Gaming, Hardware, Microsoft, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Windows

SteamVR Preview Coming To Windows Mixed Reality, Requires Higher Specs

SteamVR is essentially an extension of Steam, allowing a virtual hub for playing and purchasing VR applications. Since its release with the HTC Vive (and eventual compatibility with the Oculus Rift), SteamVR has been a favorite among VR enthusiasts everywhere. With the debut of Windows Mixed Reality headsets on PC, many were left wondering if Mixed Reality headsets could support the same software, and it looks like the answer to that question is a resounding yes. SteamVR is coming to Windows Mixed Reality headsets in an official preview state on November 15th, 2017. Full, official compatibility is somewhere further down the line, likely depending on the

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Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Companies, Microsoft, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables, Windows

Microsoft Presenting Easy-To-Use Virtual Reality Experience

Microsoft is trying to nudge laptop and deskbound computers to interact with the three-dimensional world. The company on Tuesday started rolling out its latest bundle of updates to the Windows 10 operating system with features clustered around a bet that people will use their PCs to experience 3-D virtual worlds. Dubbed the Fall Creators Update, the package will make its way in waves to the more than 500 million Windows 10 users starting this week. Business users have the ability to delay updates. This technology “will forever unleash the creativity of people and organizations around the planet,” Alex Kipman, a Microsoft technical fellow working on Windows

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Apple, Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Companies, Google, HTC, Microsoft, News, VR World

Digital marketing will grow to more than $162 billion

According to an International Data Corporation report, the digital reality market will grow from $5.2 billion last year to more than $162 billion in 2020. Corporate CEOs in any field would be hard-pressed to find a multibillion-dollar industry with an anticipated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 181.3% over the 2015–2020 forecast period in any sector other than digital reality. Also, established by HTC earlier this year, the Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance, or VRVCA, is an organisation comprising of VR-invested firms and companies who believe VR is the next big medium. With HTC at the forefront, the VRVCA has set aside US$12 billion to grow VR, with investments

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Business, Companies, Microsoft, News

Microsoft aquires AltspaceVR

AltspaceVR, the virtual reality social network that hosts events like stand-up comedy or presidential debate-watching parties, is now part of Microsoft. After a sudden shutdown due to a drop in funding in July, Microsoft obviously has now come to the rescue. The Altspace team joined the software giant a few days ago, and is now being tasked with “building the world’s preeminent mixed reality community,” according to Microsoft’s mixed reality lead Alex Kipman, who called Altspace “a pioneer in social mixed reality” Tuesday. As of July, the startup detailed that it had just 35,000 monthly active users. Following the shutdown announcement, the startup let go a significant number of

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Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality (AR), Auto, Business, Companies, Hardware, Microsoft, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables

Microsoft HoloLens optimizes Ford designs

Microsoft; HoloLens; Ford Motor Company

Ford has started equipping its designers with Microsoft’s HoloLens, the augmented reality technology Microsoft is rolling out for commercial and industrial applications. While the companies are purchasing $5,000 HoloLens Commercial Suite headsets, the components themselves are subject to change for specific customers. We’ve heard stories of customers that bought HoloLens Commercial Suite and received (now cancelled) 2nd generation. Then again, all of this is a warm-up for the 3rd generation HoloLens, planned for a commercial market launch as early as next year. This is not new in the world of car industry since HoloLens headset has been slowly pivoting towards commercial markets over the past year. NASA, Volvo, Lowe’s, Audi, and

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Blockchain, Breaking, Business, Fintech, Microsoft, News, Technology Security, VR World

Big Business Moves into Blockchain: Acord, EY, Microsoft, Maersk

ACORD Solutions Group, accounting giant EY, technology giant Microsoft and the Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company have combined to launch the world’s first marine insurance blockchain platform. EY said that the distributed ledger will be used to capture information about shipments, risk and liability, and to help firms comply with insurance regulations. It will also ensure transparency across an interconnected network of clients, brokers, insurers and other third parties. “The reason we chose marine (insurance) as the starting point for this sort of market is mainly because of its complete inefficiency,” Shaun Crawford, global insurance leader at EY, told for CNBC. He added that

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3D, Audio/Video, Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Event, Exclusive, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, HTC, Microsoft, News, Oculus, Operating Systems, Software Programs, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Windows

Microsoft Prepares VR Partnerships for Windows 10 Holographic Edition

Last winter Microsoft announced that the company started working together with its PC hardware partners to develop headsets that support a mixed mode, between virtual and augmented reality. These headsets run a new version of Microsoft’s software called Windows Mixed Reality, a version of Windows that natively supports both augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences. At the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, or IFA, the biggest annual consumer electronics trade fair in Europe which started last week, this software giant took the center stage. They said that they will include their “Windows Mixed Reality” in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (available from Oct 17).

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AMD, Breaking, CPU, Enterprise, Hardware, Intel, Microsoft, News, Nvidia, Operating Systems, VR World, Windows

Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

Microsoft demonstrated today that the company is keeping its flagship product in touch with the advances in computer hardware. The company announced new version of Windows 10 Pro, named Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. This OS is slated to arrive with the Fall edition of Windows Creators Update. With AMD and Intel releasing 32- and 28-core processors, reporting as much as 128 cores/threads in a 2P (dual socket) configuration, the question how will Microsoft follow the breakneck pace of CPU and GPU wars. New Windows 10 Pro represents a highly tuned version of operating system, focusing on reducing system latency and increasing responsiveness as much

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Education, Event, Hardware, Microsoft, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Is Microsoft Surface Laptop a Disappointment?

During its newly established EDU event, Microsoft announced Windows 10 S (S for Student, not for Superman), a new Surface laptop and several partner PCs. The goal of new EDU strategy is to win back schools across the country. Years ago, Microsoft dominated schools with affordable Windows PCs, taking a back seat when Apple rebuilt itself with the iMac and then MacBook. Just as Apple started to run out of steam, Google came to the front with its cloud-driven Chromebooks. Now when the things are changed Microsoft wants to take back the throne, and once again have a prime place in the classroom, where it

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Analysis, Android, Apple, Back to School, Business, Companies, Exclusive, iOS, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Opinion, OSx, Software Programs, Windows, Windows Phone

Will “Windows as a Service” Model be successful for Microsoft?

Ever since Microsoft came out with the Windows 10, Redmond has been positioning this Operating System (OS) as the final direct release, with all the future versions being built off this foundation. Microsoft is trying to capture back market share which PCs have lost to mobile computing. Microsoft allowed for program compatibility and ecosystem support blunders with Windows 7 Mobile, Windows 8 Mobile, Windows 8 x86, and Windows 8 ARM (RT). The company let its Windows ecosystem to become fragmented, removed backwards compatibility, and many of its consumer developers moved away from Microsoft to focus on iOS and Android OS created by Apple and Google

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Breaking, Business, Cloud Computing, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

Can Pixvana FOVAS Technology Resolve Resolution Issues in VR?

Virtual Reality. Reality, immersion, virtual space in which you can walk around. On the level of awareness, what does it means to look real? VR is hope of more intense experience. The ‘wow’ sense of presence. The question really is… is VR finally ready to make a big impact on the world? Resolution and data bandwidth requirements represent one of key obstacles that break the illusion of immersion in VR content. With the new generation of immersive content, the industry needs to solve this new and harder engineering challenges. Pixvana is startup company focused on developing a cloud-based video-processing at the speed of delivery over

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3D, AMD, Companies, Gaming, Hardware, VR World

Radeon Graphics: The Intersection of Speed and Sophistication in the DirectX 12 Era

AMD announced their impressive roster of state-of-the-art DirectX 12 games and engines, each with extensive tuning for the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture at the heart of modern Radeon GPUs. This marks another milestone in the quest to adhere to newer game/application requests, creating a great showcase of performance and visual appeal. This also provides owners of the newest AMD Radeon graphic cards a chance to fully utilize all the advancements of DirectX 12 games, engines and design. This news comes in mid of recent talk and rumors about potential developments by AMD in the field of processors and graphics, giving the fans of the brand

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AMD, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Game Developer Conference (GDC), News, Virtual Reality (VR)

AMD Powers Sulon Q, Microsoft HoloLens Competitor

The holy grail for the VR and AR experience will be creating a headset which will have sufficient computational power to deliver seamless VR experience, yet be in a compact form and untethered from computers or smartphones we are forced to use today. First development product which offers such capabilities is Microsoft HoloLens, which recently started accepting pre-orders for Development Kits. At $3000, Hololens is a steep buy-in to Microsoft’s vision of holographic computing. Enter Sulon, a startup from Toronto located not far from AMD’s Canadian HQ (formerly known as ATI Technologies). On the 30th Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, Sulon unveiled the Q, world’s first high-performing, stand-alone, all-in-one, thether free, ‘wear

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ARM, Breaking, Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT), News, VR World

Raspberry Pi 3 Goes 64-bit

There’s no doubt that Raspberry Pi micro-computer is a runaway success. One leap year ago, the original Raspberry Pi computer debuted on Kickstarter and started a trend of micro-computers and computing DIY communities. With over eight million units sold, the idea of a simple computer ‘for kids’ even outsold the original micro-computer, Arduino. It inspired companies like Intel to start their own mini-computing projects, Intel Galileo: “The idea behind a tiny and affordable computer for kids came in 2006, when Eben Upton, Rob Mullins, Jack Lang and Alan Mycroft, based at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory, became concerned about the year-on-year decline in the

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Analysis, Apple, Business, Companies, Microsoft, News, VR World

Bill Gates sides with FBI on Apple encryption fight?

Apple Net Neutrality

The situation concerning the backdoor access to the Apple iPhone 5C used by the San Bernardino shooter Syed Ryzwan Farook – is heating up. Even Bill Gates weighed in on the subject, revealing to Financial Times that he would allow FBI one-time access to the attacker’s mobile phone. He stated that all tech companies (including Apple) should comply with government requests for assistance pertaining to investigations regarding terrorist activity. In more areas than one, some agree with Gates. This would be a one time-only access. It would allow the FBI to further investigate this case, revealing more info about an attack that shocked the United

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Analysis, Business, , Global Politics, Google, News, , VR World

Earth vs. Social: Facebook is the Largest Nation in the World

Facebook often claims they are the largest social network in the world. Even though there are many non-humans on the list (pets), the undeniable fact is that Facebook has more people using its services than there are people living in China. If we would extrapolate the numbers of social media users and real world countries, we would get quite an interesting list. Thus, we decided to compile data from Wikipedia, showing the list of citizens in largest countries in the world, and an August 2015 report from We Are Social, a British-based analyst firm which focuses on tracking trends in the world of social media. The results

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Companies, Microsoft, Mobile, Smartphones, Software Programs, Windows, Windows Phone

Lumia 950 and 950 XL Owners Get a Free Year of Office 365

This isn’t the first time Microsoft is giving away free stuff to owners of its Windows 10 Mobile smartphones. A few weeks ago, everyone who pre-ordered Lumia 950 XL smartphone received a free Display Dock. Now, the software/hardware giant from Redmond is giving away something more interesting, a free year of Office 365 subscription to owners of Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. A rather nice way to say thanks for choosing the company’s flagship smartphones, isn’t it? In case you were wondering, the Office 365 Personal subscription is now reduced to $59.99, making this a rather interesting offer. Customers that are eligible for the subscription are

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Amazon, Apple, Breaking, Business, Exclusive, Google, Microsoft, Mobile, Mobile Computing, News, Smartphones, Tablets

Microsoft to Offer Data Plans, Mobile Service

MVNO or Mobile Virtual Network Operator is becoming a thing of fashion among IT giants, and could start to slowly squeeze conventional telecom operators, especially among the early adopters. Among the traditional IT names, IBM was the first that ran its own MVNO that was accessible to non-employees (back in 1990s, you could subscribe to IBM’s modem service and use it globally), but that was not widely adopted until Amazon launched its Kindle tablet, which used Qualcomm’s MVNO, and later replaced it with an in-house, SIM-free architecture for Kindle devices more known as the Whispernet. As Google seeked a path to grow, the company decided to become a fully fledged

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3D, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Oculus Launches Rift Pre-Orders on CES 2016

The wait is (almost) over. Two years after Facebook acquired the company in an all-cash, $2 billion transaction, the world waited the arrival of Oculus Rift. On the first day of CES (January 6, 2016) at 8AM Pacific, Oculus opened pre-orders for the Rift Virtual Reality headset. Unlike the DK1 and DK2 editions, the consumer version of Rift will not cost $349. Instead, Rift will retail/e-tail for $250 more, i.e. $599, with the price including the Xbox One wireless controller and the hard shell plastic ‘suitcase’ which Oculus used to ship the original Development Kit 1. Naturally, the design and typing will be updated to fit all

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Analysis, Business, Companies, Microsoft, Mobile, Smartphones, Tablets, VR World

Microsoft CMO Confirms Engineering Effort On Surface Phone

The title stands – if we use the term “confirms” rather loosely. No, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela didn’t exactly blatantly reveal that the tech giant is working on a Surface Phone. No! He did however, release some rather interesting info on the potentially upcoming new device. This would be a device that would tie in all the software, hardware and design aspects that come with the current Windows 10 and ensure a full saturation of the entire specter in the selected IT market area. In a recent episode of Twit, Mary Jo Foley pushed Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela on the prospect

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