New Oculus VR headset unveiled to tepid reviews, but survey finds optimism for immersive tech

(Oculus Photo) Facebook-owned Oculus today unveiled its next-generation virtual reality headset that will reportedly some day replace its flagship Oculus Rift. The new $399 Oculus Rift S headset connects to a PC to create a powerful VR experience. In a surprising twist, Facebook worked with Lenovo to manufacture the device, speed up production and improve on the original Rift design. The device costs the same as the Oculus Quest, a standalone VR headset unveiled last year. Consumers will have a choice between a high-powered, PC-connected headset with the Rift S and a more simplified headset that doesn’t need to be tethered to a computer with the Quest. The Rift S… Read More

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Mexicans in the world’s most violent city are taking barbed wire right off the border wall to protect their own homes

US troops have piled concertina wire along the US-Mexico border, which has been criticized as security theater with little practical use. In Tijuana, where violence is climbing, Mexicans have repurposed the wire for their own protection. Voluminous bundles of concertina wire strung up by US troops around ports of entry on the US-Mexico border have drawn criticism for being displays of security theater that serve no real purpose. But residents in Tijuana, which recently topped a list of the most violent cities in the world, appear to be repurposing the wire for their own security amid a protracted increase in crime in the city. Read more: Mexico is seeing record-setting… Read More

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Health officials report only 1 person with elevated lead in Sandy after fluoride contamination event

SANDY — Salt Lake County Health officials say two weeks of testing involving more than 700 residents showed only one individual with elevated levels of lead in a blood sample in the aftermath of a fluoride contamination event in early February. The free testing was offered from Feb. 23-March 8 to affected residents in a portion of Sandy where fluoride concentrate entered the drinking water system due to a pump malfunction Feb. 6 after a power outage. According to a press release from the Salt Lake County Health Department, the one individual who tested above the Centers for Disease Control action level is an adult over the age of 65… Read More

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UTA sees 16% increase in ridership on free fare days

SALT LAKE CITY — More than 20,000 commuters left their vehicles at home and took advantage of free rides on mass transit on Feb. 28 and March 1. According the the Utah Transit Agency, the free fare days resulted in a 16 percent increase in boardings for the entire system. During February, the agency said there was an average of 151,933 boardings systemwide. On Feb. 28, that figure jumped to 171,664, and on March 1, 181,365 passengers took mass transit. Compared to 75,479 average weekday boardings in February, bus ridership increased 10 percent. On Feb. 28, 82,489 passengers rode UTA buses and on March 1 the number rose to 83,818.… Read More

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Mueller-ing It Over

What We’re Following Today It’s Wednesday, March 20. ‣ President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House today that he thinks Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on his investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election should be made public. Here’s what else we’re watching: Mother Russia: Maria Butina, the first Russian to plead guilty to attempting to influence American policy makers before the 2016 election, has had a bad year. She’s currently being held in a Northern Virginia detention center awaiting sentencing. But she still has powerful allies: An NGO partly funded by the Kremlin is paying her legal bills, and as Natasha Bertrand reports, “One of… Read More

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‘We shouldn’t be inviting bullies to our neighborhood’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defends her criticism of Amazon HQ2 in surprise Queens appearance (AMZN)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke out about criticism of the opposition she took to the deal New York struck for Amazon’s HQ2. At a community-board meeting in Astoria, Queens, New York, she answered a constituent’s question with a lengthy response in which she emphasized that her problem was with the process of how the deal was made, its lack of transparency, and a lack of enforcement of how promises made by Amazon would be kept. Amazon abandoned its plans for HQ2 in New York City in February after facing backlash from local politicians. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t done talking about Amazon and HQ2. The congresswoman made an appearance at a local… Read More

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Preview: No. 9 UW Huskies, No. 8 Utah State have opposite momentum entering NCAA Tournament

Utah State will make its 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night, but it will be entering uncharted territory on two fronts when it meets the UW Huskies in a first-round, Midwest Region contest in Columbus, Ohio. UW in NCAAs: Hopkins interview | UW’s turnaround | Look at Utah St The Aggies’ No. 8 seed is their highest ever, and they also jumped into the polls Monday at 25th – the first time they’ve been ranked since the 2010-11 season. Not bad for a team that was picked ninth in the Mountain West Conference preseason poll, then won 17 of its last 18 games. That includes a 64-57… Read More

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Utah man threatens to kill judge so he can go back to prison, charges state

WEST JORDAN — A West Jordan man was charged Wednesday with threatening to kill a judge just so he could be sent back to prison. John Alden Powell, 43, is charged in 3rd District Court with threatening a judge, a third-degree felony. Powell used a phone at a 7-Eleven, near 1300 West and 7000 South, on Monday to call 911 to report that he “was upset that he was charged and convicted of another crime so he was going to kill the judge in that case,” according to charging documents. The court documents do not name the judge. Police located Powell, who told them that a judge “was mad at… Read More

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This slow cooker lets you cook 3 dishes at once and keep food warm at parties — here’s how it works

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. A high-quality slow cooker can be used for a variety of purposes, functions reliably, and it’s easy to store when not in use. I like the Chefman Triple Slow Cooker because it allows me to make three dishes at once, functions well as a buffet server, and cleans up easily. Though it is more expensive than your average slow cooker (currently $87.52 on Amazon), it’s also much more versatile and is backed by a one-year limited warranty. Slow cookers are a convenient way… Read More

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Moto Mods aren’t dead yet, if this Moto Z4 leak is to be believed

Motorola’s Moto Z4 phone has leaked, and while it isn’t much of a surprise that the company would make a fourth iteration of its flagship Android phone, it’s the first indication we’ve seen that its Moto Mod initiative may still be alive and kicking — because you can clearly see the copper contacts for its modular Moto Mods accessories on the back of this alleged phone. The release of new Moto Mods has slowed over the past couple years, so much so that it was unclear if the initiative had a future. After all, the last big wave of new Mods came along with 2017’s Moto Z2 Play. Since then,… Read More

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