Facebook prepares to push Oculus VR headsets for businesses

first_img Tags Best Buy $198 Oculus Go How To • Prime Day 2019 best gaming deals: Oculus Go 32GB for $159, Nintendo Switch for $329 and more available now The next big step for Oculus may be into our office buildings. Sarah Tew/CNET When Facebook pitches its Oculus virtual reality headsets to the masses, it talks of their ability to make you feel as though you’re inside a game, visiting another planet or scuba diving next to massive blue whales, without ever leaving your couch.Its next act might be to take that other-worldliness to your work.Via a job posting, Oculus VR is looking for a software expert to work in its Seattle, Washington offices to help build special versions of its $199 Oculus Go and $399 Oculus Quest mobile VR headsets for businesses. This person would help make the headsets work with various types of business software, the job posting said. An Oculus spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The Oculus Go is an entry-level headset that works without the need for a computer or mobile phone to power it. The Quest is a mid-level device that’s also self contained, offering higher quality visuals and controls. Both headsets put screens so close to your eyes they trick your brain into thinking you’re in the computer-generated world.The job posting, first noticed by Variety and which as of time of writing is no longer accepting applicants, is the latest sign of Facebook’s willingness to invest in efforts to broaden the appeal of its headsets. Microsoft has taken a similar tack with its $3,500 HoloLens augmented reality headset, which overlays computer images on the real world. In Microsoft’s case, the company explicitly says it does not want to sell the device to you and me — yet.For Oculus, finding success with the business world could help bolster sales as developers continue searching for a “killer app” that will convince consumers to buy in. But it will still have competition.HTC, for example, announced its Vive Focus VR headset for businesses last November, and Microsoft has been helping partners such as Lenovo, Dell and H-P build VR headsets for businesses as well. See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. News • Flash sale: The Oculus Go VR headset is back down to $159 (Update: Expired) Oculus Dell Facebook HTC Lenovo Microsoft See it $199 Review • Oculus Go review: $199 VR, no strings attached $199 See It Walmart 0 Post a comment Share your voice Wearable Tech Tech Industry Virtual Reality Apps Mentioned Above Oculus Go (32GB)last_img read more

Randhir Kapoor finally declares Rishi Kapoor is almost cancerfree now

first_imgRishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Randhir KapoorInstagramAfter maintaining suspense around Rishi Kapoor’s illness for the last few months, Randhir Kapoor has finally confirmed that the veteran actor was indeed suffering from cancer while giving an update on his current health condition.None of the member of the Kapoor family had disclosed the kind of disease Rishi Kapoor has been suffering from until filmmaker Rahul Rawail shared that Rishi Kapoor is now cancer-free on his recent Facebook post.Validating Rawail’s statement on Rishi Kapoor becoming cancer-free, Randhir Kapoor told PTI, “He is undergoing treatment, he is much better. He is almost cancer free. He will take some time to come back as he has to finish his course. He will be here in the next couple of months. Very soon.”This is time that a member of the Kapoor family has disclosed the nature of Rishi Kapoor’s illness. Earlier, Neetu Kapoor has posted a cryptic message about Rishi Kapoor’s health in her Instagram post suggesting that the veteran actor has indeed been diagnosed with cancer.A few days ago, Rishi Kapoor too had broken his silence on his current health condition and said that he is much better now and looking forward to working again.Rishi Kapoor had left to the US along with his wife Neetu Kapoor in September, last year to undergo the treatment for his cancer. Randhir Kapoor too had said that they have been doing medical tests and will update the media about Kapoor’s current health condition without revealing the nature of the disease.And now that Rishi Kapoor has finally battled the deadly disease and has been announced cancer-free, his fans along with the industry people are waiting for his return to India.last_img read more

National Unity Process to declare combined programmes after setting goals

first_imgDr Kamal HossainAlthough significant opposition the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has reached an understanding with Jukta (United) Front and National Unity Process, they are yet to announce combined programmes ahead of the national elections.Sources in the National Unity and Jukta Front said BNP is eager to declare combined programmes at the earliest while the rest of the alliance want to decide on post-election issues first.The parties are to sit for a meeting to discuss the issues on Thursday.Jukta Front and Unity Process leaders want to take a concrete decision on ensuring balance of power in the parliament and the government. They are also eager to ensure balance of power between the posts of the president and the prime minister. Decentralisation of power, appointment of ombudsman and ensuring independent judiciary are also among their demands.The meeting, which is likely to be held at the residence of eminent jursit Kamal Hossain, might take decisions such as setting post-election goals, declaring uniform programmes and setting a name for the alliance.Sources said, the leaders of the parties on Monday met at Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rab’s Uttara residence. Three top leaders of BNP took part in the meeting, where they discussed on the 9-point demand of Jukta Front and Unity Process and 12-point demand of BNP.JSD general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan and Gano Forum joint secretary AHM Shafiullah were given the responsibility to do the coordination between the sides. They will hand over the report to National Unity Process convener Kamal Hossain.“All the parties have kinda similar demands regarding the national eleciton. There are no major differences on the other demands, too. We have started working on finding the right balance,” said AHM Shafiullah.Some leaders of the Unity Process think that although the BNP has touched on the point of ensuring balance of power in their 12-point demand, it was not clear enough. Moreover, the issue of sharing of seats in the parliament is not settled yet.BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, however, opined that the time is not ripe for discussing seat sharing.In Monday’s meeting, the question of BNP led 20-party alliance’s inclusion in the National Unity Process was also discussed. BNP wanted inclusion of 18 parties except Jamaat in the process to strengthen the national alliance.Jukta Front and National Unity leaders did not object to this point raised by BNP, said the sources present at the meeting.On Jamaat, BNP leaders maintained that they should be left out of discussion as the party has lost its registration.BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraaf told Prothom Alo that the leaders present at the meeting had reached ‘some form of consensus’.The Unity Process would chalk out combined programmes upon declaration of their united demand and goals, Mosharraf added.last_img read more

Jamaat mulls formation of a new party

first_img.Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami is now under pressure following its central leader Abdur Razzak’s resignation over the party’s failure to seek apology for its role during the Liberation War and bring reforms in the party, say insiders.To stop the morale of party men going down, the top bosses are assuring grassroots leaders and activists of launching a new organisation soon. A five-member committee has already been formed in this regard with the party’s secretary general being handed the task to lead the body.Many inside the party had been suggesting that the party should be dissolved and a new one should be launched with a new name.The conservative faction of the party, however, did not pay any heed to the suggestion. But things changed on Friday last when Jamaat’s assistant secretary general Abdur Razzak resigned from his post.Fearing that many party men can follow Razzak, Jamaat sent an urgent notice to its party leaders assuring them of forming a new organisation and explaining Razzak’s resignation and majlish-e-shura member Majibur Rahman’s expulsion.The decision of forming a new organisation was taken in a meeting of Jamaat’s executive council on 14 January, according to the notice sent to the party leaders.A top Jamaat leader said, another committee led by its central leader Hamidur Rahman was earlier formed after the party had lost its registration as a political party. But, that initiative did not see light, he added.In the letter, Jamaat also requested its leaders not to make any offensive remarks on Abdur Razzak.In the same letter it was mentioned that Majibur Rahman was not on the same page with the party on a number of issues, which was embarrassing. He could not be controlled in any way, it said.Majibur Rahman recently travelled different parts of the country and held talks with leaders of various tiers to form a new organisation. Many leaders, however, did not respond to his initiative.A former president of Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, told Prothom Alo that the statements of the notice are contradictory.On one hand Jamaat leaders are saying that they themselves have initiated a move to launch a new organisation. They have discussed the issue internally, but the leaders didn’t respond, he argued.Abdur Razzak in his resignation letter questioned the role of Jamaat during the Liberation War in 1971. Jamaat, however, has not formally given any reaction in this regard.Despite repeated efforts, Jamaat leaders were not available for comments.An observer and well wisher of Jamaat, former secretary Shah Abdul Hannan told Prothom Alo that Jamaat will seek apology again if needed. The party is working to launch a new party, he said.Abdur Razzak’s suggestion to dissolve Jamaat and launch a new party is being taken into consideration.When asked why Razzak resigned, Shah Abdul Hannan said, “Nobody told him that his suggestion was rejected. The matters were being discussed. He did not act in the right manner.”A section of Jamaat leaders said central leader Majibur Rahman was expelled from the party so that the reform proposal could not take any shape after the resignation of Abdur Razzak. Rumours have it that Jamaat ameer Mokbul Ahmad is unwilling to remain in the post.After such a report was published on a number of online portals, Jamaat central publicity secretary Tasneem Alam in a statement on Monday said no way the Jamaat ameer was resigning.last_img read more

Site reliability engineering Nat Welch on what it is and why we

first_imgAt a time when software systems are growing in complexity, and when the expectations and demands from users have never been more critical, it’s easy to forget that just making things work can be a huge challenge. That’s where site reliability engineering (SRE) comes in; it’s one of the reasons we’re starting to see it grow as a discipline and job role. The central philosophy behind site reliability engineering can be seen in trends like chaos engineering. As Gremlin CTO Matt Fornaciari said, speaking to us in June, “chaos engineering is simply part of the SRE toolkit.” For site reliability engineers, software resilience isn’t an optional extra – it’s critical. In crude terms, downtime for a retail site means real monetary losses, but the example extends beyond that. Because people and software systems are so interdependent, SRE is a useful way for thinking about how we build software more broadly. To get to the heart of what site reliability engineering is, I spoke to Nat Welch, an SRE currently working at First Look Media, whose experience includes time at Google and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Nat has just published a book with Packt called Real-World SRE. You can find it here. Follow Nat on Twitter: @icco What is site reliability engineering? Nat Welch: The idea [of site reliability engineering] is to write and modify software to improve the reliability of a website or system. As a term and field, it was founded by Google in the early 2000s, and has slowly spread across the rest of the industry. Having engineers dedicated to global system health and reliability, working with every layer of the business to improving reliability for systems. “By building teams of engineers focused exclusively on reliability, there can be someone arguing for and focusing on reliability in a way to improve the speed and efficiency of product teams.” Why do we need site reliability engineering? Nat Welch: Customers get mad if your website is down. Engineers often were having trouble weighing system reliability work versus new feature work. Because of this, product feature work often takes priority, and reliability decisions are made by guess work. By building teams of engineers focused exclusively on reliability, there can be someone arguing for and focusing on reliability in a way to improve the speed and efficiency of product teams. Why do we need SRE now, in 2018? Nat Welch: Part of it is that people are finally starting to build systems more like how Google has been building for years (heavy use of containers, lots of services, heavily distributed). The other part is a marketing effort by Google so that they can make it easier to hire. What are the core responsibilities of an SRE? How do they sit within a team? Nat Welch: SRE is just a specialization of a developer. They sit on equal footing with the rest of the developers on the team, because the system is everyone’s responsbility. But while some engineers will focus primarily on new features, SRE will primarily focus on system reliability. This does not mean either side does not work on the other (SRE often write features, product devs often write code to make the system more reliable, etc), it just means their primary focus when defining priorities is different. What are the biggest challenges for site reliability engineers? Nat Welch: Communication with everyone (product, finance, executive team, etc.), and focus – it’s very easy to get lost in fire fighting. What are the 3 key skills you need to be a good SRE? Nat Welch: Communication skills, software development skills, system design skills. You need to be able to write code, review code, work with others, break large projects into small pieces and distribute the work among people, but you also need to be able to take a system (working or broken) and figure out how it is designed and how it works. Thanks Nat! Site reliability engineering, then, is a response to a broader change in the types of software infrastructure we are building and using today. It’s certainly a role that offers a lot of scope for ambitious and curious developers interested in a range of problems in software development, from UX to security. If you want to learn more, take a look at Nat’s book.last_img read more

Breathless Tulum Resort Spa slated to open in 2021

first_img Share MEXICO CITY — AMResorts and Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe are bringing Breathless Resorts & Spas to Tulum, Mexico.AMResorts will oversee brand management, sales and marketing of the resort.“Our strong relationship with Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe demonstrates ALG is the right resort brand management partner for owners seeking to maximize their investments through our powerful distribution channels,” says Javier Coll, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of ALG.“As Tulum welcomed more than 300,000 visitors this summer alone, we are excited to expand our presence in one of Mexico’s top travel destinations.”Breathless Tulum Resort & Spa is expected to open in 2021 with 300 suites and gourmet dining, 24-hour room and concierge services, an unlimited premium beverage program, daily refreshed mini bar, daytime activities, live nighttime entertainment and included taxes and gratuities. A “stunning” beach club will raise the bar to a new level in the entire region, says the company.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure“Breathless is the perfect match for Tulum, as it is the first to offer all the services and amenities of a Grand Tourism category property in the area, which will allow more sophisticated travellers to reach this destination,” said Francisco Zinser Cieslik, Executive Vice President of Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe.The companies first announced their partnership earlier this year, co-branding three resorts in Punta Cancun, Los Cabos and Nuevo Vallarta under AMResorts’ new brand, Reflect Resorts & Spas and Krystal Grand.AMResorts has 54 resorts in its current portfolio, plus 10,000 rooms under development. Meanwhile with this deal Group Hotelero Santa Fe’s portfolio will reach 28 hotels and 6,932 rooms in 18 cities across Mexico, including hotels currently in construction or expansion. Breathless Tulum Resort & Spa slated to open in 2021 Posted by Tags: Breathless Resorts & Spas, Openings & Renovations, Tulumcenter_img Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more