Our general disdain for online ads has continued as long as they exist. From commercials to pop-ups, pre-roll video ads, commercials and all the other ways that both offer a way for sites (hello) to make money and a way for companies to get their name out.
But what about an inevitable announcement in a VR headset? Just a week after Facebook started testing ads in the Oculus app, a developer said it was pulled out of the test later. “listening to the player’s feedback. “
Resolution Games has been tasked with folding ads in its multiplayer shooter Blaston but was bombarded with reviews after the trial for including ads in a game he was not even free to play. (So why the ads?) After announcing that it was pulled out, the developer indicated that the ads weren’t completely off the table, and was exploring if its title was free. Esca! may be a better fit.
Facebook claimed that the ads would offer another way for developers to generate revenue – a paid title to a $ 300 headset might not be the best place for them.
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Corporate Welfare allows companies to offer subscriptions to the Platoon.
Peloton has unveiled Corporate Welfare so companies can offer subsidized Digital Peloton and All Access Company, without counting the company’s personalized features and “exclusive benefits” for the connected products. You can pay little to nothing to use a Peloton pass at home, at least if you don’t need a bike or treadmill. The company already has several major clients for Corporate Welfare, including Accenture Interactive, Samsung, SAP and Sky.
There is no mystery behind Peloton’s strategy. This could increase subscriber numbers – and not just in the short term. It could also fuel more sales of exercise machines for companies and staff who want the “full” experience of Peloton, the premium in-home training that the company poses as. Continue reading.
Trying to do it like a human.
Tesla, Senior Director of AI, Andrej Karpathy, explained how, with only visual technology, computers have to respond to new environments with the same speed and sharpness as a human. Doing so requires AI training in a massive data set with a powerful supercomputer to crunch it. Tesla’s Dojo is a next-generation model with 1.8 exaFLOPS of performance and 10 petabytes of NVME memory running at 1.6 terabytes per second.
To form the system, Tesla’s supercomputer collects video from eight cameras of Tesla vehicles, each running at 36 frames per second. This generates an enormous amount of data that also requires almost instantaneous treatment, which should be treated as a supervised learning task. Continue reading.
A badge for displays that support all the features of the Xbox Series X / S.
Getting a monitor (or TV) that offers all the features your new PS5 or Xbox is capable of can be a high order. In addition to 120Hz support, you’ll also need support for variable refresh rates and HDR, among other features. Microsoft plans to simplify it a bit by expanding its program designed for Xbox to include game monitors. Starting this summer, you’ll see a few screens with a Game Function for the Xbox badge. At a glance, the brand tells you that a monitor includes an HDMI 2.1 connection and support for features such as HDR and a 120Hz refresh rate. Brand exercise? Yes. But useful? Even though. Continue reading.
Astronauts don’t have to wear clothes anymore, thanks to Tide.
Tide has partnered with NASA to develop the first laundry detergent for space. The completely degradable detergent must cure stains and odors while working properly in a closed-cycle water system such as that on board the International Space Station. Its first mission will take place in 2022 aboard the ISS, titled Mission PGTide. Ugh. Continue reading.
No VR headset required.
Having made its way onto Facebook’s Oculus Quest platform in late 2020, last year’s “reinvention” of the classic adventure game is headed towards PC and Mac. Mist the creator of the Cyan Worlds series said it will launch the game in Q3 of 2021. In addition, you won’t need a VR headset to play the game once it arrives on Windows and macOS, with the release including full support for flat screen monitors. And hey, no advertising. Continue reading.
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