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Facebook, Cisco On Top Front To Drop Out of MWC 2020

With the rapid spread of the China virus showing no signs of slowing down, the industry watchers have also warned that more companies may avoid the tech event

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The social media giant Facebook and Cisco have joined the growing list of companies -- including LG electronics, Ericsson, Nvidia, Sony, Amazon, now Intel, Vivo, and NTT Docomo deciding not to attend the mobile trade show. Pixabay

Cisco and Facebook have become the latest big tech firms to drop out of the worlds largest mobile industry exhibition, the Mobile World Congress 2020 (MWC) citing concerns related to the coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The social media giant and Cisco have joined the growing list of companies — including LG electronics, Ericsson, Nvidia, Sony, Amazon, now Intel, Vivo, and NTT Docomo deciding not to attend the mobile trade show.

“Out of an abundance of caution, Facebook employees would not be attending this year’s Mobile World Congress due to the evolving public health risks related to coronavirus. We will continue to collaborate with the GSMA and our partners and thank them for their efforts,” a company spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.

Cisco took to Twitter to announce that it would not be at MWC.

“We have made the difficult decision to withdraw from participating in Mobile World Congress scheduled for Feb 24-27 in Barcelona due to concerns about the current outbreak of coronavirus,” the company tweeted.

MWC’s organiser GSMA has also issued sweeping safeguards over growing concerns of deadly coronavirus.

The GSMA has completely banned visitors from the China’s Hubei province, whose capital Wuhan is the epicentre of the epidemic that has so far claimed 1,113 lives.

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Cisco and Facebook have become the latest big tech firms to drop out of the worlds largest mobile industry exhibition, the Mobile World Congress 2020 (MWC) citing concerns related to the coronavirus (2019-nCoV). IANS

According to GSMA CEO John Hoffman, all travellers from the province will not be permitted access to the event.

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With the rapid spread of the China virus showing no signs of slowing down, the industry watchers have also warned that more companies may avoid the tech event. (IANS)

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Social Media Giant Facebook Acquires AR Display Maker “Plessey”

Facebook said that its AR/VR team is focused on building the next computing platform centred around people.

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Facebook said that its AR/VR team is focused on building the next computing platform centred around people. VOA

Facebook has acquired British company Plessey, a maker of Micro-LED displays for Augmented Reality (AR) devices, for an undisclosed sum.

Plessey, an embedded technologies developer in displays, designs and manufactures LED materials and products from their facility in Plymouth in England.

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“Under the new multi-year agreement Plessey will dedicate operations and manufacturing capabilities, as well as grant an exclusive license to some of its IP, to help Facebook prototype and develop microLED wafers for potential use in future AR/VR products,” Facebook said in a statement on Monday.

There were reports that Apple had expressed an interest in acquiring Plessey to push its AR dreams. Apple is reportedly planning to release a combined AR/VR headset by 2021 or 2022, followed by a pair of AR glasses in 2022 or 2023.

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Facebook has acquired British company Plessey, a maker of Micro-LED displays for Augmented Reality (AR) devices, for an undisclosed sum. Pixabay

Facebook said that its AR/VR team is focused on building the next computing platform centred around people.

“With a future AR glasses product, we envision a glasses form factor that lets devices melt away so we can be more present with our friends, families, and surroundings,” said the company.

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This will take years, so across AR/VR, “we’re continuing to invest in extensive research on this deep tech stack and components such as small-scale displays”. (IANS)