Microsoft Hires Apple 5G Chief To Develop New HoloLens And AI Products

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Now Caballero has joined Microsoft, his LinkedIn page confirms (via Bloomberg ), and his new role could be significant: He left Apple during its 5G modem development drama, and is likely to bring significant cellular and related wireless expertise to his new employer.

Microsoft’s Social Service AltspaceVR Pilots Mac Version

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Microsoft is piloting Mac OS support for its social service AltspaceVR. Microsoft is careful to note that some features and events aren’t supported on Mac OS, including Microsoft-linked accounts.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.08): Microsoft launches Mesh, HTC and Pico tease new hardware, and more!

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Microsoft announces Mesh, an XR collaboration platform. Alex Kipman promised us a Microsoft Ignite conference with an amazing level of immersion , and he kept his word. But since Microsoft owns one of those studios (and using it costs around $100K/day if I remember well!),

Our First Look At Microsoft HoloLens 2

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Microsoft debuts their latest mixed reality device at Mobile World Conference 2019. Over these past three and a half years, Microsoft has been listening to their customers, claims HoloLens inventor and Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman as he took his turn on stage. With the HoloLens 2, Microsoft has made what appears to be a more consumer-friendly device than its original predecessor – although the company themselves dare not utter the “c-word” just yet.

Apple M1 MacBooks vs Microsoft Surface Pro X: Which company does ARM best?

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Pinning the greatest from Apple against the greatest from Microsoft. Apple Buying Guides Computing alarm.com Apple November 2020 Event MacBook Microsoft surface

Apple MacBook Air vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 6

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Apple updated its MacBook Air, bringing improved specs to a stunningly thin design, but does it have what it takes to compete with Microsoft's Surface Pro 6? Computing Apple macbook pro Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Tier 4

Microsoft backs Epic Games, says Apple is threatening game development

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Microsoft has inserted itself into the ongoing legal dispute between Apple and Epic Games, and the Xbox company is lining up behind the Unreal Engine. Epic confirmed on Monday that Apple will cut the company off from iOS and MacOS development tools on Aug.

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. In the interview with me, he talked about many topics, like the rumors he heard on Apple Glasses, on the Oculus Quest 2 , the America vs China war, XR entrepreneurship, Tesla, and more!

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Microsoft backs Epic in dispute with Apple, says Unreal Engine is critical tech

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Gaming News Apple breaking twitter Epic Games Microsoft Unreal EngineA court filing says the banning the engine will 'harm game creators and gamers'.

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HoloLens 2 Now Shipping, Microsoft Announces

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HoloLens 2, Microsoft’s second enterprise-level AR headset, is now shipping. Rumors also continue to persist about a possible Apple AR headset to release in the years ahead. The post HoloLens 2 Now Shipping, Microsoft Announces appeared first on UploadVR. AR Microsoft VR Industry News ar AR headset HoloLens HoloLens 2 HoloLens 2 AR microsoft top storiesHoloLens 2 was introduced at Mobile World Congress earlier in the year.

Microsoft's new Surface Pro 7 ad hits Apple's MacBook Pro where it really hurts

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In 2021, Microsoft woke up and chose brutal honesty. In its latest ad for the Surface Pro 7 (by way of MS Power User ), the company spent 30 seconds listing all the ways it believes the 2-in-1 laptop is better than Apple's MacBook Pro. Apple Microsoft Macbook Pro Surface Pro Tech

Apple Is Denying Consumers Cloud Gaming, Microsoft Claims

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Microsoft has stopped mincing words, and in a statement shared with Gizmodo, claims that Apple is entirely to blame for the lack of cloud gaming apps and subscription services on iOS. project xcloud microsoft project xcloud cloud gaming apple antitrust

What Microsoft can learn from Apple’s Mac on ARM transition

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Microsoft has a lot to learn from Apple switching to ARM Macs. Computing Opinion Apple breaking Mac OS MacBook Microsoft surface

The XR Week Peek (2021.04.05): Rumors on a Apple headset intensify, Quest 2 sales grow fast, and more!

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The rumors on the Apple Glasses are intensifying. It is not a secret that Apple is working on an XR device: the mystery is when it is going to release it and what it will actually be. The hype is rising, and Apple is playing with it. Microsoft signs a $22B deal with the US Army.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go vs. Apple MacBook Air: Which is the better buy?

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Microsoft just launched the 12.5 inch Surface Laptop Go, and it now competes with Apple's MacBook Air. Computing Apple Microsoft surface Surface Laptop Surface Laptop GoWe compare the design, specs, and portability.

Microsoft Announces Release Date For Minecraft Earth AR Sandbox Mobile Game

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Thankfully, our wishes were finally granted yesterday as Microsoft revealed that early access would begin rolling out to various countries beginning next month , with plans for global compatibility by the end of the year. . Image Credit: Apple. Image Credit: Microsoft, Mojang. Feature Image Credit: Microsoft, Mojang. The post Microsoft Announces Release Date For Minecraft Earth AR Sandbox Mobile Game appeared first on VRScout.

Community Download: Are Oculus and HTC The Apple and Microsoft of VR?

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For every Nintendo there is a Sega and for every Apple there is a Microsoft. Our big question today is this: when it comes to VR, are Oculus and HTC the respective Apple and Microsoft of the industry? Oculus/Apple . The similarities between Oculus and Apple begin with a shared interest in controlled content. The “It just works” attitude that Apple has made so famous is clearly in the DNA of Oculus as well. HTC/Microsoft .

Rumor: Apple Reportedly Suspends Work on Consumer AR Headset

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The Cupertino-based tech giant may be pumping the brakes on its long-rumored Apple AR headset , something that was reportedly slated to see a release as early as 2020. A DigiTimes Taiwan report (via MacRumors ) now suggests that Apple has disbanded the team behind it, effectively putting its consumer AR device on hold. Apple continuously advertises a number of job positions dealing with AR software and hardware.

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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. Apple way be working on a VR headset. augmented reality virtual reality week peek apple facebook

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Microsoft Is Reportedly in Talks to Scoop Up AI Firm Nuance Communications for $16 Billion

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Microsoft is in advanced talks to acquire Nuance Communications, an artificial intelligence firm whose speech recognition tech helped develop Apple’s Siri virtual assistant , for as much as $16 billion, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Microsoft Joins OpenXR, Becoming a Decisive Backer in the Open, Royalty-free VR/AR Standard

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Khronos Group , the consortium behind the OpenXR project which aims to standardize the way applications communicate with AR and VR headsets, just added Microsoft to its ranks. Among its count of members, the OpenXR working group consisted of nearly every major player in the industry except Microsoft until now. Up until now, it wasn’t clear which way Microsoft was headed. Microsoft Microsoft VR News Bits OpenXR khronos microsoft microsoft vr microsoft xr openar openvr

Apparently Microsoft Wants to Design Its Own ARM Chips

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Seems like Microsoft isn’t going to sit back and let Apple take all the glory with its new M1 processor. According to The Verge (via Bloomberg News ), Microsoft is reportedly designing its own ARM processor for its Azure cloud servers and possibly even a future Surface device.

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

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It seems now that many of Magic Leap’s recently laid-off employees are helping Apple with its own AR headset ambitions. The flow from Magic Leap to Apple has been a constant one too, Protocol has found. AR News News apple apple ar ar magic leap

For Once, Microsoft Got The Jump On Google and Apple with HoloLens — Will It Last?

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In terms of the enterprise market, that pie will be smaller, but will lean even more heavily toward AR and MR. Currently, at the forefront of the MR revolution is the Microsoft HoloLens. Microsoft has uncharacteristically been early to market in this sector, with the HoloLens dominating almost all coverage of actual deployments of the technology. Tagged with: microsoft Facebook Twitter Reddit More. AR microsoft

Today’s Best Tech Deals: Apple Watch, Dell XPS 13, Microsoft Surface Pro

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Get the Blink XT2 security camera, Apple Watch Series 3, AirPods Pro, iPad Mini, Microsoft Surface Pro 7, 70-inch LG UN7070 4K TV, Dell XPS 13, and Samsung Galaxy S20 on sale.

See Times Square Underwater in Microsoft’s AR Art Exhibit

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The Big Apple takes a dip in this location-based augmented experience from Microsoft. Accessible via your smartphone or a Microsoft Hololens headset, Unmoored is a new mixed reality experience that transports you to a surreal, post-apocalyptic viewpoint of a sunken New York City. He worked in partnership with Microsoft to create this Microsoft HoloLens experience. Image Credit: Microsoft.

Apple MacBook Air, Microsoft Surface Pro 7 prices slashed — save up to $310

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Save over $300 on the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 and $50 on the Apple MacBook Air right now. Apple Computing Deals Mobile Amazon 2020 Apple MacBook Air Best Buy 2020 BTS 2020 Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Apple Can't Possibly Be 'Surprised' That Developers Are Unhappy

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Developers aren’t the biggest fans of Apple’s App Store policies—a sentiment that’s apparently left Apple “surprised” that developers have “legitimate concerns” with its infamous app review process.

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Apple iPad 10.2, Microsoft Surface Go prices slashed in time for 4th of July

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Two of the best tablets right now, the Apple iPad 10.2 and Microsoft Surface Go, are on sale at Amazon before the 4th of July. Apple Deals Mobile 4th of July 2020 Apple iPad 10.2 iPad deals microsoft surface deals microsoft surface go tablet deals

Microsoft’s Minecraft Earth AR Experience Is Straight-Up Black Magic

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Last month, Microsoft celebrated the 10th anniversary of Minecraft with the reveal of Minecraft Earth , an upcoming Pokemon Go-like AR mobile game that brings all the crafting, exploration, and adventure of the original PC game to the real world. Yesterday, during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose, California, we got our first look at actual gameplay from the highly-anticipated experience, and what we’ve seen so far is nothing short of jaw-dropping.

Microsoft’s decision to shutter its retail stores is a mistake

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Taking a cue from Apple, Microsoft had the concept of modern retail experience almost perfect. Computing Opinion Coronavirus microsoft store Microsoft StoresSo why give up?

Microsoft Store to Lead Industry in Revenue Share to non-Game VR App Devs

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Later this year, Microsoft is increasing the cut developers earn when publishing on the Microsoft Store. Microsoft says in a blog post that gaming apps won’t see the raise from the standard percentage, which at the time of this writing is a standard 70/30 split. SEE ALSO Microsoft Introduces New AR/VR Apps for Remote Assistance, Layout Visualization. Check out more details on the Microsoft blog post.

Apple Beta Code Reportedly Reveals AR Headset Field Of View

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beta 3 reveals the field of view of three Apple AR devices, according to a Twitter user who posted a video of the device simulation testing mode. Reports that Apple is working on AR glasses first emerged in late 2017. In 2018, Apple acquired Akonia Holographics , a startup working on novel optics for AR based on holography. This would give Garta a larger field of view than Microsoft’s HoloLens 2. Apple apple AR glasses augmented reality field of view

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Next Year You'll Be Able to Use Microsoft Office Without a Subscription, Thank Goodness

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Apple Arcade. im so tired of subscription services microsoft office microsoft365 microsoft word subscriptions microsoftIf there’s one thing we could do without next year besides, well (gestures at everything), it’s subscription services. Peacock. Xbox Game Pass. Disney+.

Save on Apple MacBook Air, Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 at Amazon for Black Friday

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Snap up the stylish MacBook Air or Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 for less this Black Friday at Amazon. Computing Deals Amazon 2020 Apple MacBook Air Black Friday 2020 Laptop laptop deals microsoft surface laptop 3

Report: Apple Using VR to Test Self-Driving System

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Virtual reality is being used to test Apple’s self-driving vehicle. According to a Bloomberg report on Tuesday, Apple will be able to continue to keeping their secretive plans to develop self-driving software behind closed doors thanks to virtual reality. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Gerrit De Vynck reported that VR simulators will allow the Apple team to test their self-driving software without taking the system on public roads. News Apple Automotive

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Microsoft Research Demonstrates VR Controller Prototypes With Unique Haptic Technology

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Microsoft Research has devised two novel methods for more realistic haptic feedback on virtual reality controllers. Linear actuators tend to offer more haptic ‘detail’ and responsiveness, as can be found in Apple’s ‘Taptic Engine’, the HTC Vive controllers, an the Oculus Touch controllers. Microsoft Research’s new experimental controllers bring kinesthetics into the VR space, offering two types of force-feedback applied to fully-tracked motion controllers.

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