Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn you -- and another 999,999,999 people -- into VR believers.As part of Facebook's latest quest to make virtual reality an everyday part of our lives, the company's CEO is bringing out the biggest weapon he can think of to win over customers: deals he thinks you can't refuse.The world's biggest social network, which jumped into VR when Zuckerberg bought startup Oculus for more than $2 billion in 2014, dropped the price of its Rift headsets by $100 to $399 at its VR developer conference on Wednesday. It also announced the Oculus Go, a $199 mobile VR headset that loses the wires, attached computer and sensors you need to power the Rift. The Oculus Go is due sometime next year.Facebook believes both the Oculus Go and the lower price for the Rift will make clear that it's the go-to company for people considering buying into VR tech. That's key since app developers and analysts think VR headsets still cost too much to attract a mass market audience. And so … [Read more...] about Facebook is making a VR offer it hopes you can’t refuse
Hope on days of our lives
My 59-hour Marvel movie marathon is here. Yes, I'm watching 59 hours of Marvel movies, back to back (to back). For two and a half days, I'm essentially confined to a chair at an AMC theater in San Francisco as I attempt to watch all the movies from start to finish, beginning with Iron Man and wrapping up with Avengers: Endgame on Thursday (read our CNET review of Endgame here). I'll sleep in a theater chair and eat way more popcorn than I probably should. It's been nice knowing you, everyone. Read our spoiler-free Endgame review Marvel's ultimate love letter to MCU fans tops Infinity War I slept well Monday night, the night before the big race, but not for very long since I got home late. My bags were packed with (hopefully) everything I'll need to keep me going: toothbrush, toothpaste, neck pillow, leggings, socks and battery packs. Lots of battery packs. Now playing: Watch this: 24 hours into the 59-hour Marvel movie marathon 3:39 I'll … [Read more...] about Avengers: Endgame or bust — My 59-hour Marvel movie marathon’s on day 3
Food is love. It’s why your family gets together for your favorite meal when you come home, and why your beloved brings you breakfast in bed, or why your friends buy you doughnuts and drinks on your birthday. When you feed someone, it’s a sign you care about their well-being, that you want them to continue to live, and to enjoy life. What is a greater expression of love than that? I don’t think any dog owner—myself included—would deny that our dogs are the great loves of our lives, our faithful companions. My dog, Abby, knows that I would do anything for her, not only because I frequently tell her, but also because she will occasionally test me by asking not very politely to go outside at 3 a.m. in the middle of winter or demanding we take another turn around the block when I’m all ready to head home. And I always comply, because her pain is my pain, and her happiness is my happiness. Or something like that. So why is it that when it comes to … [Read more...] about We love our dogs. Should we cook for them?
We often speak of the internet as if it’s an independent entity, with a mind and a will of its own. But thankfully, that’s not quite the case—yet. For the time being, the internet is ultimately run by human beings, and is filled with the by-products of human thought and imagination. Sometimes, as we detailed yesterday, those by-products are more toxic than antifreeze mixed with the runoff from a copper mine, because they come from toxic people. But the internet also has the potential for sparkling clear waters and blue, cloudless skies, for innocence and silliness and solidarity and communal bonding and simple enjoyment of the moment. Okay, so sometimes that enjoyment is of the schadenfreude variety. So what? You’ve got to take joy where you can get it these days. And it’s probably not a coincidence that a significant portion of the things that delighted us online in 2018 were related to animals, which are, by their very nature, pure. But, in a year that … [Read more...] about The best things on the internet in 2018
It’s always a good time to talk to Chris Gethard. Hundreds of people regularly vie for that opportunity, waiting for him to tweet the phone number for Beautiful/Anonymous, a podcast that is built entirely of Gethard taking calls from unidentified strangers. But now seems like a particularly good time to talk to the comedian, podcaster, and author: His new book, Lose Well, comes out Tuesday, October 16, just a couple of months after he announced the end of the eponymous variety show that had taken him and a band of loyal weirdos from the stage of New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre to public-access television to two separate cable channels. The Chris Gethard Show is a major presence in Lose Well (fitting, since it’s where the book’s title and driving philosophy came from), but so are the insights and guidance that so frequently slipped in between the TCGS’ outrageous stunts and recurring characters—the sort of vulnerable, honest, and … [Read more...] about Chris Gethard on his new book, his old TV show, and not taking the “cult” part of “cult hero” literally