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

Defending Native women from violence remains hot topic at AFN

first_imgHeather Kendall-Miller speaking during the second day of AFN at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The Alaska Federation of Natives Convention is wrapping up its second day in Anchorage. This year’s theme is Innovation in the past, present and future. The issue of violence against women is at the forefront of the conference.Listen nowMost of the day’s early speakers on the convention’s main stage gave updates on legal, judicial and federal issues affecting Alaska Natives. But some, like Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Gloria O’Neill, directly addressed this year’s theme.“Innovation is at the core of how we not only survived, but thrived for millennia,” O’Neill said.O’Neill described CITC’s process for developing the 2014 video-game “Never Alone,” where players guide a young Inupiaq girl through an Arctic quest. O’Neill says the experience offers a template for taking Alaska history, stories, and talent toward emerging industries that benefit state residents and ANC shareholders.“We’re asking permission to take our culture and our stories to this virtual world,” O’Neill said. “We paired Alaska Native elders, storytellers, youth, writers with video gaming experts.”But for the last few days, the theme of defending Alaska Native women from sexual violence has been more prominent than just about anything else. During an update from the Alaska Native Justice Center, prominent attorney Heather Kendall-Miller alluded to the recent Justin Schnieder case appealing to groups like AFN to push for criminal justice reforms.“To make this a time of change, a call to action, because we cannot be silent any longer,” Kendell-Miller said. “We have to be able to move together and call, and demand for some changes.”Kendall-Miller called for reforms in how sexual assault cases against Alaska Native women are investigated and prosecuted, and for an increase in the State of Alaska’s accountability delivering justice to victims.The morning also saw remarks from Congressman Don Young, who championed his record delivering results to Alaska Natives in the capital, and asked for their support in the November election.last_img read more

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitts six children have grown closer post their

first_imgDivorce is always bitter and it usually affects the children. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce was also quite nasty as their battle extended in front of the media. Basically, it was an ugly split. However, turns out the divorce has brought their six children closer.Maddox, 18, Pax, 15, Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 11, have all grown incredibly close ever since the divorce. Their closeness comes from the teachings of their A-list parents and they have inculcated the idea of staying close to the family.As per a report on HollywoodLife.com, a source stated, “All of Angelina and Brad’s kids are extremely close,” and then added, “They’re all very caring and protective of each other. They have always been a tight unit, but their parents’ divorce made the bond between them even stronger. They still bicker sometimes, like all siblings do, but overall they get along really well.” Angelina Jolie with her childrenTwitter”Angelina really encourages that feeling of being a little tribe,” according to the insider. “She has group meetings so everyone can share their feelings. They do game nights, they read to each other; there is a lot of group time. Brad’s so close with his bother and sister (Doug Pitt and Julie Pitt Neal), so it’s something he wanted for his kids, too. He and Angelina are totally on the same page with that.” Their oldest son, Maddox, recently celebrated his 18th birthday and is leaving from home to study biochemistry in Seoul’s Yonsei University. Angelina Jolie and her son Pax arrive for the 75th Golden Globe AwardsVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty ImagesIn her recent interview with Elle magazine, Jolie spoke about how she wants her daughters to develop their minds. “I often tell my daughters that the most important thing they can do is to develop their minds. You can always put on a pretty dress, but it doesn’t matter what you wear on the outside if your mind isn’t strong. There is nothing more attractive — you might even say enchanting — than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions.” We’ll see Jolie in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil which is all set to release in October.last_img read more

Rushanara records landslide win in UK polls

first_imgRushanara-AliAnother Bangladeshi origin Labour Party leader Rushanara Ali has won his seat again in the Britains snap polls.Rushanara Ali recorded the landslide victory in the Bethnal Green and Bow seat for the third consecutive time.The first Bangladeshi origin British MP, Rushanara bagged 42,969 votes while her rival Conservative Party candidate Charlotte Chirico got 7,576 votes.In 2015, Rushanara received 32,387 votes while her Conservative Party candidate Mathew Smith was voted 8,070, marking a 24317-vote victory for Rushnara.The Sylhet-born UK politician was first elected in 2010.last_img

Morocco inaugurates tourist office in New Delhi

first_imgMohammed Sajid, Minister of Tourism and Air Transport of the Kingdom of Morocco, announced the opening of first tourism office in New Delhi, India, recently. Morocco in an endeavour to double its tourist footfall from India by 2019, has set up a full-fledged Moroccan National Tourism office in New Delhi as the first step towards promotion of Morocco as a desirable destination for Indians.”This office will help us in planning various strategic promotional and awareness programs to tap the robust tourism sector in India”, the minister said. He further stressed that Morocco is keen to enhance its cooperation with India in the tourism sector, in harmony with its new orientation towards emerging as a preferred destination outside the traditional asian tourist market.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMoroccan-Indian relations are getting stronger, as Morocco prepares to implement several measures to welcome more Indian tourists in 2019. Tourism remains a vital pillar of the Moroccan economy and the country’s second biggest employer after agriculture, while India is the fastest growing outbound market after China with UNTWO predicting 50 million travelers by 2020. With 7% GDP global growth rate, rising personal income levels and changing lifestyles and a huge middle class with the availability of low-cost airfares and diverse travel packages, India is rapidly Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivebecoming one of the fastest growing outbound travel markets in the world. Indian tourists are among the world’s highest-spending globetrotters. Their spending power has been estimated to be four times that of the Chinese and Japanese. Mohammed Sajid, Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy of the Kingdom of Morocco, is on an official visit to India, along with an important delegation including Adel El Fakir, Director General of the Moroccan National Tourism Office, Imad Barakka, Director General of Moroccan Society of Tourism Engineering, Zakaria Belghazi, Director General of Civil Aviation and Fatima Zahra Jabri, Head of the Department of Partnership in Royal Air Maroc.last_img read more

New York Regulator Lays Out Tweaks to Bitcoin Rules

first_img Listen Now This story originally appeared on Reuters Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer New York state plans to soften proposed rules for virtual currencies such as bitcoin, its banking regulator said on Thursday, after receiving a round of public comments.Start-up companies dealing in the budding technology could get a two-year partial waiver from complying with the full set of rules to help them continue their business, New York Superintendent of Financial Services Ben Lawsky said.The revised rules for obtaining the so-called BitLicense, which will be posted for a new round of comments in the coming days, would reduce the record-keeping requirements to seven years from 10 in the original proposal.Companies applying for a license also could count virtual currencies toward their capital requirements, Lawsky said.The new rules would not apply to software developers, individual users, customer loyalty programs and gift cards, currency miners, nor to merchants accepting it as a payment, Lawsky said in a speech in Washington.Unlike conventional money, bitcoin is independent of control or backing by any government – something its advocates like but that has also led to calls for more oversight and raised questions as to how to treat it for tax purposes.Bitcoin started circulating in 2009 and is accepted as payment by a small but increasing number of companies. Huge swings in its value and incidents where clients lost millions of dollars have hurt its reputation.(Reporting by Douwe Miedema; Editing by Bill Trott) 2 min read December 18, 2014last_img read more

Oprah had the time of her life on HAL Alaska cruise and

first_imgOprah had the time of her life on HAL Alaska cruise and these photos prove it Tags: Holland America Line Thursday, July 27, 2017 Travelweek Group SuperSoul 100 Member Angela Davis had guests on their feet and moving to her empowering words during a spiritually enriching performance. Another SuperSoul 100 Member, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter India.Arie, took to The Mainstage for her powerful SongVersation performance.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTWhile sailing to Victoria, British Columbia, breast cancer survivor Jayne Jamison (Senior Vice President/Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer, O, The Oprah Magazine) led more than 150 walkers on a non-competitive 5K walk on deck to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Holland America Line, O The Oprah Magazine, and cruisers raised more than $10,500 for five international cancer organizations.After viewing scenic Glacier Bay, Oprah Winfrey took to Eurodam’s Mainstage to host A Conversation with Oprah. Speaking at two full-house engagements, Winfrey shared her journey to success, her self-proclaimed Year of Adventure and the desire for this cruise to be the start of something meaningful for those on board. Sharecenter_img “We are in the business of trying to expand the way people see themselves and their lives, and that’s what travel does,” explained Winfrey. “I want it to be more than just a trip. I want it to be the start of something big that started with this adventure of a lifetime that fuels and feeds in a way that is grand and deep and wide.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesOn what it meant for Holland America to be part of the event, Orlando Ashford, president of HAL, said: “The first cruise in our partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine was tremendous. The energy and inspirational atmosphere on Eurodam was felt by all and truly something special. The incredible caliber of talent and performances on the Share the Adventure Cruise exceeded expectations, and we leave this week with a lifetime of memories and lessons on how to live your best life.”The July 15 cruise was the first of several special cruises with Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine. Four additional Adventure of Your Life cruises with SuperSoul 100 Members (to be announced) will set sail as follows:Nov. 29, 2017 – 11-Day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms KoningsdamMarch 3, 2018 – 7-Day Tropical Caribbean roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw AmsterdamAug. 11, 2018 – 7-Day Alaska roundtrip from Seattle on ms EurodamOct. 28, 2018 – 7-Day Eastern Caribbean roundtrip Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw Amsterdam Posted by SEATTLE — Oprah Winfrey is all for living your best life, which is exactly what she did while sailing onboard Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam to Alaska.Holland America Line and ‘O, The Oprah Magazine’ Share the Adventure Cruise set sail from Seattle to Alaska on July 15, bringing together renowned visionaries for a week of ‘O-mazing’ talks and activities.Throughout the voyage, guests took part in morning meditation with yoga instructor Sara Ivanhoe and learned about healthy eating with ‘Impatient Foodie’ founder Elettra Wiedemann. ‘O, The Oprah Magazine’ editor-in-chief Lucy Kaylin and editor-at-large Gayle King shared a peek behind the scenes of the award-winning magazine, while books editor Leigh Haber led conversations with Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout for the first-ever O’s Reading Room. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more