With this headset, HTC will tackle the Chinese market. A new type of virtual reality headset comes on the market: all-in-one headsets that do not require smartphones or computers to work.

HTC is part of the companies that are working on this type of virtual reality helmet. And the company has just introduced a product dedicated to the Chinese market called Vive Standalone. Powered by a SoC Snapdragon 835 and based on a reference design offered by Qualcomm, the headset works with apps from the HTC Viveportplatform.

At the moment, we do not know the price or the characteristics. Also all-in-one, this one will be propelled by the platform Daydream of the firm of Mountain View, which is not available in China. HTC is not the only one working on all-in-one headsets. Google is working with other manufacturers, such as Lenovo, to release other Daydream headphones of the same type.

And according to rumors, Facebook, which offers the Oculus Rift, and that works with Samsung on the Gear VR, would also have an all-in-one model on which he would work with Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi.

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A category that could democratize virtual reality        

 

Today, there are two main categories of virtual reality helmets. On the one hand, we have those like Gear VR that work with smartphones and are more accessible. On the other hand, we have the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, which is more efficient. The prices of these headsets are higher and they require an ultra-powerful PC that can cost more than 9000 DHS.

With all-in-one headsets, manufacturers could offer a better experience compared to smartphone headsets, while selling more affordable products than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

 

Messenger integrates the Wit.ai NLP to make its bots more efficient

Launched in 2016, the Messenger platform allows organizations to have automated conversations with users of the email application. For the media, the bots on Messenger can act as a newsletter. For other companies, this technologycan help facilitate the work of client advisors.

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But the Messenger bots are far from perfect. However, Facebook is trying to improve the platform little by little. And after version 2.0, the number one social network released version 2.1 of this platform.

 

The major novelty is the arrival of an NLP or Natural Language Processing

In essence, this tool “allows you to understand and extract meaningful information (called entities) from the messages that people send,” Facebook explains to developers. “You can then use these entities to identify intent, automate some of your responses, convey the conversation to a human via LiveChat and collect audience data,” he adds.

When a Facebook page activates this new feature, the NLP first scans the sent messages, extracts the intentions, and sends them back to the page bot. The technology also allows developers to more easily detect dates, e-mail addresses or physical addresses placed in messages. In essence, with this tool, developers will be able to create more intelligent (and less frustrating) bots.

The technology used by Messenger’s NLP is no stranger to those who already program bots for the messaging service. A bot engine provider very popular among developers, and bought by Facebook, that Messenger uses. However, thanks to the integration with Messenger, the bots will have less latency.

 

    • Twitter Will Launch Its Sports Channel In The Autumn

After the live channel, Twitter announces its sports channel called “Stadium”. A way to compete with television, but also to distinguish itself from other social networks. Failing to be as important as Facebook as a social network, Twitter continues its transformation into the media.  Like the channel offered with Bloomberg, Stadium will broadcast content 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Become a Media

While Facebook continues to grow in terms of the number of users (over 2 billion currently), Twitter stagnates. Its quarterly results showed that the platform has hardly had any new users in the last three months. Some media reports even that in the US, it has lost.

However, Twitter continues to bet on content and especially video. According to these results, the platform broadcast 1,200 hours of live video during the second quarter, compared with 900 hours in the first quarter.

 

It will also be noted that the microblogging platform has already tested the live coverage of sporting events on its application.  Otherwise, it is reminded that this direction was implicitly announced the day when on the App Store, Twitter decided to place its application in the category of media while this one was with other social networks.