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Oculus Quest and Rift S available for preorder both at 399 shipping

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first_img Now playing: Watch this: Preview • PlayStation VR made us smile, and it’s because of the games Mobile Gaming Digital Media Virtual Reality Apps Amazon Oculus Quest unboxed: what’s inside Facebook’s new VR… 43 Photos 1 Now playing: Watch this: We took Oculus Quest on vacation We took Oculus Quest on vacation at Amazon Enlarge ImageThe Oculus Quest (left) and Oculus Rift S (right) are both arriving in May, and both cost $399. John Kim/CNET Oculus ignited people’s interest in virtual reality when it announced a Kickstarter for the Rift headset in 2012, promising high quality VR for $300.  Fast-forward seven years, after a more than $2 billion acquisition by Facebook and the 2016 release of the Rift, and Oculus is preparing to launch its next-generation VR headsets.  They’re called the Oculus Quest and the Rift S, and both will cost $399 (£399 in the UK; Australian pricing is TBA but the UK price converts to about AU$740). But they’re rather different headsets.  The Oculus Quest is self-contained, working without a computer to power it or any extra sensors set up around a room to track where you’re moving. The Rift S, meanwhile, offers better visuals while still connected by wire to a computer, but it also ditches sensors around a room. “Now, getting into VR is as easy as gaming on a console,” Facebook said in a statement. The new headsets come as Valve, whose Steam store and Half-Life first-person shooter series have made it a household name among gamers, prepares to release its first headset, the $499 Valve Index. And that’s not including other competitors, such as Sony’s $299 PlayStation VR, HTC’s Vive and headsets from Lenovo, HP and Samsung that’re powered by Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality technology. 58-oculus-questEnlarge ImageThe Quest is a wireless self-contained headset, offering a middle ground between the low-power Oculus Go and high-power Rift S. Sarah Tew/CNET The Quest is a new device Whereas the Rift and Rift S rely on an outside computer connected by a wire to power the virtual world you see, and the $199 Oculus Go is designed to be a wire-free self-contained entry-level VR device, the Oculus Quest is meant to be somewhere in the middle.  At its heart, the Quest is meant to offer higher-end games designed to work with the Oculus hand controllers, like the music rhythm game Beat Saber and the boxing game Creed: Rise to Glory. But it’s also self-contained, running a powerful, yet small, computer in the headset. To pull off that trick, developers say, the Oculus Quest isn’t as capable as its beefier cousin, the Rift S. Its screen doesn’t show as many details, it’s not able to pack as many characters on the screen at a time, and apps made for it can’t assume they’ll always be connected to the internet. (Sometimes people might take this on a train or on vacation). The Quest still uses the same controllers as the Rift S Though the Quest and Rift S won’t always be able to play the same games, the Quest will have the same controllers. That’s a step up from the entry-level Oculus Go, which had a simpler, wandlike controller that wasn’t capable of doing as much as the more full-fledged hand controllers Oculus offers. Oculus Quest is fully mobile VR They’re both $399, go on preorder Tuesday and ship May 21 If you’re already convinced, you can preorder the devices on the Oculus website, at Amazon and elsewhere. Full preorder info is available here, or you can just use the buttons below (note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products). See Quest at AmazonSee Rift S at Amazon 5:18 $217 5:18 Tags See It $398.00 Comment Oculus Valve Virtual Reality Facebook HTC Microsoft Samsung Sony Nintendo Review • PlayStation VR is pretty damn cool Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Whether the new devices will draw users is anyone’s guess. A recent survey from industry tracker IDC, which was sponsored by Sony, found that headset sales in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan rose 60% in 2018 to 3.9 million headsets, up from 2.4 million in 2017. But that’s still small compared with the hundreds of millions of video game consoles Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have sold since 2013. Here’s everything to know about the Quest and Rift S so far. The Rift S is a refinement  Oculus says the Rift S will offer more-detailed and sharper-looking visuals than the original Oculus Rift, which shipped in 2016. But the real change is to the cameras mounted on its sides. There are two in the front, one on each side, and one on the top, all designed to track the outside world using a technology called “Oculus Insight,” so that the headset knows when you’re leaning one direction or another or suddenly duck to avoid something. Those cameras work in concert with the company’s hand controllers too. See it CNET Review Oculus Quest The standalone VR headset earns our Editors’ Choice. Read Review Sony PlayStation VR 8:25 Mentioned Above Sony PlayStation VR (Headset) $245 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Army deployment an imperative in Gazipur Khulna polls BNP

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first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday urged the authorities to deploy troops in the Gazipur and Khulna city corporations’ elections slated to be held on 15 May.“The election commission is saying over the past couple of days that it will not deploy troops in Gazipur and Khulna mayoral polls. On the other hand, it is planning to use electronic voting machine although the people have no interest in it,” Rizvi told a media briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.“So,” he went on to say, “Doubts are cropping up if the commission at all wants these two civic polls to be free and fair.”Read more: Quader says EC doesn’t have authority to deploy armysThe senior leader of the country’s principal opposition political party further alleged that the desire of the Awami League government is often reflected in the remarks and speeches of many senior officials of the election commission.Fearing that the commission “might be planning to hold the mayoral polls as per the government-fixed formula”, Rizvi alleged, “A level-playing field has been ensured in neither of the city corporations as yet.“Ruling Awami League’s terrorists are showing off strength brandishing illegal arms openly whereas the commission has taken no initiative to recover the illegal arms there,” he alleged.“On the other hand,” he continued, “Opposition BNP activists can’t even sleep at their houses, not to speak of holding rallies and mass-campaigns.“Given the circumstance, troops deployment is an imperative in the Gazipur and Khulna mayoral polls as the regular law enforcement agencies are working as a partisan force of the ruling quarter,” he added.last_img read more

Trump Sidelines Immigration Nominee For Tougher Direction

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first_img Share Steve Helber/APIn this Nov. 9, 2018, photo Ronald Vitiello, acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, gestures during an interview in Richmond, Va.The notice to Congress from the White House was met with confusion: Why would President Donald Trump withdraw his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement?Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation. One Senate committee had endorsed his nomination and a second was likely to follow suit despite opposition from some Democrats and a union representing some agency officers.No one in the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the immigration agency, had been notified about the intention to remove Vitiello from consideration, according to people familiar with the decision. Officials at Homeland Security and congressional aides thought it must have been a paperwork error made by the White House personnel office that would be resolved quickly.Turns out, it wasn’t a mistake. It was just another day in the Trump administration.The president on Friday confirmed he had pulled the nomination, even as he called Vitiello a “good man.”“But we’re going in a tougher direction. We want to go in a tougher direction,” he said.Trump did not explain what that meant and did not say whom he had in mind as a replacement. But the decision, first reported by The Associated Press, comes as his administration is struggling to deal with an influx of Central American migrants, which has led to a 12-year high in U.S.-Mexico border crossings, straining the U.S. immigration system.Trump had threatened to close the border entirely to cope with the flow, before backing off this week.In a letter addressed to all ICE employees Friday, Vitiello thanked the president and members of Congress for their support.“No matter the external circumstances, I am grateful knowing you remain engaged and dedicated to the critical work of protecting our communities from the transnational criminal organizations and cross-border crime that threatens our nation,” he wrote.“While I will not become the permanent director of ICE, I look forward to working alongside you in serving the American public with Integrity, Courage, and Excellence.”Six government and congressional officials involved in immigration issues suggested the decision to drop Vitiello could be an impulsive staff shake-up driven by the fact that White House policies intended to stop migrants have not succeeded. Many blamed Stephen Miller, the influential West Wing aide, for the decision on Vitiello and saw it as part of a plan to replace longtime immigration officials with hard-liners who appealed more to allies of Trump and Miller. The officials were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.Vitiello had been scheduled to travel with Trump to the border Friday but was told late Thursday he wasn’t going, one of the people said.He has been acting head since June of the agency that enforces U.S. immigration law in the interior of the United States. He has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, starting in 1985 with the U.S. Border Patrol. He was previously Border Patrol chief and deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the patrol.Vitiello took over during a time of heightened scrutiny of the agency. Part of its mission is to arrest immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, and that has made the agency a symbol of Trump’s policies and a target for Democrats.Trump has been railing against increasing border crossings, as well as the release of thousands of migrants into the U.S. because of a lack of space to hold them, a move he derides as “catch and release.”It’s a battle cry on a signature issue for the president, who wants to restrict immigration but whose policies have largely failed to do so.For many years, families arriving at the border were typically released from U.S. custody immediately and allowed to settle with family or friends in the U.S. while their immigration cases wound their way through the courts, a process that often takes years.But in recent months, the number of families crossing into the U.S. has climbed to record highs, pushing the system to the breaking point. As a result, ICE was releasing families faster, in greater numbers and farther from the border. Since Dec. 21, the agency set free more than 125,000 people who came into the U.S. as families.Trump on Friday was touring a recently built portion of replacement fencing that he is holding up as the answer to stop the recent surge of migrant families coming to the U.S.Though the 2-mile section is only a long-planned replacement for an older barrier, the White House describes it as the first section of his proposed border wall. It’s commemorated with a plaque bearing Trump’s name and those of top immigration and homeland security officials — but not Vitiello’s.___Associated Press writer Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report.last_img read more

NHRC issues notices to Centre Delhi govt on newborns death

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first_imgThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Centre and the Delhi government over the death of a newborn girl due to denial of treatment at three government hospitals, calling for a report on the matter within four weeks.Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports, the NHRC has sought a report from Union health secretary BP Sharma and Delhi health secretary Amar Nath, a NHRC statement issued on Tuesday said. According to media reports, a premature newborn girl at a private hospital, with under-developed lungs and weak organs, died after being denied treatment by three hospitals in Delhi on  Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreJuly 6.“She needed special care, including a ventilator for further treatment. Unable to bear the high cost of  further treatment at the private nursing home, her family members were constrained to take her from one government hospital to another by a CATS ambulance but could not get her admitted for treatment,” the NHRC said. Saying that the right to health was a “basic human right” and the state had a responsibility to fulfil this right, the commission said: “Any denial of this right and that too in the case of a newly born in a serious condition is abominable. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Secretary, Union ministry of health and secretary, department of health and the government of Delhi calling for a report within four weeks in the matter.”  Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedThe commission said that reportedly, on being refused admission first at Kalawati Saran Children hospital on the grounds of non-availability of bed and ventilator, the family members of the child took her to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where she was denied admission on the same grounds. “Hence, she was taken to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital. The situation was no different there either. In the process, they had travelled for more than three-and-a-half hours covering about 58 km. The delay in the treatment resulted in the death of the child in the ambulance itself,” the NHRC said.last_img read more