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Facebook looks to augmented reality as its future focus

Facebook has announced a new focus on augmented reality, unveiling a set of features for developers and users that will enable you to communicate online in VR and AR. It includes an app for hanging out in a virtual environment and new camera effects.

Google unveils the all-new Google Earth

Google has launched a brand-new version of Google Earth, its rapidly aging mapping software designed to let you explore the planet. After a lengthy development period, today's rethinking brings new features to help you discover the world around you.

Google to launch all-new Google Earth next week

Google has unexpectedly announced it's building a "brand new" version of Google Earth that will give users "new experiences." After neglecting Earth for several years, Google seems to be substantially reviving it, possibly by emphasising virtual reality.

Amazon is looking into virtual and augmented reality store spaces

Amazon is looking to use cutting edge AR and VR technology to revitalize the physical retail environment. With all sorts of physical store space projects on the go, the ecommerce company thinks virtual and augmented reality could help out in a big way.

Facebook to unveil 'mind-reading device' next month

Facebook is reportedly working on a "mind-reading device" as one of a number of experimental hardware projects ongoing in secrecy at the social network. The company could be planning to unveil a prototype next month, creating a new form of social media.

Seeing preserved mummies clearer thanks to virtual imaging

London - Advanced imaging has interfaced with antiquities thanks to a new initiative from the British Museum in London. This makes use of imaging software designed to enhance the visitor experience.

Here's a first look into how well virtual reality is selling

For all of the hype surrounding virtual reality, we still don't know if the technology is a breakout hit or fading fad.

Google's headset removal tech lets you see faces in mixed reality

Google has developed a system that lets you see the faces of people participating in mixed reality environments. The headsets used in current mixed reality setups completely mask the face of the wearer, hiding the visual cues which indicate emotion.

Essential Science: Virtual reality game detects schizophrenia

Exeter - A low-cost, but effective, means of detecting schizophrenia has been developed by means of a virtual reality "game." The computer program requires users to replicate the movement of a computer avatar.

Valve boss Gabe Newell 'comfortable' with idea VR could fade away

Gabe Newell, boss of gaming company Valve, has opened up about his views on VR in a rare press interview. He said Valve remains "optimistic" about VR's future but is also "comfortable" with the possibility of the technology failing to gain mass appeal.

Oculus VR pop-ups closing in Best Buys due to lack of interest

Facebook is closing around 200 of its 500 Oculus virtual reality demo stations at Best Buy locations across the U.S., Business Insider has learned.

Developer blends HoloLens and Vive, creates 'shared reality'

A software developer has combined the power of the Microsoft HoloLens and HTC Vive headsets to create a new kind of digital experience dubbed "shared reality." It mixes augmented and virtual reality together, creating a more collaborative joined world.

Asus ZenFone AR is the first phone with Google Tango and Daydream

Asus has announced a new premium smartphone that includes both Google's Tango and Daydream technologies. It makes it the first mobile device to offer built-in virtual reality and augmented reality capabilities.

Hyped mixed reality firm Magic Leap 'years' behind schedule

Magic Leap, a Silicon Valley start-up that's attracted feverish attention for its eye-catching mixed reality tech, is reportedly "years" behind schedule. It has also published a fake demo and failed to miniaturise a critical component of its technology.

Oculus Touch brings hand tracking and gestures to virtual reality

Oculus has launched its VR Touch controllers, bringing motion tracking and gesture detection to its Rift headset. The uniquely shared gamepads feature analogue sticks, buttons and triggers for gaming, as well as support for standing experiences.

Xbox One game streaming to Oculus Rift lets you play games in VR

Microsoft has announced it will enable Xbox One game streaming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in early December. Coming just in time for the holidays, it will let gamers experience console titles in a special virtual reality environment.

Alcatel launches the first Windows 10 phone with virtual reality

Alcatel has unveiled the IDOL 4S, a flagship Windows 10 Mobile smartphone with very high-end specs. It supports all of Windows 10's headline features and also includes virtual reality, a first for the platform. The premium phone is priced competitively.

New ARM GPU to bring VR to low-end phones by 2018

ARM has launched a new GPU design that's built to bring virtual reality to low-end smartphones. The Mali-G51 uses ARM's Bifrost architecture to create an affordable chip that's optimised for virtual reality and augmented reality content.

HTC launches Vivepaper, the first immersive VR reading experience

HTC has announced a new virtual reality app called Vivepaper. Built for the company's Vive VR headset, the app is the world's first immersive reading experience. It provides a new way to view and browse online news content through a tactile interface.

Facebook's Oculus unveils way to make virtual reality affordable

Facebook's Oculus has announced it has found a way to make VR more accessible by using software tweaks to reduce the minimum system requirements of VR headsets. A high-performance PC is currently required, preventing people from adopting VR.

Google's Daydream View VR headset puts comfort first

Google has been talking about its upcoming Daydream VR platform for several months. Today, it unveiled the final component in the system, its Daydream View headset. It is designed to "simplify the complexity" behind virtual reality, making it comfortable.

Tim Cook: AR will be as widespread as 'three meals a day'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made some rare public comments on the future of tech. In an interview, he stressed the importance of augmented reality, claiming it'll become as vital to society as "three meals a day." Virtual reality will have less of an impact.

Op-Ed: Apple CEO Tim Cook praises augmented reality over virtual reality

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke of the superior potential of augmented reality over virtual reality in an interview with Good Morning America on Wednesday.

Technology leads the way forward at Toronto Fan Expo 2016

Technology continues to drive pop culture and fandom, allowing enthusiasts and hobbyists to engage with their idols and obsessions — and that was clearly on display at this year's Toronto Fan Expo.

President Obama leads new VR tour of Yosemite National Park

Oculus has announced a new virtual reality experience that sees President Obama take you on a tour of the Yosemite National Park. In the short 360-degree film, Obama remarks on several of Yosemite's most famous features to celebrate its centennial.

Microsoft reveals HoloLens' secret 24-core custom processor

Microsoft has publicly revealed details of the custom-built processor that powers the holographic processor inside the HoloLens. A 24-core chip accompanies the main system processor to make the holographic display possible. It's both powerful and pricey.

Windows Holographic is coming to your Windows 10 PC next year

Microsoft has announced that all Windows 10 PCs will be capable of supporting Windows Holographic mixed reality experiences next year. In partnership with Intel, the company will allow you to run holographic apps on your mainstream computer.

Intel now has its own 'mixed reality' headset

Intel has surprised many by announcing its own virtual reality headset that offers some compelling features not found in the competition. The headset uses an all-in-one wireless design and operates independently of a PC, allowing you to move freely in VR.

You can now play Minecraft in VR, but only on Windows 10

Mojang and Microsoft have rolled out an update to Minecraft that adds support for playing the hit game in virtual reality on the Oculus Rift. Coming four months after Minecraft landed on Samsung's Gear VR, the new version includes Rift-specific features.

Intel's building a depth-sensing camera add-on for the HTC Vive

Intel has revealed it's building a depth-sensing camera add-on for the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. The camera will enable the headset to track hand movement and detect physical obstacles, preventing the wearer from running into them while in VR.
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a screenshot of the software MikuMikuDance showing various 3D models within the software
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Oculus Rift at Oculus Connect 3, October 2016
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The box contents of the first Oculus Rift consumer edition
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This photo shows a developer version of an Oculus Rift headset combined with a Leap Motion controller and camera system.
Xbox One Game Streaming to Oculus Rift
Xbox One Game Streaming to Oculus Rift
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Samsung Gear VR for Galaxy Note 7
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Get it, fold it and look inside to enter the world of Cardboard. It’s a VR experience device.
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Samsung Gear VR for Galaxy Note 7
Samsung Gear VR for Galaxy Note 7
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OnePlus will launch the OnePlus 3 in a virtual reality event
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Samsung Gear 360 [2017]
Samsung Gear 360 [2017]
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Intel's Project Alloy mixed reality headset
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Man wearing a virtual reality headset outdoors
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The increasing use of electronic media is widening the communication gap between parents and children. — Wearable technology and virtual reality immerse a gaming enthusiast at a local meetup in Irvine, California during a night of demos.
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Oculus Rift virtual reality headset
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The prototype Oculus Rift virtual reality headset
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Xbox One Game Streaming to Oculus Rift
Xbox One Game Streaming to Oculus Rift
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