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Microsoft HoloLens VR headset starts shipping today

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Microsoft kicked off its HoloLens virtual-reality project into high gear with the announcement that HoloLens dev kits will start shipping to developers today with a price tag of $US3,000 (Php138,000).

They’re releasing it, along with all the tools needed to help developers incorporate everything HoloLens has to offer, including hand-and-eye gestures — two features other consumer VR headsets are currently lacking.


One of the first apps HoloLens has on offer, unsurprisingly, comes from Microsoft and is called Galaxy Explorer.

With it, you can experience the vastness and emptiness of space within your own living room. The app itself is unspectacular (VR already has a version of it called Titans of Space, sans the interaction), but the great thing about it is that Microsoft has made the Galaxy Explorer code available online via GitHub, a collaboration website.

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As a developer myself, having access to a project’s source code is priceless, especially when it comes to emerging trends like VR.

Thinking about the possibilities of interactive virtual reality is enough to make most tech enthusiasts giddy. It’s the stuff of sci-fi movies, after all.

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In the case of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, HoloLens will be a huge help to medical students under the university’s holographic anatomy program. At the very least, dissecting cadavers to gain insights into the human anatomy should be the last of their worries.

NASA has also developed a HoloLens app that will allow the public (yes, the public) to take a virtual walk on Mars’ surface alongside former U.S. astronaut and space hero Buzz Aldrin. The program will be made available sometime in the summer of 2016 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

Judging from some of Microsoft’s keynote videos shown at the Build 2016 developer conference, it seems Microsoft’s immediate focus is to create enterprise opportunities for HoloLens by showing car makers and home-improvement chains and the like the possible applications of the technology in the business world.

In a few years, virtual reality and holograms will become a huge part of human work — from designing and building cars (and parts) to prepping for surgeries. And Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a huge leap forward towards that future.

To me, the end goal for VR should be similar to Tony Stark’s use in Iron Man 2

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Moto E6s launches with interchangeable back covers

It was first announced at IFA 2019

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Moto E6 Plus was announced at IFA 2019 and the company has rebranded it as Moto E6s for the Indian market. Launched today in the country, it’s meant to be an entry-level offering.

This segment is already pretty crowded with tonnes of options from local as well as global brands. The brand also announced the phone will be made completely in India at the company’s Chennai factory.


It has a 6.1-inch HD+ display with a waterdrop notch and 80 percent screen-to-body ratio. Powering the phone is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor clocked at 2.0GHz, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage.

The rear has a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and is assisted by a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front is an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. The phone has a selective bokeh photo mode that lets you adjust the background blur. The company stressed it has tuned its algorithms to click better HDR as well as low-light shots.

A fingerprint scanner is embedded on the back and also houses the Moto branding. Backing these internals is a 3000mAh battery that supports 10W fast charging. It runs on pure Android out of the box, so we expect updates to trickle down faster.

Unlike other brands that have multiple memory configurations to choose from, Moto E6s is available in only one grouping. Priced at INR 7,999, color options include Rich Cranberry and Polished Graphite. Sales start from September 23 via Flipkart.

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Detailed renders of Huawei Mate 30 series leak

We’re tempted to get one soon

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Huawei is all set to launch the Mate 30 series on September 19 and every technology enthusiast is looking forward to the phone. The lineup is popular for its top-notch camera setup combined with ultra-fast performance and cutting edge features.

This particular phone series is even more important because it’ll be the first major Huawei-built phone to officially skip Google Play services due to the ongoing US-China Trade War. It’ll be interesting to see how the brand is able to find an alternative and push sales.


Coming to the point, detailed renders of the Mate 30 series have been leaked by the infamous @evleaks. He has posted pictures of the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Lite, revealing all design elements before launch.

The renders of Mate 30 Pro confirms that the phone will feature a circular rear camera setup. The Mate 20 Pro featured a square camera module and the company seems to be switching to circular layout this year. Though, the Mate 30 Lite will continue to enjoy the square shape.

On the front of the Mate 30 Pro is a small notch that houses the front camera and infrared array for facial recognition. The display is slightly curved on the sides and the chin has been cut down significantly.

The Mate 30 Lite, on the other hand, has a tiny front camera cut-out on the display and a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear.

Lastly, Huawei will also announce a Mate 30 Porsche Design model, much like it did with the Mate 20 last year. The Porsche edition will come with special Porsche-inspired leather finish on the back in red and black colour options.

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Here’s what we know about the Pixel 4 so far

More specs leaked!

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Image source: The Verge

Google doesn’t care much about secrecy. In the months leading up to its official launch, the Google Pixel 4 has leaked photos and specs everywhere. In March, we got our first hint of the much-awaited smartphone. Unfortunately, the rumors were bare-bone at best. The early leak brought only rumored specs and features.

Three months later, the rumor mill blew up once again. This time, Google themselves released a preview photo of the Pixel 4. The official preview depicted a square rear camera setup. As expected, the smartphone will house two rear cameras.


Despite Google’s preemptive move against leaks, the rumor mill still churned out leak after leak. Days later, 9to5Google spotted the Pixel 4 out in the wild. For the first time, the leaks have turned into reality. Sadly, the leak didn’t reveal much that we didn’t already know. Once again, the square camera setup is in full display. Since then, the mill got relatively quiet, outing only scant details for months.

September changed everything. Prior to this month, everyone still speculated on the smartphone’s odd camera. September introduced an entire army of features into the discussion. At the start of the month, ProAndroid leaked a supposedly official promotional video. The video confirms gesture controls and an improved night camera that apparently shoots amazing astrophotography.

A week later, The Verge received leaked photos of the smartphone. The 21-photo set is the clearest shot we’ve seen of the Pixel 4 yet. Besides a clear view of the hardware, the set also leaks the phone’s specifications.

Based on the photos, the Pixel 4 will sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, the Adreno 640 GPU, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage. More notably, the display will have the new 90Hz refresh rate. The controversial camera will have a 12-megapixel sensor. The device’s wallpaper heavily hints at the gesture controls from the promotional video. Finally, the smartphone will have a 3700mAh battery.

Among all the leaks so far, this leak gives us the best information about the forthcoming smartphone. Based on previous launches, the Pixel 4 should launch soon. We can’t wait!

SEE ALSO: Control the Google Pixel 4 by just waving your hand

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