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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Oculus announces $399 Rift S, developed alongside Lenovo, with higher-res 1280x1440 displays and improved optics, available in spring   —  After years of high-profile onstage announcements, Oculus has decided to quietly deliver the successor to its flagship Rift virtual reality headset …
Mar 20, 2019, 11:03 AMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Presto, which provides restaurants with food ordering hardware and an AI platform to help them make decisions about ordering stock and staffing, raises $30M   —  The “restaurant of the future” may elicit thoughts of a chrome diner with robot servers and an otherwise hefty amount of Tokyo futurist kitsch …
Feb 28, 2019, 12:15 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Samsung says it has sold 2B+ Galaxy devices over the past decade   —  Samsung announced its most expensive phone today, but it also shared the progress it's made so far in selling a whole lot of Galaxy smartphones.  —  Onstage, Samsung Electronics President DJ Koh announced that over the past decade …
Feb 20, 2019, 2:42 PMIn context
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Jan 24, 2019, 12:55 AMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Facebook hires former Google AR/VR engineering lead Ryan Cairns to head Portal, as current Portal head Rafa Camargo shifts to leading hardware for AR/VR   —  Facebook is bringing on the engineering lead for Google's entire AR/VR team to tackle Portal hardware.
Jan 16, 2019, 11:05 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Niantic has closed a $190M funding round, according to an SEC filing, bringing total raised to more than $415M   —  Mobile AR gaming startup Niantic has closed a $190 million round of funding according to newly-filed SEC docs.  —  The filing comes after a WSJ report last month suggested …
Jan 3, 2019, 7:20 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Fortnite-maker Epic Games announces a PC and Mac game store to rival Steam's, coming “soon”, with 88% of revenue going to developers, up from 70% on Steam   —  Fortnite-maker Epic Games is capping off their insanely successful 2018 with an even more ambitious product launch …
Dec 4, 2018, 11:56 AMIn context
TechCrunch:
Facebook reorganized AR and VR team from a divisional structure focused around products to a functional structure focused around technology areas of expertise   —  Facebook is again looking to whip Oculus into shape for its 10-year journey towards making virtual reality mainstream.
Nov 3, 2018, 3:20 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Sources: after canceling Rift 2, a “complete redesign”, Oculus now pursuing a more modest Rift update, possibly called Rift S, to release as early as next year   —  Facebook's virtual reality arm may soon find itself in the unfamiliar position of playing catch-up with hardware competitors.
Oct 31, 2018, 4:55 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Brendan Iribe, co-founder and ex-CEO of Oculus, is leaving Facebook; source: move follows shakeups in Oculus' VR arm that include canceling PC-powered Rift 2   —  Brendan Iribe, the co-founder and former CEO of Oculus, announced today that he is leaving Facebook, TechCrunch has learned.
Oct 22, 2018, 2:04 PMIn context

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