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Finally, a Commodore 64 Virtual Reality Set

For when you're tired of the Commodore 64 in two dimensions.<p>As VR continues its long slog towards the mainstream, people are going to keep making weird things with it. Inspired by his 12-year-old daughter's science fair project on the subject of virtual reality, jim_64 decided to make a set of VR …

711 million email accounts susceptible to new spambot

‘Onliner’ bot can bypass spam filters<p>A new spambot called Onliner has been discovered which can bypass spam filters and target 711 million email addresses, as noted by <i>ZDNet</i>. Onliner is used to send the banking malware Ursnif to vulnerable Windows computers. The trojan then steals passwords, credit …

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Alzheimer's Disease

An Instagram hack hit millions of accounts, and victims’ phone numbers are now for sale

Selena Gomez was first. Who’s next?<p>A bug that exposed users’ contact information affected a far greater number of accounts than Instagram originally said. The bug, which appears to have been responsible for Selena Gomez’s account being hacked this week, allowed hackers to scrape email addresses and …

David Beckham

Zeiss VR One Connect puts PC games on mobile VR headsets

PC-powered VR gaming requires a minimum $500 investment just for the headset, but Zeiss and Steam have introduced a cheaper way to do it. The Zeiss …

Virtual Reality

There's a VR game to go with Netflix's new 'Voltron' series

If you thought Netflix's <i>Voltron Legendary Defender</i> was a great new take on the old series, there's more where it came from -- not in animation, but in VR. On September 26th, fans can play the virtual reality game <i>DreamWorks Voltron VR Chronicles</i> on PSVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive for $15.<p>Players …

Virtual Reality

Microsoft was leading the world in AR; now it’s at risk of being left behind | Ars Technica

HoloLens was inspirational, but it’s ARKit and ARCore that are going to win developers.<p>Stop me if you think you've heard this one before: a …

Air France Flights May Soon Have VR Entertainment

While only available on one route for now, the airline could expand its availability if the trial is deemed a success.<p>Amid the shrinking seats and incessant delays, there is still one silver lining to the long-haul flight: Your judgement-free chance to sit back and watch a movie you would never pay …

Virtual Reality

Researchers report >4,000 apps that secretly record audio and steal logs | Ars Technica

SonicSpy family of apps pose as benign programs. Behind the scenes, they spy on users.<p>A single threat actor has aggressively bombarded Android users …

Apps

The Oculus launcher now works with Steam games

Oculus' launcher software is, unsurprisingly, focused on running VR apps from the Oculus Store. But that's probably not how you get all your apps -- you may have Rift-ready games in Steam, for instance. That won't be a problem from now on. Oculus has updated its portal to offer fast access to any …

Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR

The potential of mobile augmented reality is clear. Last summer Pokemon Go gave a glimpse of just how big this craze could be, as thousands of excited humans converged on parks, bus stops and other locations around the world to chase virtual monsters through the lens of their smartphones.<p>Apple was …

Augmented Reality

Apple declares war on Google as job posts reveal it is hiring 70 map experts in AR and self driving car push

• <b>Apple is hiring 70 maps experts with with navigational and geospatial skills</b>• <b><br>The goal is to be the dominate platform for augmented reality</b>• <b><br>For AR apps,</b> …

Second Life’s Immersive Sequel Is World-Building at Its Finest

Through immersive world-building, 'Sansar' wants to make VR social.<p>After a few months of an invite-only preview phase, Linden Lab is opening up their virtual reality successor to Second Life, <i>Sansar</i>, to the world. Users are now able to sign up for Sansar to begin creating and sharing their social VR …

Virtual Reality

Toll Brothers launches kitchen VR app for luxury home buyers

American luxury home builder Toll Brothers has launched a virtual reality app that lets home buyers view all 360 degrees of their kitchen in high-definition and choose from thousands of configurations.<p>The app, called Kitchen 360, provides buyers with a tour of the kitchen through a connected tablet …

Virtual Reality

Roomba creator says it ‘will never sell your data’ after talking about selling your data

Just a few days after musing about the potential to sell mapping data of customers’ homes, the CEO of Roomba maker iRobot has pedaled those claims way back. In a statement provided to <i>ZDNet</i>, company CEO Colin Angle now says that “iRobot will never sell your data.” A company representative said his …

Roomba

AltspaceVR social app is shutting down

Social VR app AltspaceVR is shutting down its main service after running out of cash, saying it “can’t afford to keep the virtual lights on anymore.” The app was one of the first VR social experiences to gain traction and was available across a variety of platforms.<p>In a blog post titled “A Very Sad …

Investing

Hands-on with the Asus ZenFone AR, which is arriving just in time to compete with ARKit

It’s one of two Tango phones you can get<p>Google has been working on Tango, its AR platform for smartphones, since 2013. Since then, only one smartphone has shipped that supports Tango: the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which I reviewed back in December. Now, the second Tango phone is here.<p>Well, sort of.<p>Asus …

Mobile Technology

Apple imagines AR glasses that fulfill the dream of Google Glass

Tim Cook has not-so-subtly hinted that Apple is working on some sort of augmented reality product. And while ARKit may be the start, a patent application published today hints at what Apple could be picturing down the road.<p>The application describes how a device could overlay information on the real …

Augmented Reality

Apple-assigned Metaio patent illustrates rumored augmented reality glasses

Rumors that Apple is working on augmented reality glasses have been growing for some time, and a patent application published today shows how the same approach might be adapted to both a smartphone screen and smart glasses. It also describes how the two devices might be used in tandem.<p>This …

Dtoid in Japan: Hands-on with Mario Kart Grand Prix VR Arcade

Despite everything cool I saw at E3, an official Nintendo-licensed <i>Mario Kart VR</i> was the most pleasant surprise of the year for me. It sounded too …

Disney's Magic Bench lets you play with AR characters without headset or smartphone

Disney Research has come up with a new way to allow multiple people to experience the same augmented reality experience while in the same room — …

Augmented Reality

Oculus 1.17 Update Will Let You Launch SteamVR Apps From Oculus Home

Until recently, Oculus Rift owners have had to maintain two separate repositories for games; Steam and Oculus Home. And depending on where you bought …

Apps

Roombas have been busy mapping our homes, and now that data could be shared

Recon robots<p>Over the past couple of years, Roombas haven’t just been picking up dust and chauffeuring cats around, they’ve also been mapping the layout of your home. Now, Colin Angle, the chief executive of Roomba maker iRobot, has said he wants to share the data from these maps in order to improve …

I, Robot

Inside Look: Blade Runner 2049 Experience at Comic-Con

With Comic-Con in full swing this week, the amount of panels, previews, games, and brand activations to check out seem endless. But this year, there …

Blade Runner

Google tests confirm VR-based employee training trumps video guides

Google’s DayDream team has been experimenting with virtual reality as a training medium, as well as one designed with entertainment in mind. In an …

Virtual Reality

How ARKit will deliver the future of maps

From crowdsourced traffic data on Waze to Apple’s innovative “Flyover” feature for Apple Maps, our smartphones have introduced a number of clever map-related technologies that make it easier to get from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible.<p>A new demo of Apple’s ARKit augmented …

Augmented Reality

AR's future is more than just games, it will change the way we make decisions

According to research by Goldman Sachs, the virtual and augmented reality industry will become a $85 billion market by 2025. However, while a lot of the conversation surrounding VR and AR is focused on gaming and video, a huge part of the market value is being driven from non-entertainment use …

Presence Capital has made 33 VR and AR investments in less than 2 years

Presence Capital — one of the earliest venture capital firms to focus on virtual reality and augmented reality startups — is today announcing that it has made 33 investments.<p>That’s a lot of investments for a fund that was announced in December 2015. Presence Capital has invested in Baobab Studios, …

Lenovo Reveals AR Headset DaystAR

Lenovo today unveiled at the company’s annual Tech World conference a new standalone AR headset dubbed ‘daystAR’.<p>Revealed on stage by chief …

Augmented Reality