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Meta: Meta rebuffs Google’s virtual reality tie-up proposal: report

Meta Platforms decided against a partnership with Alphabet to use Google's Android XR platform for its virtual and mixed-reality Quest headsets, The Information reported on Friday.Google had suggested that Meta partnered with its new software platform that is being developed for virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed-reality headsets, the report said, citing a source involved in the talks.Elevate Your Tech Prowess with High-Value Skill CoursesOffering CollegeCourseWebsiteIIM KozhikodeIIMK Advanced Data Science For…

Klarna says its OpenAI virtual assistant does the work of 700 humans

Klarna is bullish on bots. One month after taking its OpenAI-powered virtual assistant global, the Swedish buy-now, pay-later company has released new data touting its ability to handle customer communications, make shoppers happier, and even drive better financial results. The app-based AI chatbot already handles two-thirds of all customer service chats, the company said Tuesday—some 2.3 million conversations so far—with the virtual assistant earning customer satisfaction ratings at the same level as human agents.…

Virtual Apple Store visits in Vision Pro could make brick-and-mortar stores obsolete, if this patent bears fruit

Physical Apple Stores could become a thing of the past if Apple Vision Pro becomes more popular and if a new patent filed by Apple is implemented. As spotted by Patently Apple, Apple is exploring the idea of a virtual store for its headsets where users can interact with objects, moving them around and viewing them from different angles. This could mean being able to test out the size of devices like Apple Watches or iPhones. On physically tracking your hands in virtual Apple Stores, the patent says “With an XR system,…

Virtual Staging AI helps Realtors digitally furnish rooms within seconds

House staging is a significant part of the real estate industry, and while Realtors have traditionally staged houses physically before posting a listing, it’s an expensive and time-consuming process. A startup called Virtual Staging AI is making it possible for Realtors to virtually stage a house with the help of generative AI. Virtual Staging AI, which is part of Harvard Innovation Labs, currently has 4,500 monthly paid subscribers and is looking to transform the real estate and staging industry. The startup…

Virtual Bar Scenes Are a New Tool to Study Why People Commit Crimes in the Heat of the Moment

A young man enters a busy, dimly lit pub in Amsterdam alone to await the arrival of friends. A faint dance beat plays in the background. A drunken man approaches the bar and orders drinks in a loud, obnoxious manner. He proceeds to taunt the newcomer, burp in his face and bark, “What? Am I hitting on you or what?”On a virtual-reality (VR) headset where this scene plays out, a question is superimposed on the screen: “How do you feel at this moment?” The headset-wearer, who is watching the scene from the point of view of…

The Download: deep diving, and virtual power plants in China

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Meet the divers trying to figure out how deep humans can go Two hundred thirty meters into one of the deepest underwater caves on Earth, Richard “Harry” Harris knew that not far ahead of him was a 15-meter drop leading to a place no human being had seen before. Getting there had taken two helicopters, three weeks of test dives, two tons of…

Why China’s EV ambitions need virtual power plants

If you, like me, are unsure how a power plant can be virtual, my colleague June Kim just published an insightful article explaining the technology and how it works. For this week’s newsletter, I took the chance to ask her some more questions about VPPs. It turns out the technology has a particularly good synergy with the EV industry, which is why the Chinese government has started to invest in VPPs.  “VPPs are basically just aggregations of distributed energy resources that can balance electricity on the grid,” June…

Virtual reality: Virtual reality startup AutoVRse secures $2 million in funding led by Lumikai

Virtual reality (VR) startup AutoVRse said it has raised $2 million in a funding round led by Lumikai. Other investors included Rajat Monga, cofounder of TensorFlow and Inference.io, Viswanathan Krishnamurthi, ex-CIO at Yahoo & Eaton, and Yash Kotak, founder and CEO of Jumper.ai.The funds will be used to enhance its foundational enterprise product, VRseBuilder and also to help the startup augment its team with talent, spearhead expansion efforts in the United States, and expand its product suite. Elevate Your Tech…

What is a VPN and why do you need one? All your Virtual Private Network questions answered

We've already discussed the use of a VPN when connecting offices. Any time you have two LANs that need to link over the public internet, you should consider using VPN technology or an equivalent method of enterprise protection. In this case, the VPN software will probably run in a router, a server, or a dedicated VPN server hardware appliance.We talked about two use cases above for consumer VPN services: protecting your data and spoofing your location. We'll talk more about location spoofing later, so let's focus on data…

Virtual Reality Bootcamps to Enroll in 2024

Explore these virtual reality boot camps to enroll in 2024 Virtual Reality (VR) has rapidly evolved from a niche technology to a transformative force across various industries. As the demand for VR professionals continues to rise, individuals seeking to dive into this exciting field are turning to immersive training programs known as boot camps. These programs offer a condensed and hands-on learning experience, equipping participants with the skills needed to thrive in the dynamic landscape of virtual reality.…