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Cyberpunk 2077 will include full nudity for a very important reason

The genre is about so much more than fast cars and slick guns<p>The team at CD Projekt Red came to E3 this year with an enormous demo for its next game, <i>Cyberpunk 2077</i>. Coming in at 50 minutes in length, the demo was as much a showcase of the game’s feature set as it was a statement about CD Projekt …

Atmospheric harvesters will enable arid nations to drink from thin air

The technology could help delay another Cape Town Zero Day.<p>As climate change continues to wreak havoc upon the Earth's weather patterns, formerly lush locales like the American West are finding themselves increasingly parched. Perhaps nowhere is that abrupt arridization more pronounced than in Cape …

Living dragonfly drones take flight

Draper’s Dragonfl-eye is a living dragonfly with a solar-powered backpack that can control its movements using light pulses.<p>By genetically engineering the “steering neurons” of the dragonfly, researchers hope to be able to use the insect to get to areas larger drones cannot reach.<p>BBC Click finds …

Elon Musk envisions humans living in glass domes on Mars

Last month, Elon Musk’s firm SpaceX detailed its plans for its Interplanetary Transport system (ITS), which the company hopes will take humans to Mars so we can colonize the red planet.<p>Today, CEO Musk took to Reddit to answer questions about the outrageously ambitious project in an AMA session, and …

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Linux exploit gives any user full access in five seconds

The bug was first spotted by Linus Torvalds 11 years ago, but never patched.<p>If you need another reason to be paranoid about network security, a serious exploit that attacks a nine-year-old Linux kernel flaw is now in the wild. The researcher who found it, Phil Oester, told <i>V3</i> that the attack is …

Patent shows how Apple Watch could use heart-rate sensors to identify owner

Unlikely as it sounds, a future Apple Watch may be able to identify its owner using nothing more than the heart-rate sensors. In principle, this could allow it to eliminate the need for a PIN (or verification via iPhone unlock) when you put it on in the morning.<p>NordVPN<p>The possibility is described …

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DeepMind's new computer can learn from its own memory

DeepMind, an artificial intelligence firm that was acquired by Google in 2014 and is now under the Alphabet umbrella, has developed a computer than can refer to its own memory to learn facts and use that knowledge to answer questions.<p>That’s huge, because it means that future AI could respond to …

Australia denies banks interim approval to jointly negotiate with Apple on payment apps

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s anti-trust regulator on Friday said it would not grant the country’s three biggest banks interim approval to collectively negotiate with Apple Inc to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones.<p>A National Australia Bank (NAB) logo is pictured on an …

Mimo’s new app teaches you how to code on your iPhone

Apple’s new iPad app Swift Playgrounds is popularizing the idea of learning to code on mobile devices, not desktop computers. But its focus is only on teaching kids to code in Swift. A new application called Mimo goes beyond that, with mini-lessons for not only Swift, but also HTML, CSS, …

The Marvel headset is an early attempt at a VR operating system for your phone

You can do a lot of things in virtual reality, but so far, there's no commonly accepted VR operating system — a full interface that offers all the same options as a desktop or mobile system. On tethered headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, you can use a program like Virtual Desktop, which …

Littlebook puts Facebook on your Apple Watch

Facebook fiends can now take the social network everywhere they go with Littlebook, an unofficial Facebook client for the Apple Watch that will either keep your eyes glued to the wearable or rolling back into your skull.<p>Silly as it may be, Littlebook is actually pretty robust. You can browse your …

E-skin 'can monitor body's oxygen level'

<b>Scientists say they have developed ultra-thin electronic "skin" that can measure oxygen levels when stuck to the body.</b><p>The goal is to develop such "skin" to monitor oxygen levels in organs during surgery, say researchers in Japan.<p>Tests on volunteers found the "skin" provided stable measurements of …

Google has a little-known feature that will analyse what's in your food for you

Ask Google how many calories, or fat, or salt, is in a given foodstuff, and it'll automatically calculate it for you.<p>Queries can be asked in natural English, and you can ask about pretty much any nutrient: "How much protein is there in 89g of chicken?" for example will yield you the answer — 24g — …

Oculus Rift Vs. HTC Vive, Part 2: Comfort, User Interface, And 'VR Legs'

Our exhaustive comparison between the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR systems continues with a look at the overall comfort, user interfaces, and all-important “wow factor” that melts your brain after stepping into desktop-class virtual reality.<p>As I alluded to in Part 1 — which focuses on packaging and …

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These guys created an app that stops college students from using their phones — and it's so successful they dropped out of college

Richardson, a computer science major, noticed something that was bugging him.<p>While in class, everyone was looking at their phones, texting, and doing whatever, with "no one paying attention to the teachers" as Gardner recalls.<p>The more they talked about it, the more annoyed they were. If technology …

Will Quantum Encryption Arrive Before Quantum Computers Break All Our Passwords?

Scientists are racing to deploy foolproof quantum encryption before quantum computers come along that render all our passwords useless.<p>Passwords work today because the computers we have, while theoretically capable of breaking passwords, would take an impractical amount of time to do so.<p>“The …

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The feds aren’t ready for the future of self-driving cars, report says

No steering wheel, no pedals, no clue<p>The federal government is operating in high gear trying to get out ahead of the self-driving car movement, which is probably good considering the existing laws and regulations are totally unprepared for what the future may bring, according to a draft report …

Watch astronauts make outer space Skype calls with HoloLens

Connecting the International Space Station to Earth one call at a time.<p>So why exactly did the crew International Space Station need those HoloLens headsets? For a holographic instruction manual and VoIP calls, of course. Prior to entering orbit, the headset was certified for use on the Weightless …

Explore The Large Hadron Collider In 360-Degree Video

Synchrotronicity<p>At 17-miles across, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is not only the world's largest particle accelerator, but it is also a fantastic spot for a 360-degree video shoot. BBC News recently went inside the vast, tunneling underground complex, located near Geneva, Switzerland, and came …

Google has created offline voice recognition that is 7x more accurate than an online system

Google has created an offline speech recognition system that is faster and more accurate than a comparable system connected to the Internet. While research papers are usually very theoretical, this new system is already running and has been tested on a Nexus 5.<p>Currently, the Android Google app has …

Scientists Print Living Body Parts

Hands-on with an unofficial nylon, NATO-style Apple Watch band [Gallery]

Over the weekend I picked up my first nylon, NATO-style strap for the Apple Watch. Next month’s iPhone 5se/iPad Air 3 event is expected to include refreshed Apple Watch bands including new Sport colors, a space black Milanese Loop, and potentially even nylon bands in this style that we’ve reported …

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Can LIGO Test Quantum Gravity?

<b>Tl;dr:</b> Unlikely, but not impossible.<p>Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicts that accelerating masses emit gravitational waves. And last week, a century after this prediction was made, the LIGO collaboration announced their first direct detection of gravitational waves. But this was only …

Microsoft patents a modular PC with stackable components

Microsoft has patented a “modular computing device” that would enable people to put together the exact PC components they want, allowing for replacement of certain parts rather than forcing people to buy entire new computers when they want upgrades.<p>Microsoft applied for the patent in July 2015, and …

'Operator' is a font designed to make coding easier

The idea is to put an emphasis on how certain characters appear in a programming environment.<p>While many of us bristle at the sight of Comic Sans (this writer included), coders have an altogether different view of typefaces and how they're presented. Thus, Operator Mono, the new font from one of the …

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Xcode 7.3 beta build adds awesome new Interactive Playgrounds feature for Swift apps

Xcode 7.3 beta 2 is out, and adds one feature developers using Swift will really enjoy: Interactive Playgrounds.<p>While Playgrounds have been a favorite for testing code for some time, it was a fairly static I/O protocol for making sure the code was correct. Now, you can test to see if the code you …

Firewatch lets you order photo prints from your in-game camera

If you’re excited to try indie development studios Campo Santo and Panic’s gripping mystery game Firewatch, you’ll be happy to learn that there’s a cool easter egg to look forward to in the PC version.<p>There’s a disposable camera somewhere in the forest that lets you snap photos in the game world. …

The best custom keyboard for the iPhone is now on Android too

Slash's main feature is a blue forward slash key that sits at the bottom of the keyboard. This slash works wonders by allowing you to call up things from your favorite apps without leaving messages (or whatever app you are typing in, let's say Twitter).<p>Here's an example of how Slash works.<p>If you …