Rumblings in the Cloud

Rumblings in the Cloud

If you think about it, it was Azure, Microsoft's Cloud effort, that put the company back on the technology map and founded its valuation increase so it could challenge Amazon, Apple and Google for the most valuable company title.

Oops - Google May Have Sent Your Embarrassing Private Video to a Stranger

Oops - Google May Have Sent Your Embarrassing Private Video to a Stranger

"When dealing with an issue that impacts privacy in the way that improperly sending files as sensitive as photos and videos is, the communication needs to be very clear and informative.".

Google CEO Adds His Voice to AI Regulation Debate

Google CEO Adds His Voice to AI Regulation Debate

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and parent company Alphabet, on Monday called for government regulation of artificial intelligence technology in a speech at Bruegel, a think tank in Brussels, and in an op-ed in the Financial Times .

Is Your Health Data at Risk?

Is Your Health Data at Risk?

Despite the implications in some of the news coverage of the recent Nightingale controversy, it's important to realize that Google is not collecting health data in order to sell you products for your bad back.

EU Digital Czar to Probe Facebook's and Google's Data Wrangling

EU Digital Czar to Probe Facebook's and Google's Data Wrangling

"I don't know if there is an anti-American bias in the investigations, but the regulators seem to target the most successful Internet companies, and there is a strong correlation there with U.S. businesses," Castro observed.

Magic Leap reportedly only sold 6,000 AR headsets in six months

Magic Leap reportedly only sold 6,000 AR headsets in six months

The Information writes CEO Rony Abovitz had told investors he hoped the company would sell "at least" 1 million units of the Magic Leap One in its first year of availability.Understandably, poor sales have strained Magic Leap, with The Information reporting that the company recently laid off "dozens" of employees across multiple departments.

Phone-based VR is Dying. Here’s Why.

Phone-based VR is Dying. Here’s Why.

First, we saw plastic versions of the basic Cardboard design and then completely original headsets that cost much more, but also brought a more comfortable experience.The Samsung Gear VR was designed to only work with certain Galaxy phones and provided a pretty good mid-tier VR experience.

Edward Snowden says Facebook is just as untrustworthy as the NSA

Edward Snowden says Facebook is just as untrustworthy as the NSA

The former NSA systems engineer said to better protect people from being exploited by the data collection of major tech companies, the US should have software liability laws.

BNEXT - The Perfect VR Headset for iPhone & Android Phone

BNEXT - The Perfect VR Headset for iPhone & Android Phone

VR Headset for iPhone & Android Phone : a Universal Virtual Reality Goggles from BNEXT to play with your iPhone & Android phone the best mobile games, watch movies and job the 360 experience with a comfortable 3D VR Glasses and adjustable eye Protection System for an amazing time with VR Headset.

Phone-based VR is officially over

Phone-based VR is officially over

Google says that people didn’t like losing access to their phones since Daydream effectively required launching into a separate app ecosystem.But with Google and Samsung backing away from Daydream and the Gear VR, the dream of a full-fledged phone-based VR platform seems unequivocally over.

Google Just Killed Smartphone VR, and Nobody Will Mourn it

Google Just Killed Smartphone VR, and Nobody Will Mourn it

With the release of its Pixel 4 smartphone, Google is officially ending its support for the Daydream virtual reality (VR) platform.I’ll unpack this statement for you: Google never knew why smartphone-based VR was useful, it just knew it could do it, so it did.

Google is discontinuing the Daydream View VR headset, and the Pixel 4 won’t support Daydream

Google is discontinuing the Daydream View VR headset, and the Pixel 4 won’t support Daydream

Google launched the Daydream View alongside the first Pixel phone in 2016, and several other phone makers — including Samsung — added support for it over the years.But Google’s midrange Pixel 3A wasn’t compatible with Daydream, and no phones released this year have supported it either.

Why it's time to augment our thinking about AR

Why it's time to augment our thinking about AR

We tend to assume that various objects and resources will be augmented with data or digital experiences by companies like Google.

Google used photogrammetry to create a detailed VR tour of Versailles

Google used photogrammetry to create a detailed VR tour of Versailles

If you don't own a Vive or Rift headset (it's only available on those two platforms for now), Google has also unveiled an online exhibition featuring over 390 assets, including objects, artifacts and paintings.The exhibition and app are now available from Google at its Arts & Culture site.

The Virtual Reality Benefits You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

The Virtual Reality Benefits You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

We’ll be taking a look at what VR actually is, and the virtual reality benefits you’ve probably never heard of.Stan World is a network built for “Stans” — where fans of artists and celebrities can come together to enjoy various activities like concerts in VR, all while engaging in an interactive experience with their friends and family.

Verizon is buying virtual reality company Jaunt

Verizon is buying virtual reality company Jaunt

Verizon has acquired some assets of virtual reality video start-up Jaunt XR, the company announced Monday.As part of the deal, Verizon will own Jaunt's software and technology, among other assets.

Google's Daydream View VR headset is 30% off on Amazon

Google's Daydream View VR headset is 30% off on Amazon

We found Lenovo's Mirage Solo standalone headset on sale on Amazon earlier this week, but if you don't feel like dropping a couple hundred bucks on your first foray into VR, we recommend grabbing a second-generation Google Daydream View.

VR headset on sale: The Lenovo Mirage Solo is 50% off on Amazon

VR headset on sale: The Lenovo Mirage Solo is 50% off on Amazon

TL;DR: The Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset is on sale for only $199.68 on Amazon.Head over to Amazon to snag a Mirage Solo for just $199.68 — $200.31 off its suggested retail price of $399.99.

Google may be working on a wireless virtual reality glass for Stadia

Google may be working on a wireless virtual reality glass for Stadia

Google’s patent showcases an HMD, short for Head Mounted Display, with advanced wireless technology.The headsets should work with both smartphones and PCs. In related news, the 3rd generation Google Glasses have reportedly concluded their development stage, and are now in pilot production by manufacturers.

Google Releases Real-time Mobile Hand Tracking to R&D Community

Google Releases Real-time Mobile Hand Tracking to R&D Community

“Whereas current state-of-the-art approaches rely primarily on powerful desktop environments for inference, our method achieves real-time performance on a mobile phone, and even scales to multiple hands,” say in a blog post.

Light Field Lab Secures $28 Million to Develop Holographic Displays

Light Field Lab Secures $28 Million to Develop Holographic Displays

Light Field Lab, known for its advancements in light-field display technology, successfully completed a Series A funding round, scoring the firm over $28 million in venture capital to manufacture and distribute working products.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 won’t work with its Gear VR headset

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 won’t work with its Gear VR headset

Samsung’s just-announced Galaxy Note 10 is not compatible with Gear VR, the company’s virtual reality headset that works only with a phone slotted in front of the lenses, according to a tweet from tech analyst Anshel Sag. The decision to shut off support for its headset on its newest flagship phones casts doubt on the future of both the Gear VR and phone-based headsets, as standalone devices with built-in displays like the Oculus Go are on the rise.

Quanta Magazine

Quanta Magazine

The doubly exponential rate at which, according to Neven, quantum computers are gaining on classical ones is a result of two exponential factors combined with each other.

ARM Joins Firms Shunning Huawei's Business

ARM Joins Firms Shunning Huawei's Business

National security is the stated reason for Trump's ban, but "the hardware isn't the problem," noted Chris Taylor, research director at Strategy Analytics.

Google is Killing off Jump VR Video

Google is Killing off Jump VR Video

It now seems that Google is shutting down the service in June, which might be surprising considering how deep the company’s pockets are and how long they can sustain projects that might not seem to be going anywhere. The reason the Jump service is going down is simply that people have far cheaper options now.

The invention of voice recognition, this century’s phenomenon

The invention of voice recognition, this century’s phenomenon

Voice Recognition Software formerly from speech recognition research (SUR) program funded by DARPA in the 1970s was responsible for the Harpy System produced at Carnegie Mellon and was able to recognize the vocabulary of an “average three-year-old.” The development of Harpy led to search capabilities that "proved the finite-state network of possible sentences," which is the key to continued identification and accuracy.

Google to Shutter Jump VR Video Service in June

Google to Shutter Jump VR Video Service in June

Google seems to be taking somewhat of a step back from VR, as Variety reports the company will be shutting down its Jump program for good next month.

Google, Microsoft In Step in New Era

Google, Microsoft In Step in New Era

Both firms now are pretty much on the same page -- not only with regard to an increasing customer focus, but also when it comes to putting their efforts into making the world a better place.

Google Showcases AI, Preaches Privacy at I/O Keynote

Google Showcases AI, Preaches Privacy at I/O Keynote

Google showed off its chops in artificial intelligence and machine learning, renewed its commitment to giving users greater control over their data, and introduced a new economically priced smartphone during a keynote presentation at its annual I/O conference held in Mountain View, California, on Tuesday.

Review Roundup: Pixel 3a Wins Kudos for Cameras, Battery Life, Assistant

Review Roundup: Pixel 3a Wins Kudos for Cameras, Battery Life, Assistant

"The Pixel 3a is limited to free 'high quality' backups, and it makes you pay for more storage if you upload too many original quality photos, just like any other phone.