Apple AR glasses delayed in favor of cheaper mixed reality gadget

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The augmented reality device was meant to be launched on the heels of this year’s headset. While Apple still plans to unveil a mixed-reality headset in 2023, it will be delaying the AR glasses that were supposed to be a follow-up product launch this year. The postponement of the second gadget is occurring due to technical challenges in its development. The lightweight AR glasses will be delayed in favor of a cheaper version of its mixed reality headset. Apple originally intended to roll them out after its full-featured mixed reality…

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Mobile wallet use now higher in the Netherlands than Spain

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Though Spain had been holding the lead spot in Europe, 2022’s third quarter lost its crown. New data released by PYMNTS has revealed that mobile wallet use in Spain has now fallen behind the Netherlands. A collaboration between PYMNTS and Stripe showed that the Netherlands saw notable growth. A report by Connected Economy called “how the World Does Digital: Different Paths to Digital Transformation”, a collaboration between PYMNTS and Stripe showed that 13.6 percent of consumers in the Netherlands completed their in-store purchases using a mobile wallet in the third…

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Metaverse virtual reality pioneer John Carmack leaves Meta

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The VR expert reportedly departed the company over a creative disagreement with Mark Zuckerberg. Meta’s Oculus VR Chief Technology Officer John Carmack is leaving the company over a virtual reality strategy disagreement with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Carmack first joined Oculus as a VR developer in 2013, just before Facebook bought it in 2014. According to a recent Bloomberg report, Carmack detailed in his resignation letter that he didn’t feel adequately able to impact Meta’s virtual reality efforts in the right direction. He had been working for Oculus since the…

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Canadian study uses artificial intelligence technology to track student substance abuse

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University of Waterloo researchers used AI to monitor trends among high school students. A team of researchers from the University of Waterloo in Canada is using artificial intelligence technology to conduct an analysis of a large, complex public health dataset in order to track substance abuse trends among students in high school. The study employed machine learning from 2016 through 2019 in order to assess a number of factors. Among the dataset factors analyzed by the artificial intelligence technology included those relating to the use of alcohol and other patterns…

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Five billion phones will become electronic waste this year

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Of those devices, under 20 percent are expected to be disposed of through recycling programs. By the end of this year, an estimated 5.3 billion mobile phones are expected to have become electronic waste worldwide, and only a small fraction of those devices will have been recycled, according to the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) forum. The estimates were based on global trade data and places the spotlight on a skyrocketing environmental problem. Research shows that many people hang on to their old devices instead of recycling them. That…

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