Germany Opens Legal Action Against Facebook Account Requirement for Oculus Headsets

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Today, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) announced it was initiating formal abuse proceedings against Facebook for its controversial policy of requiring new Oculus device owners to use a Facebook account.

Facebook Temporarily Halts The Sale Of Oculus Headsets In Germany


” Earlier this morning, Facebook announced a temporary halt on the sale of Oculus products in Germany to ensure their products comply with local laws. ” Famous for its antitrust legislation, Germany enforces a strict “no coupling” policy.


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Facebook Halts Sales of Rift & Quest in Germany Amid Regulatory Talks

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Facebook has halted sales of all Oculus VR headsets in Germany, something the company says will be temporary during its ongoing talks with German regulators. “We’ve temporarily paused the sale of Oculus hardware to consumers in Germany due to pending discussions with the regulator [sic].

Germany's giant wooden penis has gone missing

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Now a 6 foot 6 inch penis statue has gone missing from Grünten mountain in Bavaria, Germany, leaving behind a stump, sawdust, and lingering mystery. Unfortunately, with its secretive and unceremonious removal over the weekend, Germany's big dick is now permanently closed.

Facebook ‘Temporarily’ Pauses Oculus Headset Sales In Germany, Citing Regulators

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Facebook is “temporarily” pausing sales of Oculus hardware in Germany, citing ongoing discussions with regulatory authorities. In 2019, Germany’s antitrust regulator ruled Facebook cannot share data between its services like Instagram and WhatsApp.

First Ransomware-Related Death Reported in Germany After Attack Paralyzes Hospital

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It sounds like something out of a tragic Black Mirror episode: A woman seeking urgent care died this week after an apparently bungled ransomware attack took down a major hospital in Germany, thus forcing paramedics to rush her to another city for treatment, according to several outlets.

Take A Guided VR Tour Of Germany’s Last Industrial Coal Mine


Photogrammetry and volumetric VR preserve every detail of this historic mining operation in Ruhr, Germany. On top of the apps well-curated catalogue, a regular stream of free DLC has teleported us to exotic locations such as Castle Hohenrechberg in southwest Germany, Death Valley in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the Cologne Cathedral in Köln, Germany; all of which captured using state-of-the-art photogrammetry techniques.

Amazon Can Add Germany and Canada to Its List of Investigation Headaches

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Joining the multiple parties currently investigating Amazon and its shady marketplace behavior, authorities in Germany and Canada are now launching their own respective probes. amazon antitrust canada germany

Places_Festival Returns to Germany for Second Year

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And if you happen to be in Germany during the middle of May then you might want to check out Places_Festival.

You Can Buy an Oculus Rift + Touch Bundle in Germany for €450

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Germany-based customers looking to snap up a deal on Oculus Rift and Touch, the VR headset’s motion controller, are seeing one of the biggest price cuts thanks to German electronics retailer MediaMarkt. including VAT and shipping to anywhere in Germany. If you’re in Germany however but for some reason don’t have a permanent address, you can also pay online and pick up the bundle in-store providing both items are currently in stock.

Birdly Simulator Features a “Man-Sized” VR Controller in Ulm, Germany


Currently on display in Ulm, Germany, the Birdly experience asks players to lie face down on what they call the “man-sized-unit.” If Ubisoft’s Eagle Flight wasn’t immersive enough, here comes the Birdly simulator by Swiss firm Somniacs. ” (Stop laughing.) It looks like a modified massage table. Players strap their arms onto moving platforms they can flap like wings, and a fan provides the feel of air rushing past as they fly over the picturesque German city.

HTC Bundling Vive Cosmos with AORUS 15G Laptop In UK, Germany And Austria

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The pair today announced a bundle for the UK, Germany and Austria that includes one of the two PC VR headsets and the AORUS 15G laptop at a combined saving of £149. HTC Vive is partnering up with Gigabyte in hopes of getting more Cosmos and Cosmos Elite headsets into homes.

Original Oculus Rift Bundle Down To €269 In Germany


The Oculus Rift is currently even cheaper than Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) at one German retailer, though don’t add it to your basket just yet. Media Markt has the PC-based VR headset on offer for just €269 online right now (which works out to about $327 without tax included).

The First Cases For Facebook's Oversight Board Tackle Hate Speech, Nudity, and Nazi Germany

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Following a months-long staffing spree, Facebook’s Independent Oversight Board announced the first six cases it’s taking on to deliberate Facebook’s sprawling policies surrounding content moderation. Read more. quote unquote oversight moderation facebook

Microsoft To Host US And International Mixed Reality Dev Days


Microsoft announced that it will be hosting two Mixed Reality Dev Days in Redmond, Washington May 16 and 17, in addition to some international dev days held in Japan and Germany at some point during the year.

Microsoft Mixed Reality Dev Days Names Keynote For AltSpace VR Event


The Mixed Reality Dev Days were originally announced in February, with a plan to host two days in the US in Seattle and two later dates for international developers hosted in Germany and Japan later in the year.

Schedule For Microsoft?s Virtual Mixed Reality Dev Days Revealed


Microsoft revealed the full schedule for their upcoming Mixed Reality Dev Days, which is set to take place virtually in Altspace VR on Thursday and Friday.

Divers Accidentally Stumble Upon Nazi Enigma Machine in Baltic Sea

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das ist keine schreibmaschine not a typewriter enigma machines cryptology nazi germany history science nazis world war iiDivers searching for discarded fishing nets in the Baltic Sea have discovered a rare Enigma encryption machine used by the Nazis in World War II. Read more.

This Theme Park Has A VR Water Slide


News Ballast Germany Theme Parks Water Park Water Slide WaterproofThe German waterpark lets riders strap on a waterproof VR headset. From VR roller coaster rides at Sea World to shooting yourself out of a cannon , we’ve seen a range of exhilarating ways VR can bring theme park rides into the future. Now one startup is taking water slides to the next level with submersible VR headsets.

Oculus Go to Hit UK & European Retailers This Month, Pre-orders Now Available

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UK and European residents have (mostly) been able to order Oculus Go directly through the Oculus website since it launched early last month, with the company delivering to many countries in the EU and Schengen Zone including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Germany Store Availability.

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A Handheld Clothes Cleaner You Can Use Without Getting Undressed Is the Perfect Trapped-at-Home Gadget

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bosch economy of germany robert bosch gmbh companies device tools technology internet handheld game consoleFew of us are willing to admit how infrequently we’ve changed out of our pajamas over the past year while sequestered at home. Bosch isn’t here to judge and has instead come up with the perfect trapped-at-home gadget: a handheld detergent-free device that can remove odors from clothes while you’re still wearing them. Read more.

HolodeckVR raises €3M from Germany’s ProSiebenSat1 to put VR onto dodgems

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Consumer VR might not have taken off in the mainstream but it’s still fun to use, and it’s even more fun to use in groups. There is more of an arcade renaissance for VR going on right now, as well as location-based multi-user VR experiences. That’s the premise behind Munich-based HolodeckVR which is using proprietary tech to blend radio frequency, IR tracking and on-device IMUs to bring multi-user positionally tracked VR to mobile headsets.

Tesla’s nearly built Berlin Gigafactory shown off in snowy drone video

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Cars News Berlin Elon Musk Germany giga berlin Gigafactory TeslaTesla chief Elon Musk has tweeted a drone video showing the almost-built Giga Berlin factory, the electric-car company’s first such facility in Europe.

A Woman Goes All Count of Monte Cristo on Genetics in the Biohackers Trailer

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biohackers netflix germany biohacking streaming christian ditter scienceA medical student studying under a controversial professor finds herself entangled in a world of forbidden science. A tale as old as time.

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Netflix's Biohackers Is Not the Tech Utopia You Might Expect

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pique your interest biohackers netflix streaming germany sci fi biohacking scienceThe German sci-fi series Biohackers has debuted on Netflix , ostensibly telling the story of a medical student who gets caught up in the world of biohacking.

Gamescom 2019 Day #2: Iron Man VR, Espire 1 And More!


Events Gamescom VR Industry News Espire 1: VR Operative gamescom vr germany Iron Man VR recapPew, pew, pew! It’s Gamescom day two! The aforementioned ‘pews’ are attributed to the fact we played Iron Man VR today. There’s been a lot of buzzing about how Marvel’s latest VR experience allows 360 degree tracking in VR. We wanted to put that to the test. Did it live up to it? Find out in our video recap over on YouTube! link]. But is that all?

Minecraft to get big lighting, shadow and color upgrades through Nvidia ray tracing

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Nvidia meanwhile is showing off a range of 2019 games with real-time ray tracing enabled at Gamescom 2019 in Cologne, Germany, including Dying Light 2, Cyperpunk 2077, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Watch Dogs: Legion. Gadgets Gaming TC cologne computing GeForce Germany microsoft windows Mojang nvidia rtx Video Cards video games Virtual reality

Ubisoft Job Posting Suggests ‘Splinter Cell VR’ Will Have a Multiplayer Mode

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Ubisoft’s Düsseldorf, Germany office is currently looking for a Senior Lead Game Designer to “define and deliver the multiplayer content of the game in time and quality.” Düsseldorf, Germany. Düsseldorf, Germany. Düsseldorf, Germany. Düsseldorf, Germany.

‘Mission To Mars’ Is A Multiplayer Free-Roam VR Experience With A Scientific Twist


VFX studio Pixomondo, and the Forum Schwanthalerhohe mall in Munich, Germany, Mission to Mars is a 15-minute educational adventure combining interplanetary adventure with science. Work together to survive the harsh conditions of Mars in this 15-minute educational adventure.

Samsung’s new UV smartphone sterilizer doubles as a wireless charger

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The accessory is now up for sale in several regions such as Germany. Mobile News Coronavirus Samsung

U.S. Breaks Record With Over 77,000 New Coronavirus Cases in Single Day

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coronavirus covid 19 donald trump president trump texas florida france new zealand germany australiaThe U.S. recorded 77,255 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday , setting a depressing new world record. The U.S.

Industrial Designers Create New 'Human-God Interfaces'

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A joint project between students in the Industrial Design course at the University of Wuppertal, Germany, and the Catholic Educational Institution in Bonn is bringing (sort of) high tech to the Catholic Mass.

Wobbly humanoid robot is learning to use hands for balance

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Created by researchers at TUM in Germany, 'LOLA' is a humanoid bipedal robot learning to move using its arms. While its movements are not yet fully autonomous, it could be a huge step in the right direction for human-like robots to maintain their balance. Read more.

Oculus Quest 2 Facebook account demand sparks an antitrust investigation


Today, Germany’s Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office), which is responsible for investigating and enforcing matters of competition law, announced that it has “initiated … Continue reading.

Enabling the XR Economy, with Holo-Light’s Florian Haspinger

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Plumbing a problem for developers in Germany, where old pipe systems can make renovating any structure a challenge. Plumbing a problem for developers in Germany, where old pipe systems can make renovating any structure a challenge. Holo-Light’s Florian Haspinger wants to help with problems like this using XR technologies, to enable an XR economy. Transcript will be available later today].

Microsoft Hololens Available in More Countries


Starting on October 12, Microsoft added availability to the following countries: Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Microsoft Hololens (Developer version) has been available in the US and Canada since March for $3,000. However, this has left out many other parts of the world. You can pre-order your device now. Augmented Reality Microsoft HoloLens

Ransomware attack on hospital may have led to death of patient

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A ransomware attack on a hospital in Germany may have led to the death of a patient in what could be the first case of its kind. Computing News #breakingtwitter breaking twitter Hospital ransomware ransomware attack