Layar Celebrates 1st Birthday With New Features and Partnerships

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Matt Miesnieks, in charge of distribution at Layar, announced that LG, one of the world’s largest makers of handsets, would be pre-loading Layar onto all of its upcoming Android devices. A few weeks ago, LG announced it would be stepping up its Android game with plans to release 20 new handsets worldwide by year’s end. Layar has previously partnered with other manufacturers, like Samsung, and with this LG partnership the company will be on 1 in 3 new Android smartphones shipped this year.Layar also announced some additional features that will soon be available on the browser, including background actions and flexible refresh rates for more dynamic layers and moving points of interest (POI). Additionally, developers will be able to fully customize their layer’s AR experience by deciding what items to show and what to do when users click on objects. Finally, Layar will also now support animations and textures on 3D objects within layers. Also of note, Layar has formed its first major brand partnership with the sandwich franchise Quiznos – a brand known for fun and edgy marketing. Users of Layar will be able to find restaurant locations through the AR browser, as well as view promotional 3D objects at various U.S. landmarks like the New York Stock Exchange bull, and the Hollywood sign. Eventually, Quiznos hopes to allow for more functionality on Layar, possibly including ordering capabilities and location-based coupons. The partnership will benefit both companies, as Quiznos can extend its brand into AR and emerging social technologies, and Layar will likely benefit from further exposure via the Quiznos brand.Another important partnership announced today is with National Geographic, which will be using Layar to create AR travel guides. The first one will launch in Washington D.C. and will let users see photos, 3D objects and other items to help them discover interesting facts about the city as they travel through it. These announcements are encouraging to the greater augmented reality community as Layar makes progress not only within itself but with partnerships with brands and handset makers. According to Layar, it has 716,000 active users and will soon surpass 1,000 layers on its platform. Competition within the mobile AR browser space is heating up, which will drive innovation forward in the coming months and years. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… chris cameron Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Augmented Reality#web Today in Amsterdam, popular augmented reality (AR) mobile browser maker Layar is celebrating the one year anniversary of its launch with an event called NEXT. In the company’s brief lifetime, it has attracted millions of users to the Layar mobile application on Android and iPhone devices with its impressive catalog of layers. Today, the company made several announcements including additional international pre-load deals with handset manufacturers, new features for its browser, and partnerships with major brands.Making the biggest splash today at NEXT was a pair of announcements saved for the end of the opening keynotes by the Layar founders. CEO Raimo van der Klein announced that Layar will be opening up to user generated content, a feature popular among other browsers that lets users place tags in virtual space. Additionally, Layar is currently developing image recognition technology which it hopes to implement into its browser by the end of the year.The user placed objects will feature the ability to interact, connect, communicate and play with each other. Animated digital objects, which Layar is dubbing “Floaticons,” can be placed in virtual space and fed with “health” to keep it around – increasing the likelihood of user interaction. Image recognition – a highly requested feature that could help bring desktop style AR to the mobile phone – is being developed in collaboration with Kooaba, a leading developer of the technology.last_img read more

SC upset at the plight of illegal migrants in Assam

first_imgIllegal immigrants should not languish for long in detention centres in Assam, instead they should be repatriated or deported expeditiously, the Supreme Court and the Centre agreed on Tuesday.The Centre assured the court that it would hold consultations with the Assam government on a scheme to expedite the process of deportation or repatriation of illegal foreigners and report back to the Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on March 13.The court is hearing a petition filed by activist Harsh Mander about the dismal living conditions within the four walls of the detention centres in the State. The court noticed that many detainees continue to be lodged inside these centres even after the expiry of their term of imprisonment for illegally entering the country. “The petition says the conditions are pathetic, even inhuman. The detention should only be for a minimum time… For all these years, these centres were virtual jails,” Chief Justice Gogoi orally observed in the hearing.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that detention centres have a variety of recreational activities, including chess, carrom and T.V. programmes. Mr. Mehta said he has visited.“With advance notice… they would have rolled out the red carpet,” Chief Justice responded dryly.The Bench referred to the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) list for Assam, which had exempted 40 lakh people. On the other hand, the Foreigner Tribunals have only been able to identify 52,000 illegal foreigners. “How do you expect people to have confidence in the government when you have acted like this for the past 50 years… you have not done anything,” the Chief Justice addressed Mr. Mehta.Referring to statistics that about 29,000 illegal immigrants have been “pushed back”, the CJI asked the government whether “pushing back was an effective way of deportation.”“Of 52,000, how many have you actually deported?” the CJI asked the government at one point.Mr. Mehta repeatedly assured that steps would be taken to expedite the process for deportation or repatriation of illegal immigrants rather than have them spend years in detention centres.Mr. Mander had compared the situation of families languishing in Assam’s detention centres with the family separation policy imposed on illegal immigrants in the U.S. by the Trump administration.The Bench had sought responses from the Centre and Assam government on the plight of families, who languish in the State’s six detention centres as “declared foreigners”, separated from each other and their children.The petition, whose contents was inspired from a report submitted by Mr. Mander as Minorities Monitor for the National Human Rights Commission, primarily conveyed the helplessness of children who were just over six years old, separated from their parents who are held inside these detention centres.last_img read more

Where have all the birds gone?

first_imgPlease could Theresa May, now freed of Brexit, include an urgent response to the rapid loss of wildlife (A new language needed for the climate crisis, 17 June) to her action list before she leaves? The Knepp estate wilding project (Report, 21 May) has seen a fast and encouraging reversal of loss of wildlife.Elaine SteaneOxford• I am sitting in my garden enjoying the evening sunshine, a rare occasion this summer, when I realise something is wrong. No birds in the sky. No swallows. No housemartins. No swifts. Where are they? This is quite scary. We are in the middle of June; the skies should be full of birds on the wing. Is this global warming, overhunting or pesticides killing off their food supply? Whatever the reason, I hope it is a temporary glitch and that next year will see their return.Tina BakerChudleigh Knighton, Devon• If male MPs were the ones having babies there would no doubt be maternity leave (I’m pregnant but denied maternity leave as an MP. Why?, 18 June).Helen EvansRuthin, Denbighshire• I’m pleased to see extensive coverage of the Fifa Women’s World Cup. In future, should we refer to Men’s Cricket and the Men’s Premier League etc?Hugh ClossLondon• I was told that the “you must not split an infinitive” injunction in English is a hangover from Latin, in which the infinitive is a single word – for instance, “amare”, “to love” – so cannot be split. This, of course, is irrelevant in English.Chris EvansEarby, Lancashire• How disappointing (Wordsearch, 17 June) that Bingo and Karaoke are forms of entertainment but Pub and Shag are not!Davina JonesDurham• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition Share on Facebook Brief letters Work & careers Wildlife Topics Support The Guardian Share via Email Climate change Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Employee benefitscenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Women’s football Birds Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. letters Share on WhatsApp Maternity & paternity rights Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Trump calls Democrat Senator Pocahontas – again

first_imgAPTN News U.S President Donald Trump has once again taken to Twitter to use what many call a racial slur in reference to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren.“Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.” Trump wrote in a tweet posted Friday morning.Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017Warren, who has said in the past that she has Cherokee blood, has been the focus of Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ attacks in the past.Trump has referenced Warren by that name a number of times including on the campaign trail in 2016.It’s a name Indigenous peoples oppose for sexualizing Indigenous women and turning them into a cartoon character.Terrill Tailfeathers, from the Blood Tribe south of Calgary, called on Twitter to act.“Please report this tweet for targeting a race,” he tweeted.Please report this tweet for targeting a race. https://t.co/JmymGFn2fW— Terrill Tailfeathers (@Terrilltf) November 3, 2017 Warren responded with a shot of her own.“You might think your tweets are cute, @realDonaldTrump, but they won’t stop Mueller’s investigation or keep your people out of jail.”You might think your tweets are cute, @realDonaldTrump, but they won’t stop Mueller’s investigation or keep your people out of jail.— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) November 3, 2017Mueller is Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller who is leading the probe into alleged Russian intervention in the 2016 U.S. election.Meanwhile, three days ago, Trump declared November National Native American Heritage Month.“During National Native American Month we honor and celebrate the first Americans and recognize their contributions and sacrifices,” Trump said in the proclamation. Barbara Low, a Mi’kmaq woman from Nova Scotia, followed suit.“I reported. Asking followers to do the same. @Twitter are you listening? #IndigenousPeoples are on this platform too.”I reported. Asking followers to do the same. @Twitter are you listening? #IndigenousPeoples are on this platform too. #WeAreStillHere https://t.co/akFF2ZYhRT— Barbara Low (@BarbaraXLow) November 3, 2017American actor George Takei also took their side.“1) You’re a racist. 2) You want to investigate political opponents like a tinpot dictator. 3) When are you resigning? Asking for a country.”1) You’re a racist. 2) You want to investigate political opponents like a tinpot dictator. 3) When are you resigning? Asking for a country. https://t.co/g9j4EZMkNn— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 3, 2017last_img read more