For this week’s tech recap, we look at: Metaverse: Horizon Worlds, Real-life Integration and the best web browsers for 2022.

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Metaverse is continuing to expand and reveal to us some of the innovations it is bringing. On one of our Tech Recaps, we discovered that as the metaverse grows, it will create online spaces where user interactions are more multidimensional than current technology supports. Instead of just viewing digital content, users in the metaverse will be able to immerse themselves in a space where the digital and physical worlds converge.

It is exciting to share now once more that indeed users will be able to immerse themselves in both the digital and physical world through Metaverse.

In this week’s tech recap, we look at Metaverse: Horizon Worlds, Real-life Integration and the best web browsers for 2022

Meta’s Horizon Worlds is available in the US and Canada for 18+ users

The company formerly known as Facebook is taking a step toward its goal to transport us to the metaverse. Now, Horizon Worlds — the Second Life or Minecraft of Meta’s VR apps — is expanding out of invite-only beta, opening up to all users over 18 years old in the U.S. and Canada. This is a huge milestone for the app, which was first announced in 2019.

The free app is a social world-building playground. When you enter the app (after a short tutorial if it’s your first time), you’re presented with three options: play (games), attend (events) and hang out. You can explore experiences that Meta itself created, plus community-generated spaces, which anyone can build. In October, the company announced $10 million in funding for creators building these VR experiences, incentivizing users to make new games and hangouts.

What is interesting is that before you enter any of these virtual spaces, the platform reminds you that anyone you interact with is a real person.

Bill Gates says the metaverse will host most of your office meetings within ‘two or three years’:

In a year-end post on Gates’ personal blog, the Microsoft co-founder included a prediction about the future of work, and how it could be changed by the rise of the metaverse, the virtual worlds being built by tech companies like Meta (formerly Facebook) and Microsoft, where users will be able to work, play and socialize.

“Within the next two or three years, I predict most virtual meetings will move from 2D camera image grids…to the metaverse, a 3D space with digital avatars,” Gates writes in his blog post.

See here for more insights from Bill Gates.

Best Web Browsers for 2022

When you’re looking for the best web browser for your device, privacy and speed are two of the biggest factors when deciding. Some demand more of your system resources, while others are relatively lightweight.

Some anonymous browsers offer full suites of security tools to protect your online identity and shield against malware, while others allow cookies and ads to run unhindered.

We’re in a time where browsers are even more important for those who are still working from home or transitioning between jobs, and it’s been up to different vendors to bring out features that cater to these needs in innovative ways.

Take a look at some of the best web browsing options to look out for in the new year.