Hologroup’s MR Guide makes Microsoft’s HoloLens your new tour guide


Russian startup Hologroup recently released MR Guide for HoloLens developers. The software gives anyone the ability to make a holographic tour for Microsoft’s mixed-reality headset, with no programming necessary. Currently the HoloLens hardware is available to the public only in a costly developer’s edition, but it’s already seeing useful software. MR Guide gives early adopters the tools to create experiences directly in the HoloLens’ native interface, without the need for any additional software. According to Holograph CEO Alex Yakubov: With the help of MR Guide, creating a holographic tour is no more difficult than making a PowerPoint presentation. Now, museums, showrooms,…

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Twitter users cry foul when asked to verify their identities


Some Twitter users woke up to an unpleasant surprise this morning: Upon attempting to access their Twitter accounts, they were told they were temporarily locked out of their accounts. Shortly after this, the hashtag #TwitterLockout began trending, as users began to complain of being censored or persecuted by the site. That wasn’t all of it. Upon logging in, they discovered they had lost a number of followers. Some users have speculated that the loss of follower numbers is part of a “bot purge.” Trumpers try to understand; the followers you are losing tonight are not real people. They were bots…

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Facebook Messenger now lets you add friends during calls without stopping the party


Facebook Messenger is making it easier to invite friends to your calls. Starting today, you can add friends onto an ongoing session. Previously you had to close your call, create a new group, and then initiate a call again. Now you can just tap on the screen while on a call and select the ‘add person’ button. It’s small change, but one that’ll make the calling experience more seamless. Say you want to surprise a friend for their birthday and discuss details with someone else beforehand, or perhaps start a work call while you wait for someone else to be…

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TNW’s Big Spam: What do you call a week without a Wednesday?


Q: What do you call a week without a Wednesday? Top trending tech news: 🚗 Uber officially launched Uber Express POOL (TechCrunch)⏰ Jeff Bezos bought a really expensive clock (TNW) 🎵 Spotify announced its first new hardware product (TNW) What we’re talking about: Jeff Bezos just installed a $ 42 million 10,000-year clock on his property. Because he can. Twitter banned thousands of Russian bot accounts yesterday — and Trump supporters are pissed. Follow the mayhem with #TwitterLockout. 16-year-old Maxime Coutté was inspired by the VR anime series Sword Art Online but couldn’t afford an Oculus Rift. So he built his own. And your 16-year-old is still shoving rocks up his nose. Remember deepfakes? They’re getting better and better.…

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How a French 16-year-old is teaching the world to build VR headsets for $100


Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus and the inventor of arguably the most successful commercial virtual reality headset, was only 17 when he completed his first prototype for the device. Fast-forward to the present day, and Luckey is now worth roughly $ 750 million at the age of 25, having sold his company to Facebook. 16-year-old Maxime Coutté’s story has something in common with Luckey’s beginnings, in that he set out at an early age to build the hardware needed to enjoy VR experiences, and appears to have the same sort of tenacity and passion for technology as the inventor whose…

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