Tag: category-/Science/Engineering & Technology

Ace Combat 7’s VR Missions could hit Oculus Rift and Vive PC headsets in 2020

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown out for the PlayStation 4, and you can read our full review of the VR content and check out what we thought of playing the game with a Thrustmaster flight stick (spoiler: it’s awesome). However, the VR content is exclusive to the PS4 with PSVR and is not available in the Xbox or PC […]

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CES 2019 showed us computer vision will go big this year

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas I encountered the usual collection of ever-larger flat-screen TVs, voice-activated home appliances, and wearable tech as far as the eye could see. But to my mind, CES 2019 may ultimately be remembered as the year computer vision products went mainstream. From skin care products and smart […]

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The next space race won’t have just one winner

Until January 3, no human being had ever set eyes on the “dark side” of the moon — the side always facing away from the Earth. It was a mystery.  But no longer. China’s National Space Administration successfully landed a lunar lander, Chang’e-4, at South Pole-Aitken, the moon’s largest and deepest basin. Its lunar rover Yutu-2 […]

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Microsoft opens AI and VR incubator in China

Despite its struggles in some countries, virtual reality has steadily grown in popularity throughout China over the last few years, so Microsoft — better known for its augmented reality headset HoloLens than its VR initiatives — is getting in on the action. As reported by China’s Xinhua news agency, the company today launched the Nanchang City […]

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Apple reportedly plans iPad 7 and iPad mini 5 for first half of 2019

After spending several years without updates, Apple’s iPad mini 4 was finally rumored late last year to have a sequel under development, and a new report offers a release window for both the small tablet and a new version of the entry-level iPad: the first half of 2019. The dates come from manufacturing publication DigiTimes, […]

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Microsoft sets MWC 2019 event for February 24, likely revealing HoloLens 2

Rumors of an early 2019 reveal of HoloLens 2 circulated throughout 2018, and now Microsoft appears to be ready to show off its next-generation augmented reality headset. The company today issued invitations to a media event at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, which will feature one particularly noteworthy speaker: Alex Kipman, a Microsoft technical fellow […]

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Rec Room hits more than 1 million VR headsets

Rec Room is ringing in the new year by celebrating its successes in the old one. In a post on its official site, developer Against Gravity revealed its app had been installed on over 1 million VR headsets by the end of 2018. Rec Room is a social VR platform available on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, […]

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At CES 2019, VR and AR took small but meaningful steps forward

Ahead of 2019’s Consumer Electronics Show, I hoped to see several key developments with next-generation VR and AR headsets — dramatically higher-resolution PC VR headsets, compelling standalone VR headsets, and and less conspicuous AR headsets with wider fields of view. I won’t tell you that these predictions turned out to be fully correct, but they weren’t completely […]

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Apple reportedly plans 3-camera iPhone XS Max and 2-camera iPhone XR sequels

Faced with softer than expected sales of 2018’s flagship iPhones, Apple will apparently try again in 2019 by augmenting two of the models with new camera systems — a decision that might increase the appeal of the iPhone XR’s and iPhone XS Max’s successors. That’s according to a Wall Street Journal report this morning, citing […]

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Heartland Tech Weekly: Utah’s approach to tech education could be a model for the nation

Welcome back Heartland Tech readers, and I hope you enjoyed the holidays. It’s been an interesting week for tech education news — yesterday, a coalition of techcompanies led by IBM committed to creating new apprenticeship programs within their companies. Additionally, Lambda School — a coding school that allows students to pay via an income-share agreement — announced that it’s raised a $30 million […]

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Qualcomm and Intel have 5G devices at CES 2019, but Huawei’s are MIA

Chipmakers and carriers spent most of 2018 talking about their 5G plans for this year, but when it came time to actually show up at the 2019 CES with 5G devices, the differences between companies couldn’t have been starker. Only one major U.S. carrier, AT&T, has yet to hold its press conference, while everyone else has […]

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Realmax Qian is a light, fully wireless AR/VR headset with a 100-degree FOV

Realmax has officially taken its AR/VR ambitions from dream to reality, having evolved its Qian headset from an intriguing prototype at the 2018 CES to actual production hardware at the 2019 CES. And unlike so many of the devices shown each year at CES, Qian actually contains some compelling differentiators: It’s lightweight, tetherless, and offers a […]

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Verizon’s 5G keynote at CES spotlights media, drone flight, and health partnerships

Introduced by Consumer Technology Association head Gary Shapiro as one of the most exciting speakers at the 2019 CES, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg took the stage to discuss the network’s plans for 5G this year. He focused on fairly narrow upcoming uses of 5G technologies by various partners while actually demonstrating very few of them. But […]

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Oculus Rift leads again in Steam’s December hardware survey

I was half expecting to write that the combined power of the Vive and Vive Pro had allowed HTC to regain the top spot it once held for so long in December’s Steam Hardware Survey. Turns out the opposite is true; the Oculus Rift gained ground this month. In November 2018’s results, there was less than […]

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5 big questions VR faces in 2019

Between the launch of Oculus Go, Vive Pro, and an onslaught of new titles, 2018 was a busy year for VR. But it’s no secret that more exciting developments lay ahead for 2019. Current PC VR headsets are starting to get a little long in the tooth and in need of a refresh, whereas the […]

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Accell shows off USB-C VR adapter for Oculus Rift, Windows VR

A new VR standard named VirtualLink is set to connect the next generation of VR headsets to PCs with a single USB-C wire. Accell’s VR adapter claims to let current headsets like the Oculus Rift and Windows VR headsets do the same. The Fremont-based company revealed its USB-C VR adapter this week. It features HDMI 2.0 and […]

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Pico ups standalone VR ante with high-resolution G2 4K headset

Virtual reality headset maker Pico Interactive isn’t well known outside of Asia, but its all-in-one Pico G2 is a top seller in China — one of the world’s leading adopters of VR technology. Today, Pico revealed the Pico G2 4K, a standalone VR headset that will use a higher-resolution display to challenge upcoming all-in-one rivals […]

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Valve reveals Steam VR’s 100 best-selling games for 2018

Valve released a list of the 100 top-selling VR games on Steam in 2018, and the biggest hit gets you off the couch and puts VR lightsabers into your hands. More than 1,000 titles released on Steam this year with VR support, according to Bellevue, Washington-based Valve Corporation. The vast majority of the releases are […]

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AI Weekly: 2018 in machine learning

Artificial intelligence is without question one of the most captivating and influential corners of the technology world today, but it’s also one of the noisiest. To wrap our heads around the complicated mashup of subjects that coalesce to make coverage of the AI beat possible, we write the AI Weekly. The Weekly is our sandbox of sorts, a place to let […]

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U.S. internet satellite service OneWeb offers to sell minority stake to Russia

MOSCOW (By Maria Kolomychenko, Reuters) – U.S. satellite start-up OneWeb has offered to sell a minority stake to Russia, a move it hopes will allay Moscow’s concerns about the company’s plan to create a worldwide internet network using satellites, three sources familiar with the matter said. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said in October it […]

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