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The AR/VR platform wars have begun

Windows' Holographic and Google's Daydream represent early attempts to establish their platforms as key places for developers and content producers to create new AR/VR apps and media.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight</i> …

Google's video shows how Android apps run on a Chromebook

One of the most exciting announcements at Google IO 2016 was that the Google Play Store is coming to Chromebooks. Though very simple, fast and convenient, Chrome OS was very limited by its lack of software. It has been a glorified browser all along, something that will definitely change with the …

Apps

Necktie-Wearing Robot Learns Sidewalk Etiquette

Big bot on campus<p>Sidewalks are complex environments. Sure, they’re second nature for humans, but the delicate balance of humans on foot, humans on bikes, humans with animals, humans in clusters, and humans on skates, skateboards, or other configurations are a lot for a machine to process. Put that …

On the road with George Hotz’s $1,000 self-driving car kit

Sitting in an Aria Hotel penthouse suite with views of the Las Vegas Strip and the vast Mojave Desert beyond, George Hotz was ready to bury the hatchet with Elon Musk. “I’m an Elon Musk fan,” he said. “He jerked me around, I jerked him around, we’re even.”<p>In a splashy <i>Bloomberg Business</i> feature …

Is the Jetpack Movement Finally Taking Off?

Personal flight, once a pipe dream, is now within our reach. But futuristic transportation does not come cheap<p>By<p>Jack Nicas<p>Jack Nicas<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@jacknicas<p>jnicas<p>Google+<p>Jack.Nicas@dowjones.com<p><b>DAVID MAYMAN’S RIGHT THIGH</b> is covered by a skin graft, the aftermath of a jetpack crash. …

FAA

Slack Is Creating An Artificially Intelligent Office Manager

"Slackbot, what's the wi-fi password?"<p>The days of awkwardly approaching new coworkers to ask for the building's wi-fi password or who's in charge of sales may soon be coming to an end.<p>Slack, the office messaging platform, plans to build out its service to include organization-specific bots able to …

Artificial Intelligence

A former employee says Google's smart contact lens is 'slideware' that exists only in PowerPoint presentations

The glucose-sensing smart contact lens that Google first announced in 2014 is still just "slideware" that doesn't exist outside of PowerPoint presentations, according to a former Verily manager who spoke to Stat's Charles Piller as part of a critical look at the company's current endeavors.<p>The …

Contact Lenses

Here's why Chromebooks are going to be so awesome

Chromebooks are about to get a major upgrade.<p>Later this year, Chromebooks will be able to run Android apps, which means they'll be fully-capable computers for the first time. That means no more doing everything in the Chrome browser. Soon, you'll be able to run apps just like you can on a "normal" …

New algorithm-driven Instagram feed rolled out to the dismay of users

Is your Instagram feed still ordered oldest-to-newest? Then treasure your straightforward user experience because it is not going to last.<p>Controversial changes to the photo-sharing platform that were met with widespread outcry when they were first flagged in March are taking effect, with users …

Social Media

Hacked Nintendo Power Glove lets you control drones like a wizard

More than 25 years after Lucas Barton fell in love with the Power Glove in <i>The Wizard</i>, Nintendo's impractical but undeniably cool hand-mounted NES controller has a new purpose — controlling drones. Engineer Nolan Moore used the peripheral as the basis for a gesture-based controller for the Parrot AR …

Samsung might release bendable smartphones early next year

Samsung may release two smartphones with bendable OLED screens next year, according to a report in <i>Bloomberg</i>. One model is said to fold in half, while another has a 5-inch display that "unfurls" into a tablet-sized 8-inch panel. The phones may be announced as soon as Mobile World Congress in …

Facebook security flaw allowed hackers to alter Messenger conversations

A security flaw in Facebook's Messenger, discovered by online security company Check Point Software Technologies, allowed a malicious user to alter …

VR backpack PCs are real, and kind of awesome

At this point I'm pretty experienced with the HTC Vive VR headset, having used it at various trade shows and arcades and so on. But I'm still not quite used to an unavoidable yet unfortunate flaw with the product — the trailing cable that runs from your head to your PC, forcing you to be constantly …

Getty Images CEO says VR is the next frontier for stock images, too

The storied photo service plans to equip every one of its Olympics photographers with a 360-degree camera.<p>Across the film and video game industries, there is a consensus that virtual reality and 360-degree imagery are the next frontier.<p>That's also the case when it comes to still photos, says Dawn …

Netflix built a tool to gauge real-world video quality

Real-world video quality is tricky to measure: a bitrate that looks good for a crowd shot might be terrible for a close-up. Netflix, however, thinks it has the problem licked. It developed a tool that measures videos based on <i>perceived</i> quality, not just pure numbers. The technology works by gauging …

First Click: Microsoft could turn every PC into an Xbox

This time next week, we'll know exactly what Microsoft is planning for the future of its Xbox One console. With sales continuing to lag behind Sony's PlayStation 4, Microsoft has started to focus on combining PC gaming with the Xbox One. The first signs of this started when the Xbox One was …

Google DeepMind Researchers Developing A.I. Kill Switch, Just In Case

After dominating Lee Sedol at the strategy game Go, Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo A.I. is setting its sights on human extermination and world domination. That isn’t entirely true, but researchers at DeepMind along with University of Oxford scientists aren’t taking any chances with the possible monster …

Artificial Intelligence

The UK gets its first driverless car insurer

As cars have gained more assistive driving features, questions have been raised over how driverless vehicles will be insured. If someone has an accident while being piloted by an autonomous car, is the driver or the car itself to blame?<p>While governments, car makers and search giants attempt to …

The Ultimate Adult's Guide to Snapchat

Before I begin, apologies are in order. To the 310 million monthly active Snapchat users, many of whom are in their teens and early 20s: Sorry, but …

Is Google’s Biotech Division the Next Theranos?

A new report describes Verily’s signature biotechnology as more science-fiction than reality.<p>The bad news for Alphabet’s subsidiaries continues to get worse. Last week, <b>Tony Fadell</b>, the C.E.O. of smart-home appliance company Nest, which Google bought for $3.2 billion in 2014, stepped down amid …

Genetic Engineering

Apple patent hints at 'bone conduction' headphones

A newly awarded patent shows Apple is researching bone conduction technology to improve voice call quality in its EarPod headphones.<p>A patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday shows the company is researching the use of bone conduction technology to improve voice call quality in its EarPod headphones.<p>US …

Patents

Why Are More Women Than Men on Instagram?

Mothers’ historical responsibility for taking family photos could be one explanation.<p>A few months ago, I asked my husband why he wasn’t on Instagram. I didn’t inquire because he’s some kind of social media maven—the man has 83 Twitter followers—but because I had noticed my feed, albeit a highly …

Scientists want to build a giant detector in space that will let them ‘listen' to the collision of galaxies

Detecting that same thing in space.<p>On Tuesday, at a press conference at the European Space Astronomy Center, scientists announced that they're one step closer to building a giant detector in space called the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) that will be able to detect ripples in the fabric …

An Amazingly Artistic, Colorfully Patterned UK Home

<b>Name:</b> Faye and Dave Campbell, and their four children <b><br>Location:</b> Sutton Green — Surrey, UK <b><br>Size:</b> 3,000 square feet <b><br>Years lived in:</b> 6 years<p>With its tall …

Adam West And More To Guest Star On The Big Bang Theory's 200th Episode

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 05:45pm<p>This ninth season of <i>The Big Bang Theory</i> has welcomed a slew of high-profile guest stars (like Elon Musk, Adam Nimoy, …

TV

Jailed Oregon militants frustrated by 'idiots' still holed up inside federal reserve

In early January, occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon mulled how the siege would end and what would become of them, including facing …

Oregon

Fitbit Alta is the company's first female-centric, fashion-forward fitness tracker

OK, we get it. Makers of fitness trackers now recognize that, for the most part, the majority of products in this category are clunky. No matter how …

Word has it Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow today, meaning we'll have an early spring this year... seeing as most of Iowa is weathering a blizzard today, we say BRING IT ON! Throwback #RAGBRAI photo by Harry Baumert