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The new Ready Player One trailer is trying so hard to make VR headsets look cool

Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of <i>Ready Player One.</i> And with roughly a month to go before the film’s March 30th premiere, its editors want to make clear that there are a <i>lot</i> of people wearing virtual reality headsets in this movie, and you might as well get …

Ready Player One

14 Minutes Of PlayStation VR Adventure Moss Gameplay

Ahead of the imminent launch of the new PlayStation VR adventure game Moss, set to launch sometime during February 2018. Developer and publisher …

PlayStation VR

Game, set, fire: Virtual and augmented reality arcades take off in Singapore

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have become the hottest trends in video gaming today by giving players more immersive and realistic …

Virtual Reality

How To Watch The 2018 Winter Olympics

It's the biggest smorgasbord on TV. NBC and its related platforms are serving up more than 2,400 hours of Olympics coverage through the closing ceremony on Feb. 25 — a record for a Winter Olympics. It's all there in front of you, but figuring out what you want and when you want it is a challenge. …

Televisions

Zeiss' entry-level VR headset is about to get a lot more fun

Normally when people talk about Zeiss, it's regarding the company's optics business, which has been around for more than a century. However, Zeiss is making inroads into the VR space as well. Last year, the company introduced its One Plus VR headset. This entry-level device retails for $70 and, …

Virtual Reality

VR's new magic ingredient: Friendship

Virtual reality luminaries Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin tell how a shared group experience powers their latest experience, Chorus.<p>When we think about innovations in virtual reality, we often think about technological advances: sleeker headsets, more realistic images, gloves that touch what isn't …

Virtual Reality

Alphabet records $110 billion in revenue for 2017, Google’s annual hardware sales doubled

• Google’s parent company Alphabet revealed it had total revenues of $110.8 billion for the 2017 fiscal year, up from $90 billion in 2016.<br>• Alphabet recorded a $3 billion loss for the fourth quarter of 2017, due to a one-time charge to reflect changes in the U.S. tax laws.<br>• Google’s CEO claims the …

Investing

Amazon has posted a profit for 11 straight quarters — including a record $1.9 billion during the holidays

Amazon is on fire.<p>Amazon is putting its reputation as a money-loser in the rearview mirror.<p>The e-commerce giant posted a record profit of $1.9 billion during the last three months of 2017, marking the 11th straight quarter of positive net income for Jeff Bezos’s company.<p>About $789 million of that …

Jeff Bezos

Fall inside a black hole in this seven figure VR experience

In what might be an event horizon for virtual reality, Darren Aronofksy's "Spheres" just sold for more than a million bucks. I tried it out.<p>A black hole is a cosmic rift from which nothing can escape, sucking you into the unknown ... which sounds a bit like the hype around VR.<p>Virtual reality …

Virtual Reality

What Makes EdTech In Asia So Different?

Over the past few years, edutech has emerged in the public consciousness with articles from the <i>New York Times</i> to the <i>Independent</i> proclaiming its advent. Having entered the Western market backed with diverse funding ranging from the U.S. government to venture capitalist bigwigs in 2015, edutech firms …

Education Technology

What CES tells us about VR and AR in 2018

Generally speaking, CES is a decent lens to view trends for the year.<p>As fast as the tech industry seems to move, smartphones in particular, there are …

Three decades on, virtual reality is still a blurred vision

The world’s top technology companies were showing off their virtual reality headsets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last …

Aflac’s toy robot for kids facing cancer is the smartest toy of all

Without needing Alexa, Google Assistant, or even games<p>It’s easy to feel jaded at an event like CES where there are countless of tech companies claiming to have the smartest and most innovative products that are, in reality, just expensive and useless eye candy. So it was heartwarming when we came …

Virtual reality will make lives better … mostly

There is plenty of talk about how social media, artificial intelligence and robots will change our world. Virtual reality has received less …

This start-up uses virtual reality to get your kids excited about learning chemistry

Virtual reality is off to a slow start with general audiences, but a start-up called MEL Science is betting this new media will take off in schools …

VRChat is a bizarre phenomenon that has Twitch, YouTube obsessed

Think Habbo Hotel or Second Life, but in VR<p>New game obsessions are commonplace, but phenomenons that can only be described as platform or industry changing are rare occurrences; <i>VRChat</i> is shaping up to be one of those rarities.<p>Developed by Graham Gaylor and Jesse Joudrey, <i>VRChat</i> is an amalgamation …

Why Christmas Eve Is The Busiest Day Of The Year For Japan's Love Hotels

Every country celebrates Christmas in its own way and Christmas Eve in Japan is a time for lovers. It can make the season very merry, but it’s also a boon to Japan’s hotel business, especially its love hotels. Love hotels are a type of short-stay establishments in Asia primarily for the purpose of …

Japan

Dubai Sets Its Sights On Becoming The World's First Blockchain-Powered Government

Dubbed as the “city of the future”, Dubai, which plans to have robot cops, flying taxis and autonomous vehicles on its roads in coming years and appointed a minister in-charge of Artificial Intelligence recently, is planning yet another transformation: to become the world’s first blockchain-powered …

Blockchain

The future of Virtual Reality

PREVIOUSPrime Minister Trudeau on NAFTA and international trades<p>SETTINGS<p>OFF<p>HD<p>HQ<p>SD<p>LO<p>UP NEXTHoliday cooking with Chuck Hughes<p>Elias Makos gets a …

Watch the PlayStation Experience live stream right here

It's going to be a late night, folks. The PlayStation Experience takes place this weekend and Sony is kicking things off with a live-streamed presentation called PlayStation Presents tonight at 11 PM ET -- that's 8 PM in Anaheim, California, where the show is being held. No matter where you are on …

Virtual Reality Journalism Produces More Empathy, Less Credibility

As reported in the journal <i>Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking</i>, a study in which 129 participants experienced two magazine stories in one …

VR pioneer Jaron Lanier on dystopia, empathy, and the future of the internet

Jaron Lanier is one of virtual reality’s most recognizable figures. He’s credited with popularizing the term itself, and he co-founded VPL, a short-lived but groundbreaking company that built some of the first commercial VR headsets. Since then, Lanier has been better known for his writing on …

Singularity

Google's lightweight Android Oreo (Go Edition) for budget phones is here

At its third annual Google for India event in New Delhi today, the company announced that it’s rolling out Android Oreo (Go Edition), a lightweight version of its mobile platform that’s designed to run smoothly on low-end phones.<p>Google first announced its Go variant at its IO event in May; it’s now …

Satya Nadella Rewrites Microsoft’s Code

Microsoft’s CEO has stopped infighting, restored morale, and created more than $250 billion in market value. All it took was focusing on what matters most.<p>Satya Nadella’s corner office, on the fifth floor of Building 34 at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters, features a can’t-miss 84-inch …

In South Korea, the Virtual Currency Boom Hits Home

SEOUL, South Korea — Choi Whal-soo has been through the wringer of speculative bubbles.<p>After selling his real estate agency near Seoul, he invested in South Korean stocks and then watched them plummet in value after the Asian financial crisis of 1997. He tried to recover, continuing to play the …

Cryptocurrency

Neither Google nor Facebook: An Israeli startup is bringing India’s small businesses online

Millions of Indian mom-and-pop stores may be getting a technology leg-up from an unexpected corner.<p>Launched by Silicon Valley’s Singularity University alumni—Asaf Kindler, Vito Margiotta, Gabriel Gurovich, and Alberto Iore—Seemba is a mobile phone-based platform that helps businesses build their …

Singularity University

Between brain-controlled VR and karaoke, HTC has wild plans for the Vive

Given how many competing products and startups there are in the space, it’s easy to forget that we’re still in a relatively early stage with virtual …

Game over for virtual reality?

LIKE the rest of the consumer-electronics industry, video-game makers would be lost without the traditional binge buying that happens between …

Why magazine mogul Tina Brown is ‘angry and upset’ at Google and Facebook

It’s time for the most powerful companies in digital media to stop playing dumb, Brown says.<p>Starting in her 20s as the editor of Tatler Magazine in London, Tina Brown rode a wave of print magazines to become one of the most influential people in the media. She tells a good portion of that story in …

Silicon Valley

Oculus: VR Flourishes Despite Predictions of its Death

Reports of VR’s death have been greatly exaggerated.<p>True, those early, sometimes astronomical predictions of seemingly a virtual reality headset in …

Virtual Reality