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Oculus Quest v37 update adds unexpected Apple support

Oculus Quest v37 update adds unexpected Apple support

The latest Oculus software update for the Quest 2 headset has arrived and it brings several additions to the virtual reality headset. Chief among these additions is official support for the Apple Magic Keyboard. Oculus originally added support for some keyboards back in update v28. Now, though, update v37 will bring support for the Apple Magic Keyboard to the VR environment.

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Apple is reportedly metaverse averse – for now

Apple is reportedly metaverse averse – for now

The Metaverse is the newest buzzword in tech and media these days and, unsurprisingly, a lot of companies have tried to touch that topic at CES 2022 in the past week. Even car maker Hyundai had something to say about it, showcasing how its newly-acquired Spot robot from Boston Dynamics could be used for its future vision of the metaverse and what it's referring to as "metamobility." While many companies are eager to jump on the trend, one very important name is going the opposite direction, with Apple reportedly taking a hands-off approach to the metaverse.

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What is the Metaverse and How Does it Work?

What is the Metaverse and How Does it Work?

Wondering what the Metaverse is? Chances are you've already been there. There is no one perfect description for the concept, but in general, we're talking about digital interaction and human decision making in a few key ways. The term "Metaverse" comes from the Neal Stephenson science fiction novel Snow Crash, released in 1992 - but it's come to mean so much more since then.

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Samsung 16Gb LPDDR5X DRAM aims for the metaverse “beyond mobile”

Samsung 16Gb LPDDR5X DRAM aims for the metaverse “beyond mobile”

Samsung revealed their next generation of RAM tech this week with LPDDR5X DRAM. Generally a release like the one Samsung's made public this week has a focus on smartphones, specifically. In this case, the company made an effort to point to uses for this RAM beyond the smartphone.

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Niantic Lightship ARDK goes global to lead ‘Real-World Metaverse’

Niantic Lightship ARDK goes global to lead ‘Real-World Metaverse’

As the Niantic Lightship platform launches globally, Niantic takes their next big step toward augmented reality and real-world metaverse dominance. They're releasing a set of Niantic Lightship Augmented Reality Developer Kit tools for creators, and announcing Niantic Ventures will invest $20 million USD in "companies building the future of AR." This platform releases to developers "the vault of technology that powers Pokemon GO."

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Meta Company lashes out at Facebook over name change in public letter

Meta Company lashes out at Facebook over name change in public letter

Meta Company, not to be mistaken with the newly announced Meta rebranding of Facebook, has published a letter about the latter company's name change, accusing the social media giant of making lowball offers for its domains and trademark. According to the Chicago-based Meta Company, it rejected these offers, but Facebook went on to announce its Meta rebrand regardless.

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Microsoft’s Mesh for Teams lets 3D avatars be you on video calls

Microsoft’s Mesh for Teams lets 3D avatars be you on video calls

Mesh for Microsoft Teams was revealed this week as the company's key to the doorway that is the metaverse workplace. It is with Mesh for Microsoft Teams that the company shows they understand the way people collaborate and work today - but it's more important than that. Mesh shows us Microsoft is ready to deliver virtual presence for people that've just gotten out of bed and wouldn't otherwise want to appear on camera.

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What is NFT, meaning: Can I make money? If you’re lucky

What is NFT, meaning: Can I make money? If you’re lucky

The letters NFT stand for Non-Fungible Token. A Non-Fungible Token is a piece of code on a computer that exists in a fashion similar to that of cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. Like any object, physical or digital, an NFT is only worth what someone will pay to own it. Unlike most physical objects, an NFT is more of a representation of a product than it is the product itself.

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Meta Project Nazare are the real Facebook AR glasses

Meta Project Nazare are the real Facebook AR glasses

One of the most important announcements made this week by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg was about a pair of augmented reality glasses. The hardware is being developed at what was until this week Facebook and Oculus. Now they're all under the Meta brand umbrella - and they want to present an all-encompassing universe in which we'll all live virtually. That'll be made possible with Project Nazare.

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Oculus Project Cambria VR AR headset is the key to a Meta future

Oculus Project Cambria VR AR headset is the key to a Meta future

Today Oculus and Facebook (now Meta) teased a new VR headset called Project Cambria. This device was described as an advanced and high-end VR product that'll bring the wearer "a step closer to the metaverse." A single video was released about the device, giving precious little information about the way it'll work, or what it'll actually be capable of doing.

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Facebook rebrands to Meta as Zuckerberg makes metaverse promise

Facebook rebrands to Meta as Zuckerberg makes metaverse promise

Facebook is rebranding, taking on the new name Meta as it tries to lead the metaverse push - and add some distance with ongoing controversy about the social network. "Right now, our brand is so tightly linked to one product that it can't possibly represent everything that we're doing today, let alone in the future," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during the Facebook Connect 2021 conference.

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Varjo Aero prepares you for an ultra-realistic VR metaverse

Varjo Aero prepares you for an ultra-realistic VR metaverse

The Varjo Aero VR headset takes their high-end hardware - generally made for enterprise markets that have a LOT of cash - ready for consumers. This doesn't mean the headset is affordable - it'll run you around $1990 USD, nearly two THOUSAND dollars - but you'll know where your money went. Each of your two eyes gets its own Mini LED LCD with 2880 x 2720 pixels - that's a whole lot.

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