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Traders set to don virtual reality headsets in their home offices

Enlarge Thomas Barwick / Getty Images Spare bedrooms and living rooms could soon become part of vibrant trading floors as one of the world’s biggest investment banks considers providing staff with augmented reality headsets. UBS has experimented with issuing its London-based traders with Microsoft HoloLenses, which would allow staff to recreate the experience of working …

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Breaking virtual ground: Blockchain-secured land entices real estate investors

In the “real” world, real estate has historically been seen as a viable investment. Individuals and corporations usually purchase land and property either for development or to sell at a higher price in the future. With the world becoming increasingly digitized, it appears that the trend of ascribing significant value to land and property has …

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Why the Facebookening of Oculus VR is bad for users, devs, competition

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Images On Tuesday, Facebook found another way to aggravate millions of users—though this time, the outrage came from its virtual reality department. The company announced that it would soon mandate the use of Facebook accounts within its Oculus ecosystem, all in order to “unlock social features.” In Facebook’s ideal world, you’ll …

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Oculus headsets will require Facebook logins starting in October

Devindra Hardawar / Engadget It’s a possibility Oculus owners have had in the back of their minds since Facebook acquired the company in 2014, and it’s now finally happening. Oculus will soon require all of its users to log in with a Facebook account.   In October, the company will start prompting device owners to merge their …

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The Facebookening of Oculus becomes more pronounced starting in October

Enlarge Oculus / Aurich Lawson The next generation of virtual reality headsets remains unclear, but the VR software ecosystem just firmed up an unsurprising—and potentially unwelcome—requirement for a huge swath of users. Starting “this October,” anyone brand-new to the Oculus VR ecosystem will be forced to log in to devices using a Facebook account, instead …

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Valve secrets spill over—including Half-Life 3—in new Steam documentary app

The Final Hours of Half-Life: Alyx is now live on Steam as a $10 download, and it’s a phenomenal look at the underbelly of Valve video game development, told with a wealth of inside access and a host of multimedia goodies. The project, as led by journalist Geoff Keighley, is a years-in-the-making look at Valve’s …

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‘Iron Man VR’ has moments of brilliance, but shows the limits of PSVR

Iron Man should be the best hero to transition from comics to VR. His own interactions with his suit touch on augmented reality controls, steering a powerful avatar in sync with Stark’s movements. So, just like me, with a pair of digital wands with colorful balls on the end. Iron Man VR is also PlayStation …

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‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ will let you pilot an X-wing in VR

EA Motive A few days after it officially announced Star Wars: Squadrons, EA has released the first trailer and revealed a bit more about what to expect from its next Star Wars game. As expected, the EA Motive-developed title is centered around first-person dogfighting. It’s coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC (on Origin, Epic …

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Blockchain to Play Crucial Role in VR-Powered Social Media

Virtual reality media platform, Sensorium, has announced its membership in the Global Blockchain Business Council, or GBBC — a Swiss-based non-profit industry association for blockchain. Sensorium will participate in GBBC’s upcoming virtual forum on May 28, which will see the firm’s director of technology Alex Blagirev discuss his predictions for how virtual social media will …

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