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Pokemon GO is a go, but only in Australia, New Zealand

Pokemon GO is a go, but only in Australia, New Zealand

That didn't take too long. While we were still busy musing the date for the launch of Pokemon GO, Niantic Labs was apparently busy actually launching it. The much awaited, but still doubted, "sort of" augmented reality game is finally rolling out to everyone. And by "everyone", we mean "everyone who happens to be located in Australia and New Zealand". That isn't completely surprising, as these two countries did get the trial run first before anyone else. It does mean that it will only be a matter of time before it becomes available to everyone in the world, legitimately or otherwise.

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Pokemon GO, Pokemon GO Plus accessory launch date revealed

Pokemon GO, Pokemon GO Plus accessory launch date revealed

After a long wait at E3 2016, Nintendo finally gave the information that Pokemon fans have probably been waiting for. The Pokemon Go Plus accessory for the game is scheduled to launch late July. Although not explicitly stated, that can only mean that the monster-catching AR game itself will be launching at the same time. Of course, we can hope that it will be earlier, but we'll still take late July as a good sign. That is, if Niantic Labs and The Pokemon Company don't run into showstopping bugs and issues before then.

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Microsoft updates HoloLens as second wave ships to devs

Microsoft updates HoloLens as second wave ships to devs

Virtual reality has recently taken the center stage, especially with the rollout of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Not to mention the ditch that Oculus may have dug for itself. But VR isn't the only hot thing in tech today as far as synthetic realities go. There is also augmented, or rather "mixed", reality, as envisioned (no pun intended) by the likes of Microsoft HoloLens, Magic Leap and Meta. Of those, the HoloLens was the first to reach the public's hands, and now Microsoft is rolling out its first update as well.

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ARM Cortex-A73 CPU, Mali-G71 GPU have VR and AR in their sights

ARM Cortex-A73 CPU, Mali-G71 GPU have VR and AR in their sights

Despite a noted slowdown in shipment and sales, smartphones remain the fastest growing device market today and outnumber PCs even. However, smartphones have ceased to be mere communication devices and have even started venturing into uncharted and indirectly related territory, like virtual reality. In order to address the nascent but growing "synthetic" reality market, ARM Holdings has announced new chips, specifically the new 10 nm FinFET Cortex-A73 CPU and the Mali-G71 GPU. While they naturally benefit mobile devices in general, they are being poised to be well-suited to address the processing needs of virtual and augmented reality applications.

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Pokemon GO field test finally arrives in the US

Pokemon GO field test finally arrives in the US

It will probably still be a long time (maybe never) before we can actually start seeing virtual Pokemon with our smart glasses or smart contact lenses and throwing virtual Pokeballs with our smart gloves. For now, we'll have to make do with our smartphones and a bit of augmented reality magic. Even then, it's still a long wait for Pokefans all over the world, but if you happen to be in the US, your wait might be over. No, Pokemon GO isn't launching yet, but it is finally opening its field test in the US.

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Cheap LEDs could fix HoloLens’ biggest problem

Cheap LEDs could fix HoloLens’ biggest problem

HoloLens' biggest hurdle could be fixed with cheap LEDs rather than expensive transparent displays, one research team suggests, tricking the eye and cutting VR nausea at the same time. The augmented reality headset has been widely lauded since Microsoft made the surprise announcement in early 2015, but those who have been able to try it have generally had one key criticism: the field of view is just too small.

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Magic Leap demo video shows company’s Mixed Reality vision

Magic Leap demo video shows company’s Mixed Reality vision

Virtual reality is already on its way to be the hottest technology trend this year. At the same time, a new type of reality is also brewing and don't you call it simply "augmented reality". The new hip term if "mixed reality", or MR if you will, and it is striving to distance itself from VR and AR. One of the first companies to lay claim to this new land, Magic Leap is giving the public a teaser of how mixed its reality really is. And it's a reality that might be a dream come true.

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Dlodlo has big talk for tiny V One virtual reality glasses

Dlodlo has big talk for tiny V One virtual reality glasses

If VR and AR are to break into the mass market, they're going to need to slim down and raise their style game. That's what Chinese startup Dlodlo - you pronounce it "dodo" like the unfortunate bird - is aiming to do, a well-funded VR headset maker hoping to sneak up on Oculus and Vive and best them both with "the world's first sunglasses-like VR glasses."

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Facebook’s vision of social VR is ambitious and cheesy

Facebook’s vision of social VR is ambitious and cheesy

Today you stare at your smartphone screen and stab the "Like" button on your Facebook friends' news with a fingertip; tomorrow, you might high-five them in VR. Mark Zuckerberg outlined his vision of the future of social networking in virtual reality and augmented reality today at the F8 2016 developer conference, and it's a mixture of high-tech and farce.

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Pokemon Go VR with Google Cardboard confirmed

Pokemon Go VR with Google Cardboard confirmed

This morning we've received further confirmation that the AR game Pokemon GO will work with Google's VR headsets. At first, this will mean that smartphone users who have a Google Cardboard headset will be able to place the headset on and see Pokemon in their real-world environment in an Augmented Reality setting. We'd been told by sources close to the project (who wished to remain anonymous) that the game was being tested by Google/The Pokemon Company with virtual reality/augmented reality abilities. Now we've seen the code.

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Pokemon GO field test goes live in Japan, screens and video leak

Pokemon GO field test goes live in Japan, screens and video leak

For Pokemon fans, Pokemon GO might yet be the most exciting incarnation of the title yet. Although it will hardly match up to imagination or even the anime series, it will be the closest you'll be able to get to the real thing until the day technology catches up with fantasy. The field test in Japan has gone live, meaning invites and APKs have rolled out to the selected few. And, braving the threat of the banhammer, some of those have leaked out screenshots of the app's interface as well as a video of the game's first few moments.

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Microsoft demos ‘Holoportation’ with real-time holograms straight out of Star Wars

Microsoft demos ‘Holoportation’ with real-time holograms straight out of Star Wars

Microsoft has shown off a lot of concept projects in the last year related to HoloLens, its $3,000 augmented reality headset, but this one just might be the crown jewel of them all. Dubbed "Holoportation," Microsoft Research's latest demonstration is the ability to view a live hologram of a person in another location. There's an impressive video of the tech in action below, but trust us when we say it's like something straight out of Star Wars.

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