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Virtual reality girds for test in marketplace

A middle-aged white man sees himself as a young black woman being taunted by a racist. An Israeli grandmother glimpses herself as a Palestinian teen. A star athlete experiences what life would be like in a wheelchair. These are not plots of dystopian movies. They are experiences that take place in virtual reality, which technologists

Startup makes virtual reality intuitive with eye-tracking

No more fiddling with remote-controller buttons or a mouse. Just look. San Francisco-based startup Fove has developed eye-tracking for virtual reality—that kernel of technology many feel is key for the illusion of becoming immersed in a setting. Glance, and a video-game character talks back. Or use a death stare to shoot down virtual spaceships. Watch

Apple aims to bolster lineup with new iPhone

New iPhone and iPad models likely to be unveiled Monday are aimed at helping Apple keep momentum in the fast-evolving mobile device market. The media gathering at the company’s intimate Town Hall auditorium in Silicon Valley will also give Apple a chance to restate its case for fighting a US government demand that it break