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12 Hours Ago   Virtual reality video company Jaunt — which helped spur the early growth of VR video — is shifting its focus to augmented reality, winding down “a number” of its VR-related services, and laying off a “significant portion” of its staff.

19 Hours Ago   Earlier this year, Google made a seemingly crowd-pleasing tweak to its Chrome browser and created a crisis for web game developers. Its May release of Chrome 66 muted sites that played sound automatically, saving internet users from the plague of annoying auto-playing videos.

4 Days Ago   Facebook is rolling out a “3D photo” feature that adds depth to photos in your News Feed (or your VR headset.) All users will be able to see 3D photos in their feeds starting today.

4 Days Ago   It’s common for Philip K. Dick adaptations to barely resemble their source material. Amazon’s TV series The Man in the High Castle began as an exception, closely translating Dick’s dark alternate history about a world ruled by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

5 Days Ago   As Magic Leap holds the first developer conference for its Magic Leap One mixed reality headset, that headset has started shipping across the contiguous United States, instead of in a set of select markets.

9 Days Ago   A few months ago, I mentioned that it was “unfortunately” too early to write about the release of beloved role-playing game Fallout 2. Well, Fallout 2 was released this week 20 years ago, and I am definitively not going to write about it — because I already spent half my summer immersed in the series while researching the never-released Fallout Online.

13 Days Ago   Last week marked the fifth anniversary of Oculus Connect, a virtual reality developer conference held by the Facebook-owned headset maker. In 2016 and 2017, Oculus used Connect to tease a self-contained, high-end VR headset that it called Santa Cruz.

17 Days Ago   California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a cybersecurity law covering “smart” devices, making California the first state with such a law. The bill, SB-327, was introduced last year and passed the state senate in late August.

18 Days Ago   At yesterday’s Oculus Connect keynote, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proudly announced that Oculus had completed its first generation of products. A slide splashed three VR headsets across the stage: the casual Oculus Go; the high-end Oculus Rift; and the new, midrange Oculus Quest.

18 Days Ago   The Oculus Quest, a $399 standalone virtual reality headset that’s shipping next spring, was only announced yesterday. But it’s making its third appearance at the annual Oculus Connect conference, after appearing under the codename Santa Cruz in 2016 and 2017.

19 Days Ago   YouTube will soon launch an app on Oculus’ mobile VR headset, the Oculus Go, bringing YouTube to Oculus’ entire mobile ecosystem. Oculus announced the news today at its Connect developer conference, along with other news about Oculus Go’s video offerings — although it didn’t provide a launch date beyond “coming soon.” This means there’s an official YouTube VR app for all Oculus mobile headsets, since Oculus came to the Samsung Gear VR over the summer.

19 Days Ago   Oculus has announced its new headset, the Oculus Quest: a $399 standalone virtual reality headset that’s launching in the spring of 2019. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that “with Oculus Quest, we will complete our first generation of Oculus products.” Zuckerberg says that the Oculus Quest combines “the key attributes of the ideal VR system” — a wireless design, virtual hand controllers, and full positional tracking.

24 Days Ago   Earlier this week, the Linux community got an unusual message from Linux’s creator, Linus Torvalds. “This week people in our community confronted me about my lifetime of not understanding emotions,” wrote Torvalds in a Linux update email.

24 Days Ago   Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

25 Days Ago   Walmart is going to send Oculus Go virtual reality headsets to every US branch of its stores, expanding a VR-based employee training system it announced last year.

25 Days Ago   Valve’s content moderators will soon start moderating game discussion board comments on its Steam publishing platform, instead of leaving the task up to developers. Under the new policy, which goes into effect on September 25th, Steam moderators will review posts and threads that players report from individual game discussion pages — along with other content that the team already handles, like user profiles and community groups.

26 Days Ago   Are internet platforms suppressing speech and hurting civic culture? Google’s critics could build a case for this claim on a censorship-friendly search app for Chinese citizens, YouTube’s confusing demonetization of news-heavy YouTube channels, or Google’s work on military AI.

26 Days Ago   Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson — known for his fight with the US government over 3D-printed guns — has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor, according to The Austin American-Statesman.

31 Days Ago   Google is reportedly building a prototype system that would tie Chinese users’ Google searches to their personal phone numbers, as part of a new search service that would comply with the Chinese government’s censorship requirements.

32 Days Ago   I spent at least half an hour wandering A.Human — an art installation about a futuristic body modification fashion house — before realizing one of the models was a human being.

33 Days Ago   Reddit has banned its subreddit devoted to QAnon conspiracy theories, stating that it violated rules against “inciting violence, harassment, and the dissemination of personal information.” NBC News reporter Brandy Zadrozny tweeted about the ban of r/GreatAwakening earlier today.

37 Days Ago   One of 1998’s biggest tech stories was the massive antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft. It’s Monopoly Week on The Verge, so I wrote a bit about that lawsuit’s place in the ‘90s legal landscape.

38 Days Ago   Facebook is launching a collection of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom-themed augmented reality dinosaurs, but you’ll need to buy a Blu-ray or DVD copy of Fallen Kingdom or visit a store that’s selling them to get the stickers.

38 Days Ago   Two decades ago, witnesses at Microsoft’s landmark antitrust trial claimed the company had threatened to violently murder software. One said Microsoft had ordered Apple to abandon QuickTime by “knifing the baby.” Another recalled a threat to “cut off Netscape’s air supply” and metaphorically asphyxiate the browser company into submission.

39 Days Ago   In early August, the creators of the incredibly popular game Fortnite announced that they would be leaving the Android Play Store. Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, decried the “monopoly app store” model that Google had established.

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