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Apple Vision Pro headset blends Mac and TV into one

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Apple’s groundbreaking Vision Pro headset is poised to reshape how people consume television content at home and use computers at work, potentially positioning itself as the successor to both traditional television and the Mac.

Priced at $USD3,500, this innovative headset seamlessly merges three-dimensional digital content with the real world, and it has officially landed in Apple’s physical stores across the United States.

Meta Platforms

This launch enters a competitive market, which has been primarily dominated by lower-cost competitors such as Meta Platforms, HTC, and others, mostly catering to the gaming sector, and failing to gain widespread appeal.

Apple has experienced mixed results in courting developers for the Vision Pro.

While some developers like Walt Disney have been quietly working with Apple on creating unique experiences for the headset, others like Netflix have chosen not to develop a dedicated app for the Vision Pro.

Instead, users can access content through the device’s web browser.

Similarly, YouTube has not announced plans for a dedicated app, but users can utilize the Safari web browser for streaming content.

Even Spotify, a popular music streaming service, has not developed an app for the product’s launch.

Custom computing

The Vision Pro distinguishes itself with its custom computing chips and complex display technology, setting it apart from its rivals.

Analysts who have tested the headset believe that these features could potentially pose a threat to conventional two-dimensional screens in both home and workplace settings.

Walt Disney has been collaborating with Apple for several years on an app specifically designed for the Vision Pro’s launch.

This collaboration promises to provide users with immersive experiences, such as watching “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” while sitting in a fictional X-34 landspeeder craft on Tatooine, similar to a futuristic drive-in theater, or enjoying “Avengers: Endgame” from inside Avengers Tower in midtown Manhattan.

The Disney+ app also offers 3D versions of 42 Disney films, including blockbusters like “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “Black Panther,” and “Inside Out.”

New canvas

Jamie Voris, Chief Technology Officer at Walt Disney Studios, commented, “When we saw this, it became evident it was a new canvas for how we can tell stories in a way that hasn’t been done before.” Disney is also planning to introduce an interactive experience for its Marvel Studios animated anthology series, “What If?”

FThe Vision Pro opens up new avenues for experiencing live sporting events and theme park rides, offering users an unprecedented level of immersion.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Major Microsoft outage shuts down airlines, news and cloud servers worldwide

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A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks and telecommunications companies.

A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks, telecommunications companies.

There are also reports of outages in Japan and the United States.

The ongoing widespread outage is reportedly related to US-based cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike. Its ‘Falcon sensor’ is installed on many business computers to gather security data.

In a statement to Ticker News, StickmanCyber said:

“Multiple StickmanCyber security engineering and our 24×7/365 security operations teams across the country support reports that this outage is related to a CrowdStrike update. 
 
“It is our understanding that any business running versions 7.15 and 7.16 are affected by the outage, but 7.17 seems to be ok. We are waiting on official advisory from CrowdStrike on these findings but doing our best to help affected customers. It’s a lesson to always update your software, but obviously this is an extreme example. IT security tools are all designed to ensure that companies can continue to operate in the worst-case scenario of a data breach, so to be the root cause of a global IT outage is an unmitigated disaster.
 
“Crowdstrike support is offering a workaround to customers. It claims users may be able to fix the issue by booting windows in safe mode or in the Windows Recovery Environment and deleting a file named “C-00000291*.sys”.   

“CrowdStrike is aware of reports of crashes on Windows hosts related to the Falcon sensor,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“Symptoms include hosts experiencing a bugcheck\blue screen error related to the Falcon sensor. Our engineering teams are actively working to resolve this issue and there is no need to open a support ticket.

“Status updates will be posted below [on the Microsoft websit€0 as we have more information to share, including when the issue is resolved.”

Laptops down

Thousands of users across the world reported problems with Microsoft services to Downdector.com, a website that tracks service disruptions.

Microsoft laptops suddenly restarted across Australia on Friday afternoon.

Outage website Downdetector shows issues across companies including NAB, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBA, Google.

Microsoft response

As users take to social media to complain, Microsoft reported a service outage for its Microsoft 365 apps and services, affecting businesses and users across the world.

“We’re investigating an issue impacting users ability to access various Microsoft 365 apps and services,” Microsoft 365 Status said on X early Friday.

Microsoft didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

Frontier airlines

 

The outage forced low-cost airline Frontier to cancel some flights. “Our systems are currently impacted by a Microsoft outage, which is also affecting other companies,” Frontier said in a statement. “We appreciate your patience.” The carrier said it would offer refunds to affected passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Frontier asked it to pause the airline’s departures across the U.S. Thursday night. The ground stop was later lifted. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It said it is “observing a positive trend in service availability” as it continues to mitigate the problem.

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Netflix expands use of ads despite slow subscriber growth

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Netflix is intensifying its efforts to introduce an ad-supported tier amidst a plateau in subscriber growth.

The streaming giant hopes to attract new users and boost revenue by offering a cheaper alternative that includes advertisements.

This move marks a significant shift from its traditional ad-free model, reflecting Netflix’s response to competitive pressures and evolving consumer preferences.

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Tech researchers argue that ChatGPT’s AI comedy is beating humans to the punchline

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ChatGPT has taken to the stand-up stage, with some researchers arguing that AI has finally beaten humans to the punchline.

GenAI takes the next leap forward, now targeting the comedy scene – but will the machines get the last laugh?

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss all the latest AI updates. #featured

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