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Oculus wants to help VR avatars look normal when they talk

Remember all those Hong Kong kung-fu movies with really poor dubbing so the actors' mouths would keep flapping after the words had stopped? That was charming. What's less charming is the possibility of stone-faced avatars poorly mouthing dialogue, detracting ever so slightly from the immersive …

Where the consumer technology world is headed in 2016

After getting back home from CES 2016, I had a few days to think about what I had just witnessed. Attending one of the largest technology trade shows in the world was a first for me, and it was quite interesting, to say the least. The entire Las Vegas Convention Center was packed full of different …

Virtual Reality

View-Master Shows Off Updated Version Of Its Iconic Virtual Reality Viewer

Mattel’s View-Master Virtual Reality headset is getting some new upgrades that will likely cement it as one of the best Cardboard viewers on the market when it launches this fall.<p>It was just last week that the viewer earned the milestone designation of being the first piece of virtual …

Virtual Reality

Watch a great explanation of how Formula E’s all-electric race cars work

There's a wealth of information to be found about the cars of Formula E, if you're looking for it. The FIA's website for the series has done a decent job of making the series accessible, and the leading dedicated publication, Current E, posts all sorts of infographics, car breakdowns,<p>All of that is …

Buenos Aires

Gamified drones will be one of the biggest toy trends of the year

NEW YORK — Drones have been a hot but controversial topic in the tech space for quite some time, but following the trend of whatever's popular among …

Google's self-driving car project is on a hiring spree

Google is on a hiring spree - only not all of its openings are for programmers or web designers. The internet giant is ramping up its self-driving car project, listing 36 jobs under its Google X project. Among them are positions in manufacturing and engineering related to developing systems …

Watch DARPA'S Drone Dodge Obstacles, Fly At High Speed

At 45 miles-per-hour<p>The drone revolution needs fewer pilots. Most small unmanned aerial vehicles need at least one human operating them to fly correctly, with the pilot simply removed. That’s fine for many things, but if we want drones to do new tasks, they need to fly on their own. Fast …

Nothing says 'I love you' like a Valentine's e-card from space

E-cards aren’t exactly the coolest thing that ever happened to the internet, but a Valentine’s space e-card delivered by NASA? OK. I’m listening.<p>NASA has collated images of Mars craters that look like hearts and smilies, as well as some of its Mars Rover, to put together some templates for the …

Crowd Funding

MoPub now supports video ads that reward you for watching

MoPub has added new support for rewarded video ads. Starting today, publishers can manage this ad format from Unity Ads, AdColony, Vungle, and Chartboost.<p>If you’re not familiar with rewarded video ads, these are formats that encourage users to deal with ads in order to receive an in-app reward. …

Jetpack Company Loses $5 Million In Its First Year

Still promises future filled with jetpacks<p>Personal jetpacks are almost here, if the market can support the company long enough for them to ship. New Zealand’s Martin Aircraft has a jetpack ready to go, if a pair of ducted fans worn as a gigantic backpack counts as a “jetpack”. In development for …

Stock Markets

iPad-friendly drones invade Apple's online store

Apple's vision of a ritzy, high-end retail presence apparently also has room for drones.<p>The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced and Phantom 3 Professional …

Sony begins beta testing live YouTube streaming on PS4 today

Sony is kicking off a beta of its latest PS4 system software today, which adds some nifty features that expand the console’s social capabilities.<p>The new version, codenamed Kenshin, will allow PS4 owners to livestream gameplay on YouTube as well as YouTube Gaming. You’ll also be able to share clips …

Machinima settles with FTC over misleading Xbox endorsements

The Federal Trade Commission is no fan of companies parading paid sponsorships as organic endorsements, as gaming video network Machinima recently …

Machinima

First manned drone uses 54 propellers

History is full of DIY flying machines, including the occasional Joe who ties a bunch of helium balloons to his lawn chair.<p>So it was only a matter of time before someone would figure out the number of drone propellers it would take to put a man in the air The answer is 54.<p>A British man may have …

Super-Strong Material Inspired By Squid Teeth Is Self-Healing

To repair, just add water<p>A team of researchers led by engineers from Penn State University has created the first material that heals itself in the presence of water, according to a study published yesterday in <i>Scientific Reports</i>. The material, inspired by squid teeth, could be used to repair devices …