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IBM announces 1,800 jobs in France at Macron’s ‘Tech for Good’ summit

IBM announces 1,800 jobs in France at Macron’s ‘Tech for Good’ summit

IBM today announced it would create 1,800 new jobs in France as part of a wide-ranging set of initiatives that include training programs for “new collar” jobs. The disclosure was made at a summit
Social VR’s best platform is the open web, not pricey headsets

Social VR’s best platform is the open web, not pricey headsets

GUEST: That mainstream appeal for VR continues to elude the mixed reality industry in Western markets is a point I touched on last week when I encouraged startups to embrace China as a go-to-market. I
HTC Vive Focus gets smartphone integration and better battery life

HTC Vive Focus gets smartphone integration and better battery life

HTC’s standalone VR headset Vive Focus launched in China last year, and it’s getting some neat software upgrades ahead of its anticipated global release. Just announced at the 2018 Vive Ecosystem
Cubism is a tranquil VR puzzler about building abstract shapes

Cubism is a tranquil VR puzzler about building abstract shapes

Cubism is an elegant puzzler about building 3D shapes in virtual reality. It’s the latest game from indie developer Thomas Van Bouwel, who previously worked on the VR game Panoptic, and it will launch
Why Facebook engineered the Half Dome Varifocal VR headset

Why Facebook engineered the Half Dome Varifocal VR headset

At Display Week in Los Angeles, Facebook revealed why its researchers and engineers built a varifocal VR headset. Over the last few years researchers at Facebook’s Reality Labs (formerly known as
What Sony’s PlayStation 4 ‘end-of-life’ means for PSVR and PSVR 2

What Sony’s PlayStation 4 ‘end-of-life’ means for PSVR and PSVR 2

ANALYSIS: When Sony executive John Tsuyoshi Kodera told investors this week that the PlayStation 4 is entering the “final phase of its life cycle,” there were two ways to parse the news. You could
LG develops AI to deal with nausea in VR

LG develops AI to deal with nausea in VR

Researchers at LG and Songang University are using artificial intelligence to reduce motion blur and latency in virtual reality headset displays.
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon XR1 reference design for standalone AR and VR headsets

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon XR1 reference design for standalone AR and VR headsets

At the Augmented Reality World Expo in Santa Clara, California, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon XR1 platform, a new hardware reference design for standalone augmented reality and virtual reality
Arca’s Path embarks on an adventure in a surreal VR maze

Arca’s Path embarks on an adventure in a surreal VR maze

The virtual reality adventure Arca’s Path is all about finding the way home. Its dream-like environment is a series of mazes, some suspended in mid-air, that shift and change around the player. It
Ludia and Universal launch Jurassic World Alive AR mobile game

Ludia and Universal launch Jurassic World Alive AR mobile game

NBCUniversal and mobile game publisher Ludia announced the worldwide launch of Jurassic World Alive on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. The game is a follow-up to the hit 2015 mobile title,
Facebook launches Oculus Venues social spectating app in VR

Facebook launches Oculus Venues social spectating app in VR

Facebook’s Oculus VR division announced that its Oculus Venues social VR app for watching events with your friends is now available on the Oculus Go and the Samsung Gear VR headsets. It’s like having
Where’s the next Pokémon Go? Here’s what’s holding augmented reality back

Where’s the next Pokémon Go? Here’s what’s holding augmented reality back

GUEST: For most people, augmented reality became real with the explosion of Pokémon Go. People who hadn’t taken a leisurely walk outside in years were walking around the streets bumping into new
Apple reportedly poaches senior Intel staffers for secret Oregon hardware lab

Apple reportedly poaches senior Intel staffers for secret Oregon hardware lab

Apple has reportedly opened a “secret” hardware engineering lab in Washington County, Oregon and hired employees who previously held senior research and engineering positions at Intel. According to
Apple will likely debut Digital Health and ARKit 2.0 at WWDC, but no hardware

Apple will likely debut Digital Health and ARKit 2.0 at WWDC, but no hardware

Apple’s plans for the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote next week include a new “Digital Health” initiative and a major update to its ARKit augmented reality software, but no new
Insomniac teases its next game — a new VR experience

Insomniac teases its next game — a new VR experience

Insomniac is a busy studio. It is preparing to release Spider-Man for PlayStation 4, which is one of the most anticipated games of the second half of this year. But while one Insomniac team getting
10 ambitious predictions for how VR/AR will shape our world

10 ambitious predictions for how VR/AR will shape our world

GUEST: Last week I will joined hundreds of commercial VR and AR experts in London to participate in VR World 2018. The two-day conference featured sessions from industry leaders pioneering immersive
MixCast 2.0 ditches green screens for VR livestreams

MixCast 2.0 ditches green screens for VR livestreams

Today Blueprint Reality is announcing the release of MixCast 2.0, which is now available for download. The biggest barrier to more people recording and streaming amazing mixed reality videos like this
Why hasn’t big tech cleaned up its mess?

Why hasn’t big tech cleaned up its mess?

GUEST: Protecting user privacy — as well as preventing election interference — isn’t just a matter of accepting lower profits. Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other tech giants face huge technical
How to watch Apple’s WWDC 2018 livestream

How to watch Apple’s WWDC 2018 livestream

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is about to start, and we’re expecting a lot of news today. WWDC 2018 is being held at San Jose, California’s McEnery Convention Center from June
Apple unveils iOS 12 with improved performance, ARKit 2.0, and Siri shortcuts

Apple unveils iOS 12 with improved performance, ARKit 2.0, and Siri shortcuts

Continuing an eight-year tradition, Apple today unveiled the latest version of iOS for iPhones, iPads, and the iPod touch during its WWDC keynote. In addition to featuring a collection of tweaked apps