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AI Weekly: Nvidia’s business model is blurring the lines of reality

Back and forth he went: Is this car real or that car real? Near the start of his keynote address at the Nvidia GPU Tech Conference (GTC), CEO Jensen Huang asked the audience to guess which scenes from a BMW car commercial were generated by a machine and which were recorded with a camera. It […]

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Why 6G research is starting before we have 5G

While much of the world is still wondering how long it will take to get 5G networks, and what it could mean to their lives and economies, a group of telecommunications researchers is looking further ahead to what comes after that: 6G. Next week in Levi, Finland, a group of 250 researchers will gather for […]

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WarDucks raises $3.8 million for augmented reality game studio

WarDucks has raised $3.8 million in funding to launch a location-based augmented reality game studio, and it has tapped Doom co-creator John Romero for help with game design. Dublin-based WarDucks raises the money from EQT Ventures, with participation from Suir Valley Ventures and other investors. Romero, the co-creator of Doom and Quake, will serve as […]

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The VR headset market is about to get way too crowded and confusing

Once, there was a single VR headset. Today there are quite a few, and within months, there will certainly be too many in the marketplace for most people to count. Consumers are about to enter the most confusing time in VR’s history. There are already four tiers of decidedly different devices to choose from, and throughout […]

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Oculus Rift S versus Oculus Rift: the spec comparison chart

After months of rumors and a somewhat damning leak, Facebook’s Oculus division today made the Oculus Rift S official as its follow up to 2016’s Oculus Rift. The Rift S is solely for use with Windows 10 PCs, and we have tons of additional details and insight in our announcement story and Oculus interview. As […]

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Nate Mitchell interview — Why Facebook built the Oculus Rift S headset for the PC

Nate Mitchell is head of virtual reality products and cofounder of Facebook’s Oculus division. He’s been there since near the beginning of VR’s rebirth, and he was at the Game Developers Conference this week to evangelize the newest Oculus products. They include the expected Oculus Quest wireless VR headset, and well as the surprise (sort […]

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Oculus Rift S will debut soon as $400 sequel to the PC-based Rift VR headset

Facebook has unveiled the Oculus Rift S, a new virtual reality headset for the PC that represents a major upgrade to its 2016 product, the Oculus Rift. Nate Mitchell, head of virtual reality products and cofounder of Facebook’s Oculus division, said in an interview with GamesBeat that the company will launch the Rift S soon […]

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Nvidia’s Safety Force Field is ‘mathematically’ designed to prevent autonomous vehicle crashes

Today at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, CEO Jensen Huang detailed the latest developments regarding the chipmaker’s autonomous driving efforts. He revealed that Nvidia Constellation, its cloud-based autonomous vehicle simulation platform, is now generally available, and announced Safety Force Field, a new component of the company’s Drive AV platform designed to protect driverless […]

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Khronos Group releases early OpenXR spec for AR and VR hardware standards

The Khronos Group has announced the ratification and public release of the OpenXR 0.90 provisional specification for royalty-free standards related to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality VR devices, collectively known as XR. This means that software makers will know how to make software that runs quickly and efficiently on various kinds of VR and AR […]

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Epic Games awards $500,000 in final Unreal Dev Grants

Epic Games has awarded $500,000 in awards to the final recipients of Unreal Dev Grants, a $5 million fund supporting developers working with Unreal Engine 4 (UE4). This is the last round of grants, and they give no-strings-attached financial assistance to more than a dozen projects. Recipients come from a variety of industries, including games, […]

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Oculus Rift: The inside story

Among journalists, no one has gotten inside the story of the Oculus Rift as much as Blake Harris, who has just published The History of The Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution, a book about Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and the creation of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. In part one of our coverage, […]

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TrueVR’s Tikal: Night of the Blood Moon is a full VR arcade experience

Location-based VR allows multiple people to jump into the same virtual space. That’s not something that’s really possible at home. Everyone would need a PC and you’d probably just spent an hour bumping into each other. But, so far, we’ve usually seen groups of around four people in VR at the same time — though […]

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How much can Apple charge for video, news, and bundled services?

With a media event scheduled for March 25, Apple’s list of subscription services is about to grow from two — iCloud and Apple Music — to four, including Apple News Magazines and an Apple video service. Since many of the details have already leaked out, I’m wondering what Apple will charge for the new services, […]

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Apple confirms June 3 to June 7 dates for WWDC 2019 in San Jose

Apple has confirmed that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held from June 3 to June 7, 2019, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. While both the dates and location were previously sleuthed out by MacRumors, the company had not officially confirmed the details. Traditionally, Apple offers a keynote speech on […]

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Amazon’s re:MARS conference will feature Andrew Ng, iRobot CEO Colin Angle, and Robert Downey Jr.

In January, Amazon revealed that MARS, an annual private gathering hosted by CEO Jeff Bezos with a focus on machine learning, automation, robotics, and space technology, would get a public counterpart this year in re:MARS. But although Amazon detailed the date and venue — June 4-7 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas […]

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HTC’s Viveport Infinity unlimited VR service will cost $99 per year

Back in January, HTC announced an all-you-can-consume VR subscription service called Viveport Infinity, but a key detail — pricing — was left ambiguous. Today, the company announced that the service will launch on April 2 with $99 annual or $13 monthly price tags, but deals will be offered to entice early subscribers to the platform. […]

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Apple could reveal credit card, HBO, and Starz deals at Show Time event

Apple’s March 25 media event in Cupertino is likely to feature not two but three separate services announcements: Beyond the widely expected launch of news magazine subscriptions and reveal of a paid video streaming offering, the company is expected to debut an Apple-branded credit card, Bloomberg reports today. Whispers of the Apple credit card — […]

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Apple News Magazines subscription feature appears in macOS 10.14.4 beta

While the official launch of Apple’s subscription service for news is expected at a March 25 event in Cupertino, dialog boxes and hooks for the service have just been discovered in the latest beta release of macOS 10.14.4. The new service is expected to be called Apple News Magazines, and as expected, appears to be heavily […]

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Apple confirms March 25 It’s Show Time event for subscription reveals

Apple today sent out invitations for a March 25 event with an interesting title: “It’s show time.” Details of the event were widely leaked last month, suggesting a heavy focus on new subscription services for news and videos, with celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and movie stars likely to be in attendance. While first-quarter events have become somewhat […]

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