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The PC isn’t dead, it’s even making companies richer

The PC isn’t dead, it’s even making companies richer

What is a PC? In fact, what is a computer? Some market analysts and Apple predict that the next two or three generations will start asking those questions. For years, in no small part due to the downhill trend of PC sales, analysts and journalists have been declaring the PC to be dead. The problem which such overarching declarations is that it can’t be true for all cases. And depending on who you ask, that PC market is actually even more lucrative than ever before.

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Google ARCore 1.0: here are the first batch apps for your phone

Google ARCore 1.0: here are the first batch apps for your phone

At MWC 2018 last month, Google kicked the AR doors open when it launched ARCore, the spiritual successor to its now-defunct Project Tango, as a version 1.0 stable release. That was practically the green light for developers to start their engines and bring their AR ideas to life. There hasn’t exactly been a flood of those, sadly, but Google is highlighting some of the new ones that you can now try. Presuming you have a compatible device, of course.

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ARCore and ARKit: what AR on your phone can do for you

ARCore and ARKit: what AR on your phone can do for you

Mobile augmented reality isn’t really new. Even before Oculus, Vive, and HoloLens, there were already traces of the use of AR on our phones, from the AR-powered Layar map app to the not so AR Pokemon GO game. With the arrival of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore, AR has the potential to become even more widespread than it has ever been before. But what can augmented reality on a tiny screen really do? And does it have the potential to have use beyond stickers and games? We take a look at some of the practical applications of ARCore and ARKit apps to find out.

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Magic Leap opens spacial computing SDK for public download

Magic Leap opens spacial computing SDK for public download

This week the folks at Magic Leap announced their first Technical Preview of their Creative Portal and SDK for their burgeoning spacial computing platform. These tools were announced to be joined by Technical Preview builds of Unreal Engine 4 and Unity tools for developers to connect with the Magic Leap platform. "These tools and resources will be the first opportunity for creators to dive into the world of spatial computing and explore the building blocks of this next generation of human-computer interaction on Magic Leap," said a Magic Leap spokesperson.

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Toshiba’s dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses make Win 10 wearable

Toshiba’s dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses make Win 10 wearable

Augmented Reality may be on the roadmap for Apple, Google, and others in the next few years, but Toshiba is pulling the trigger early with its dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses. Targeting not consumers, but businesses, its wearable PC neatly sidesteps some of the more pressing issues facing other AR wearable projects, like battery life, processing power, and general style and heft.

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Bose AR smart glasses use audio to enhance everyday life

Bose AR smart glasses use audio to enhance everyday life

Bose has taken the wraps off Bose AR, a smart glasses prototype and first of its kind product for the company. Rather than dealing with visuals, Bose's wearable focuses on audio, the company's main product. Each arm on the smart glasses feature tiny integrated acoustic packages that deliver private audio to the wearer. The smart glasses are joined by the Bose AR SDK, which will be available to developers starting this summer.

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YouTube uses AI to replace video background without green screen

YouTube uses AI to replace video background without green screen

Google has revealed it's working on video-editing technology that eliminates the need for one of the most common tools: the green screen background. Dubbed Mobile Real-time Video Segmentation, the tech uses AI and machine learning to let users replace the background on their video in real-time. The tool is already in testing for YouTube, and it's as easy to use as applying filters to a still photo.

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Snapchat Spectacles v2 tipped for 2018

Snapchat Spectacles v2 tipped for 2018

Snapchat Spectacles turned out to be a damp squib for the company, but Snap is reportedly refusing to give up, and readying not one but two new versions. The sunglasses drove Snapchat fans wild in late 2016 and early 2017 with their limited availability, Snap initially only offering them for sale from pop-up vending machines the location of which it turned into a series of puzzles.

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Amazon AR View shopping tool brings virtual product previews to Android

Amazon AR View shopping tool brings virtual product previews to Android

Amazon has added a new feature to its Android shopping app that makes it much easier to choose the best furniture and appliances for your home. Called AR View, the feature is exactly what it sounds like: an augmented reality tool that enables the user to view a product in their home without buying it first. The feature covers thousands of items available from Amazon, taking some of the guess work out of home shopping via the Internet.

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Samsung AR Emoji includes iconic Disney characters

Samsung AR Emoji includes iconic Disney characters

Samsung is making quite a lot of noise about its new AR Emoji and how it goes beyond simply faces and heads. Curiously, however, it’s not making a big deal out of a literally big deal about one rather huge feature. At its Unpacked 2018 press event where it demoed how its AR Emoji worked, it almost just mentioned in passing that, if you don’t want to have a virtual you, you can also use some of the pre-made models, which includes the globally renowned Mickey Mouse. Which, of course, meant Samsung made a partnership deal with Disney.

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Ghostbusters World AR mobile game lets anyone catch ghosts

Ghostbusters World AR mobile game lets anyone catch ghosts

Mobile gamers will soon have a new augmented reality game based on the Ghostbusters franchise: "Ghostbusters World." This AR game offers a more immersive gaming experience than an ordinary mobile title, one where players will get to capture hundreds of ghosts that appear to exist within their physical world. This is the latest instance of a franchise that capitalizes on the growing technology.

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Google ARCore 1.0 stable launching at MWC, APK available

Google ARCore 1.0 stable launching at MWC, APK available

Like Apple, Google tends to sit out the crowded annual tech events and holds its own. This year at MWC 2018, however, it is stirring things up a bit. It has already teased how it’s going to make a big splash with the first Android Go phones next week. Now it seems it will be doing more than just that. Sources report that Google will finally be making its big AR play by releasing its ARCore framework for all. something half a year in the making.

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