What to expect from Microsoft's big event on Wednesday

Mashable

Did you think we were done with tech events and you could just cruise on until Black Friday and the holidays? On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Microsoft is holding a big product announcement in New York City. Ahead of the big day, here's the cornucopia of hardware and software spanning new Surface devices, Windows 10, Hololens and maybe Xbox that we're expecting to hear about. SEE ALSO: Microsoft made speech recognition software that's as accurate as humans Looking back, Microsoft really delivered big time last year. Mostly a hardware showcase, CEO Satya Nadella and co. announced the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft Band 2, Lumia 950 and 950 XL Windows 10 Mobile phones, and the surprise Surface Book.


Nvidia unifies a big list of developer tools in one package

PCWorld

Nvidia's varied range of GPU developer tools have been spread out into specialized kits, but that's not the case any more. The company has announced the Nvidia SDK unified toolkit, which brings together its game development, supercomputing, virtual reality, automotive and drone and robot development tools into one package. The toolkit brings together essential tools and libraries necessary for GPU development, Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, said during a keynote at the company's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California. The toolkit is tuned for Nvidia's latest Pascal GPU architecture, which the company is expected to detail at the show. Pascal contains many technological improvements that could trigger changes in the way applications are written for GPUs.


New Google products, services take aim at its biggest rivals

Boston Herald

From virtual reality to a new smart-home speaker, Google is showing off just how pervasive it has become even as it's squeezed by its biggest competitors -- Facebook, Apple and Amazon. Google showed off a VR system called Daydream, along with plans for headsets that will compete with Facebook's Oculus Rift. In a jab at Amazon, the company announced Google Home, an Internet-connected speaker that listens for your voice commands to play music or control lights and thermostats in the home. It is reminiscent of Amazon's Echo and will be available later this year for a yet-unannounced price. In an attempt to outshine Apple, Google is also adding features to its Android operating system, including the ability to run apps without actually installing apps.


New Google products, services take aim at its biggest rivals

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From virtual reality to a new smart-home speaker, Google is showing off just how pervasive it has become even as it's squeezed by its biggest competitors--Facebook, Apple and Amazon. Google showed off a VR system called Daydream, along with plans for headsets that will compete with Facebook's Oculus Rift. In a jab at Amazon, the company announced Google Home, an Internet-connected speaker that listens for your voice commands to play music or control lights and thermostats in the home. It is reminiscent of Amazon's Echo and will be available later this year for a yet-unannounced price. In an attempt to outshine Apple, Google is also adding features to its Android operating system, including the ability to run apps without actually installing apps.


Issue #31 - Dev Diner

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A look at a Penrose Studio VR short called "The Rose and I" and its cross-platform differences. Great read for VR developers interested in seeing what's coming. Here is a brilliant guide on how to stream mixed reality by the guys who know it best -- the Fantastic Contraption team! Now this is very neat! Mike Harris combined the Leap Motion draw and scale utilities from Orion into a neat demo.