This year is definitely the breakout year for virtual reality. After several big-name companies simultaneously announced their investments in VR, HTC took it to the next level by unveiling a $100 million program intended to back VR startups. And if that doesn't sound cool, the name of the program will certainly change your mind: Vive X.
According to the company, the Vive X program is going to be launched in the three cities of Beijing, Taipei, and San Francisco and adds that there will be an expected expansion to other parts of the world in the soonest possible time.
In a statement released to the press, CEO Cher Wang emphasizes the role of virtual reality in a world that is changing fast. "We are very excited about gathering the brightest and the most creative minds to join Vive X," he said. Wang added that for virtual reality to be able to make an impact, it needs to thrive in a healthy environment. more >>
The Los Angeles Clippers fought hard even without their injured stars in Blake Griffin and Chris Paul; but all the effort wasn't enough to overwhelm a Portland Trail Blazers team that couldn't wait to get to the second round. After battling toe-to-toe in the first three and a half quarters in Game 5 Doc Rivers' depleted squad eventually succumbed to the Damian Lillard led Blazers, 109-98.
A stunned crowd in Staples Center, including Chris Paul dressed in civilian clothes, know for a fact that the season is likely going to be over for them in Game 6, where they play against the Blazers and their hostile Portland crowd. To add to the Clippers' misfortunes is the news that both Paul and Griffin are no longer seeing action the rest of the way.
Paul, who broke his right hand in the previous game, opted to have surgery, while Griffin aggravated his quad injury. Perhaps the only good thing to come out of this all is that the MRI result on the power forward's injury showed that there wasn't any additional structural damage. more >>
The Conor McGregor fiasco for UFC 200 is all but over after the Ultimate Fighting Championship's Dana White announced via "Good Morning America" that a light heavyweight title unification fight pitting Jon Jones against Daniel Cormier will instead become the main event in Vegas.
The announcement comes after McGregor surprised everyone by announcing Sunday on Twitter that he's back on the card. There ostensibly was no truth to it after all, reiterating the UFC's response that the tweet was "not accurate."
Jones impressed in his first fight in more than a year when he soundly defeated Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 last weekend. Incidentally, the last time he fought prior to winning the interim heavyweight title against Saint Preux, was against Cormier back in January of last year. However, he failed to continue his streak after getting arrested in Albuquerque, getting charged with a felony hit-and-run. After the incident, the UFC was forced to strip him of his title. more >>
With only three periods separating these teams from moving on or starting summer, the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks battle in a do-or-die Game 7 at the Honda Center in the National Hockey League playoffs.
The matchup is on April 27, 2016 at 10:00 PM ET.
While there are other games that are in the semis at the moment, the Ducks and Predators have extended their series to a decider, and it should be very interesting how these two will battle it out – and how fatigued the winner will be moving on to the next round. more >>
Looking to wrap up the series at home, the Golden State Warriors host the Houston Rockets at the ORACLE Arena in Game 5 of the National Basketball Association playoffs.
The matchup is on April 27, 2016 at 10:30 PM ET.
It has been a very eventful series so far, despite the glaring 3-1 advantage that the Warriors have had. more >>
Two teams are now in the semifinals of the National Hockey League playoffs as the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders clash at the Amalie Arena for Game 1 of their series.
The matchup is on April 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM ET.
This Eastern conference battle should be an interesting one as both are a few steps closer to reaching their goal of lifting the Stanley Cup crown by the end of the season. more >>