Facebook CEO, Mark ZuckerbergMore than 2 million hours of video have now been watched on Oculus-powered Gear VR headsets, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Speaking on Facebook’s first quarter earnings call this week, Zuckerberg said that virtual reality (VR) is going to be “the next big computing platform”.However, chief financial officer David Wehner cautioned that, despite Facebook’s investments in this space, VR is still “very early” and will not have a “material impact on revenue in 2016”.“Gear VR started shipping late last year, and the response so far has been great. There are now hundreds of apps built specifically for Gear, and people have watched more than 2 million hours of video on it,” said Zuckerberg.“In Q1, we also started shipping Oculus Rift. We’ve got a lot of great content, with more than 50 games and apps built for Rift. Again, this is very early, and we don’t expect VR to take off as a mainstream success right away – I really want to emphasise that. Most Rift early adopters are gamers and developers. But eventually, we believe that VR is going to be the next big computing platform, and we’re making the investments necessary to lead the way there.”Facebook closed its US$2 billion acquisition of VR headset maker Oculus in 2014. The Gear VR headset is designed to be used with Samsung Galaxy smartphones, while the Rift headset can be powered by compatible Windows PCs.Facebook reported Q1 revenue of US$5.38 billion, up 52% year-on-year. Net income was up 195% to US$1.51 billion.
ShareTweet REQUIEM MASS TODAY FOR FORMER NUN LORETO DOUGLAS WHO DIED IN THREE VEHICLE CRASH was last modified: November 28th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: Ms Douglas will be buried from the church where she once served as a nun.Her remains will be taken from her home at 9.30 am for 10 Requiem Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Thornhill.She will be laid to rest afterwards in Ardmore cemetery.It is understood Ms Douglas’s car was initially involved in a minor crash a van last Wednesday before a second collision took place involving a third vehicle. Funeral service this morning for former nun Loreto Douglas who died in three vehicle crash on Glenshane Pass last weekTHE funeral is taking place this morning for the Derry woman who died after a three-vehicle collision on the Glenshane Pass last week.Loreto Douglas (64) had been travelling to a funeral on Wednesday morning last when the collision, involving two vans and a car, occurred near the Ponderosa Bar on the main Derry to Belfast road.She was airlifted to hospital but later died from her injuries. A former nun with the Sisters of Mercy Order, Ms Douglas lived at Belvoir Park in the Culmore area. Four other people were taken to hospital, one of whom suffered serious leg injuries. ARDMORE CEMETERYCHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTIONculmoreGLENSHANE PASSREQUIEM MASS TODAY FOR FORMER NUN LORETO DOUGLAS WHO DIED IN THREE VEHICLE CRASH
‘Coercive control’ to be a criminal offence in North of Irelanddomestic abuseEx-Stormont justice minister Claire SugdenPolicePSNIwestminister LAWS to protect domestic abuse victims from “coercive control” is to be extended to the North of Ireland.Coercive control includes psychological abuse and non-violent intimidation and has been a crime in England and Wales since 2015 but not in the North of Ireland due to the lack of a functioning government.Provisions to make coercive control an offence in the North of Ireland will be included in Westminister’s Domestic Abuse Bill on Tuesday. “An accurate description is feeling like always ‘walking on eggshells’.”Ms Sugden said the NI Department of Justice has confirmed that on Tuesday Westminster will extend their legislation to the North of Ireland to ensure that coercive control becomes a criminal offence in the province.“We are the last regions of these islands where perpetrators can now be prosecuted for a coercive control offence,” she said.“I would prefer that a functioning Northern Ireland Executive create this law because there are other elements in the NI version which cannot be taken through Westminster at this time. “We are, however, long past wishing for an Executive to uphold their responsibilities to the people of Northern Ireland; long past allowing victims to continue to suffer. “The time was yesterday, but I’m pleased it’s today. “I dedicate this outcome to survivors of domestic abuse. “It’s their honesty of horrific experiences and their strength telling their stories that will hopefully stop others becoming victims. “They have started the journey of eradicating domestic abuse in Northern Ireland. “Thank you so much,” added the MLA.‘Coercive control’ to be a criminal offence in North of Ireland was last modified: July 17th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: The PSNI report that there is around 30,000 incidents of domestic abuse in the North of Ireland each year.Ex-Stormont justice minister Claire Sugden said it was her “biggest regret” of the Stormont collapse that she was not able to get domestic abuse law onto statute during her time as minister.“Coercive control is constructed through psychological abuse,” she said. “It’s usually the reason why victims don’t just leave and also the beginning of physical violence. ShareTweet