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.

Amazon Deal Sees Return of Rift’s $350 Black Friday Price Cut

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Amazon’s US store is either the first, or the only retailer currently to offer the Oculus Rift for its Black Friday-reduced price of $350, a $50 discount off the now normal MSRP of $400.

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Amazon’s ‘Sumerian’ Tool Simplifies Web-Based VR Development


And thanks to Amazon’s new web-based VR app development tool, everyone will. Announced at Amazon’s annual AWS re:invent , Sumerian editor utilizes simplified drag-and-drop mechanics, which allows you to easily create 3D worlds.

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How to snag Oculus Rift at retail with Amazon, Microsoft and Best Buy


Starting tomorrow, May 6th 9 AM PST you'll be able to purchase a new Oculus Rift headset from Amazon and Microsoft. On Saturday, you'll be able to buy from Best Buy.

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Purchase Oculus Rift May 7 from Best Buy, Amazon and Microsoft Stores


Orders will be available online from Amazon , and Microsoft stores starting May 6th at 9 AM PST. Today, Oculus announced a limited supply of the Oculus Rift would be available from Best Buy starting May 7.

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HTC VIVE VR Headset Now Available on Amazon


The HTC VIVE (yes, they now capitalize all the letters in VIVE) is getting itself in front of millions of new online shoppers perusing the virtual aisles of Amazon. The post HTC VIVE VR Headset Now Available on Amazon appeared first on VRScout. News Amazon HTC Vive

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Windows VR Headsets Down to Just $215 On Amazon


Microsoft’s new line of Windows-based ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headsets may not be quite as good as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive (unless we’re talking about the Samsung Odyssey), but they still offer a great VR experience and their low prices are hard to argue with. If you head over to Amazon right now, you’ll find them at their cheapest prices yet. Lenovo Microsoft VR Industry News

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Amazon willing to team up with Apple and Google


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. Sensing competition, now Amazon is pushing ahead with hiring some brand new tech specialists who can help revolutionise its rival Alexa service. Amazon.com Inc.

Microsoft Discounts HoloLens For Schools, Partners With Pearson


Microsoft’s new Windows-based ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headsets and its futuristic HoloLens device are coming to more classrooms to pave the way for immersive education. Microsoft’s VR headsets, made in partnership with companies like Dell and Lenovo, are currently the cheapest option for getting into PC-based VR (especially considering the latest offers on Amazon). To this end, Microsoft also launched the HoloLens Academic Promotion this week.

HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset Gets £100 Off On Amazon UK


Amazon has slashed £100 off of the HP Windows Mixed Reality headset. And, of course, the hit sports Microsoft’s six degrees of freedom (6DOF) inside-out tracking, meaning you’ll get comprehensive positional tracking in VR without the need for external sensors as with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Black Friday may be a distant memory, but there are still some great savings to be had on VR headsets, at least in the UK.

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HTC Vive Finds New VP of Marketing in Former Xbox, Amazon.


HTC Vive Finds New VP of Marketing in Former Xbox, Amazon Executive The HTC Vive has been on sale for a few months now, and the team behind the kit is growing. Joining that team this month is a former executive from both Microsoft and Amazon.

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


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. My guess is that Amazon has the same kind of vision. Wearing Alexa glasses makes perfect sense in a world dominated by Amazon, but the goggles would not be as helpful if I’m switching over to Siri or the Assistant (or Cortana).

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CES: Rokid unveils AR glasses prototype


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. It appears the best analogy to understand the product may be to compare it to an AR variant of Google Glass — e.g. intended for use throughout a user’s day rather than tethered to a standalone device akin to Microsoft’s HoloLens.

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


Amazon – NASDAQ: AMZN – VR Content & Game Engine. Microsoft – NASDAQ: MSFT – VR operating system, VR platform, VR headset. Amazon – NASDAQ: AMZN – VR content.

Oculus Rift Out Of Stock At Some Retailers, Available ‘Mainly Online’


Over the last few months we’ve seen a number of physical stores run low on units, including Best Buy and Microsoft locations. “Rift continues to be available across our channels, at this time mainly online (Oculus.com, Best Buy online, Amazon, etc.),” explains an email this week from a Facebook representative. Facebook VR Industry News Amazon oculus rift oculus rift s

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Oculus Rift Is $349 / £349 / C$449 / €399 At Retailers This Weekend


Amazon and Microsoft Store were offering this price, but are both now out of stock due to high demand. The price was being offered by Amazon UK and John Lewis , but both are now out of stock. In Canada, Amazon CA and Best Buy are offering the bundle at C$449 (C$80 off). The Best Buy listing states that the sale there will end today, and the Amazon listing states that it won’t be shipped until stock comes back in on January 19th.

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Alex Kipman Nominated for Inventor’s Award

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The Brazilian-born inventor gets recognition for his groundbreaking work with the Microsoft Hololens. Kipman started his professional career at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, right after graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2001.

Is Oculus Touch Priced at USD 199?


From the very start, explanation for the Vive price was that the package enables “room scale VR,” with the included tracking solution (Lighthouse) and a pair of motion controllers, while the Oculus Rift only comes with a Microsoft Xbox controller.

Missed Out on the $350 Black Friday Rift Deal? It’s Back for a Limited Time

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The deal ($50 off MSRP) can be found at Oculus.com , Amazon US , NewEgg , Microsoft Store , Microcenter , and B est Buy. For Amazon users, signing up for an Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card can also knock $50 off the price of Rift, putting it down to an even $300.

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GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 Shortage Until August?


HTC Vive is available in 3 out of five Microsoft stores we’ve checked, while Oculus Rift availability was tied to Intel’s Retail Experience. The reality is different: both the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 are both listed as “Out of Stock” on Newegg, while Amazon search for GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 reveals quite the heavy price premium over the MSRP listed above. Kudos to Microsoft for in-store availability.

The HoloLens Application that Wants to Save eCommerce Retailers Millions


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.

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Oculus Rift is Out of Stock All Over the Web, Suggesting ‘Rift S’ is Near

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As first reported by Variety , Rift is out of stock all over the Internet including US online retailers New Egg, Best Buy, Microsoft Store, Micro Center, as well as several European retail partners including Media Markt, Curry’s, and Game.

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Taking A Quick Look At The Acer Window Mixed Reality Headset

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I have to admit that I have been intrigued ever since Microsoft threw its hat into the VR ring and announced all of the different MR headsets that they were releasing through many different manufacturing partners. Today I am taking a quick look at the Acer AH-101 Window Mixed Reality Headset.

Facebook Open-sources AI Habitat To Help Robots Navigate Realistic Environments


Simulated data is commonly used in AI to train robotic systems, create reinforcement learning models, and power AI systems from Amazon Go to enterprise applications of few-shot learning with small amounts of data.

Oculus Rift + Touch Now Permanently Priced at $350

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In the US, this includes Amazon, Best Buy, New Egg, Microsoft Store, and Micro Center.

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Windows VR Headset Prices Hit Rock Bottom Over Black Friday

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Image courtesy Microsoft. In the case of that first group of headsets, the best Windows Mixed Reality Black Friday 2018 deal is the Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset for $180 at Amazon (a 55% discount). The deal is eligible for fast & free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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Facebook’s Customer Base Spells Success For The Oculus Quest


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.

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Oculus ‘Rift S’ Will Be Present At GDC 2019


Recently, reports have begun circulating that the availability of Oculus Rift headsets have been on the decline the past few weeks, disappearing entirely from Amazon, Microsoft, and Best Buy. Reports indicate Oculus’ next headset will make its debut later this month.

TPCast for Vive is Now Available for Pre-order in North America at $300

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TPCast for Vive is priced at US$300, and is sold on TPCast’s website and online retail sites including Amazon and NewEgg. Originally slated for its US release on 9/25/2017 through the Microsoft Store , pre-orders were quickly refunded for no discernible reason.

NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute Aims to Train 100,000 Developers this Year


In addition to instructor-led workshops, developers have on-demand access to training on the latest deep learning technology using NVIDIA software and high-performance Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 P2 GPU instances in the cloud. New DLI Certified Training Partners: NVIDIA is expanding the Deep Learning Institute ecosystem by providing materials and certifying instructors from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Microsoft.

HTC Vive Goes Retail


First, Oculus Rift appeared in small numbers at Amazon and Best Buy but was quickly snapped up. 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.

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Bought an Oculus Rift Just Before Last Week’s Price Cut? 5 Ways to Get a $100 Refund

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If You Bought From the Microsoft Store. You must contact Microsoft within 30 days of the price change to receive the refund or credit. If You Bought From Amazon. If you fall within that window, contact Amazon support to ask about a refund.

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Pre-orders for Oculus Ready PCs and Rift Bundles Start February 16


Starting today you can now pre-order Oculus Ready PC and Rift bundles from Best Buy , Amazon , and the Microsoft Store , with prices starting at $1499.

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Tomorrow's Tech Today: Takeaways From Augmented World Expo 2019

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Apple begins its World Wide Developer Conference on Monday, June 3rd; Microsoft, Facebook (Oculus), Google, Amazon, Snap, and Magic Leap, had theirs earlier in the year. The 10th annual Augmented World Expo ( AWE ) wrapped on Friday, May 31st.

New to VR? A beginner’s guide


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Top 10 Articles


While other major tech companies like Google , Facebook and Microsoft have raced into the VR/AR markets, Apple has been biding its time.” Amazon Apple HTC Intel Samsung Tesla VR WorldIn today’s edition of Top 10, we take a stroll the virtual information lane during May Day and see what’s interesting around the globe. Flying Cars, Electric Trucks and Human Face in VR.

HTC Vive now on SALE $100 Off with Black Friday


The HTC Vive will be available from the HTC Store as well as Amazon, Microsoft store, Gamestop, Newegg, and Micro-center. Today is Black Friday and the crazy shopping season before Christmas starts.

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