1968 was a year widely known for hippie culture, green smoke, free love etc. That year saw San Francisco hosting not just the hippies and free love, but a very significant presentation was held. The author was Doug Engelbart and his presentation became known as “The Mother of All Demos”. Instead of standing at a podium, Mr. Engelbart sat in a custom designed console, where he drove his presentation through the NLS computer residing 30 miles away in his research lab at the Stanford Research Institute. From the remote location, Mr. Engelbart transported images into a large projection screen overhead, flipping seamlessly between his presentation outline
This year’s Oculus Connect brought us some really big news for the rising VR industry. Over two hours long keynote session with key executives from Facebook and Oculus covered everything from prices, release dates, new stuff brought into the VR, and more hardware and software news. Mark Zuckeberg started the session strongly by announcing an upcoming standalone VR headset. This 2017 mainstream Rift headset will be affordable, and something in between medium and enthusiast gear but limited Gear VR. It will have position tracking, which is the biggest differentiator between mobile and desktop VR experiences right now outside graphic fidelity. The headset is only in a prototype phase,
Bloomberg’s intrepid reporter and best selling book author Ashlee Vance recently launched a tech documentary called ‘Hello World’. Focusing on countries, he travels across the globe with his team and checks to see how the globalization made the world smaller and enabled innovation to come out of each corner of planet Earth. Second episode of Hello World visited Sweden, and while we do recommend you watch the whole show, we caught something very interesting: Facebook’s servers. “(Facebook Servers) are all built to be as energy and cooling efficient as possible,” said Joel Kjellgren, Site Manager, Facebook. “There are no fans at all at this one, as you can
Last month, Mark Zuckerberg said that since the launch of Samsung’s Gear VR back in November 2015, more than a million hours of video have been consumed using the device. He said the response to Gear VR has been “incredibly strong,” and creates the best mainstream VR experience by combining Facebook’s Oculus-based technology and Samsung hardware. The drawback to Gear VR is that it’s compatible with only a few select Samsung phones. Google Cardboard VR, on the other hand, is a cheaper alternative that has the same basic principle: slide the phone in and load up a special app. The good thing with Cardboard is that
Facebook often claims they are the largest social network in the world. Even though there are many non-humans on the list (pets), the undeniable fact is that Facebook has more people using its services than there are people living in China. If we would extrapolate the numbers of social media users and real world countries, we would get quite an interesting list. Thus, we decided to compile data from Wikipedia, showing the list of citizens in largest countries in the world, and an August 2015 report from We Are Social, a British-based analyst firm which focuses on tracking trends in the world of social media. The results
Definitions of ‘Social Media’, ‘Social Network’ and ‘Private’, ‘Personal’ are increasingly becoming distant as two continents moving apart. We received news from Electronic Frontier Foundation that Facebook enabled Nielsen, a TV ratings company – to scan information from your public and private posts and messages if the filters detect you’re discussing something about television. If you posted something about a TV show or discussed it with your friends, Nielsen plans to record it and use it for their industry-standard ratings reports. The conversations will be marked separately, as ‘Social Content Ratings’. According to Facebook, the company claims they will collect information in anonymous way, only pasting and sending content
The clash of cultures is inevitable once you move beyond your own borders. A lot of American companies had issues being present in China, for example – and that lead to bans of particular companies. Watching YouTube or being on Facebook (NYSE:FB) in China is impossible without a friendly VPN/Proxy server, because those companies refused to ‘play ball’ with the Chinese authorities. And yes, all the companies which were targeted would often criticize their policy and refused to abide to censorship. Yet, every once a while, a slight ‘what the he…’ happens when the censorship scissors of Facebook’s Political Correctness Police appears. This time, a
The success or death of a platform depends on the content that platform provides. While Facebook is now being used by over 1.4 billion people around the globe, the social media platform would not become nowhere as near as popular if there wasn’t for several multi-billion enterprises that were built on the content which used Facebook to spread – FarmVille might be a laugh, but the game was at one point – the most popular ‘multiplayer’ game on face of the planet, and the same story followed by Candy Crush Saga. Last year, Facebook made a two billion dollar bet on the next platform to expand its
As we all know, the key to adopting a technology for mass market is hitting the ‘sweet price point’, which is typically based around three figures – $99, $199, $999. $999 was the price point when first VHS demolished Betamax, CD replaced vinyl, DVD replaced VHS, and so on. $199 was the price point that Apple hit with the iPhone and we all know what happened afterwards. $99 however, is a price point where a product becomes a commodity, whatever it is. After launching its first generation GearVR Innovator Edition for $199, Samsung teamed up with Facebook and Oculus to prepare a product which could
Every day, our inbox gets flooded with gazillion startups claiming they’re on a path of market disruption. From another standpoint, numerous funds and banks love to talk about disruption and claim that we will live in a ‘brave new world’ thanks to services they provide. ‘Big Blue’, nickname for an IT giant from Armonk in New York state, decided to claim something different – that the digital disruption already happened. Now, some claims from the slide are quite exaggerated (Netflix?), but we will leave you to bring your own conclusions. The message IBM sends is quite clear and the question is what kind of services IBM offers to
Jack Dorsey, one of the Twitter co-founders, is taking back the reigns of the company. Jack’s return as CEO was announced yesterday morning, as the quest to find a suitable company executive after their rocky summer seems to finally be over. While this may come as a surprise for some, Dorsey was actually the acting CEO ever since then-chief Dick Costolo stepped down from the position this summer. This announcement will certainly make Twitter investors and fans alike, rather happy. “I’ve been CEO of both companies for over 3 months now. I have the smartest, strongest, and most determined leaders in the world on my
If we remove the borders on this planet, the number of Facebook netizens would place it as the largest country in the world. With over 1.44 billion users, it is larger than China (1.39 billion) or India (1.25 billion). As the Facebook platform matured over time, the company added more and more features which are akin to living in a country. You have ability to communicate with your neighbors through all (digital) means – text, voice, video; attend sport events, watch movies (currently relying on link sharing) and voice out your opinions. The next step of maturing the platform was somewhat easy to predict, but hard
While most people think of Airbus and Boeing as airplane manufacturers, the truth is that both Airbus S.A.S. and The Boeing Company, Inc. are conglomerates that manufacture many more products than ‘just planes’. However, the size of those companies enables synergy (but also can slow down the innovation) and use experience from one project to another. According to industry data, Airbus Defence and Space is world’s second largest aerospace company. After going through restructuring process, the company started to adopt procedures from Airbus commercial planes, but also procedures made famous by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, known as SpaceX. By bringing manufacturing techniques from the airplane production line, Airbus
It is widely regarded that the first 3D games were Wolfenstein 3D, Formula One Grand Prix (or World Circuit) and Descent. Each in its own genre, they introduced first person view into the world of gaming, and in case of Descent, brought six degrees of freedom and caused a lot of sleepless nights. Immersion of these titles brought forward Doom, Gran Turismo, Freespace and many other titles which now make for an industry larger than movie and music industry combined. Fast forward some 21 years (legal drinking age in the U.S.), and we have a new pioneer in the world of immersive gaming. There is little doubt that
Facebook as a publishing platform debuts on the iPhone today.
Consumers will get their hands on the Rift anywhere from January to March of next year, with pre-orders to open up in 2015.
The goal is to keep people on Facebook as long as possible.
This shows how the Great Firewall can we weaponized.
Facebook doesn’t have any specific plans to launch the finalized Oculus Rift in 2015.
In a recent interview, Tim Sweeney detailed recent developments in Epic Games, as well as his visions of the future.