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Lynx Reveals First Through-the-lens Footage of R-1 Mixed Reality Headset

Road to VR

French startup Lynx , which is designing a mixed reality headset (capable of both AR and VR), today revealed the first look through its novel optics. The Lynx R-1 headset was first announced last year as a standalone headset centered around passthrough augmented reality.

How To Log Into Multiple Accounts & Share Apps On Oculus Quest

VRScout

Multi-user support for the Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 has officially begun rolling out; here’s how to make the most of it.

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More Than 60 Quest Apps Have Generated Over $1 Million in Revenue

Road to VR

It seems the launch of Oculus Quest 2 has been a boon for both Facebook and Quest developers alike, as the company’s latest standalone VR headset has brought the number of apps earning over the $1 million milestone to over 60 games now.

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You Can Take a Free Coursera Course on XR from the University of Michigan

ARPost

The University of Michigan has an ambitious XR program that is both incorporating extended reality into education within the University and trying to create the next generation of creators through education and outreach.

The 20 Best Rated & Most Popular Quest Games & Apps – February 2021

Road to VR

While Oculus doesn’t offer much publicly in the way of understanding how well individual apps are performing across its VR storefronts, it’s possible to glean some insight by looking at apps relative to each other.

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XR Talks: Lessons From Building AR & VR Games

AR Insider

T he art of developing AR and VR experiences is a moving target. The underlying technology continues to evolve as do users’ interests and expectations. Companies across the spatial computing spectrum are meanwhile trying to feel out use cases and interactions that resonate.

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Toshiba Unveils World's First FC-MAMR HDD: 18 TB, Helium Filled

Anand Tech

Toshiba this week announced the industry's first hard drive featuring flux-control microwave-assisted magnetic recording (FC-MAMR) technology.

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Refurbished Original Oculus Quest On Sale For $199

Upload VR

For a limited time Facebook is selling refurbished versions of the original Oculus Quest for $199. The offer brings the original Oculus Quest $100 under the entry level price of the Oculus Quest 2.

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Audio Trip Receives New Cardio-Focused Update

VR Fitness

Nearly every virtual reality game can be beneficial for your health in some manner as long as you’re regularly moving about your body while playing. However, some games go above and beyond to ensure that you’re really getting an experience that truly makes you sweat.

Zero Caliber: Reloaded Coming To Quest In 2021

Upload VR

One of PC VR’s most popular shooters is going standalone – a Zero Caliber Quest version is on the way. Developer XREAL announced the project today. Reloaded is not a straight-up port of the existing Zero Caliber, which is still in Early Access on Steam.

Young Entrepreneur Helps Bond VR Community

VR Fitness

During the senior year of high school, students typically focus on college applications, eagerly count down the days until graduation, and spend time hanging out with friends before they enter their next phase of life.

Population: One Season 1 Arrives Next Week

Upload VR

The big date is finally here – Population: One Season 1 goes live on February 25th. Developer BigBox confirmed the news on Twitter this week, sharing a teaser image in the process. Season 1 is labelled Uprising and arrives a few days after the Advanced War Mode closes out on February 22nd.

Norway to Decriminalize Personal Purchase, Possession, and Use Of All Drugs In Small Quantities

GizModo VR

The government of Norway is moving to decriminalize possession of small amounts of all recreational drugs as well as their use, including everything from weed and coke to heroin, per Bloomberg. Read more.

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Bigscreen Hosting Free Screening Of Insert Coin With Q&A

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Bigscreen is hosting a free screening of video game documentary Insert Coin, preceded by a Q&A session with the film’s director and Ernest Cline. The screening will be take place next Friday, the 26th of February, starting at 7pm PT and available entirely for free.

Connected-car pioneer LoJack will shut down on March 15

Digital Trends

LoJack's American division will end its sales operations in June, but will continue supporting stolen vehicle services indefinitely. Cars News CalAmp car technology LoJack OnStar Stolen Cars

The Texas Think Tank Giving Cover for This Week’s Republican Wind Power Lies

GizModo VR

Almost exactly a month before Texas plunged into darkness , a panel convened in Austin to host a discussion about the superiority of the Texan electric grid.

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This Week’s VR Game Roundup: Space Dancing, King Pong, and More

VR Fitness

During last week’s VR Game Roundup, we saw a new virtual reality shooter called Malicious Payload, a ninja-themed title tasking you with becoming a true shinobi, and Grapple Tournament hitting early access on the Oculus Store.

Ransomware Gang Says Its Selling Data from Cyberattack That California DMV Warned About

GizModo VR

A ransomware gang called “Cuba” claims to be selling off data on the dark web belonging to Automatic Funds Transfer Services (AFTS), a Seattle-based financial services and data management firm that suffered a bad ransomware attack in early February. Read more.

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Google has an ingenious plan to kill cookies — but there’s one big drawback

Digital Trends

Cookies are a privacy nightmare for all of us, but Google's plan to eradicate them could cause just as many problems as it solves. Features Web cookies Google Google FLoC open web privacy Privacy Sandbox

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That Time a Canadian Town Derailed a Diesel Train and Drove It Down the Street to Provide Emergency Power

GizModo VR

Even in a suburb of Montreal that’s well versed in dealing with winter storms, inclement weather can still overwhelm basic services like power, an issue with which millions of people in Texas are still currently struggling.

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

Digital Trends

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

Apple Gearing Up for March Event Featuring New iPads and AirTags

GizModo VR

After the iPad Air got refreshed last fall, people have been waiting for the iPad Pro to get a similar revamp, which according to new leaks could happen—along with the release of Apple’s AirTags—sometime soon in mid-March. Read more.

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This Week In XR: Mars 360, A Real World Metaverse, Fashion Week AR

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Recent advances in technology have renewed interest in space, and given humanity hope in the midst of a pandemic. Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Innovation /innovation Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Business /business Hollywood & Entertainment /hollywood-entertainment technology

Meet the First Endangered Animal to Be Cloned in North America

GizModo VR

Elizabeth Ann is the first clone of a black-footed ferret, but more importantly, she’s the first endangered species to be cloned in the United States. Her birth represents an important milestone in the ongoing effort to increase the genetic diversity of this threatened species. Read more.

2021 NAND Flash Updates from ISSCC: The Leaning Towers of TLC and QLC

Anand Tech

The annual IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference covers a range of topics of interest to AnandTech. Every year the conference includes a session on non-volatile memories where most of the NAND flash memory manufacturers share technical details of their latest developments.

Uber Drivers Entitled to Paid Vacation and Minimum Wage According to UK Supreme Court

GizModo VR

Uber drivers in the UK should be classified as workers and entitled to both paid vacation time and the minimum wage, according to a ruling Friday by Britain’s Supreme Court.

Diablo 2 Resurrection, Diablo 4 headline first day of Blizzcon 2021

Digital Trends

Blizzcon 2021 kicked off with an action-packed opening ceremony that included new information on Diablo 4 and the long-rumored Diablo 2 remake. Gaming blizzard Blizzcon 2021 Diablo 4

The 60-Year Evolution of Psycho's Norman Bates

GizModo VR

When most people think of Psycho , they think of Alfred Hitchcock ’s direction, Bernard Herrman’s shrieking score, and Anthony Perkins’ vulnerable yet terrifying performance as Norman Bates. They probably don’t immediately think “horror franchise,” but Psycho did turn into one over the years.

EON Reality Announces New Partnership With IAV Hassan II in Morocco

EonReality

The collaboration with IAV Hassan II will bring training and R&D to Morocco’s agricultural sector.

Nature Processes Millions of Tons of Our Poop Each Year Surprisingly Well

GizModo VR

Humans have forced the Earth’s ecosystems to deal with a lot of crap, from deforestation and biodiversity loss to the climate crisis. Then, there’s our, um, literal crap, which a new study shows that the planet is surprisingly well-equipped to manage. Read more.

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Population: One Livestream – Pre-Season 1 Warm-Up Live!

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Population: One Season 1 is fast approaching, and we’re readying ourselves with today’s pre-season livestream at 8:30am PT/4:30pm GMT!