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Gaming on Apple platforms is set for some big changes—here are a few

Gaming on Apple platforms is set for some big changes—here are...

Enlarge / Beyond a Steel Sky, a sequel to a beloved game from the 90s, hit Apple Arcade today.Apple WWDC 2020 has concluded, and that means it's time to glean some insights from all the documentation, sessions, and other materials that Apple released. We're going to do this on a few topics in the coming…
Massive iOS 14 leak outlines key features, from trackpad support to AR

Massive iOS 14 leak outlines key features, from trackpad support to...

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Enlarge / The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max running iOS 13. Over the past few days, two Apple rumor sites (MacRumors and 9to5Mac) have published exclusive details about new features and changes in iOS 14 and related software, services, and products. 9to5Mac alleges the info is based on leaked iOS…
Use Google and a Smartphone to Bring 3D Animals into Your Living Room

Use Google and a Smartphone to Bring 3D Animals into Your...

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That’s an eagle. On my sunporch. Screenshot: Meghan Moravcik WalbertIf you—or your kids—have ever wondered how big a wolf, a shark or a tiger really is out in the wild, Google has a way to bring their 3D animated image right into your home. All you need is a little curiosity, a browser and an…
2 years later on, Apple’s AR/VR headset prepares supposedly pressed back 2 years

2 years later on, Apple’s AR/VR headset prepares supposedly pressed back...

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Enlarge / An image from a patent Apple filed back in 2008 shows exactly what Apple's VR/AR headset will look like, 100%, with no changes if/when it launches over 15 years later. Right around this date in 2017, Bloomberg reported that Apple was working on a pair of augmented reality glasses for a planned 2020…
Microsoft’s DreamWalker VR turns your everyday commute into a completely various one

Microsoft’s DreamWalker VR turns your everyday commute into a completely various...

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Enlarge / A user traverses a park while wearing a DreamWalker kit. Researchers at Microsoft have developed new VR technologies that they claim allow users to remain fully immersed in a virtual world even while traversing public places in the real world on foot. Microsoft describes the project, titled DreamWalker, as "a method for allowing…
Increased truth modifications how individuals communicate and interact, study discovers

Increased truth modifications how individuals communicate and interact, study discovers

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Enlarge / An actor portrays a participant in a new study of the impact of augmented reality on social interactions. The area inside the dotted line is the field of view of the augmented reality goggles, which shows digital content such as avatars. Mark Miller/Stanford Human Interaction Lab Neal Stephenson's influential 1992 sci-fi novel Snow Crash offered a…
Microsoft reveals Minecraft Earth, the brand-new AR hotness

Microsoft reveals Minecraft Earth, the brand-new AR hotness

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In celebration of Minecraft‘s tenth anniversary, Microsoft played its Pokemon GO card and released an augmented reality phone app that shows the game pasted over the real world, called Minecraft Earth. This is perhaps the most novel way of incorporating AR into a game since the original Pokemon GO, but it just makes sense, doesn’t it? Minecraft is an exaggerated version of our…
There’s a brand-new Minecraft video game coming, and it’s played totally in increased truth

There’s a brand-new Minecraft video game coming, and it’s played totally...

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You'll be able to build structures and worlds on your table with friends... ...and then deploy them full-size in the real world. You can also find and collect monsters to use in your builds. Microsoft may believe it has made augmented reality's killer app: the just-announced Minecraft Earth for iOS and Android. AR on mobile devices may…
MIT researcher’s ‘Simulation Hypothesis’ makes engaging case for The Matrix

MIT researcher’s ‘Simulation Hypothesis’ makes engaging case for The Matrix

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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Are angels really AIs sent to monitor us on behalf of the programmers responsible for our creation? MIT computer scientist Rizwan Virk tackles these mind-boggling questions and many more in his new book ‘Simulation Hypothesis.’ This adventurous non-fiction work speculates the origins of reality, claiming it’s…
Microsoft reveals HoloLens 2: two times the field of vision, eye tracking

Microsoft reveals HoloLens 2: two times the field of vision, eye...

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Enlarge / Microsoft HoloLens 2. Microsoft As expected, Microsoft today launched HoloLens 2, the company's second generation augmented reality (AR) headset. The new hardware addresses what were probably the two biggest issues with the first generation device: the narrow field of view, and the comfort when wearing the device. Microsoft says that the field of…

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