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Oculus Rift CEO: we want to put 1 billion people in virtual reality

Powered by $2bn Facebook purchase, Oculus Rift wants to create a 1 billion-person virtual reality world beyond gaming<p>Oculus Rift and Facebook have ambitious aims for their virtual-reality headset – the two companies want to put 1 billion people into a massive virtual world.<p>The virtual reality …

Microsoft developing smartwatch to rival Samsung with fitness focus

Patent reveals Microsoft smartwatch rival to Samsung, Pebble and expected Apple iWatch with heart rate and fitness functions<p>Microsoft is working on a smartwatch focused on fitness, heart rate and health to rival Samsung’s Gear, a recently published patent reveals.<p>The “Wearable Personal Information …

Watch: The 12 basic principles of Disney animation magic

Disney’s animation tricks-of-the-trade come to the Web in a video take of the classic book “The Illusion of Life”<p>"The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation," written by two of Disney's Nine Men, is out of print. But that hasn't stopped it from making its way to the Internet in GIF and video form.<p>The …

Metacloud banks $15M to push its private OpenStack cloud vision

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Rashevskyi Viacheslav<p>OpenStack player Metacloud has $15 million in new funding, which it will use to …

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Four ways to modernize your APM strategy (white waper)

<i>This sponsored post is produced in association with Dell Foglight</i><p>As businesses become increasingly reliant on online channels for customer interactions, the need for faster, more functional websites becomes increasingly evident. While many Web 2.0 approaches aim to increase the speed and efficiency …

Twitter Adds Language Targeting for Promoted Tweets, Accounts

Twitter today launched language targeting for promoted tweets and promoted accounts. As a result, advertisers can now target both in 20 different languages while users will be able to see “highly relevant ads” in their language.<p>Twitter says it uses “a number of different signals” to determine a …

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire remakes coming to 3DS

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire have just been announced for the 3DS, and will be out worldwide this November.<p>As Nintendo’s recent …

The Next iPad Will Have A Fingerprint Sensor Just Like The iPhone

Kuo has a pretty good record with Apple product reports, but his timing is often off.<p>In the report, Kuo says the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display will both get a faster processor called the A8 and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that lets you unlock the device without a passcode. He also …

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Chrome Show: Intel is happy to power your next Chromebook

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom Illustration<p>It’s late and short podcast this week as we’re traveling for meetings. While flying around the …

University of the People - where students get free degrees

Ali Patrik Eid is a happy man right now. A few weeks ago he graduated from a university that he didn't pay a penny for. He didn't even have to show up for lectures.<p>And when his wife gave birth to twins shortly after he started his course in business management, it was no problem for him to take six …

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3D-Printed Memes Are the Desk Toys of the Future

Turning a meme into a 3D-printed model is no easy task — but that's exactly what 3D model marketplace CGTrader asked people to do in its 3D printing …

Hyperrealistic virtual reality adventure Loading Human headed to Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus

As the medium of virtual reality progresses, its applications only get more incredible. Take Untold Games' <i>Loading Human</i>, for instance. It takes Unreal Engine 4 and infuses it with the tropes of the adventure game genre, only instead of pointing and clicking, you're <i>in</i> that world. Solving puzzles and …

Yahoo tops list of 10 most active tech acquirers in 2013

Yahoo’s 2013 shopping spree earned the company a surprising title: most active buyer of private U.S. tech companies.<p>With 22 acquisitions of private U.S. companies last year, Yahoo proved more acquisitive than companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple, according to new data from financial research …

Google Wallet on Android now juggles all your internet accounts

As good as Google Wallet might be for payments, you've so far been locked into using one Google account; that's not so hot if a family member needs to borrow your phone to send some cash. That won't be an issue after today, since Google has updated Wallet's Android app with a tweaked interface that …

7 reasons why now is the time to buy a Windows Phone

For a long time, the biggest decision to make when weighing up a new smartphone has been whether to plump for iOS or Android.<p>With BlackBerry …

LinkedIn to let companies target members by language, location

(Reuters) - LinkedIn Corp on Tuesday rolled out a new feature that allows companies to target audiences by language preference and geographical location as it seeks to grow and retain members across the world.<p>“Before we would show you everything the company was saying even if it wasn’t right for …

Faster Chromebook laptops revealed by Google and Intel

<b>New computers running Google's Chrome operating system from Lenovo, Acer, Asus, HP and Toshiba have been shown off at an event in San Francisco.</b><p>In addition, Dell announced it would offer its existing Chromebook laptop with a faster processor.<p>The move is designed to build on rising demand for the …

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Microsoft may stall Surface Mini release date till June

Mere hours after one report said Microsoft's Surface Mini will arrive this month, another crops up to push our expectations back a few …

Bot or Not? Researchers make an app to sniff out bots on Twitter

They spread lies. They push products you don’t care about. They make unpopular people look popular. Sometimes, they take over your machine with malware.<p>Twitter’s got bots, and researchers are fighting back. At Indiana University in Bloomington, researchers have developed an app called Bot or Not, …

How to Get the Most Out of the New Google Maps

Google Maps rolled out a massive update that added better offline maps, improved navigation and Uber integration.<p>But while the update is huge, many …

The Oculus VR ain’t just for games. Tank drivers and car manufacturers use it, too

Putting games aside, Facebook might have a whole slew of markets into which it can sell Oculus VR virtual-reality headsets.<p>The device could very well have military applications. The Norwegian army has been experimenting with it to give soldiers better visibility around armored vehicles. The …

Invention Awards 2014: A Powerful, Portable, And Affordable Robotic Exoskeleton

Lift an extra 40 pounds with little effort<p>Surviving a stroke or debilitating injury is often the start of a very long ordeal. Physical therapy can be slow and strenuous with no guarantee of recovery. Robotic exoskeletons can sometimes provide the support a ravaged body needs to heal—and strength …

HP to invest over $1 billion in open-source cloud computing

(Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co said it plans to invest more than $1 billion (588 million pounds) over the next two years to develop and offer cloud-computing products and services.<p>The company said it will make its OpenStack-based public cloud services available in 20 data centers over the next 18 …

TinkerForge brings home automation to the masses with its DIY kit

Do you have some old 433MHz home automation gear lying around and fancy making your home a little smarter? TinkerForge is releasing a new internet of things controller designed to let you run power sockets, light fittings and even electric blinds from the comfort of your smartphone. The platform …

Apple passes Staples to become the #2 online retailer behind Amazon

According to a new report from the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> (citing e-commerce trade publication <i>Internet Retailer</i><i>),</i> Apple has managed to overtake Staples and claim the number-two spot in the world of online retail. Apple’s online sales data jumped a significant 24% last year, although this jump is mostly …

Google unveils Classroom, a tool designed to help teachers

Looking to support educators and simplify their workload, the tech giant announces a new, free, classroom-friendly tool that integrates Google Docs, Drive, and Gmail.<p>Google looks to be making the grade with a new tool it unveiled Tuesday that aims to help teachers easily organize assignments and …

Sony tape smashes storage record

<b>Sony has developed a new storage tape that is able to hold up to 185 terabytes (TB) of data per cartridge.</b><p>Created with the help of IBM, Sony's technology allows for tapes that can store the equivalent of 3,700 Blu-ray discs.<p>The tape hold 148 gigabits (Gb) per square inch - beating a record set in …

AMD plays both sides of the CPU wars with chips that use the same socket

Typically, you can't reuse many parts when you switch processor technologies; if you change chips, you change the entire motherboard at the same time. That won't be true for AMD in the future, though. It's working on a common chip framework, Project Skybridge, that will let 2015-era ARM and x86 …

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Has Serious Fingerprint Sensor Problems

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the best phones you can buy right now. Problem is, its fingerprint sensor is comically bad.<p>For some perspective, we compared the Galaxy S5 to the iPhone 5S in a fingerprint sensor battle.<p><i>Produced by Will Wei.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Twitter

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