Tue.Sep 22, 2020

Where To Pre-Order The Oculus Quest 2

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Those in the US will have to wait until late November to get their hands on the new Quest. To no one’s surprise, pre-orders for the recently announced Oculus Quest 2 VR headset are already backordered on the official Oculus website.

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Report: Facebook Acquires Varifocal Startup Lemnis Technologies

Road to VR

It’s come to light that Lemnis Technologies, a startup creating varifocal optics for use in VR headsets, has reportedly been absorbed by Facebook in an ‘acqui-hiring’ move.

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Microsoft To Purchase ZeniMax Media, Parent Company Of Bethesda

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Microsoft’s acquisition will cost a reported $7.5 billion. Microsoft has announced plans to acquire American video game holding company ZeniMax Media, owner of numerous high-profile game publishers, for a reported $7.5 billion.

‘Gnomes & Goblins’ Review – A Beautiful World Hiding an Inscrutable Game

Road to VR

Four years after the release of a preview of the game, Gnomes & Goblins is finally here. Pitched as a “fantasy adventure VR simulation” with direction by film director Jon Favreau, Gnomes & Goblins delivers a beautiful appetizer with a rotten main course.

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Facebook Vies for AR Advertising Market Share, Part III

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This post is adapted from ARtillery Intelligence’s report, AR Advertising Deep Dive, Part I: The Landscape. It includes some of its data and takeaways. More can be previewed here and subscribe for the full report. A R continues to evolve and take shape as an industry.

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Watch: Robotic VR Boots Keep You In One Spot While You Walk Forward

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Pittsburgh-based Ekto VR thinks it might have just solved VR locomotion. The company this month revealed its first product, the Ekto One. It’s a pair of robotic boots that the company claims are capable of keeping you in one spot while you walk forwards.

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Oculus Quest 2 Pre-Orders Backdated To November In US, Late October In UK

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You may have missed your chance to get an Oculus Quest 2 on launch day. Pre-orders for Facebook’s new standalone headset are now backdated on the official website. The first people to pre-order Quest 2 will be getting the headset on October 13th.

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Arm Announces Neoverse V1 & N2 Infrastructure CPUs: +50% IPC, SVE Server Cores

Anand Tech

Today Arm is announcing its new Neoverse V1 and N2 microarchitectures. The new microarchitectures represent a ever bigger jump than the already vastly successful Neoverse N1 that’s been adopted in designs such as the Graviton2 or Ampere’s Altra.

VR Cover For Oculus Quest 2 Now Available For Pre-Order

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A customizable facial interface and foam replacement set from VR Cover is now available for pre-order for Oculus Quest 2.

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FundamentalVR Expands Immersive Learning Capabilities With Teaching Space

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FundamentalVR , the makers of award-winning medical immersive learning platform Fundamental Surgery , recently announced an expanded solution called “Teaching Space.”.

Minecraft Is Now Available For PSVR As A Free Update

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Minecraft on PS4 received a free update today that adds PlayStation VR support to the game. PSVR owners rejoice — you can finally experience Minecraft in VR in all its blocky goodness. Support for PSVR was confirmed earlier this month but we didn’t have a final date for release.

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AMD Enables Ryzen in Chromebooks, Improving Performance

Anand Tech

A modern enthusiast will scoff at the concept of a Chromebook – limited performance, capabilities, and a simplistic OS for doing some serious work?

Surgery Training Platform Osso VR Announces $14M Series A Funding

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Surgery training platform Osso VR announced it has raised $14 million in Series A funding. The funding was led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures, with participation from SignalFire, GSR, Scrum Ventures, Leslie Ventures and OCA Ventures.

1,000-Year-Old Precursor to Stainless Steel Found in Iran, Surprising Archaeologists

GizModo VR

Chromium steel, commonly referred to as stainless steel, is thought to be a recent manufacturing innovation, but new evidence suggests ancient Persians stumbled upon an early version of this alloy some 1,000 years ago, in what is a surprise to archaeologists. Read more.

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Editorial: Quest 2 & PSVR 2 Must Make Xbox VR Happen

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Two years ago, I wrote that Microsoft was well-poised to lead the way in VR in the next-generation of consoles. Today, that statement rings truer than it did before but, frustratingly, Xbox VR seems further away than ever. Xbox VR’s Troubled History. It’s been a bumpy road.

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Intel Hires a New Technical Focused Chief Strategy Officer

Anand Tech

The title of Chief Strategy Office is an interesting one for Intel. The C-level executive in this position obviously has the goal of managing strategy within the company, although as it pertains to growth more than anything else.

Hell Yes, It's Time to Get Your Flu Shot

GizModo VR

Friends: The time has come. It’s the first day of fall, and you can partially fill the coronavirus-vaccine-shaped hole in your heart by getting a flu shot. Read more. vaccines covid 19 flu coronavirus science flu shot public health

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Xbox One X’s Amazon sales rank climbs over Xbox Series X pre-order confusion

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"X," in this case, did not mark the spot. Gaming News breaking twitter Microsoft Xbox One X Xbox Series X

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Facebook Follows Up Vow to Fight Climate Change With 'Mass Censorship' of Climate Activists

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Just last week, Facebook launched an initiative to uplift climate science. It was wildly misguided , yes, but the company was trying to show it’s down for the cause or something.

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The time we almost nuked the moon

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Near the middle of the Cold War, in the early days of the space race, the U.S. hatched a plan to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moon. Features history Nuclear Weapons space the cold war the moon

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18 Months of Mysterious Internet Outages Traced to Villager's Old TV Set

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A rural village in Wales has been suffering through internet outages and slowdowns for 18 months. The situation baffled technicians until they realized that turning off one man’s TV solved everything. Read more.

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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 750G: Cortex-A77 & mmWave in the Premium Range

Anand Tech

Today Qualcomm is announcing a new entry into their premium tier Snapdragon 700-series with the brand-new Snapdragon 750G platform and SoC.

China Just Made A Major Carbon Neutrality Promise

GizModo VR

As a way to avoid making commitments to address climate change, U.S. leaders will often make the bad faith argument that their actions aren’t as important as those of the world’s top carbon emitter, China.

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Oracle Announces Upcoming Cloud Compute Instances: Ice Lake and Milan, A100 and Altra

Anand Tech

When the name “Oracle” is thrown around, hardware isn’t typically the first thing that comes to mind for most people.

So Long, Supergirl

GizModo VR

The Arrowverse is about to get a bit smaller. The CW has announced that Supergirl will be coming to an end after its upcoming sixth season , bringing the story of Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) to a close. Read more. supergirl melissa benoist cw dc entertainment dc cw verse warner bros

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Tesla unveils ‘truly revolutionary’ new battery

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CEO Elon Musk said Tesla has begun production of the new storage cell at a pilot factory. Cars News breaking Tesla Tesla battery

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I Lost My Mind Customizing My iPhone Home Screen for the Aesthetic in iOS 14

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I don’t care how cute the photos look. I don’t care how easy Instagram and TikTok tutorials make it seem. For the love of God, please, please, please practice self-care and do not customize your iOS 14 home screens for the aesthetic. Read more.

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Sony CEO: ’99 Percent’ Of PS4 Games Are Backwards Compatible On PS5

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In a recent interview with The Washington Post last week, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO and President, Jim Ryan, stated that “99 percent” of all PS4 games will be backwards compatible and playable on PS5. This is good news for PSVR users.

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Pentagon Got $1 Billion to Fight Coronavirus, Bought Drones, Jet Parts, and Body Armor Instead: Report

GizModo VR

The Pentagon has spent the $1 billion it received through the CARES Act on personal protective equipment, medical gear, and other emergency response supplies to support the nation’s teetering healthcare system. Read more.

Beat Saber Multiplayer On PSVR May Be Delayed, Developer Warns

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Last week saw the long-awaited reveal of Beat Saber multiplayer support , coming to most headsets on October 13th. But PSVR owners may have to wait a little longer. Beat Saber Multiplayer PSVR Support May Be Delayed.

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The Nvidia RTX 3080 eBay Debacle Exposed a Scalper Bot Civil War

GizModo VR

Last week, RTX 3080 scalpers pissed off a lot of Nvidia GPU fans by buying up all the graphics cards and attempting to resell them for hundreds of dollars more than the actual MSRP.

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