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    Web app & mobile developer, 2011 - present
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I'm a freelance web & mobile app developer from the Toronto area. Lately I've been making PhoneGap apps with jQuery Mobile & Sencha Touch 2. I've also been slowly picking up native Android on the side.
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Weta Workshop has made a small VR experience using assets straight from the Hobbit movies, with 500 foot Smaug staring you down and talking directly to you with voice of actor Benedict Cumberbatch. This sounds absolutely amazing and I can't wait to try this out for myself.

Also I wonder if this demo is what helped convince Peter Jackson that his next project would be a VR project.
Last year, Epic Games Chief Technology Officer Kim Libreri and Unreal Engine 4 General Manager Ray Davis visited some friends at Lord of the Rings effect
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Valve's new SteamVR device is being produced by HTC and will be called the Vive. The video is one of the best and although a bit over the top commercials I've seen for VR in quite some time.

Apparently the consumer version will be out for the holiday season 2015, with dev kits out this spring.

To me this looks like the first really serious competitor for the Oculus Rift (mobile VR being a completely different category).
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"unitiated, unlightened, magic", it starts sounding like a cult!
Anyway, yeah, I can see your technical points, still evolution in smartphones is faster than anything else, look at the latest HTC One, with 2K resolution. I'll try a "real" VR when I get a chance. I still remember an expensive VR setup was I was young, was it the 90s maybe? I start sounding like an old fart myself ;-)
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The View-Master is back as a VR/AR device! That's so incredibly awesome!! It uses Google Cardboard, so you will need an Android device, but the device itself will only cost $29.99.

Apparently they are trying to repurpose old licensed View-Master material from properties like Star Wars. I'm not so sure how well that will work. That aside, VR targeting kids & family sounds great!
Remember View-Master? That hunk of plastic you held up to your face, stuck cardboard reels into and advanced through 3D images of landscapes, animals and
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The New York Times has an article about Spike Jones & Chris Milk working with Vice to do news in Virtual Reality, which the first bit of footage is launching at the Sundance Film Festival. Included in the article is that Chris Milk is launching a new group called VRSE, which includes a roster of production companies doing VR work which includes my work, the +Secret Location 
The directors Chris Milk and Spike Jonze, in partnership with Vice News, have created an eight-minute virtual-reality experience that catapults audiences into the center of the Millions March protest in New York in December.
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 Here's the list of people & companies under the VRSE group, including the Secret Location:
http://vrse.works/directors/
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Wow... Microsoft HoloLens, a device that looks more like science fiction that reality in what it could do with augmented reality. Yet Microsoft showed a working version to reporters, with a few of them getting hands on demos that worked without bugs, running 3 demos. No mention of lag or anything, but I imagine any of those problems that exist might just be short term problems.
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From the article, pointing out how huge VR could end up being:

>>What if fans everywhere could attend games using virtual reality—just put on some goggles, and score the best seat in the house? "When the day comes that 100 million or a billion people from mainland China can feel like they're attending a Houston Rockets game courtside, that's the dream. That's the holy grail," says Jeff Marsilio, the NBA’s associate vice president of global media distribution. "That's what we're working toward."
In February, the league will begin serving up 360-degree video on Samsung's Milk VR. But it's already thinking much bigger.
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The reviews for the Valve & HTC Vive (aka SteamVR) are coming out and it sounds like the device is absolutely incredible. From the article:
"What this headset nails—and I mean fucking nails—is a sense of presence. A sense that you're not just seeing a different world, but that your actual body is being transported there. Strap on the Vive and you are somewhere else. I slapped at fish in a shipwreck, walked like a giant through a battlefield, cooked in a virtual kitchen, and it felt so unbelievably real."
This is the key to VR being more than just some gimmick. Technology so good that it tricks your mind to believe that you are somewhere that you are not.
I saw the future today. I mean that. I got the chance here at MWC to try the new VR headset that Valve and HTC are developing. Is it good? It's absolutely incredible. This thing is just...my god you guys I can't even.
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See, that's what Google Glass should be like except with advanced sensors to let information from the outside world inside with overlays and stuff!
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Leonard Nimoy's last tweet before he died:
"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"
(LLAP = Live Long And Prosper)
RIP Leonard Nimoy. :-(
“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”
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That was a tearfully beautiful final tweet :-( 
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" 'Programming Literacy' will break your heart. It will show you two possible futures: One full of pain and suffering, and one full of creativity and joy. We are making the choice right now about which future our children will inherit, and we’re making the wrong choice.

Over the course of the next 20–30 years, 45% of the jobs we have today will be replaced by automation — code and robots. Have your doubts? Consider that Google’s self-driving cars already have better driving records than we do. 25 years from now, 4 million driving jobs will be gone. That’s just one industry."
Why Every Kid Should Learn to Code
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+Joseph Burchett definitely, it's not for everyone to become a coder, but I do think at least one programming class should be mandatory in high school. That understanding basic things like if statements, for loops, helps people say set up an email filter. I think it helps them deal with technology as more every day things becomes automated.

Also I do think that the US & Canadian school system are failing students interested in computers. That too many schools don't offer any courses or inadequate courses for students.
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A great review of Microsoft's HoloLens. Seems that the hardware is still very rough, but the software works as advertised.

One thing missing now is actually being able to interact with objects with your hands. Right now you have to do specific gestures to move the content, rather being able to pick it up with your hands like a real object and for the glasses to track it.
We just finished a heavily scripted, carefully managed, and completely amazing demonstration of Microsoft's HoloLens technology. Four demos, actually, each designed to show off a different use case...
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Google and a company called Fidelity just invested $1 billion dollars into SpaceX. They want to set up low orbit satellites for fast speed internet that would apparently rival fiber optic cables.

Apparently traditional satellites are set up at 22,000 miles and they want to set up satellites at 750 miles, which would remove a lot of the issues that internet based satellites have previously experienced.
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has raised a billion dollars in a financing round with two new investors, Google and Fidelity. They join existing investors Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Valor Equity Partners and Capricorn. Google and Fidelity will collectively own just under 10% of the company.   SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launches the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. This funding will be used to support cont...
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My only question with the low altitude satellites will be their longevity. That close they won't be stationary (probably acting like cell sites where you are standing still and the network is moving) but they will probably be in a very busy area for satellites. There is already a lot of debris from old satellites up there.
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A collection of concrete, interactive game development examples for various game mechanics, algorithms, and special effects.
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I've been going to this store for quite some time despite there being other comic book stores closer to where I live. Their pricing is really great especially for tradepaperbacks. The owner is often working there and is really nice, friendly and helpful. If there is anything they don't have in stock, they will be happy to order it for you.
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One of the absolutely best comic book stores in Toronto. Their selection of titles is really great especially when it comes to independent publishers.
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