Microsoft could unveil the HoloLens 2 on Feb 24

first_imgThe original HoloLens is almost three years old. It’s time for an update. Bridget Carey/CNET This year’s CES wasn’t big on AR news, but Microsoft may be waiting until Mobile World Congress to spring information on the next expected update to its AR headset, the HoloLens. An invite to a press conference on Feb. 24 at MWC suggests the HoloLens 2 might be big reveal. Sure, the invite itself seems mysterious, with an image of a futuristic Barcelona, where MWC is held. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be giving the keynote, along with CVP Julia White and — most tellingly — Technical Fellow Alex Kipman, the creator of Kinect and HoloLens and head of Microsoft’s mixed reality efforts.image001The invite’s graphic doesn’t suggest much. Microsoft Microsoft hasn’t immediately responded to a request for comment, but the HoloLens 2 was expected to debut sometime in early 2019. Microsoft recently won a $480 million contract to supply the US Army with HoloLens headsets.The original HoloLens AR headset was first released in 2016, layering hologram-like 3D graphics into the real world in a stand-alone package, but has some technical limits including a narrow field of view. The next HoloLens may improve field of view and bring more advanced controls, as well as eye-tracking.Magic Leap’s first-generation AR headset, the Magic Leap One, debuted last year and aims for similar developer and enterprise territory. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s VR efforts for Windows 10, which resulted in a number of affordable “mixed reality” headsets in late 2017 through early 2018, have fallen relatively quiet since. 13:27 Augmented reality (AR) Rumors Microsoft Tags Magic and VR collide at CES 2019 with The Void 2 Share your voice 15 Photos Comments Wearable Tech At CES 2019, VR feels like a dream gathering dust: It’s a promise unfulfilled.Whirlpool’s high-tech oven uses augmented reality to help you cook: The door is a transparent LCD screen. CES 2019: The tech changing the way we play video games Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Communist Party of China delegation meets Khaleda discusses Rohingya crisis

first_imgA six-member team of Communist Party of China meets BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, at her Gulshan office on Thursday. Photo: Prothom AloThe visiting delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) met Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Thursday and discussed the Rohingya issue, reports UNB.The six-member CPC team, led by its international department assistant minister Wang Yajun, went to the BNP chief’s Gulshan office around 7:00pm and held nearly an hour-long meeting with her.Talking to newsmen after the meeting, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said their chairperson talked to the delegation about the Rohingya problem.”She (Khaleda) told them (CPC delegation) that China can play the role of a mediator in resolving the Rohingya crisis,” he said.The BNP chief also requested the Chinese leaders to take effective steps so that Rohingyas can go back to their own country immediately, Fakhrul added.In reply, he said, the CPC leaders said their country is working to resolve the problem and ensure a safe return of Rohingyas to their country by maintaining good relations with the two neighbouring countries.Fakhrul said their chairperson hoped that the relations between China and Bangladesh will be consolidated further in the days to come.Apart from Fakhrul, BNP standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman, chairperson’s advisers Reaz Rahman and Sabihuddin Ahmed were present at the meeting.last_img read more

LinkedIns IPO Could Spark a Social Gold Rush

first_img Register Now » The much-anticipated linkup of LinkedIn on the New York Stock Exchange took place this morning, with the business-focused social network making its debut under the LNKD symbol. Based in Mountain View, Calif., LinkedIn operates the largest online professional networking service on the planet with more than 100 million members in more than 200 countries and territories.LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) priced its initial public offering of 7.8 million shares at $45 a share, which gives the company a valuation of approximately $4 billion, or nearly 17 times its net revenues of $243 million for 2010. As of press time, the company’s now publicly-traded stock surged to an astounding $88.17 per share. It had traded as high as $92.99. Not bad for a business that got its start nine years ago in co-founder Reid Hoffman’s living room. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 19, 2011 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global min read In case you’re wondering how exactly LinkedIn makes money: The company draws most of its income from selling recruiting and marketing services to businesses as well as premium services that are paid for by subscribers.Nearly 2 billion people searched its platform last year when the company had roughly 500 employees around the globe, according to LinkedIn. At the beginning of 2011, the employee base doubled to 1,000 employees. And, as of January of this year, the company counts executives from all Fortune 500 companies as subscribers, and it claims its hiring solutions were used by 73 of the Fortune 100 companies as of March of this year.Without a doubt, LinkedIn’s status as the newest NYSE member is being watched very closely by other high-profile social media-related companies who are themselves rumored to be contemplating a dive into IPO waters, including Facebook, Groupon, Zynga and Twitter.In its 142-page registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, LinkedIn lists some of the advantages of investing with the company, saying the company’s offerings already transforms the way people work by connecting talent with opportunity on a giant scale. It claims its mission is to increase viral member growth beyond the existing 100 million members and serve as the professional profile of record online.As for potential risks of the enterprise, LinkedIn’s statement admits that the company has a “short operating history in a new and unproven market,” and if security is compromised, members and customers may opt out of the service. In addition, the company said it doesn’t expect to be profitable any time soon. And it fully expects to face increasing competition from online professional networks in the future.LinkedIn also said it expects that its 7.8 million-share offering will generate roughly $146 million, which would be used for general corporate purposes such as working capital, sales and marketing activities. The company said it also might use a portion of the net proceeds to invest in or acquire technologies, solutions or businesses that can complement the goal of boosting its online professional network enterprise.Would you snap up shares in LinkedIn? Tell us why or why not in the comments section below.last_img read more

Foxconn chairman Terry Gou and UWMadison chancell

first_imgFoxconn chairman Terry Gou and UW-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank shake hands after signing an agreement.Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:11 pmFoxconn Technology Group announced 30 winners in the second round of its Smart Cities, Smart Futures competition on Wednesday.A model of the Foxconn complex, called the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park, in Mount Pleasant.The University of Wisconsin-Madison led all schools with seven winning entries. The Medical College of Wisconsin was second with six winners, followed by UW-Milwaukee with five and UW-Platteville at four. Other schools represented included Carroll University, Concordia University, UW-Eau Claire, Gateway Technical College, UW-Green Bay, Milwaukee School of Engineering and UW-Whitewater.Seven of the winning entries fell in the mobility and transportation category, the most of an area. Energy and the environment was second with five winners and the augmented, virtual and mixed reality and internet of things categories tied for third with four winners each. Other categories represented in the second round winners included artificial intelligence, e-health, education, food and sensors. The 30 winners came from a pool of 88 first round winners. The second round winners each receive $1,500 to further develop their projects.“The “Smart Cities—Smart Futures” competition has become a driving force for creating novel ideas that could help improve people’s lives in terms of work, travel, leisure, and health,” said Alan Yeung, director of U.S. strategic initiatives for Foxconn. “As we endeavor to create an ecosystem of innovation here in Wisconsin, these submissions show us how creative thinking and technology can benefit our communities.”The third round of the competition will run through the end of April and up to 16 winners will receive $5,000 and technical support to develop and implement their ideas. A panel of 50 judges will evaluate entries based on clarity, impact, marketability and other criteria.Foxconn announced the Smart Cities, Smart Futures initiative last year. The company committed $1 million in cash and prizes to the contest over three years. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more