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Bitcoin futures jump as the virtual currency begins trading on a major exchange

December 11, 2017 |

The first-ever bitcoin future jumped after it began trading Sunday as the increasingly popular virtual currency made its debut on a major U.S. exchange.

The futures contract that expires in January surged more than $ 3,000 to $ 18,580 eight hours after trading launched on the Chicago Board Options…


L.A. Times – Business

Ford uses virtual reality to describe its vision of transportation’s future

December 3, 2017 |

The drone dived underneath a bridge and zoomed right behind a vehicle. Then the ride ended — and the participants took off their goggles.

For five minutes, attendees of the L.A. Auto Show can experience what Ford calls “the city of tomorrow” through a virtual reality “roller coaster” that showcases…


L.A. Times – Business

Facebook looks to lower-cost virtual reality with $199 Oculus Go headset

October 12, 2017 |

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg seems to be realizing a sobering reality about virtual reality: His company’s Oculus headsets that send people into artificial worlds are too expensive and confining to appeal to the masses.

Zuckerberg on Wednesday revealed how Facebook intends to address…


L.A. Times – Business

Alexa and Siri Escalate Battle of Virtual Assistants

September 2, 2017 |

Apple and Amazon.com are bolstering the teams that run their Siri and Alexa virtual assistants, part of a string of recent moves by technology giants to step up competition in an area seen by many as the future of computing.
WSJ.com: US Business

‘Star Wars’ virtual reality attraction to open at Downtown Disney this year

August 3, 2017 |

There’s about to be a new way to experience the “Star Wars” universe.

An attraction that blends virtual reality and real-world elements will open at the Disney resorts in California and Florida this holiday season, Walt Disney Co.’s Lucasfilm unit announced Thursday.

Lucasfilm and its ILMxLAB immersive-entertainment…


L.A. Times – Business

Facebook to close Oculus’ virtual reality content studio

May 5, 2017 |

Oculus VR will close its Emmy-winning cinematic-content division, Story Studio, to focus instead on funding others’ storytelling projects.

The Facebook-owned virtual reality company said in a blog post Thursday that shifting away from producing its own content will free up resources allowing it…


L.A. Times – Business

CNN

Formula E: Virtual world breeds real-life success

February 16, 2017 |

Razor-sharp reflexes, stamina and guts have always been essential qualities in racing champions — but these days it also pays to be a dab hand at computer games.
CNN.com – RSS Channel – Regions – Americas

Virtual reality homebuying is on the horizon

February 10, 2017 |

Would you buy a home without ever stepping foot in it? 

Thanks to virtual reality, prospective homebuyers can check out for-sale properties by viewing them through a headset — exploring faraway kitchens and bathrooms without ever leaving the couch.

“VR is the next natural evolution in terms of…


L.A. Times – Business

Hugo Barra to Lead Virtual Reality Efforts at Facebook

January 26, 2017 |

Technology veteran Hugo Barra will join Facebook to run its virtual-reality efforts, after leaving Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi earlier this week.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

Google shows off new phone, virtual reality headset and home assistant

October 5, 2016 |

Gadgets have never been Google’s specialty, but they could play a big role in the tech giant’s future. 

The Mountain View, Calif. firm on Tuesday announced a new smartphone, virtual reality headset and household helper — a suite of devices that could help lure users to Google’s software and search…


L.A. Times – Business