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Google unveils VR headsets that don't need smartphones

What the Google started at last year's I/O conference, where it announced the Daydream mobile virtual reality platform and headset, is now complete …

Virtual Reality

France's new 'right to disconnect' law rolls out

Sunday saw the activation of the new "right to disconnect" law in France, a law that means workers are not obligated to read or send work-related …

Hiding your tracks from Trump: Online privacy worries heat up

In the face of a new administration, activists and regular people alike embrace tools for keeping their browsing habits and communications private.<p>There's something about a Donald Trump administration in charge of the US National Security Agency that has folks taking government surveillance very …

Privacy

The future of shopping: drones, digital mannequins and leaving without paying

Amazon’s new stores track what you pick off the shelves and bill your account for it later – and that’s just part of what’s coming in retail<p>Amazon may be set to bring its hi-tech till-free stores to the UK after registering the Amazon Go brand name in the UK last week. At the test store near …

eCommerce

Why AR will be bigger than VR

There’s no doubt that virtual reality, when it’s well executed, can be an emotional and literally awesome experience. I’ve experienced it myself, and the possibilities are mind-blowing. But the problem is that right now, and for the foreseeable future, there is a dearth of VR content. There’s not …

BMW to take full responsibility for its autonomous cars

Ahh, it’s time again to stir the pot on autonomous driving. Not my favorite topic, but someone’s gotta get their hands dirty, right? So, just give me …

The VR headset for iPhone we've been waiting for is here

This was supposed to be the year of virtual reality. It kinda was, but it mostly wasn't, if you judge by how much it actually penetrated the …

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Every successful technology, product, or service has a tipping point. Many signs indicate that 2017 will be the tipping point for electric cars. Here's why, and a startup that can make it happen.<p>Electric car hockey stick starting?<p>Global electric ("plug in") vehicle sales showed a 42 percent …

Electric Vehicles

$1,499 Phantom 4 Pro puts DJI way out in front of the camera drone market ... again

They say competition breeds innovation, but it's hard to say that axiom holds up in the prosumer drone market. Because nobody has been able to touch …

Drones

Google Earth VR May Be The Best Way To Explore The World Without A Plane Ticket

Launching today for the Vive, the re-imagining of the venerable tool offers beautiful graphics, rich immersion, and a whole lot of smiles.<p>This summer, I spent a few days in Florence, Italy, where, for the better part of 72 hours, I walked and walked the same narrow streets that Leonardo Da Vinci, …

Virtual Reality

As encryption becomes necessary, companies jack up cost of HTTPS

When the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) decided it was time to encrypt their website with HTTPS, they came up against a barrier: a …

Information Security

China’s Driverless Trucks Are Revving Their Engines - MIT Technology Review

China is gearing up to overhaul its road delivery with fleets of self-driving long-haul trucks.<p>A number of companies are developing automation …

Autonomous Cars

Yahoo shuts off email-forwarding feature, making it harder for users to leave

As Yahoo's embattled email service suffers through a slew of bad news, some users are finding it hard to leave.<p>Automatic email forwarding was disabled at the beginning of the month, several users said. Although those who have set up forwarding in the past are unaffected, some who want to leave over …

Electric Vehicles
Intellectual Property

Stingray documents offer rare insight into police and FBI surveillance

Court records in Oakland reveal cases where a warrant wasn’t required to listen to calls and how much law enforcement uses the devices<p>Court documents ordered released by a judge in Oakland, California, have revealed rare insights into how local police and the FBI use a sophisticated surveillance …

Surveillance

Robot drivers: another blow by Uber against working people

<b>To the editor:</b> I couldn’t help but wonder why<p>Uberwould be working like gangbusters to use something as asinine as driverless cars, but then the answer came in the fifth paragraph right from its head honcho: The company wants to lay off all of its drivers “as quickly as possible.” (“Uber is about to …