Facebook to launch new virtual reality headset, 'Oculus Go'

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) – Facebook Inc plans to release a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, unlike its Oculus Rift product, which allows for mobile uses, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday.

Zuckerberg, speaking at a conference for virtual reality developers, said the “Oculus Go” device would cost $ 199 and ship early next year.

Reporting by David Ingram, editing by G Crosse

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Big Black Friday prize: Virtual reality gaming systems?

A fresh infusion of virtual reality gaming systems such as Sony PlayStation VR could make these hot Black Friday 2016 shopping items, but don’t expect to get off too easy on prices.

Sony this month just started selling PlayStation VR, which starts at $ 400 just for the headset, so figure on $ 500 if you want the bundle of headset/camera/controllers (and you’ll need a PlayStation console too). Then you’re going to need some games as well. PlayStation VR joins the Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE, both of which became available earlier this year, going beyond the less elaborate VR viewers such as Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR.

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IBM and Cisco will make Watson into a virtual workmate

Watson might schedule your meetings someday if a partnership between IBM and Cisco Systems bears the fruit they’re hoping for.

In the meantime, the companies hope to save employees from some of the meaningless tasks they have to carry out just to work with their colleagues.

IBM’s Verse email platform and Connections collaboration suite are a good match for Cisco products like the Spark messaging app and WebEx conferencing service, so the two vendors have found ways to integrate them, company officials say. All this will happen in the cloud. They’ll demonstrate the first examples next month at the Cisco Live conference.

The collaboration could have particular value for enterprise Apple users. Both IBM and Cisco have partnerships with Apple for enterprise applications and communications on the company’s devices. Details on that aspect of the IBM-Cisco partnership will come later, they said.

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Vodafone readies pan-European virtual private cloud service for SMEs

Small businesses with global ambitions will soon have a new cloud partner — at least wherever Vodafone has data centers.

Vodafone Total Cloud Flex is a virtual private cloud service that can be managed via a self-service portal, and directly integrated with on-premises infrastructure via VPN or MPLS.

Telecommunications operator Vodafone unveiled the service in Hanover, Germany, on Sunday, on the eve of the Cebit trade show.

The service is scheduled to go live by the end of June in Germany, Italy, the U.K. and Ireland. Other countries will follow, half a dozen of them in the third quarter, including the U.S. and either Hong Kong or Singapore, said Nadja Risse, Vodafone’s head of sales for cloud and hosting in central and southern Europe.

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Amazon adds managed NAT gateways to Virtual Private Cloud

Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud has long made it possible to partition a hunk of AWS with a private network of its own, complete with a VPN connection for secure access.

But setting up a VPN to access the Internet is drudgery, since connections to and from VPC have to be mapped with network address translation (NAT) using a manually created cluster of EC2 instances that serve as a gateway.

Earlier this week, Amazon did away with some of that headache by providing a new Managed NAT Gateway for AWS to automatically create NAT gateways for AWS VPNs without having to do anything more than click through a wizard.

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