augmented reality

Google said to still be working on standalone VR/AR headset

Google said to still be working on standalone VR/AR headset

News of Google's canceled virtual reality ambitions might have been a wee bit premature. While it is probably true that Google cancelled a project that would have yielded a standalone VR headset unlike its current Cardboard, that doesn't exactly close the doors on other similar efforts. In fact, according to anonymous sources, Google does have yet another project in the works and this one might be even more ambitious, blending VR and AR in a single headset that doesn't require to be tethered to a more powerful computer.

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Pokemon Go comes to 26 additional countries amid server woes

Pokemon Go comes to 26 additional countries amid server woes

Heard enough news about Pokemon Go over the last week? If you live in America, there's a good chance the answer to that is 'yes.' But if you're in Europe, the mega popular mobile game just began rolling out, starting with countries like Germany, Spain, the UK, and Italy. Fortunately there's more good news this weekend for eager players in the region: Pokemon Go is now available in an additional 26 European countries.

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Early Pokemon GO estimates suggest absurdly high player retention

Early Pokemon GO estimates suggest absurdly high player retention

Most detractors of Pokemon GO will tell you that the game can't keep up its wild success forever, and while they're right in that regard, early estimates on things like player retention, downloads, and the amount of money players are spending on the game can only be described as unpecedented. A new report by SurveyMonkey Intelligence shows us that Pokemon GO's success might not be overstated like so many people seem to think. In fact, if anything, it may somehow be understated.

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Five Pokemon GO accidents that stress the importance of paying attention

Five Pokemon GO accidents that stress the importance of paying attention

It's time to crack open the "this is why we can't have nice things" file, as reports of Pokemon GO related injuries have been hitting the internet left and right since the game launched last week. While it is great to be able to hunt Pokemon in the real world, it can also prove to be dangerous to those who aren't willing to pay attention during their Pokemon hunt. Despite warnings coming from everywhere (even the app itself warns you every time you boot it up), people seem to be getting so enthralled in catching Pokemon that they end up losing focus on their surroundings, and some of those people inevitably end up injured.

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Pokemon Go hits Italy, Spain, and Portugal, global rollout ‘soon’

Pokemon Go hits Italy, Spain, and Portugal, global rollout ‘soon’

Pokemon Go has officially arrived in its sixth, seventh, and eighth countries: Italy, Spain, and Portugal. This increased European availability follows the app's release in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Germany, and the UK, with the latter two added just earlier this week. Now players in the three new countries eagerly awaiting to get their monster-hunting fix on can download Pokemon Go from their region's iOS and Android app stores.

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Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Competing as a game developer on the Google Play Store can be a tough proposition, especially as we see more and more professional game developers leave their big studios to start or join studios dedicated to mobile games. If you're one of those small-time game developers, good news: Google has announced that it will be giving independent developers a chance to have their moment in the spotlight later this year, when it hosts the Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco.

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Pokemon GO players can now suggest Gym and Pokestop locations

Pokemon GO players can now suggest Gym and Pokestop locations

If you're a Pokemon GO player living in a metropolitan area, chances are you're surrounded by Pokestops and Gyms. For those in more rural areas, though, stocking up on items by visiting Pokestops or duking it out at Gyms proves to be a little more difficult. That might all be changing soon, as Niantic has given Pokemon GO players the tools to suggest locations that would make for good Pokestops or Gyms.

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Pokemon Go hits UK, now Brits can start catching them all

Pokemon Go hits UK, now Brits can start catching them all

Pokemon Go, in case you haven't heard, is gradually taking the world by storm — and only because of a slow rollout thanks to overwhelmed servers. Good news for Poke-fanatics in the UK, as the mobile game has officially become available to download on the iOS and Android apps stores today. This comes just after the German debut of the app yesterday, meaning Pokemon Go's invasion of Europe is now in full-swing.

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Porsche Adopts Augmented Reality For Quality Assurance

Porsche Adopts Augmented Reality For Quality Assurance

In a world where technology has been increasingly democratized, the focus on quality assurance is one of the key methods by which a luxury automaker can distance itself from more affordable brands. For Porsche this doesn't just mean exacting standards where panel clearances of between 0.5 mm and 0.8 mm are the only ones acceptable to its team of vehicle inspectors, but it also means moving towards augmented reality as a quality control technique.

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Pokemon GO shows signs of life in Europe, launches in Germany

Pokemon GO shows signs of life in Europe, launches in Germany

Pokemon GO may just be the best mobile game we've ever played, but so far, only folks in the US, Australia, and New Zealand have been given an official release. It's been a week since the game first launched, and other eager players around the world are chomping at the bit to get in on the action. Today, it would appear that players in at least one European country will finally get that chance, as developer Niantic Labs has announced that Pokemon GO is now available in Germany.

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Microsoft CEO: Pokemon GO, HoloLens are a perfect fit

Microsoft CEO: Pokemon GO, HoloLens are a perfect fit

Everything seems to be about Pokemon GO these days and almost everyone has something to say about it. It turns out, that's true even for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Actually, that's not exactly surprising considering Pokemon GO and Microsoft do have something in common: the use of augmented reality. So it's also not surprising to hear Nadella confidently claim that Pokemon GO feels built for HoloLens, even better than any smartphone can ever hope to achieve.

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Pokemon GO estimated earnings top $14 million in less than a week

Pokemon GO estimated earnings top $14 million in less than a week

Since it seems like you can't throw a stone without hitting three or four Pokemon GO players, it's safe to say the game has turned out to be quite popular. Just how popular is it, though? If new estimates from SuperData Research are accurate, the answer to that question is "more popular than air itself." The research firm estimates that Pokemon GO has already raked in earnings of more than $14 million, which is insane when you consider that the game has been available in just a handful of regions for less than a week.

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