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Topic: Oculus

Facebook confirms plans for voice assistant to match Siri, Alexa & Google Assistant

04/17/2019, 05:04 pm

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it's working on its own voice assistant, carving out a space among competitors like Apple's Siri and Amazon Alexa.

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Apple missing from list of companies supporting OpenXR AR and VR spec

03/21/2019, 11:03 am

The Khronos Group has ratified and publicly released a provisional specification for OpenXR, an open standard for AR and VR platforms, but while many major firms are supporting the effort, Apple does not appear to be publicly offering its own support.

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Apple's smart glasses can change the game in a niche augmented & virtual reality market

03/09/2019, 09:03 am

We don't need more technology, we need someone to find a true use for Virtual and Augmented Reality. Apple is just the firm to do it -- since it's done the same thing twice before.

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First look: Oculus Go, Facebook's standalone, iPhone-compatible VR headset

05/01/2018, 07:05 pm

Facebook on Tuesday issued a surprise by announcing the immediate launch of its new Oculus Go standalone VR headset, which also boasts iPhone connectivity. AppleInsider got its hands on one of the first units, and offers a closer look.

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Oculus Go virtual reality headset starts shipping for $199 in 23 countries

05/01/2018, 02:05 pm

The FaceBook-owned Oculus has started shipping the Go, a low-cost virtual reality headset that works without needing to be connected to a smartphone, Mac, or Windows PC, with the entry-level head-mounted display available to purchase in North America today.

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Oculus reveals $199 standalone 'Go' VR headset, drops Rift price to $399

10/11/2017, 04:10 pm

Presenting at an event in San Jose on Wednesday, Facebook's Oculus introduced the Go, a new headset capable of operating without a connected phone, Mac, or Windows PC.

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Facebook's Oculus to fight Apple's AR and VR push with new $200 standalone headset in 2018

07/13/2017, 02:07 pm

Facebook's Oculus is apparently in the early stages of developing a standalone mobile headset, with use cases like watching a movie on a plane, without needing a connected computer or smartphone.

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As Apple preps VR support in High Sierra, Facebook slashes Oculus Rift price to $400 in summer sale

07/10/2017, 11:07 am

Facebook has launched a six-week summer sale on the Oculus Rift headset -- and while there is no official support for it from the company, it can be used in conjunction with High Sierra and the SteamVR beta.

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Facebook hires former Apple designer Michael Hillman to take charge of VR hardware at Oculus

03/27/2017, 03:03 pm

Facebook is taking on Michael Hillman -- a person with 15 years at Apple, including key work on the company's Mac desktops -- as the head of hardware at its Oculus VR division.

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Apple's augmented reality team includes vets from Dolby, Oculus & more - report

03/20/2017, 09:03 am

Although Apple's rumored augmented reality glasses may be a distant prospect, a report said on Monday, Apple is making AR technology a priority and has assembled a high-profile team for the effort.

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Oculus Rift won't support Apple's Mac anytime soon, co-founder says

03/01/2017, 11:03 pm

In an interview on Wednesday, Oculus co-founder and head of Rift operations Nate Mitchell said that while support for macOS is not currently on the company's roadmap, it might revisit the topic of Apple integration in the future.

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Jury asks Oculus to pay ZeniMax $500M in lawsuit over VR headsets

02/01/2017, 05:02 pm

Facebook's Oculus was ordered to pay ZeniMax $500 million on Wednesday, after a Dallas jury ruled that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey violated a non-disclosure agreement in building the first prototypes of the Rift headset.

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As Apple shows interest in AR/VR, PlayStation VR's strong start suggests price beats performance

11/29/2016, 10:11 am

The latest --and more affordable -- high-profile entrant into the emerging virtual reality space, PlayStation VR, is off to a successful start, suggesting consumers are more interested in advanced VR technology if it's available in a simple and economical product.

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Facebook Oculus update lowers hardware requirements, promises social experiences

10/06/2016, 03:10 pm

Facebook has unveiled the next steps in the Oculus virtual reality platform, including a sneak peek at a wireless version of the Oculus Rift, and an initiative to lower the hardware requirements needed to use the system to specs already exceeded by Apple's 4K and 5K Retina iMac lines.

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Google launches Cardboard SDK for iOS, Microsoft begins shipping HoloLens to developers

03/30/2016, 04:03 pm

It's been a big week for virtual and augmented reality technology, thanks to the newly shipping Oculus Rift, the debut of a Google Cardboard development kit for iOS, and initial availability of developer hardware for Microsoft HoloLens.

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Oculus founder says no Mac support coming until Apple builds 'good' system with better graphics

03/03/2016, 05:03 pm

Oculus is waiting on Apple to release a "good" Mac with a faster video card before it considers supporting the Rift VR headset on OS X, according to Oculus founder Palmer Luckey.

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As gamers await Oculus Rift's March launch, Mac users shouldn't hold their breath for support

01/07/2016, 12:01 pm

Last year, Oculus suspended Mac development for its Rift virtual reality headset. Comments from the Oculus CEO suggest work on Mac support is unlikely to resume anytime soon, leaving the device's forthcoming launch a Windows-only affair for the foreseeable future.

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Oculus Rift preorders start at $599, with first units shipping Mar. 28

01/06/2016, 03:01 pm

Oculus on Wednesday disclosed the long-awaited preorder details of its Oculus Rift VR headset, which will cost $599, and first begin shipping on March 28.

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The best virtual reality apps for iPhone, compatible with Google Cardboard

08/02/2015, 02:08 am

Before virtual reality headsets become mass-market products, iPhone owners can sample the futuristic technology in a cheap and easy way, thanks to Google Cardboard. AppleInsider offers a rundown of the best VR experiences available to download right now on the App Store.

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Microsoft demos 'mixed reality gaming' capabilities of HoloLens with Minecraft

06/15/2015, 02:06 pm

Microsoft's upcoming HoloLens virtual reality accessory took the stage at E3 on Monday, with the company showing how "mixed reality gaming" will work on the future hardware, via its popular Minecraft universe.

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