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The virtual reality budgeting app for Apple VisionPro launches

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As the world of tech prepares for the launch of the Apple VisionPro, a new app has arrived just in time to help with budgeting, via virtual reality.

Enter Simplsaver, an Australian-made budgeting app, which is now breaking new ground by launching the first-ever budget app compatible with the Apple Vision Pro headset.

The Apple Vision Pro headset represents a novel style of computing that immerses users in a virtual world, where applications are at their fingertips.

Simplsaver’s virtual reality version mirrors its iPhone counterpart, offering a unique way to enhance budget management by displaying windows side-by-side within a virtual environment.

Income calculations

Both the phone and VR versions of Simplsaver provide users with a comprehensive set of features, including automatic monthly take-home income calculations, support for couples, Expense Insights, cost projections based on the Consumer Price Index, and robust privacy safeguards to protect your financial data.

While the smartphone version remains the more convenient and familiar choice for many users, the VR adaptation offers an exciting alternative for those seeking a fresh approach to financial management. Simplsaver’s mission is to simplify budgeting in every conceivable reality.

Founder of Simplsaver, Leigh Stark, explained the rationale behind this innovative step, stating, “Budgeting may not be the most thrilling use of virtual reality, but it allows us to explore financial thinking from a different perspective.

“By venturing into different platforms and designs, we can discover ways to help individuals gain a better grasp of their finances and improve their budgeting skills.”

Limited availability

It’s worth noting that the Apple Vision Pro headset is not expected to become a mainstream device due to its high price and limited availability.

Priced at $3499 USD, it will launch exclusively in the United States in February, making it inaccessible for the majority of consumers.

Nevertheless, it offers a glimpse into the future and serves as a valuable tool for app developers to explore new possibilities for their products and concepts, including the expansion of Simplsaver to other devices.

“While the Apple Vision Pro may not be the go-to choice for budgeting, developing and testing a budget app for emerging platforms provides us with fresh insights on how to simplify budget management. It gives us ideas on how to enhance our app for the benefit of everyone,” says Stark.

Simplsaver is currently available on the App Store for both the iPhone and the Apple Vision Pro, providing users with a diverse range of options for achieving financial success.

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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