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Pokemon GO Halloween event: Shiny new developments!

Pokemon GO Halloween event: Shiny new developments!

This afternoon it became evident that we'd not seen the end of the surprises during this Pokemon GO event! During the week of Halloween (and the week before that, starting in the morning of the 21st,) we've been in the midst of this magical happening. Just this afternoon we caught wind of a new Pokemon!

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Samsung adopts Google ARCore instead of rolling out its own

Samsung adopts Google ARCore instead of rolling out its own

While perhaps the world’s largest Android vendor, Samsung is not exactly known for playing by Google’s rules. For a time, its TouchWiz skin made its phones almost like their own distinct breed. It has also chosen not to jump on Android TV or Android Wear, preferring Tizen OS, which it is able to more directly control. And until recently, it snubbed Google’s Daydream VR platform in favor of its own Gear VR co-developed with Oculus. So it’s no small news that Samsung is fully embracing Google’s ARCore to be the augmented reality platform for its Galaxy smartphones.

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Pokemon GO Event taps hopeful trainers: Top Snaps

Pokemon GO Event taps hopeful trainers: Top Snaps

Today we're having a peek at some of the most excellent entries in the newest update to Pokemon GO. This update is an event of sorts, but more of a short-term event leading up to Halloween. It goes by the name Pokemon GO Contest, and it includes some real AR photography action on the part of hopeful Pokemon trainers around the world.

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Tim Cook douses our Apple AR glasses dreams

Tim Cook douses our Apple AR glasses dreams

Tim Cook has poured cold water on rumors of Apple's augmented reality glasses, insisting that we're unlikely to see such technology from the Cupertino firm any time soon. That's despite a series of patent applications, leaks, and hints by Apple execs over the past few years that have led to a widespread expectation that the company will wade into the AR wearable space sooner rather than later.

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This AR headset bakes eye-tracking right into its OLED displays

This AR headset bakes eye-tracking right into its OLED displays

Augmented reality and virtual reality headsets are proliferating, but now there's a system where the same tiny displays can be used as cameras to track eye-movement. Fraunhofer FEP has cooked up a new headset building on its latest bidirectional OLED microdisplays which, in addition to OLED pixels, have photodiodes sandwiched in-between. With those, the tiny screens can not only show data to the wearer, but watch where that person is looking too.

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AR Stickers coming to Pixel 2 exclusively (for now)

AR Stickers coming to Pixel 2 exclusively (for now)

Google just revealed the most interesting built-in Augmented Reality feature for the Pixel 2 - called AR Stickers. This device was revealed earlier today in two sizes, both with the ability to roll with Google Lens as well as augmented reality. With AR Stickers, you're basically getting the flipped-camera features of Snapchat, but built in to the Google Pixel's camera and camera app.

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Seedling’s Parker teddy bear uses AR to teach kids caregiving

Seedling’s Parker teddy bear uses AR to teach kids caregiving

Your teddy bear doesn't need to be a (sometimes freaky) robot to be cool and hi-tech. It just needs an iPad or an iPhone. And maybe some imagination. Well, actually, you and your kid will need those if you want to fully experience what Parker has a to offer. A traditional teddy bear toy in all but one sense, Seedling wants kids to enjoy a timeless classic toy while sprinkling some digital wizardry using the magic of augmented reality.

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iPhone X’s creepiest features are its most compelling

iPhone X’s creepiest features are its most compelling

I don't think I've ever been in the midst of a conversation and thought "what this discussion needs is my opinion stated by a perfectly-animated poop emoji," though I concede I'm a sample of one. There's also been doubt among some I've spoken to post-Apple iPhone X event that you couldn't do Animojis with a regular front-facing camera and facial tracking. After all, Snapchat has cemented its relevance, in part, by doing just that across pretty much any smartphone.

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Google’s best use of ARCore so far: Google Maps virtual position

Google’s best use of ARCore so far: Google Maps virtual position

Today Google made a point to feature 6 new use-cases for ARCore. ARCore is Google's augmented reality toolkit for developers, and their examples this week are quite impressive. The most powerful show of AR power comes with virtual positioning of a smartphone within Google Maps Street View, updating a system that's already awesome.

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges hands-on: Lightsaber meets AR

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges hands-on: Lightsaber meets AR

Admit it: you've pretended to be a Jedi, swinging a lightsaber and making "vroo-vroo" sounds. Now, you can put those hard-earned fighting skills to good use, with Star Wars: Jedi Challenges. Combining games and adventures from the Disney movies with a brand new Lenovo Mirage AR headset that brings augmented reality to a hitherto-unseen price point, it's finally a chance to test out your own Jedi talents.

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ARCore just killed Tango to battle ARKit

ARCore just killed Tango to battle ARKit

Google's ARCore literally loads to an Android device with the name "Tango Core". In other words, Tango is dead. Tango Core is available separately, and requires a Tango-compatible device to work. This is only one part of a grand scheme that is Google's future in augmented reality. Whether Google planned this before Apple's ARKit was revealed is irrelevant - because begun, this AR war has.

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ARCore brings augmented reality to 100 million Android devices

ARCore brings augmented reality to 100 million Android devices

Apple’s launch of ARKit, even just as a developer preview, opened the floodgates of augmented reality experiences on iOS. It seems rather ironic that Google, who was actually first in that space via its Project Tango effort, was seemingly left behind in ARKit’s dust. Fortunately for the Android faithful, Google is picking up the slack and is making a similar big push to bring augmented reality to the millions of Android devices in the market today. And Google is calling it, quite amusingly, ARCore.

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