The company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset raised $75 million in its second round of funding, which will help the company finalize its platform before it’s released to consumers.
Andreessen Horowitz leads the Series B round. As part of the round of funding, Netscape founder and Andreessen Horowitz General Partner Marc Andreessen will join the Oculus VR board of directors. The round also consisted of funding from Series A investors Spark Capital, Matrix Partners and Formation 8
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The Oculus Rift allows users to play immersive video games in stereoscopic 3D. The virtual reality headset makers first raised $2.4 million on Kickstarter last August in a campaign that reached 10 times its funding goal, then another $16 million in Series A funding Read more…
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Instagram is starting to look every bit the billion dollar company Facebook made it out to be in 2012
The photo sharing app hit some major milestones in 2013, most notably the addition of video, posting of its first advertisements, and the recent roll out of Instagram Direct, a private messaging feature that allows users to share photos with individuals or small groups with in the app
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Instagram’s 150 million-plus users share more than 55 million pictures to the app every day, and had its first ever post garner more than 1 million Likes in 2013 (thanks, Justin Bieber). Read more…
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If you look closely enough on Google or Bing Maps, some places are blanked out, hidden from public view. Many of those places disguise secret or sensitive American military facilities.
The United States military has a foothold in every corner of the world, with military bases on every continent. It’s not even clear how many there are out there. The Pentagon says there are around 5,000 in total, and 598 in foreign countries, but those numbers are disputed by the media
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But how do these facilities look from above? To answer that question, you first need to locate the bases. Which, as it turns out, is relatively easy. Read more…
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Even if you’ve seen Elf a hundred times, you haven’t really experienced the movie until you see Buddy attack fake Santa with a simple, “Beat it!”
Cinefix has created another installment of 8-bit cinema, this time tackling the modern classic Elf.
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Condensing a full-length feature to two minutes is tough, so the order gets a little jumbled. (Buddy doesn’t originally present his dad with the holiday lingerie in the mail room.) Still, most of the iconic Elf moments are there in all of their pixelated glory.
The only important omission is the unfortunate lack of an angry elf Read more…
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If you thought you were just getting the hang of web acronyms — LMAO, FTW, TTYL — think again. The Internet, as widespread and boundless as it is, has an entirely new batch for you to learn just in time for them to go out of style.
Ever heard of FTFY? How about GOMB, DIAF or GLHF? If these new Internetisms don’t seem worth your time, you can just FGDAI (Fuhgedaboudit).
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Check out this list of acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms, and see how many you didn’t already know.
TL;DR: Acronyms are getting weirder.
(⌐■_■) I guess you might say that Twitter’s IPO is…
( •_•) verified.
— Ryan Block (@ryan) September 12, 2013 Read more…
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Many little boys are asking for an Xbox One this Christmas, but one child in New York is hoping for something extra to go along with it: a prosthetic arm so he can play.
Born without part of his left arm, six-year-old Christopher Kiezek just wants to look like all the other kids in his neighborhood
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When family friend Robert Jackson heard about Christopher’s request to Santa Claus, he was moved to tears. Inspired, Jackson called on his community to help raise the money that would make this boy’s Christmas wish come true. Read more…
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Jacki Munzel is 50 years old and she’s no household name. The mother of three has neither Shaun White’s global notoriety, nor Lolo Jones’ marketing appeal
But she’s beaten a debilitating eating disorder, Superstorm Sandy and an injury at the worst possible time to compete against athletes decades younger than her for a spot on the United States Olympic Team this winter
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Munzel may well be the most inspiring Olympic hopeful you’ve never heard of
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Our story starts back in the early 1980s, with Munzel in her late teens. Thousands of hours of practice and lessons have made her a world-class figure skater. After serving as an alternate on the American squad at the World Figure Skating Championships, she has a very real shot at making the U.S. team for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo Read more…
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While Miley Cyrus and Rob Ford were making us scratch our heads in 2013, there were plenty of other weird moments that might have been less noticed
Some of these moments included finger wrestling in Feldkirchen-Westerham, Germany (while drinking beer, of course) and the annual ‘Tomatina’ festival in Bunol, Spain where participants hurl squashed tomatoes at each other. Maybe you didn’t realize that T-Rex roamed around Paris, or missed the melon skiing in Australia
We’re already looking forward to what craziness is to come next year. But for now, here are 32 of the weirdest moments of 2013.
Image: Andrew Burton/Getty Images Read more…
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It’s been a long time coming, but Jolicloud has finally released version 2 of its cloud-services aggregator today. To the uninitiated, Jolicloud is essentially a one-stop shop for all your web activity, be it Instagram photos, Facebook likes or …
Twitter brought in-line media previews to its mobile apps a few weeks ago; today, it’s the Mac’s turn. The new Twitter 3.0 app for Mac now shows a quick glimpse of photos from supported services, so you’ll know right away whether pictures are worth …
Owners of brand new Nexus 5 handsets are starting to notice a few subtle differences compared to the version that sold at launch. The mono speaker grille holes are slightly larger, for a start, which could potentially offer a decibel or so of extra …