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Amazon launches Ground Truth Synthetics to create virtual objects for AI model training

It takes massive amounts of data to train AI models. But sometimes, that data simply isn’t available from real-world sources, so data...

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Meta’s latest VR headset prototypes will help it pass the ‘Visual Turing test’

Meta wants to make it clear it's not giving up on high-end VR experiences yet. So, in a rare move, the company is spilling the beans on several...

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Meta rolls out new parental controls for Instagram and Quest VR headsets

Meta announced today that it’s rolling out new tools on Instagram and Quest VR headsets that are designed to give parents additional...

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Meta adds voice controls for Horizon Worlds, which defaults to live chat with strangers

Meta might soon want everyone to hop into its playful virtual realms, but some users are set up for a shock. In the service of pushing people to...

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Meta rolls out Horizon Home, making it easier to meet up in the metaverse

Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that Horizon Home will roll out as part of a new update to the Quest 2 headset. Despite...

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Meet the Extreme Tech Challenge 2022 Global Finals category and special award winners

Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the world’s largest startup competition focused on purpose-driven innovation, and sponsor of TechCrunch Sessions:...

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Why more funding equates more peace of mind for TRIPP and its users

LA-born startup TRIPP doesn’t want the metaverse to be a mere “shopping mall for virtual consumers,” its founder Nanea Reeves told...

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Lightspeed’s Mercedes Bent on why the metaverse isn’t overhyped

Bent, a consumer-focused investor, explained why backing early-stage crypto companies can often involve a "leap of faith"

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Meta begins testing optional end-to-end encryption in Quest’s VR Messenger app

Meta is testing end-to-end encryption in Quest’s VR Messenger app, the company announced in a blog post. With the rollout of this test, the company...

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Meta is integrating its Horizon Venues live events app into Horizon Worlds

Meta announced it's integrating its Horizon Venues event experience into its social virtual reality Horizon Worlds platform.

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Finally, VR for your mouth

A system developed at CMU attaches a device to the bottom of a VR headset, sending ultrasound waves toward the lips to create a kind of haptic...

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Meta says its metaverse biz lost another $3B… but the 2030s will be “exciting”

At least Facebook's daily active users are up, according to Meta's first quarter results.

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Here’s why we’re about to see an explosion of hyperreal artificial humans online

Synthetically generated versions of real people that can be can be programmed to say anything sounds like a scenario from the latest episode of...

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4 questions every CISO should be asking about the metaverse

Most businesses today struggle with securing the data and infrastructure they already have. In the multidimensional world of the metaverse, this will...

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Artists like Harry Connick Jr. are using web3 to engage with fans

Web3 has attracted people from all walks of life, from finance analysts and hedge fund managers to software developers. But a fairly new group...

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Here are the games that were announced at the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase

"Ghostbusters VR," "Among Us VR," "NFL PRO ERA," and other games will come to the Meta Quest store this year.

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Gravity Sketch draws $33M for a platform to design, collaborate on and produce 3D objects

Platforms like Figma have changed the game when it comes to how creatives and other stakeholders in the production and product team conceive and...

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Metaverses grapple with Meta versus Apple

Hello readers, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, I talked about Apple and crypto. This week, we’re talking about Apple clashing...

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Daily Crunch: To complicate Musk’s attempt to swallow Twitter, board approves ‘poison pill’ strategy

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Meta is developing a web version of Horizon Worlds

Meta is working on a web version of its social virtual reality Horizon Worlds platform, so users can try Horizon Worlds without having to use Quest...

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MLB forays into the future with new tech for the old ball game

Major League Baseball may have started in the 19th century and come of age in the 20th, but it has definitely embraced technology today.

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Meta’s Horizon Worlds is testing in-app purchases and creator bonuses

Horizon Worlds, Meta’s social virtual reality app, is testing a feature that will let creators sell virtual items and effects within their...

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Just like IRL, the metaverse requires infrastructure. We don’t have it yet

The idea of bringing thousands of people together in a virtual space is not new: Online multiplayer games have been doing that for a long time. So...

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Daily Crunch: B2B marketplace Sokowatch raises $125M Series B, rebrands as ‘Wasoko’

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Meta will add basic parental supervision tools to its VR headset almost three years after launch

Despite releasing its first virtual reality headsets in May 2019, Meta is only now adding parental supervision tools to its Meta Quest VR headset.

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Meta to allow Horizon Worlds users to turn their avatar’s personal safety boundary off

After reports that women were already being groped and sexually harassed in Meta’s new VR spaces, Horizon Worlds and Venues, the company...

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Augmented reality’s half-decade of stagnation

Hello readers, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, I talked about the future of this newsletter and what’s coming next. The short of...

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Quest 2 fitness tracking finally lands Apple Health integration

Facebook’s Meta’s Oculus Quest 2 headset has managed to carve out a surprisingly sizable niche as a high-tech piece of exercise equipment...

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