earlier this year, LMxLAB, a research and development division for Lucasfilm and Disney, unveiled a new augmented reality installation called the Holo-Cinema at the New Frontiers program for the Sundance Film …

Blippar Demonstrates New Real-Time Augmented Reality App

Ambarish Mitra just revealed Blippar’s next-generation app at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015. By just pointing the app at everyday objects, the app identifies and categories nearly everything in the frame. The app launches in two weeks in an effort to become a visual browser.<p>The most important …

Secretive Augmented Reality Startup Magic Leap Raising $827 Million

Magic Leap wants to change your reality. And apparently they need a lot of money to do it.<p>The secretive augmented reality startup–think Google Glass meets Oculus Rift–is raising $827 million in a new Series C round, according to a Delaware filing obtained by FORBES from private market data provider …

Augmented Reality

Sony wants PlayStation VR to push the limits of virtual reality gaming

Sony made a big deal about virtual reality at its PlayStation Experience event last weekend, but its onstage demo didn’t work so well. Richard Marks, the head of the PlayStation Magic Lab at Sony, wanted to show two players dueling with each other in the same virtual space. But Marks’ PlayStation …

Virtual Reality

Editor’s Letter: Take Flight With Virtual Reality

Movies are one of the few forms of illusion to which we regularly submit ourselves without skepticism or scorn. They transport us with visual effects, and we are happy to enjoy the journey without scrutinizing too hard how it was accomplished. Never is this more true than when the illusion is one …

Virtual Reality

Explore 360-Degree Flickr Pics With Samsung's Gear VR

Strap on the virtual reality headset and open the Flickr app to see a carousel of top-curated 360-degree images.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, …

All Oculus Rift preorders will include exhilarating VR space combat game EVE: Valkyrie

The first game I ever played on the Oculus Rift might become the first game <i>you</i> ever play on the Oculus Rift, thanks to a new partnership between CCP and the virtual reality headset maker. This morning, the pair announced that all Rift preorders will come bundled with a copy of the thrilling space …

Mark Cuban calls Colin Cowherd 'an idiot when it comes to eSports'

Mark Cuban was at the Intel Extreme Masters in San Jose to play a little League of Legends ARAM and -- well -- talk a little trash about Colin Cowherd. Speculation has been rife that Cuban is looking to buy into eSports, and he's remaining coy on the topic saying we'll have to "wait and see." That …

Colin Cowherd

Mark Cuban: "[Esports] is a real sport, and people are going to figure it out really, really quick"

Esports has had its fair share of detractors in recent years, especially over the use of the word “sports” in its name, but tech mogul and Dallas …

eSports

Virtual reality shopping will give 'tailored' experiences

WIRED Retail is our annual exploration of the ever-changing world of commerce, featuring leading technologists, entrepreneurs and creatives …

Virtual Reality

Samsung's new Virtual Reality ad makes it look surprisingly simple

Technically Incorrect: The Gear VR actually looks easy to use, if you believe Samsung's simple, effective new ad for it.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Wait, all I have to do is shove my phone into a pair of goggles?<p>This, for the …

Virtual Reality

6 tips for your first time in virtual reality

Well, just look at you! You went out and picked up a Samsung Gear VR unit, and you’re ready to dive into the world of virtual reality. Except I notice this is going to be your first time trying the immersive medium out.<p>That’s cool! I’m not here to judge. I actually want to help you.<p>I know you’re …

Virtual Reality

How virtual reality will bring porn to life

Why watch porn when you can be the star? Peter Rubin says virtual reality will bring your fantasies to life<p>As a kid, Ela Darling fell in love with …

Virtual Reality

The camera that could bring virtual reality to the masses

A number of media companies have already experimented with virtual reality journalism – most recently, <i>The New York Times</i> via its unique partnership with Google Cardboard and the production of an 11-minute virtual reality film called “The Displaced.” However, the ability to produce – not just …

This is why Nokia is betting big on virtual reality

In July, Finnish telecoms firm Nokia released a virtual reality camera called OZO in what was its first hardware release since it sold its devices …

Virtual Reality

Comcast, Time Warner Invest in Virtual Reality

Media companies’ venture arms join $30.5 million funding round for NextVR<p>Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Inc. are investing in virtual reality, the latest traditional media players to bet on the emerging technology amid big disruptions in pay television.<p>The companies’ venture arms joined a $30.5 …

Virtual Reality

Comfortably Lose Yourself In Virtual Reality With Merge VR

I lost my teenage son.<p>Turns out he hadn’t gone far. He was immersed in a virtual reality world delivered by his iPhone 6 and the Merge VR headset. Yet, virtually blind to the outside world thanks to the encompassing purple foam headset and headphones, he was drifting around the house visually …

Virtual Reality

Talking it out: Do I buy a console or the Oculus Rift?

So my old Xbox 360 finally gave up its ghost last weekend and presented me with the most dreaded of error codes, the 'Red Ring of Death'. It wasn't an entirely shocking turn of events, mind you. I'd had that console since 2006 -- it survived four intra-state moves, countless roommates and a bitter …

Pre-Order the $99 Oculus-Powered Samsung Gear VR Now

The device works with Samsung's flagship Galaxy phones, including the Note 5, S6 Edge+, S6, and S6 Edge.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we …

A dazzling virtual reality rollout from New York Times

On Saturday morning I did something unusual for someone who subscribes to The New York Times online: I texted a couple of print subscribers and …

Virtual Reality

Is eSports too dependent on sponsors?

In a rather ironic short posted to eSports weekly, Steven Arhancet, co-owner of Team Liquid, and Jason Lake, owner of Complexity, discussed the …

eSports

An insider's perspective on the eSports phenomenon

As an outsider looking in, it’s hard not to get excited about the prospects of eSports. The role of technology in facilitating exponential growth …

How This Tech Company Benefits From ESports

The sales of video game controllers, headsets, steering wheels, fight sticks, PC keyboards, and mice is big business worldwide.<p>The North American …

Augmented Reality Market Worth 56.8 Billion USD by 2020

PUNE, India, November 6, 2015 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- PUNE, India, November 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --<p>According to a new market research report</b> …

Lytro Shocks the World and Builds the Most Ambitious Virtual Reality Camera

Most of us know Lytro for their light field cameras that capture scenes in a way that allows you to refocus an image anywhere you want with the click …

Samsung Galaxy View review

Does the world need a ginormous tablet designed almost exclusively for streaming movies and TV shows? After spending a good week with Samsung’s 18.4-inch Galaxy View, I can say that the answer is no. But Samsung’s idea isn’t altogether crazy; most of us don’t have TVs throughout the house, so a …

Toyota to make $1 billion artificial intelligence, robotics R&D push in US

Toyota plans a major push into artificial intelligence and robotics technology research and will invest $1 billion over the next five years to establish a Silicon Valley research and development center to pursue those goals.<p>The Toyota Research Institute will be led by Gill Pratt, who recently …

​Oculus founder: Virtual reality gear will displace smartphones

It won't happen for years, but today's highest-tech smartphones eventually will look like primitive slabs of electronics, says Palmer Luckey of Facebook's virtual reality division.<p>DUBLIN -- Today people line up for hours to buy a smartphone that embodies the latest in high technology. Years from …

Virtual Reality

Fightings zombies with Zero Latency is virtual reality gaming at its best

If you've ever wondered how you'd act in a real-life zombie apocalypse, Zero Latency will let you — happily or unhappily — find out.<p>The …