Hans Peter Svendsen

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This drum-like keyboard lets you type in virtual reality like a boss

Typing could be quite the ordeal when both of your hands are full – and this is particularly true for virtual reality, where you constantly have to keep a tight grip of your joysticks to maintain control over the experience. But one resourceful designer has found a handy way around this …

Virtual Reality

Android VPN app developers are using malware to track your data

When you download an app, you give it access to your smartphone and its data. Only last week Meitu's selfie app was criticised for sharing users' …

Google Translate iOS app can now do live Word Lens translations from Japanese

Google Translates’s augmented reality feature, Word Lens, now works with Japanese. As with other supported languages, you simply point your iPhone camera at a Japanese sign, notice, menu or similar and it will instantly overlay the English text – even without a data connection.<p>If you don’t speak …

Apps

Carolina

This ridiculous laptop is the portable Batman command center you've always dreamed of

There's only one thing I can always consistently look forward to at CES: Razer's crazy concept devices. This year's no different.<p>At CES 2017, the …

Google secretly squared off its AI against leading Go players and it won

Last year, Google made history when its DeepMind-based artificial intelligence AlphaGo unequivocally defeated the second highest ranking Go player in the world, Lee Sedol – but now it seems the crafty AI is coming for the number one spot.<p>In a curious turn of events, yesterday DeepMind CEO Demis …

Artificial Intelligence

Sweden could become the first major country to issue a national digital currency

Cecilia Skingsley, deputy governor of Sweden's central bank Riksbank, told the Financial Times in an interview that the bank is considering the move after a dramatic drop in the usage of cash. The amount of notes and coins in circulation has fallen by 40% since 2009, with a rise in online shopping …

Central Banks

This $5 device can hack password-protected computers in just 30 seconds

Even the strongest passwords are fallible, and as Samy Kamkar demonstrates, sometimes it doesn’t take much.<p>Kamkar’s new exploit, PoisonTap, uses free software and a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero microcomputer. After attaching the Raspberry Pi to a USB adapter and plugging it in, the device goes to work. In …

Raspberry Pi

Disney will fly 300 drones simultaneously every night this winter in Orlando

The technology, invented by Intel, allows a single pilot to operate hundreds of drones at once.<p>Disney will send 300 drones into the air every night over Orlando, Fla., this winter to create a holiday-themed light show in the night sky.<p>The entertainment giant is using Intel’s Shooting Star drone, …

Drones

Domino's begins delivering pizza by drone in New Zealand

Back in August, Domino’s announced that it had begun trials for a program to deliver pizzas using drones. Today, that dream of couch potatoes everywhere has become a reality.<p>In partnership with delivery startup Flirtey, the company has begun handling orders by drone for select customers in New …

Oculus is giving away its mesmerizing VR painting tool, Quill

VR has quite a bit to offer creative types in terms of building worlds and images that would be impossible otherwise. Oculus Story Studio is looking to redefine the concept of a digital art with their latest effort, Quill.<p>Oculus announced today that it will be releasing a beta of the application …

Niantic’s new invite-only “Portal Recon” tool lets players vote real-world locations into Ingress

While most people might know Niantic for building the hype-monster that is <i>Pokémon GO</i>, GO wasn’t the company’s first big release. That title goes to Ingress, an equally (if not more) location-centric game.<p>Just days after Ingress’ fourth birthday, Niantic is shaking things up with the introduction of …

Pokémon

Has Hyperloop One bitten off more than it can chew?

"I don't want to be remembered as the guy that put a train in a tube" is the quote du jour from Hyperloop One's Josh Giegel. Giegel and co-founder Shervin Pishevar have been showing off a revised vision for how the future of public transportation will operate that moves far beyond intercity travel. …

High-speed Rail

Surface Studio and Dial hands-on: Microsoft made desktops exciting again

The main attraction is the fancy hinge, which allows you to easily switch between a traditional all-in-one angle to a drawing-board-like 20 degrees. The hinge action is <i>very</i> smooth and extremely easy to activate with one hand. Once set at 20 degrees, it feels sturdy enough to support my weight …

Internet providers will soon need permission to share your web browsing history

New privacy rules require opting-in to sensitive sharing<p>In a win for privacy advocates, the FCC voted this morning to place new restrictions on internet providers that limit the information they can share about their subscribers.<p>When the rules go into place, likely sometime early next year, …

Why smart devices are so vulnerable to cyber attacks

Richard Sims, a product development consultant at the Technology Partnership, said such devices - commonly referred to as the "internet of things" - often connect to the internet by default and use stock code from open-source software, which makes them easier to hack.<p>Mercedes Bunz, a lecturer at …

Cyber-attacks

Apple Pay is live in Japan and works on public transport

The release of iOS 10.1 has brought with it support for Apple Pay in Japan, one of Apple's largest markets and a country where mobile payments have been commonplace for well over a decade. The expansion into Japan required significant work from Apple to get its payment system working on the …

Sweden bans cameras on drones

<b>The use of camera drones has been made illegal in Sweden unless they are granted a special surveillance permit.</b><p>Under new rules set down by the Supreme Administrative Court of Sweden, camera drones qualify as surveillance cameras and require a licence.<p>Permits can be expensive and paying to apply for …

Judiciary

Uber Sends Its First Self-Driving Truck to Pick Up 50,000 Beers

The stunt was the first-ever commercial use of autonomous trucking.<p>Last week, an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer made a 120-mile journey from an Anheuser-Busch facility in Fort Collins, Colorado, down Interstate 25 to the town of Colorado Springs. The truck carried 2,000 cases, or 50,000 cans, of …

No Destination

Fallhorst

Akita

Skylanders Imaginators will let you 3D print your characters

Parents with kids of a certain age, prepare to spend even more on Skylanders this holiday season.<p>Activision's popular game-to-life franchise, which releases the Skylanders Imaginators game for $75 on October 16, says fans can order real-life versions of the characters they create and play in the …

North America

Self-Driving Cars Are Going to Beat Up on Trains, Too

Got a gig in the global passenger rail industry? Prepare for an “enormous shakeout.”<p>One reason it’s so irresistible to speculate about what self-driving cars will do to our lives is that there aren’t any around yet to show us how wrong we are: The prototypes from Google, Uber, and others are …

Trains

Google’s head of self-driving tech: We’re not building a car, we’re building the driver

Dmitri Dolgov showed Recode how sensors on Google’s self-driving car help it navigate and interact with pedestrians.<p>Google — which has been working on its self-driving cars since 2009 — is not in the car-making business. Nope, Google is in the superhuman-driver-making business, according to Dmitri …

MasterCard launches its ‘selfie pay’ biometric authentication app in Europe

MasterCard is moving from trials of facial biometrics for payment authentication, including one in the U.S. and Canada launched earlier this year, to its first proper rollout of what is colloquially referred to as ‘selfie pay’ (aka MasterCard Identity Check). So basically enabling app users to …

Feds secretly subpoenaed the encrypted chat app Signal earlier this year

With minimal user logs, there was nothing to hand over<p>Earlier this year, Open Whisper Systems was served with a federal subpoena for records on its users, according to documents published today. Prosecutors were seeking data on two suspects who used Signal, an encrypted chat app produced by Open …