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By Fiza Ali
Facebook's Oculus Quest 2 will allow developers to produce mixed reality experiences
by Fiza Ali
Oculus Quest 2, Facebook’s virtual reality system, will receive an update that will allow developers to integrate real-life videos from the VR headset’s sensors into their games to produce mixed reality experiences. Its new application programming interface, Passthrough API Experimental, will make it possible for the developers to personalize how the setting of a player looks via their VR headset by exhibiting the real world onto particular in-game surfaces, and by using filters and effects.
Oculus stated that it could allow more synergic teleworking by integrating real-life keyboards and desks of workers to enhance productivity as well. Given that this is a mixed reality experience, users would also be capable of interacting with virtual content without having to give up on the capability to engage with their pets or roommates. In a forthcoming software update, Oculus said that the API will initially be available for Unity developers, "with support for other development platforms coming in the future."
Regarding privacy, the company stated:
Oculus announced that it will release a production version "later this year", implying that developers would be able to ship their games that employ Passthrough to players soon.
Source: Oculus via Gizmodo
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Facebook Messenger unveils emoji search bar, a new chat theme and more
by Jay Bonggolto
Facebook Messenger unveiled last week a new feature to elevate the users' emoji experience with Soundmojis, which allows you to send short sound clips over chat. The messaging service is now rolling out another capability that should make finding your favorite emojis a breeze.
Messenger has added a new search bar for emojis to let you easily look for the most appropriate reaction for your conversations. The search bar appears in the reaction picker when you long-press a chat in Messenger and then tap on the "+" sign. This helps you save time when you're in a hurry and don't have time to scroll through a long selection of emojis.
Right below the search bar is another new feature showing your recent reactions. This field should also make it easier to find your recently used emoji reactions all in a single place. Facebook says that recent reactions and the emoji search bar are rolling out worldwide.
In addition, Messenger has cooked up a new chat theme for fans of the 1996 film Space Jam and its 2021 standalone sequel. The Space Jam chat theme features Bugs Bunny in the background and a ball as the default chat emoji. The new experience is also available in Instagram's Direct Messages. While the latest features are minor changes, they nevertheless add improvements to your overall messaging experience.
By Jay Bonggolto
Oculus is making it easier to invite others to play with you, along with other features
by Jay Bonggolto
Oculus is making it easier to invite other users to play a game with you using two new options. The fresh capabilities are part of a new software update for the Quest virtual reality system that also introduces new Messenger features and security changes.
Through a new “Invite to App” button, you can select who to invite to a game or an app by sending a pop-up notification to your friends or recent teammates. The button will appear in the Quest universal menu, although it will be available only in a few compatible VR apps. The people you invite will be visible in your multiplayer session, with the ability to view and manage your teammates right from within the universal menu. The capability will be available soon in several games such as Beat Saber, Blaston, Demeo, Echo VR, ForeVR Bowl, Hyper Dash, PokerStars VR, and Topgolf with Pro Putt.
If you'd like to bring the shared experience outside the VR headset, you will soon be able to generate a link for supported games and apps and share it with others so they can join the fun. To do that, you can simply head over to the Social tab in the Oculus app and pick the VR app where you want to start a session. This update is coming to the Oculus app on iOS and Android. You will also get to decide when the invite link will expire.
Messenger, which launched on Quest earlier this year, is also getting send and read receipts as well as reactions emoji on Oculus. The browser app will also let you save and autofill your passwords as well as set an unlock pattern in the new Security Settings panel to secure those passwords. These updates will roll out soon as part of Oculus software version 31.
By Fiza Ali
Instagram introduces a new translation tool that supports over 90 languages
by Fiza Ali
Instagram has released a new feature that comes with the capability of automatically translating foreign texts in Stories. Now, users will be able to see translations of over 90 languages including Portuguese, Japanese, Hindi, and Arabic with the latest translation tool. This is one of the numerous steps that Instagram has taken to make the app more inclusive.
Recently, Instagram also got content sensitivity controls that enable users to moderate the content in their Explore section, added more safety measures for kids so that they can have a safer experience on the app, and introduced additional safety tools that are capable of filtering out offensive DMs. Along with these improvements, the app also added pronouns to be displayed on user profiles.
Now, with the translation tool, whenever users open a Story, they will be given a "See Translation" prompt if the app identifies a foreign language. They will be able to click the option to see text in their native language. However, based on the operating system being utilized, support for some languages might differ.
The enhancement will be available for users across the globe. But for now, it only works with text and we'll have to wait and see if it'll be able to generate translations for audio in the future as well.
Source and image: Engadget