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VR/AR GLOBAL SUMMIT 2020
VR/AR GLOBAL SUMMIT 2020
June 01-03, 2020
The VR/AR Global Summit is one of the year's most anticipated conferences. It attracts a broad, international cross-section of thought leaders, enterprise executives, entertainment companies, and developers for an intense two days of panels, demos and networking.VRARA is such a strong global com...

The World
THE WORLD'S LEADING STREAMING MEDIA CONFERENCE
June 02-03, 2020
This year at Streaming Media West 2019, you’ll hear the innovative approaches that the world’s leading organizations are deploying in live streaming, OTT, enterprise and educational video, encoding and transcoding, next-gen TV, VR video, video production, content delivery, video marketin...

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Hang in there, everyone. While the coronavirus situation seems to be getting worse, the free-entertainment situation is getting better. Nearly every day I learn of some new offering to help keep you occupied while you wait it out at home. Games, movies, comics, virtual tours, live theater, guitar lessons -- all that and more, and all you need for most of it is a computer, phone, tablet or TV. I'm updating this post regularly, so bookmark it and check back often for new additions. In the mean...

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When you're stuck at home, music can provide a sense of order amid the coronavirus chaos. Streaming music is cheap or even free (in the case of Pandora and Spotify) and outpaces any physical format when it comes to ease and convenience. Sure, vinyl may be making a resurgence among audiophiles, but if you're concerned about sound quality then streaming still has a lot to offer. In some cases, subscription services can sound indistinguishable from, or even better than, a CD. We've chec...

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Google Stadia, which launched in November, is the company's big jump into the gaming industry. The cloud-gaming subscription service streams high-definition games straight to TVs and mobile devices without the need for a console or PC. Stadia games run on powerful cloud servers, which makes it possible to stream sophisticated games to more lightweight hardware. It has been erroneously compared to services like Netflix and Apple Arcade because those are services people know and understand. In...

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Buying gifts for avid gamers this season is a little trickier than most. New models of PlayStation 4, Xbox One and other current-generation game consoles aren't expected until the 2020 holiday season and most serious game players already one at least one, if not all of the available models. There are newer, upgraded versions that are worth considering, but a better gift idea could be to explore a retro video game console or a virtual reality gaming headset (which has taken a big leap forward...

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Iam led down a staircase by a small team of Facebook communications people, into a high-ceilinged, wide-open office in Facebook's Building MPK 21 in the heart of Silicon Valley. Open desks cut across the space. The air is calm. The room is silent. At one end of a long open-office desk, back to me, sits someone who looks like Mark Zuckerberg. In fact, it is Mark Zuckerberg. We head into a glass-walled meeting room, and I take my seat on a sofa in Zuckerberg's private conference room. The ...

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When Facebook released its Oculus Rift headset in 2016, officially bringing virtual reality to store shelves for the first time in decades, it was the talk of the town in the tech industry. But in the three years since, CEO Mark Zuckerberg -- who said he's on a quest to get 1 billion people to use VR -- has dropped the price on its headsets a few times and declined to share any sales data on the Rift. And app developers say they're not selling enough copies of their VR programs and games...

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Facebook's Oculus has seen a lot of changes lately, with departures by key executives from the mobile VR team, Nate Mitchell and Max Cohen. But Facebook's standalone VR headset released this spring, Oculus Quest, remains the best VR hardware achievement this year... and may indicate where Facebook could be heading next in AR. Facebook is now talking openly about how Oculus Insight is the technology that will drive future headsets as they move from virtual reality to augmented reality. In...

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has scrapped its plans for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets, according to Taiwanese news site DigiTimes. It reportedly disbanded its AR/VR headset unit in May, four months after Avi Bar-Zeev, a key team member who co-created Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) HoloLens, left Apple. Apple never clearly outlined its AR/VR plans, but it acquired several AR/VR firms, assembled a team of AR/VR experts, filed patents for an AR/VR headset for the iPhone, and added ...

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There’s been much criticism of streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify for paying relatively small sums to artists, but a new report today suggests there’s some good news in the mix. Independent labels now represent 40% of the music market, twice the share they had back in the days of physical music sales, and they have never been more optimistic about the future. CNET reports that playlists surfacing lesser-known artists has been key. Playlists have dramatically changed the ...

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High-fiving a robot. I make a fist. I stick up my middle finger. I see my fingers wiggle on the virtual hands in front of me, all five digits. It's almost like wearing virtual gloves.Setting up a VR system isn't a new thing for me. I'm used to putting on headsets and diving into new worlds. But every once in a while, there's something surprising that changes the game. Valve Index, a new high-end VR system arriving soon, does that with its unique controllers.I've set up the Va...

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EVENTS

The World
THE WORLD'S LEADING STREAMING MEDIA CONFERENCE
June 02-03, 2020
This year at Streaming Media West 2019, you’ll hear the innovative approaches that the world’s leading organizations are deploying in live streaming, OTT, enterprise and educational video, encoding and transcoding, next-gen TV, VR video, video production, content delivery, video marketin...

Streaming Media East Conference
STREAMING MEDIA EAST CONFERENCE
June 02-03, 2020
Streaming Media East Conference features innovative approaches that the world's leading organizations are deploying in live streaming, OTT, enterprise and educational video, encoding and transcoding, next-gen TV, VR video, video production, content delivery, video marketing, content monetization...