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Having a child opened my eyes to the reality of women's domestic lives

“Dear Jess [Rowe],” the advice column letter began. “We’ve recently employed a cleaner but my husband says it’s an indulgence. Not for me! I work full time and I’m tired of being the one responsible for keeping our house tidy, doing all the cooking and getting the kids to bed. How can I deal with his snide comments about having help with cleaning?” One of the more gobsmacking things I’ve found since having a child is the sudden access and insight I’ve been given to the domestic lives of women…

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Looking into their computer-generated eyes: dating in virtual reality

Online dating has been around for more than 20 years, but for the most part, the goal has been to eventually meet your new paramour face to face. Virtual reality (VR) could change that. From, which launched in 1995, the idea of meeting and chatting with someone in a digital space has spread to Facebook, Second Life and apps like Tinder. An image from Dating Lessons, developed by Cerevrum Inc.  With VR coming of age, we’re about to discover what happens when you combine the two. This is dating…

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Apple's Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR

Media playback is unsupported on your device Apple’s chief executive has suggested he is not very enthusiastic about virtual reality. Tim Cook said that he felt that the technology could isolate users and voiced a preference for augmented reality instead. AR involves mixing graphics and real-world views together rather than solely filling a person’s view with computer-generated images. One expert suggested Mr Cook’s view was becoming more popular in tech circles. Mr Cook expressed his opinion at an event hosted by the University of Oxford, in response to a student’s…

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Nokia kills off Ozo high-end virtual reality cameras

Nokia is winding down its high-end virtual reality camera division. The Ozo and its follow-up the Ozo+ had been marketed to professionals as being able to capture the “highest quality” 360-degree footage possible, and had been used by Disney among others. But despite a recent price cut, the Finnish firm indicated that sales had been weaker than expected. One expert said it reflected the fact that public appetite for VR content was still very limited. In a statement, Nokia said it now planned to dedicate its efforts to developing smart…

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Samsung Odyssey virtual reality headset announced for Windows

Samsung has unveiled a virtual reality rig designed for use with Windows PCs. HMD Odyssey joins previously announced VR headsets and hand controllers from Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer and Asus to form the launch hardware line-up for Microsoft’s new Mixed Reality platform. Unlike earlier PC-based VR kit, the new products are able to track their wearers’ movements in a room without requiring additional external sensors. But experts have questioned whether the market will support so many brands. Until now, HTC’s Vive and Facebook’s Oculus Rift have had most of the…

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Reality star Khloe Kardashian reported to be pregnant with first child

Reality star Khloe Kardashian, the younger sister of Kim Kardashian, is pregnant, multiple publications reported on Tuesday, days after Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the celebrity family, was reported to be expecting her first child. Celebrity news publications, Us Weekly and People Magazine, all citing unnamed sources, said Khloe Kardashian, 33, who is dating Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Tristan Thompson, is three months pregnant with her first child. Khloe Kardashian is reportedly the latest member of the Kardashian family to be pregnant.  Photo: Evan Agostini A representative for…

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SteamVR Will Support Windows Mixed Reality Devices

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Microsoft has announced that the first Windows Mixed Reality devices will be supported by a number of early VR games currently available, including support for Steam and SteamVR. Steam support is likely critical to the Mixed Reality concept, given that HTC’s Vive relies on it, and it’s still the largest VR market, despite recent gains by Oculus in that area. “The introduction of Windows Mixed Reality headsets is a big step forward for VR,” Valve…

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