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Elisa's 5G network was used to achieve new peak speeds. (Source: Elisa)

Qualcomm and its Finnish partners claim to break the world's 5G speed record

Qualcomm, Nokia and the carrier Elisa claim to have achieved the world's fastest data-transfer speed over millimeter-wave (mmWave) 5G. This was done using dedicated hardware and resources from these 3 partners, and was reportedly ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:54:00 +0100
OPPO launches its new AR headset. (Source: YouTube)

OPPO unveils its new ecosystem philosophy alongside new AR glasses at its Inno Day 2020

OPPO's Inno Day is its annual developer's conference, at which it might also unveil some new hardware and concepts. In 2020, this event was dominated by the introduction of its 3+N+X strategy. This will determine how the OEM's sof...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 17 Nov 2020 17:26:00 +0100
OPPO hypes its new AR glasses. (Source: OPPO via GizmoChina)

OPPO teases the launch of second-gen AR glasses at its upcoming Inno Day

OPPO is an electronics company that holds a developer's conference for its growing ecosystem of devices it calls Inno Day every year. It has announced that the latest in this series of events will take place on November 17, 2020. ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 15 Nov 2020 19:08:00 +0100
Mozilla's new device-rating page. (Source: Mozilla)

Mozilla releases a new system for rating gadgets by their "creepiness"

Given that consumers may be gearing up for their 2020 holiday shopping, Mozilla has expanded its Privacy Not Included initiative by ranking various popular devices and/or gift ideas by how "creepy" they are. It is based on the org...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 13 Nov 2020 23:41:00 +0100
ARM intros the Cortex-A78C core. (Source: ARM)

ARM announces the Cortex-A78C, a new variant of a next-gen high-end core

ARM unveiled the Cortex-A78, a new core likely to form part of flagship mobile SoCs in 2021, recently. Now, the company has revealed that it is in fact part of a family of such products. One of them is the A78C, which has been mod...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 03 Nov 2020 23:18:00 +0100
Ryan's statement indicates that Sony still doesn't see VR as a mature market (Image source: Sony)

PlayStation exec Jim Ryan pours cold water on PlayStation VR in the leadup to the PS5 launch

PlayStation executive Jim Ryan spoke to the Washington Post about PSVR ahead of the PlayStation 5 launch and had a fairly sobering take. Ryan implied that it's still not the right time for virtual reality, casting doubt on the fut...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 02 Nov 2020 14:51:00 +0100
A schematic of the new OLED panel's make-up. (Source: SAIT)

Samsung’s next-gen OLED panels could upgrade to five-figure pixel densities

A new development in OLED technology could result in ultra-high-resolution displays, thanks to the latest developments in increasingly thin, effective solar panels. It involves cutting-edge physics that could be relevant to both f...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:44:00 +0100
The Oculus Quest 2 has started shipping to customers. (Image: Oculus)

Oculus Quest 2 now shipping to customers with big upgrades to processing power for better VR gaming

The Oculus Quest 2 is now shipping to customers and starts from US$299. The second-generation standalone VR headset features several improvements on the original including a much more powerful Qualcomm SoC.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 14 Oct 2020 12:14:00 +0200
Wireless headphones make for a multi-billion-dollar industry. (Source: Flickr)

The wireless headphones market may be worth over US$42 billion by 2026

A new research report has concluded that the market for wireless headphones worldwide will accrue a value of approximately US$42.1 billion over the next 6 years. This growth may be based on the demand for products that connect use...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 10 Oct 2020 19:34:00 +0200
RazerCon will kick off in October 2020. (Source: Razer)

RazerCon 2020 is an all-new, all-streamed mixed-reality product launch event

Details on the inaugural digital event RazerCon have been unveiled. This 2020 conference will provide mixed-reality (MR) showcases of new products from the event's host, as well as partners including NVIDIA, Intel and Western Digi...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:33:00 +0200
There is a new Splinter Cell VR game in the works

Splinter Cell finally makes a comeback; but with a catch

The critically-acclaimed stealth-action shooter Splinter Cell is all set to make a comeback. However, it will be released exclusively on Oculus VR. We can expect Ubisoft to tell us more about the game in the coming weeks.
Anil Satyanarayana, Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:27:00 +0200
Autonomous vehicles may be better and safer with network slicing. (Source: Ericsson)

The network slicing market may surpass US$600 million in 6 years

Network slicing refers to the process of sharing a single network (usually for mobile data) between different use-cases (e.g. IoT or VR) in a way that renders the same connectivity optimal for each one. Therefore, its market is li...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 13 Sep 2020 16:55:00 +0200
The GeForce RTX 20 series will be the first and last time that we see the VirtualLink connector. (Image source: NVIDIA)

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series marks the end of the VirtualLink connector

The VirtualLink connector has been killed off only two years after its announcement. NVIDIA introduced the VR connector with the GeForce RTX 20 series, but it is absent from the company's new RTX 30 Ampere cards. AMD, meanwhile, n...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 20:25:00 +0200
The new Sony VPL-GTZ380 SXRD projector. (Source: Sony)

Sony's new series of projectors is headlined by a 4K SXRD laser model

Sony has launched its new line of home theater- and enterprise-grade projectors. It comprises laser- and lamp-enabled SKUs, although its flagship has the SXRD tech necessary for a micro-display unit to throw images in 4K. Their ma...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 08 Sep 2020 16:51:00 +0200
The PS5 is widely expected to launch shortly after the Xbox Series X. (Image source: Sony/PlayStation)

Perturbing PlayStation 5 price rumor threatens to spoil the party and alleged PS5 console turns up in unlikely circumstances

A new PlayStation 5 price rumor has been making the rounds on social media lately, with the all-important figures being considerably higher than those that have been generally predicted for the next-gen console. A likely fake but ...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 05 Sep 2020 03:23:00 +0200
The "new Samsung AR glasses". (Source: 91Mobiles)

Samsung allegedly patents new AR glasses

Augmented reality (AR) may emerge as a prominent medium for content and entertainment in the future. At least, Samsung appears to think so, as it has reportedly claimed a new form of the glasses that facilitate it at the South Kor...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 19 Aug 2020 17:15:00 +0200
The Nreal Light continues the AR glasses dream. (Image: Nreal)

Nreal launches its Light AR glasses in Korea bundled with either an Galaxy Note 20 or LG Velvet

Nreal has launched its Light AR glasses in Korea. Ostensibly looking like a pair of slightly oversize sunglasses, the Light can be pre-ordered now and bundled with either the LG Velvet or Samsung Galaxy Note 20.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:38:00 +0200
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is leading the Steam top-sellers chart. (Image Source: Steam)

Microsoft Flight Simulator is now the number one selling game on Steam; VR, TrackIR, and HP Reverb G2 support coming soon

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is now the top-selling game on Steam. Developer Asobo Studio has also confirmed that the game will be available on Steam the same day as the Microsoft Store release on August 18. Flight Simulator 20...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 04 Aug 2020 15:41:00 +0200
CES 2021 will go ahead, if not exactly as normal. (Source: CTA)

The CTA announces CES 2021, and that it will be 100% virtual

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that there will be a Consumer Electronics Show (CES) scheduled for January 2021. However, it will not be held in Las Vegas as usual: instead, an "all-digital" experience is p...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 28 Jul 2020 18:37:00 +0200
The new fitting mechanism is clear in this shot of the next-gen Oculus Quest. (Image: @h0x0D/Twitter)

Next-gen Oculus Quest will land September 15 according to tipster

More details have spilled about the next-gen Oculus Quest including some images of the headset in the wild, confirming the leak earlier this week was legit. VR fans will be interested to learn that it is tipped to launch on Septem...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 25 Jul 2020 10:25:00 +0200
The purported second-generation Oculus Quest. (Image: @h0x0d/Twitter)

Next-gen Oculus Quest leaks out, looks to address wearability

The sequel to the Oculus Quest has leaked on Twitter. The revised VR headset looks to have addressed some of the ergonomic issues of the first gen model based on its appearance, but we can only speculate on which Qualcomm Snapdrag...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 23 Jul 2020 13:42:00 +0200
The promise of 5G- and 6G-enabled technology. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung sees 3D holograms, "digital twins" and terahertz bands as things in the 6G future

The 5G era has just about begun; however, Samsung's research division is also looking into the next generation of this kind of connectivity already. The OEM is also projecting the technology that this level of bandwidth could brin...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 19 Jul 2020 16:31:00 +0200
Apple may have AR glasses in the works. (Source: Wallpaper Flare)

The lenses for Apple's AR glasses are slated to be made by Foxconn

Foxconn has reportedly begun to test out the fabrication of lenses for Apple's rumored first-gen smart glasses. Apparently, these components are to be semi-transparent, and to be capable of displaying projected images to the user....
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 12 Jul 2020 22:39:00 +0200
Samsung’s 8K Q900 television (Image source: Samsung)

H.266 video codec finally let you stream 8K and 4K video content without laying waste to your data cap

The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz institute recently announced the new H.266 video codec standard as a successor to H.265. The new codec promises equivalent image quality at half the bit rate. This could make 8K and 4K content accessi...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:21:00 +0200
The Vuzix M400 smart glasses. (Source: Vuzix)

3C clears Vuzix to sell its M400 smart glasses in China

The smart-glasses company Vuzix has announced that it has 3C certification for its M400 model. Therefore, it may now target the market in question with this IP67-rated, drop-resistant smart viewer. As with many other products in t...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 05 Jul 2020 16:58:00 +0200
Facebook's holographic VR glasses protoype. (Image: Facebook)

Facebook teases sunglasses-like wearable VR prototype featuring holographic lens tech

Facebook’s Reality Labs has teased a working prototype of a VR ‘headset’ that shrinks the technology down into something akin to a pair of sunglasses. To make this possible, Facebook’s researchers have combined holographic optics ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:24:00 +0200
Vive X is its company's investment arm. (Source: Vive)

Vive X announces that it has nearly doubled its VR/AR investments

Vive X is a group set up by HTC's Vive in order to invest in augmented (AR) or virtual (VR) reality-based products and services. It has announced that it has achieved a return of nearly twice the funding it has awarded since its i...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 27 Jun 2020 18:25:00 +0200
Apple Glass could feature a modular design approach. (Image: Apple/USPTO)

Apple Glass patent reveals modular design approach

Apple Glass looks like it could be many different things if a series of Apple patents points to what is in store. Rather than focusing entirely on an augmented reality experience, Apple Glass could offer different functionality ac...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:06:00 +0200
Vive unveils its XR Suite. (Source: HTC Vive)

The Vive XR Suite is the latest entrant into the remote working and collaboration market

HTC Vive has announced a new suite of XR applications to help those whose work or pursuits have moved into a remote format. An example of these is Vive Sync, which may take on other similar platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Zoo...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 16 Jun 2020 16:16:00 +0200
HTC will unveil new phones soon. (Source: Instagram)

HTC announces a June 16, 2020 launch event, could be for Desire 20 series

HTC has yet to be heard of in the context of new phones in 2020. However, the OEM has just confirmed that it will change this with an upcoming June event. According to recent rumors, the devices to be launched may be called the De...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 10 Jun 2020 14:21:00 +0200
Build an Arduino-based VR headset with this cheap project. (Image source: jamesvdberg)

Build an Arduino-based VR headset with this cheap project

A new project has demonstrated that it is possible to build a VR headset on the cheap. Utilising an Arduino Micro and a Google Cardboard-compatible headset, the project can bring VR to a PC for under US$80.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 05 Jun 2020 19:19:00 +0200
Pancake FPS Starter Kit gives PC gamers a solid non-VR Half Life: Alyx experience

Not quite Half-Life 3, but close enough - Pancake FPS Starter Kit helps you play Half Life: Alyx without a VR headset

The Pancake VR Starter Kit transforms Half Life: Alyx into something approximating a standard FPS game on PC. This allows users without the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or Valve Index to enjoy the title.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sun, 31 May 2020 15:49:00 +0200
The FastConnect 6900 and 6700 are new Qualcomm wireless modules. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm's latest connectivity modules step up to Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2

Qualcomm has announced the FastConnect 6900 and 6700, 2 new connectivity solutions that may upgrade some future phones to Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E. The latter is a variation on the latest wireless data standard that adds the 6GH...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 28 May 2020 20:11:00 +0200
An overview of the XR viewer ecosystem. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm previews a new line of smartphone-linked XR viewers for 2021

Qualcomm has announced a range of XR viewers, a novel product category possible due to 5G speeds and bandwidth. They are intended to deliver high-quality content to be supported by the smartphones they connect to via USB type C, a...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 27 May 2020 18:30:00 +0200
The new XRSpace Mova headset is powered by the Snapdragon 845 VR platform and supports 5G connectivity. (Source: XRSpace)

Former HTC CEO back with new VR start up XRSpace and the 5G-capable Mova headset

Peter Chou was once the very visible face of HTC when it was still a force in the smartphone market. These days, with HTC and Vive well and truly in the rear vision mirror, he is back with a new VR start up that looks like it has ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 26 May 2020 11:58:00 +0200
Minecraft has been sold over 200 million times; Mojang rebrands and announces new projects. (Image: Microsoft)

Minecraft has been sold over 200 million times; Mojang rebrands and announces new projects

Microsoft has confirmed that Minecraft has been sold over 200 million times, almost six years after purchasing the rights to the game. The studio behind the game, Mojang AB, has been given a rebrand too and has announced work on n...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 25 May 2020 19:34:00 +0200
The Gobi app icon (Image Source; Josh Constine)

More Apple iOS 14 features get leaked

Apple's upcoming iOS 14 is bringing more augmented reality integration via apps such as Gobi that offer dining and shopping interactions through new circular QR codes. The Find My app will also be updated with audio and haptic cue...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 19 May 2020 14:23:00 +0200
DP Alt Mode v.2 is another potential use of the USB type C port. (Source: VESA)

USB 4.0 type C ports will be able to output up to 16K video at ~80Gb/s thanks to VESA's new DisplayPort standard

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has released specifications for its new DisplayPort (DP) Alt Mode version 2.0 standard. This video output modality allows USB type C ports to drive even 16K/60Hz displays, as it c...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 04 May 2020 22:01:00 +0200
The SteamVR platform in action. (Source: Valve)

SteamVR canned for Apple's Macs

A blog post on the Steam website has announced the sudden cancellation with immediate effect for SteamVR support on macOS. Instead, Mac users have been directed to use what are now legacy builds of the platform as Steam now switch...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 03 May 2020 03:59:00 +0200
The Magic Leap 1 didn't get anywhere near achieving target sales of 100,000 units. (Source: Magic Leap)

Once held up as the future of consumer AR, Magic Leap lays of 1,000 staff pivots to enterprise

Magic Leap has announced that it is cutting staff and reorienting from a consumer focus to an enterprise focus. The company blames COVID-19 for at least some of its woes but the reality is that it never really gained traction as i...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 23 Apr 2020 11:22:00 +0200
Pokémon GO Raid Battles have been overhauled. (Source: Niantic)

Niantic announces a new Remote Raid Battle mode for Pokemon GO

Normally, part of the object of a Raid Battle in Pokemon GO is that the player physically visits a Gym in order to take part in such an event. However, for those still under lockdown as a result of Covid-19, this is obviously impo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Apr 2020 23:17:00 +0200
Tech love across all age ranges. (Source: Parks Associates)

Up to 53% of US households with high-speed internet report appreciating tech more in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic

A new study of consumer attitudes in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in findings that 53% of its participants (US households with broadband internet services) were prepared to agree with a statement to the effect th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Apr 2020 22:40:00 +0200
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


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