Selfie-snapping monkey loses copyright infringement case (again)
Apr24

Selfie-snapping monkey loses copyright infringement case (again)

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The copyright battle over who owns that famous toothy selfie taken by a macaque monkey in Indonesia apparently didn’t end when the parties involved reached a settlement last year. On Monday, an appeals court has affirmed the lower court’s decision that Naruto, the seven-year-old crested macaque in the selfie, can’t file a copyright claim for the photo. “[W]e conclude that this monkey — and all animals, since they are not human — lacks statutory standing under the Copyright Act,” Judge N. Randy Smith wrote in the ruling. Naruto took the selfie way back in 2011 using a camera owned by photographer David Slater when he visited Tangkoko reserve on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Since it was the monkey who snapped the self-photo, the incident sparked a debate on whether animals can own the copyright to a photograph. The US Copyright Office even had to issue a notice on what kinds of work can’t be copyrighted, listing “photographs taken by a monkey” as an example. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals then filed a lawsuit against Slater as Naruto’s “next friend” and sought to take any revenue the selfies bring in (which Slater once said was “embarrassingly low”). When they talked settlement last year, Slater agreed to donate 25 percent of future revenue to habitats that protect Naruto’s species. While a settlement might sound like a good thing when it comes to lawsuits, Judge Smith believes PETA settled before the Court of Appeals could hand down its verdict to protect itself from a “possible negative, precedential ruling.” He said the move led him to believe PETA’s “real motivation in this case was to advance its own interests, not Naruto’s.” The court also wrote in the ruling that PETA failed to prove that its relationship with Naruto is “any more significant than its relationship with any other animal.” As for PETA, the organization’s general counsel told the WSJ that the ruling “emphasizes what PETA has argued all along — that [Naruto] is discriminated against simply because he’s a nonhuman animal.” Source: Ars Technica Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Amazon can deliver packages to the inside of your car
Apr24

Amazon can deliver packages to the inside of your car

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Amazon Key’s in-home delivery is all well and good (assuming you trust it in the first place), but there’s an obvious caveat: you have to go home to get your package. Now, you might not even have to go to that trouble. Amazon has launched a Key In-Car service that, as you can guess, lets couriers deliver packages to the trunk of your vehicle as long as it’s in a publicly accessible parking space. You’ll need a 2015 or newer GM-made or Volvo car with an internet-savvy account (OnStar or Volvo On Call), but after that it’s relatively seamless: the delivery driver requests access to your car, and you’ll get a notification when the package has been dropped off and your car is relocked. Crucially, the driver never gets a special code or key, so they won’t have access to your vehicle beyond a given delivery. Amazon also checks that the driver is in the right location and carrying the right package. You shouldn’t have to worry about a malicious driver using this as an excuse to swipe your ride. The service is live for Prime subscribers in 37 cities around the US, and doesn’t carry an extra charge. As with existing options like Key and Prime Now, Amazon isn’t shy about its strategy here: it wants to be the fastest and most convenient option for your orders, particularly when you can’t be home. And there’s plenty of competitive pressure to do this — Walmart has been speeding up its own delivery process, and it won’t be surprising if in-car deliveries quickly become more than a novelty. Source: Amazon (1), (2) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Roku is getting free live news, starting with ABC
Apr24

Roku is getting free live news, starting with ABC

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. If there’s one thing streaming video watchers love, it’s free stuff. So it wasn’t a huge surprise to see Roku launch a free ad-supported movie channel of its own last year. Now, it’s adding news coverage to that selection, starting with ABC News Live, the network’s first stab at a 24/7 online offering. And on top of that, there will also be live streams from Cheddar, People TV and Newsy. Sure, it may seem like what’s old is new again, but it’s a smart move for Roku, since it makes its streaming platform much more useful for consumers. And more importantly, it gives them one more reason to stick around. With ABC News Live, the network hopes to provide continuous coverage of breaking news from all over the world. There will be on-air talent, of course, but it’ll also incorporate footage from its shows, like a relevant Good Morning America segment. You’ll be able to watch the channel on ABC’s website and mobile apps, but Roku’s platform will be its exclusive home on streaming devices. Roku is planning to deliver the live news channels through a phased roll out in May. “Our ambition is not to recast cable, but to reinvent what a 24/7 news channel can look like today,” said Colby Smith, ABC News’ VP of digital, in an interview with Engadget. Naturally, the network hopes to entice younger viewers who are probably more used to streaming video than cable. While the content didn’t look much different than standard cable news coverage, based on our demo, that’s exactly the point. Now, Roku customers won’t need a subscription to the likes of Sling TV to enjoy a steady flow of news. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Roku adds private listening for multiple viewers
Apr24

Roku adds private listening for multiple viewers

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Many living room media players support headphones to let one person watch videos without disrupting anyone. But that’s not how it always works. What if you want to watch Netflix with your spouse when the kids are sleeping, or catch up on YouTube with a friend while your roommate is studying? Roku will have you covered. On top of its new support for live news, it’s promising a Roku OS 8.1 update that enables private listening for up to four additional people using the company’s Android and iOS apps. That’s not enough to support a big house party, but it’ll probably handle most instances when you want to keep quiet. The 8.1 release will come in May as a staggered release that will take weeks to complete. While that could be an agonizing wait, it’ll give Roku a decided advantage over competitors that limit you to solo listening for those late night sessions. It won’t be surprising if competitors follow suit. Source: Roku Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Pandora Premium arrives on Xbox One
Apr24

Pandora Premium arrives on Xbox One

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Pandora has dragged its heels expanding its Premium service beyond mobile — a web player only arrived in February, nearly a year after the mobile launch. But now it’s opening up its offerings further still. From today, you’ll be able to use the streaming service on Xbox One while you’re gaming. It’ll work in much the same way as it does on web and mobile — search and play your favorite albums, create the perfect gaming playlist and so on — but with a couple of new features. The Xbox One version has a refreshed look, making it easier to navigate your music collection, and includes background audio support and an autoplay function that means you’ll never be left sitting in silence when your gaming gets too intense to pause and find something else to listen to. Xbox One fans don’t have a huge amount of choice when it comes to on-demand background-streaming music services. Since Groove — which was first on the scene — is no more, Pandora’s main rival Spotify has taken the top spot. Whether Pandora will overtake Spotify as the gamer’s streaming service of choice is yet to be seen, but its arrival on Xbox One certainly increases competition between the two. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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MIT researchers turn water into 'calm' software
Apr24

MIT researchers turn water into 'calm' software

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Our lives are busy and full of distractions. Modern computing. with its constant notifications and enticing red bubbles next to apps, seems designed to keep us enthralled. MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group wants to change that by crafting “calm interfaces.” The Tangible Media Group demonstrated a way to precisely transport droplets of liquid across a surface back in January, which it called “programmable droplets.” The system is essentially just a printed circuit board, coated with a low-friction material, with a grid of copper wiring on top. By programmatically controlling the electric field of the grid, the team is able to change the shape of polarizable liquid droplets and move them around the surface. The precise control is such that droplets can be both merged and split. Moving on from the underlying technology, the team is now focused on showing how we might leverage the system to create, play and communicate through natural materials. “Water is a natural material that exhibits interesting phenomenon like bending light … It has the ability to merge, it happens naturally,” Udayan Umapathi said. A designer, engineer and experimental physicist, Umapathi is a researcher at MIT Media Lab, where he leads development on programmable droplets. “When we looked at various scenarios where you interact with water physically, and water has some physical information, a concrete example that stood out was an artist painting color.” The first use-case for programmable droplets, then, is a kind of automated painters’ palette. An artist takes a photo on their phone, selects the object they’re focused on, and then sends a signal to the palette to mix various colors to recreate the hue they’re interested in. “In this specific use-case, the information the droplets carry is the color itself … The technology is integrated into a compact, real-world object.” Umapathi said. Computationally reconfigurable materials, or “Radical Atoms” in MIT parlance, have long been a focus of the Tangible Media Group, and this latest project explores the subject through a new lens. By moving droplets precisely around a “leaf,” the team is able to tap into two natural properties of water: its ability to apply force and its ability to, well, make things wet. Umapathi explained that you could also “program the sequence by which water develops onto various petals” to control the way a flower blooms. Umapathi generously describes the third project as a “gaming console,” but it’s better described as a single game. As you probably could’ve guessed, it revolves around water. You control a droplet by gently tilting the device to move it around a small...

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Hackers find an 'unpatchable' way to breach the Nintendo Switch
Apr24

Hackers find an 'unpatchable' way to breach the Nintendo Switch

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Security researchers from ReSwitched have discovered a Nintendo Switch vulnerability that could let hackers run arbitrary code on all current consoles. Dubbed “Fusée Gelée” (“Frozen Rocket”) it exploits buggy code in the NVIDIA Tegra X1’s USB recovery mode, bypassing software that would normally protect the critical bootROM. Most worrisome for Nintendo is that the bug appears to be unpatchable and could allow users to eventually run pirated games. The exploit involves kicking the Switch into USB recovery mode by shorting a pin on the right-hand Joy-Con connector. A payload is then sent at a crucial point during a USB check, forcing the system to “request up to 65,535 bytes per control request,” much more than it can handle. That causes a DMA buffer overflow in the bootROM, giving hackers access to the normally-protected application stack. From there, they can run whatever code they want. Unfortunately, unlike the one in your PC, the Tegra X1 bootROM on the Switch is hardcoded and can’t be changed once it leaves the factory. That would be fine if it were secure, but unfortunately, it has the bad length error built in, so there’s nothing that NVIDIA or Nintendo can do to fix the 14.8 million Switch systems already shipped, according to ReSwitched. Well, it is 73F in Denver, today: so I guess it’s as good a time as ever to acknowledge: https://t.co/UGqtMeHR13. Writeup: https://t.co/W07AUWPd9u Sample payload: https://t.co/d5nCLNa7E5 Guides and information so you can use it too are forthcoming. 🙂 — Kate Temkin (@ktemkin) April 23, 2018 By exposing secret code in the Application stack, the exploit might allow hackers to reverse engineer application security and run pirated or emulated software. It could also be useful for less dodgy functions, like finally giving users the ability to backup game saves in case their Switch is stolen or broken. “Fusée Gelée isn’t a perfect, ‘holy grail’ exploit—though in some cases it can be pretty damned close,” said ReSwitched’s Kate Temkin. As Ars Technica points out, Nintendo does have some options, as it might be able to detect hacked systems and lock them out of online play. It’s also not a given that games can be hacked just because the system has been exposed, as they have their own encrypted DRM built in. ReSwitched decided to reveal the exploit in a limited way, but will release further details and guides on how to use it by June 15th. Other groups are also apparently on the job, too. Fail0verflow teased a Dolphin emulator running Legend of Zelda: Wind Walker on a Switch earlier, and has now...

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Apple recruits Samsung VP to kickstart growth in South Korea
Apr24

Apple recruits Samsung VP to kickstart growth in South Korea

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Apple is way behind Samsung in the Korean brand’s home country, so it has decided to recruit someone who knows the market and its staunchest rival very well. According to Bloomberg, Cupertino has hired Samsung VP Brandon Yoon to lead its business in South Korea. Yoon’s LinkedIn profile says he was a VP at Samsung from September 2015 to as recently as March 2018 and was also a Microsoft exec before he joined the conglomerate. The former Samsung VP must love a challenge. As Bloomberg noted, authorities raided Apple’s offices in Seoul before iPhone X’s launch last year to ask questions about its business practices. The tech giant could also face sanctions in the country for requiring local carriers to foot its advertising bills. While Apple is having a tough time in Samsung’s home turf, Yoon didn’t jump into a sinking ship. Apple’s sales in the country went up by 3.3 percent in the last quarter of 2017 (while Samsung’s went down) compared to the year before. It recently opened its first official store in Seoul’s swanky Gangnam area, as well. Source: Bloomberg Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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'Starcraft II' finally gets a store for player-made maps
Apr24

'Starcraft II' finally gets a store for player-made maps

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Newer Blizzard titles like Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm are free to play, but they do offer as many paid extras as you can shake a stick at. That’s normal these days, of course, but StarCraft II was first released in 2010 — a simpler time when you tended to just buy a video game and play it. There have been many paid expansions and cosmetics added over the years, but Blizzard originally promised a marketplace through which the community could sell custom-made maps and take a cut of the revenue. This feature was first mentioned way back in 2009, before StarCraft II even launched, and nine years later it’s finally debuting in the impending 4.3.0 update. Weird and wonderful maps that offer all kinds of different game types and training grounds are a staple of the Starcraft II multiplayer experience, thanks to Blizzard including a map editor with the game. There’s an ‘Arcade’ section dedicated to these community creations already, but a new premium category is being added to showcase the new, paid custom maps. Only two will be available at launch, including “ARK Star,” a turn-based RPG set in the StarCraft universe that looks like a game in and of itself. Joining that will be “Direct Strike,” which is an evolution of an existing, popular custom map called “Desert Strike HotS.” This game has players picking different unit compositions to send out in waves with the hope of besting the enemy’s army and pushing through to their base. Because people are already playing Direct Strike under a different name, it’ll be free. It will, however, include a number of special modes you have to pay to unlock. Both custom maps will sell for $5, with an unspecified share of that going to the creators. In late 2017, Blizzard decided to make StarCraft II‘s first campaign and all multiplayer elements free, ahead of the game’s 20th anniversary this year. Though the custom map marketplace is many, many years late, it does give Blizzard an opportunity to cash in on any new players it’s attracted over the past few months. Blizzard probably wishes it came up with something like this back in the Warcraft III days, though. Remember that Dota started out as a custom Warcraft III map before becoming more popular than the RTS game it was based on, and spawning the entire MOBA genre. Source: Blizzard Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Viacom perseveres with Snapchat-exclusive TV shows
Apr24

Viacom perseveres with Snapchat-exclusive TV shows

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Even though Instagram’s Snapchat-like Stories has more users than Snapchat itself, the original ephemeral app’s longtime partner Viacom remains immune to its charms. The media conglomerate (which you might be more familiar with as MTV’s and Comedy Central’s parent company) has expanded its global deal with Snap, committing to develop and produce new shows and more Our Stories for the app’s Discover page. One of the projects it’s currently working on is the second season of Cribs, a shortened version of the MTV classic featuring celebrity homes. Snapchat will air its new episodes this summer and fall. Viacom is also producing another season of comedy show Girl Code, another short-form version of an old MTV title featuring female actresses, musicians and stand-up comics. Snapchat is launching season 2 in March and will air the rest of the 12-episode series in May. In addition to these two returning properties, Viacom is also producing a Snap version of Promposal, which showcases the grandest and craziest prom-proposals ever recorded. You can also expect to see more Our Stores on Snapchat’s Discover page whenever Viacom holds one of its major events, which include Kids Choice Awards, the VMAs, MTV TV & Movie Awards, CMT Awards and the BET Awards. Viacom said in its announcement: “This partnership builds on our great work together: Snap’s growing efforts to bring original shows to its platform, and Viacom’s accelerated push to create original digital programming for a new generation of mobile-first audiences through Viacom Digital Studios.” Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Facebook publishes its community standards playbook
Apr24

Facebook publishes its community standards playbook

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Facebook has had community standards for awhile now, but it hasn’t always been clear on what is or isn’t allowed on its platform. And sometimes, this has led to some serious confusion. Last year, ProPublica unearthed a Facebook internal training document that appears to prioritize “white men” over “black children,” and later discovered that community moderators were often wildly inconsistent on what they consider hate speech. It’s since apologized for these errors, and today, Facebook is hoping to clear up its reputation even further: It’s publishing its internal community enforcement guidelines for the very first time. To be clear, the community standards themselves have not changed. Instead, what Facebook is doing is updating them with more detail as to how they’re enforced. According to Facebook, the guidelines that are published today are exactly the same as the ones used by the company’s 7,500 or so moderators around the world. It all seems to be a part of the company’s renewed effort to be more transparent with its users. “We want to give people clarity,” said Monica Bickert, Facebook’s VP of Global Policy Management. “We think people should know exactly how we apply these policies. If they have content removed for hate speech, they should be able to look at their speech and figure out why it fell under that definition.” “The other reason we’re publishing this is to get feedback on these policies,” she continued. “[Getting] real world examples or examples on how an issue manifests itself in the community is helpful.” To go along with this announcement, Facebook is also expanding its appeals process. Until now, if you’ve had a specific post or photo removed for violating community guidelines, you didn’t have the option to appeal that decision. But now, you do. You’ll be given the option to “Request Review,” and Facebook’s Community Operations team will look at the request within 24 hours. If a mistake has indeed been made, Facebook promises to restore the post or photo. “We’re going to offer appeals for posts and photos not only if we remove the post and photo, but also if you report a photo and post and we don’t remove it,” said Bickert. “You’ll have the opportunity to say hey, ‘Take another look at this.'” The community standards document is a fairly lengthy one, but it essentially covers six distinct categories: Violence and criminal behavior, safety, objectionable content, integrity and authenticity, respecting intellectual property and content-related requests. Some of the guidelines seem fairly straightforward; for example, a threat of credible violence could result in a takedown, and even...

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Maybach Ultimate Luxury EV brings its own tea service
Apr24

Maybach Ultimate Luxury EV brings its own tea service

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. If an automaker wants to succeed in China, they need to electrify their cars. The country has strict EV plans and for anyone looking to buy a car in a city like Beijing, going electric means not having to apply for the license lottery to own a car. So it’s no wonder that Maybach (the ultra-luxury arm of Mercedes) unveiled a concept crossover built specifically for the country’s ultra-rich that’s all electric. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury (yes, that’s the name), is a four-wheel drive EV with an emphasis on passenger comfort that comes with its own tea service. The pot, cups and wooden tray are housed in a center console that retracts with a push of the button. The rest of the interior is equally fancy with ebony wood known as “Magic Wood” used in the tea set and doors. The seats are stitched white leather while there are rose gold and shiny aluminum accents throughout the interior. The driver–which will more than likely be a chauffeur–will have two 12.3-inch displays to help them navigate the streets of China. The cockpit is minimalistic with all the real emphasis made on making the passengers feel as comfortable as possible. The crossover will output 750 horsepower from four motors and have a range of over 200 miles. Under all that leather and Magic Wood is an 80kWh battery pack that thanks to CCS DC fast charging that supports 350kW, can suck up 60 miles of range in five minutes. Since the driver will take care of all of that, the interior of the crossover looks like something you’d never want to leave. Which is great because as soon as you get out of the car you have to look at it. While the front of the vehicle is spectacular, the rear is just odd looking. The automaker put a trunk on an SUV. It’s weird. Mercedes did say the design is based on a luxury sedan and SUV. But if you’re the person being pampered in the back seat, you probably don’t care because your tea is ready. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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YouTube removed 8.3 million videos in the last quarter of 2017
Apr24

YouTube removed 8.3 million videos in the last quarter of 2017

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. YouTube removed 8.3 million videos between October and December 2017, according to the platform’s first ever community guidelines enforcement report. The Google-owned video-sharing website found itself the target of criticism after reports came out last year that it hosts disturbing videos masquerading as kid-friendly content. YouTube said it has decided to release a quarterly enforcement report to “show the progress [it’s] making in removing violative content from [its] platform.” It’s probably the website’s way of saying “hey, we’re not sitting on our hands here,” since a lot of people are still questioning whether it’s actually doing something to address the issue, considering Wired came across child-exploiting videos as recently as March. The report has also revealed that 6.7 million of the 8.3 million videos were first flagged for review by machines and were never even viewed. YouTube explained that its use of machine learning to police its content isn’t a bad thing (despite reports saying that its AI is far from perfect) and leads to “more people reviewing content, not fewer.” While its algorithms can delete some content on their own — like say, spam videos — it mostly forwards anything it suspects is in violation of YouTube’s guidelines to human reviewers. Those reviewers are the ones who’ll be in charge of deciding whether to pull the video or to put it behind an age gate, restricting it to logged-in users above 18 years old. Back in December, the platform said it’s recruiting 10,000 people across Google to review flagged videos. Its algorithms sending flagging entries for human review won’t make a difference if there’s nobody to look at them, after all. YouTube said it has already “staffed the majority of additional roles needed to reach [its] contribution to meeting that goal,” though it’ll likely take some time before it can say that it has 10,000 reviewers at its disposal. Source: YouTube (1), (2) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Target promises EV chargers at more than 100 stores
Apr23

Target promises EV chargers at more than 100 stores

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Walmart isn’t the only big retailer installing a slew of EV chargers in its parking lots. Target and a collection of retail property owners (PDF) have unveiled plans to add a horde of charging stations in the (relatively) near future. In Target’s case, it’s adding chargers at more than 100 locations (600 parking spaces in total) over two years with the help of a variety of backers, including Tesla, VW’s Electrify America and ChargePoint. The big-box store only has chargers at 18 locations out of 1,800-plus as we write this, so it’s no trivial expansion. The other companies, meanwhile, are working with Electrify America to install chargers at more than 100 “retail, convenience and refueling” locations across the US, including Target’s. They’ll range from ordinary 50kW chargers to 150kW in urban areas and 350kW along highways. Those last two charging levels will require cutting edge EVs, of course. All of the stations should either be active or under construction by June 2019. In both cases, the goal is the same: retailers want to both help the environment and (crucially for them) draw you to their stores with the promise of more electricity. If you have your choice of stores, you may be more likely to visit the ones that let you recharge while you’re busy shopping. Not that this strategy is necessarily a problem. Many chargers still tend to be limited to dedicated stations — this could be helpful if you’d rather not go out of your way just to plug in. Source: Target, Electrify America (PDF) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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HTC's latest Vive Pro VR kit is built for business
Apr23

HTC's latest Vive Pro VR kit is built for business

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. You can already get HTC’s Vive Pro in a bundle aimed at first-timers, but what if you’re a business buyer who needs it for VR design and training? You’re covered now, too. HTC has released a $1,399 Vive Pro 2.0 Kit that includes just about everything you’d want to use the headset for work, including two controllers and (most importantly) two second-generation SteamVR base stations. The new stations are crucial to supporting a large 33ft by 33ft tracking area, although you’ll need to buy a pair of extra stations to get that full coverage. There are also new service plans to keep the headsets up and running. A standard $199 plan gives you a two-year warranty, but a $299 option gives you immediate replacement parts without having to return any broken equipment first. It may seem odd to offer a kit that’s even more expensive than the existing Pro options at a time when headsets like the Oculus Go are driving VR prices downward. However, HTC told Fortune that it wants its corporate sales to represent 30 percent of its VR revenue by 2020 — it needs to court the enterprise crowd with hardware that meets their exact needs. As it is, this audience may be more willing to pay the premium for an upgraded experience. While many home users are cost-conscious and might have a hard time justifying a Vive Pro, a $1,399 kit is a drop in the bucket for a large business. Whatever it spends could easily be recouped through more efficient design work and more realistic training scenarios. Via: Fortune Source: HTC Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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YouTube mistakenly pulls video exposing Alex Jones conspiracy
Apr23

YouTube mistakenly pulls video exposing Alex Jones conspiracy

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. YouTube has been trying to reduce instances of mistaken video takedowns, but it’s evident there’s still some work to do. The company temporarily pulled a video from watchdog group Media Matters that exposed Alex Jones’ conspiracy theories surrounding his (since-retracted) claims the Sandy Hook mass shooting was fake. While YouTube didn’t outline what Media Matters had done wrong, the boilerplate message said the clip had been flagged for review and warned against using YouTube for “threats, harassment, bullying, or intimidation.” The company also applied a first strike against Media Matters. The streaming service reinstated the clip soon after the Guardian asked about the clip. In a statement, YouTube said there was a “massive volume of videos” and that it sometimes makes a “wrong call.” The company wouldn’t comment specifically about the video, including who flagged it and why. It’s evident the video isn’t calling for harassment, though — it mainly draws attention to Jones’ theories using clips from his YouTube channel. As you might guess, the concern is that YouTube was quick to take down a documentary video dissecting bogus theories, but not the videos spreading those theories — an odd move for a company that has promised to fight fake news. Media Matters argued that false claims like Jones’ amount to “pervasive” harassment of innocent people, and noted that his channel is just a strike away from a full-fledged ban. This suggests YouTube may have erred too far on the side of caution, and that it still has a ways to go before it can consistently apply its rules. Via: Guardian Source: Media Matters Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Facebook starts verifying political advertisers in the US
Apr23

Facebook starts verifying political advertisers in the US

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Early this month, Facebook announced it will change how political ads appear on the company’s platforms. Anyone advertising about elections or issues would need their identity ‘verified’ before the messages go online, and the messages themselves would be labeled ‘Political Ad’ with disclosure of who paid for it. Ideally, this could make advertisements on Facebook much more transparent, though we’ll start finding out as the platform began requiring US-based advertisers to get verified today. In the coming months, this will spread to ad buyers across the world. Starting today, anyone based in the US running an electoral or issue ad will have to run through the authorization process to provide a government-issued ID and mailing address. Then Facebook confirms identity by mailing a letter with a unique access code that only the advertiser’s Page admin account can use, like an old-school version of email verification. And then, of course, they’ll have to disclose who paid for the ads before Facebook will put them up. While the changes went into effect, Facebook posted a Q&A about what advertisers know about you. While the company maintains that they don’t know as much about us as we feared, by default, advertisers are still targeting users based on their interests and browsing habits. At least after these changes, we know a bit more about them. Via: TechCrunch Source: Facebook Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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What's on TV: 'Handmaid's Tale,' '3%' and 'Archer'
Apr23

What's on TV: 'Handmaid's Tale,' '3%' and 'Archer'

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. This week the NFL Draft takes place, squeezed in between NBA and NHL playoffs action. At the same time Archer is back to open another season, along with Netflix’s 3% and The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. we also have the season finale of Homeland, and a series capper for Ash vs. Evil Dead. Look after the break to check out each day’s highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed). Blu-ray & Games & Streaming Maze Runner: The Death Cure (4K) Grease (4K) Hostiles (4K) The Virgin Suicides Paddington 2 Den of Thieves A Few Good Men (4K) Cyborg Doctor Detroit Dead Secret (PS VR) To Leave (PS4) The Invisible Hours (Xbox One) Darkest Dungeon: Ancestral Edition (Switch, PS4) Runestone Keeper (Xbox One) Spacejacked (PS4) MLB Home Run VR (PS VR) Korgan (Xbox One) Subaeria (Xbox One) Emily Wants to Play Too (Xbox One, PS4) DragoDino (Xbox One) Death Road to Canada (PS4, Xbox One) Code 51: Mecha Arena (PS VR) Monday The Voice, NBC, 8 PM American Idol, ABC, 8 PM Lucifer, Fox, 8 PM Supergirl, CW, 8 PM WWE Raw, USA, 8 PM Intent to Destroy, Starz, 9 PM iZombie, CW, 9 PM The Resident, Fox, 9 PM The Terror, AMC, 9 PM The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018, CBS, 10 PM The Crossing, ABC, 10 PM Good Girls, NBC, 10 PM American Dad, TBS, 10 PM Final Space, TBS, 10:30 PM Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11 PM McMafia (season finale), AMC, 11:10 PM Tuesday Kevin James: Never Don’t Give up, Netflix, 3 AM Civilizations, PBS, 8 PM Shadowhunters, Freeform, 8 PM WWE Smackdown, USA, 8 PM The Voice, NBC, 8 PM Lethal Weapon, Fox, 8 PM The Flash, CW, 8 PM Alex, Inc., ABC, 8:30 PM The 100 (season premiere), CW, 9 PM First Civilizations (series premiere), PBS, 9 PM LA to Vegas, Fox, 9 PM Rise, NBC, 9 PM Deadliest Catch, Discovery, 9 PM New Girl, Fox, 9:30 PM Legion, FX, 10 PM Chicago Med, NBC, 10 PM Deception, ABC, 10 PM Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., USA, 10 PM Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10 PM The Last O.G., TBS, 10:30 PM Adam Ruins Everything: Reanimated History (season finale), TruTV, 10:30 PM The Jim Jefferies Show, Comedy Central, 10:30 PM The Ice Cream Show (series premiere), Viceland, 10:30 PM Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11 PM The Chris Gethard Show, TruTV, 11 PM Wednesday The Handmaid’s Tale (series premiere), Hulu, 3 AM Psychokinesis, Netflix, 3 AM Riverdale, CW, 8 PM Famous in Love,...

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GOG gets social by adding user profiles
Apr23

GOG gets social by adding user profiles

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. GOG is introducing user profiles, which will bring a touch of social interaction to the DRM-free games marketplace. The platform has hesitantly modernized over the years to compete with Steam, adding films and in-development titles, and the new profiles bring more awareness of what friends and community are doing. The biggest addition is a new feed showing what your friends are playing, when they earn achievements and make forum posts. You’re broadcasting your own activity by default, though that can be tweaked in settings. You can choose to have your profile, game library and friends list viewable by everyone, friends or just you, similar to Steam’s recent privacy changes. But even after setting all personal broadcasting to private, some activity and profile information is still shown, RPS noted. Whether increasing social visibility ends up being a good thing for GOG, users are making themselves heard on the platform’s forum, from those welcoming the new changes to diehards resisting any change from the marketplace’s previous social agnosticism. Via: Rock Paper Shotgun Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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'Fortnite' is coming to China
Apr23

'Fortnite' is coming to China

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The popular battle royale game Fortnite is coming to China, thanks to a partnership between its creator Epic Games and Tencent. The Chinese tech giant, which owns over 40 percent of Epic, will handle distribution and publishing. Tencent will reportedly spend $15 million on Fortnite in China on marketing to its domestic playerbase and clamping down on piracy and illegal clones, the latter of which is a problem in the country. According to a DoNews report, some of that investment will be spent building the game’s eSports scene in China. Anyone who played the original will be able to transfer their data, skins and items to the Chinese version for a limited time. Tencent has allegedly already built a dedicated app to teach players about the game and watch live broadcasts, and those who visit the game’s Chinese site and pre-order it earn special items. Whether or not Fortnite blows up there as much as it has in the US, Tencent will have a hold on the genre: The company created the mobile version of PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds, which launched in China last fall and the US last month. But expanding its eSports portfolio is smart given how much the tech giant invested in other popular competitive games. Tencent announced plans to bring its popular-in-China mobile-only MOBA Arena of Valor/Honor of Kings to the US back in December, followed by a $500,000 eSports World Cup for the title. Tencent also owns a majority share of Riot Games, makers of League of Legends. Via: Rod “Slasher” Breslau (Twitter) Source: South China Morning Post, DoNews Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Byton teases its second “experience-driven” vehicle
Apr23

Byton teases its second “experience-driven” vehicle

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Byton wowed us at CES back in January with its first autonomous EV concept car, a smart SUV built for passenger comfort. At the Beijing Motor Show, the company teased its second vehicle concept, an electric sedan slated to go into series production in 2021. Byton isn’t releasing details for the unnamed sedan until CES Asia in June, though we do know it’s built on the same electric platform as the company’s SUV concept. The ‘Smart Utility Vehicle’ as the company named it, is the first in an expected lineup of vehicles prioritizing the passengers’ in-car experience with dashboard-spanning screens replacing the instrument panel and swiveling seats. Conceivably, the sedan will integrate all the bells and whistles that debuted in its big brother. It’s interesting that the SIV hasn’t even started production (it’s allegedly slated to launch in China in 2019) before the company announced its second car. After the sedan starts rolling off assembly lines in 2021, Byton will begin work on an MPV that seats seven. The ambitious plans follow the company’s announcement that it’s building a new ‘Future Lab’ in LA devoted to user experience research. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Twitch's custom extensions can now ask for Bits
Apr23

Twitch's custom extensions can now ask for Bits

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. You didn’t think Twitch would offer streamer extensions without finding a way to generate money from them, did you? Sure enough, the customization feature now accepts Bits (the microtransactions you normally use to tip streamers) for on-page games and other features. Chip in a few cents and you can participate in games with broadcasters (such as arcade or trivia titles), predict who’s likely to win and mess with the streamer by voting in polls that decide what they do next. The support is available today through dozens of extensions on launch, and it’s available to both Affiliates and Partners. No, the thought of having to pay just to interact with a streamer isn’t thrilling — some of these features have been available for free, including channel bots that don’t require extensions. This does give you a better reason to buy Bits outside of pure financial support, however. And it’s not just another source of revenue for Twitch streamers — they can use it as a gatekeeper that keeps (some) trolls out of on-stream events. There is the chance that hosts could misuse their newfound power, but it could also create new opportunities. Source: Twitch (Medium) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Adobe Premiere makes it easier to edit Insta360 Pro footage
Apr23

Adobe Premiere makes it easier to edit Insta360 Pro footage

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Insta360’s more affordable 8K VR camera was made available for pre-orders in 2017, with a major software update in December of that same year that kicked the high-end 360-degree camera’s image processing up a notch. The camera got a stamp of approval from Google last year, too, which gives you the power to contribute to the tech giant’s Street View mapping with the device. Now Adobe just made editing 360 video captured with the Insta360 Pro much easier with a new plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro CC. 360 video typically needs to be stitched together before and after editing, making for a pretty tedious process. Now, if you’ve got an Insta360 Pro camera and a copy of Premiere, you can start editing right after import – no pre-editing stitching required. The plug-in that allows this basically creates proxy footage, a quick-stitched, lower-resolution substitute that you can edit just like regular source footage. This makes for a much quicker start to the editing workflow, and will help ameliorate any chugging your processor might do when editing 8K video. When you’re all done editing, Premiere will stitch together only the video you used in your project, further reducing the time to export. Source: Insta360 Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Despite bigger ambitions, Google is still an ad business
Apr23

Despite bigger ambitions, Google is still an ad business

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. As we already know, Google’s parent company Alphabet makes the bulk of its money from ads. We also learned in quarters past that revenue from its non-Google projects, which it calls “Other Bets,” have been growing at a slow, steady rate. From the company’s just-released first quarter earnings report, this trend hasn’t changed. Alphabet made about $31.1 billion this period, a 26 percent from the same quarter last year. Of this, about $26.6 billion were from ads, while $150 million were from Other Bets. Its income from its “other revenues” segment, which covers things like hardware sales, Play Store earnings and YouTube Red or Google Cloud and Drive subscriptions, also increased from the same quarter last year to about $4.3 billion. This story is developing… Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Atlanta spends more than $2 million to recover from ransomware attack
Apr23

Atlanta spends more than $2 million to recover from ransomware attack

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Last month, Atlanta’s city government was hit with a ransomware attack that caused courthouse documents and services like payment processing to become inaccessible. The ransom demand was approximately $51,000 but according to the city’s Department of Procurement, Atlanta has spent much more than that on efforts to rectify the situation. It appears that firms Secureworks and Ernst & Young were paid $650,000 and $600,000, respectively, for emergency services while Edelman was paid $50,000 for crisis communication services. Overall, the funds seemingly applied to the ransomware attack response add up to approximately $2.7 million. Atlanta .gov ransomware attack costs pic.twitter.com/xgQEpbeZPZ — Ryan Naraine (@ryanaraine) April 23, 2018 It’s unclear whether Atlanta paid or tried to pay the ransom, but evidence suggests city officials didn’t attempt to or were unsuccessful. The affected services are still not fully up and running and ahead of the ransom deadline, the attackers took down the communication portal that would have been used to pay the fee. The question of whether to pay a ransom or not isn’t always an easy one to answer. Agencies like the FBI typically discourage paying these types of ransoms, with one reason being it might encourage attackers to keep doing what they’re doing. But not everyone agrees with that reasoning. “Refusing to pay a ransom is unlikely to demotivate cybercriminals from conducting further attacks, as they will always find someone else to pay,” Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of cybersecurity firm High-Tech Bridge, told SecurityWeek. But another city’s chief information security officer told SecurityWeek that there are other reasons not to pay up. “Unless paying the ransom provided details of how they were breached, what would it really get them?” he said. “Firstly, they don’t know if they would actually get the decrypt keys. Secondly, they don’t know if they would simply get hit again. And thirdly, it would only encourage more of the same kind of action.” Relatedly, Secureworks has said that some groups hit with this same type of ransomware were asked to pay more after paying the initial amount. However, what’s pretty clear is that Atlanta should have done more to protect its systems ahead of the attack. “The real lesson,” said Kolochenko, “is for probably 10 to 20 percent of the cost of the emergency support, they could have brought in the same people to help with the same issues prior to the incident.” Via: SecurityWeek Source: Atlanta Department of Procurement Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Samsung Pay finally works with your PayPal Wallet
Apr23

Samsung Pay finally works with your PayPal Wallet

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Samsung Pay support for PayPal was unveiled back in July of last year with promises that it would be ready “soon,” but that clearly didn’t happen — you’ve had to use your regular payment cards in the months since. Whatever prompted the wait, it’s ready. PayPal has started enabling support through Samsung’s tap-to-pay feature, letting you draw from your Wallet’s funds instead of a credit or debit card. The PayPal feature should work wherever Samsung Pay does, and you’ll earn reward points the same way as before. You’ll still have to link a bank account or debit card for those times you need a refill, so this isn’t quite going to avoid conventional cards. Nonetheless, it could easily come in handy if your PayPal funds are otherwise going to waste. Source: PayPal Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Volvo's S90 Ambience Concept is a planetarium for passengers
Apr23

Volvo's S90 Ambience Concept is a planetarium for passengers

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. While drivers experience most of the stress of a drive, it’s important to remember that passengers are also prone to anxiety. After a long day at work (or fighting Twitter trolls) it can be tough to unwind even when you’re being chauffeured home. Volvo’s S90 Ambience Concept vehicle aims to help those tensions melt away while sitting in the back seat. Unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show, the specially built S90 has “seven visual themes synchronized with audio and scent.” A pampered passenger would lean back and watch a relaxing scene projected on the ceiling of the vehicle while they listened to an audio track and was surrounded by “one of four bespoke scents” which would be emitted by a specially built portal in the center console. Volvo says that this concept is built specifically for the China market. Martin Andersson the senior commercial product manager at Volvo Cars’ special vehicles department said that concept” provides a contrast to China’s sometimes hectic city environments.” While the concept and car are meant for a specific region, it’s not hard to imagine these features making their way into future autonomous vehicles. Automakers like BMW and Audi are already trying to determine what passengers will do in their robot cars in the future. Maybe we’ll all enjoy a sweet light show while commuting from work. It’s better than fighting on Twitter. Source: Volvo Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Netflix gives 'Fast and Furious' the cartoon treatment it deserves
Apr23

Netflix gives 'Fast and Furious' the cartoon treatment it deserves

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. With eight feature releases and a couple of short films, the Fast and Furious franchise has worked its way into the public consciousness. When you think about it, though, while the films are rated PG-13, the core concept is pretty kid-friendly: fast cars and one-liners abound. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also the sixth-highest-grossing film series of all time. That’s probably why Netflix and DreamWorks are bringing the concept to the small screen as an animated series. The collaboration is part of a five-year relationship that has already brought 14 animated kids and family programming to Netfix based on DreamWorks properties, like Guillermo del Toro’s DreamWorks Trollhunters, DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free (there’s a naming convention here) and All Hail King Julien. There are an additional four planned series coming this year, as well. The new Fast & Furious animated series will revolve around Tony Toretto, a teen who follows in the footsteps of his cousin Dom (played by Vin Diesel in the movies). Tony is recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league bent on world domination, which sounds about as plausible as anything in the live-action flicks. “We are thrilled to take our fantastic partnership with DreamWorks Animation to the next level with new opportunities from the vast library of Universal Pictures,” said Netflix’s VP of Kids and Family, Melissa Cobb in a statement. “The Fast & Furious franchise is a global phenomenon beloved by audiences of all ages, and we can’t wait to get started on the new animated series that will capture the action, heart, humor and global appeal of the feature films.” Via: Deadline Source: Netflix Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Samsung could use AR Emoji as stand-ins during video chats
Apr23

Samsung could use AR Emoji as stand-ins during video chats

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Samsung’s AR Emoji may be useful for considerably more than the occasional funny reaction GIF. The tech giant recently received a US patent for a “hybrid visual communication” system that would replace live video of a person with an augmented reality 3D model (basically, AR Emoji) that reflects their facial expressions in real time. This virtual self would stand-in for you during video chats when your connection is flaky, so you could hold a call without the stops and stutters that come with low bandwidth. We’d add that it could be helpful for those moments when you’re less-than-presentable but still want to talk face to face. Just got out of bed? You won’t look quite so groggy. The concept could even draw on ambient and biometric data (such as your heart rate or pupil dilation) to gauge your emotional state and reflect that in your avatar. This is just a patent, and there’s no certainty that Samsung will make use of it. The company first filed the patent in March 2016, or a full two years before the Galaxy S9 arrived — Samsung might have had a chance to implement the technology by now. Even if nothing happens, though, the patent shows that Samsung has been exploring augmented reality avatar uses for a long while. Via: Patently Mobile, The Verge Source: USPTO Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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A VR film forced me to confront my fear of the sea
Apr23

A VR film forced me to confront my fear of the sea

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The first time I realized I was terrified of whales, I was surprised. I had been scrolling through Instagram and saw a picture of a boat adrift in the ocean with the gigantic shadow of a whale below it. The hairs on the back of my neck stood, and I was overcome with an unshakable sense of foreboding. Those animals are massive, and I know they’re generally gentle (orcas aside), but the thought of such a large swimming creature gave (and still gives) me the heebie jeebies. Considering I also get creeped out by schools of fish, my whale phobia isn’t actually too shocking. Many fears are irrational, and trying to overcome them is no easy feat. Photographer Michael Muller confronted his own deep fear of sharks by “learning to dive without protection and cage-free with great white sharks,” ultimately documenting that journey in his new VR film series Into the Now. Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival’s VR Arcade this year, Into the Now is an exploration of a wide range of issues. From how VR can help stress disorders like PTSD and anxiety, to climate change and overfishing, the first episode was a meandering ride that covered myriad topics. It could do with more focus and a coherent plot or message. Muller expects to have 10 to 15 installments of Into the Now, and having each episode look closer at one part of the conversation, whether it’s climate change or treating phobias, could prevent the material from becoming overwhelming. During my preview, I was seated in a Positron Voyager virtual reality chair, which I can best describe as a swivel chair that turns around for you. It not only ensured I didn’t have to keep turning my head around to focus on where the action was happening, but gave me a floating sensation that made the underwater experience seem more real. I felt like I was in a submarine looking out of borderless windows. In fact, I was so caught up that at one point I whipped out my phone out to take a selfie with the virtual school of fish, only to remember I wasn’t actually there. Without the chair, you’ll likely still find Into the Now enchanting. It’s incredibly realistic, thanks to the high quality footage that Muller and his team captured with 9 large format cameras in 4K Stereoscopic 3D. I watched, fascinated and petrified, as they got up close with sharks, whales, stingrays and other underwater organisms. If you share my fears, you may not want to subject yourself to this — I...

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