Thu.Feb 25, 2021

‘Virtual Desktop’ PCVR Streaming Now Available On The Oculus Quest Store

VRScout

Everyone’s favorite wireless streaming solution can now be accessed on Quest/Quest 2 headsets with no sideloading required.

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Chris Koomen goes hands-on with Oculus For Business

The Ghost Howls

Chris Koomen is a Virtual Reality specialist and consultant at KLM , a Dutch airline company. He is a very smart professional, and he’s very passionate about AR and VR technologies, and for this reason, I have already interviewed him on my blog.

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‘Star Wars Pinball VR’ Arrives On Major VR Headsets This April

VRScout

The game will feature eight tables based on The Mandalorian, Rebels, and the original trilogy.

‘Superhot VR’ on Quest Surpasses 1 Million Units Sold, Quest 2 Sales Outperform All Platforms

Road to VR

Superhot VR (2016) has long been held up as one of the ‘must-have’ VR games. Now the studio announced it’s just tipped the one million mark for units sold on the Oculus Quest platform. Superhot VR is a virtual reality success story if we’ve ever heard one.

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Create Your Own ‘VRChat’ Avatar In Minutes With Ready Player Me

VRScout

All you need is a smartphone and some decent selfie skills. Anyone who’s spent more than 20 minutes in VRChat will tell you just how difficult it can be to settle on the right avatar.

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You Can Now Activate Quest Voice Commands Hands-free, But You’ll Have to Say “Hey Facebook”

Road to VR

Oculus today announced that it’s rolling out a small but welcomed change to Quest’s voice commands feature: the ability to activate it with a wake phrase—”Hey Facebook.”

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AR’s ‘Location Wars’ Get Started

AR Insider

A s you likely know, one of AR’s foundational principles is to fuse the digital and physical. The real world is a key part of that formula… and real-world relevance is often defined by location.

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The First Ever Polys Awards Celebrate the Best in WebXR

ARPost

The inaugural Polys WebXR Awards took place across multiple browser-accessible XR platforms this past weekend to celebrate projects and producers of WebXR.

Virtual Desktop PC VR Streaming Now On The Official Oculus Quest Store

Upload VR

You can now wirelessly stream Half-Life: Alyx, Boneworks, H3VR and other PC VR-only games to Oculus Quest and Quest 2 in Virtual Desktop without sideloading.

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Launching Today: NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 - Aiming For Mainstream At $329

Anand Tech

NVIDIA this morning is launching their previously announced GeForce RTX 3060.

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SteamVR Update Adds Full OpenXR Support

Upload VR

Valve announced the latest version of SteamVR, 1.16.8, now has full OpenXR support. OpenXR is a new standard that provides an API for VR and AR content that allows game engines to write code that is compatible across multiple hardware platforms.

Report: Semi Demand 30% Above Supply, 20% Year-on-Year Growth

Anand Tech

Semiconductor foundry offerings are thriving due to unprecedented demand for semiconductors and processors in recent quarters. Analysts from TrendForce believe that in Q1 2021 foundries will increase their revenue by 20% year-over-year as their capacities are fully loaded.

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‘Hey Facebook’ Wake Words Roll Out To Oculus Quest 2

Upload VR

Oculus Quest 2 owners can now address Facebook directly while using the headset to accomplish certain tasks with the phrase “Hey Facebook.”

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Reality Bytes: Samsung, Google & Fortnite

AR Insider

W hat are the biggest insights and observations in AR and adjacent sectors this week? Welcome to Reality Bytes , featuring lightning-round commentary from AR Insider partner M7 Innovations. Founder Matt Maher lends his insights from the trenches of AR experience creation.

MultiBrush – Multiplayer Tilt Brush Hits Quest App Lab

Upload VR

One of Tilt Brush’s new open-source offshoots is available on Oculus Quest App Lab. MultiBrush is available on the platform for free. Created by Rendever, MultiBrush is exactly what you think it is, a multiplayer version of Tilt Brush.

The Wild Ways Local Governments Are Blocking Renewable Energy

GizModo VR

“Shadow flicker” from wind turbines, concerns about sparrow habitat on landfills, and worries about “toxic chemicals” from solar panels are just some of the ways municipalities are slowing down renewables installation. Read more.

Report: Sony Spinning Off Astro Bot Team In Japan Studio Shut Down

Upload VR

According to multiple unnamed sources, VGC reports that Sony Japan Studio is shutting down and spinning off ASOBI Team (the Astro Bot devs) into a new standalone studio. The news comes mere days after the confirmation of a next-generation PSVR designed for PS5.

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17 black inventors who changed the tech world

Digital Trends

Thomas Edison isn't the only inventor worthy of recognition. Here, we celebrate the Black inventors who changed the world with their ideas and dedication. Computing Emerging Tech black history month 2021 emerging tech Jerry Lawson Marc Hannah

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VR Chat Avatar Creator Commits To Fixes & New Options For Better Representation

Upload VR

Wolf3D is committing to fast, important fixes and a greater set of options for its Ready Player Me avatar creator. Yesterday we reported on the launch of a new feature for the free to use platform that lets users import virtualized versions of themselves into VRChat based on a single photo.

Marissa Meyer Reveals Her Next Book Cover, Gilded, and Discusses Her Return to Fairy Tales

GizModo VR

Author Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles, Heartless ) is soon returning to the realm of fairy-tale retelling —her next book, the Rumpelstiltskin -inspired Gilded, arrives in November.

Population: One Season 1 ‘Uprising’ Now Live With $5 Battle Pass

Upload VR

Population: One’s first official ‘Season’ of content, dubbed Uprising, is now live. It will span 10-weeks and includes not only free map updates and new weapons, but also a $5 Battle Pass with premium cosmetics. Check out our Population: One review for more on the game as a whole.

The First Ever Polys Awards Celebrate the Best in WebXR

ARPost

The inaugural Polys WebXR Awards took place across multiple browser-accessible XR platforms this past weekend to celebrate projects and producers of WebXR.

Unseasonable European Warmth Smashes All-Time February Temperature Records

GizModo VR

Winter has receded in Europe this week. Temperature records are falling as unseasonably warm weather sweeps across the continent delivering an early spring thaw, even while neighboring Russia is simultaneously going through a deep freeze. Read more.

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An Amazon A.I. scientist wants to transform downtown Jackson, Mississippi

Digital Trends

An Amazon A.I. researcher plans to turn seven buildings and about 500,000 square feet of downtown Jackson, Mississippi, into a technology park and incubator. News Amazon Artificial intelligence Black History Month Mississippi

Why Yes, I Would Love to Build My Own Customizable, Upgradable, Totally Repairable Laptop

GizModo VR

San Francisco-based startup Framework just announced a thin, lightweight productivity laptop unlike any other on the market right now.

Yet another study shows 5G can be disappointing, but changes could be coming

Digital Trends

Speedcheck has published a study on the state of 5G, finding that the tech is still a little disappointing. But there is some hope for the year ahead. Mobile News 5G 5G Study Open Signal Speedcheck Sprint T-Mobile

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Kathryn Hahn's Amazing WandaVision Faces: A Celebration

GizModo VR

There are a lot of things to love about Disney+ and Marvel’s WandaVision , but the top of the list has to be Kathryn Hahn as Agnes.

Understanding 5G wireless networks: Sub-6 vs. mmWave

Digital Trends

5G is the latest wireless network standard, but it's split into two distinct technologies: Sub-6 and mmWave. Here's how they differ, and why you should care. Mobile News 5G

Dinosaurs Like T. Rex Were More Tyrannical Than We Realized, New Research Suggests

GizModo VR

Large meat-eating dinosaurs took on the role of multiple species while growing up, resulting in a shocking lack of ecological diversity during the Mesozoic, according to new research. Read more.

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The Framework Laptop is fully modular — and it looks incredible

Digital Trends

Framework's Laptop is a modular take on the thin-and-light notebook where every component -- including the screen and motherboard -- can be upgraded. Computing News Framework Laptop Modular modular laptop Tech for Good

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This Japanese Crowdsourced Map Puts Loud Neighbors on Blast

GizModo VR

The hardest part about house hunting in a city is figuring out whether your realtor is telling you the truth about how quiet a prospective neighborhood is. It would be nice if, say, there was a website that could tell you exactly which areas are noisy.

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