Tag: Dev

Mobile

ARCore can add positional tracking to Gear VR

The VR industry is slowly inching closer to six degrees of freedom (6DOF) tracking on mobile-based headsets. But while Google toils away on standalone headsets with positional tracking, another studio has used its ARCore tech to implement positional tracking on Gear VR. FusedVR recently posted a video using Android’s new AR platform enables 6DOF movement…

Mobile

Google opens AVA dataset to help machines identify human actions in videos

Computer vision is emerging as a major boon for tech companies looking to bring machines up to speed and perform tasks hitherto only achievable by humans. In the past few months alone, eBay has revealed big plans to roll out a new search feature that lets you use existing photos to find similar items, while…

Culture & Gaming

Primordian’s weird and alien world was created by a World of Warcraft art lead

SPONSORED: Presented by Intel  “Someone brought one of the headsets into work, and that was literally the moment I realized I had to work on VR. It was that impressive to me.” Jason Morris had been working at Blizzard for 10 years as an art lead on games like World of Warcraft and Titan before…

Security

How Google’s Pixel 2 Now Playing song identification works

The most interesting Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature, to me, is Now Playing. If you’ve ever used Shazam or SoundHound, you probably understand the basics: The app uses your device’s microphone to capture an audio sample and creates an acoustic fingerprint to compare against a central song database. If a match is…

Mobile

Facebook starts letting developers monetize Instant Games on Messenger

Facebook has launched advertisements to monetize a new type of popular casual game, dubbed Instant Games, which people play on the Facebook Messenger feed. The company launched Instant Games for Messenger last year , enabling developers to create games that are playable in a Messenger feed. The games are easy to play and accessible, and…

Mobile

Google Play hits 8 billion new app installs per month, gets new developer features and bug bounty program

At Google’s annual Playtime developer event in Berlin and San Francisco, the company made a series of Google Play announcements. In terms of momentum, Vineet Buch, Google Play’s director of product management, shared that the number of developers making over $1 million per month on Google Play has grown by more than 30 percent since…

Tech

Facebook open-sources RacerD tool to prevent pesky programming problems

Facebook revealed a new open source tool today that’s designed to help developers build more complex apps with less work by detecting bugs that are typically difficult to suss out and squash. Called RacerD, it’s a system that examines code for nasty issues known as race conditions and helps identify how to prevent them. Race…