Google I/O takes on virtual reality and augmented reality

Google announced new investments in the immersive computing space to help developers build new applications and experiences at day two of its annual developer conference, Google I/O. The new announcements align with Google’s mission to bring computing to everyone, Clay Bavor, vice president of virtual and augmented reality, explained. “Our investments in the web mean … continue reading

The GPU Open Analytics Initiative, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 11, AIY Projects, and NVIDIA’s VRWorks SDK — SD Times news digest: May 8, 2017

Data science and deep learning app leaders are coming together to form the GPU Open Analytics Initiative. The goal is to create common data frameworks that enable developers and statistical researchers to accelerate data science on GPUs. Initial members include Continuum Analytics, H2O.ai and MapD Technologies. The initiative’s first announced project is an open-source GPU … continue reading

Facebook announces React Fiber, React VR, Relay Modern, and Litho

Facebook is loading a slew of new tools into its development arsenal. The company announced new developer services and solutions at its annual F8 developer conference this week. Adding to its React toolbox, the company announced a reimplementation of the JavaScript library core algorithm. React Fiber is designed to improve React’s suitability in areas such … continue reading

Facebook focuses on the developer community at F8

Facebook’s annual developer conference F8 kicked off today in San Jose with a strong focus on building community. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, took to the stage to stress the importance of bringing people together. According to Zuckerberg, Facebook for the past decade has been focused on connecting friends and family, but the … continue reading

Docker Enterprise Edition, GitHub Enterprise 2.9, and the Windows Mixed Reality dev kits—SD Times news digest: March 2, 2017

Docker is releasing a new commercial platform for enterprise development and IT teams. Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) is a new platform designed to streamline the Docker experience, and accelerate business critical app deployments. “From the very beginning, Docker has been focused on taking very complicated tooling and software and making it intuitive and easy to … continue reading

Oculus team welcomes former Xiaomi executive

Facebook continues to drive into the future of virtual reality, and this week the Oculus team received a new leader: Hugo Barra, former vice president of Chinese company Xiaomi. Barra said that he is coming to Silicon Valley to lead Facebook as the new vice president of virtual reality, which includes Team Oculus. Mark Zuckerberg, … continue reading

Announcements, gizmos and gadgets from CES 2017: Day 1

The new year is off to a good start, especially for fans of the latest and greatest in gadgets. The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas kicked off today, debuting the latest computers, smartphones, and other innovative electronics like virtual reality glasses and Alexa-related technologies. SD Times looked at some of the popular … continue reading

A mobile VR report, AppDynamics’ IPO, and Automotive Grade Linux’s latest infotainment platform—SD Times news digest: Dec. 29, 2016

Mobile virtual reality is leading the virtual reality movement, according to a new report. Tractica, a market intelligence firm, recently conducted a study looking at how virtual reality will play out over the next couple of years, and found mobile VR headsets will represent more than 75% of the head-mounted display (HMD) shipments through 2021. … continue reading

Cyanogen to be discontinued, Apple’s AI research, Samsung Internet for Gear VR, Mozilla Firefox–SD Times news digest: December 27, 2016

The Android ROM company Cyanogen quietly announced it will be shutting down its services and Cyanogen-support nightly builds over the holiday break. The official end of life for Cyanogen will happen at the end of the year. According to the company, for those who still want to build CyanogenMod, the open-source project and code will … continue reading

Google and Oculus enable developers to create web-based VR solutions

Virtual reality is going beyond gadgets and devices, and is now moving toward the web. Companies such as Google and Oculus are trying to make it easier for developers to bring virtual reality solutions online. Google recently introduced the WebVR API in Chrome for Android, while Oculus is announcing the React VR pre-release. “The power … continue reading

Oculus reveals Carmel developer preview, Google’s plans for HTML5, and Segment teams up with BigQuery—SD Times news digest: Dec. 12, 2016

Oculus wants to bring web content and technologies to mainstream VR devices. The company announced a developer preview of Carmel, a new solution to build for the VR web without a VR-supported browser. “Starting today, you can build experiences for all of these users, and also test them in VR using Carmel. As new devices … continue reading

Tech companies form Global Virtual Reality Association, Bluetooth 5 now available, and 2016 IoT Hackathon winners announced—SD Times news digest: Dec. 8, 2016

Some top technology companies are teaming up in order to expand virtual reality’s reach. Acer/Starbreeze, Facebook Google, HTC, Samsung and Sony have formed the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA). Together, they will work on developing and sharing best practices for the industry. “The GVRA is a necessary first step toward ensuring great VR experiences for … continue reading

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