Donald Trump meme factory secretly funded by Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey

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Nasa has announced that it has found evidence of flowing water on Mars. Scientists have long speculated that Recurring Slope Lineae -- or dark patches -- on Mars were made up of briny water but the new findings prove that those patches are caused by liquid water, which it has established by finding hydrated salts. Several hundred camped outside the London store in Covent Garden. The 6s will have new features like a vastly improved camera and a pressure-sensitive "3D Touch" display


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The 24-year-old creator of virtual reality headset company Oculus Rift, which Facebook bought for 2 billion in 2014, could at best be charged with murdering a dress code. When he met with with USA TODAY in 2014 to discuss the yet-to-be released Oculus Rift, Luckey spoke about spending most afternoons parked in front of the six-monitor computer set-up in his bedroom, talking with fellow nerds about video games. The price problem High prices are the biggest barrier to VR adoption -- the Vive sells for 799, while the Oculus Rift is priced at 599. VR should take hold with time The combined factors of price, hardware and software limitations, and the emergent popularity of augmented reality present inhibiting factors for early VR adoption, but the technology will improve and its potential better realized with time.


Oculus unveils Touch controllers, social VR

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage today at the Oculus Connect developers conference and showed off a taste of the company's mobile VR future. Mark Zuckerberg dons an Oculus Rift at Connect to interact in VR with two other colleagues. SAN FRANCISCO -- The key to the success of virtual reality is compelling content. On Thursday, Oculus put on a show for game developers aimed at reassuring the community that its efforts were being supported by the pioneering VR company to the tune of 250 million in investment to date. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives -- though notably not Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, who recently caused a stir with his political donations - took the stage at Oculus Connect 3 in San Jose to unveil new hardware and software that promises to usher in a new level of interactivity for the nascent technology.


As Facebook plans for the future, VR looms large

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When Google wanted people to know it was serious about virtual reality two years ago, it sent software developers attending its I/O conference home with Google Cardboard -- a cheap, build-it-yourself VR headset that developers could use with Samsung Galaxy smartphones. When Facebook wanted people to know it was serious about VR on Tuesday, it sent software developers attending its F8 conference -- all 2,600 of them -- home with Gear VR headsets, which retail at 99.99, and Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphones, which cost 598 apiece. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg's announcement of the high-end swag was met with emphatic applause from the audience of developers, who packed an auditorium in San Francisco's Fort Mason Center to hear him detail the company's 10-year plan. The Gear VR may not rival the coveted, high-end virtual reality headset released last month by Oculus VR, which Facebook acquired in 2014 for 2 billion. But it was enough to drive the message home: VR will play a big role in Facebook's future -- and so will developers who embrace the medium.


Holocaust Museum, Auschwitz want Pokémon Go hunts out

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Pokemon Go, a Global Positioning System (GPS) based augmented reality mobile game, is proving to be'enormously' popular since software development company Niantic opened access to it on 06 July in the US. SAN FRANCISCO -- Officials at the Holocaust Museum and Poland's Auschwitz Memorial are calling on Pokémon Go maker Niantic to take their sites off the locations where players can hunt cartoon creatures in the popular augmented reality app, saying it dishonors Holocaust victims. Many players reported seeing the digital Pokémon creatures within the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The site is also being used as a "PokeStop" for players to get in-game items. Players in the mobile phone game Pokémon Go must capture digital Pokémon characters, which appear hovering over the player's real-world surroundings.