Anshel Sag, Patrick Moorhead

Why You Should Buy The 256 GB Oculus Quest 2

For those who pre-ordered it, Facebook’s long-awaited Oculus Quest 2 will finally arrive on doorsteps next month (the headset itself on Oct. 13th, and the Elite strap and battery accessory on the 16th). Though I will have to wait till then so to do a full review of the device, I wanted to go ahead …

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Review: The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Takes PC Gaming To New Heights

NVIDIA recently launched the RTX 3080, the flagship gaming GPU in the RTX 3000 series of its Ampere family of graphics cards. The RTX 3080 is the first to launch from the much anticipated lineup, to be followed by the RTX 3090 on September 24th and the RTX 3070 in early October. For more details …

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HypeVR Becomes 3nfinite And Launches Enbly App Enabling Spatial Volumetric Video Over 5G

I have been following HypeVR, a San Diego-based company in the VR space, since I encountered it at Intel’s booth at CES 2017, and I’ve watched the company’s technology improve and grow. During a recent visit to the company’s San Diego offices, founder Tonaci Tran walked me through the progress that the company has made …

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5G Is The Reason Apple Will Eventually Design All Its Processors

Recently, Apple finally announced the transition of its computers to the company’s own custom-designed processors, dubbed ‘Apple Silicon.’ While I’m not entirely sure why the company went with such an uninspired name, the reality is that most of Apple’s non-PC devices already run on what I would consider ‘Apple Silicon.’ A while back I actually …

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T-Mobile Is The First Carrier Globally To Launch Nationwide Standalone (SA) 5G

Many carriers around the world raced last year to be the ‘first’ to launch 5G; those networks were built upon the foundation of 4G networks in a type of 5G mode called non-standalone (NSA). This means that the device needs to have both 4G and 5G signals to work because to save time and money, …

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The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Leads A New Crop Of Fresh Galaxy Devices

This year’s fall Samsung Unpacked event was loaded with new product announcements, many of which were expected. Earlier this year, right before COVID-19 shut down the whole world, some of the world’s press and analysts, including yours truly, attended the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Flip launch event in San Francisco. Now, with Covid-19 still a very …

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Reliance Jio’s Tesseract Announces Jio Glass XR Glasses

At Reliance’s RIL 43rd AGM (Annual General Meeting), the company announced the upcoming release of its own in-house designed MR glasses, called the Jio Glass. With 387.5 million subscribers, Reliance Jio is one of the world’s leading operators and the number one operator in India. It was the first in the world to launch a …

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Khronos OpenXR’s Momentum Shows Open Cross-Platform And 5G Potential

The OpenXR standard is a consortium of dozens of companies in the XR industry, across platforms, headsets, chipsets, and game engines. Orchestrated by the Khronos Group the consortium consists of some of the biggest names in the industry. The OpenXR 1.0 spec was finally ratified last year in July 2019. Now, Khronos is providing an …

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Intel Is Down In Processors, Not Out With 7nm Delays

Intel has enjoyed quite the run since the company introduced the Conroe and Merom 65nm processors in 2006. At that time, Intel was taking a beating from AMD, and the company needed a “Hail Mary.” For the last ten years, Intel has enjoyed a mostly unchallenged position in the processor market, and it has served …

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro Builds On AMD’s Resurgence In Workstations

It is no secret that AMD has been on a tear lately, and one of the company’s biggest successes as of late is the high-end desktop PC category. Some of that high-end desktop momentum has also resulted in many prosumers and independent creators adopting AMD’s processors for their workstations at home and/or at work. While …

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When It Comes To Productivity, The Samsung Galaxy Book S Is A Marathon Runner

While the world has changed significantly in the last 6 months, something that remains is the need for light, portable and fast laptops. Today I wanted to offer my review of the Samsung Galaxy Book S, which I consider to be the perfect laptop in terms of productivity, without compromising connectivity and battery life. I first …

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Google’s Acquisition Of North Could Bring Glass 3 Next Year

Last week, a rumor surfaced that Google might be acquiring North, the Canadian maker of the Focals AR glasses. This week, the rumor was confirmed to be true. I have covered North since it started shipping its first smart glasses in the US, and got the chance to review the company’s Focals 1.0 glasses (see here). …

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Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon Wear 4100 And 4100+ Stand To Juice Next-Gen Wearables

Qualcomm is the leading supplier of wearable chipsets for smartwatches. The company’s last smartwatch chipset, the Snapdragon 3100, introduced an optional ultra-low power processor, but didn’t make significant improvements to performance over the previous generation. I believe that this may have hurt the non-Apple wearable market, but the overall wearable market has continued to grow. …

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How The Oculus Quest, Supernatural VR And Apple Watch Helped Me Recover From Covid-19

As many of you may already know, I managed to contract Covid-19 in early March of this year and was sick for the good part of 3 weeks, including a 9-day hospitalization. During this hospitalization I managed to keep myself sane with the support of my friends and family and with the help of my …

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How The Measurement Of Dynamic Foveated Rendering Can Benefit VR And AR

Many companies and experts within the AR/VR industry talk about the benefits of foveated rendering—the ability to only render a portion of the scene that a user is looking at. Some companies have implemented the technology to improve performance on standalone VR headsets, such as the Oculus Quest, HTC Vive Pro Eye and Pico Neo …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Tobii Benchmark Testing Validates The Benefits Of Dynamic Foveated Rendering

Led by enterprise use cases, the VR market is resurging with a new generation of devices equipped with innovative features enabled by eye tracking and foveated rendering (FR). These technologies first appeared in commercial headsets in mid-2019, and while they are relatively new, they promise to deliver significant improvements in performance and the generation of …

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Dell’s New High-Performance Alienware And XPS PCs Bring Welcome Updates And New Models

At CES this year Dell showed off some concepts along with a few new PCs including the new and improved XPS 13 laptop with Intel 10th Gen U-Series CPUs which recently launched last month. At CES, other laptops were teased for later in the year, which made this month’s announcement and show Dell’s continued interest in AMD’s products with the …

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New ARM GPUs Bring Major Performance Improvements To High-End And Mid-Tier Devices

Arm is one of the world’s leading suppliers of GPUs in the world. Between smartphones and embedded devices, the company purportedly shipped over 1 billion GPUs in 2019. While undoubtedly impressive, this number is not that surprising when you consider that Arm has an estimated 85% market share in smart TVs, mostly thanks to MediaTek, …

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Qualcomm XR Viewer Program Gains Momentum With Operators

The AWE (Augmented World Expo), is a premier AR/VR event held every year in Santa Clara, California. During the keynote this year (held virtually, for obvious reasons), Qualcomm, a Platinum sponsor of the event, shared details on the momentum of the semiconductor manufacturer’s XR viewer program. Qualcomm has been pushing the smart viewer program for …

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HP Reverb G2 VR Headset Brings HP Storming Back Into The VR Game

Last year, I had the opportunity to spend a considerable amount of time with HP’s first VR headset, the HP Reverb. I really thought that HP had done the impossible and delivered a comfortable, high resolution headset that was generally affordable and executed well on its purpose. The Reverb was targeted squarely at the enterprise …

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