Facebook’s Oculus woos virtual reality game makers with millions

Facebook-owned Oculus wants game makers to buy into the future of virtual reality, but for some developers, creating content for a smaller audience is also a gamble. Despite all the hype surrounding the technology, virtual reality headsets aren’t flying off the shelves as quickly as some analysts expected. Oculus has been putting its money where its mouth is by funding developers ready to get into the game. “Developers get so incredibly geeked out by technology that selling them on VR is the easiest part of my job. That leaves only the business,” said Oculus’ Vice President of Content Jason Rubin in an interview. When the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset… Read More

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Blash blast boosts Bees to 4-3 win over Sacramento

SALT LAKE CITY — A 3-run home run by Jabari Blash in the third inning proved to be the difference as the Salt Lake Bees defeated the Sacramento River Cats 4-3 on Friday night at Smith’s Ballpark. “Right now, we’ve got a lot of guys swinging the bat. On any given night, it could be somebody different. Tonight, that was a huge homer, obviously, the way the game played out, it ended up being the winning run. (Blash) has been swinging the hot bat for us and continues to do that and it’s good to have him in the lineup,” Bees manager Keith Johnson said. Unlike in 2017, the Bees… Read More

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Singer Roberta Flack Rushed to the Hospital After She Fell Ill During a Performance

Roberta Flack cut her performance at the historic Apollo Theater short on Friday night as she was taken to the hospital. The singer, 81, was performing at a benefit concert for the Jazz Foundation of America when she fell ill, according to TMZ. A rep for Flack did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Flack was able to walk off the stage on her own but required an ambulance to take her to a hospital in Harlem, New York, according to the outlet. James Mtume, a musician, shared a photo of himself alongside Flack on Friday before the show in which she smiled at the camera while wearing… Read More

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Reverent silence marks the largest gathering ever of Mormon faithful in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand — During his first trip to Thailand in 1966, President Russell M. Nelson traveled by boat through the canals and klongs of Bangkok. He watched women gather water for their daily needs from the same river as their children bathed. He shopped at floating markets. And he visited the home of a medical colleague, spotting geckos on the walls controlling the insect population. He did not meet another member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Greeted by highways and skyscrapers 52 years later, President Nelson returned to Thailand Friday as part of his world ministry tour, reflecting on the city’s past half-century of growth. It’s… Read More

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Police: Woman called in bomb threats to cancel boyfriend’s court dates

OGDEN — Police say a woman called in three bomb threats to an Ogden courthouse in order to keep her boyfriend from going to jail. The calls came a week apart from each other, on April 5, 12, and on Thursday, when the man, Jerry Larkin, was due in court in a DUI case. Each time, police swept the courthouse and determined there were no explosives. “The male suspect had court appearances on those specific dates, and the female was the distractor in trying to get the court proceedings canceled,” said Ogden Police Capt. Danielle Croyle. Larkin and Tonisha Lester, both 44 years old, were arrested and booked in Weber… Read More

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Here’s what John Muir — the father of national parks —thought about early Utah

Conservationist, explorer, author and environmental philosopher John Muir was born nearly two centuries ago on April 21, 1838, in a small coastal Scottish town. Today, Muir is remembered for his profound influence on the American environmentalist movement, considered by many the “father of our National Park System,” a “wilderness prophet” and “the patron saint of environmentalism.” Studying the “inventions of God” Muir found his love for the natural world as a young man in the wake of a dramatic engineering accident. As a boy, Muir was far more interested in man-made inventions, constructing intricate wooden clocks and even a “loafer’s chair” designed to reinforce good posture by triggering a pistol… Read More

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Jean Segura keys 4-run 9th as Mariners rally past Rangers 6-2

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Jean Segura hit a two-run double in a four-run ninth inning after Mitch Haniger’s tying homer in the eighth, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Friday night. Photo gallery | Box score The liner to right center from Segura chased Texas closer Keone Kela (2-1), who gave up singles to Daniel Vogelbach and Dee Gordon and got his only out on Guillermo Heredia’s sacrifice bunt. Haniger’s fifth homer was a two-out shot to the berm in center field against Chris Martin. Haniger and Kyle Seager added RBI singles in the ninth off Jake Diekman as the… Read More

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Dixie State baseball: DSU splits Friday twin bill at Biola

Dixie State came away with a split of the middle two games of a four-game Pacific West Conference series at Biola on Friday at Eagles Diamond. Biola blitzed the Trailblazers for a 13-3 win in the first game, while DSU took advantage of some Eagle fielding woes to erase an early five-run deficit and escape with a 9-8 win in the nightcap. In the opener, the Trailblazers (20-21, 16-15 PacWest) drew first blood with a pair of fourth-inning runs coming on a Logan Porter RBI groundout and a Jake Engel run-scoring triple into the gap in right-center en route a 2-0 lead. However, that lead was short-lived as the Eagles… Read More

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We took a 1,000-horsepower electric luxury sedan for a spin on the streets of Silicon Valley

We have driven, reported on, road-tripped, and talked about our fair share of electric and hybrid vehicles at Business Insider. These are exciting times for a technology that was born more than 100 years ago, but only started to gain steam in the last 20 years with the Toyota Prius. Electric-vehicle sales reached a milestone in 2017, crossing the one-million-vehicle threshold for that year. Nearly 200,000 of those plug-in vehicles — up from about 159,000 in 2016. That growth has spurred a whole new class of EVs from investor-funded startups. While many of these companies poach engineering and design talent from big-name automakers, the new companies themselves have never mass-produced… Read More

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