Wed.Aug 10, 2022

Half-Life 2: VR Beta Coming Next Month To PC VR Headsets


Valve’s near-perfect first-person shooter is finally coming to SteamVR headsets. After years of development hell, Half-Life 2: VR will be available in open beta this coming September on PC VR headsets.

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App Lab Gem ‘Dead Second’ Update Adding Manual Reload, Dual Wield, & New Levels

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App Lab shooter gem Dead Second is getting a big update this Friday ahead of a price increase; the update gives players many more ways to play, extra levels, and more polish.

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Surf The Metaverse In Style With The CARV Metaboard


Upgrade your Ready player Me avatar and compete against other Metaboard owners in a game of Hoverball. Metaverse company CARV recently announced the CARV1 Metaboard, a metaverse hoverboard that doubles as a digital collectible.

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‘Iron Man VR’ Developer Remains “All-in on VR” and “Can’t wait to tell you more”

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Developer Camouflaj has been pretty quiet since the 2020 release of one of our favorite PSVR games— Iron Man VR. But the developer recently teased that it has “exciting things on the horizon” and remains “all-in on VR.”

Are You Still Watching? How to Create Engaging Presentations for Virtual Learning

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director at BrightCarbon

Remote meetings are here to stay - and so is the Zoom fatigue that many experience. The importance of compelling content is more apparent than ever. In this webinar, learn how PowerPoint provides terrific tools to create the kind of dynamic visual content you need to capture your remote audience’s attention. Come along to this masterclass packed with live demonstrations of how to create compelling presentations for successful meetings in a virtual and hybrid environment. In this webinar, you will learn how to: Create dynamic visuals that support persuasive stories to engage your audience Develop professional-looking designs for presentations and other content Become a PowerPoint legend with techniques to make effective presentations quickly and easily June 30th, 2022 at 9:30 am PDT, 12:30 pm EDT, 5:30 pm GMT

Sensorium Launches 24-Hour Metaverse Streaming Channel


Empyreal Parties 24/7 promises an unreal multi-sensory experience. The multi-sensory VR platform Sensorium is launching what they claim is the first in-engine metaverse streaming channel , offering an out-of-this-world visual and audio experience like no other.

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Public Beta For Half-Life 2 VR Mod Releases Next Month

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The public beta for Half-Life 2 VR, a community-made mod for Valve’s 2004 seminal PC shooter, will release in September. The team announced the beta in a post on the mod’s website , jokingly mentioning that they definitely mean this September, and not the next.

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Virtual Spaces are More About Interactions Than NFTs

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It's becoming clearer that the real value for consumer brands in the still-undefined metaverse will be in creating meaningful connections. not necessarily minting and distributing digital goods. This post appeared first on AR Insider. Contributors

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New Digging at Pompeii Reveals How the Middle Class Lived in 79 AD

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Archaeologists at Pompeii have announced the discovery of several furnished rooms in the House of the Lararium, a middle class residence on the ancient city’s northern side. Read more.


Virtual Reality vs Augmented Reality: Understanding 6 Key Differences

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Augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) are technologies that overlay or replace physical environments with virtual content. While AR enhances surroundings by incorporating digital components into live view, VR is an experience that replaces the actual world with a computer-generated simulation.

Who C.A.R.E.S.!? How Learning Got Its Bad Rap & What We Can Do About It

Speaker: Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer at ELB Learning

Since when has learning and development become such a negative experience with learners? Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer for ELB Learning, will introduce a new learning framework called the C.A.R.E.S Learning Effectiveness Model.

A Linux Zero-Day Was Finally Patched After Half a Decade of Inaction With Help From Google

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Google’s Threat Analysis Group revealed new details today about its efforts to identify and help patch a zero-day exploit impacting Android devices built by a commercial surveillance vendor and dating back to at least 2016.

What is the Metaverse


Understanding the technologies that enable the Metaverse In Facebook’s recent announcement to rebrand to Meta, they made a big push about a new buzzword: the ‘Metaverse’. There are always new technology buzzwords that keep coming up and it can get quite confusing keeping ontop of all of them.

Elon Musk Teases as a Potential Social Media Site of His Own

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In yet another chapter of Elon Musk’s conquest to own Twitter, the billionaire cryptically teased—a potential new social media platform—in a response to a tweet asking what his plans were if his deal to purchase Twitter doesn’t go through. Read more


The Vesper Trailer Reveals a Bleak Yet Beautiful Glimpse of a Climate-Ravaged Future

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The story of Vesper sounds intriguing—it’s about a teenaged girl who stumbles upon a way to save Earth’s ravaged ecosystem , though it’ll mean dealing with some terribly unscrupulous humans. But the main draw here is the look of the film.

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.

How Can Textbook Publishers Milk Students Even More? NFTs, Apparently

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The heart of the argument for NFT evangelists has always been the sense they were democratizing the world of art and commerce. Artists, they said, would be able to use a digital proof of ownership to make money off digital sales.


SpaceX Launches 3,000th Starlink Satellite as Elon's Internet Constellation Continues to Grow

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an additional 52 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit on Tuesday night, raising the total number of Starlinks launched by the company to a whopping 3,009. Read more


Pennyworth, a Show That Still Exists, Is Getting a Ridiculously Bat-Themed Name for Season 3

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In case you didn’t know, Pennyworth is going to explain itself with quite the name change. What once was just simply called Pennyworth is now Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler.


Huge Deep Sea Bug—Er, Isopod—Discovered in Gulf of Mexico

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Scientists recently trapped a giant isopod off the coast of Mexico, and after studying its anatomy and DNA, they determined that the crustacean is an entirely new species. Read more

The Key to Getting the Best Out of Video-Based Practice & Coaching

Speaker: Micah Eppler, Account Executive for Rehearsal of eLearning Brothers

Join Micah Eppler from eLearning Brothers to see hands-on examples of how organizations are transforming outcomes with video-based training strategies.

So What DC Movies and Shows Are Still Happening?

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We may never see the recently cancelled Batgirl movie , but it sure has had a huge impact anyway. Since the film’s unceremonious dumping over tax write-offs , the whole conversation around DC Films has changed. Some executives were reportedly so angry about the movie, they wanted to leave.

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Researcher Hacks Starlink Terminal to Warn SpaceX of Dangerous Flaws

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Disney+ Is Getting More Expensive, Even With Ads

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So were you wondering if all these streaming services bringing ads onto their platforms would actually reduce overall prices? Well, keep dreaming. Read more


Facebook Is Still Hemorrhaging Teen Users

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It’s been years since Facebook last topped the teen social media charts, yet somehow the platform is still losing ground with young people. The social media site is now used by less than a third of U.S. teenagers, according to new survey data from the Pew Research Center, released Wednesday.

Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

Join John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO and creator of the award-winning VR course builder CenarioVR®, to find out why organizations choose immersive learning and how they've used innovative approaches.

George R.R. Martin's House of the Dragon Connection Won't End Up Like Game of Thrones

GizModo VR

As House of the Dragon gears up to take us back to Westeros, we’re finally getting some clarity as to what went awry in the last few seasons of Game of Thrones. In a New York Times article, A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R.R.

Northrop Grumman Partners With Firefly to Replace Russian Rocket Engines

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Northrop Grumman and Firefly Aerospace are teaming up to build a new first stage for Northrop’s Antares rocket, as well as a new medium lift booster.

Elon Musk Sells $6.9 Billion in Tesla Stock Despite Saying He Wouldn't Sell More

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk quietly sold $6.9 billion worth of Tesla stock, according to a new SEC filing, despite saying as recently as April that he had no plans to sell any more.


How Spider-Man Led to the Invention of the Prisoner Ankle Monitor

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Court-ordered ankle monitors bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in the U.S. every year. Law enforcement uses the devices to monitor more than a hundred thousand people every day, a number that’s expanding rapidly. They play a key role in American criminal justice.

Everyone Wins! How Games Can Improve Learning Outcomes Across Multiple Generations

Speaker: Stephen Baer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Game Agency

Nearly 70% of American adults play video games. Stephen Baer, Chief Creative Officer at The Game Agency, will discuss each generation’s unique learning styles and identify game types that appeal to each one and improve your learning outcomes.