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Google’s big VR news is that there is no VR news

Google’s big VR news is that there is no VR news

Google seems to be waking up from its VR daydream. The company’s ambitious plans to leverage the smartphones that people already own to power VR experiences went unmentioned at its I/O developer conference. After spending 2016 and 2017 making big promises for how the company would shape the mobile VR market and ensure that its Daydream platform would dominate, Google has largely abandoned its plans, letting the headsets and its VR content in the Play Store gather dust.
Zillow To Expand Controversial Home-Buying Business To 20 Markets Including Los Angeles, Austin And Miami

Zillow To Expand Controversial Home-Buying Business To 20 Markets Including Los Angeles, Austin And Miami

In its first-quarter earnings report out Thursday, Zillow Group showed stronger-than-anticipated growth in the home-buying business it launched last year. The program, known as Zillow Offers, has been met with skepticism by Wall Street and housing economists, but the Seattle-based company clearly sees the model as its path forward. Zillow purchased 898 homes and sold 414 in the first three months of 2019. Revenue from the homes segment was $128.5 million, with a pretax loss of $45.2 million. Zillow ended the quarter with 993 homes in inventory, worth approximately $325 million. By comparison, from April 2018—when the home-buying program launched—through December 2018, Zillow purchased 686 homes and sold just 177, generating $52 million in revenue and losing $27.2 million.
LG UltraFine 5K no longer available from Apple following disappearance of 4K model last month

LG UltraFine 5K no longer available from Apple following disappearance of 4K model last month

Following the removal of the LG UltraFine 4K Display earlier this year, Apple’s online store today indicates that the UltraFine 5K is also now unavailable. This change comes as Apple is rumored to be readying its own 31.6-inch 6K display. Apple’s listing for the LG UltraFine 5K Display is still live on its online store. This could suggest that Apple will replenish stock of the monitor at some point in the future. On the other hand, it could spell the end for the display at Apple. The listing on Apple․com indicates that the LG UltraFine 5K is completely “sold out” for delivery. Apple hasn’t stocked the UltraFine 5K Display in its physical stores since interference problems forced a recall in early 2017. Over the last several weeks, online availability for the UltraFine 5K has fluctuated. As of yesterday, estimated delivery dates ranged from late May to early June.
Review: The Oculus Quest Is Virtual Reality's Best Bet Yet

Review: The Oculus Quest Is Virtual Reality's Best Bet Yet

Satisfying virtual reality experiences are unlike anything you’ll experience on your living room TV. Unfortunately, satisfying VR experiences are, for the most part, dependent on additional hardware. That makes it nearly impossible to just grab a headset and start playing, and elevates the price of admission by a few hundred dollars at minimum. That’s not true of the Oculus Quest. The Facebook subsidiary’s newest portable headset ditches the wires and expensive hardware found on other high-end VR hardware, cramming it all into a self-contained headset with motion-tracking controllers. If the Quest is able to build up a library of quality VR games and experiences, it could turn into the coolest game console you’ll ever own. But it could also be the most painful game console you’ll ever own.
A Bill to Ban All Crypto? Congressman Calls for the Outlawing of Digital Assets

A Bill to Ban All Crypto? Congressman Calls for the Outlawing of Digital Assets

A congressman with a track record of bashing crypto has come out once again calling for a ban on digital assets. Democrat Brad Sherman supposedly raised the idea earlier today in Congress. This is not the first time this week that someone has called for a ban on digital assets. However, without a huge international effort from authorities, the chances of such legislation proving effective are remote. According to a video posted to Twitter by crypto education group Coin Center, a congressman with a history of being opposed to digital currencies has once again raised the possibly of a ban on the technology.
Apple Partner Starts Building Chips for the Next Generation of iPhones

Apple Partner Starts Building Chips for the Next Generation of iPhones

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has started production of a new chip for Apple Inc.’s next line of iPhones launching later this year, according to people familiar with the matter. The processor, dubbed A13, went into early test production in April and mass-production is planned for as early as this month, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing internal matters. As part of its annual iPhone refresh, Apple typically includes significant upgrades to the main processor, boosting speeds and battery life. The company’s chips are often ranked as top performers by analysts and technical websites. That helps set the iPhone apart from its Android-based competition, which relies heavily on Qualcomm Inc. processors.
Police seize Lego-shaped cannabis products in Timberlea raid

Police seize Lego-shaped cannabis products in Timberlea raid

Police said they raided an unauthorized cannabis storefront on St. Margaret’s Bay Road and seized over $60,000 in cannabis products, some of which are allegedly targeted at children. Nova Scotia RCMP said the raid at Timberleaf Alternative Medical Society was conducted on Monday at 9 a.m. Police said that among other things, they seized very high-potency THC that is sold in the form of Lego blocks. In an initial news release, police stated the Lego blocks contained a 500 mg dosage that is “strong enough to kill a child.” But in an updated news release Wednesday afternoon, RCMP Cpl. Lisa Croteau said the initial release “included references and opinions that are outside of the scope of Nova Scotia RCMP.”
Marijuana found at Vermont hemp farm

Marijuana found at Vermont hemp farm

CRAFTSBURY, Vt. (WCAX) They were supposed to be hemp plants but state authorities say they were pot plants instead. The plants were found at Pete's Greens, a large organic vegetable farm in Craftsbury. The operators of Pete's Greens were growing the plants on behalf of the Champlain Valley Dispensary.
Colorado's Marijuana Laws Are About to Change...Big Time

Colorado's Marijuana Laws Are About to Change...Big Time

Coloradans voted for major change in November 2012, when they approved Amendment 64 and legalized recreational cannabis. Now Colorado lawmakers have approved changes that will prove almost as momentous. Measures opening the state to social pot use and commercial cannabis delivery, as well as approving new medical conditions for medical marijuana, all passed the Colorado General Assembly this session. But even more changes could come through less sexy bills that address sunsetting laws in the state's medical marijuana program and pot industry. These bills would create new business licenses, along with new opportunities for medical marijuana access; regulations would be eased for cannabis business owners and employees alike.
Weed tourism is the new wine tasting in California

Weed tourism is the new wine tasting in California

As the passenger van reached the gate of a legal cannabis farm, Lorianna Bender looked for barbed wire and barking Dobermans and saw none. A smiling farmer welcomed the tour group, and the view opened to reveal rows of pot plants baking in the sun. Her fear that pot farms were dangerous, clandestine operations vanished. “It was like you had walked up to someone’s winery in Napa,” said Bender, a yoga instructor from Vallejo. Bender is one of a new crop of visitors in California — call them cannatourists. With marijuana fully legal in the state, the growers’ heartland is becoming a cultural destination, with Wine Country as a nearby model.


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