This week, Microsoft wants you to be able to create a spreadsheet from a photograph, Facebook could be facing a fine in the U.S., Reggie Fils-Aime stepping down from Nintendo, and new Pokémon games are coming to the Nintendo Switch this fall. But first, details on the new Hololens 2 augmented reality headset.
Hololens 2 revealed by Microsoft at Mobile World Congress
In Barcelona last week, Microsoft showed the second generation of its augmented reality headset, Hololens.
Hololens 2 is different from virtual reality headsets in that the lens are transparent, designed to provide you with information layered on top of your actual environment.
Hololens is self contained, so it doesn’t need to be physically tethered to a computer, and this next-gen model is lighter, more comfortable to wear, and was created so people who wear corrective lenses can also use the device.
It’s also commercially available for the first time, although with a US$3,500 price tag it’s not a consumer product.
Import that spreadsheet from a photo with Microsoft Excel
On the list of killer features that will make life easier is new functionality coming to Microsoft Office 365.
It allows you to take a picture of a spreadsheet and have it automatically transformed into an Excel spreadsheet.
The new feature is currently being tested with Office Insiders and will roll out on Office 365 for Android first, before coming to iOS.
Facebook could be looking at a “multibillion-dollar” fine in U.S.
As reported by the Washington Post (paywall):
“The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook are negotiating over a multi-billion dollar fine that would settle the agency’s investigation into the social media giant’s privacy practices, according to two people familiar with the probe. The fine would be the largest the agency has ever imposed on a technology company, but the two sides have not yet agreed on an exact amount.”
The company is facing a fine in the UK over the Cambridge Analytica incident, and is fighting a lawsuit brought by the District of Columbia’s attorney general. Other states are also considering cases.
So long, Reggie! Fils-Aime retiring from Nintendo
Reggie Fils-Aime has been integral to Nintendo. As the president of Nintendo of America he helped launch the Wii – a resounding success – and the Wii U – not so much – and the Switch – another success! Not to mention all the variations of the DS handheld systems.
He made it clear to gamers that he was one of them, and they loved him for it.
Fils-Aime announced last week that he’s retiring, and is handing off the role of president to the aptly named Doug Bowser, currently head of sales for Nintendo of America.
Yes, Bowser is his real name.
Nintendo fans, Reggie has a message for all of you. Please take a look. pic.twitter.com/EAhaEl5oEJ— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 21, 2019
New Pokémon games coming to Nintendo Switch this year
No Nintendo gaming platform can be considered complete without proper main series Pokémon games that were designed with the platform in mind. So in a sense, the Nintendo Switch isn’t truly whole until later this year, when Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are released.
The two new games take place in the Galar region, inspired by the geography of the United Kingdom. Players will begin the adventure with one of three new Pokémon. Nintendo describes them as being:
- Grookey, a Grass-type Chimp Pokémon, is mischievous and full of boundless curiosity
- Scorbunny, bursting with energy, is a Fire-type Rabbit Pokémon that is always running about
- Sobble, a stealthy Water-type Water Lizard Pokémon, shoots out attacks as it hides itself in water