THE NEWS WRAP: Oculus offers glimpse to the future of virtual reality with Crescent Bay prototype

Oculus has unveiled its new prototype Crescent Bay. It’s not an official developer kit, rather a “feature prototype” designed to show off the future of what Oculus is doing.

 

Crescent Bay features a faster frame rate and is lighter than previous prototypes, has 360-degree head tracking, and integrated headphones.

 

The prototype was revealed at the Oculus Connect conference where Oculus also announced the new Oculus Platform, which is coming to the Samsung VR.

 

The platform brings virtual reality to a large audience through mobile apps, web browsers and a VR content discovery channel.

 

Getty launches image sharing app

 

Getty Images, the company which sells image licensing rights, has launched an iOS app, Stream, targeted at non-professionals, Businessweek reports.

 

The app lets people browse through Getty’s images from professional photographers, with a special focus on curated collections.

 

Google Plus no longer mandatory for Gmail

 

Google is no longer requiring Gmail users to connect their account to a Google+ profile, a move which Wordstream’s Larry Kim speculates could be another sign the end is close for the troubled social network.

 

Overnight

 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 13.75 to 17,279.74. The Australian dollar is currently trading at US89 cents.

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