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🚀 The 'AR/VR Today Weekly Digest'
for 25/08/20
Here are the latest happenings in the world of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality for this week! If you have stories you'd like to contribute, send us an email to mail@arvr.today

Venice Film Festival's VR Selection to Release on Viveport

Since film festival attendees can’t experience “la dolce vita” in person this year, the 77th Venice International Film Festival’s VR selection will be held entirely virtual in 2020.


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Apple reportedly acquires VR startup 'Spaces' - 9to5Mac

Apple has now acquired another startup, Space, which has a team specialized in virtual reality technologies (VR). The acquisition was announced today by a Protocol report citing its own sources.


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Magic Leap’s lost work The Last Light gets a surprise release after its developers were laid off

The Last Light, Magic Leap’s in-house mixed reality experience thought to be lost after nearly everyone who made it was laid off, got a surprise — and official — release this week. (We spotted the release thanks to a tweet from former Magic Leap employee Alexandria Heston.)


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Mozilla Lays Off 250 People, Teams Working On XR-Related Projects Affected

The organization behind the Firefox Web browser as well as a series of XR-related projects, including the Mozilla Hubs Web-based social networking work, laid off a significant number of people in a restructuring effort.


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Snap’s Lens Studio Gets Update for Full-Body Social AR Effects

ARPost often talks about applications of extended reality in fields like enterprise and education. However, most people who use extended reality use it for more… social pursuits – what’s called social AR.


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Social Augmented Reality app startup Fabric secures USD $1 million in funding

Fabric, a Los Angeles-based startup that helps brands deliver social and immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences to customers in real-time, has announced that it has closed a USD $1 million angel investment round.


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Hitman 3 Epic Games Store Exclusivity Casts Further Doubt On PC VR Support At Launch

Hitman 3 will be an Epic Games Store exclusive at launch on PC next year, casting further doubt that this version of the game will get VR support around that time.


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Tactical Haptics SaberGrip Controller Takes VR Sword Fights And Fishing To The Next Level

Sliding plates and a cylindrical form-factor offer a more engaging haptic eperience. VR/AR haptic feedback specialists Tactical Haptics this week revealed a new addition to its lineup of haptic controllers designed specifically for VR sword fighting, fishing, and tool training.


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Was I wrong about virtual reality?

My name is Matthew Hanson, and – sadly – I’m a VR sceptic. It wasn’t always this way. Years ago, when mainstream virtual reality was starting to take off courtesy of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PSVR, I was incredibly excited about the possibilities.


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New Oculus Users Required to Use Facebook Account Starting in October, Existing Users by 2023

As Oculus becomes increasingly merged with parent company Facebook, new users will soon be required to sign into their headset with a Facebook account.


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11 Indie VR Gems You Should Absolutely Consider Playing & Supporting

VR games are difficult to market, especially when they don’t obviously fit into existing genres. Here’s 11 gems you may have overlooked but are well worth your consideration.


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