Virtual reality

May 29, 2019

Logitech made a VR stylus you should utilize on a desk or within the air

Logitech has announced a new VR stylus called the Logitech VR Ink Pilot Edition that’s designed to make it easier to draw and sculpt in virtual reality. Unlike existing VR controllers from the likes of HTC, you hold Logitech’s VR stylus like a traditional pen, and it can seamlessly transition between drawing in the air and drawing on a flat surface.
May 29, 2019

The Valve Index might have the most fun VR controllers I’ve ever tried

The Valve Index is supposed to be virtual reality with no expense spared. The recently announced headset costs $999, more than twice the price of competing Oculus and HTC devices. That price tag gets you access to several premium features: high-quality headphones, an experimental super-fast refresh rate, and a wider field of view “for typical users.” But these are all effectively upgrades. If you’re looking for something completely new, the most exciting part of the Index might be its input system.
May 28, 2019

Best Books of 2019 So Far: 21 Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry Picks To Read Before Memorial Day

Nearly six months into 2019, there’s an ever-growing checklist of books on our personal reading radar. The Newsweek staff has spent the first part of the year exploring new genres, authors and stories, and finding inspiration in unexpected content.
May 25, 2019

Virtual actuality helps police in coping with autistic folks

WASHINGTON (AP) — An autistic man walks out of a store without paying for a toy he picked up. He’s followed by a storekeeper demanding he come back inside. The situation quickly escalates, and police are called.
May 22, 2019

Windows 10 May 2019 Update: the 10 best new features

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 May 2019 Update is being made available to existing machines this week. After an extended period of testing, Microsoft is making this update available to everyone via Windows Update. Like previous updates, the May 2019 Update includes a bunch of new features, minor tweaks, and other changes.
May 21, 2019

Google announces a new $999 Glass augmented reality headset

Google has announced a new version of its business-focused Glass augmented reality headset, which it’s now designating an official Google product instead of an experiment. The Glass Enterprise Edition 2 costs $999, although, like its predecessor, it’s not being sold directly to consumers. It’s got a new processor, an improved camera, a USB-C port for faster charging, and a variety of other updates.
May 17, 2019

Democratic presidential candidates agree: Big Tech is just too highly effective

On Monday I noted here a growing consensus among Democratic presidential candidates that Big Tech in general, and Facebook specifically, should perhaps be broken up. Sen. Kamala Harris said “we have to seriously take a look” at breaking up Facebook. Joe Biden said a breakup of Big Tech is “something we should take a really hard look at.” And you’re likely familiar with the plan of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who led the pack in this regard.
May 17, 2019

Google is launching YouTube on the Oculus Quest

Google will bring YouTube to Facebook’s Oculus Quest virtual reality headset when it ships on May 21st. Like existing versions on the Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR, and other headsets, YouTube VR will offer access to both 360-degree and traditional 2D videos. Google has generally rolled out YouTube VR a few months (or years) after a given headset launches, with the exception of Google’s own Daydream devices. But this time, YouTube is part of the Quest’s starting lineup. It’s joining two other apps: the painting tool Tilt Brush and the game Job Simulator. Job Simulator’s sequel, Vacation Simulator, will also launch on the Quest later this year.
May 17, 2019

It’s 2019 — which VR headsets are you able to truly purchase?

Over the next two months, two major virtual reality headsets will be released: the Oculus Quest on May 21st and the Valve Index in June. They’ll be joining a market that’s relatively young but fairly crowded. Some half-dozen big companies have made major plays for VR, and countless smaller ones have also launched or announced headsets. But these products cater to vastly different audiences, and sorting through them can be confusing — especially because VR headsets are sometimes announced very early, then delayed or outright canceled.
May 11, 2019

HTC isn’t dead but, guarantees Android 9 updates this month

You’d be forgiven for writing off HTC’s smartphone business as over. The Pixel 3A that Google just released was developed by its Taiwan team, which Google acquihired from HTC over a year ago, and HTC itself has been quiet about new flagships since last summer’s U12 Plus. Well, HTC has shown some small signs of life this week by announcing its release schedule for the overdue updates to Android 9 Pie. The HTC U11 will be updated first, around the end of May, to be followed by the U12 Plus in June, and the U11 Plus starting at the end of June. Owners of other HTC phones are likely out of luck.