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Microsoft, Meta, Nvidia, Epic Games, and others are founding the Metaverse Standards Forum, an umbrella group for VR / AR and other tech standards. Microsoft, Epic Games, Meta, and 33 other companies and organizations have formed a standards group for “metaverse” tech. The Metaverse Standards Forum is supposed to foster open, interoperable standards for augmented and virtual reality,

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SpaceX fires employees who wrote open letter complaining about Elon Musk: report

SpaceX has reportedly fired a number of employees who helped draft and circulate an open letter complaining about CEO Elon Musk. The employees said Musk’s erratic public behavior reflected poorly on the private spaceflight firm. SpaceX has fired a number of employees who wrote and shared a letter criticizing the behavior of CEO Elon Musk, reports The New York Times. The open letter, first reported by The Verge, described Musk’s behavior as “a frequent source of

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SpaceX employees draft open letter to company executives denouncing Elon Musk’s behavior

On June 15th, SpaceX employees shared an open letter to company executives in an internal Microsoft Teams channel, denouncing CEO Elon Musk’s behavior and suggesting ways to fix SpaceX’s reputation. An open letter to SpaceX decrying CEO Elon Musk’s recent behavior has sparked open discussion among the company’s employees in an internal chat system. Employees are being encouraged to sign onto the letter’s suggestions, either publicly or

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The first US Super Nintendo World is set to open in ‘early’ 2023 with a Mario Kart AR ride

The first Super Nintendo World in the US is set to open early next year. While six months is a wide open window, the park will feature an augmented reality-enhanced Mario Kart ride. Universal Studios Hollywood and Nintendo are slowly cranking up the volume about the first Super Nintendo World theme park located in the US. Now, they’re narrowing its opening window to “early” 2023 while posting a few pictures and a video

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Google will start distributing a security-vetted collection of open-source software libraries

Google has announced a new initiative to distribute a number of popular open-source software packages directly to Google Cloud customers after they have been audited by security engineers. Google announced a new initiative Tuesday aimed at securing the open-source software supply chain by curating and distributing a security-vetted collection of open-source packages to Google Cloud customers. The new service, branded Assured Open

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Ploopy and the promise of an open-source trackball

The Vergecast is doing a special miniseries this May focused on creators creating really cool hardware and building communities around it. This week we talk to Phil and Colin Lam, the creators of the Ploopy open-source trackball. The worst thing about my beloved Logitech trackball is the software. Every time my computer restarts the annoying Logitech software pops up and asks me to fiddle with my system preferences. I never do. My trackball works exactly as I need it to, and

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Twitter’s decentralized, open-source offshoot just released its first code

Bluesky, an independent Twitter-funded company dedicated to decentralized social networking, released an open source project called the Authenticated Data Experiment. Bluesky, Twitter’s open-source offshoot, has released early code for a decentralized social network protocol. The system is dubbed the Authenticated Data Experiment (or ADX) and is available on GitHub for developers to test, although Bluesky

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Google-backed Neobank Open becomes India's 100th unicorn with new funding

Open caters to over 2.3 million SMEs, is processing $30 billion in annualised transactions. Neobank startup Open on Monday announced that it has entered the unicorn club with a new funding round that values it at $1 billion. With this, the startup has become India’s 100th unicorn. The new round was led by Mumbai-based

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Apex Legends Mobile pre-registration is now open on Android

Respawn has opened pre-registration on Android for Apex Legends Mobile, the upcoming mobile version of the battle royale hit. If you pre-register, Respawn says you’ll be "among the first" to play the game when it launches in your region. Respawn has opened pre-registration on Android for Apex Legends Mobile, the upcoming mobile version of the battle royale hit. If you pre-register, Respawn says you’ll be “among the first” to play the game when it launches in your region, and

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HTC’s smartphone division limps on with metaverse-focused Desire 22 Pro

HTC has announced the HTC Desire 22 Pro, a follow-up to last year’s HTC Desire 21 Pro, and the company’s big attempt at capitalizing in the so-called metaverse. In the UK, it’s listed at £399 and will ship on August 1st. It hasn’t released a competitive flagship device in years, but HTC’s smartphone division isn’t throwing in the towel just yet. Today it announced the HTC Desire 22 Pro, a follow-up to last year’s HTC Desire 21 Pro, and the company’s big

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Crypto exchange FTX is reportedly looking into buying Robinhood

Massive cryptocurrency exchange FTX is reportedly thinking about buying Robinhood. FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried denied the rumors. Bloomberg reports its sources say FTX is still exploring the possibility. Cryptocurrency exchange FTX is reportedly considering an acquisition of the trading platform Robinhood, according to a report from Bloomberg. Sources close to the situation told Bloomberg that FTX is still weighing the possibility and hasn’t yet

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