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HTC suspends shares in wake of Alphabet takeover rumours image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of September 2017 01:14:52 PM
. The Taiwanese smartphone and virtual reality headset manufacturer HTC will halt shares from Thursday, pending the “release of material information” following media reports of a purchase by Google’s parent, Alphabet. ...
Vanishing app: Snapchat struggles as Facebook bites back image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of August 2017 05:40:23 PM
.... It has been viewed, according to Evan Spiegel, by 1. 5 billion people, making it “the world’s first virtual reality superstar”. ...
Snapchat takes another hit on Wall Street image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 09:38:31 PM
....Snapchat offers users a messaging service where they can use filters to change their faces and voices. It recently introduced a dancing hot dog which co-founder Evan Spiegel called “the world’s first virtual reality superstar”. ...
Trains, planes and automobiles: the transport systems embracing smart tech image
....”. These include digital sensors, wearable smart devices and appliances, virtual reality, augmented reality, Blockchain (the database technology made famous by Bitcoin), 3-D printing, and drones, robotics and artificial intelligence. ...
Alex Mahon named as new Channel 4 chief executive image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 5th of June 2017 04:33:32 PM
.... . Foundry, the special effects company that Mahon runs, is at the cutting edge of virtual reality TV. ...
Not just Bitcoin... image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 09:07:22 AM
....For 49-year-old Stuart Fraser, the climbing price has meant a tidy return on the roughly £15,000 worth of Bitcoin he bought in early 2014. He estimates his holdings have more than doubled, even after subtracting the Bitcoin he used to buy a virtual reality headset and make investments in the newer Ethereum. ...
Watch me, watch me image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 11:15:21 PM
....Mr Cossell also believes that live video will expand into other formats. "It will begin to harness emerging technologies such as 360-video and virtual reality more readily," he says. ...
Facebook nears two billion monthly users image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 09:35:28 PM
....". Mr Garner said the company needed to start showing it could make more money from its other products, including Video, Instagram, Whatsapp, Messenger, and virtual reality. ...
Lunch-hour hacks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 12:00:52 AM
.... . Free 360-degree virtual reality (VR) tours are the new way to plan your next holiday from your desk. ...
Sir David Attenborough to become 3D hologram for Sky VR documentary image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 11:15:04 AM
. Sir David Attenborough is to be turned into a hologram for a virtual reality tour of the Natural History Museum in London that promises to allow users to “handle” rare fossils from the comfort of their own home. ...
Sky announces HBO co-production deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 07:23:20 AM
....Sky said it would produce "high-end drama" and that the first projects are in development. It also announced a virtual reality project with Sir David Attenborough and the Natural History Museum. ...
Zuckerberg addresses 'Facebook killing' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 06:19:46 PM
....". New virtual reality experiences making use of the Oculus Rift headset were also detailed, including:. ...
Imax reveals European cinema expansion plan image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 02:38:08 PM
...."We're following in those footsteps and thinking: why not bring a great original content experience at a slower time of the year?". In addition, Imax recently launched a standalone virtual reality centre in Los Angeles and will shortly open different versions of the concept attached to cinemas in New York and London. ...
Apple: dead in the water, or on top of its game? | John Naughton image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of April 2017 06:00:46 AM
....The same applies to the smartphone generally. So the question is: what next? According to Ben Evans, a tech analyst who seems to know what the industry is thinking, the main candidates are: artificial intelligence (AI); voice interfaces (like Amazon’s Echo, Apple’s Siri and Google’s Home); virtual reality (VR); and augmented reality (AR). ...
Samsung Galaxy S8 hides home button and gains Bixby AI image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 03:00:35 PM
....Other improvements over last year's models include:. Samsung also has a range of accessories including a revamped virtual reality headset that is now accompanied by its own motion-sensing controller, and a second-generation 360-degree camera capable of more detailed images than before. ...
Robots delivering pizza and house viewing by VR: is 5G really the future? image
....“Starship already has dozens of droids delivering packages, groceries and takeaway food to customers in several European cities, Washington DC and parts of Silicon Valley,” he says. Macquarie says 5G could also enable the widespread adoption of virtual reality (VR), with applications including virtual tours of properties for homebuyers. ...
MWC 2017: Samsung unveils two new tablets but no phone image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 08:18:09 PM
....Samsung has, for the first time since 2013, opted not to unveil a flagship Galaxy S smartphone at the Mobile World Congress tech show. Instead, it showed off two new tablet computers and a virtual reality headset that comes with a remote control. ...
Nokia 3310 mobile phone resurrected at MWC 2017 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 04:30:03 PM
.... LG, Huawei and Lenovo are among others to have unveiled new devices. Nokia no longer makes phones itself, but manufactures telecoms equipment, Ozo virtual reality cameras, and health kit under the Withings brand. ...
Brad Stone: ‘We should watch Uber and Airbnb closely’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 29th of January 2017 08:00:18 AM
....You’ve written about Silicon Valley for more than 20 years… have we reached peak Valley yet?In terms of the business impact, I don’t think so. There’s a new set of transformative technologies such as machine learning, AI and virtual reality that will spawn another set of big tech franchises. ...
Sony closes Guerrilla Cambridge video games studio image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 06:23:21 PM
...."It's very sad to hear what is happening to Sony Guerrilla Cambridge, but the actual size of the UK games industry is almost at an all time high and we are in a very strong position," said Richard Wilson, the body's chief executive. Guerrilla Cambridge's last game - Rigs: Mechanized Combat League - was launched three months ago as a launch title for the PlayStation's virtual reality headset. ...
Tech startups to make your life more slick, secure and stylish in 2017 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 1st of January 2017 12:00:00 PM
.... Eve remains a huge business, and recently went free to play in an effort to entice more users to jump into the galaxy of New Eden, but CCP’s big bet is in a different realm. Two Eve spinoffs, Valkyrie and Gunjack, have led the pack of virtual reality-based games. ...
Creative industries are key to UK economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 1st of January 2017 12:05:41 AM
.... But old thinking is not hard to find. A month ago I was part of a UK delegation to Shanghai working on collaborations from virtual reality to Shakespeare. ...
Charity funding image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 23rd of December 2016 12:20:12 AM
.... . Meanwhile, Amnesty International has developed virtual reality versions of its films showing its relief work in war-torn Syria. ...
Do you feel me? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 23rd of December 2016 12:16:24 AM
.... . And what if you could feel the things you're touching as you roam through a virtual reality (VR) world?. ...
Sex robots image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 12:29:16 AM
.... The sound and vibration is then transmitted to their lover who would feel and hear the actions. Prof Lynne Hall, from the University of Sunderland, made the case for more sophisticated sex toys - perhaps linked to virtual reality - as an alternative to robots. ...
Dixons Carphone enjoys record Black Friday as it shrugs off Brexit effect image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 09:01:22 AM
....Google Chromecast, televisions and tablets were among the best sellers on the discount shopping day in November that began in the US but has been adopted in the UK in recent years. Sales of smart fitness gadgets were up 241% year on year, while dashcam sales rose 250%, drone sales were up 60%, and virtual reality sets rose tenfold. ...
2016: the year Facebook became the bad guy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 11:00:10 AM
.... “They’ve squeezed the newsfeed lemon as far as it will go,” Martínez said. This means it will need to find other ways to make money, presumably through the other companies it owns, including WhatsApp and Instagram, or through virtual reality – if it is to continue growing at the same pace. ...
More than £1bn for faster UK broadband in autumn statement image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 12:10:11 AM
....Families will find they can download a series of Game of Thrones in one minute once they are connected to a 5G network, the source said. “Full-fibre is the future of broadband, helping people to share digital content faster with friends and family, stream Ultra-HD TV without buffering, and use virtual reality to change how we engage with the world. ...
Singles Day: Alibaba breaks record sales total image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 01:29:54 AM
....Alibaba reported 82% of purchases had been made on mobile phones during Singles Day. The company has also been experimenting with new technology including augmented reality and virtual reality to give shoppers other ways of buying items. ...
John Lewis unveils Christmas ad starring a dog on a trampoline image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of November 2016 12:01:17 AM
....Until Sunday 13 November, customers will be able to use special Twitter stickers that pop up when they use the hashtag #bouncebounce to personalise their photos with Buster and the other animals. Visitors to John Lewis’s Oxford Street store will be able to try a virtual reality version of the trampoline, where they can bounce alongside the animals using Oculus Rift goggles. ...
Windows 10 update and Surface Studio PC unveiled image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of October 2016 05:00:04 PM
....New 3D creation and editing tools are being added to the next edition of the Windows 10 operating system, including a revamped version of Paint. The firm also revealed a range of new virtual reality headsets to encourage users to interact with their creations. ...
Clicks and bricks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 24th of October 2016 11:03:15 PM
....Architects and construction companies have been able to "look around" computerised 3D models of their buildings for some time. But now they can actually feel what it's like to be right inside by wearing virtual reality (VR) headsets and getting a 360-degree view. ...
Game's PlayStation VR demo charges spark anger image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 24th of October 2016 10:46:16 AM
....It said the decision to charge was "at the discretion" of the retailer. Jamie Feltham from virtual reality news website Upload VR said he was blocked by Game's Twitter account after retweeting a promotional tweet from one of its stores over the weekend with the comment "this is not cool". ...
Samsung Galaxy Note 7: The unanswered questions image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of October 2016 03:55:07 PM
....A spokesman for Samsung said it was still in discussions with vendors about how to cover these costs. Some owners are also wondering if they will be offered extra cash for handing back the second-generation Gear VR virtual reality headset that was bundled with pre-orders. ...
Plotting success image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 7th of October 2016 08:39:03 PM
...." . For Herman Narula, founder and chief executive of virtual reality company Improbable, these success stories also need to fire up the imagination. ...
Google Pixel phones and Home speaker take on Siri and Echo image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of October 2016 05:14:16 PM
.... It rivals Amazon's Echo. Google also unveiled new virtual reality kit and a 4K media streamer. ...
Meteoric rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 18th of September 2016 11:00:50 PM
....That job was a social media role at a games developer called N Dreams. Based in Farnborough, in the south of England, the company specialises in games for virtual reality (VR) headsets. ...
Sony reveals PS4 Pro with 4K graphics image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of September 2016 07:18:41 PM
.... . However, it is developing a forthcoming console, dubbed Project Scorpio, that will support virtual reality and 4K games. ...
Fastest mobile 4G network speed record 'broken' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of August 2016 01:07:15 PM
.... . Mobile virtual reality and augmented reality, as well as "high quality 4K video and beyond", are cited by Mr Mattila as applications likely to benefit most from hyper-fast network speeds. ...

Brain-robot training triggers 'surprise' improvement in paralysis
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 11th of August 2016 04:10:57 PM
....The eight patients spent at least two hours a week using devices controlled through their brain signals. They were all taught how to operate their own avatar, or digital likeness, in a virtual reality environment. ...

National Theatre uses virtual reality to get actors into character
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 08:00:00 PM
....When taking on a difficult new role, actors have long turned to history books, documentaries or real-life interviews to help them swot up on their characters’ lives. As of now, those working at the National Theatre have one more trick up their sleeves: virtual reality. ...
Game on image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 1st of August 2016 11:11:57 PM
....". He adds that, for the past six months, his team has been applying the tech to an unannounced virtual reality (VR) game. ...

Broadcasters to offer Olympic audiences virtual reality viewing
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 29th of July 2016 09:00:00 PM
. The sandy shores of Copacabana beach may be nearly 6,000 miles away, but when the Rio Olympics gets underway on Friday, viewers will be able to soak up the atmosphere inside the stadium like never before, as organisers make use of virtual reality technology for the first time. ...
Pokemon Go phenomenon gives Nintendo shares record lift image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 15th of July 2016 08:50:00 AM
....Shares surpassed a near-35% rise in August 1989 when the Japanese company launched Dragon Quest, a fantasy role-playing game, in the US. Pokemon Go, a virtual reality treasure hunt where players hunt monsters that appear on their smartphones, leads the free-to-download app chart. ...
McDonald's takes virtual tours of actual supplier farms on the road image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of May 2016 11:01:07 PM
. McDonald’s is to tour agricultural events around Britain with a roadshow that uses virtual reality to bring people closer to the fast food chain’s supplier farms. ...
Facebook's net income triples in first quarter of 2016 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of April 2016 09:33:04 PM
.... Facebook’s base of people who check in on the site at least once a day on their smartphones stands just shy of 1bn, at 989m users. Zuckerberg emphasized more than once in the Wednesday afternoon call with investors that the company’s investment in virtual reality, notably the $2bn investment in Oculus, wouldn’t be repaying that money any time soon. ...
Decline in iPhone sales leads to first revenue decline in 13 years for Apple image
.... It’s probably the worst-kept secret in Silicon Valley that the company is working on an electric car, poaching engineers from Tesla and scouting for test locations in California. And it’s also been hiring engineers and filing patents that also suggest it’s working on a virtual reality device of some sort. ...
Fallout 4 wins best game at Baftas image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 7th of April 2016 08:11:01 PM
....John Carmack - the creator of Doom, Wolfenstein 3D and Quake - was also honoured with a Bafta fellowship, the academy's highest honour. He now works at Facebook's Oculus virtual reality division. ...
Apple’s at the top of the tree, but the winds of change can blow it down image
....Related: Apple at 40: privacy, software and new device frontiers are key challenges. Cars might also seem old hat in a few years, given the rise of virtual reality systems which overwhelm the senses with new experiences, and artificial intelligence which can outplay the best humans. ...
Apple at 40: privacy, software and new device frontiers are key challenges image
....Apple’s strength in its modern (iPod and everything since) incarnation has been as much about what it doesn’t make and release as what it does. There will be plenty more opportunities to not make products in the years ahead, from flatscreen TVs to virtual reality headsets. ...
Will tomorrow's office be friend or foe? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of March 2016 11:57:19 PM
...."Ten years ago we were just guessing but now there is an awful lot more data about ways people are using buildings which can be fed back to improve the next ones," he said. Increasingly, firms such as Deloitte and Arup are using technologies such as virtual reality to give potential clients an idea about how a building will look before they move in. ...
Oculus founder delivers first headset image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 28th of March 2016 10:39:24 AM
. The founder of VR (virtual reality) firm Oculus has hand delivered the first Rift headset to a customer. ...
Four ways emerging tech is empowering women image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of March 2016 09:27:39 AM
.... Now other emerging technologies have the potential to have a similarly profound effect. The likes of virtual reality and 3D printing are a long way from finding the killer app that will makes them commercially attractive, but people and organisations are already using this technology in ways that positively impact upon women’s lives. ...
Alton Towers ride reopens despite protests image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of March 2016 08:24:00 PM
....Alton Towers reopened its main rollercoaster ride on Saturday, nine months after a crash that caused appalling injuries to five passengers. Related: Alton Towers to open 'groundbreaking' virtual reality rollercoaster. ...
VIDEO: PlayStation VR headset undercuts rivals image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of March 2016 03:19:05 AM
. Sony has confirmed that its virtual reality headset will be considerably cheaper than rival gear from Facebook's Oculus division and HTC. ...
PlayStation VR price announcement image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of March 2016 10:20:23 PM
. Sony has revealed that its virtual reality headset will cost $399 (£282) in the US. ...
Show, don't tell: How video is swamping the internet image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of March 2016 12:01:05 AM
....And tools such as Ooyala's video content management system also provide real-time analytics, allowing you to target the right markets and syndicate your videos. Developments in data-driven marketing and virtual reality (VR) will be among the major game-changers in the coming year and beyond, some observers believe. ...
Can a British tech firm turn AR into (augmented) reality? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of March 2016 12:49:57 PM
. We've heard a lot lately about virtual reality and the promise of a 360 degree view of the world. ...
Is Facebook about more than money? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of February 2016 11:17:05 AM
....But what is true about Mark Zuckerberg is that his mission to connect the world - which I think is sincere - is also a very profitable business for Facebook. Building drones to take internet connections to remote parts of Africa, investing large sums in virtual reality and making the most detailed map of exactly where people live are all exciting and valuable projects. ...
VIDEO: Is VR the future for mobile firms? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of February 2016 11:08:05 AM
....Smart phones do a lot more than make phone calls nowadays, but mobile phone companies are constantly developing new ideas to keep us interested in upgrading to the latest models and devices. And this year virtual reality, 360-degree cameras and robotic assistants are just some of the gizmos on show in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress. ...
Samsung S7 phones restore lost features image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 21st of February 2016 06:00:32 PM
....The South Korean firm also introduced a 360-degree camera. It can film footage for playback on its virtual reality headset, which Samsung makes in partnership with Facebook's Oculus division. ...
LG phone expands with bolt-on modules image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 21st of February 2016 01:00:12 PM
....One expert said the idea would help LG stand out from its rivals, but added that it was too soon to know whether it would turn around the firm's fortunes. The firm also announced new virtual reality kit and a remote control robot at its Mobile World Congress press conference in Barcelona. ...
Mobile World Congress: Europe's telecoms giants braced for global race to bring 5G to the market image
.... . SK Telecom, which is South Korea’s biggest mobile operator, said it had worked with Nokia and Intel to create 5G “hologram and virtual reality technologies” that will be on display at the four-day conference. ...
Liverpool tech startups out to prove there's life outside of Shoreditch image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of February 2016 06:00:12 AM
....Mike Humphrey is the design director of Starship. When the virtual reality social media company was set up by former Evolution founder Martin Kenwright in 2014 there was a great support network, he says. ...
How did Google get so big? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 1st of February 2016 10:30:16 PM
....Alongside nurturing the growth of the search engine Mr Brin and Mr Page were always eager to explore new ground. Google's famous "20% time" - allowing employees to take one day a week for some blue sky thinking on original projects - has produced some innovations such as Google News and the virtual reality Google Cardboard fold-out viewers. ...
A high-powered network: how Google became embedded in British politics image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 29th of January 2016 07:00:10 AM
.... He is tackled by the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, also present, who says Google will continue to come under huge pressure to “pay their fair share of tax”. November 2015 London mayor Boris Johnson rides a scooter and tries on virtual reality goggles during a visit to Google Campus in Tel Aviv. ...
Facebook's quarterly earnings surpass $5bn for first time thanks to ad sales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of January 2016 10:22:26 PM
....Facebook’s net income also more than doubled to $1. 56bn in the last three months of 2015, even as the Menlo Park, California, company invests heavily in virtual reality and internet access in remote parts of the world. ...
Top execs depart Twitter, Jack Dorsey confirms image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 25th of January 2016 07:56:42 AM
.... . Ms Stanton, who is credited with turning Twitter into a global business by opening its first international offices, said she wanted to spend more time with her family, while Mr Toff is joining Google to work on virtual reality. ...
Executive exodus at troubled Twitter image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 25th of January 2016 06:58:22 AM
....Also leaving is Jason Toff, head of Vine, Twitter's mini-video service. He tweeted that he was to join Google to work on virtual reality. ...
Davos: There’s a real risk of talking ourselves into a downturn image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of January 2016 09:20:59 PM
.... . From a South Korean robot called HUBO who is stalking the halls of the centre, terrorising and delighting the 2,500 delegates (and their 7,500 hangers on), to a special lounge containing virtual reality headsets that allow users to escape it all, the future of technology appears to be a central theme. ...
Tech startups hoping to become household names in 2016 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of January 2016 04:00:00 PM
.... It may be expensive to build, pose a tricky technical problem, or simply have some strong incumbents fighting back. There are revolutions ahead: virtual reality, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and wearable technology are all in their early days. ...
Hotspots, virtual reality and apps lead the way in Indigenous startups image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of January 2016 10:31:09 PM
....“I love being able to talk to Indigenous communities about what’s available and what is on the horizon because it’s like sparks going off,” Jade says. “I can take the virtual reality headset into a community centre and people are like ‘Wow that’s awesome, we could use it for this and we could use it for that. ...
Detroit confronts self-driving cars: can America's auto show survive the future? image
.... How long can the North American International Auto Show reign supreme?. Related: CES 2016: cars, virtual reality and a lot of hype. ...
Virtual reality tipped to break billion-dollar barrier in 2016 image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 10th of January 2016 10:05:00 PM
.... . The consultancy will say in research published later this week that sales of virtual reality headsets will hit 2. ...
HTC CEO Cher Wang:
.... Despite a barrage of acerbic editorials in the last year, questioning whether her business will survive 2016, the Taiwanese boss is upbeat and excited. The reason? HTC’s new virtual reality headset, the Vive. ...

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