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Lennar Shares Surge After Homebuilder Sees Improved Q1 Activity as Rates Ease

Lennar Shares Surge After Homebuilder Sees Improved Q1 Activity as Rates Ease

Lennar Corp. (LEN - Get Report)  shares surged to a three-month high Wednesday as two Federal Reserve officials signaled slower 2019 rate hikes, easing pressure on mortgage levels, and the nation's second largest real estate Denver co. homebuilder said current quarter activity would likely pick up as a result. Lennar CEO Stuart Miller told investors on a conference call that he expects the firm to open 50,000 new Denver homes in the currency fiscal year, which began on December 1, after reporting adjusted earnings for the three months ending in November of $1.96 per share, just ahead of the Street consensus of $1.92 per share. However, while group sales rose 71% to $6.5 billion, and new home deliveries surged 64% to 14,154 units, each missed forecasts of $6.53 billion and 14,185 units respectively.
Oculus’ Quest is the headset that will make me (and you) a VR believer

Oculus’ Quest is the headset that will make me (and you) a VR believer

When I think of VR virtual reality, the word ‘gimmick’ hovers in my mind. Yes, I’m aware of all the wonderful things it can do, and is aiming to do. Yet VR remains — especially in gaming — a big investment. And no one wants to invest in tech that feels half-baked.I’d love to experience stunning open world role-playing games and adrenaline-fueled action games in a way that makes me feel I’m really there. That’s the romanticized version of VR development software gaming that many headsets are trying to sell. In truth, the technology isn’t quite there, and most of the experiences I’ve tried so far have a shelf life of 30 minutes. They’re fun at first, but become annoying (or even nauseating) after an hour in the headset.
New York Times App Lets You See a Higgs Particle Reaction from the Large Hadron Collider in Augmented Reality

New York Times App Lets You See a Higgs Particle Reaction from the Large Hadron Collider in Augmented Reality

Although it's impossible (at least for now) to travel back in time to see the Big Bang, The New York Times has provided its readers the closest simulation of the experience via its latest augmented reality feature.On Friday, the Times published "It's Intermission for the Large Hadron Collider," an interactive story that gives readers a virtual tour of the Large Hadron Collider at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland and explores its most famous discovery, the Higgs boson.A series of 360-degree photos and an accompanying VR video make up the virtual tour of the massive and costly Large Hadron Collider, which enables physicists to smash subatomic particles together to simulate the conditions of the Big Bang and reveal the hidden secrets of the universe.
HTC Unveils PC VR Headset Vive Cosmos, Dev Kits Coming Early 2019

HTC Unveils PC VR Headset Vive Cosmos, Dev Kits Coming Early 2019

At a special CES event today, HTC unveiled their latest PC VR headset, Vive Cosmos.Unlike Vive Focus, the company’s 6DOF standalone headset that launched first in China with a single 3DOF controller, Vive Cosmos is being advertised as a 6DOF PC VR headset, replete with all the room-tracking & controller-tracking tech packed onto the headset itself. vr software companies Vive Comos is said to launch sometime in 2019, although HTC isn’t talking about a more exact launch window just yet. HTC will first offer developer kits of Vive Cosmos in early 2019, with more details on availability and price will be announced later in the year.Cosmos is said to have the capability to be powered by “more than a traditional gaming PC,” with the possibility teased in the trailer (linked below) that it might also be driven by a smartphone in the future. It’s uncertain what wireless capability it has. The headset on display didn’t feature any wires, although HTC hasn’t announced either at the press event or in press literature that the headset is wireless.3d virtual reality.
Builder KB Home To Offer ‘Wellness’ Software As Smart Home Race Heats Up

Builder KB Home To Offer ‘Wellness’ Software As Smart Home Race Heats Up

KB Home today said it will begin offering home buyers technology to make their households healthier. Starting this spring the Los Angeles-based homebuilder will sell an add-on, known as Darwin, to buyers in California, with plans to eventually roll it out nationally. Darwin is designed by Delos, a New York-based technology startup that has risen over $200 million to develop what it calls “wellness real estate.” The real estate is a major business sector, may it be Denver real estate or New York. Both company might have a huge prospect in all cities together.Both KB and Delos operates in Denver as well, and they are ensuring wellness in Denver homes for sale, and many other cities. KB Home and Delos tie up is definitely looking promising.
After trying your front door, Amazon wants to let people deliver packages inside your garage

After trying your front door, Amazon wants to let people deliver packages inside your garage

Amazon has come up with a new way for you to receive packages: leaving them inside your garage. Remember when Amazon wanted you to automatically unlock your front door for couriers to drop off deliveries? Amazon Key boss Rohit Shrivastava admits to The Verge that the idea raised some “challenges” and “emotional concerns,” but the company is still trying to launch a successful delivery service that lets strangers into your house. Only Amazon sees your garage as a better place to do that now.That’s why the new Amazon Key for Garage lets the company’s deliverymen open your garage door to deliver packages there instead. It works with all Amazon Prime deliveries, and you can both monitor your garage with a camera and get notifications when deliveries are made. The company thinks it may be an easier sell for large packages, not to mention families concerned about weather or pe
Marc Andreessen: audio will be ‘titanically important’ and VR will be ‘1,000’ times bigger than AR

Marc Andreessen: audio will be ‘titanically important’ and VR will be ‘1,000’ times bigger than AR

In a new a16z podcast with the venture firm’s founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, there’s a lot to enjoy, from Andreessen’s TV show recommendations to Horowitz’s secret to excellent barbecue. (It’s pretty much just “time,” as you might imagine.)More useful for our founder readers may be Andreessen’s predictions around tech and, because he’s asked about them specifically, his predictions when it comes to wearables, including that virtual reality will be “one thousand” times bigger than augmented reality. It’s an interesting statement given the firm’s beton Magic Leap and its AR goggles.
Apple just signed a deal with its former top rival, Samsung, showing how the company's changing

Apple just signed a deal with its former top rival, Samsung, showing how the company's changing

Apple announced a partnership with Samsung, one of its fiercest rivals, on Sunday morning. Soon, customers who owns select Samsung smart TVs will be able to access iTunes movie and TV content. AirPlay 2 support will let iPhone and iPad owners send content from their screens to the TVs, too.The announcement shows how much Apple is changing, and how it's working closer with one-time rivals to bring its services to more people.Samsung and Apple have a weird history.For most of this decade, the two companies have been the top two smartphone makers in the world by market share, with Samsung usually on top. (Recently, Huawei usurped Apple's number-two spot). The two companies battled it out in court for years, with Apple accusing Samsung of ripping off its ideas and violating its patents. Most of those battles have been settled.
Google Assistant will soon be on a billion devices, and feature phones are next

Google Assistant will soon be on a billion devices, and feature phones are next

As CES kicks off, Google has a massive presence: monorails, a booth that’s three times larger than last year, and likely a giant pile of news to announce. But ahead of all the actual product news, the company wants to beat its chest a little by announcing some numbers. By the end of the month, it expects that Google Assistant will be on 1 billion devices — up from 500 million this past May.That’s 900 million more than the number Amazon just gave us for Alexa. But just like Amazon, Google’s number comes with caveats. In an interview with The Verge, Manuel Bronstein, the company’s vice president of Google Assistant, copped to it. “The largest footprint right now is on phones. On Android devices, we have a very very large footprint,” he says. He characterizes the ratio of phones as “the vast majority” of that billion number, but he won’t specify it more than that. Though he does argue that smart speakers and other connected home devices comprise a notable and growing portion.
How Google’s Duo effect other Video Applications?

How Google’s Duo effect other Video Applications?

Google Duo is intended to partner with Google Allo. Allo focuses on text messaging, similar to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Skype and similar solutions. Duo, by contrast, offers one-to-one video messaging, similar to Apple's FaceTime product.Available for both Android and iOS, Duo aims to simplify the video-chat experience by offering simple controls and only person-to-person communication. It doesn't require a separate account; log in with your phone number, and connect with other Duo users based on their phone number in your contacts list. Duo does not support a Web version, so Windows users are locked out of the platform, although Google's use of the WebRTC standard means that desktop clients (even ones not developed by Google) could work with the service.


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