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Facebook Introduces New Virtual Reality (VR) Headset “Oculus Quest”

Facebook announced VR headset called "Oculus Go" at a starting price of $199 in October last year

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has introduced a new virtual reality (VR) headset “Oculus Quest” that will be available from 2019, starting at $399 for a 64GB variant.

“The company’s first all-in-one VR system with six degrees of freedom lets you look around in any direction and walk through virtual space just as you would in the physical world,” the tech giant wrote in a blog post late on Wednesday.

The company has more than 50 games and experiences for “Oculus Quest”. The all-in-one VR system comes with “Touch” controllers, so the users can interact with people and objects in a natural way.

“Oculus Quest” includes the same optics as “Oculus Go” with a display resolution of 1600×1440 per eye, while incorporating a lens spacing adjustment to help maximise visual comfort.

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Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. VOA

The company said it has also improved built-in audio for high-quality, immersive sound with deeper bass.

“With the introduction of ‘Oculus Quest’, we’ve completed our first generation of best-in-class VR headsets. ‘Oculus Go’ remains the easiest and most affordable way to get into VR, while ‘Oculus Rift’ leverages the power of your PC to push the limits of what’s possible,” Oculus wrote in a blogpost.

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“Thanks to ‘Oculus Quest’, we’re now able to combine the best of both worlds and welcome even more people into the VR community,” the report added.

Facebook announced VR headset called “Oculus Go” at a starting price of $199 in October last year. (IANS)

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Australia Proposes To Strengthen Regulations of Facebook, Google

Facebook has 17 million monthly users in Australia -- 68 per cent of its population -- while Instagram, second most popular site in terms of users - which is owned by Facebook, has 11 million users

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Monday proposed measures to counter the dominant market positions of Google and Facebook and strengthen monitoring on their access to information, advertising and consumers personal data.

The regulatory body, which recommended 11 preliminary measures in the report, was directed to conduct a public inquiry into the impact of digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content in 2017 by then treasurer and current Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“Acting as an intermediary between consumers and news outlets, platforms are inherently influential in shaping consumers’ choices of digital journalism,” said the report cited by Efe news.

This influential position and filtration of news items could place the consumer in a so-called filter bubble, increasing the risk of consumers being exposed to unreliable news, according to the report.

“The algorithms operated by each of Google and Facebook, as well as other policies, determine which content is surfaced and displayed to consumers in news feed and search results,” it said.

“The ACCC considers that the strong market position of digital platforms like Google and Facebook justifies a greater level of regulatory oversight,” Chair Rod Sims said.

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The commission called for the creation of a regulatory authority with powers to monitor these digital platforms and recommended establishing an automatic mechanism to take down content that violates copyright.

The ACCC said consumers should be informed about the manner in which these platforms collect and use their data to create personalized advertising.

This would include a reform of privacy laws to require the user’s express consent to data collection and “enable consumers to require erasure of their personal information where they have withdrawn their consent”.

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ACCC said that it found that “competition may have been distorted in multiple sectors where consumer data is used”.

Facebook has 17 million monthly users in Australia — 68 per cent of its population — while Instagram, second most popular site in terms of users – which is owned by Facebook, has 11 million users.

In 2017, Google registered 90 per cent of search traffic originating from Australian desktops and 98 per cent from mobile phones. (IANS)