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Niantic aims to help fans cope with the pandemic. (Source: Niantic)

Niantic is planning quarantine-friendly adaptations for its mobile AR games

Fans of games like Pokemon GO or Ingress may find it harder to pursue this kind of augmented-reality (AR) gaming while self-isolating against the risk of Covid-19. However, their maker Niantic has announced that it will shortly in...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 18:08:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy A71 can now use Google Play AR apps. (Source: Samsung)

Google makes a slew of new devices compatible with Play Services AR

Google Play Services for AR is the new name for ARCore, the SDK necessary to develop augmented-reality (AR) features within Android apps. The Mountain View giant has announced that a long list of new phones (and some tablets) are ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:52:00 +0100
Here's our first glimpse at HP's next-generation VR headset. (Source: HP)

HP partnering with Valve, Microsoft on new VR headset

HP has teased its latest VR headset and it looks like it will be a genuine challenger to the current top tier VR headsets on the market. The new headset has been designed in partnership with both Valve and Microsoft, suggesting th...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 24 Mar 2020 10:40:00 +0100
Some cloud gaming market stats. (Source: Fortune Business Insights)

The cloud gaming market is now projected to be worth as much as US$56.57 billion by 2027

Cloud gaming is an emerging alternative to user-owned PC set-ups, in that the massive amounts of GPU power required to sustain it are accessed remotely. Its market had an estimated value of US$12.53 billion in 2018. However, a new...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 23 Mar 2020 18:15:00 +0100
The new LiDAR scanner sits to the right and inbetween the 10 MP and 12 MP cameras. (Source: Apple)

A closer look at the LiDAR scanner on the new iPad Pro

Instead of using a standard 3D ToF sensor for its new iPad Pro, Apple has upped the ante by using a LiDAR scanner instead. It has opted for the more advanced technology to take the augmented reality capabilities of the iPad Pro to...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 18 Mar 2020 15:15:00 +0100
Yes, that is actually a trackpad on an offical Apple iPad Pro keyboard! (Source: Apple)

A closer look at the new iPad Pro Magic Keyboard with trackpad support

The wait is over for the long sought after trackpad support for Apple’s iPad range. The launch of the new iPad Pro also brings with it an all-new keyboard that drops the infamous butterfly mechanism in favor of Apple’s revised Mag...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 18 Mar 2020 14:36:00 +0100
The new Reference Design based on the Snapdragon XR2 platform. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm brings 5G to headset gaming with its new Snapdragon XR2 Reference Design

Qualcomm has launched the Snapdragon XR2 Reference Design headset, the first such XR (as in, virtual, mixed or augmented reality) device that supports 5G. It does so via its in-built X55 modem, which is part of its latest hardware...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:21:00 +0100
R.E.A.L. mod brings fully playable VR experience to GTA V. (Image source: LukeRoss00)

R.E.A.L. mod brings fully playable VR experience to GTA V

GTA V remains incredibly popular despite having a few years under its belt. If the main story and GTA Online are not enough, then how about GTA V in VR? Well, after year's of development, the R.E.A.L. mod for GTA V has done just t...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 20:07:00 +0100
Kaer Morhen is already playable in the Witcher Reality Project (Image source: Nexusmods)

The Witcher is now playable on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive through the Witcher Reality Project

An enterprising modder is bringing 2007's The Witcher to mainstream VR headsets through the Witcher Reality Project. The opening segment of the game is already playable
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 19:20:00 +0100
The Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is showing signs of life as it makes its way into retail channels. (Source: Google)

Glassholes rejoice! Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Developer Edition reaches retail channels

Google has announced that its Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is headed to regular retail channels for developers. Although failed as a consumer product, at least in the immediate future, the company has found legs for it in ent...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 05 Feb 2020 00:51:00 +0100
The entire Half-Life series is available to download on Steam for free till March. (Source: Valve)

Valve's Half-Life series is free on Steam for the next two months

To help drum up the hype ahead of the launch of Half-Life: Alyx in March, Valve is offering gamers an unbeatabale deal. For the next two months, anyone with a Steam account can download and play each of all previous Half-Life titl...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 02:57:00 +0100
Panasonic effectively quadrupling the resolution and even implements HDR compatibility in a lighter and slicker package. (Source: Panasonic)

CES 2020 | Panasonic unveils world's first UHD HDR VR glasses

Besides quadrupling the resolution of current high-end VR headsets, Panasonic also introduces HDR compatibility to the VR world for the first time, and all this is packed neatly in a light frame. In order to achieve this feat, Pan...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:13:00 +0100
NVIDIA's latest Game Ready driver brings in many new features. (Source: Forbes)

CES 2020 | NVIDIA announces new Game Ready driver with VRSS, Wolfenstein: Youngblood to receive a major RTX update

NVIDIA has announced the release of a new Game Ready driver at CES 2020. The new driver brings support for variable rate supersampling (VRSS), Freestyle splitscreen, updates to image sharpening, and frame rate limiting among other...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 17:30:00 +0100
Various forms of extended reality may become very successful in the future. (Source: SHRM)

VR, AR and MR may make a US$30 billion industry by 2030

Virtual, mixed and augmented reality are probably the most familiar forms of extended reality - or technologically-enhanced experientia - out there. The latest research suggests their combined market may be worth US$30 billion or...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 30 Dec 2019 19:25:00 +0100
Image via PlayGiga

Facebook continues its gaming quest with acquisition of PlayGiga

Facebook announced today that it has acquired cloud gaming startup PlayGiga. The startup, which is based in Madrid, has experience working with telecoms to build gaming-as-a-service platforms that rely on 5G networks. This is yet ...
Sam Medley, Thu, 19 Dec 2019 15:54:00 +0100
Valve Index, the latest premium entrant in the VR market (Image source: Valve)

SuperData XR Dimensions market intelligence platform introduced: claims VR isn't dying

SuperData recently announced its XR Dimensions market intelligence platform. XR Dimensions focuses on trends in the AR and VR industries. Initial XR Dimensions reports make bold claims: VR is thriving and AR is already mainstream....
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 17 Dec 2019 08:01:00 +0100
The Snapdragon XR2 5G Platform brings new extended reality experiences. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm introduces the Snapdragon XR2 — the world's first 5G XR platform with 7 concurrent tracking cameras, 2x CPU and GPU performance, [email protected] Hz display per eye, and added AI goodness

At the ongoing Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm has taken wraps off the Snapdragon XR2. The Snapdragon XR2 aims to bring new extended reality experiences to future headsets and offers greatly improved video, audio, and AI performance over previous generations. The Snapdragon XR2 is the world's first 5G extended reality platform and offers support for seven concurrent cameras and a custom computer vision processor for more accurate tracking with low latency.
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 20:00:00 +0100
Qualcomm's president, Cristiano Amon, at last year's Snapdragon Tech Summit. (Source: Qualcomm)

The 2019 Snapdragon Technology Summit keynotes will be livestreamed from their Hawaii venue

Qualcomm has announced that its next Snapdragon Tech Summit will take place from December 3 to 5, 2019 in Maui, Hawaii. This year, the company will showcase its growing 5G expertise, as well as other facets of its mobile device bu...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:22:00 +0100
Image via Catan: World Explorers

Settlers of Catan to get AR treatment, courtesy of Niantic

Settlers of Catan is coming to mobile with an AR adjustment. Dubbed Catan: World Explorers, the new augmented reality game will be built using Niantic's extensive suite of AR tools. The game is still in the early stages of develop...
Sam Medley, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 04:49:00 +0100
A new Half-Life is apparently on the cards, but not as we know it. (Image source: Den of Geek)

New Half-Life game details leaked ahead of The Game Awards

Rumour has it that Valve plans to announce a new Half-Life game, and soon. Apparently based around protagonist Alyx Vance, the game may see a release as early as Q1 2020. It looks set to be sad news for those holding out for Half-...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 20:03:00 +0100
The Sony PS4 Pro Death Stranding Limited Edition console. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Hands On: PS4 Death Stranding Limited Edition Console

The Sony PlayStation 5 might be on the horizon, but the company just put fans of game designer Hideo Kojima in a very difficult position. Sony has partnered with Kojima on a PS4 Pro Death Stranding Limited Edition console that makes for an extremely tempting proposition that is even more striking in person than in press renders.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 16 Nov 2019 03:33:00 +0100
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Minecraft Earth now available in the US on iOS and Android

Minecraft Earth, the latest augmented reality title from Mojang, is now available in the United States and a few other countries. The title is currently in Early Access. In true Minecraft style, Minecraft Earth focuses on collecti...
Sam Medley, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:44:00 +0100
John Carmack steps down as CTO of Oculus to develop Artificial General Intelligence

John Carmack steps down as CTO of Oculus to develop Artificial General Intelligence

John Carmack, the creator of Doom and a pioneer of virtual reality, is stepping down as the CTO of Oculus to focus on artificial general intelligence, which can be considered a super-powered version of artificial intelligence. Car...
Sam Medley, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 05:31:00 +0100
Image via Intel

Intel unveils Keem Bay VPU for improved on-device vision processing

Intel unveiled its upcoming vision processing unit (VPU) for edge computing devices. Dubbed Keem Bay, the new chip offers major improvements over existing VPUs from Nvidia and Huawei. Additionally, Keem Bay offers better performan...
Sam Medley, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:23:00 +0100
The new Spectacles 3 from Snap Inc can shoot 3D stills and video. (Source: Snap Inc)

Snap Inc launches Spectacles 3 with 3D VR recording and AR effects capabilities

Snap Inc has officially launched its new Spectacles 3. The Spectacles 3 feature dual built-in cameras that can shoot photos and video in 3D at up to 60fps with the ability to overlay 3D AR-style effects.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:33:00 +0100
These icons are few and far between for some Pokémon GO players. (Source: Bulbapedia)

Niantic is addressing its current Pokéstop deficiency in Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO remains one of the world's most popular augmented-reality (AR) mobile games. However, it has a persistent discrepancy as a title in this ecosystem, which is a lack of Pokéstops, particularly in more isolated regions. Th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:35:00 +0100
Google sold over 15 million Cardboard viewers, but has called time on official support. (Source: Google)

Google Cardboard open-sourced as a lifeline for mobile VR

VR on smartphones is all but dead following the end of Samsung’s Galaxy VR ambitions and Google’s recent announcement that it has ceased development for its Daydream VR platform. However, in an inkling of hope for those who were s...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:42:00 +0100
Pokemon GO to get live AR multiplayer feature, called Buddy Adventure

Pokemon GO to get live AR multiplayer feature, called Buddy Adventure

Pokémon GO will be getting a live AR multiplayer feature sometime soon. Currently called "Buddy Adventure," the feature will allow two players to interact with each other's Buddy Pokémon in real-time through their smartphone camer...
Sam Medley, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 18:47:00 +0100
Qualcomm is set to make a sizeable investment in 5G's future. (Source: RTE)

Qualcomm incentivizes 5G development with a new multi-million-dollar fund

Qualcomm's Venture division has announced the implementation of the 5G Ecosystem Fund, a source of investment worth up to US$200 million. As the name suggests, it will help support start-ups involved in new, innovative and potenti...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 22:49:00 +0200
The new LG U+ app allows the user to shop in AR. (Source: LG)

A major South Korean carrier unveils a service to make the dream of virtual shopping a reality

LG's South Korean telecomms company has announced the debut of its new app, "U+ AR Shopping". It enables users to transform the content of 2 popular TV shopping channels into augmented reality (AR) experiences. Consumers can then ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:03:00 +0200
Image via Nubia

Red Magic 3S now available - Snapdragon 855+ starting at $479

The Nubia Red Magic 3S is a slight improvement over the Red Magic 3. The updated handset sports a faster Snapdragon 855+ SoC and UFS 3.0 storage. All other factors, including the price tag, are the same as the older Red Magic 3. T...
Sam Medley, Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:48:00 +0200
Nvidia's next-gen Ampere GPUs are set for 1H 2020 release. (Source: Nvidia)

Rumor: Nvidia Ampere 7nm GPUs to launch 1H 2020

Nvidia’s successor to the Turing architecture powering its current line of Turing based RTX 20 series GPUs isn’t far away. According to the latest rumors, the graphics powerhouse will be releasing its new chips based on Samsung’s ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 07 Oct 2019 08:29:00 +0200
Pokemon GO reportedly mistakes some MIUI users for cheaters. (Source: Niantic)

Pokemon GO reportedly bans Android players for running a certain version of MIUI

There have been multiple reports of Pokemon GO handing out strikes preventing play to those who own certain Redmi devices. This pattern has been linked to MIUI, a recent firmware update for the phones affected. Niantic, t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 05 Oct 2019 18:30:00 +0200
Google Shopping is back. (Source: Google)

Google Shopping re-launches in the US, integrates with Lens this time around

Google has announced the re-institution of its Shopping service, albeit for users located in the US only. The company claims that the renewed feature can analyse millions of retail listings and other data in order to show customer...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 04 Oct 2019 16:33:00 +0200
MSI GL75 9SEK Laptop Review - An average mid-range gaming laptop with loud fans

83% MSI GL75 9SEK Laptop Review - An average mid-range gaming laptop with loud fans

Loud and proud. The MSI GL75 checks all the right boxes for a 2019 mid-range gaming laptop. Features like a high-refresh rate display and a per-key RGB backlit keyboard are nice additions, but fan noise and coil whine spoil an otherwise adequate package.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile | 17.3" | 2.5 kg
Sam Medley, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 20:10:20 +0200
Facebook has announced several new features for its Quest standalone headset including in new support for PCs and Rift titles. (Source: Facebook)

Facebook intros a slew of new features for the Oculus Quest including PC support

Facebook has announced several updates for its Oculus Quest standalone headset that are likely to greatly broaden its appeal. The company has announced that it is introducing wired PC support for the headset as well as hand tracki...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 26 Sep 2019 10:39:00 +0200
Facebook first announced its AR glasses project back in 2018. (Source: MobileAppDaily)

Facebook working with Ray-Ban on AR glasses

facebook is certainly not the first to try its hand at augmented reality smartglasses, but with the help of Ray-Ban parent company Luxotica, the social media giant will market its upcoming AR tech as a true smartphone killer. The ...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:12:00 +0200
HTC has a new CEO. (Source: HTC)

HTC appoints a new CEO as it looks forward to a 5G- and XR-focused future

HTC has confirmed that Yves Maitre, a former executive at the telecommunications company Orange, is its new chief executive officer (CEO). His predecessor, Cher Wang, will remain at the Taiwanese OEM as the head of its board. This...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 17 Sep 2019 19:28:00 +0200
Windows Core OS gets a simplified UI. (Source: WindowsCentral)

Windows Core OS could be launching with Microsoft's new Surface foldables

Latest reports claim that the upcoming Windows Core OS will offer a modular low-level platform running on desktops, laptops, VR machines, consoles and foldable devices. On top of it, Microsoft plans to add different variants of Wi...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:03:00 +0200
UWB is found in the iPhones 11 Pro and Pro Max only. (Source: YouTube)

Apple develops a proprietary short-range communication system for the iPhones 11 Pro

The Apple U1 chip is new hardware that controls ultrawide band (UWB) energy transfers between devices. This enables compatible products to locate each other and exchange data in a way non-U1-enabled counterparts cannot. These new ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 20:08:00 +0200
NVIDIA adds the Quadro RTX 6000 to its mobile Quadro RTX lineup. (Source: NVIDIA)

IFA 2019 | NVIDIA announces the mobile Quadro RTX 6000 GPU, sets new Ace Reference Design standard for mobile workstations

NVIDIA has introduced a new mobile Quadro RTX card, the mobile Quadro RTX 6000 at IFA 2019. The specifications of the mobile Quadro RTX 6000 are yet to be officially disclosed, but NVIDIA's performance numbers show that it perform...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:00:00 +0200
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE Laptop Review - The best screen on a mid-tier gaming laptop

84% MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE Laptop Review - The best screen on a mid-tier gaming laptop

Fantastic Plastic Machine. Despite some drawbacks in build quality and thermal management, the MSI GP65 Leopard is an excellent all-around gaming laptop for $1500. Surprisingly, the machine has one of the most color-accurate screens we have measured in a gaming laptop. The bright display backlight and 144 Hz refresh rate are icing on the cake.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Sam Medley, Sun, 01 Sep 2019 09:55:58 +0200
The Dell G5 is its new affordable gaming desktop. (Source: Dell)

Dell's new upgradeable G5 Gaming Desktop will get you in the game from just US$629

Headlining Dell’s announcements at Gamescom is an all-new G series gaming desktop. The new Dell G5 Desktop is designed to be an attractive but affordable and upgradeable gaming machine with up to Intel Core i9 CPUs and either Nvid...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:22:00 +0200
Image via System76

System76 announces Adder WS Linux workstation with 4K OLED display

Linux laptop seller System76 recently announced a new workstation. The Adder WS, which is set to release on August 8, is the retailer's first laptop with a 15.6-inch 4K OLED display. The laptop will also pack a power Core i7 or Co...
Sam Medley, Mon, 05 Aug 2019 23:32:00 +0200
Intel Xe (via Intel)

Intel's upcoming GPU may offer HBM VRAM at $200

UPDATE 8/2: Intel has responded with a clarification of Raja Koduri's statement. See below. In a recent interview with a Russian YouTube tech channel, Raja Koduri (chief architect at Intel) stated that Intel's upcoming Xe GPU w...
Sam Medley, Fri, 02 Aug 2019 22:59:00 +0200
Asus ROG Strix Hero III G731GW Review - a colorful laptop with compromises

85% Asus ROG Strix Hero III G731GW Review - a colorful laptop with compromises

Bright lights, small flaws. Asus' new ROG Hero III G731GW packs tons of features, lots of lights, and a powerful RTX GPU into a well-built and well-designed chassis. A few annoyances make the G731GW fall short of perfection, but the overall package is excellent.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
Sam Medley, Mon, 29 Jul 2019 10:08:20 +0200
An image from an Apple patent application for AR glasses. (Source: Phone Arena)

Apple kills its AR glasses project while Samsung gains new AR glasses patent

Taiwan's DigiTimes reports that Apple has killed its plans for an AR headset citing supply chain sources. Samsung, however, seems to be ploughing on with its AR headset efforts filing a new patent for a foldable headset.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 14 Jul 2019 03:35:00 +0200
A current pair of Vuzix smart glasses. (Source: Vuzix)

New Vuzix patent may enhance the next generation of smart glasses

Vuzix has filed a new patent with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). It will inform future smart glasses made by this OEM, particularly regarding their use in augmented reality (AR) applications. Vuzix also claims that it...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 03 Jul 2019 19:13:00 +0200
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite loading screen (Source: Own)

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite now live (almost) globally

Announced in early November 2017 and released as a Beta back in April/May (New Zealand/Australia), Harry Potter: Wizards Unite finally became available for the general public — on both Android and iOS — on June 21. However, this m...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:32:00 +0200
An up-to-date render for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. (Source: Business Today)

TOF camera now projected for Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Samsung has just allegedly trademarked a product called "Make & Play 3D", which apparently involves a time-of-flight (TOF) module that brings depth-sensing to devices such as smartphones. This suggests that upcoming releases from ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 21 Jun 2019 18:57:00 +0200


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