Posts tagged: Microsoft

E3 2016: Major Game Developers Back VR

Colin McMahon
 Jun 16, 2016

At this year’s Electronic Arts Expo (E3), which took place in Los Angeles, California from June 12 to 16, virtual reality (VR) dominated the headlines. It can often be said that a technology is only as good as its applications. This year’s E3 was marked by the entry of major video game companies into the VR arena. Those waiting to see where the killer apps for VR would come from might have finally gotten their answers.

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Windows Holographic to Create “Mixed Reality” Platform

Colin McMahon
 Jun 10, 2016

At the Computex 2016 trade show, recently held in Taipei, Taiwan, Microsoft unveiled ambitious new goals for its Windows Holographic operating system (OS). Windows Holographic will no longer be confined to the Microsoft Hololens. Instead, it will usher in “mixed reality,” which is defined as the combination of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Microsoft will accomplish this by opening Windows Holographic to the emerging VR market, allowing the OS to run on devices like the HTC Vive. This move will also allow a multitude of third-party developers to create apps for Windows Holographic. This announcement translates into a massive expansion for the developing Microsoft platform.

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The Hardware has arrived: Hololens and Meta 2 set to Shape AR

Colin McMahon
 May 10, 2016

2013: The Oculus Rift developer kit (DK) 1 is unveiled and released at an incredible $300 USD price tag. One year later, the industry was introduced to the Vive and the first two “true” virtual reality (VR) headsets were set. From that point on in 2014, the VR hardware market was solid, instead of being a matter of speculation. Developers could get their hands on the exact technology to build their applications. Two years later and augmented reality (AR) has reached that moment – with the Microsoft Hololens and the Meta 2.

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Apple Dominates September Smartphone News

Carrie Sylvester
 Sep 10, 2015

Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

September is notoriously the month of the iPhone, and Apple has continued its practice of rolling-out a new or newer generation of iPhones. On September 9th Apple introduced the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Although there were many smartphone models introduced this summer and more will undoubtedly come out in the months leading up to the Holiday gift giving season, it will be hard for any phone or manufacturer to rival the marketing and media splash that Apple has made.

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Mobile World Congress 2015 – Photography Featured Prominently in New Smartphones

Carrie Sylvester
 Mar 6, 2015

The 2015 Mobile World Congress was held the first week of March in Barcelona Spain. The show is hosted by The Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) which is an association of mobile operators and related companies devoted to supporting the standardization, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system. During this trade event there were many new products, services, and accessories introduced with a mobile play (phones, tablets, etc.) and included in those introductions were many new smartphone products. This blog focusses on the smartphones that featured photography prominently.

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The Next Step in Intelligent Imaging is About a Foot

Alan Bullock
 Mar 5, 2015

InfoTrends estimates that consumers worldwide will take about one trillion photos in 2015 – and that doesn’t even include the ones that are deleted right away. As a result, users of smartphones, digital cameras, tablets, action cameras, lifelogging cameras, and other picture-taking devices are accumulating massive collections of photos and videos. Keeping them organized so that memories of a person, place, or event can be easily located when desired is a daunting task. Read more »

I Want to Print My Mobile Photos – A Windows Phone User’s Tale of Woe

Carrie Sylvester
 May 14, 2014

Recently, I have been thinking about printing photos from my smartphone. I have a high-resolution camera phone with some advanced photo features and had taken some pictures that I thought came out particularly well and a few I applied some artsy filters to as well. I wanted to see if they looked as good off screen. As if somehow Snapfish read my mind, the service introduced a promotion to get people printing photos from its smartphone app. The mobile-only promotion offers 100 free prints a month (4 x 6-inch), for one year, for mail delivery only.

Being a Windows Phone user, I went to see if there was a Snapfish app in the Windows Phone store. A search for “Snapfish” resulted in “We couldn’t find a match.” Then I searched for Shutterfly, which found a “Shutterfly” app, which was not from the official Shutterfly but from an unknown developer instead. I even dug far back in my photo print memory and looked up “York Photo” – no match. I expanded the search to “print photos” and a long list of apps came up but only a handful of recognizable brand names — Walgreens and Kodak Pic Flick being two of them.

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Microsoft Hopes that a “Royalty Free OS” Will Bring More Windows Mobile Devices to Market

Carrie Sylvester
 Apr 7, 2014

Microsoft held Build 2014, its annual development conference in San Francisco, CA the first week of April 2014. The company made several announcements during the 2-day conference but one of the biggest was that it will be offering a royalty-free Windows Phone licensing (Yes, that’s $0) program for partners developing smartphones and tablets with screens smaller than nine inches.

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Microsoft becomes first foreign cloud provider in China

Allison Correia
 Apr 1, 2014

It looks like Microsoft won the race for China’s cloud market, by announcing just the other day that its Azure cloud services are available in China, making them the first global public cloud provider in the country.

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September News Heats Up Mobile Market

Carrie Sylvester
 Sep 20, 2013

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iOS (iPhone) in the News

Apple once again held true to its history of a September iPhone introduction. There was much speculation around the impending announcement and Apple delivered by introducing two models on September 11th — the iPhone 5c and the 5s. Although the overall excitement for some seems to be waning that never stops the true Fan Boys; the very day the phones were announced, there was a guy in Tokyo that lined up in front of his local Apple Store and lines continue to form wherever the phones will be available even though they will be available  on September 20th.

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