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A group of young men with muscles to rival Popeye are hoping to make explosive arm wrestling bouts a national pastime in Mali after showcasing their skills in the first international tournament the country has hosted. Sibiri "Superman" Traore and Mamadou "the German" Sylla fought it out with arms seemingly cut from rock at last week's championship. The game was a matter of seconds, biceps straining and trembling until -- slam! -- Traore released his grip from Sylla's planted hand before basking in the crowd's adulation.
Microsoft is out to use Windows software to do for altered reality what it did for personal computers: make them commonplace. The US technology giant on Wednesday announced that Windows software already powering a wide range of devices including HoloLens augmented reality headgear is being opened to partners interested in building devices for "mixed reality" experiences. Devices built on the Windows platform will be interoperable, meaning that someone wearing HTC Vive virtual reality gear would be able to virtually visit and collaborate with someone using HoloLens virtual reality goggles, Microsoft executives told AFP.