Mon.Jan 10, 2022

Apple Reportedly Wants Nothing To Do With The Metaverse


A source claims the company’s highly-anticipated mixed reality headset will prioritize shorter experiences. Last year rumors began circulating that Apple is in development of its own combination VR/AR headset.

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The XR Week Peek (2022.01.11): CES had some interesting XR announcements, new rumors on Apple and Meta, and more!

The Ghost Howls

This has been the week of CES, and I will write tomorrow or the day after a full roundup only dedicated to this incredibly important tech event. So for today’s article, let me focus mainly on the non-CES-related news about AR and VR.

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Hoame Wants To Be The Future Of VR Meditation On Quest


The subscription-based app offers daily studio classes guided by expert instructors. With so many great fitness apps available on VR headsets, it’s hard to forget that immersive technology can also be an effective tool for mental health.

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PSVR vs. PSVR 2 – How Far Has PlayStation VR Come Since 2016?

Road to VR

PlayStation VR 2 isn’t here quite yet, but at the very start of 2022 Sony revealed the first detailed specs for the headset. Comparing PSVR vs. PSVR 2 specs side-by-side shows us how much has changed since Sony’s first consumer headset released in 2016.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Spatial Beats: CES Recap (XR Edition)

AR Insider

Welcome back to Spatial Beats, AR Insider's weekly series that features observations and insights of author and futurist Charlie Fink. This week, we recap all the XR-related announcements from CES. The post appeared first on AR Insider. Contributors Trend Analysis Spatial Beats

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The Final Numbers on Quest 2’s Happy Holidays

AR Insider

After examining early evidence for Quest 2's holiday sales surge, the final numbers are in. We dive into the latest figures, including estimates from app store analytics firms. Holiday sales could be as high as 2.2 million units. The post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Immersive Technology Beyond Gaming: How Is It Changing Financial Services?


Immersive technology is a game-changer for the financial service industry. Even traditional financial institutions are adopting emerging solutions to stay relevant.

I want to live in the world Idles fans created on Facebook

Mashable VR

In 2017, Lindsay Melbourne had never heard of the British-Irish rock band Idles. In the five years since, she's unwittingly helped launch one of the most vulnerable and inclusive fan communities online today.

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Google blasts Apple over bullying, peer pressure tactics keeping users on iMessage

Digital Trends

Google has accused Apple of weaponizing social pressure to market iMessage to keep users locked into its ecosystem. There's some history to the whole saga. Mobile Apple Google iMessage RCS rcs messaging

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How to Train Employees 65% Faster With Virtual Reality

With a rapidly changing economy, Avangrid Renewables looked to virtual reality to develop a standardized form of immersive training in order to onboard and upskill technicians faster than ever before.

It's almost been a year, and Spotify still doesn't have a date for Spotify HiFi

Mashable VR

In February 2021, Spotify announced a new subscription tier called Spotify HiFi. The company said it would offer lossless audio (compared to the compressed audio quality you get with the other subscription tiers), and that it would launch sometime in 2021.

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This change to Alt + Tab in Windows 11 is making people very happy

Digital Trends

In a boost for multitasking, Microsoft is testing improving the Alt+Tab experience in Windows 11 so that it's cleaner. Computing News Microsoft Multitasking surface Windows Windows 11

The best Valentine’s Day gifts for your boyfriend

Mashable VR

Significant others are the people you know best, but sometimes they’re the hardest people to buy for. Valentine’s Day can be an especially tricky event. How much should you spend? Go all-out or keep it simple?


The best wearable tech of CES 2022

Digital Trends

Whether it was a smartwatch, a pair of smartglasses, or even a smart ring or smart mask, there was a great deal of exciting wearable tech at CES 2022. Mobile News Wearables best of ces 2022 CES 2022 ces 2022 product smart glasses smart rings smartwatches VR wearables

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Panasonic is introducing an optional four-day work week

Mashable VR

Panasonic is reportedly introducing an optional four-day work week for employees, allowing its workers to spend less time working and more time actually enjoying being alive. It's one more small push toward a better world where shorter working weeks are the norm.

CES Hands-On: XTAL 3 Finally Delivers Distortion-Free Wide Field Of View VR

Upload VR

XTAL 3 is the most immersive virtual reality headset I’ve ever worn. Humans beings can, without eye rotation, see roughly 210° horizontally. Just over a decade ago, head mounted displays peaked at around 50° horizontal – any wider starts to introduce geometric distortion.

Get a portable touchscreen monitor for under $300

Mashable VR

TL;DR: The Desklab portable touchscreen monitor is just $289.99 at the Mashable Shop as of Jan. Stop using your tiny MacBook Air screen for all of your remote work. There are better options, my friend.

Project Cambria: Everything We Know About Meta’s Next Headset

Upload VR

Project Cambria is Meta’s next major VR headset release, but what exactly is it? We’ve got all the details we know about the device right here. Announced back at Connect 2021, Cambria is a different kind of headset for Meta.

What is HDMI 2.0b? Here’s everything you need to know

Digital Trends

HDMI 2.0b is the backbone for many of the latest updates in 4K UHD technology. Here's everything you need to know about the wiring standard. Computing Home Theater 4K TV HDMI HDMI 2.0a Tier 4

Rooftop dancer turns NYC skyscraper into personal dancefloor with mesmerizing views

Mashable VR

With its dreamlike mirror and glass design, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt , an observation deck 324 meters above Grand Central Station, offers a surreal experience of the famous NYC skyline that almost makes you feel like you're levitating.

Gorgeous ISS capture shows Caribbean and curvature of Earth

Digital Trends

NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn has shared a breathtaking image taken from the space station showing the curvature of Earth as well as part of the Caribbean. News Photography Earth International Space Station ISS space


MJ Rodriguez celebrates becoming first transgender actor to win a Golden Globe

Mashable VR

MJ Rodriguez has made history by becoming the first transgender actor to win a Golden Globe. The actor was honored for her role in Pose , the FX show which concluded after three seasons in mid 2021. She won under the category of actress in a drama series.

OnePlus 10 Pro due out on January 13, but buying it will be a challenge

Digital Trends

The OnePlus 10 Pro has its release date for China, after OnePlus revealed most of its specs over the past week, but an international launch is still to come. Android Mobile China oneplus oneplus 10 pro release date

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'Yellowjackets' episode 9 gave us an unlikely MVP

Mashable VR

Yellowjackets has no business being as good as it is. Not that we aren't deeply grateful for a show this twisted and intriguing, but so much could have gone wrong and is instead beautifully right.


Best tips and starting words for Wordle

Digital Trends

If you want to maximize your chances of solving your daily puzzle, here are the most tried and true tips for Wordle we've come up with. Gaming best mobile games mobile games tips and tricks word games wordle

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'You Will (Not) Remain' is a snapshot of lockdown depression with a Lovecraftian twist

Mashable VR

You aren't meant to envy You Will (Not) Remain 's depressed protagonist. Trapped alone in their apartment complex while an eldritch horror overtakes the city outside, there isn't any contentment to be found in their drastically shrunken, dingily claustrophobic world.

Can you spot Mount Everest in this dreamy photo taken 250 miles up?

Digital Trends

A NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station has shared a remarkable shot of the Himalayas, but can you spot Mount Everest? News Photography aerial photography Earth International Space Station ISS mark vande hei mount everest Space Station


Samsung will probably launch the Galaxy S22 next month

Mashable VR

Samsung's new flagship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra, are likely coming on Feb. Korea's Digital Daily (via Engadget ) claims a Samsung official confirmed the date, and added that the company will start sending invitations for the event at the end of January.

Trailer for Bel-Air, Peacock’s Fresh Prince reboot, is no laughing matter

Digital Trends

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is getting a modern reboot with Peacock's original series Bel-Air, but it's no laughing matter for the new Will Smith. Movies & TV News Bel Air Fresh Prince of Bel-Air peacock Will Smith