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The Dutch National Museum is now using HoloLens, a product from Microsoft to implement augmented reality and to create holograms of the exhibits they want to

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Netherlands, November 7, 2016: Almost all of us have visited a museum at least once in our lifetime and also have been dead tired after scrutinizing all the artifacts that interest us. Well, what if we did not have to walk those long hallways and giant rooms to explore the relics? What if we could witness all of it without significant movement throughout the museum?

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The Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, Netherlands has accomplished it with the help of researchers at Delft University. The museum did not have enough room to exhibit all the relics it possesses.

To solve this problem, and make the museum more informative, the museum took help from researchers at Delft University. “Right now, 80% of the stuff that they have at the museum, they can not show and that’s a shame” a researcher at Deft University, Annalies Maltha said to Reuters.

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The museum is now using HoloLens, a product from Microsoft to implement augmented reality and to create holograms of the exhibits they want to. The visitors can experience different artifacts and historic relics using these holograms. One such example is the virtual manifestation of an ancient Egyptian temple which was reconstructed inside the premises in 1971.

The researchers are also using HoloLens to scan every place inside out and then create a three-dimensional model and by using different softwares they can also add more features, interaction with pictures, presentations, and scaling or other transformation options to the models to make the experience more informative.

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As augmented reality is being utilized in this case, it helps you feel the ancient aura of the relics and reconstructions but unlike virtual reality, it does not shut you off from the outside world. There are also possibilities of you interacting with the objects in the environment.

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This impressive idea is still under development but the prospects of utilization of this technology are limitless. The increase in the level of interaction with the antiques will peak the interest of everyone and attract a larger crowd, mainly youngsters amazed by such applications.

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European Union Opening New Front in Its Quest to More Closely Regulate Big Tech Companies

In addition to selling its own products, Amazon also allows third-party retailers to sell their goods through its site

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FILE - Caption European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager addresses a news conference in Brussels, Belgium, Jan.11, 2016, after the EU demanded Monday that Belgium recover millions of euros from 35 large companies in back taxes. VOA

The European Union is opening a new front in its quest to more closely regulate big tech companies, saying Wednesday it was investigating whether U.S. online giant Amazon uses data from independent retailers to gain an illegal edge when selling its own products.

EU antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she is taking a “very close look at Amazon’s business practices and its dual role as marketplace and retailer, to assess its compliance with EU competition rules.”

In addition to selling its own products, Amazon also allows third-party retailers to sell their goods through its site. Last year, more than half of the items sold on Amazon worldwide were from third-party sellers.

The EU opened a preliminary probe into the issue last year, and Vestager said it has shown that “Amazon appears to use competitively sensitive information — about marketplace sellers, their products and transactions on the marketplace.” Using the information could give it an unfair competitive edge.

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The European Union is opening a new front in its quest to more closely regulate big tech companies, saying Wednesday it was investigating. Pixabay

In a parallel case, Germany’s competition regulator said Wednesday that Amazon was changing some of its business conditions for traders on its online marketplace worldwide after it raised concerns about some terms. The regulator said that the changes affect a range of issues such as a one-sided exemption from liability to Amazon’s benefit as well as the place of jurisdiction for disputes.

Other EU countries like Austria, Luxembourg and Italy are also independently investigating Amazon but EU spokeswoman Lucia Caudet said the national probes did not overlap with the EU investigation.

Amazon said it would cooperate with the EU authorities, according to media reports.

The EU’s investigations into major companies like Amazon have led the way in a global push to more tightly regulate tech giants, as many governments wonder if they are becoming too big for the good of the wider economy.

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Among the key questions are not only whether the tech giants abuse their market dominance to choke off competition, potentially stifling choice for consumers, but also whether they are adequately protecting users data and paying their fair share of taxes in countries where they operate.

Tech companies do huge business across Europe but pay taxes only in the EU nation where their local headquarters are based, often a low-tax haven like Luxembourg or the Netherlands. The result is they pay a far lower rate than traditional businesses. France has tried to address the problem by unilaterally imposing a 3% tax on big tech companies’ revenue in the country. The U.S. government is not happy about that and finance ministers from the Group of Seven wealthy countries will discuss the issue this week in Paris.

Ursula von der Leyen, the EU Commission President elect who should take up her role in November, has said she will try to be more vigilant to make sure such companies pay enough taxes.

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EU antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she is taking a “very close look at Amazon’s business practices and its dual role as marketplace and retailer. Pixabay

Amazon has already been the target of previous EU investigations. Two years ago, officials ordered it to pay $295 million in back taxes to Luxembourg after finding that the company profited from a tax avoidance deal with the tiny European country. EU officials also investigated Amazon’s e-book business.

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Meanwhile, in the U.S., the House Judiciary Committee is investigating the market power of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple. Congress is this week holding a two-day hearing on Facebook’s plan to create a digital currency, Libra, which governments in the U.S. and Europe have been skeptical about. (VOA)