Technology & Electronics

Oculus makes it easier to create mixed reality apps

Expect to see more mixed reality apps in the future, at least for the Oculus Quest 2. WinFuture notes that Oculus has unveiled a toolkit, Passthrough API Experimental, that will make it relatively easy to “seamlessly” merge VR with the real world view from the Quest 2’s cameras. You can project images on flat surfaces, …

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LG improves its wearable air purifier with a built-in mic and speaker

With face coverings still the norm, tech companies want you to up your mask game. Last year, LG unveiled the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier featuring three fans and a pair of HEPA-style filters. Ten months later, it’s finally revealed an initial release date for the device, an improved version of which arrives in Thailand in …

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Slack is now officially part of Salesforce

Salesforce has completed its $27.7 billion acquisition — its biggest one to date — of business messaging app Slack. When the companies first announced the purchase back in December 2020, they said Slack founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield will continue to lead the messaging service as a unit within its new parent organization. They also …

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Verizon’s Fios TV app comes to Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV this week

Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) is expanding the availability of its Fios app. In an announcement spotted by 9to5Mac, the carrier said starting tomorrow, July 22nd, Fios customers can download the software to their Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV devices. In the former case, that includes both the 4K and HD models. You’ll still need …

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Adobe Premiere Pro now runs natively on M1 Macs

Following a beta release in December, Premiere Pro now officially supports M1 Macs. “From launch times to export, everything is faster, and editing is buttery smooth,” Adobe says of the native Apple Silicon version of its video editing software. The company adds that Adobe Sensei features like Auto Reframe feel “noticeably” faster and that the …

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Amazon’s Kindle sale slashes up to 35 percent off its popular e-readers

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Apple rolls out iOS 14.7 with MagSafe Battery Pack support for iPhone 12

Starting today, everyone with a compatible iPhone can update their device to iOS 14.7. The latest public release of the firmware adds a few useful but relatively minor features, such as support for the new MagSafe Battery Pack on iPhone 12. There’s an option to merge two Apple Cards into a co-owned account with a …

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Apple’s latest iPad Airs fall to all-time lows at Amazon

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Soft robot plays piano thanks to ‘air-powered’ memory

Soft robots still tend to rely on hard electronics to function, but a new invention might reduce that need for unyielding chips. UC Riverside researchers have developed pneumatic computer memory that they used to help a soft robot play the piano. Instead of conventional transistors and electric circuits, the “air-powered” memory relies on microfluidic valves …

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More leaks suggest the next iPhone might have an always-on display

Add another major voice to the chorus of those claiming the next iPhone could have an always-on display. As 9to5Mac notes, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman used his weekly “Power On” newsletter to say the 2021 iPhone will potentially have an “Apple Watch-like” always-on display with better battery life in addition to a 120Hz refresh rate, a …

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