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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Court dismisses Total Recall Technologies' suit against Oculus founder Palmer Luckey alleging breach of contract   —  In its quest to embrace a virtual world, Oculus has had to spend a lot of time navigating the legal world.  —  Today, they seemed to have caught a good break.
Mar 10, 2017, 6:45 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Facebook 360, a hub for 360-degree photos and videos available only on Samsung Gear VR   —  Facebook has devoted major resources and billions of dollars to virtual reality, but there has been a pretty clear line between what happens in the main Facebook app and what happens on the Oculus Rift and Gear VR.
Mar 8, 2017, 1:20 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell says Mac support for Rift isn't on the company's six month product roadmap   —  While so many virtual reality hardware companies have been tasked only with selling their own product, Oculus has had the intense challenge of building the entire industry's ecosystem for the last several years.
Mar 2, 2017, 10:15 AMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 835-based VR developer kit, headset reference design and accelerator program for manufacturers   —  The near-future of VR is definitely mobile, and for the time-being nobody has more control of the guts of mobile devices than Qualcomm does.
Feb 23, 2017, 10:20 AMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Holographic capture startup 8i raises $27M Series B led by Time Warner, will launch 3D app Holo this year on Google Tango-compatible devices   —  For the celebrity-obsessed, augmented reality may offer the bizarre opportunity to get closer than ever to pop culture's most recognizable stars and performers.
Feb 13, 2017, 7:30 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Twilio launches Voices for Democracy as part of its Twilio.org program to aid nonprofits by donating or discounting Twilio products   —  While onstage at the 10th annual Crunchies Awards last night, Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson talked a bit about a new initiative to connect people with their government representatives.
Feb 8, 2017, 12:00 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Microsoft game-streaming platform Beam comes out of beta with faster video player, Xbox Live sign-in, and redesigned home page   —  Microsoft has been making notable improvements to the experiences on its Twitch competitor, Beam, since it purchased the startup this past August.
Jan 19, 2017, 10:55 AMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
VR game studio Survios raises $50 million led by MGM, Lux Capital   —  Hollywood's love affair with VR continues.  —  VR game maker Survios announced today that it has raised $50 million over a pair of funding rounds, a good chunk of which comes from MGM, who led one of the two rounds, with Lux Capital leading the other.
Dec 13, 2016, 4:45 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Vesper, which builds always-on, low powered mics, raises $15M Series A led by Accomplice, with Alexa Fund, Hyperplane, Miraenano Tech, and others participating   —  As digital assistants like Siri and Alexa become more intelligent, there's a growing need for them to always be accessible.
Dec 10, 2016, 9:10 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony, and Acer create the Global Virtual Reality Association, aimed at promoting best practices in VR; Valve is not a member   —  After a couple years of being driven primarily by the startups, the virtual reality industry is growing to be one increasingly dominated by the big dogs.
Dec 7, 2016, 8:30 PMIn context

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