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This is the most realistic VR game I've ever played

Earlier this week, I stepped into the single most realistic virtual reality game I’ve ever played. That game was … whack-a-mole. Okay, it wasn’t just whack-a-mole. The game is actually called Nvidia’s VR Funhouse and it’s essentially meant to act as a demonstration of what future VR games will offer …

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Zika can be sexually transmitted from women to men, CDC reports

The first documented case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted from a woman to a man has been reported in New York City, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Given that Zika has already been confirmed to be sexually transmittable (although sexual transmission of the virus is rare), the …

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Untreatable gonorrhea: coming soon to genitalia near you

The sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea may be becoming resistant to the only two antibiotics left to treat it. The disheartening news comes from a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which yesterday reported that the STD’s resistance rates have increased in 2014. Only two antibiotics are left …

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A Rick and Morty VR game is coming to the HTC Vive

Wubba lubba dub dub! Owlchemy labs, the makers of Job Simulator — one of the most bizarre and truly fun games in the early days of virtual reality — announced today that they’ll soon be releasing a new VR game for the HTC Vive based on Rick and Morty. Neither Owlchemy …

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Google has abandoned plans to make a standalone VR headset

Google recently shut down an internal project to create a high-end standalone virtual reality headset akin to devices from Facebook’s Oculus and HTC, according to sources familiar with the plans. The decision likely stems from Google’s effort to streamline its more ambitious projects, an ongoing slog at the company. In …

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Verge ESP: Gotta catch 'em all!

So Niantic released a broken, buggy game that immediately captured both Liz’s and Emily’s hearts: Pokémon Go. It is funny, though, how so many of Oakland’s Pokéstops are trash cans, don’t you think? Emily, who was playing in a car in Los Angeles, felt shy about the dork-factor when she …

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Apple proposes higher royalty rates for music streaming rivals

Apple has put together a proposal to set fixed songwriting royalty rates for music streaming services. The government filing, obtained by The New York Times and not made public by Apple, was crafted in collaboration with the Copyright Royalty Board and it would set songwriting royalty rate at 9.1 cents per 100 streams. …

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