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Apple bets big on augmented reality to sell its new phones
Apple's new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X smartphones are intended to bring augmented reality technology to the masses.
The company unveiled three new smartphones on Tuesday that executives bragged would be the best way for people to interact with augmented reality apps. Apple highlighted its AR efforts as during an unveiling in the Steve Jobs Theater at the new Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
With augmented reality, people can see digital images overlaid onto the physical world using their smartphones and cameras. The technology is closely related to virtual reality, in which people wear headsets like Facebook’s Oculus Rift that immerse them into completely digital environments.
Report: Amazon looks at Boston for second headquarters
Could Boston have the edge?
While other cities may ultimately win out, the city is being considered for its proximity to Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an airport with nonstop flights to Seattle and Washington, D.C., and a lower cost of living than many other big cities, a source tells Bloomberg.
Amazon already has a close association with Boston, having purchased local robot-maker Kiva Systems for $775 million in 2012. The e-commerce giant plans to add 900 jobs to a new office along Fort Point Channel in the spring, close to new headquarters being built for General Electric Co., which is focusing on the so-called Internet of Things.
And MIT recently announced a major breakthrough on voice-activated technology that could be of interest to Amazon, which sells the Echo smart speaker.
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving to start a foundation
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the company to start his own non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications
Acton, who started at Facebook when WhatsApp was acquired for $19 billion in 2014, is the lesser-known of WhatsApp’s two co-founders. (CEO Jan Koum is the other, and he’s staying at the company.)
Acton led engineering internally for WhatsApp, and a source close to the company says he was a big advocate for WhatsApp’s push into encryption. His role won’t be filled by any one employee, according to a company spokesperson.
Acton has the means to get a nonprofit off the ground: Forbes estimates his net worth at $6.5 billion.
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