Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, Box Elements, and Microsoft’s Babylon.js 3.0 — SD Times news digest: July 14, 2017

This week’s Day of Action, an Internet-wide protest to “Save Net Neutrality” brought more than 125,000 websites, Internet users, and organizations together. As a result, the FCC received more than two million comments, and millions of emails and phone calls were made to Congress, reports Fight for the Future (FFF). “The FCC needs to listen … continue reading

Oculus Rift introduces mixed reality capture

Virtual reality developers are getting a new way to enhance their applications and solutions. Oculus has announced mixed reality capture for its VR device, Rift. This new feature will allow developers to build content that merges game footage with live footage. “Rather than presenting a user’s limited point of view, mixed reality actually gives people … continue reading

Oculus team welcomes former Xiaomi executive

Facebook continues to drive into the future of virtual reality, and this week the Oculus team received a new leader: Hugo Barra, former vice president of Chinese company Xiaomi. Barra said that he is coming to Silicon Valley to lead Facebook as the new vice president of virtual reality, which includes Team Oculus. Mark Zuckerberg, … continue reading

SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Kickstarter Android and iOS

The popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter has announced it is bringing its Android and iOS apps to open source. According to the Kickstarter engineering team, while building and maintaining features for their apps they have adopted functional programming techniques and written well-tested code. They decided to open-source the apps to share their experience and benefits with … continue reading

Google and Oculus enable developers to create web-based VR solutions

Virtual reality is going beyond gadgets and devices, and is now moving toward the web. Companies such as Google and Oculus are trying to make it easier for developers to bring virtual reality solutions online. Google recently introduced the WebVR API in Chrome for Android, while Oculus is announcing the React VR pre-release. “The power … continue reading

Oculus reveals Carmel developer preview, Google’s plans for HTML5, and Segment teams up with BigQuery—SD Times news digest: Dec. 12, 2016

Oculus wants to bring web content and technologies to mainstream VR devices. The company announced a developer preview of Carmel, a new solution to build for the VR web without a VR-supported browser. “Starting today, you can build experiences for all of these users, and also test them in VR using Carmel. As new devices … continue reading

Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation, Jibo SDK, and Twilio updates developer console—SD Times news digest: May 24, 2016

Two Big Ears, a company recently acquired by Facebook, is offering its pipeline for cinematic virtual reality and 360 video (including its authoring tools, encoder and rendering engine) for free. Called the Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation, this suite is designed to allow creators to implement VR audio across all devices and platforms. Authoring tools require … continue reading

VR for Good, Amazon open-sources DSSTNE, and the Google Spaces app—SD Times news digest: May 17, 2016

Virtual reality headsets can let users play games and enter different worlds, but Oculus is putting VR to good use with its VR for Good program, where philanthropic and socially beneficial projects can get started. With this program, Oculus is looking for 10 rising filmmakers to match with 10 nonprofits so they can tell stories … continue reading

Facebook to open an office for Oculus virtual reality research

Pittsburgh is a city that is home to many technology researchers, so it makes sense that Facebook is setting up an office in the Steel City. This new office will focus on Oculus virtual reality research, according to reports. A report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette showed that Facebook was leasing a 20,000-square-foot space in the … continue reading

Hacking at Time Warner Cable, Twitter creates mobile app playbook, and Oculus founder explains Rift pricing—SD Times news digest: Jan. 7, 2016

Another corporate hack has occurred. This time, a company partnered with Time Warner Cable had its e-mail passwords and other information stolen, and Time Warner said on Wednesday that it’s possible up to 320,000 customers were hacked, according to a Reuters report. Time Warner Cable spokesman said it was recently notified by the Federal Bureau … continue reading

Oculus Kickstarter backers to get a free Rift, and Google’s tips for mobile app success—SD Times news digest: Jan. 6, 2016

Oculus is opening Rift preorders today to put VR in the hands of people around the world, and the company is also going to give a free Kickstarter Edition Oculus Rift to all of the Kickstarter backers who pledged for a Rift development kit. In a letter obtained by Wired, Oculus said those who pledged … continue reading

Oculus Touch delayed, Ford adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and Automotive Grade Linux’s new members—SD Times news digest: Jan. 4, 2016

The Oculus Touch will not arrive during the first half of this year, as expected. Oculus has announced Touch will now be shipping in the second half of 2016, with pre-orders opening just a few months prior to its launch. Oculus announced Touch in June of last year. Touch is a pair of tracked controllers … continue reading

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