Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks was created by National Geographic, Felix & Paul Studios and Oculus, and it is available via the Oculus Store for the Gear VR, with an Oculus Rift version coming soon, as well as via Facebook (embedded below).
Earlier this summer, President Obama and his family visited Yosemite National Park. Today, explore the first-ever virtual reality experience with the First Family in celebration of the National Park Centennial. Available on the Oculus Store for Gear VR with Rift coming soon. (Created by National Geographic, Oculus, and Felix and Paul studios)
Posted by National Geographic on Thursday, August 25, 2016
Oculus said in a blog post that highlights of Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks include: Obama interacting with students during an event tied to his “Every Kid in the Park” initiative; the president speaking with Yosemite National Park superintendent Don Neubacher; Obama and his family (Michelle, Malia and Sasha) crossing the footbridge by Vernal Falls; a time-lapse sunset from Glacier Point; and a canoe ride framed by mountains.
National Geographic vice president of social media Rajiv Mody said in the Oculus blog post:
National Geographic has been a pioneer in visual storytelling throughout its 128-year history. We see virtual reality as a new frontier and are thrilled to use this powerful medium to help celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary.
Felix & Paul Studios co-founder Félix Lajeunesse added:
As filmmakers, we wanted to use cinematic virtual reality’s unique transportive power to bring audiences into a journey with President Obama where they could experience firsthand the vertiginous, lyrical and timeless beauty of Yosemite. We were deeply inspired by the idea that American national parks such as Yosemite were originally established “for all people for all times,” as a way to allow future generations to experience the extraordinary and untouched beauty and richness of these natural wonders.
Readers: Will you check out Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks?
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When we last heard about self-proclaimed Facebook co-owner Paul Ceglia, he had evaded federal monitoring by cutting off his electronic ankle bracelet in March 2015.
Ceglia’s whereabouts are still unknown, but he resurfaced earlier this month via four emails to Bloomberg, in which he said he and his family are alive and well, and he fled because he feared for his life.
Ceglia said in his emails to Bloomberg that he and his family are alive and well, quoting the theme song from late 1970s and early 1980s TV show WKRP in Cincinnati at one point and saying he was “living in the air in Cincinnati.” He wrote:
Everyone including our dog is happy and in good health. It has been a difficult and scary year for Iasia and I, but faith in God has seen us through and a determination to get justice has inspired me to keep going.
Ceglia wrote that he applied for asylum in a foreign country he did not specify, adding that he has a “regular job” and hopes to begin buying and selling houses soon in an effort to increase his income.
As for his reasons for fleeing, Ceglia wrote that he did so due to a “very credible” threat that he would be arrested on new charges, jailed and killed before the trial, adding that the new trial would have exposed the involvement of In-Q-Tel, the venture-capital arm of the CIA, in Facebook. He added:
I felt I had no one in government I could trust. An opportunity presented itself, so I MacGyver’d (another 1980s TV reference) some things together and started running for my life.
Some of your readers may surely think my lawsuit against Facebook was bogus, but if they consider themselves Americans, then they should defend to the death my right under the Constitution of the United States to have a jury.
For those not familiar with the bizarre story of Ceglia and his ill-fated lawsuit against Facebook and its co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, a timeline follows:
Despite all of the events outlined above, one of Ceglia’s current lawyers, Robert Ross Fogg, told Bloomberg that Ceglia’s case against Facebook and Zuckerberg was going well before he disappeared, saying:
It is truly a relief to know that Paul and his family are alive, safe and in comparably good health. I am comforted to know that his disappearance was of his own volition.
To win this case, I need him home.
Readers: How do you think this six-years-and-running saga will finally end up playing out?
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Google Play is in a family way.
Google announced that up to six family members will be able to share eligible applications, games, movies, television shows and books—across devices–from the Google Play Store under its new Family Library initiative.
Users will be able to choose which items to share with family members and which to keep in their personal libraries, and family members will be able to make purchases with their own credit cards, rather than defaulting to the card that was designated as the family payment method. And parents will be able to approve purchases by younger members of the family.
Google said Family Library will begin rolling out over the next few days, initially in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.
Google also announced that the Google Music family plan, which launched late last year, is now available in Ireland, Italy, Mexico and New Zealand. Under that plan, up to six family members can stream millions of tracks, on-demand, for $14.99 per month.
Google Play product manager Raj Iyengar said in a blog post:
Today’s families have a lot of devices, and it should be easy to share content no matter where we are or what we’re doing. Everyone in my family loves the Star Wars movies, and we all want to be able to watch them on our phones, tablets, laptops, or TV. All purchases added to Family Library are available across Android devices, and movies, TV shows and books can be enjoyed on iOS devices and the web.
As with most family matters, flexibility and choice is important. With Family Library, you can choose which items you want to share and which to keep to yourself—for example, I’ll probably keep my collection of comic books in my personal library. Flexibility is also built into your purchasing options. When you sign up, you’ll select a credit card to share as your family payment method, but your family members will always have the option of buying stuff with their personal credit cards or gift cards. And for your younger family members, you’ll have the option to approve each of their purchases.
Readers: What are your initial thoughts on Google Play’s Family Library?
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If you’re planning to launch a business application, you have a lot of questions to answer. Why you should really isn’t one of them. At this point, it’s a no-brainer. Within the next few years, 5.3 billion users will own smartphones. Google conducts more than 100 billion searches every month, and more than one-half of those searches are mobile.
If you’re still wondering whether you should build an app, it’s time to throw out those eight-track tapes and download Pandora.
For some businesses, the answer is pretty simple. If you want to build an app for an existing business or even launch a career as an app builder, you may be able to build mobile apps from template designs simple and cheap–or even free if you’re still in school; how cool is that?
The real challenge comes when you get ambitious. When you have a big idea with the potential to disrupt an industry. When you want to build Uber, or Hulu, or Tinder. An idea no one has ever seen before. That’s going to cost you. Angel investor Jason Calacanis advises raising $750,000 in first-round seed money.
The harsh truth is, a lot of apps fail, no matter how much time and money you spend building them.
Every day, about 1,000 apps are launched, and up to 70 percent of them will fail miserably. The competition is stiff, but it’s not your problem. Forget about the competition. A lot of apps fail because they weren’t based on workable ideas. They didn’t meet the needs and expectations of their audience, the messaging was all wrong, or the bedrock idea had a built-in, fatal flaw. Here’s a cautionary tale worth reading—$500,000 in funding, right down the drain.
If you’re looking to spend big money on an idea, you want to know whether it will be successful, right?
Creating an earth-shaking app requires a team. One way to gauge success is by hiring an app development agency to take your idea from concept to creation. When renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins wanted to take his coaching program mobile, he turned to Neon Roots for help.
Its workshop, Rootstrap, takes ideas brought to it by clients, analyzes the market, assesses the viability and helps hone the concept to a workable app, all before diving into costly production. For $15,000 to $40,000, clients find out whether their idea will work and, just as important, whether there is a market. It may sound like a lot, but finding out your app won’t work before you invest a fortune on an idea that was never viable is a bargain.
Founder Ben Lee says customers who decide not to follow through with the project are often relieved. They know all about the exorbitant cost of failure.
If you’re trying to bootstrap a company with a few investors and a shoestring budget, it’s even more important to know whether success is in your future. Rootstrap doesn’t stop at determining whether your concept is solid–if the idea is sound, the team will build you a minimal viable product (MVP) to show investors.
With a focused concept, a means-tested MVP app and optimized mobile messaging, your mobile app has a much better chance of success from funding to sales. Neon Roots reports that Rootstrap alumni see a 2,600 percent increase in their chances of getting funded when compared to the average startup. In the mobile app world, those are some pretty good odds.
The next big idea is out there. At this very moment, some programming team is working on an innovation everyone will want. It may not come from Silicon Valley, either. French ride-sharing app BlaBlaCar was valued at $1.6 billion last year. Hey, remember when Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion? How’d you like to be that guy? Unicorns are waiting to break through in every industry.
We are a global, digital society, fueled by innovative ideas. Just make sure yours is a good one before mortgaging the family jewels.
Sherry Gray is a freelance content writer from Key West, Fla., currently suffering in the suburbs of Orlando. She is a science geek, a social media junkie and an unapologetic fan of all things bacon. Follow her on Twitter: @SheriSaid.
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