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Creating Real Family Memories Under Lockdown With The Alcove VR App


Travel the globe, share family photos, and play games with loved ones of all ages in this unique social VR experience. Connecting with family isn’t always easy, especially in today’s climate.

‘Onward’ is Coming to Oculus Quest July 30th with PC VR Cross-play, Trailer Here

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Downpour Interactive and Coatsink today announced that Onward , the VR tactical shooter, is coming to Oculus Quest on July 30th.

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VR Mil-Sim ‘Onward’ Oculus Quest Release Date Announced, Cross-Play Confirmed


Check out the brand new trailer for this highly-anticipated standalone port. A little more than a year after the initial announcement , developer Downpour Interactive and publisher Coatsink today revealed an official July 30th release date for Onward on Oculus Quest.

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Google Acquires North, the Startup Behind ‘Focals’ Smartglasses

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Google today confirmed in a blog post that it’s acquired North, the Canada-based smartglasses maker behind Focals. The acquisition price wasn’t disclosed, however early reports suggested it was around $180 million.

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Highlights From the Immersive Learning Research Network 2020 Conference


The Immersive Learning Research Network International Virtual Conference concluded last Thursday. What would have been an in-person event was instead held in the VR collaboration platform VirBELA, and through live streams on iLRN’s Youtube channel.

Google Takes a Step Closer to Making Volumetric VR Video Streaming a Thing

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Google unveiled a method of capturing and streaming volumetric video, something Google researchers say can be compressed down to a lightweight format capable of even being rendered on standalone VR/AR headsets.

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Oculus Quest Gets Voice Commands For U.S. English

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Oculus Quest’s latest system software makes voice commands available as a beta feature to United States-based English speakers.

400 TB Storage Drives In Our Future: Fujifilm

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One of the two leading manufacturers of tape cartridge storage, FujiFilm, claims that they have a technology roadmap through to 2031 which builds on the current magnetic tape paradigm to enable 400 TB per tape. Storage

You Can Now Change Oculus Quest’s Guardian Boundary Color

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Oculus Quest’s Guardian boundary can now be changed to yellow or purple, if you’re not a fan of the default blue. This feature was announced back in mid-May. Six weeks later it’s now “rolling out” as part of the system software v18 update.

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The Samsung 870 QVO (1TB & 4TB) SSD Review: QLC Refreshed

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Samsung's second-generation QLC NAND is here, but it's still held back by a SATA interface. The new Samsung 870 QVO is probably big enough to be your only SSD, but may not be fast enough to satisfy.

What’s Driving Pinterest’s AR Play?

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This post is adapted from ARtillery Intelligence’s report, Lessons From AR Revenue Leaders, Part III: The Field. It includes some of its data and takeaways. More can be previewed here and subscribe for the full report.

Best Android Phones: May 2020

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We’ve nearly completed the spring release cycle of devices, and this means that most vendors have now released their flagship devices for 2020, introducing brand new phones with the newest technologies to the market.

Low-Fi Dev Build Updates Adds Playable Gameboy And SNES Machines In VR

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A new update to the developer build of upcoming cyberpunk indie VR game Low-Fi adds a playable SNES arcade cabinet and a handheld Gameboy console.

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Qualcomm Announces New Snapdragon Wear 4100 & 4100+: 12nm A53 Smartwatches

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Today Qualcomm is making a big step forward in its smartwatch SoC offerings by introducing the brand-new Snapdragon Wear 4100 and Wear 4100+ platforms.

Dreams PSVR Support Becomes A Reality This July With Free Update

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After years of teases and then finally a full non-VR release earlier this year, Dreams is finally getting its long-awaited PSVR support on July 22nd, 2020 as a free update.

Black Box VR and EoS Fitness Partner for Dynamic Resistance VR Workouts

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Black Box VR is teaming up with high-value low price gym leader EoS Fitness to offer virtual reality enhanced workouts nationwide. It will blend VR with dynamic resistance training that will give gym-goers a high-intensity workout.

When Can You Read Our Iron Man VR Review?

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The release date for Iron Man VR is fast-approaching on PSVR! Marvel’s Iron Man VR, developed by Camouflaj and published in part by Sony, releases this Friday, July 3rd and you can read our full review on Thursday, July 2nd, at 5:00AM PT.

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Amazing new glove can translate sign language into spoken words in real time

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It's like a Nintendo Power glove for sign language. News wearables

A Massive Star Has Disappeared Without a Trace

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An unusually bright star in a nearby galaxy has gone missing, in a mystery of cosmic proportions. Read more. vanishing stars astronomy black holes astrophysics science stars


How to use Zoom

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If you're working remotely or need to collaborate with colleagues, Zoom is a great videoconferencing option. Computing remote work teleconferencing videoconferencing WFH Zoom

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Onward Oculus Quest Release Date Revealed

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At long last, the Onward Oculus Quest release date has been revealed, and it’s not far off at all. The ever-popular multiplayer shooter will hit Facebook’s standalone headset a month from today on July 30th. You should be able to wishlist on the Oculus Store very soon if not already.

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Fauci: At This Rate, We're Headed to 100,000 New Daily Coronavirus Cases

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Anthony Fauci has assured us that things are going to get a lot worse for everyone if certain states don’t start taking the pandemic seriously. “I

World’s Largest Observatory: A 360º Immersive Lesson


Students can now walk into the world’s largest observatory in 360º in an AVR Platform lesson created by the University for Business and Technology, Kosovo.

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The Future Earth Challenges Us to Break Our Cycle of Doom

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In an era of the climate crisis, it’s easy to imagine things getting worse because that’s all we know. Read more. books book re ipcc projections


Don’t Miss Cannes XR, Free This Week In Museum Of Other Realities

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The Museum of Other Realities is free to visit until Friday this week as part of the Cannes XR festival, which features a huge selection of artworks and pieces of XR content created across several mediums.

Whale Sharks Have Eyeballs Covered in Tiny Teeth

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Marine biologists from Japan say whale sharks have eyeballs coated in tiny teeth, in a discovery unique to this hulking but gentle aquatic species. Read more. sharks whale sharks eyes marine biology science teeth

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The best stand-up comedy on Netflix right now

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Feeling a little funny? We've compiled a list of the best stand-up on Netflix, from Chappelle to Seinfeld. Home Theater Movies & TV Best of Netflix stand up comedy Streaming Tier 4


Is Plant 'Intelligence' Just a Human Fantasy?

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Although plants make up over 80% of the biomass on Earth, for centuries they have been thought of as inanimate and passive things.


How to know if you’re actually getting Dolby Atmos sound

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Getting it isn't as easy as you might think. Our Dolby Atmos guide explains all of the parts and the pitfalls. Home Theater How-To dolby atmos Dolby Digital Plus Dolby TrueHD Other surround sound Tier 4

Australian Authorities Want an AI To Settle Your Divorce

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For better or worse, there’s a good chance your current love life owes something to automation.

Experts: Facial recognition will be everywhere, whether you like it or not

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The technology advances come with major ethical questions. Features News Amazon facial recognition China facial recognition Clearview AI facial recognition facial recognition ban facial recognition software facial recognition technology

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