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How a Healthcare Crisis May Fuel Virtual Reality Adoption

Sometimes a crisis can fuel innovation. With an opioid problem gripping the United States, medical providers are looking for ways to treat patients’ pain without resorting to addictive drugs. Those potential solutions include the use of virtual reality (VR) at … Continue reading

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Musical.ly: A Proving Ground for Digital Natives

On November 9, app Musical.ly made headlines when it was reported that Chinese media startup Jinri Toutiao was buying Musical.ly for between $800 million and $1 billion. The reported sale price was especially impressive since Musical.ly (based in Shanghai) was … Continue reading

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Will Apple Take Augmented Reality Mainstream?

Apple critics have been quiet lately. The company is worth more than $900 billion after beating Wall Street’s expectations in its November 2 earnings report. The iPhone 8 is selling better than expected. Consumers are lining up to buy its … Continue reading

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Topps Creates Baseball Memories on Demand

The clock is ticking. As I write this post, Topps trading card company is offering a special baseball card that commemorates Los Angeles Dodger Outfielder Joc Pederson’s 7th-inning home run that helped the Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 3-1 in … Continue reading

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Southwest Airlines Wants to Be A Music Tastemaker

Southwest Airlines is known for trying to inject fun into air travel, such as employees at an airport gate creating a spontaneous karaoke moment or a flight attendant turning a routine safety speech into stand-up comedy. The $20 billion company … Continue reading

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Facebook’s Ambitious Vision for Virtual Reality

Facebook wants to make the world better with virtual reality. At last year’s Facebook F8 event, Mark Zuckerberg articulated a simple vision for making virtual reality mainstream: social VR, or connecting people in the virtual world. But now Facebook has … Continue reading

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Roger Waters Leads a Musical Resistance

When was the last time that popular music made you think? I mean really made you think about the state of the world and your place in it? The leaders you’ve elected? The choices you’ve made down to the products … Continue reading

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Virtual Reality’s Image Problem

Virtual reality has a major image problem. I see it whenever I read an article about someone’s grandparents experiencing virtual reality for the first time, accompanied by a photo like this: Which inevitably makes me think of this: Or when … Continue reading

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Slain in the Spirit of Father John Misty

Author screenshot of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. I don’t go to church as often as I used to, but I always attend Father John Misty’s services when he is in town. For a Father John Misty concert is a … Continue reading

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Apple Extends Its Reach into Healthcare

Apple continues to shape the future of healthcare. At its September 12 special event, Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams announced something less sexy than the $1,000 iPhone X but no less important: new health and fitness features … Continue reading

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