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Google steps up its augmented reality game with ARCore 1.0 and Google Len PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 24 February 2018 17:36
google arcoreGoogle is bringing its latest augmented reality platform out of beta. First announced last year, ARCore is a set of tools software developers can use to create apps that superimpose virtual objects on real-world scenes using a smartphone’s camera and other sensors. It’s not as sophisticated as Google’s Project Tango, which also relied on specialized hardware for better precision. But that means ARCore can run on millions of devices that would never have supported Tango, which is probably why Google killed off Project Tango to focus on ARCore. Now the company says ARCore is out of beta and it’s compatible with 13 different smartphone models at launch (or 100 million phones in the wild, to put it another way). Google says its working with additional phone makers to launch new devices with ARCore support, and it’s likely we’ll see a few of them launched at Mobile World Congress next week. Now that ARCore 1.0 has been released, developers can publish apps that make use of the ARCore SDK to the Play Store. But Google says the updated SDK also adds new features including support for placing virtual items on textured surfaces rather than just flat surfaces. Follow this thread on OUR FORUM.
Smartphone sales declined for the first time in Q4, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 February 2018 15:37
huawei smartphoneAre smartphones reaching the saturation point, where everyone who wants one already has one? It might be a bit too soon to say for certain, but research firm Gartner says that it saw the first year-over-year decline in smartphone sales since it started tracking the smartphone market in 2004. According to Gartner, people bought about 408 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2017, which sounds pretty good until you realize it’s a 5.6 percent decline from the same period in 2016. Gartner’s numbers suggest Huawei and Xiaomi were the only two of the top 5 smartphone companies to see growth between Q4, 2016 and 4, 2017. Samsung, Apple, and Oppo all saw declines… although the biggest drop may be in the “others” category, where all other smartphone makers combined saw a decline in sales from 195 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 163 million units a year later. That said, it’s worth noting that these figures only compare fourth quarter sales. When you look at the full year, Gartner says phone sales were up 2.7 percent in 2017 compared to 2016 with total global sales of about 1.54 billion units. There's more posted on OUR FORUM.
AdDuplex: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has reached 85% of PCs PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 February 2018 14:27
windows 10 saturationAdDuplex claims that the adoption of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is going well, apparently, because the Fall Creators Update rollout is complete. Devices running any previous version of Windows 10 operating system are now allowed to upgrade to the latest release. According to new data provided by AdDuplex, 85 percent of all Windows 10 devices already running the latest version. AdDuplex says adoption of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is going well and “has reached now 85% of PCs.” Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update) is still in the second position with a share of 8.1 percent, while on the other hand, Windows 10 version 1607 (Anniversary Update) is third with 5.1 points, it has become the third most widely used version. “Two months ago FCU jumped up by 30%, last month by about 20% and now it added another 10%. The growth is obviously slowing down as the next update is imminent,” said AdDuplex, the largest cross-promotion network for Microsoft Store apps and games. Want more visit OUR FORUM.
Microsoft teases HoloLens 2 and “Mixed Reality Cloud” PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 02:34
“Mixed Reality Cloud”The Microsoft HoloLens is getting somewhat long in the tooth, getting ready to celebrate its second birthday in March 2018. Microsoft has already teased HoloLens 2.0 in July 2017, when it spoke about its new Holographic Processing Unit, which features an AI coprocessor to natively and flexibly implement Deep Neural Networks on the device itself. Posting on LinkedIn today, Microsoft Alex Kipman revealed some more around the use of all that power, saying the artificial intelligence will deliver “superpowers over space and time” and allow Microsoft to “build experiences where people, places, and things become independent of their physical location and can interact with their digital counterparts.” Specifically, the new HPU will allow HoloLens 2.0 to truly perceive its environment. Interestingly, despite the much more powerful hardware in the device, Microsoft will also be bringing more cloud processing to the device, with their new Mixed Reality Cloud. Microsoft notes that they will combine cloud-assisted AI with Mixed Reality, allowing Microsoft to deliver a persistent mixed reality experience with people, places, and things. Full details are posted on OUR FORUM.
Microsoft’s foldable Windows 10 phone might be arriving sooner than expected PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:30
surface phoneWe have been hearing a lot of rumors about the Surface Phone. One of the most prominent rumors were that the mythical Surface Phone will be foldable and that it will launch by the end of 2018 or in the beginning of 2019. But a recent report from an Italian site claims that the foldable device from Microsoft will launch sooner than expected. An Italian site recently posted an article about project Andromeda or Surface Phone, as the diehard fans would like to call it. The article claims that the device would arrive sooner than what the fans expected. This means that the device may arrive earlier than the end of this year. This is a great news for fans to rejoice as Microsoft has publically announced that they will not provide any new hardware running Windows 10 Mobile. It is clear from a lot of patents filed by Microsoft that the Andromeda device will be foldable. The device is expected to sport the latest and greatest offering from Qualcomm- The Snapdragon 845. Recent benchmarks of the processor suggest that it has a very powerful and efficient CPU paired with a much-improved graphics processor. Microsoft is likely to focus more on battery life as the device is aimed at portability. Visit OUR FORUM for more.
Microsoft release 6-part Windows Mixed Reality Developer Course PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 February 2018 18:27
Mixed Reality Academy 213 courseIf you already develop virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) applications – or are thinking about doing so – then there’s a good chance you use middleware development engine Unity or at least know about it. While there are numerous video game engines out there, Unity has become the top dog, with a good chunk of VR titles made using it. So it makes sense that Microsoft would want to make it as easy as possible for Unity developers to work with its Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Hence why the software giant has just released a new series of videos. The series of videos Microsoft has released are for the Mixed Reality Academy 213 course. Composed of six chapters, the series will explore the motion controller’s input events by creating a simple spatial painting experience. With this app, users can paint in three-dimensional space with various types of brushes and colors. Learning how to work with and use the motion controllers is a vital part of any VR experience. While a well designed virtual world can look really nice and impressive, that sense of immersion and presence greatly comes from how you can interact with the video game world. Being able to pick an item up and for it to look like it's in your hand and respond accordingly cannot be underestimated. We posted all videos on OUR FORUM.
What to expect from Windows 10’s Spring 2018 Update PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 18 February 2018 16:21
Windows 10 Spring UpdateMicrosoft will be releasing its next big Windows Update this spring with Windows 10 Version 1803. From the version number, we can infer Microsoft intends to roll it out sometime in March or thereabouts.  Whether this update will be called the Spring Creators Update as some signs seem to indicate and recycle its 2017 update branding, or whether the firm updates its nomenclature is something for Microsoft to decide. All that said, thanks to the Windows Insider Program, we’ve seen what Microsoft plans to bring to users in this update, and there are a fair few changes to Windows that will come with this spring’s update. With the Windows 10 Spring 2018 Update, Microsoft is introducing features such as Windows Timeline, there will be improvements in Fluent Design, Microsoft Edge will see improvements, while Microsoft tackles privacy concerns, and this new update introduces a new way to share data between devices with near share. The Windows 10 Spring Update is a big one indeed, and there are several other features included, so Please visit OUR FORUM.
Microsoft explains some things that Windows 10 on ARM won’t do PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 February 2018 17:39
windows on armThe first Windows 10 computers with ARM-based chips are coming soon, including the Asus NovaGo, HP Envy x2, and Lenovo Miix 630. While these won’t be the first devices with ARM-based chips to run something called Windows, they’re different from Windows phones or Windows RT devices in that they’ll run a full-fledged desktop version of Windows that performs almost like Windows on a computer with an Intel or AMD processor. Microsoft has posted some new documentation for Windows 10 on ARM explaining how x86 emulation works and some troubleshooting tips for developers. But the company is also outlining some “limitations of apps and experiences on ARM.” Microsoft is confirming that you’ll be able to run most applications designed for x86 chips thanks to emulation. But 64-bit apps designed for Intel and AMD chips will not currently be supported. Microsoft notes that games and other applications that require hardware-accelerated OpenGL or “use a version of OpenGL later than 1.1” don’t work. Full details posted on OUR FORUM.

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