Tag: virtual reality

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Music games firm Harmonix raises $15m

Music games developer Harmonix is preparing for the release of console title Rock Band 4, and now it has $15m to bolster its future plans. The company raised the new funding round from the Foundry Group and Spark Capital,...
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Oculus VR makes media moves with Netflix, Hulu, Twitch and more

Yesterday saw the developer conference for Facebook’s Oculus VR subsidiary, showing off its latest plans for virtual-reality hardware – and content. In fact, the latter generated the big news of the day, as Oculus announced...
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Facebook adds 360-degree videos to its news feed

We already know Facebook is very interested in virtual reality (VR) from its $2bn acquisition of Oculus VR. But VR isn’t just about headsets in 2015: it’s also about 360-degree videos being watched on smartphones, with...
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Virtual reality firm Jaunt raises $65m of new funding

Jaunt is the virtual reality startup behind Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘Live and Let Die’ VR app (Bulletin, 21-Nov-14), as well as similar apps for Jack White and Big Sean. Now the company has raised a $65m funding round,...
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Facebook tipped to launch virtual-reality video app

Facebook’s next standalone app could focus on virtual-reality (VR) videos, according to the Wall Street Journal. It reports that the social network has a team working on an app that will show 360-degree videos on iOS and...
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Duran Duran get a 360-degree video for latest single

Duran Duran have released a 360-degree video on YouTube for their latest single ‘Pressure Off’, with fans able to scroll left and right to explore its environment – or move their heads/phones if watching with a VR headset...
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Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra launching VR app

The latest music-related virtual reality (VR) project comes from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, which has developed an app for the Samsung Gear VR headset that puts classical-music fans slap-bang in the middle of...
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vTime ‘mobile social VR network’ will include music

How have we coped without a virtual-reality social network on our mobile phones? Don’t answer that. But this is the idea being floated by UK startup Starship with a service called vTime, which is due to be officially unveiled...
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Android in 2015: 1bn users and 50bn annual app downloads

Google is holding its annual I/O developer conference this week, a fortnight ahead of Apple’s similar event. While there were no direct music announcements during Google’s keynote last night, there was plenty for our...
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Facebook’s Oculus Rift VR headset will ship in Q1 2016

When Facebook paid $2bn for virtual reality startup Oculus VR last year, its Oculus Rift headset was expected to go on sale to the public (as opposed to the prototype already available to developers) by the end of 2015. That...
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Virtual reality: a sceptic writes

Memo to the family and friends of Kobalt Label Services’ marketing director David Emery: if you buy him a VR headset for Christmas, you’ll be getting SHORT SHRIFT. Emery has published a blog post comparing hype in the...
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Virtual reality, wearables and location: hits or hype for future music marketing?

Tonight is Music Ally’s Future Music Marketing event in London, where we’ve gathered a panel of opinionated experts to give their views on whether a selection of technologies are hits or hype – or a bit of both –...