26 Sep 2019

TechBits, Sep 26, 2019

1. Facebook launches Horizon, a massive-multiplayer VR world

  • Facebook today announced it’s building its own Ready Player One Oasis. Facebook Horizon is a virtual reality sandbox universe where you can build your own environments and games, play and socialize with friends or just explore the user-generated landscapes. This is Facebook’s take on Second Life.
  • Launching in early 2020 in closed beta, Facebook Horizon will allow users to design their own diverse avatars and hop between virtual locales through portals called Telepods, watch movies and consume other media with friends and play multiplayer games together, like Wing Strikers. It also will include human guides, known as Horizon Locals, who can give users assistance and protect their safety in the VR world so trolls can’t run rampant.

2. All about Amazon launches at Alexa event

  • As is now typical just ahead of the holidays, Amazon just inundated us with a whole new lineup of hardware devices, including new Echo smart speakers and screens, at its Alexa event today, plus other smart home and connected devices from it are brand’s Ring and Eero. There was also a slew of surprises, like Alexa’s earbuds, glasses, and a smart ring. And oh yeah, a new Alexa-powered oven, too.

3. VideaHealth is using AI to improve dentistry.

  • Florian Hillen, the chief executive officer of a new startup called VideaHealth, first started researching the problems with dentistry about three years ago.
  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard educated researcher had been doing research in machine learning and image recognition for years and wanted to apply that research in a field that desperately needed the technology.
  • Dentistry, while an unlikely initial target, proved to be a market that the young entrepreneur could really sink his teeth into

4. Forge platform launched by QC Ware for easy access to quantum computing

  • A startup called QC Ware is trying to carve out a role for itself as a “quantum computing-as-a-service” company with the beta launch of its Forge cloud service today.
  • Quantum computing is a fundamentally different and vastly more powerful computer architecture that has the potential to solve extremely complex problems that are impossible or would take years for today’s classical computers to tackle.

5. AltStore; an alternative iOS App Store with a built-in Nintendo emulator

  • Riley Testut, an iOS app developer who has for years worked on mobile video game emulation, just released a project that has the potential to shake up the entire iOS ecosystem. He calls it AltStore, and it’s an alternative to Apple’s App Store that distributes software Testut says may “push the boundaries of iOS.” In particular, it supports Testut’s own Nintendo emulator, called Delta, which will let anyone with an iPhone or iPad play Super Mario and other classics. Also, it doesn’t require you jailbreak your iOS device. Anyone can download AltStore right now.

6. Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha is completely made of screen

  • Xiaomi’s Mi Mix series has always pushed the boundaries of phone screens and form factors, from the original model that kicked off the bezel wars to last year’s sliding, notch-less Mi Mix 3. Now, just as we’re starting to see “waterfall” displays with extremely curved edges, Xiaomi is taking this to a wild new level with the Mi Mix Alpha.
  • The “surround screen” on the Alpha wraps entirely around the device to the point where it meets the camera module on the other side. The effect is of a phone that’s almost completely made of screen, with status icons like network signal and battery charge level displayed on the side. Pressure-sensitive volume buttons are also shown on the side of the phone. Xiaomi is claiming more than 180 percent screen-to-body ratio, a stat that no longer makes any sense to cite at all.

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