The National: Scotland Is Now launches Portal AR app with partners Google

The National: Scotland Is Now launches Portal AR app with partners Google. “The Portal AR app has users travel through portals on their phone screens to visit different destinations across Scotland – spanning from riding the North Coast 500 on a motorbike to discovering food and drink culture through the heritage of our whisky distilleries. As well as allowing users to virtually visit Scotland it also offers portals into how we live, work, invest and study throughout the country. Locals provide insight into what the country means to them by way of voiceovers while 360 degree videos and stills help users immerse themselves in Scottish culture.”

Engadget: Follow the NBA Finals in high-resolution VR

Engadget: Follow the NBA Finals in high-resolution VR. “NextVR has been partnering with the NBA to livesream games for the last two years, and now it’s going to cover the upcoming Finals. After each game, the service will upload free-to-watch highlights in a new high-resolution format to its dedicated NextVR app, which works with most virtual reality headsets.”

AdWeek: While Well-Intentioned, VR Is Rooted in Privilege and Disregards Those in Need

AdWeek: While Well-Intentioned, VR Is Rooted in Privilege and Disregards Those in Need. “Like lots of people in the world, I’ve spent some quality family time roaming my neighborhood trying to capture little cartoon monsters on my cell phone. For many of us, Pokémon Go was our first experience of augmented reality. It was lots of fun. In fact, a lot of the money behind AR/VR comes from the gaming industry. It also comes from education, real estate and high technology—applications that show us what things look like and how things work. But apart from selling us condos, teaching us how to wire a superconductor in record time or tell better stories (which are, admittedly, pretty big things), what actual good will these extended reality (XR) technologies do for us?”