Greek Government is partnering with Microsoft to create a virtual reality experience
Ancient Olympia will no longer be vulnerable to weathering and ageing as it adopts virtual reality to becomes digitally preserved.
In a deal between the Greek Government and Microsoft… artificial intelligence will be used to map the site… and augmented reality to restore it to its original state.
Viewers will be able to explore the original home of the Olympic Games as it was 2,000 years ago.
This comes as Microsoft attempts to create its own metaverse, following Facebook’s transition to Meta.
Microsoft teams recently announced a metaverse for meetings and is considering the same transition for Minecraft and other games.
The move will allow people to tour the site remotely or in person with the use of an augmented-reality mobile app.
The Olympic Museum in Athens will allow visitors to wear HoloLens headsets that will overlay a digital version of the site.
27 monuments will be preserved virtually including the original Olympic Stadium, the temples of Zeus and Hera and the workshop of the renowned sculptor Phidias.
Virgin Media outage leaves UK viewers in the dark
A major outage has left Virgin Media customers across the UK unable to use their television services
Virgin Media has confirmed a mass outage has left UK viewers unable to watch their television services, following a nationwide error.
The company confirmed the outage lasted around ten hours, which was understood to be triggered by a network power failure.
The issue began at about 10:30 GMT prompting thousands of viewers to report problems.
The firm told customers its engineers were trying to fix the problem, which hit cities across the UK, including London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Virgin issues apology for outage
Virgin Media apologised, and said it would fix it “as soon as possible”.
The issue had been caused by “a major power outage”, the firm said.
The website Downdetector which tracks outages received more than 18,000 reports of problems at one point.
Many users tweeted their annoyance at the loss of service, and the way in which Virgin Media communicated: “Can you update please? No TV. Your status page down. No info on phone lines,” wrote one customer.
The company said it had identified the fault and its engineers were working “flat-out” to fix the issue.
At 13:45 GMT Virgin Media stated: “We have now restored several channels with customers able to watch BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, ITV+1 and Channel 4. TV360 customers are also able to access apps on their box,” the firm wrote.
Customers however have taken to social media, slamming the company for the duration of the error – calling for refunds.
Virgin Media responded to those requests, advising customers to fill out an online compensation form.
Meta to launch Uber ride-booking via WhatsApp in India
One of the world’s biggest ride sharing services is partnering up with it the parent company of Facebook to change the way we book our journey
Ride-sharing giant Uber wants to make booking a ride in India as easy as sending a message via WhatsApp.
The US-based company has partnered up with Meta, the recently rebranded parent company of Facebook, to launch a ride booking feature in its WhatsApp service within India.
The integration is set to become the first of its kind for the ride-hailing giant and will allow people to book an Uber ride without having to download the official Uber app.
Everything from user registration and ride-booking to getting a trip receipt will be managed within the WhatsApp chat interface.
The service is being rolled out first in the northern city of Lucknow, and will be expanded to other Indian cities soon according an official statement.
India is the biggest market for WhatsApp with nearly half a billion users.
Is Twitter Changing its Name?
Just days after Jack Dorsey resigned for the second time as CEO of Twitter, his other company, Square, is getting a name change
The parent company of Cash App and Tidal will now go under the new corporate name of “Block”.
Other individual businesses owned by Block, referred to by the company as “building blocks”, will keep their original names except for the company’s Square Crypto initiative.
Square Crypto, whilst keeping it’s ticker name of SQ on the stock exchange, will be renamed as Spiral.
These name changes follow Dorsey’s well known interest in cryptocurrency, with the business having $220 million in bitcoin in its treasury according to the Wall Street Journal.
This contributes to Dorsey, who Forbes estimates to be worth $10.8 billion, as being one of the most influential cryptocurrency advocates worldwide.
Square’s name change comes just over a month after Mark Zuckerberg rebranded Facebook group to Meta.
Square’s business involves payment systems such as banking products for retailers as well as those small square card readers you see at some vendors.
The company’s name change is therefore is simply the introduction of a new corporate name to “tie” the company’s building blocks together.
There will be no organisational change as a result of the name change which is expected to go legally into effect around December 10th..
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