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How To Watch The 2020 Tokyo Olympics In VR


Immerse yourself in everything from the Opening Ceremony to seven exciting events using the NBC Olympics VR app. After significant delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Summer Olympics are finally underway in Tokyo, Japan.

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Facebook is Unlocking AR Capabilities for Developers on Quest 2

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Facebook announced today that an upcoming update to the Quest development SDK will include experimental support for a Passthrough API which will allow Unity developers to build AR experiences and features into apps on Quest 2.

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Top XR Events in 2021 That Should Be on Your Must-Attend List


After a year that turned our lives upside down, the world is slowly going back to normal – proven, among others, by a large number of XR events in 2021. While some of these events will be held virtually, others will take place in physical venues.

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‘Carrier Command 2’ to Get Full VR Support, Coss-play With up to 9-player Co-op

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Carrier Command 2 , a modern sequel to the 1988 game, puts players in control of a futuristic aircraft carrier, allowing up to nine players to manage the ship’s many systems from the bridge.

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.

Oculus Passthrough API puts VR user back in the “real” world


This week Oculus Passthrough API Experimental was released, giving creators a way to build and test mixed reality experiences for VR and AR devices.

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Facebook Deprecates Proprietary Oculus APIs In Favor Of OpenXR

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Facebook will deprecate its proprietary Oculus APIs in favor of industry standard OpenXR.

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Two New ‘Harry Potter’ VR Experiences Launch at Harry Potter New York

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Two new Harry Potter VR experiences have launched at the Harry Potter New York retail location. Wizards Take Flight and Chaos at Hogwarts were developed in collaboration with Dreamscape, Wevr, and Keylight.

Check out Omega’s extraordinarily creative Olympics ad

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Whether or not you’re planning to dive into the festival of sport that is the Tokyo Olympics, do take a moment to enjoy this wonderfully creative ad from Omega. Movies & TV News Photography Wearables Olympic Games Omega tokyo olympics

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Will Be ‘A Metaverse Company’ In 5 Years

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Platformer’s Casey Newton interviewed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his plans to make Facebook “a metaverse company” If you’re not familiar with the term, “metaverse” simply means a massively social digital alternate universe.

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.

A Pixel Fold is exactly what’s needed to finally make Pixel phones exciting

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Google has never prioritized design and visual excitement for its Pixel phones, but everything else is great, and that's what makes a Pixel Fold so exciting. Android Mobile folding smartphones Google pixel fold

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Epic Games Buys Sketchfab, Welcome To The Zuckerverse

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Apple could launch a new external monitor with its own dedicated processor

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Could Apple's next-gen A13 Bionic-powered Pro Display make the Mac even more powerful for gaming? We may have to wait until the M1 Mac Pro launches to find out. Apple Computing News Monitors Pro Display XDR

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Yuki Hands-On: A Beautiful VR Bullet Hell, Roguelike Mashup

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ARVORE’s latest VR game Yuki is available today for Quest and PC VR, but how does it hold up against other bullet hell arcade shooters? We’ve spent some time with the game and have our hands-on impressions.

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.

Under the radar: How a 117-year old technology gives Olympic throwers an edge

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It takes more than sheer strength to be an elite thrower, so today's top athletes often use a unique kind of radar technology to optimize their performance. Features better stronger faster Olympics Tokyo

5 VR Tools and Software to Try Today


Whenever virtual reality is mentioned in a conversation, people commonly picture big and bulky headsets. Yet headsets and hardware are only a part of the story – VR tools and software are the essence of the virtual experience. Quite literally, the code is the magic behind the machinery.

How to watch the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games online

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The 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo are here, and there are so many ways of being able to view them online. Here is our guide on how to watch the event online. Home Theater How-To 2020 tokyo olympics 2021 Summer Olympics nbc peacock Olympics streaming services

25 Countries With the Best Covid-19 Vaccination Rates in the World

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The world’s covid-19 vaccination rate stands at just 13.4%, a stubbornly low number that needs to improve before we can declare the coronavirus pandemic behind us. But some countries have done exceedingly well at getting their populations protected. Read more.

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NASA gives nod to next week’s crucial test flight of Starliner spacecraft

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NASA has greenlit Boeing to launch its Starliner spacecraft next week. The flight will be the second outing for the vehicle following a failed mission in 2019. News Boeing ISS NASA space Space Station starliner


Facebook Details Experimental Mixed Reality & Passthrough API

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Facebook shared some details about its experimental Passthrough API to enable new kinds of mixed reality apps for Oculus Quest 2. The feature may also serve as the foundation for the company’s long-term efforts in augmented reality, effectively turning Quest 2 into a $299 AR developer kit. When asked if the feature is coming to the original Oculus Quest, a Facebook representative replied “today, this is only available for Quest 2.”

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How to watch the 2020 Tokyo Olympics without cable

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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics begin on July 23 and run through August 8 -- and if you don't pay for a cable, here are some alternative ways to catch the event. Movies & TV 2020 tokyo olympics cord cutters Hulu nbc peacock peacock

The FAA Changed Its Definition of 'Astronaut' on the Same Day Jeff Bezos Went to Space

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Jeff Bezos is a lot of things. A tax-dodging megalomaniac. A Dr. Evil lookalike. A weirdly horny cowboy hat enthusiast. The one thing he isn’t—at least as far as the Federal Aviation Administration is concerned—is an astronaut. Read more.

Esports on the Olympic stage? Its only a matter of time

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The Olympics have yet to accept esports and it will hurt them in the long run. Gaming 2020 Olympics eSports IOC

25 States Are Forcing Face Recognition on People Filing for Unemployment

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We acclimatize to dangerous tech creep in a series of f**k-it moments until the point at which we realize a foreseeably bad network is so pervasive, we reluctantly adopt it and move on. There was a time when social media, Amazon shopping, and home surveillance seemed optional—until they weren’t.

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This is how to sign up for a free Kindle Unlimited account

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Sign up for Kindle Unlimited today and get infinite access to millions of books, thousands of audiobooks, and much more -- free for the first month. Deals Mobile Amazon 2021 amazon kindle unlimited deals e-reader deals Kindle deals mobile deals

Michael B. Jordan Is Bringing Black Superman Val-Zod to HBO Max

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After a few years of waxing and waning, it seems like DC’s Men of Tomorrow are back in the spotlight at Warner Bros. Alongside the plans for Ta-Nehisi Coates and J.J. Abrams to bring a new Superman to the big screen , a new report suggests that Black Panther star Michael B.

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Switch Lite vs. Switch vs. Switch OLED: Which Nintendo console should you buy?

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Between the Nintendo Switch, Lite, and OLED, there's no shortage of devices to choose from. Here, we compare all three systems to help you make your choice. Buying Guides Gaming Nintendo Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch Lite Nintendo Switch OLED

Ohio Utility Agrees to Pay $230 Million for Role in Massive Bribery Scandal

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FirstEnergy, a powerful Ohio-based utility company, has agreed to pay a $230 million fine for its role in a truly wild corruption scandal. Read more.

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The best Breath of the Wild mods for PC

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The Nintendo Switch doesn't support mods, but you can still play with the best Breath of the Wild mods on PC through an emulator. Gaming Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild modding Nintendo Nintendo Switch PC Gaming