Amazon Luna Isn't Solving Cloud Gaming's Biggest Problems

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Luna—no, not the surprisingly delicious protein bars— is Amazon’s upcoming foray into the world of cloud gaming. Some of us probably rolled our eyes at the announcement and thought, “Ugh, why does Amazon need to have its greedy little paws in everything?”

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Power and Responsibility: Highlights from Microsoft Build

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We need to ask ourselves not only what computers can do, but what they should do,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in his opening keynote at Build. Microsoft sees the “intelligent cloud” as the backbone of this revolution. Within that vision, Azure is being built as “the world’s computer,” a ubiquitous computing fabric that would allow Microsoft to meet the digital sovereignty and regulatory needs of their customers while delivering the benefits of innovation.

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Passing the $1 trillion mark, Bitcoin is almost as big as Google

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Bitcoin joins publicly traded companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon in breaking the $1 trillion market capitalization barrier.

Learn AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud with this cloud architect course

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For this very purpose, companies usually rely on three big names to manage their cloud operations: Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. TL;DR: The Cloud Computing Architect Certification Bundle is on sale for £27.71 as of Feb. 24, saving you 97% on list price.

Who’s Waging the Wearables Wars? Part II: Microsoft

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After examining Amazon last week, it’s time to zero in on Microsoft. In addition to standard audio fare like music and phone calls, they’ll integrate natively with Microsoft products like Office. ’ It turns out that its motivations are similar to Amazon’s. After failing to market the Fire Phone years ago, Amazon now sees wearables as a way to gain a direct touchpoint with consumers in a growing category, while the smartphone market matures.

Amazon willing to team up with Apple and Google

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s Google if it would help improve customers’ experience with its Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant , an executive working on the platform said. The online retailer, which is already working with Microsoft Corp. on productivity features for Alexa such as calendar interactions, will put the user first in pursuit of any other partnerships, said Toni Reid, Amazon’s vice president of Alexa and Echo devices, who has been on the team since 2014. Amazon.com Inc.

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Google’s Gradient Ventures Joins $58 Million Investment In AR Startup Mojo Vision

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Mojo Vision , an under-the-radar augmented reality (AR) startup that has yet to reveal exactly what it’s building, announced that it has raised $58 million in a series B round of funding from Google’s Gradient Ventures, Advantech Capital, HP Tech Ventures, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Bold Capital Partners, LG Electronics, Kakao Ventures, and Stanford StartX.

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Who’s Waging the Wearables Wars? Part III: Google

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After examining Amazon and Microsoft , it’s time to zero in on Google. ’ Google’s motivations for wearables are similar to Apple, Amazon and Microsoft: to protect and future-proof its core business. For Google that of course means search. Several Google moves over the past decade had that same underlying goal. So far, Google’s most notable wearables investment is with hearables. Google also wins on sheer scale.

These Are The Stocks You Could Buy To Invest In The VR Industry

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billion from companies listed below like Google and Qualcomm. Google – NASDAQ: GOOG – Cardboard, Google VR, Daydream & Tango, VR cameras, Tilt Brush. Amazon – NASDAQ: AMZN – VR Content & Game Engine. Microsoft – NASDAQ: MSFT – VR operating system, VR platform, VR headset. Amazon – NASDAQ: AMZN – VR content.

CES: Rokid unveils AR glasses prototype

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The company, better known for its home assistant products (that bear similarities in looks and functionality to Amazon’s Alexa Dot and Google’s Home Mini), appears to be making its first foray into the augmented reality space. The glasses run a variant of Android 6.0 — suggesting it may eventually leverage Google’s ARCore to build out a software base as the product heads towards commercialization later this year.

Spatial raises $14M more for a holographic 3D workspace app, a VR/AR version of Zoom or Hangouts

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” He also pointed out the development over at Amazon, where last month the company announced AWS Wavelength for ultra-low latency 5G computing at the edge, something that will have a direct impact on using and building the next generation of AR and VR headgear. Given its position with developers, if Amazon is getting into the mix, you know something is up, he added.

Amazon’s New Smart Goggles Might Make Sense, If Alexa Is Everywhere

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I’m not a fan of smart goggles, the awkward device Google tried to pawn off on us a few years ago for a high price tag. Google Glass failed because it didn’t really offer that much functionality, and Google didn’t actually convince anyone it made sense to wear glasses. And yet news about Amazon making smart goggles caught my attention , because — while I never warmed up to the idea — I can see the benefit for anyone who already wears glasses anyway.

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Trump’s TikTok meddling means we’ll never be able to escape Big Tech

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Opinion Social Media Amazon Apple big tech Facebook Google Huawei Microsoft tiktokHolding a huge competitor hostage only makes them more powerful.

The HoloLens Application that Wants to Save eCommerce Retailers Millions

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Students from Georgia Tech are working with Microsoft and Walmart to increase efficiency in warehouses using Mixed Reality. Much has been made of the use of robots to increase efficiency in warehouses —with web retailers such as Amazon announcing significant investment in that area. She met her co-f ounder Sarthak Srinivas outside the office of Thad Starner (Google Glass’s inventor) at Georgia Tech. News ecommerce Imagine Cup Microsoft HoloLens Oculogx

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New to VR? A beginner’s guide

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Google Cardboard. from Google. Google Daydream View. from Google. COMPATIBILITY: The Google Daydream View is only compatible with these devices: Pixel, Pixel 2, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, Moto Z, Moto Z 2 , ZenFone AR, Mate 9 Pro, Axon 7. Google’s Daydream View is a mobile VR device that comes with a handheld Bluetooth controller for navigation and gameplay. from Amazon. Photo from Microsoft. from Microsoft.

Tech Giants Prime AR’s Headworn Era

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All the big tech players — Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon — are in the game as well. Companies like Ikea, Target, and Amazon have already used ARKit, mostly for placing virtual furniture in a room to see if it fits. Google. Microsoft. Amazon.

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Mixer Closed, Should VR Fans Be Excited?

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Yet the Microsoft owned Mixer did not share the same success. Microsoft tried, they really did. The copyright on the streaming tech that ran Mixer stayed with Microsoft. But why did Microsoft choose Facebook to partner with on the Mixer deal? YouTube is owned by Google.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.11.11): Cardboard becomes opensource, HoloLens 2 and nreal shipping and much more!

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Image by Google). Google completely opensources Cardboard. With a surprise move, Google has announced with a blog post that it ha opensourced completely Cardboard. Regarding what components have been opensourced, Google states that “The open source project provides APIs for head tracking, lens distortion rendering, and input handling. Google has already abandoned all its VR projects (e.g. Google Jump, Daydream), and Cardboard is the last one of a long list.

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This OpenAI GPT-3 Powered Demo Is A Glimpse Of NPCs In The Future

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Microsoft, which invested $1 billion in OpenAI, has exclusive rights to the source code & commercial use of GPT-3, so this feature is unlikely to be added to Modbox itself. In 2017, Google’s AI division revealed a new approach to language models called Transformers.

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My predictions for augmented reality in 2021

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As a long-time AR enthusiast, and one of the first to have tried Google Glass in Italy, I have to admit that I will consider AR mainstream only when it will be on glasses that we will wear all day , when we’ll live in a completely shared mixed reality world (the AR Cloud).

The XR Week Peek (2021.01.25): Facebook plans “a big shift” in privacy, Apple VR headset rumored, and more!

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Furthermore, the comparison with Microsoft doesn’t hold well: Microsoft was a software company that just didn’t have high standards, so it made products with many bugs. Amazon acquires Umbra. Amazon has just acquired the Finnish company Umbra. Happy Monday everyone!

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Your VR Guide To Black Friday Deals

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Microsoft ‘Mixed Reality’ Headset Discounts. Microsoft’s Windows “Mixed Reality” headsets are now on sale for up to $100, bringing the cheapest among them to just $300. Only available in Microsoft retail and online stores in the US and Canada, the sale goes on until 11:59 PM PST on November 27, 2017. Shop on Amazon. Google Daydream View Sale. Google’s Daydream View VR headset is expected to get a discount on Black Friday as well.

Get your smart home started with a smart plug — here are our favorites

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Depending on which one you get, you'll be able to control regular appliances like lamps and fans via a mobile app or compatible voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa. IMAGE: Amazon. BEST FOR AMAZON DEVICE INTEGRATION. Amazon Smart Plug. Works with: Amazon Alexa.

XR Talks: What is Aggregation Theory?

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This is the case with Facebook’s social graph, Google Search, Apple hardware, and Amazon’s “everything store” Demand First. Facebook (and Google to a lesser degree) has moved in this direction over time. W hat is aggregation theory?

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Facebook’s Customer Base Spells Success For The Oculus Quest

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Oculus’ whirlwind Kickstarter success led many to believe that established entertainment companies such as Sony, Microsoft, or even tech giant Google might look to buy the company, but Facebook’s decisive choice wasn’t something anyone could have predicted. Yesterday, Newegg, Amazon, and Walmart were all sold out of both the 64GB and 128GB models; Amazon reports their next batch of 128GB headsets won’t be shipping for another one to two months.

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This year's best Black Friday tablet deals include $200 off the brand new iPads

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BEST FOR KIDS: Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition (32GB) — get $40 in Kohl's Cash. BEST BUDGET PICK: Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (32GB or 64GB) — save $80 on Amazon. Here are the best Black Friday deals on tablets as of Nov.

HTC Vive Goes Retail

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First, Oculus Rift appeared in small numbers at Amazon and Best Buy but was quickly snapped up. The Vive at Micro Center is bundled with features such as Google Tilt Brush, Fantastic Contraption, and Job Simulator. Microsoft store shows their supply as coming soon. Now the HTC Vive appears at retail. Micro Center first had ten available in their California store in Orange County. As of Sunday, only one remains, and you'll need to stop by in person to pick one up.

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Apple is Snapping up Many of Magic Leap’s Former Employees

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According to an investigation of LinkedIn profiles by Protocol , many former Magic Leap employees have taken up residence at Silicon Valley’s most prominent tech companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon. It seems now that many of Magic Leap’s recently laid-off employees are helping Apple with its own AR headset ambitions.

What Will AR Do for Brand Marketing in 2021?

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There continues to be competition for consumer mindshare from search, social, Amazon, or a brand’s own apps and properties. Microsoft will kill Slack, Asana, and Zoom to dominate the future of work. W hat’s the state of AR as we enter 2021?

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Facebook takes a low-key first step into cloud gaming

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The social network is preparing to launch its pseudo-answer to Big Tech competitors like Google Stadia and Amazon Luna, as well as the likes of Microsoft xCloud and PlayStation Now.

Interview with Robert Scoble about Oculus Quest 2, Apple Glasses and more!

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He has a very interesting working story, having worked for great companies like Microsoft and Fast Company. We all know that this thought has not aged well, and that Microsoft has failed completely entering the phone market, with billions of loss because of that.

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My predictions for virtual reality in 2021

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Or better, I can imagine who can be the names and they are all the big monoliths: Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon , etc… Only companies of this size could afford selling a good headset under cost and at the same time attract enough developers to publish VR games on their own new stores.

Best cheap laptops for less than $500

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More about Microsoft , Lenovo , Laptops , Mashable Shopping , and 2 In 1 Laptops. IMAGE: Amazon. from Amazon. IMAGE: Amazon. 368 from Amazon. IMAGE: Amazon. from Amazon. IMAGE: Amazon. 365 from Amazon. The Dell Latitude works in laptop, tablet, or tent mode, and is designed for use with a variety of Microsoft learning apps. Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB eMMC + TPM, plus an extra 100GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years.

Led by Former Oculus Exec, Facebook’s New Cloud Gaming Service Paves the Way to VR Streaming

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While other companies like Amazon, Google, NVIDIA, and Microsoft are building out their own cloud game streaming services, none of them have both a standalone VR headset and a major VR ecosystem for a complete end-to-end solution.

XR Talks: Defining the AR Cloud, Part II

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Google’s Justin Quimby says this is okay as long as there are common languages — again like HTML today. ” Google could be the knowledge layer , Facebook the social layer , Microsoft the enterprise productivity layer , and Amazon the commerce layer.

Virtual Reality Headset History 2012 To 2018

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The first of these will be dev kits based on the Santa Cruz prototype from Facebook’s Oculus, but it is very likely executives at Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple also have teams working on similar systems and we’ll hear about them in the next year or two. 2016: Google’s Daydream View. 2017: Microsoft’s Windows-powered VR. Microsoft took a major step forward in 2017, adding easier setup to wired VR systems.

Augmented Reality and Hearables: Where the Two Technologies Meet

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But AR/VR solutions are not limited to Google Glass, mobile apps for trying on shoes or accessories, and AR-based games. For example, in 2019, Amazon extended Alexa features to pair with headphones and earbuds. Sponsored content. Sponsored by Softeq.