Oculus CTO Wants Android Apps on Quest, But is “not winning” the Debate Within Facebook

Oculus CTO Wants Android Apps on Quest, But is “not winning” the Debate Within Facebook

Allowing users to install and run Android apps on the headset—if just in a ‘flat’ mode on a virtual screen controlled by a laser pointer—could drastically boost the value of the headset by bringing all manner of video players, web browsers, productivity tools, utilities, and even flat games to the device.

Bye-bye Rift! Oculus Goes All-in On The Quest

Bye-bye Rift! Oculus Goes All-in On The Quest

The Oculus Rift headset, which pioneered modern consumer VR, is being discontinued.It’s likely that Oculus will unify and rebrand its software, but there’s no reason to expect that new Oculus games and experiences won’t keep working on Rift headsets.

BigScreen Green Screen Adds Creativity For Creators

BigScreen Green Screen Adds Creativity For Creators

The devs have just added a virtual green screen that will let content creators get creative with their avatars.Besides a competitive VR headset, you will need OBS, a free desktop recording software used by many streamers for years.

Apple's M1 ARM Pivot: A Step Into the Reality Distortion Field

Apple's M1 ARM Pivot: A Step Into the Reality Distortion Field

Just "trust us," this processor optimized for smartphones is magically better than processors designed to run PCs. Apple also left out essential elements like application support, developer backing (which appears light), and even how much longer they will continue to support their x86 offerings which appear to be suddenly obsolete.

Steam Community :: WREST

Steam Community :: WREST

• NOTE: THIS APP REQUIRES A SECOND PLAYER AND THE WREST VR PC GAME TO FUNCTION.• Use the WREST companion iOS App to play locally against a VR player using the versus mode in the PC VR game WREST.

Apple Takes Chipset Matters Into Its Own Hands

Apple Takes Chipset Matters Into Its Own Hands

The Mac Air, Mac Mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro are all being refreshed with the company's new ARM-based M1 chip.As Apple did when it transitioned from Motorola to Intel chips, it will include software, Rosetta 2, that enables legacy applications to run on the new Macs.

Social Media Upstart Parler Tops App Store Charts

Social Media Upstart Parler Tops App Store Charts

"They're definitely targeting a demographic that wants to find an alternative to the other social media companies like Twitter and Facebook," Mike Horning, an associate professor of multimedia journalism at Virginia Tech University, told TechNewsWorld.

High-Tech Workouts With Activ5: No Gym, No Problem

High-Tech Workouts With Activ5: No Gym, No Problem

The Activ5 device is designed for use with apps and games running on Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets, or an Apple Watch.The Activ5 app setup uses a game method that involves pressing the Activ5 hand unit to complete strength and alignment assessments.

Microsoft Research presents PIVOT, placing VR objects into your hand

Microsoft Research presents PIVOT, placing VR objects into your hand

This week, Microsoft announced Haptic PIVOT, the latest in a long line of haptic VR controllers developed by the company's Research wing.(Credit: Microsoft Research)The tech inside the device is so efficient that the handle can go from grasp to fully retracted (at approximately 190 degrees) in just 340 milliseconds.

Facebook reports a decline in users in the U.S. and Canada

Facebook reports a decline in users in the U.S. and Canada

This metric is used to measure Facebook's total user base across its main app, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. The StopHateForProfit ad boycott did not seem to impact the company's advertising business, with ad revenue up 22% compared to a year ago.

Apple Glasses Will Reportedly Use Sony's 'Cutting-Edge' OLED Micro-Displays to Deliver 'Real AR Experience'

Apple Glasses Will Reportedly Use Sony's 'Cutting-Edge' OLED Micro-Displays to Deliver 'Real AR Experience'

The report has since been corroborated by display industry analyst Ross Young, who said multiple sources have informed him that Apple is indeed planning to use Sony's microdisplay technology for its head-mounted accessory.

It’s Time to Try Virtual Reality. Here’s Where to Start.

It’s Time to Try Virtual Reality. Here’s Where to Start.

The goggle-like gadgets, which float a screen in front of your eyes to create a virtual 360-degree landscape, offer an immersive way to play increasingly powerful video games, make art, exercise, and even spend time with friends.

How to Protect Mobile Apps Against Sneaker Bots

How to Protect Mobile Apps Against Sneaker Bots

The goal of adding generalized security protections inside the good mobile app is to block common pathways that sneaker bot apps and auto-clicking apps need to function.

Oculus Quest 2 doesn't support Oculus Go games and apps

Oculus Quest 2 doesn't support Oculus Go games and apps

When someone asked Oculus CTO John Carmack on Twitter why they couldn’t find the drop-down menu that lets you access the Go library, the executive replied that the company removed support for the Go library on the Quest 2.

Apple Finally Reveals 5G iPhones ... and HomePod Mini

Apple Finally Reveals 5G iPhones ... and HomePod Mini

All of the new iPhones are built around Apple's blazing fast A14 Bionic chip, support all flavors of 5G wireless connectivity, and are protected by a Ceramic Shield that protects the phone from damage after a fall four times better than in previous models.

Facebook is a social network monopoly that buys, copies or kills competitors, antitrust committee finds

Facebook is a social network monopoly that buys, copies or kills competitors, antitrust committee finds

Among the findings was a 2018 internal company document titled the Cunningham Memo in which Facebook Senior Data Scientist Thomas Cunningham informed CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Vice President of Growth Javier Olivan that Instagram could hit a "tipping point" where its growth could ultimately come at the expense of all users leaving Facebook's blue app.

Bringing Affordable XR to the Masses: Zappar Introduces New-and-Improved ZapBox

Bringing Affordable XR to the Masses: Zappar Introduces New-and-Improved ZapBox

Solutions like Google Cardboard promise to turn the mobile phone into a VR headset – and actually do a good job for viewing, through providing virtually no controls.

Nvidia quadruples display resolution by stacking two cheap LCD panels on top of each other

Nvidia quadruples display resolution by stacking two cheap LCD panels on top of each other

Nvidia researchers have used a fantastically straightforward approach to quadruple the effective resolution and double the refresh rate of cheap, off-the-shelf LCD panels: Stacking them on top of each other.

HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Headset Features Eye Tracking, Face Cam, And Heart Rate Sensor

HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Headset Features Eye Tracking, Face Cam, And Heart Rate Sensor

HP today announced the latest addition to its growing lineup of PC VR headsets, the HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition, an even more powerful rendition of the previously-announced HP Reverb G2 designed specifically for use by developer and enterprise clients.

Study reveals design flaws of chatbot-based symptom-checker apps

Study reveals design flaws of chatbot-based symptom-checker apps

Researchers from Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology have found that existing CSC apps lack the functions to support the full diagnostic process of a traditional visit to a medical facility.

INFINITE  -  VR Field of View measured and explained

INFINITE - VR Field of View measured and explained

And it’s actually something I’d like for journalist to start doing, as when someone claims their headset have a certain field of view and if the value is way above their theoretical maximum, it should be called out.

Microsoft Ignite and Dominating the Future of Tech the Right Way

Microsoft Ignite and Dominating the Future of Tech the Right Way

Satya Nadella came in, and now Microsoft is both more powerful and not threatening because they approach market dominance the right way -- by not focusing on it.

My thoughts on Elon Musk's Neuralink • RVM Labs

My thoughts on Elon Musk's Neuralink • RVM Labs

A thousand or even ten thousand electrodes are not going to be specific enough to steer a mouse with that kind of precision, they’d have to be able to analyze tiny movements which don’t need a lot of mental effort to imagine or execute physically.

Engineers pre-train AI computers to make them even more powerful

Engineers pre-train AI computers to make them even more powerful

They showed that computers can first be trained on extremely simplified theoretical models before being set to learn on real-life systems.That means that when the computers start the machine-learning process on the real-life systems, they can draw on what they learned previously on the models.

Hucksters Rake In $500K With Android, iOS Adware Scam Apps

Hucksters Rake In $500K With Android, iOS Adware Scam Apps

Since the app is side-loading its adware and not serving the ads itself, the bad app should be easier to detect, but it does lower its profile by limiting itself to only functions used by legitimate programs and nothing more.

Nvidia + Arm Will Dramatically Change the Technology Landscape

Nvidia + Arm Will Dramatically Change the Technology Landscape

However, Nvidia, based on the comments made at the announcement, is likely to shift to Arm's licensing model over time and become more similar to Qualcomm as a result.

Apple Reveals New Watches, Muscular Tablet at Online Event

Apple Reveals New Watches, Muscular Tablet at Online Event

Kevin Krewell, a principal analyst with Tirias Research, maintained Apple is taking its smart watch to the next level in fitness and health with the Series 6 line.

Facebook Expands Access to ‘Venues’ Beta Ahead of Connect Next Week

Facebook Expands Access to ‘Venues’ Beta Ahead of Connect Next Week

Update (September 11th, 2020) : Facebook is talking up its Venues (Beta Early Access) app in a recent blog post, releasing more information on what to expect from the social platform.

Aardvark and Augmented Virtual Reality

Aardvark and Augmented Virtual Reality

In 2015, SteamVR added an overlay interface that allows applications to draw rectangles of arbitrary content on top of whatever main app the user is running.Laser mouse interfaces work for 2D desktop windows, but most other applications need some kind of 3D spatial interaction if they really want to be VR-native.

5 Cloud Computing Trends in 2020 and Beyond

5 Cloud Computing Trends in 2020 and Beyond

Edge computing releases huge amounts of processing power from the cloud provider's infrastructure -- and bandwidth usage plummets.This is driving a growing trend of providing tailor-made cloud service offerings for specific industries.