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Google Teams With NBC to Build VR Content For its TV Shows

Google, NBCUniversal to bring VR experiences for users

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Google and US-based NBCUniversal have reportedly come together to enable “Virtual Reality (VR)” experiences on YouTube-based shows from the latter and its affiliates.

This union will include a collaboration of the two companies on 10 multi-episode projects, first being a backstage tour of the dog rescue reality show “Vanderpump Rules”, followed by the others, NBCUniversal informed in an official announcement.

“This partnership combines the creative expertise of NBCUniversal with Google’s VR capabilities to create these engaging experiences,” said Ron Lamprecht, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises.

The shows will use Google’s “Jump” platform and 360-degree cameras to immerse viewers in experiences.

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“NBCU’s teams were able to easily capture engaging VR content using the latest VR Jump cameras,” said Amit Singh, VP of Business & Operations for VR & AR at Google.

Some projects will also be made available in “VR180” which is a 4K VR format, the official statement added.

Original content from “Saturday Night Live” and “SYFY WIRE” are also part of the VR project. IANS

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Google is The Best Search Engine, Says Tim Cook

On a question on diversity at workplace, Cook said the Silicon Valley has been open to many different people from different walks of life

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Google Search engine — the default platform for iOS users — is the best, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said, adding that the company has put proper controls in its Safari web browser to safeguard users’ data.

In an interview with Axios on HBO on Sunday night, Tim Cook defended Apple’s billion-dollar deal with Google that keeps Google Search a default search platform on its devices.

“One, I think their (Google’s) Search engine is the best. But two, look at what we’ve done with the controls. We have private web browsing, we have intelligent tracking prevention.

“What we’ve tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day. It’s not a perfect thing, but it goes a long way in helping,” Cool told the Axios technology correspondent.

Google will reportedly pay Apple a whopping $9 billion in 2018 to remain the default search engine for iPhone’s Safari browser on iOS.

According to Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall (via Business Insider), this number would only continue to grow, potentially leading to a payment of $12 billion in 2019.

Cook has opposed privacy practices of some big tech companies, like Facebook, in the past, calling them a form of “surveillance”.

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When it comes to regulating the tech companies, Tim Cook said while he was “not a big fan of regulation,” but there comes time to “admit when the free market is not working”.

“I think it’s inevitable that there will be some level of regulation. I think Congress and the administration at some point will pass something,” Cook said.

“This is not a matter of privacy versus profits, or privacy versus technical innovation. That’s a false choice.

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“Your device has incredible intelligence about you, but as a company I don’t have to have that,” the Apple CEO added.

On a question on diversity at workplace, Cook said the Silicon Valley has been open to many different people from different walks of life.

“But I agree 100 per cent from a gender point of view that the valley has missed it and tech in general has missed it,” he said. (IANS)