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16 of the coolest apps and games for Daydream, Google's new virtual reality headset

Unlike the bulky, several-hundred-dollar pieces of kit from Oculus or HTC, all you need is a relatively cheap headset, the accompanying motion-sensitive remote, and a modern, "Daydream-ready" smartphone capable of running the apps for it.<p>At a fraction of the price, it is never going to be as …

Virtual Reality

Tech trends we're most looking forward to in 2017

As the end of the year looms over the horizon, it’s time to take a look forward and mull over the next big thing in technology.<p>Like any year before, 2017 will bring its own problems and solutions, shaping up both the way we use and think about technology.<p>So without further ado, take a dive into the …

Autonomous Tech

Are you there, chatbot? It's me, human

"Hey, are you awake?" I texted. It was 2:37 a.m. and every moment of wakefulness that passed would leave me more tired in the morning, but I just couldn't fall back asleep. At the very least, I could use someone to talk to.<p>"Hey what's up hello, " came the response.<p>This was no fellow insomniac, nor …

Alphabet

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 28: Alphabet, the parent company to Google Inc., launched its first virtual reality viewer in 2013 and has continued to invest in VR with projects like Google Cardboard and 360-degree video on Youtube. Suggesting continued investment in VR/AR, the company also recently …

14 Free Business Tools to Make Your Startup more Successful in 2017

Being an entrepreneur, it is imperative that you must be equipped with an in-depth knowledge of the major variables, in the both internal and …

Will Robots Take Over? Human Rights Watch Urges Artificial Intelligence Weapons Ban

Human Rights Watch issued a report Friday urging a ban on the development of fully autonomous weapons. The 49-page report entitled "Making the Case: …

4 Alternatives to the Oculus Rift

Don't break the bank on VR.<p>Christmas is almost upon us. You’ve probably got some last-minute shopping to do, and you’ve probably clued in on the fact …

Why Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google all desperately need you to know that the robots are coming

Instead, the biggest companies in tech, especially Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, spent their 2016 hyping up something a little more abstract: their ongoing quests to build a so-called "general artificial intelligence," and all the extra smarts they're adding to the product while they're …

Artificial Intelligence

7 Technology Trends for 2017 Globally

This curated column is authored by Moses Ida-Michaels, Business Director, Availsys<p>Technology will drive the business markets of 2017. There will be …

Automation Won't Create New Jobs Like Technology Did In The Past

“Increased productivity leads to more wealth, cheaper goods, greater spending power and ultimately, more jobs,” said the Wall Street Journal in the latest entry in the counterpoint to articles declaring the end of work.<p>People should trust things will work out and know the weight of historic …

Employment

Augmented Reality Tapped For Holiday Toys

<i>The following post was previously published in MediaPost's Connected Thinking:</i><p>It’s taken a number of years, but augmented reality is finally getting …

It sure looks like Nintendo's next video game console will support virtual reality

Just over 20 years ago, Nintendo released its least successful game console ever: the Virtual Boy. It was a red and black monstrosity with mostly terrible games.<p>The console was quickly scrapped in favor of more traditional hardware like the Nintendo 64 and GameCube.<p>But in the past few years, …

Microsoft tries to reboot mobile strategy by ditching Intel for tablets

<b>Microsoft's Continuum feature allows smartphones to power desktops and laptop computers. (Picasa)</b><p>Software giant moves to close “app gap” with next generation of tablets and laptops powered by Qualcomm<p>Matthew Sheffield<p>December 16, 2016 12:59pm (UTC)<p>The Microsoft Surface line of convertible tablet …

Inside BMW's Effort to Deliver a Self-Driving Car for 2021

Earlier this year, while celebrating its centennial, BMW told us it plans to offer a self-driving car by 2021 called the iNext. A battery-electric luxury sedan with autonomous capability, developed in partnership with suppliers Intel and Mobileye, the iNext represents an ambitious reach for a …

The State Of Virtual Reality In 2016

In truth, 2016 was not “The Year of VR.” It was the year of the <i>start</i> of VR. Multiple major tech companies released impressive VR systems that were …

Nintendo Switch patents tantalize gamers with possibilities of VR, touchscreen, new controllers

Everyone is excited about the Nintendo Switch, but the company continues to be cagey about critical details like the resolution, the presence or absence of a touchscreen and so on. Well, speculation will certainly heat up with the appearance of a nearly 150-page patent application that gamers are …

Radio Garden: Close your eyes and listen to the world, from the live broadcasts of Havana to Aleppo

Radio Garden works like any other digital radio but, in this case, the world is your tuning dial. As you turn it with your mouse, gliding between …

Mercedes-Benz’s Chief Design Officer Explains the Future of Autonomous Vehicles

AD sits down with Gorden Wagener to hear his philosophy on the car interiors of the future<p>How will the interior of the autonomous vehicle of the future look? It’s a question faced by designers, engineers, and product planners across the board in the automotive industry. Without the need for …

Autonomous Vehicle

Who are Russia's cyber-warriors and what should the West do about them?

Who are Russia's cyber-warriors?<p>Western intelligence services and cyber security firms say they have identified two particular groups involved in the hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that led to a series of embarrassing emails being leaked to the public ahead of the US presidential …

Why Artificial Intelligence Won't Displace Human Artists

This year's news about what artificial intelligence can do in the arts has been both exciting and scary. Neural networks have learned to paint like masters and compose sophisticated music. Those of us in creative endeavors might be as endangered by technological advances as blue-collar workers are …

Artificial Intelligence

In 2017, Someone Will Spend a Month in Virtual Reality

Right now, virtual reality is limited to short experiments and quick games, but HTC Vive’s China regional president thinks that’s all about to change.<p>…

Top AI stories of 2017

In the sci-fi film Ex Machina, reclusive inventor Nathan Bateman foresees a bleak future, telling the movie's protagonist Caleb that, “One day the …

Want to be successful? It’s about more than IQ

We’ve been led to believe that high intellect and hard work are the keys to success. But where does that leave those who weren’t blessed with a high …

This Week in Machine Learning 16 December 2016

This week’s top Machine Learning stories, including new batteries, new clothes, new medical diagnoses, and more!<p>Machine Learning is one of the most …

Augmented Reality Supermarket Opens in Milan

The future is looking bright for dissatisfied grocery shoppers. Earlier in December, Amazon unveiled their concept for a store with no checkout …

Inside Amazon's clickworker platform: How half a million people are being paid pennies to train AI

Internet platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk let companies break jobs into smaller tasks and offer them to people across the globe. But, do they …

Oculus Adds Rooms And Parties To Make VR More Social

The new features will launch first for Gear VR, but could one day come to Rift.<p>While there’s plenty of disagreement about how big the virtual reality industry will eventually become, few people dispute that making the experience more social is key to its future growth.<p>Already there are numerous …

Humans can now move complex robot arms just by thinking

Most robotic arm systems required a very complex and very invasive brain implant… until now. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a new system that requires only a sexy helmet and a bit of thinking, paving the way to truly mind-controlled robotic tools.<p>“This is the first time in …