HTC Vive Flow headset images leak days before reported launch

HTC is expected to launch a new VR headset within the week, but you don’t have to wait till then to see what it looks like. A collection of Vive Flow images has made its way online, courtesy of evleaks, before the launch event. According to Protocol, the Vive Flow is a lightweight headset developed for consumers under the internal name “Hue.” The Bluetooth SIG consortium previously published documents describing Hue as a VR AIO (all-in-one) product, which means the device could be a standalone headset that doesn’t need a phone or doesn’t have to be tethered to a PC to work. 

The company reportedly wants to position the Vive Flow primarily as a way to consume media, with some access to gaming. Its chip is less powerful than the Oculus Quest 2’s, Protocol says, but it will have six degrees of freedom tracking. The images leaked online also show more information about the device, including a dual-hinge system to make sure it fits most people, snap-on face cushion, immersive spatial audio, adjustable lenses and active cooling system. After you pair your phone with it via Bluetooth, you can use your mobile device as a VR controller and to stream content to VR using Miracast tech.

In addition, the images show that the Vive Flow will be available for pre-order starting on October 15th, with shipments going out in early November. The headset will set you back US$499, which is $200 more than the Quest 2’s launch price, and you’ll get seven free virtual reality content and a carrying case if you pre-order.

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ManageEngine: 8 out of 10 IT experts reported an increase in cloud use during pandemic

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Eight out of ten IT professionals reported that their company’s usage of cloud technology increased during the pandemic, according to a new global research survey by ManageEngine. The survey focused on trends related to artificial intelligence (AI), business analytics, and technology.

With organizations increasingly supporting a distributed workforce, IT personnel are more willing than ever to invest in new technologies. Security, reliability, and price were the top three drivers behind organizational decisions to adopt new technologies.

The survey also found that organizations are using tools that facilitate business analytics and data-driven decision-making. The vast majority (89%) of respondents indicated that their reliance on business analytics efforts had increased over the past two years; interestingly, these efforts were primarily led by IT teams. Across the globe, 64% of respondents said that they currently use business analytics to improve their decision-making.

Confidence in AI has increased dramatically as organizations look to AI to improve operational efficiency and customer experiences. 86% of organizations have increased their AI usage over the last two years, and 81% of respondents said their confidence in AI solutions has grown. This number was even higher in India, where 91% reported increased confidence in AI solutions. Lastly, respondents said they believe that AI drives improvements in business insights, operations and customer satisfaction.

With more people than ever working remotely, companies are increasingly reliant on tools that can facilitate artificial intelligence and business analytics initiatives.

Read the full report by ManageEngine.


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Garmin Still Down After Reported Ransomware Attack

Garmin’s servers and services have been taken down for almost a day, purportedly by a ransomware attack late Thursday, according to ZD Net.

Several Garmin services went down on Thursday, with the issue affecting Garmin’s website, apps, aviation software, and call centers, as well as Garmin Connect. Users with Garmin wearables have been unable to sync their data, and those using the aviation navigational equipment are no longer able to meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements for flights.

Garmin tweeted it was working to resolve the crash “as quickly as possible” but did not give a reason for the loss in service.

Digital Trends asked Garmin what caused the outage, but haa not heard back. We will update this story when we receive a response.

According to ZD Net, Garmin was reportedly forced to shut down all service operations to address the fallout behind the hack, which left internal systems and networks encrypted and unable to be accessed.

It is uncertain whether any customer or partner data was lost in the reported attack, but a Garmin spokesperson has called the outage “a part of an ongoing investigation,” according to ZD Net.

In a post to r/sysadmin, a Reddit user claimed that ransomware variant WastedLocker was responsible for the recent server attack on Garmin and has demanded a ransom payment of an unknown amount. This group is known for targeting U.S. organizations with malware in exchange for steep ransom payments of up to $10 million in Bitcoin.

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