Airbnb makes it easier for road warriors to find a room
Apr28

Airbnb makes it easier for road warriors to find a room

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Airbnb is becoming a more popular option for business travelers. Employees from more than 250,000 companies around the world have signed up to use it for work, the company says. So, Airbnb caters to these road warriors with a new search tool that shows only listings suited for business travel. What does that mean, exactly? According to Airbnb, it’s a location with amenities and services essential to business travelers, like Wi-Fi, laptop-friendly workspaces and self check-in. The company says more than 150,000 of those options around the world are currently available through its service. If you want to try the new search function, you’ll need to link your work email address to your Airbnb account. If you want to register as a business traveler with Airbnb, you can do that here. Airbnb’s attempts to cater to business travelers aren’t exactly new. It’s been trying to lure them in since 2014, when it launched a dedicated Business Travel portal. This year, it launched a third-party booking tool, so travelers and their managers can make reservation changes and message hosts with questions. It also introduced business-friendly receipts to streamline the expense process. Airbnb says it’s working on even more business-friendly features this year, including integration with corporate travel booking tools and easier access to amenities like gyms and co-working spaces. That’s surely bad news for the hotel industry, which is already putting legal pressure on the company. Earlier this year, the American Hotel and Lodging Association launched lobbying and research campaigns to convince politicians to “crack down” on Airbnb by imposing more regulatory restrictions. Via: The Verge Source: Airbnb 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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USPS solar eclipse stamps use body heat to reveal the moon
Apr28

USPS solar eclipse stamps use body heat to reveal the moon

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The United States Postal Service is no stranger to letting its nerd flag fly with special edition stamps. The latest in its space series is a little different, though. Rather than just showing off celestial bodies or NASA spacecraft, the new stamps are a tribute to the upcoming total solar eclipse that should occur August 21st. Press your finger to the stamp and your body heat will transform its black circle centerpiece into an image of our moon. Once the heat dies down, the stamp image goes back to black. While it’s not as elaborate as you might think, this is something that’s sure to make philatelics smile. The USPS says this is its first time using thermochromic ink and that the set will be part of its Forever Stamp collection. So, three years from now, if you really need a stamp and postage price has increased, you won’t have to double up with additional stamps when sending that handwritten letter to grandma. Want to celebrate the stamp? Maybe plan a summer road trip to the University of Wyoming’s art museum for the postage’s First-Day-of-Issue ceremony on June 20th. Via: The Verge Source: USPS 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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NSA will stop illegally collecting American emails
Apr28

NSA will stop illegally collecting American emails

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The National Security Agency has enjoyed relatively broad authority to monitor communications among suspected terrorists and their associates, even when those people happen to be American citizens and even without a warrant. However, The New York Times reports the NSA is stopping one of its most controversial practices: the collection of Americans’ international emails and text messages that mention a foreigner under surveillance. The NSA is attempting to adhere to a 2011 ruling by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that found this particular “about the target” email collection program violated the Fourth Amendment. Some internet companies packaged and processed emails in bundles, and if one message contained a foreign target’s email address, the entire group was swept up in the NSA sweep. This meant the NSA was intercepting domestic communications, resulting in illegal searches. FISC allowed the surveillance to continue, but with a new safeguard in place: The NSA proposed a program where it would keep these bundled emails in a separate repository where analysts would not be able to see them. In 2016, the NSA reported the new program was not going as planned and analysts were, in fact, still searching the sequestered documents, The New York Times reports. FISC delayed renewing the agency’s warrantless surveillance program until it promised to cancel the entire “about the target” collection process. Source: The New York Times 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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Vibrating utensils won't stop you from stuffing your face
Apr28

Vibrating utensils won't stop you from stuffing your face

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The weight loss world is full of plausible-sounding advice. We’ve got apps to count calories, smart scales that measure our body fat and even vibrating utensils that promise to slow our eating down. The problem is really knowing which gadgets work and which are just as much empty fluff as a jar of that marshmallow stuff. Unfortunately, those vibrating forks seem to fall under the latter category, according to a new study published in science journal, Appetite. The study, titled “The effect of real-time vibrotactile feedback delivered through an augmented fork on eating rate, satiation, and food intake,” found that even when a smart fork slows people down when eating, it won’t result in eating less. People assigned the vibrating fork ended up eating a bite or so per minute less than the control group, but each cohort ended up eating the same 1.7 pounds of pasta bolognese during the time period measured, according to The Verge. That’s a lot of pasta, slowly consumed or not. Still, the study only tested eating patterns over 10 minutes — half the time other researchers say it takes for your body to feel the food in your stomach — so it’s hard to call the results utterly conclusive. The myth that eating slowly will help you lose weight continues to persevere, however, even with quite a few studies saying the opposite. Smart devices like the HAPIfork may indeed help you eat more slowly, but perhaps not slowly enough to make a difference in the amount you eat. If the current study’s conclusions are true, then vibrating utensils may only be as useful as that fitness tracker you never wear. Via: The Verge Source: Science Direct 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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Your next Lego masterpiece is a $120 NASA Saturn V rocket
Apr28

Your next Lego masterpiece is a $120 NASA Saturn V rocket

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Lego has been inspired by NASA lately. Last month, the toymaker paid homage to women who made great contributions to the space agency, and now it’s revealing an Apollo Saturn V set that also looks incredible. As seen in the picture above, this rocket stands at a little more than three feet tall and can be positioned horizontally or vertically. The idea for the piece was born out of the company’s Lego Ideas program, which lets people from all over the world submit concepts they’d like to see get made. Made up of nearly 2,000 Lego pieces, the NASA Apollo Saturn V is expected to hit stores in June for $120 — which is a small price to pay to make your Moon-landing fantasies come true. Via: The Verge Source: Lego 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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I sat in on a virtual support group for sexual assault survivors
Apr28

I sat in on a virtual support group for sexual assault survivors

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Thanks to its ability to give you a first-person point of view, virtual reality has quickly become a vehicle for empathetic storytelling. Testimony, a VR project that premiered at Tribeca 2017, does so by putting you in a virtual support group, showing the effectiveness of simply watching people tell their stories themselves, especially when the subject is as personal and disturbing as sexual assault. With a Gear VR headset and headphones, I sat and listened to a series of accounts from sexual assault survivors, who would start talking when I looked at them. Their stories were cut into sections and chronologically arranged, and each person stopped talking when I looked away. In the virtual environment, you’ll see the survivors’ heads laid out on a web-like map. Each individual’s account consists of four or five sections that are tied to each other with a thin line, so you know where they begin and end. You can start at any part of each individual’s timeline. Testimony isn’t a VR “experience.” It’s not designed to transport you to the scene of a crime or force you to watch, horrified, as someone is attacked. Instead, it lets sexual assault survivors tell their stories in their own words, which is far more powerful than a reenactment. The accounts are straightforward, and don’t go into explicit detail. When your brain is forced to fill in the gaps left by the unspoken words, the sense of empathy is stronger than if you had simply watched the episode unfold. Then, there is the sheer power of witnessing a survivor struggle with their emotions while recounting the traumatizing incident. I know some survivors of sexual assault — they are all strong and inspirational people. But, even the most resilient of them have, in my experience, shied away from detailing what happened to them. It is rare to hear a survivor’s story told so vulnerably, and for anyone dealing with similar pain, Testimony provides a support group-like environment where they can find strength and solace in the privacy of their home. Testimony’s greatest strength lies in its focus on each individual’s journey after their assaults. When I heard that it took a year for one survivor to hear back from the police about her gang rape, and that all the officer had to say at that time was that they would “give the ringleader a call” a year later, I was outraged. And this theme of being failed by the legal system runs through all the accounts. As I jumped from person to person, the sense of injustice...

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The Galaxy S8's home button shifts to prevent screen burn
Apr28

The Galaxy S8's home button shifts to prevent screen burn

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Screensavers were originally a way to prevent burn-in on older CRT monitors. The now-classic moving images in early operating systems were created to keep any single pixel on the screen from remaining in place for too long, leaving behind a ghost on the display. Modern screens like the OLED ones on Samsung’s Galaxy S8 can also suffer from burn-in. Since the new flagship’s Home button is virtual now, the company had to do something to prevent it from getting burned in to your display. The solution? Moving the Home button image around a little bit. This subtle movement can only be seen with careful measurement but it’s definitely changing position by a pixel or two, notes Dutch site Galaxy Club. The feature was confirmed in an exchange between a Samsung superfan and the company’s official Dutch Twitter account, as well. @Samsung_NL Ques: “verspringt” de “Home-button” ook als je S8+ AOD aan hebt staan (zoals de andere info WEL verspringt), of…? — henklbr™ 🇳🇱 (@henklbr) April 24, 2017 Smartphone screens aren’t the only modern displays to deal with burn-in, either. LCD and Plasma screens can suffer from it, too. In fact, Android Wear devices that use OLED screens have a special anti-burn-in mode you can enable if you like to keep your smartwatch on all the time. Via: The Verge Source: Galaxy Club 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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Uber puts you in control of your user data
Apr28

Uber puts you in control of your user data

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Uber is making removing the hurdles to deleting your account entirely. Like so many other services, simply uninstalling the app from your phone doesn’t wipe your data on the company’s servers. Not any more, according to The Verge. Rather than having to contact Uber support to eliminate your personal information, a forthcoming update adds the feature to the app itself. From the privacy settings you’ll apparently be able to start a 30-day countdown, and after the clock hits zero your customer data will go the way of the dodo. This isn’t a response to the #deleteUber social media campaign, the company stressed, telling The Verge that the feature has been in the the works for “more than a year.” Beyond that, the update will give you a little more control over how your location is used within the app. A new feature will let you drop a pin to show your friends where you are and it sounds like you’ll be able to disable GPS services entirely for more privacy. You’ll have to enter an address for pickups by hand, versus the app automatically pinpointing where you are, however. You know, in case you think that sharing an intersection versus your home’s or destination’s address is a bit too open to Big Brother. Is it enough to get you to come back to the ride-hailing service? Let us know in the comments. Via: The Verge Source: Uber 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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The best 360-degree camera
Apr28

The best 360-degree camera

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. By Jeff Carlson This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here. A 360-degree camera is great if you want to capture the full view of the summit on Half Dome or take in all of the surrounding architecture in the Piazza San Marco in Venice and share that experience on Facebook or YouTube so friends can pan around a scene and fully be there in the moment. After researching 360-degree cameras for 30 hours and testing four top contenders, we think the Ricoh Theta S is the best affordable, user-friendly entry point into this rapidly developing new category of photography. Who should buy this The appeal of 360-degree cameras is the ability for the viewer to see (and often hear) not just what’s in front of you, but the entire visual sphere of that location. 360-degree images and videos enable the viewer to look around independently, whether that’s by dragging within the picture window in an app or on a computer screen, or by moving their body while holding a phone or tablet that can register its place in 3D space. When you wear an inexpensive pair of Google Cardboard goggles or more advanced VR gear, the experience you record becomes fairly immersive. Ways to use 360-degree cameras are still evolving, but there are some scenarios that lend themselves to this kind of shooting. 360-degree cameras can function as an action camera, a POV camera, or a mounted camera. For more on these shooting styles, see our full guide. How we picked and tested The Ricoh, Nikon, 360Fly, and Samsung cameras. Photo: Jeff Carlson We started by reading reviews and combing through specifications for nearly 30 cameras that offer 360-degree recording capabilities. Based on a reader survey of how much you’d be willing to pay for a 360-degree camera, we then limited our scope to models priced under $600. Working on the assumption that more megapixels would be beneficial, especially when shooting video, we looked closely at 4K-capable models. But because only a small number of them currently exist, we brought in a Ricoh Theta S for testing to see how its HD video differed from 4K footage in real-world usage. We dismissed solutions like the GoPro Omni that require strapping together two or more cameras using novel brackets or cages for 360-degree coverage due to complexity. Ultimately, we were able to limit our contenders...

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Apple and Qualcomm's license dispute is getting nasty
Apr28

Apple and Qualcomm's license dispute is getting nasty

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Qualcomm’s ongoing legal dispute with Apple today took a new turn after the chipmaker accused its device-making partner of further withholding patent royalties. According to a statement, Apple recently stopped paying licensing revenue to manufacturers of the iPhone because it believes it’s been overpaying for important 3G and 4G patents. The legal battle started back in January when Apple sued Qualcomm for $1 billion for “abusing its clout” in the industry. Because the semiconductor giant enjoys a monopoly over important modem chips that connect devices to cellular or WiFi networks, it’s required to licence them under “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” terms. Apple argues it hasn’t done that, going as far as to claim that Qualcomm charges five times more than all of its other licensors combined. Qualcomm hasn’t taken the issue lightly. Earlier this month, it responded to Apple’s lawsuits with one of its own, accusing the iPhone-maker of underutilizing its modem chips in the iPhone 7 and misrepresenting the performance disparity between Qualcomm basebands and those of its rivals. Now, Apple is holding back money it owes to manufacturers of the iPhone. Qualcomm, for the most part, directly licenses its patents with partners, but Apple does things a little differently and pays partners like Foxconn that have their own agreements. It now expects to get no royalties during its current quarter. “Apple is improperly interfering with Qualcomm’s long-standing agreements with Qualcomm’s licensees,” said Don Rosenberg, EVP and general counsel of Qualcomm. “These license agreements remain valid and enforceable. While Apple has acknowledged that payment is owed for the use of Qualcomm’s valuable intellectual property, it nevertheless continues to interfere with our contracts. Apple has now unilaterally declared the contract terms unacceptable; the same terms that have applied to iPhones and cellular-enabled iPads for a decade.” The move has forced Qualcomm to amend financial estimates it published only last week. The company now sees third quarter revenue reaching between $4.8 billion and $5.6 billion, instead of $5.3 billion to $6.1 billion. Source: Qualcomm (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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Xbox chief envisions a Netflix model for narrative games
Apr28

Xbox chief envisions a Netflix model for narrative games

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Microsoft has just tipped its hand for what the company will show off at E3 in June. In a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian, Xbox chief Phil Spencer laid out his plans for the future of Xbox software. Since (mostly) fixing a majority of the problems the Xbox One hardware and system software has suffered through since 2013 with the Xbox One S and the Creator’s Update for Xbox firmware, Spencer is focusing on the other problem Microsoft faces: its dearth of unique and compelling reasons to buy into the improved Xbox platform. Spencer told The Guardian that his company has crowed about the consumer-facing side of what its online infrastructure offers (Xbox Live’s new features like clans), but now we’re going to start hearing about what that back-end can do for developers. Which, in turn, trickles back down to consumers. Part of that is opening up its Azure cloud servers to smaller developers as a means of helping them build a service-based game that’d otherwise be impossible due to the monumental costs of setting up infrastructure. Basically, Microsoft wants to do smaller scale versions of what it did for developer Respawn Entertainment’s debut title, the multiplayer-only Xbox-and-PC game Titanfall. He specifically cites Electronic Arts’ FIFA Ultimate Team as being a model for success in terms of service-based games. That might not be the best example, though. A card-trading game within FIFA proper, for quite awhile Ultimate Team was rife with folks exploiting the game, farming coins needed to buy high-skilled footballers. But Spencer does realize that not every type of game will work as a service; locking areas of games behind microtransactions or paywalls isn’t a good fit for, say, huge single-player action-adventure games. Regarding those, his comments were frank: “The audience for those big story-driven games… I won’t say isn’t as large, but they’re not as consistent. You’ll have things like Zelda or Horizon Zero Dawn that’ll come out, and they’ll do really well, but they don’t have the same impact they used to have, because the big service-based games are capturing such a large amount of the audience. “Sony’s first-party studios do a lot of these games, and they’re good at them, but outside of that, it’s difficult — they’re becoming more rare; it’s a difficult business decision for those teams, you’re fighting into more headwind.” Internally, Microsoft had Quantum Break last year, a big-budget narrative-driven game with no online multiplayer and zero post-launch add-ons. It was a unicorn for Microsoft if there ever was one. “We’ve got to understand that if we enjoy those...

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Vizio's new M-series 4K TVs are its real 2017 highlight
Apr28

Vizio's new M-series 4K TVs are its real 2017 highlight

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Last year, Vizio wowed us with its P-series 4K TVs, which delivered premium picture quality at a price much lower than other companies. But Vizio’s mid-range M-series sets also gained a reputation for being more affordable while still looking pretty good. This year, things are a bit different. Surprisingly, the 2017 P-series TVs are exactly the same as last year’s model. But the newer M-series “XLED” sets received some useful upgrades that will make them even more compelling to shoppers looking for a good deal. The 2017 M-series TVs, which start at $800 for the 50-inch model and go up to $3,000 for the 75-inch, still pack in 32 local dimming zones. That helps them deliver even backlighting and solid black levels. But this time around, they also have a wider color gamut and a higher peak brightness, reaching up to 600 nits. Both are features that previously required upgrading to the P-series line. The higher peak brightness means that light sources in some scenes pop a bit more, and the increased color range make images a bit more dynamic. Altogether, they make the M-series far better suited for showing off HDR (high-dynamic range) content, like the BBC’s luscious Planet Earth 2 4K Blu-ray. That’s ultimately a good thing, as HDR is a much more obvious visual upgrade than 4K alone. Vizio brought all of its new sets to NYC for a brief demo, and the M-series was clearly the most intriguing option. When compared to Samsung’s Q7 QLED TV, one of its flagship models for this year, black levels on the 65-inch Vizio set were significantly better. You can thank the local dimming backlight for that. Samsung’s TV, on the other hand, features an edge-lit backlight that disrupts black levels with light gray streaks. It was particularly apparent in a clip from Batman vs. Superman, where very bright on-screen elements caused the backlight to wash out everything around them. Beyond the black levels, colors and brightness on Vizio’s set looked about as good as the Q7. That’s impressive, given that the M-series 65-inch model goes for $1,500, while the Samsung set costs $4,000. If you’re looking for the best balance of value and picture quality, the M-series’ upgrades make the line significantly more compelling. It’s also an even better option if you’re in the market for an extra large TV. The 70-inch M-series will run you $2,000, while the 75-inch model goes for $3,000. The P-series, in comparison, costs $2,000 for the 65-inch and $3,500 for the 75-inch set. Technophiles will likely be fine shelling out the...

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'Dragon Quest XI' spawns the best and worst special edition consoles
Apr28

'Dragon Quest XI' spawns the best and worst special edition consoles

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Square Enix is on a bit of a merchandising mission in the lead up to the July release of Dragon Quest XI in Japan. For its latest trick, it’s partnered with Nintendo and Sony to today announce two new Dragon Quest consoles. The first is the black 2DS XL, with a matte silver slime bulging up from its lid, and a small Slime icon on the inside. There’s also stencil work on both the lid and base, which matches the gray software theme. It’s understated and rather lovely, and will be released on July 29th priced at 22,480 yen (about $200) in Japan. The second, a Dragon Quest PlayStation 4, is the antithesis of the Nintendo console. Styled with all the subtlety of a Thanksgiving Day Parade, it’s a standard slim PS4, albeit in a deep blue, emblazoned with a giant gold Emblem of Erdrick and a smaller slime. The DualShock 4 also has the same artifact festooned across its touchpad, and a slime on its right grip. Sony The chintziest detail is left for last, though — a gold slime USB cover that droops over the front of the console. It’s all a bit much. The Dragon Quest Heroes PS4 from a couple of years back had a similar USB cover, but all of the logos and icons were presented in grays and silvers and worked well with one another. Despite all this, I still kind of want both of the new consoles. The Dragon Quest PS4 and 2DS XL are currently only slated for Japanese release. Given the successful infiltration of the West with Builders, it’s not impossible that we might see some of this hardware in the US. Square Enix has commited to releasing more Dragon Quest titles outside of Asia after all. If not, there’s always importing. (The 2DS is region locked, the PlayStation 4 is not). Or, you could always settle for Hori’s crazy Slime DualShock 4: Via: Arkotype (Twitter) Source: Nintendo (JP), Sony (JP) 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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'Pictionary' comes to phones five years after 'Draw Something'
Apr28

'Pictionary' comes to phones five years after 'Draw Something'

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. It has taken its sweet time, but Pictionary (with all the appropriate copyright branding), has landed on iPhones, Android devices and, oh, even Amazon’s app store. The game has two modes. For one, you’re given plenty of time time to draw overelaborate masterpieces in a turn-based game, while in the other you’re playing in a real-time, two-vs-two challenge, which is obviously why you downloaded the app, right? Categories cover people, places, animals, objects, actions and a spicy “Difficult” category, while you can pick and choose from pencils, crayons, paintbrushes and more to communicate that this is obviously an olive tree, why can’t you see that? Stares and stern pen-tapping noises are currently are not supported. The established drawing game has dragged its feet. Draw Something did the whole Pictionary thing many years ago, to huge success (and then not so much). That said, there’s a certain clout (and search engine preference) to iOS and Android games that match your search requests exactly. The game will also generate a feed of your friends and family’s awkward scribbles, if ever you’re in need of a quick chuckle. The game is free to play, and is available to download now. Source: Pictionary 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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Chrome warns you when typing anything into non-secure sites
Apr28

Chrome warns you when typing anything into non-secure sites

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. As part of Google’s quest to compel all websites to use the more secure HTTPS protocol, Chrome 62 will flash more warnings when you visit HTTP sites. A few months ago, Chrome 56 (rightly) started labeling unencrypted sites as “not secure” right next to their URLs in the address line if they’re asking for passwords and credit card details. As the Chrome Security Team’s blog post said, though, passwords and credit card numbers aren’t the only types of data worth protecting. That’s why when Chrome 62 rolls out in October, you’ll see the warning pop up whenever you type anything in an HTTP website. If you’re in incognito mode, you don’t even have to type anything. Chrome will automatically assume you have a higher expectation of privacy, so it’ll flag any HTTP site you visit. Since Google eventually plans to flag everything on the web that doesn’t use encryption, you can expect to see Chrome issue the friendly reminder for more types of situations in future releases. Source: Chromium Blog 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 creators will profit from people stealing videos
Apr28

Facebook creators will profit from people stealing videos

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Facebook’s video platform has grown like a weed, mainly thanks to auto-plays and a significant rise in accounts presenting other people’s work as their own. In 2015, the company introduced a video matching system aimed at curbing the practice, and now it’s taking that one step forward with the promise that original video creators can profit when other people pirate their creations. According to Facebook, the updated version of its Rights Manager tool will still tell rights owners when their work has been stolen, but it can now also automatically act on their behalf too. When a video is flagged, creators can decide whether they want the system to block offending content immediately after it’s been uploaded, monitor the pirated video’s metrics in order to make a more informed decision or simply decide at a later date. Rights owners will also be given the option to claim ad earnings against video content that matches their own. Facebook is still in the early days of testing ad breaks midway through videos, but if a flagged video does generate an advertisement, the original creator can claim a share of the cash. YouTube employs a similar policy, allowing rights holders to profit from videos flagged by Content ID. It’s a notable step by Facebook, as it attempts to lure viewers away from YouTube and Twitch towards its own News Feed and Live platforms. It knows that if creators can’t trust it to filter copycats, they may not consider posting there at all. Facebook says the updates are already rolling out and will be available globally in the coming weeks. Via: Recode Source: Facebook Newsroom 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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Home Depot left customers' unprotected personal data online
Apr28

Home Depot left customers' unprotected personal data online

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. It’s been awhile since hackers broke into Home Depot’s servers and stole 56 million customers’ credit card information back in 2014. But recently, a tipster pointed business watchdog site Consumerist to a web address under the HomeDepot.com domain. The unprotected page stored photos of various home improvement projects…and 13 Excel spreadsheets filled with customer data. All told, it had names, phone numbers, and physical and email addresses for up to 8,000 people. And all those files sat there unprotected, unencrypted and discoverable by search engines for an unknown period of time. Home Depot has since removed the files from the site, according to Consumerist. The spreadsheets didn’t contain credit card data, bank account information or Social Security numbers — all of which are legally protected, and land whomever exposed it in legal hot water. In other words, leaving this non-financial/non-SS personal information accessible on the internet (however indirectly) isn’t necessarily illegal. It is, however, terrible for an exposed user’s privacy — and could potentially leave them open to future scamming. Names, phone numbers and physical and email addresses are all details that could be used in a phishing attempt to pretend familiarity while asking for more crucial information. The personal data left online were all complaints logged for Home Depot’s MyInstall program, which the company offers to help customers communicate with contractor installers. It included product types, installation services and the name of the person servicing the complaint — yet more details that could have further helped scammers pretending to contact customers on an official basis. To be clear, this wasn’t a breach of security, just an unfortunate patch of customer data erroneously left open to the public. “The information was out there, and as hard as it would have been for anyone to find, it shouldn’t have been. This was an inadvertent human error that we addressed as soon as we discovered it. Although the data was low-risk, we take the matter very seriously,” a Home Depot spokesperson told Engadget over email. Unfortunately, even though the data wasn’t released as the result of a deliberate hack, it was still available for an unknown period of time. We won’t know the ramifications of this mistake unless someone attempts to take advantage of any of Home Depot’s 8,000 unlucky customers affected. Source: Consumerist 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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NASA's inflatable greenhouse could feed astronauts on Mars
Apr28

NASA's inflatable greenhouse could feed astronauts on Mars

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. One of the biggest problems we still have to solve when it comes to sending humans to live on the moon or Mars is food. The spacefarers can’t exactly take years’ or a lifetime’s worth of food with them, and not every plant can grow in native Martian conditions. To conjure up a possible solution to the issue, NASA scientists at the Kennedy Space Center are developing an inflatable cylindrical greenhouse for outer space with the University of Arizona. The Prototype Lunar/Mars Greenhouse project uses what’s called “bioregenerative life support system” that mimics Earth’s environment to be able to grow plants outside our planet. The support system will introduce the carbon dioxide astronauts exhale into the greenhouse and will release the oxygen plants produce into the human settlement. It will pump oxygenated water with the appropriate nutrients across the plants’ root zone, collecting and storing what’s left at the end. The idea is to use water humans bring from Earth. However, if they’re staying on the moon or on Mars forever, NASA has to find a water source in their new homes. While plants here at home grow under the sun, the greenhouse will likely have to be buried underground to protect the plants from radiation. Early Martian or moon settlers can either use LED lights or capture solar light and beam it underground using fiber optic bundles. Both kinds successfully grew plants during the researchers’ test in an 18-x-8-foot prototype, Eventually, the team could create greenhouses in various sizes for different plants, depending on what they decide astronauts should bring. For now, they’re planning to develop computer models to simulate future tests and to control the environment inside the greenhouses. Source: NASA, University of Arizona 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 searches for its next star with a cover competition
Apr28

YouTube searches for its next star with a cover competition

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. YouTube is looking for the world’s next star, and it’s asking Ludacris and Ryan Seacrest to help it happen. Seacrest’s production company are making “Best. Cover. Ever”, for the video service, with famous musicians mentoring contestants that enter by covering one of their songs. The best two entrants will appear on the show, hosted by Ludacris, with the eventual winner getting to duet with established musical talent. YouTube isn’t lacking in amateur (often amazing) covers of existing songs, but Ryan Seacrest himself reckons that covers, “are a terrific vehicle to help discover fresh talent.” For the video site, it gets to taps into those magical early years of YouTube , when users believed they had a chance of making it by putting themselves out there with a modicum of talent, an acoustic guitar and a low-res webcam. Is it still even possible to get famous through only a well-received cover track? We’ll see. Artists that have already signed up for the show include the Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo and Charlie Puth — most of which I have heard of. Future stars can submit their covers of “As Long as You Love Me,” “Confident” and “Trumpets” by May 19th right here, although the company hasn’t announced a launch date for the series. More musicians are set to be announced in the coming weeks. 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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Where to buy LG's G6 for the best price in the UK
Apr28

Where to buy LG's G6 for the best price in the UK

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The launch of LG’s latest smartphone, the G6, has been somewhat staggered. First there were pre-orders, and then a prerelease specifically for those eager customers. But over the last few days, the G6 has gone on general sale pretty much everywhere. After last year’s ambitious but tepidly received, modular G5, LG has gone back to basics — if you can call ample power, a big and beautiful display and two primary cameras “basics,” that is. Intrigued? Well, here are all the carriers and retailers in the UK that’d be more than happy to sell you one. O2 EE Three Vodafone Carphone Warehouse Buymobiles Mobiles.co.uk Cheapest contract (with upfront) £34 (£130) £43.49 (£10) £29 (£129) £36 (£120) £28.49 (£170) on EE £18 (£400) on EE £26 (£230) on O2 Cheapest contract (lowest upfront) £39 (£10) £43.49 (£10) £41 (£49) £52 (£10) £44 (£0) on iD £36 (£0) on EE £46 (£0) on EE Pay-as-you-go £600 — £599 — — — Unlocked (SIM-free) — — — — £650 £646 — Occasionally LG phones have failed to gain traction with all major UK carriers, but the G6 has curried favour across the board. Contract resellers are the only outlets offering the G6 on these networks without an upfront payment, though, and with a range of data caps within these contract options, they’re worth checking out. As is usually the case, Tesco Mobile has the best deal among MVNOs. For £34.50 per month and no upfront payment, it’s offering an LG G6 with a 2GB data allowance, besting giffgaff and Sky Mobile’s cheapest contact options. If you’re after a SIM-free, unlocked model, look no further than Tesco Direct, which is selling the G6 for £629 while every other online retailer is sticking firmly within the £645 to £650 range. 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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M&S to trial online grocery deliveries
Apr28

M&S to trial online grocery deliveries

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. As the UK online food delivery market continues to grow, some big name businesses are worrying that they’re missing out. Amazon finally threw its hat in the ring almost a year ago and now Marks and Spencer (M&S) has announced it’s preparing sell groceries online from this autumn. According to CEO Steve Rowe, online groceries didn’t make financial sense for the company in the past, mainly because customers don’t spend enough on food to make the service profitable. However, M&S now says it can no longer ignore one of the fastest growing areas of the UK grocery market. “We continue to review food online carefully,” said Rowe, reported by The Guardian. “It has not cost us anything over the last five years by not being online with food. Our customers haven’t moved yet, but they will and we need to ensure that we are ready with the right response. There are unanswered questions over what this means for M&S and we have a team looking at this now with a view to undertaking a soft trial in the autumn.” M&S already provides a small food delivery service, offering a small selection of entrees and alcohol online. A wider launch will see it go head-to-head with Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Ocado and Amazon, which are often associated with a “big shop.” Although M&S’ food business has grown substantially over the last decade, it’s used to customers filling small baskets of own-brand speciality goods. The announcement comes soon after the company announced it will close six stores as part of a wider plan to boost its food business. Over the next five years, 30 stores will close indefinitely and 45 others will be “downsized or replaced” as “Simply Food” shops. Source: The Guardian 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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PlayStation 4 has never been more important to Sony
Apr28

PlayStation 4 has never been more important to Sony

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Sony’s PlayStation division has never been more important to its bottom line. The company posted some lacklustre numbers today for the fiscal year ending on March 31st, but its video game efforts continue to impress. The company sold 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles over the 12-month period, beating the 17.7 million figure posted in its 2015 fiscal year. Those numbers helped Sony’s gaming division pull in 1,650 billion yen (roughly $14,730 million), a 6.3 percent increase year-over-year. More importantly, gaming profit rose by an impressive 46.9 billion yen to 135.6 billion yen (roughly $1,210 million), up from 88.7 billion yen the year prior. Sony says that profit is mostly down to “hardware cost reductions.” That’s probably a reference to the cheaper, slimmer PS4 that came out last September — a common move (hello, PSone and PlayStation 2 slimline) to reduce manufacturing costs. Software sales played a part too, especially those sold direct through the PlayStation Network. The PlayStation 4 is unquestionably a juggernaut — the 20 million sold last year puts the console close to 60 million lifetime sales. While impressive, Sony expects that momentum to slow down a little. A slide in today’s earning report shows predicted console sales at 18 million for the 2017 financial year. While PlayStation 4 soars, the rest of Sony’s business is stumbling. The company’s mobile division saw revenue drop 32.7 percent year-over-year, from 1,128 billion yen to 759 billion yen. Some smart restructuring and “a focus on high value-added models” did, however, help the team swing from a 61.4 billion yen operating loss in 2016 to a 10.2 billion yen ($92 million) profit in 2017. Sony’s Xperia X Performance was a total dud last year, priced too high and offering little over its flagship competition, which makes the feat all the more impressive. Hopefully the Xperia XZ Premium, with its 4K display and super slow-mo video camera, fares better. Sony’s camera sensors have always been a decent money-maker, however revenues fell from 684 billion yen in 2016 to 580 billion yen ($5,175 million) in 2017. Profit dropped by 22.1 billion yen year-over-year to 47.3 billion yen ($422 million), due to foreign exchange rates and the knock-on effect of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes. Sony’s movie and TV business was also poor, posting an 80.5 billion yen ($719 million) loss in 2016. All told, Sony’s financial results weren’t too pretty. The company reported revenue of 7,603 billion yen (roughly $67,886 million dollars), which is down 6.2 percent on the previous year. Operating income, or profit, was down 5.5 billion yen, or roughly 1.9...

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Google+ 'Topics' highlight active users and communities
Apr28

Google+ 'Topics' highlight active users and communities

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Google’s latest feature for its social network can make your home stream look a little bit less lonely. Next time you check Google+, you’ll see a new block in your stream listing topics you can explore. The social network already has hundreds of topics on rotation that you can click through, including Black & White Photography, Art, Science, Toy Models & Crafts. They’re all in English, Spanish and Portuguese, though, and it’s unclear if they’ll ever be available in other languages. By exploring the topics listed, you could find new or hidden communities and individuals who share your interest. It could also show you relevant collections you might not see otherwise. Google is rolling out the feature within the next day or so — keep an eye out for it if you’re looking for contacts to add, because everyone else you know is on Facebook. Source: Google 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's Messenger Lite expands to 132 more countries
Apr28

Facebook's Messenger Lite expands to 132 more countries

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. From the text-only Facebook Zero way back in 2010, to more recent Project Aquila, Mark Zuckerberg and company have made it clear that reaching the developing world is a huge priority for the company. So there was little surprise when it announced Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite, which offer stripped-down, low-bandwidth versions of Facebook’s two main products for users in emerging markets with spotty service and expensive data rates. After officially launching in just five countries last year, Facebook is now expanding the rollout of Messenger Lite to another 132 countries. Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus shared the major expansion in a status update today, noting that the Lite version is designed for older phones with limited memory and processing power. Users will still be able to chat with Messenger’s more than 1.2 billion users, but they’ll be limited to sharing text, photos, links and stickers. Processor-heavy features like Messenger Day, photo filters and third-party apps won’t be available, but the app itself is designed to use less memory and data while compensating for unstable networks at the same time. Although Facebook has been coming after Snapchat’s users hard in recent months, Messenger Lite will compete more directly with it’s own WhatsApp as the messaging platform with the lowest barrier to entry. Germany, Colombia, Italy, Vietnam, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Japan, Taiwan and the Netherlands are all included in the new rollout, according to Marcus. Meanwhile, as TechCrunch points out, Messenger Lite is not available in Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Sudan, UK, US and North Korea, but the vast majority of the planet now has access to Messenger’s core features. From a hardware perspective, Messenger Lite is only available on Android, but it works with older versions of the operating system all the way back to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. 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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Google and Facebook named as victims to $100 million scam
Apr28

Google and Facebook named as victims to $100 million scam

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The tech companies that fell victim to a $100 million email scam reported in March are no inexperienced newbies fresh off their first funding round. According to Fortune, they’re none other than Google and Facebook. When the incident was first exposed, feds revealed that they arrested a Lithuanian man named Evaldas Rimasauskas for perpetrating the phishing scheme. However, they chose to keep the companies’ identities a secret. It became pretty easy to find the victims once Taiwanese parts supplier Quanta Computer admitted that the scammer used its company’s name. Quanta supplies parts for various tech titans, including Apple and Amazon. The sources Forbes talked to pinpointed Google and Facebook, though: one said the social network asked the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan for help in getting back its money. Both companies eventually admitted that they were the unnamed victims in the case. Facebook told the publication that it “recovered the bulk of the funds shortly after the incident and has been cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation.” Google said it “detected this fraud against [its] vendor management team and promptly alerted the authorities.” Mountain View also confirmed recouping the funds it lost. While they already got their money back, the investigation still isn’t done. Rimasauskas, who allegedly stashed the money in banks across Europe, continues to deny his involvement and to fight his extradition to the US. Fortune’s source said companies fall to phishing schemes involving fake suppliers all the time, and Facebook was far from the the first one to ask the US Attorney’s Office for help. The office’s personnel thought this particular case was huge, though, considering how much was involved. That’s why it was a bit strange that neither corporation disclosed the incident to their investors, which they’re legally required to do. While the companies declined to comment on that, it could be because Google and Facebook don’t consider $100 million big enough to require disclosure. Whatever their reasons are, fact remains that even they aren’t immune to phishing schemes, and ordinary folks who fell victim to them shouldn’t feel that bad either. Source: Fortune 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 report admits foreign governments are influencing discourse
Apr27

Facebook report admits foreign governments are influencing discourse

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. On the same day Facebook released its report on global government requests for the second half of 2016, its Threat Intelligence team announced new steps the social giant is taking to combat so-called “Information Operations.” The report is tacit acknowledgment that foreign governments are manipulating public opinion on the network to further their geopolitical agendas. These campaigns go beyond just spreading fake news, the report said, including pushing disinformation and using networks of fake accounts (which Facebook calls “false amplifiers”) to manipulate public opinion. Governments are using some or all of these tactics to shape public opinion at little cost and risk. Their “InfoOps” have a three-part strategy: collecting and releasing confidential data to control public discourse (think Wikileaks), creating content (either fake or real) and coordinating to silence unfavorable voices and amplify ones that will sway public opinion in their favor. Facebook has adopted more aggressive policies to detect and stop fake news on its site, but combating these campaigns requires a different playbook. They’ve already made some headway eliminating inauthentic “false amplifier” accounts, like those they took down ahead of the first round of the French presidential election. Behavioral analysis has pointed out whether an account is inauthentic, including irregular bursts of activity and repeated posting of the same material. As for data collection, Facebook users have yet to be targeted in large numbers by these campaigns. But out of concern that compromised accounts could give nefarious users personal info for phishing attempts, the social network has beefed up security and privacy features. Facebook’s also notifying people when they’ve been targeted and even proactively warning some they believe will be attacked. Broadly, Facebook listed its efforts to combat these campaigns, including alerting candidates and campaigns of potential risks, offering training materials and cooperation to government agencies and helping the press via its Journalism Project. But the report paints a picture of increasingly coordinated efforts to rile up online populations and direct their opinions. Fake account wranglers seemed to have a basic knowledge of local politics and fluency to orchestrate their sock puppet profiles, “suggesting a higher level of coordination and forethought.” And not least worrying were several incidents where fake accounts jockeyed on both sides of the political spectrum to agitate groups, fracture their supporting base and purposely muddy discourse. Via: Reuters Source: “Information Operations and Facebook” (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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Google iOS search now finds streaming movies, music and TV
Apr27

Google iOS search now finds streaming movies, music and TV

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Finding streaming content on your iPhone is getting easier. Google announced on Wednesday that the newest update to its search app on iOS devices will enable users to find TV shows, movies and songs on streaming services. That includes iTunes, Hulu, Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube and Spotify. The feature, which is already available on Android and the desktop, displays the icons of streaming services that currently offer the content you’re searching for. So, for example, if you look for Zootopia, the app will pop the “Knowledge Box” at the top of the search results. Below the screenshots, movie ratings and synopsis, you’ll now find links to Netflix, Hulu and wherever else it’s streaming. The same goes for music, though you’ll find links to Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora instead. The app will also show how much you’ll have to pay to rent or buy the content. It’s not a huge addition, but a helpful one. As mobile culture moves from surfing the web to working within apps, this new feature will help users find what they’re looking for more efficiently, regardless of which service the content resides on. Source: TechCrunch 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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Nintendo's latest portable is the $150 2DS XL
Apr27

Nintendo's latest portable is the $150 2DS XL

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Nintendo is dropping the NES Classic from its lineup, but it has new hardware on the way with this just-announced 2DS XL. The portable system will cost $150 when it goes on sale July 28th, with the same large screen of the 3DS XL, but as its name implies, it will only display “Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS” games in 2D. 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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The next generation of VR enhancements coming to HTC Vive
Apr27

The next generation of VR enhancements coming to HTC Vive

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The first year of consumer virtual reality has been exciting, to be sure, but ask anybody in the industry, and they’ll tell you that it’s only the beginning. Engineers and developers are always chasing the next big thing in VR technology: wireless headsets, better walking simulation systems, eye-tracking and more. It’s a long road to getting that better VR experience, but there’s tons of room to grow — and Vive’s Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance is one group trying to help that happen. We stopped by the VRCA’s fourth member meeting to see how the next generation of VR is coming along, and some of it is closer than you might think. Wireless VR, for instance, is already here — TPCast’s wireless HTC Vive adapter shipped earlier this year, untethering VR users from their PCs with without introducing any perceptible lag. Now the company is taking it to the next level by introducing an upgraded adapter designed specifically for multi-user applications. The TPCast “Business Edition” is designed to enable wireless, multiplayer virtual reality play. It’s a small tweak to an already existing technology, but it opens up new possibilities, and gives more freedom to users collaborating in a VR environment to also interact with the physical world around them without worrying about tripping over each other’s headset cords. Having less physical barriers in the way of the virtual environment makes in-person social interaction a little easier, but other members of the VRCA are focused on merging the social spaces of disparate digital worlds — specifically, social network integration. Partnering with WeChat, one of China’s most popular social platforms, ObEN is building an AI-driven virtual environment that allows VR users to seamlessly interact with WeChat users on mobile. Right now, that consists of creating a system that can make a realistic avatar from a selfie and using smart speech to text programs to make sure a user in a VR headset can respond to text conversations without picking up a keyboard. The company says it’s also working on an app that will allow WeChat mobile users to control an avatar in the VR world without wearing an actual headset, significantly lowering the barrier to entry for VR social experiences. 7Invensun’s aGlass eye-tracking upgrade kit was the most impressive VR add-on we saw at the meeting — both as a potential means for improving social VR and as a basic, quality of life feature. The aGlass kit consists of a pair of sensor rings that fit over the HTC Vive’s lenses that, after some calibration, keep track of where the...

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Take a look at Apple's self-driving test vehicle
Apr27

Take a look at Apple's self-driving test vehicle

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Photos obtained by Bloomberg are giving us our first look at what appears to be a testbed for Apple’s self-driving car technology. An observer caught the Lexus SUV (looking similar to the demo vehicle above) rolling out of an Apple facility in Silicon Valley, rocking an extensive kit including Velodyne LiDAR units and radar sensors, which help the car observe the world around it. Apple picked up a permit to test its autonomous technology on California streets a couple of weeks ago, and it apparently isn’t waiting to get started. According to an expert cited by Bloomberg, the kit observed appears to consist of “off the shelf” sensors from third parties like Velodyne, instead of custom hardware. It’s unclear what form the scaled-back Project Titan plans could eventually take, but getting time on the road is a big first step. Here’s the car that #Apple‘s using to test its autonomous car technology. Story with @mhbergen. https://t.co/jHLnJDRjoS pic.twitter.com/zTezUmcZwC — Alex Webb (@atbwebb) April 27, 2017 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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