Upload founders apologize for ‘turmoil’ caused by their response to ‘kink room’ harassment lawsuit

On the heels of settling a sexual harassment lawsuit earlier this month, the founders of virtual reality startup Upload have broken their public silence with an apology for how they handled the issue. The lawsuit was filed in the spring and was settled earlier in September. However, it was apparently only as the New York Times was on the verge of publishing an extensive story about the lawsuit late last week that Upload cofounders wrote an “open letter.” “We want to apologize for the turmoil the past few months have caused. This has been an incredibly difficult time for our members and students in the LA and SF spaces, our partners, advisors, investors, the Upload team members, both past and present, and the community at large. As leaders of this organization, we let you down and we are sorry,” says the note, signed by CEO Taylor Freeman and president Will Mason. The lawsuit was Read the full article…

ABBA, of all people, are planning to tour as holograms

You’re probably guilty of knowing all the words to “Dancing Queen.” It’s why the Swedish pop group is planning a global tour, more than three decades after their last official tour before disbanding in 1982. But they won’t be there in person, despite reuniting for a performance in 2016 that no one managed to record. SEE ALSO: Meet the Kickstarter campaign that’s merging VR with the big screen Instead, they’ll be recreated into “digital avatars” for a virtual reality tour in 2019, something which was hinted on their Facebook page last October. This, despite all members of ABBA being very much alive. Read more… More about Entertainment, Music, Australia, Virtual Reality, and Vr Technorati Tags: immersive, mixed reality, mr, virtual reality, vr Read the full article…

Apple’s ARKit will innovate the everyday

GUEST: In today’s digital economy, we see a constant rotation of new, innovative technology emerging on the market. While some platforms are built exclusively for consumers, others are designed with an enterprise purpose in mind. The most powerful pieces of technology, however, do both. And augmented reality (AR) is the perfect example. Some of the biggest companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, have been making hefty investments in AR in recent years. The newest framework, Apple’s ARKit, will have perhaps the most profound impact yet. The software, which will be available to hundreds of millions of iPad and iPhone users, will enable them to create unparalleled virtual experiences. Soon, users will be able to seamlessly blend digital objects and information with their surrounding environments, redefining the way people conduct their everyday lives – whether it be through consumer apps or platforms designed to transform business processes. Bringing augmented reality Read the full article…

Apple’s AR quest begins with … poop

ANALYSIS: People who watch technology closely — especially those optimistic about VR and AR — are scratching their heads this week trying to understand how Apple “undersold” those features so significantly. At the Apple September Keynote, there was no mention of VR at all despite the iPhone X being the first device from Apple to use an OLED screen that would likely be ideal for completely immersive virtual worlds. And with AR, Apple showed its most advanced iPhone making use of its 2015 purchase of Faceshift. This technology enables intricate facial expressions to be transferred in real-time onto a cartoon character. Apple demonstrated it by animating poop and other emoji.   While it is easy to joke about this feature, I look forward to using it enormously. That said, iPhone X is too expensive for me at the moment, and at first glance the improvements over the more traditional iPhone Read the full article…

Criterion confirms: No Star Wars: Battlefront 2 VR

A few months ago it looked like VR support had been all but confirmed for DICE and Criterion Games’ Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Sadly, it’s now looking like there won’t be any integration after all. Criterion’s Matt Webster and John Stanley confirmed as much in a recent interview with Metro. When asked if there would be any VR options in the game, Webster simply replied: “There is no VR.” Stanley followed up by saying that VR was “very important” to Criterion, and Webster reaffirmed comments from CEO of publisher EA that VR will play a big part in gaming going forward, but they didn’t offer much hope for a surprise VR reveal before launch. It’s a shame, as Criterion developed the excellent X-Wing VR mission for the original Battlefront, which arrived on PlayStation VR late last year, and is now developing the space combat for the sequel. It would seem like Read the full article…

Meet the Kickstarter campaign that’s merging VR with the big screen

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. VR is the hot new tech that everyone is trying to get into these days — Facebook, Microsoft and even Dell are all moving into that space. So far they’re mostly focused on gaming and interactive experiences, with a few forays into short-form video content.     SEE ALSO: Personalize your belongings with this compact laser engraver Cinera, currently raising money on Kickstarter, wants to use VR headsets to level up your home theater system, bringing the immersive experience of a movie theater to the comfort of your own couch. We haven’t seen a focus on cinema in the VR space before, so many of Cinera’s features are groundbreaking.  Read more… More about Kickstarter, Vr, Vr Headset, Movie Theater Technology, and Mashable Shopping Technorati Tags: immersive, mixed reality, mr, virtual reality, Read the full article…

HTC trademark points to standalone VR headset’s name: Vive Focus

We’re expecting to find out more about HTC’s Vive-branded standalone VR headset in a few weeks’ time, but it looks like the name has already surfaced online. Lets Go Digital has uncovered two filings from HTC for a ‘head mounted display’ named Vive Focus. One is from the European Union Intellectual Property Office while the other is from the United States Patent And Trademark Office. Both applications were filed last week and, as far as we know, the only new headset HTC has on the horizon right now is its standalone device. It would seem the device is indeed called Vive Focus, then. The standalone will be running on Google’s Daydream mobile VR platform and the hardware will be based on a reference design made by the search engine giant in partnership with Qualcomm. The headset will offer six degrees of freedom (6DOF) positional tracking with 3DOF motion controls and have Read the full article…

Observer is the cyberpunk Rutger Hauer simulator we deserve

Blade Runner debuted 35 years ago, and that is far too long for us to go without a video game that let’s us inhabit the body of Rutger Hauer who played the replicant leader in that sci-fi classic. Thankfully, the wait is over. Observer is here from developer Blooper Team and publisher Aspyr, and it puts you in the skin of cybernetically enhanced detective with the voice and appearance of Hauer. Observer launched last month on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and I’ve finally put in some time with it on Windows. It’s a cyberpunk horror adventure with a digital-nightmare atmosphere that will make your eyes bleed in a good way. You play as Daniel Lazarski, Hauer’s character, in Poland in the year 2084. Observer hits all the beats of any good cyberpunk fiction. You live in a world recently ravaged by a digital plague, and the massive Chiron Read the full article…

GamesBeat weekly roundup: Switch owns August, and Samus Returns in style

Hello, and welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, Nintendo announced that they’re going to be making more NES Classic Editions next year, PewDiePie made another big mistake, and Thatgamecompany’s next project is coming to Apple devices first. Enjoy, and have a great weekend! Pieces of flair and opinion The DeanBeat: Our growing piles of video game shame Metroid: Samus Returns — 5 tips before your mission on SR388 begins PC Gaming Weekly: PUBG faces its next challenge — the fall game rush AR/VR Weekly: Apple’s incremental approach Every trailer from Nintendo’s September Direct GamesBeat conference moved to April 9 and April 10 in Berkeley Why someone would turn classics like Katamari into text games What is wrong with PewDiePie? GamesBeat Decides Knack 2 ending stretches out with multiple boss battles Canceled Witcher game details emerge in Polish documentary A guide to systems-based game development Above: Nathan Fillion returns Read the full article…

PhoneCast lets you play 2D Android apps in virtual reality on Gear VR

In case you don’t have enough things to do in virtual reality, you can now run 2D-screen Android applications within virtual reality on the Samsung Gear VR, thanks to a new version of Samsung’s PhoneCast app debuting today. The app works on the Samsung Gear VR headset, which uses your mobile phone to give you a VR experience. The PhoneCast app’s Labs enables you to run games and other apps in VR, including livestreaming apps that let you stream videos to the giant virtual screen in VR. It creates a 2D window within your VR environment. Within that window, you can run Android apps. If you don’t mind doing a little bit of work in order to get new experiences, this might be your kind of thing. You can get it in the Oculus Store in the usual way, downloading and executing an app, and the docking the phone into the Read the full article…

PC Gaming Weekly: PUBG faces its next challenge — the fall game rush

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has sold more than 10 million copies. One Twitch analytics site has it overtaking Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, and other top games in the livestreaming arena. And it even passed Valve’s own Dota 2 on its own Steam platform, hitting 1 million concurrent players for the first time on September 8. Other games are adding Battle Royale modes. But as we transition from the slow summer season, which Battlegrounds easily ruled as it became an industry phenomenon, we look at what games could cut into its lead — or knock it out of its top spot. The first contender is, of course, Destiny 2. Activision and Bungie’s online shooter is thriving in its first weeks on consoles, and it’s coming October 24. But some players (a small group, mind you) are already complaining about bumping up to the endgame and running out of things to do, just eight days after its Read the full article…

You Have to Be Hopelessly Devoted to Antique Computers to Build a Commodore 64 VR Rig

If you don’t have the budget for a $500 Oculus Rift headset and a thousand dollar VR-ready gaming PC, here’s a far cheaper solution. A die-hard Commodore 64 fan created a pair of virtual reality goggles for the classic 8-bit computer that can be easily found for just a few bucks at thrift shops around the country. Read more… Technorati Tags: immersive, mixed reality, mr, virtual reality, vr Read the full article…

AR/VR Weekly: Apple’s incremental approach

For anyone waiting for groundbreaking augmented reality or virtual reality news from Apple yesterday, sorry, you’re still going to wait. But the announcements that came from the mothership (pun intended, since this presentation came from the new starship-like Cupertino campus) show the sort of incremental support that AR needs as it prepares to grow. Tuesday, Apple’s announcements for its ARKit augmented reality tech included The Machines, a new game from Directive Games and support of several existing apps. We didn’t see anything groundbreaking, but that Apple was willing to give precious stage time to not just two games but small updates that add AR capability to existing apps (MLB At Bat and Warhammer 40K: Freeblade). I found this encouraging. MLB At Bat is popular, but Freeblade hasn’t found the critical mass of other mobile games yet, ranking 330 in action games and 139 in RPGs (according to tracking firm App Annie). Considering the Read the full article…

iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X: What Apple changed

At Apple’s September 2017 event in Cupertino today, the company announced its iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as the iPhone X, a new flagship to commemorate the device’s 10th anniversary. Apple’s 11th-generation phones are now official. Preorders for the first two begin September 15, and the devices will begin shipping September 22. Due to supply constraints and manufacturing delays, you’ll have to wait until October 27 to preorder the iPhone X, and until November 3 for the latest and greatest Apple phone to ship. Before you get your credit card ready, and assuming you’re not enthused about Android 8.0 Oreo (that’s really your only option, as Windows 10 Mobile and BlackBerry are dead), you might want to see exactly what you’re getting. The tables below show you what Apple has changed, comparing the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8, the Read the full article…

Everything Apple announced today: Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K, iPhone 8, iPhone X, and more

This morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater in the company’s new Cupertino headquarters. A series of updates and launches were announced during the two-hour annual iPhone event, the most notable being the much-anticipated iPhone X. iPhone X In honor of the iPhone’s 10th anniversary this year, Apple announced the launch of the iPhone X, its most expensive phone ever, at a retail price of $999 for the 64GB version. The new OLED screen covers almost the entire front of the gadget, with a new security Face ID feature to unlock the phone. The iPhone X is available for preorders on October 27 and starts shipping on November 3. Above: Apple’s iPhone X iPhones 8 and 8 Plus In addition to the iPhone X, Apple announced the iPhones 8 and 8 Plus — the first time the company has unveiled three new iPhones. Machine learning is Read the full article…

Apple slashes iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus prices by $100

Apple announced its new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X devices today. And like every year, that means… Discounts! Apple has lowered the starting price of last year’s flagship devices by $100. The current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now start at $549 and $669, respectively. Furthermore, instead of discontinuing the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, as the company typically does with models from two years ago, Apple has also cut their prices by another $100 (they were discounted by $100 last year). The iPhone 6s now starts at $449 and the iPhone 6s Plus starts at $549. Oh, and the iPhone SE is $50 cheaper, starting at $349. This is the lowest iPhone price ever. If you’re not interested in this year’s phones, now is the best time to get a “new” iPhone without paying the premium for the latest and greatest. Exact pricing will Read the full article…

What is wrong with PewDiePie? GamesBeat Decides

Last week, everyone was mad at GamesBeat for posting a video of Dean playing Cuphead poorly. This week, it’s PewDiePie’s turn for … worse things. On this week’s episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about why PewDiePie is bad, why he keeps doing this, and why other YouTubers are sick of him. As part of the fallout from PewDiePie discussion, the podcast tries to figure out what this means for the future of copyright, DMCA law, and Fair Use protections on YouTube. On top of that, Mike and Jeff get into some other headlines, like South Park’s difficulty slider giving your character darker skin, Battlegrounds hitting 1 million concurrent players, and Games Done Quick raising $227,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief. The crew also dives deeper into Metroid: Samus Returns, Mario + Rabbids, and Super Mario 64 Online. Here’s the full list of discussed Read the full article…

Apple shows off the first ARKit apps and games

Apple showcased a few apps and games that will be supporting ARKit right out of the gates at its 10th anniversary event today. The augmented reality software developer kit was announced earlier this year at the Worldwide Developer Conference and will be available on the new iOS 11 launching on September 19. The company started off with Pixel Toys’ Warhammer 40K: Freeblade, and older game that will be getting spruced up with new AR elements. Major League Baseball’s At Bat app was up next, demoing an AR overlay that will highlight player stats and scores when people hold up their phones while watching a baseball game. Similarly, Fifth Star Lab’s Sky Guide will show constellations and other information superimposed over the night sky. Directive Games also showed off its real-time multiplayer game The Machines, which will be an iOS exclusive and is designed specifically to be played in AR. Technorati Tags: Read the full article…

World’s first VR brain surgery film will satisfy your scientific curiosity

Warning: Some viewers may find the above video graphic.  Ever wanted to hang out in the operating theatre to see a brain surgery with your own eyes?  Then this immersive video is for you. The neurosurgical team at The Royal London Hospital have published the first 360 VR film showing a patient undergoing surgery to treat life-threatening brain aneurysms.  With a combination of 360 HD cameras and head-mounted GoPros, viewers can experience the surgery both from the point of view of the patient and the surgeon.  At the beginning of the film you’re the patient, being wheeled into the operating theatre for the surgery. Then, you join the medical team from the eyes of the surgeon. A virtual screen in the operating theatre shows details of the invasive procedure. It’s also possible to look around the entire room.  Read more… More about Virtual Reality, Vr, Brain Surgery, Tech, and Consumer Read the full article…