Monday, 27 March 2017

Laptop ban on planes came after plot to put explosives in iPad

Failed attacks using shoes and underwear led to new attempts with electronic devices, security source reveals The US-UK ban on selected electronic devices from the passenger cabins of flights from some countries in north Africa and the Middle East was partly prompted by a previously undisclosed plot involving explosives hidden in a fake iPad, according […]

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

William Wilberforce brought back to life in virtual reality – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Described as Hulls most famous son, William Wilberforce is best known as a pioneering anti-slavery campaigner They are to be projected onto the side of the Wilberforce Institute, opposite Wilberforce House where he was born, from 18:00 GMT. Image copyright University of Hull Image caption The videos include a […]

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Monday, 20 March 2017

iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy S8: battle of the screens

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Microsoft ‘to close Skype’s UK office’

Reported closure of the tech firms London base is likely to lead to the loss of 400 jobs The UK office of one of the worlds leading technology firms, Skype, is to close, it has been reported. reported as hosting 18 of Europes 47 unicorns in June. Russ Shaw, who served as a vice president […]

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Coroner warning after man electrocuted in bath charging iPhone

Tributes paid to Richard Bull, whose death was ruled accidental after he was killed when his phone fell into the water A man died after being electrocuted while charging his phone in the bath, an inquest has heard. The death of Richard Bull, 32, which occurred when the iPhone fell into the water, was accidental, […]

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Oculus Rift lawsuit

Speaking for the company, which is accused of stealing code from Id Software, Zuckerberg said: Its common that people claim they own some part of the deal Facebooks chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, appeared in court to testify on behalf of the social media giants virtual reality company Oculus Rift on Tuesday, as it was accused […]

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

‘iPad mini Pro’ is reportedly one of the four new iPad Pros launching soon

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Moderators who had to view child abuse content sue Microsoft, claiming PTSD

Two employees say company didnt offer adequate psychological support for a job requiring them to view indescribable sexual assaults and murders Microsoft workers on the online safety team were forced to view photos and videos of indescribable sexual assaults, horrible brutality, murder and child abuse, resulting in severe post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a lawsuit. […]

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Man, 32, reportedly dies while charging iPhone in the bath

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Elaborate Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall kit includes three boxes and gloves

Extraordinary precautions taken by South Korean maker after both the original fire-prone phone and its replacement were withdrawn from global sale Samsung appears to be taking no chances with its potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 supplying customers with an elaborate kit to use when returning their phones. The safety precautions include a static shield that […]

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Huh? iPhone 8 might have holes in it

File photo – The iPhone 7 smartphone is displayed inside an Apple Inc. store in Los Angeles, California, U.S., Sept. 16, 2016. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) Apple has won a patent on a new technology that could blast a hole in a future iPhone. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent on […]

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Man dies charging iPhone while in the bath – BBC News

He suffered severe burns on his chest, arm and hand when the charger touched the water and died on 11 December, the newspaper said. Assistant coroner Dr Sean Cummings, who conducted the inquest at West London Coroner’s Court on Wednesday, is to write a prevention of future death report to send to Apple. Related Topics […]

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Dad Gives Daughter Epic DIY Virtual Reality Experience

Experiencing virtual reality doesn’t have to be expensive. Just ask Hong Kong resident Newman Chan, who gave his young daughter an incredible VR adventure without spending a dime. Adorable video shows him lifting her up into the air as she’s seated on a pink tricycle and wearing a crash helmet: View post on imgur.com Read […]

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Virtual Reality Could Help Researchers Understand Heroin Addiction

Addicts in a new study at the University of Houston will strap on virtual reality headsets and navigate a “heroin cave” to help them try and kick their addictions. Researchers are looking to see if making their way through a simulated house party crammed with stimuli aimed at evoking cravings for the drug will help […]

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McDonald’s has a Happy Meal box that turns into a virtual reality headset

Called Happy Goggles, the virtual reality headsets will be available from March 5 and March 12. The price is about $4.10. (McDonald’s) Want some VR with those fries? McDonalds in Sweden has a new kid’s toy that turns Happy Meal boxes into virtual reality goggles. A fold here, a flip there, and kids can transform the […]

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Video streaming in virtual reality

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Microsoft Wants To Let You Know When The Feds Are Snooping In Your Email

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in federal court in the Western District of Washington, argues that […]

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Iphone 7 Users Report ‘hissing’ Noise

The new iPhone 7 smartphone is displayed inside an Apple Inc. store in Los Angeles, California, U.S., Sept. 16, 2016. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) Apple is no stranger to device launch issues, from the iPhone 4’s death grip to iPhone 6 Plus Bendgate. Now it appears the iPhone 7 has not escaped without issue, as some users […]

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Robo Recall review: Oculus Rift finally gets its killer game

Packed with death bots and funny one-liners, this adrenaline-fueled, Oculus Touch-controlled arcade shooter for the age of VR is so much fun Ever since its Kickstarter campaign, then Touch-based update, the Oculus Rift has been searching for that killer game exclusive, but now its found it. Robo Recall is finally an Oculus game that is […]

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Nokia returns to the phone market as Microsoft sells brand

Phone brand is back after being bought by Finnish company HMD and iPhone manufacturer Foxconn. But can it win back those nostalgic for the 3310? Soon, youll be able to buy a Nokia again, 18 months after Microsoft quietly killed the name, seemingly for good. Microsoft has sold the brand, which was worth $300bn at […]

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Las Vegas brothel: Virtual reality porn is a gimmick, we need human touch

Hotels on the Las Vegas strip are rumored to be rolling out virtual reality porn but the experts say it wont hit the same spot The brothels outside Las Vegas have had to deal with a lot over the years and now they have to worry about virtual reality porn taking their business. The porn […]

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Latest ‘iPhone 8’ and Samsung Galaxy S8 rumor roundup

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Facebook sets up ‘social VR’ team to explore virtual reality beyond games

Mark Zuckerberg surprises Samsung Mobile World Congress event to reveal that people have already watched more than a million hours of video in Gear VR Facebook has created a social VR team to explore virtual-reality technologys potential beyond games, as it prepares for the consumer launch of its Oculus Rift VR headset. Chief executive Mark […]

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SXSW panel explores virtual reality porn: ‘more eye contact and dirty talk’

Industry insiders say engaged users increasingly value a greater sense of intimacy more than sex: It has to do with an emotional bond Its an old adage that any advance in technology be it the advent of film or the invention of the VCR will soon be applied to pornography. This seemed to be the […]

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Society Needs To Decide Where Tech Is Taking Us, Microsoft CEO Says

Will we control technology? Or will technology control us? These questions were at the core of a keynote speech delivered Wednesday by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at the company’s Build 2016 event, a conference where developers learn more about upcoming products from the tech giant. “We have these profound questions and issues in front of […]

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It Just Got Way Easier To Watch Porn In Virtual Reality

Time to ogle through the goggle. Adult-content giant Pornhub announced Wednesday the launch of free virtual reality content. The VR will be viewable through both Android and iOS mobiles and compatible with headsets such as Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard, according to a press release. “Users’ wildest fantasies will come alive as they […]

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Microsoft And Amazon Have A Plan For Driverless Cars

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Amazon.com and Microsoft are in talks to supply cloud computing to digital mapping business HERE, owned by a group of German carmakers developing self-driving cars, sources familiar with the matter said. Amazon is also considering becoming a shareholder in HERE, two sources said. Last year, carmakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes struck a […]

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Porn driving virtual reality industry?

As Oculus VR finally ships its virtual-reality headsets to the public, its heralding the potential of video games and movies but its also quietly giving a wink to porn producers. The Facebook-owned startup announced Monday that its new Rift headset has more than 30 games available as the first units ship this week, with 100 […]

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Microsoft sues for right to tell customers when US government requests emails

Traditional searches or wiretaps often require government to eventually notify the people theyve searched; Microsoft wants the same to apply to emails Microsoft sued the US government on Thursday for the right to tell customers when authorities search their email inboxes. In a federal complaint that names the US attorney general, Loretta Lynch, the company […]

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Virtual Reality Can Help Save Endangered Animals

Conservationists have a new, high-tech tool: virtual reality. Across the world, scientists are using immersive digital experiences to help protect endangered species.  On a recent trip to Peru, Kerrie Mengersen, a professor at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology, set up cameras in the jungle to shoot 360-degree videos of possible jaguar habitats. Experts can view clips of […]

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Microsoft Fights U.S. Government Over Data Requests

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in federal court in Seattle, argues that the government is violating […]

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Can virtual reality relieve pain?

(CNN)The next time you habitually search your bathroom cabinet for some pain medication, you may want to consider playing a video game first. Research has shown that psychology plays an important part in how we experience both acute and chronic pain — and that painful sensations can be manipulated by what we think and feel. […]

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Microsoft sues US government over secret demands for customer data | Fox News

SAN FRANCISCO –  Microsoft is suing the government over a federal law that lets authorities examine its users’ email or online files without their knowledge. It’s the latest conflict between the tech industry and U.S. officials over individual privacy rights. Law enforcement officials want freedom to view a treasure trove of information including emails, photos […]

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As iPhone 7 Sales Start, Apple Has Scant Supplies for Buyers

Shoppers looking to buy Apple Inc.s new iPhone 7 smartphones Friday better have ordered ahead. Limited supply meant some stores sold out, leaving those who purchased online with the best chance to get their hands on the latest models — and some resorting to extreme measures. QuickTake Apple Apple stores around the world turned away […]

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How virtual reality is changing architecture

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Microsoft’s One-Handed Keyboard Will Give Your Thumb A Break

If you’ve ever struggled to tap out a text message with one thumb, you know most smartphone keyboards aren’t built for single-handed typing.  Microsoft is trying to change that, however. The tech company’s new Word Flow app, released for iOS on Monday, lets users trade the standard iPhone keyboard for a version that accommodates one-thumbed typing. […]

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Iphone 7: A Solid Upgrade, Despite Headphone Jack Concerns

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.  (Apple) Apple has delivered a solid upgrade that lays the groundwork for future iPhones, according to initial reviews. Maybe the positive reviews are having an impact. The company has already sold out of initial stock of some models of the iPhone 7, according to a Reuters report early Thursday […]

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Tampa Bay Rays are now using virtual reality for batting practice | Fox News

File photo – Tampa Bay Rays’ Wil Myers loses his helmet as he strikes out swinging during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the New York Yankees in St. Petersburg, Florida, Aug. 25, 2013. (REUTERS/Steve Nesius) Earlier this week, virtual reality sports training company EON Sports VR announced a partnership […]

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You should totally download Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard | Fox News

(BGR) Folks with small hands, rejoice! Microsoft has finally dropped its Word Flow keyboard for iOS, bringing with it a cool fan-shaped keyboard that makes one-handed typing much easier. After some time with the new app, I found it so useful I added it to my roster so I can whip it out when I […]

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Rush to Take Advantage of a Dull iPhone Started Samsung’s Battery Crisis

Few things motivate Samsung employees like the opportunity to take advantage of weakness at Apple Inc. Earlier this year, managers at the South Korean company began hearing the next iPhone wouldnt have any eye-popping innovations. The device would look just like the previous two models too. It sounded like a potential opening for Samsung to […]

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Cutting-edge theatre: worlds first virtual reality operation goes live

Dr Shafi Ahmed will carry out surgery live-streamed in virtual reality, a move experts hope will make healthcare more equitable and help medical training This Thursday afternoon, Shafi Ahmed will lean over a patient and begin a delicate operation to remove cancerous tissue from a male patients bowel. He has performed such procedures many times […]

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Google and Microsoft have made a pact to protect surveillance capitalism

Two bitter rivals have agreed to drop mutual antitrust cases across the globe. Why? To fend off the greater regulatory threat of democratic oversight Microsoft and Google, two of the worlds greatest monopolies, have been bitter rivals for nearly 20 years. But suddenly, in late April, they Satya Nadella, is eager to push the vision […]

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GoPro Unveils New Virtual Reality Camera

As tech giants like Samsung, Huawei and Facebook continue to ramp up their virtual reality efforts, GoPro is entering the fray as a new contender for the hearts of VR enthusiasts and fans. At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) event in Las Vegas this week, the company will be unveiling its new VR camera. […]

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Microsoft, Hewlett Packard Say U.K. Should Avoid Brexit

Microsoft Corp. said the U.K. should remain in the European Union, becoming one of the largest companies to come out against a June referendum to exit the bloc. QuickTake Will Britain Leave the EU? Microsoft, which opened its first international office in the U.K. in 1982 and has more than 5,000 employees in the region, said […]

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iPhone 7 home button is useless with gloves or in sports armbands

Testing of see-through cases that cover the screen and touchscreen gloves shows most do not activate the home button The iPhone 7s new solid-state home button does not work without skin contact, rendering the phone unaccessible when placed inside a sports armband, a waterproof case or when the user is wearing touchscreen gloves. The new […]

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From selfies to virtual reality, how technology is changing the art world

(CNN)In 2002, a self-taught programmer named Cory Arcangel hacked the code of a Nintendo Super Mario cartridge, stripping away all the graphics except for the fluffy pixelized clouds.

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Microsoft Wants To Avoid A Google Glass-Level Failure

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When Google introduced its Google Glass smart glasses four years ago, it turned to Glass-sporting sky divers buzzing a San Francisco convention center, Glass-adorned models at a glitzy fashion show and a Twitter campaign to notify early “Glass Explorers” of their luck in snagging a pair. This year, when Microsoft showed […]

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Your new iPhones features include oppression, inequality and vast profit | Aditya Chakrabortty

Human battery hens make Apples devices in China. The company, which has a bigger cash pile than the US government, symbolises a broken economic system Soon enough, we will see the first obituaries for openness, free trade and globalisation. When those writers ponder how wealthy countries turned towards the politics of Donald Trump and Nigel […]

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The choice is your health care or your iPhone?

(CNN)It’s your health care or your iPhone. Republicans say it’s high time Americans have some skin in the health care game. Never mind all the voters who’ve confronted their representatives for weeks now about the stark, life-or-death choices they endured before Obamacare: lost jobs, lost homes, bankruptcies. The newly introduced American Health Care Act is […]

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Jesus VR: The Story of Christ review virtual reality cinema gains disciples

Bad acting, clunky camerawork and overheating headsets VRs first feature-length 360-degree movie is no miracle but the medium might yet live on The acting? Dire. The direction? Awful. The adaptation? Conservative and pedestrian. In conventional terms, everything about this new retelling of the Jesus story showing here in Venice in an abbreviated 40-minute cut is […]

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Surveillance sport: drone racing enters big leagues with ESPN broadcast

Pilots gathered for a test flight before the National Drone Racing Championship, a budding sport competitors hope will become an everybody hobby A pack of drones whizzed across Governors Island against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. About the size of a plate, they whipped through the track of the second annual broadcast on ESPN. […]

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If You Want To Read This Book, You’ll Have To Buy An iPad

The next Wally Lamb book could fairly be termed a publishing event. His 1992 debut, She’s Come Undone, was a smash hit, and his later novels, such as I Know This Much Is True, have also dominated in sales. Next year, that new Lamb book will hit bookshelves everywhere — well, not bookshelves, and not everywhere.  […]

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Huge outage hits Microsoft email, Xbox, Skype

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I tried to work all day in a VR headset and it was horrible

Alex Hern wanted to get closer to his work by spending a day in a VR world. Future of employment, or a digital headache? Virtual reality is here. You can sculptures out of virtual clay and experience BigScreen, by BigScreen, and Das Keyboard for a few years. But it turns out that theres a difference […]

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Get Ready For Your Kids To Beg For Virtual Reality Headsets

If you thought your kids were into Minecraft before, just wait until they can actually step inside of it. The game is now available for Samsung’s Gear VR headsets, Oculus, the virtual reality company owned by Facebook, announced in a blog post Wednesday. It costs $6.99 to download the game, but you’ll also need the […]

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$100 store-bought kit can help anyone hack into iPhone passcodes

Technique known as NAND mirroring, which focuses on bypassing limit on password retry attempts, can be used to break into any model up to the 6 The FBI paid more than $1.3m to unlock the San Bernardino shooters iPhone 5C, but one computer scientist from Cambridge University has shown that the passcodes can be hacked […]

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Facebook and Microsoft to build private internet highway underwater

Projects to install undersea cables from US to Spain would ensure fast enough connectivity for tech companies virtual reality and live video services Facebook and Microsoft are going underwater. The two technology companies announced on Thursday they are to install an undersea cable from the east coast of the US to Spain to help speed […]

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Paranoia ‘reduced with virtual reality’ – BBC News

Image caption Toby experiences the VR with the help of researchers at Oxford University The Oxford team estimate that around 1-2% of the population have severe paranoia at some point in their lives, typically associated with a mental health disorder such as schizophrenia. Patients have such a strong sense of mistrust that they avoid contact […]

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What Its Like to Shoot With the iPhone 7 Plus

How can you tell the photographers eye (and brain) from the power of the camera? Dont even try. But do take a minute to cast your eye on these photos, which professional photographer Benjamin Lowy shot on the streets of New York with the iPhone 7 Plus before its release. Apple lent Lowy the phone […]

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Virtual reality Anne Frank film to give audience chance to experience her life | Fox News

Anne Frank (AP) One of the most well-known stories from World War II and Nazi Germany is getting the virtual reality treatment on the silver screen. Entertainment Weekly reported Tuesday that producer Jonah Hirsch and filmmaker Danny Abrahms are creating a new film titled Anne. Through virtual reality technology, audiences will be able to feel […]

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iPhone 7 review: how good can a phone be if the battery doesn’t last even a day?

Two years after the iPhone 6, should buyers upgrade to the waterproof, headphone socket-free and most expensive – iPhone yet? The most eagerly awaited iPhone since the last one, the Apples iPhone 7 has arrived. Much has been said about its design, the absent headphone socket, and the fact that its now waterproof, but is […]

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Xiaomi’s Microsoft Patent Buy-Up Is Part of Its Global Push

For decades, Chinese disregard for trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property has frustrated U.S. technology, entertainment and other companies. The next wave of intellectual-property conflict in China won’t be fights over pirated software or unauthorized downloads. Microsoft, which has been a leader in fighting Chinese pirates, this week announced a deal with Xiaomi, maker of some […]

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Steven Spielberg Bashes Virtual Reality At Cannes

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Virtual reality movie-making is taking flight at this year’s Cannes Film Festival alongside traditional film offerings. A pavilion is dedicated to the immersive technology, with virtual reality film screenings and discussions as part of the festival’s tandem Marche du Film sessions. Among those showing virtual reality films — all short productions […]

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Microsoft’s ‘Smart Mirror’ Can Read Your Emotions

Microsoft unveiled a smart mirror at a technology conference held in Singapore last month that allows users to view both their reflections and relevant information like the time, weather and traffic directions. Microsoft’s Magic Mirror is a one-way mirror with a 23.6-inch LCD-lit screen behind it that displays white UI elements on a dark background. […]

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Think Twice Before You Get The Iphone 7

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Virtual reality takes audiences out of their seats

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Microsoft to Buy LinkedIn for $26.2B | Fox Business

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Why Microsoft, With $100 Billion, Wants a Loan for LinkedIn

Microsoft Corp. has enough cash to buy LinkedIn Corp. four times over. So why is it taking out a big loan to pay for its latest purchase? Maybe because itll lower the technology giants tax bill. Microsoft will avoid having to pay a 35 percent tax rate to repatriate cash from overseas accounts. While its […]

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Google Pixel review: an iPhone beater but not quite an Android king

First smartphone designed by Google from scratch ticks many boxes, but isnt quite the stellar world beater some might expect Google has finally launched an own-brand smartphone, the Pixel, to challenge Apple head on and provide a premium Android experience with the hardware tailored to the software by the people who actually make it.. The […]

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Chaffetz hit for iPhone vs. health care comment but Obama made same argument

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Salesforce Pushed Microsoft to Up LinkedIn Bid Before Deal

Salesforce.com Inc. battled Microsoft Corp. for LinkedIn Corp. deep into the negotiating process, forcing the worlds largest software maker to boost its offer to buy the professional-networking service just days before the $26 billion deal was announced. Three other companies were involved in the discussions, which lasted almost four months, according to a regulatory filing […]

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Microsoft Launches Surface Studio At Windows 10 Event

Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President for Surface Computing demonstrates the new Microsoft Surface Studio computer at a live event in the Manhattan borough of New York City, Oct. 26, 2016. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) Microsoft unveiled its Surface Studio device and a host of new 3D tools at its Windows 10 event Wednesday. The Surface Studio is […]

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Americans Want Chaffetz To Get Them Health Care That Costs Less Than An iPhone

People are not happy with Rep. Jason Chaffetzs (R-Utah) health care solution for low-income Americans. Americans have choices, and theyve got to make achoice, he said on CNN. So rather than getting that newiPhone that they just love andwant to go spend hundreds ofdollars on that, maybe theyshould invest in their ownhealth care. Theyve got […]

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Can virtual reality training for US police help stop officer-involved shootings?

Hundreds of centers across the US are using virtual reality to train officers to shoot more accurately and also help them to decide whether to shoot at all When I arrived, two women sitting in a hot tub asked me what I was doing in their backyard. I wasnt quite sure myself. Im just here […]

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Apple Slides on Speculation of Lower iPhone 7 Sales Outside U.S.

Shares of Apple Inc. slid Friday amid speculation that German research firm GfK issued a report suggesting iPhone 7 sales would be lower than last year, based on data in Europe and Asia. Apple shares dropped as much as 2.7 percent as reports spread. The stock was trading down 1.6 percent at $112.80 at 3:11 […]

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Andreessen Horowitz, Fox Invest in Virtual-Reality Startup Vrse

Andreessen Horowitz and 21st Century Fox are among the investors in a $12.6 million funding round in Vrse Inc., a Los Angeles-based maker of software and content for virtual-reality headsets. Vrse, founded by music director Chris Milk, is also changing its name to Within, according to a statement Thursday. Further details about the Series A funding […]

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Microsoft To Buy LinkedIn For $26.2B

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp <MSFT.O> agreed to buy LinkedIn Corp <LNKD.N> for $26.2 billion in cash, the companies said in a statement on Monday. The offer of $196 per share represents a premium of 49.5 percent to LinkedIn’s Friday closing price. “Today is a re-founding moment for LinkedIn,” Reid Hoffman, chairman of LinkedIn’s board, said […]

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Taiwan Rates Seen a Close Call This Week as IPhone Buoys Outlook

Economists are split over whether Taiwans central bank will add to its yearlong easing cycle at this weeks meeting, a Bloomberg survey shows. The monetary policy board, led by Governor Perng Fai-nan, will hold the key interest rate at 1.375 percent Thursday, according to 14 out of 26 economists surveyed between Sept. 22 and Sept. […]

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LinkedIn bought by Microsoft for $26.2bn in cash

Business-oriented social network site hails deal as a chance to change how the world works Microsoft is buying the business-focused social network LinkedIn for $26.2bn (18.5bn) in cash, its biggest ever purchase, the two companies announced on Monday. The agreed deal at $196 per LinkedIn share was announced by both companies before the market opened […]

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Miracle of technology: story of Jesus to be released in virtual reality

Viewers can feel like they were sitting on the hillside during the Sermon on the Mount or right beside the crypt during the resurrection in VR re-enactment First came the scriptures; then the altarpieces. After that, stained glass windows and engravings of the Stations of the Cross. Last century brought biblical epics like Spartacus. Now […]

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Tech Q&A: Improving Your Iphone’s Home Button, Setting Up A Live Stream

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Twitter Jumps as Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal Could Spur More

Twitter Inc. jumped after Microsoft Corp.s $26.2 billion agreement to buy LinkedIn Corp. prompted speculation other technology companies may become acquisition targets. Twitter ended the day up 3.8 percent to $14.55 in New York after rising as much as 9.1 percent earlier. The social networks stock had dropped 39 percent this year through Friday as […]

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Facebook’s virtual reality just attempts what artists have been doing forever

Mark Zuckerberg says VR will capture human experiences like never before but is it really superior to what writers and artists achieved centuries ago? The future is here, and it is glorious but its not real. Or so said Mark Zuckerberg in an interview published future digital lives, transforming everything from movie-watching, to tennis matches, […]

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iPhone 7 Plus review: 2014 called it wants its phablet back

Apples newest smartphone is its biggest and most expensive ever. But with this many compromises, is it worth buying over its sleeker, cheaper rivals? The second of Apples newest smartphones, the iPhone 7 Plus, is bigger, more expensive, has a few more features and actually lasts a day per charge. But is it worth buying […]

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Microsoft brings Starbucks coffee to your inbox

(CNN)Tired of your typical office meetings and generic “thank you” notes? Microsoft and Starbucks are joining forces to boost your inbox with a caffeine jolt. A plugin released on Wednesday allows Microsoft Outlook users to email Starbucks electronic gift cards and to set up meetings at nearby Starbucks locations. The Starbucks for Outlook free add-in, […]

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Does virtual reality meditation work? | Fox News

Kaitlyn Innis, a brand ambassador for Oculus, plays “Dragon Front” by High Voltage Software during the Oculus Game Day VR event in San Francisco, California March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Noah Berger – RTSARMX Ive been meditating, off and on, for the past 14 years. The technique I learned in meditation class many years ago is old-school […]

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Iphone 7 Slammed As Having ‘Worst’ Battery Life Compared To Rivals

File photo – The new iPhone 7 smartphone is displayed inside an Apple Inc. store in Los Angeles, California, U.S., Sept. 16, 2016. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) The iPhone 7 is taking a hit from a testing outfit for having worse battery life than three major rivals. The iPhone 7 came in last when compared to the […]

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Microsoft licenses cloud services to monitor legalized marijuana sales

Company announces partnership with Kind Financial, a Los Angeles firm that sells computer systems to governments that track legalized marijuana sales Microsoft, the famously conservative company best-known for producing office software like Windows, has taken the unexpected step of entering the burgeoning industry of marijuana. The company, founded by Bill Gates, Kind Financial, a Los […]

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Symphonies in space: orchestras embrace virtual reality

On Saturday, the Hubble Cantata saw audience members explore the Orion Nebula the latest in a series of experiments between VR technology and classical music Virtual reality technology has allowed people to relive weddings, scale Mount Everest and visit Olympic venues from their living rooms. At Brooklyns Prospect Park on Saturday, the emerging technology took […]

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Google launches Pixel smartphone in direct bid to take on Apple’s iPhone

Search company unveils first own-brand phone with 12 megapixel cameras and unlimited photo storage, pitting it directly against Apple Google has launched two own-brand smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, in a bid to take on Apple and its iPhone 7 head on. The two Android smartphones are the first to carry Googles branding without […]

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Microsoft-Funded Professor Builds Software to Fight Terrorism

Dartmouth College computer science professor Hany Farid — using funding from Microsoft Corp. — has developed technology to help scrub extremist content from the internet. Working with the nonprofit think tank Counter Extremism Project, Farid built software capable of identifying and tracking photo, video and audio files, even if theyve been altered. The software, unveiled […]

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Goggles on, checks away: how virtual reality is reimagining real estate sales

A growing number of companies are specializing in virtual reality experiences for wealthy real estate shoppers and VR may head to the non-luxury market next I am sitting in a Starbucks with an architect. He hands me an Oculus virtual reality headset with a Samsung phone slipped into the goggle area. In his hands is […]

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Korea wants to lend tourists a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 | Fox News

File photo – A Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 5 smartphone is seen at the company’s headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 27, 2015. (SAMSUNG-ELEC-RESULTS/ REUTERS/Kim Hong-J) South Korea is a very connected country, and it’s home to two of the world’s top mobile phone makers, Samsung and LG. To show off the nation’s technology, the […]

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Microsoft Cant Shield User Data From Government, U.S. Says

The U.S. says theres no legal basis for the government to be required to tell Microsoft Corp. customers when it intercepts their e-mail. The software giants lawsuit alleging that customers have a constitutional right to know if the government has searched or seized their property should be thrown out, the government said in a court […]

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Apple’s annual profits fall for first time in 15 years as iPhone sales decline

Company has sold 45.5m iPhones in current quarter, down 5% from last year as analysts worry that the world has reached peak Apple Apple has reported its first decline in annual sales and profit in 15 years. The Silicon Valley company, which had bounced back from near bankruptcy in 1997 to become the worlds most […]

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The best iPhone and iPad games of 2015

From Her Story and Prune to Lara Croft Go, Alphabear, Altos Adventure and Minecraft Story Mode: the 25 best iOS games of the year iOS gamers were truly spoiled for choice in 2015, with at least two or three excellent new games released every week. Independent developers were fizzing with ideas, even if they often […]

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Ikeas pop-up restaurant: a crispbread-heavy menu and a virtual reality kitchen

The Swedish multinationals DIY eatery hopes to popularise the dinner party by holding tutored dinner parties in Shoreditch. But is it a flatpack recipe for disaster? Now why would pop-up restaurant in Shoreditch, east London? I wouldnt even understand there being a permanent one, but at least I wouldnt be plagued with an insistent, existential […]

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Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 7 rumor roundup | Fox News

File photo – Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ phones are displayed at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event in New York Aug. 13, 2015. (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly) This week speculation about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone is winning the rumor wars. So, based on the rumors, how might it stack up against an iPhone 7? For […]

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Google Cardboard saves baby’s life

(CNN)A toy-like cardboard contraption that sells for less than $20 online has helped save the life of a baby who was so sick that doctors told her parents to take her home to die. Google Cardboard looks like a set of big square goggles. Stick your iPhone inside and with the right app, you can […]

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Apple just patented an iPhone that clips to your clothes

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Fitbit used to track students’ physical activity at Oral Roberts University

Private school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, says bracelet it uses doesnt contain GPS tracker but still monitors students at all hours as part of whole person education Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma has found a novel way to teach physical education: require students to wear Fitbit activity-tracking bracelets and lower their grades if they are not […]

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Apple ‘iPad Air 3’ coming soon, report says | Fox News

File photo – Oct. 22, 2013: Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the iPad Air in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Apple is reportedly planning to refresh its iPad in March but faces dwindling consumer interest in the tablet category as a whole. At an event in March, Apple will introduce […]

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Virtual reality helps Germany catch last Nazi war criminals

Lack of knowledge no longer an excuse as precise 3D model of Auschwitz, showing gas chambers and crematoria, helps address atrocities German prosecutors and police have developed 3D technology to help them catch the last living Nazi war criminals with a highly precise model of Auschwitz. The virtual reality death camp offers 21st-century fact-finding technology […]

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Monday, 6 March 2017

Meditation in virtual reality: its like French philosophy meets the Matrix

Theres no paradox in finding your true self via virtual reality because everyday reality is a simulation, says self-help guru Deepak Chopra of his latest venture The cosmos swirls, wisps of purple, yellow and orange light flickering across the darkness of space, then across the visage of Buddha. An otherworldly plain fills the horizon, framed […]

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Microsoft bets heavily on LinkedIn to secure its place in a world after Windows

At $255 per active user, the social network is an expensive buy, but the tech giant is confident that access to so much personal data will soon pay off As news broke of Microsofts $26.2bn acquisition of LinkedIn last week, one wag took to Twitter to quip: Satya Nadella makes bold final attempt to stop […]

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FBI is trying to hack Minnesota mall stabbing perpetrator’s iPhone

FBI says it is reviewing digital footprint of Dahir Adan, who was shot dead after stabbing 10 people in a knife attack for which Isis later claimed credit The FBI is trying to crack open another password-locked iPhone, this time belonging to Dahir Adan, the perpetrator of a Wired. Adan was shot and killed by […]

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Space Virtual Reality Will Soon Let You Experience Orbiting Earth

If you’ve ever wondered how it actually feels to fly above Earth and look down at the amazing planet we call home, you’ll soon be able to do that from the comfort of your living room. Overview 1, the world’s first virtual reality cube satellite, plans to beam high-definition live images of Earth and space […]

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Psst, want to flog a turkey like LinkedIn? Well, phone up Microsoft | John Naughton

The purchase of LinkedIn makes no business sense its ship sailed long ago There is something irresistibly comical about the spectacle of two CEOs announcing a friendly takeover. The two chaps (for they are still generally chaps) stand side by side, grinning into the cameras. The proud new owner explains what a great outfit his […]

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Tech Q&A: Skipping Airport Lines, Upgrading Your Iphone

Illustration picture.  (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel ) App to skip the line at airports Q: I learn so much listening to your show. While speaking with a caller about how to get the lowest airfare online, you mentioned an app that makes it easier to navigate through security lines. Can you tell me more about it? A: […]

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Virtual reality may look cool, but it will feel empty without community | Claire L Evans

Its connecting with people who are physically far away that will make the medium feel magic, not the immersion, alone, in places weve never been Its a great time to be in the virtual-reality business. While Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung and Google are investing billions in hardware, were experiencing a content gold rush. But many people […]

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Microsoft Invites “Bae” Interns to “Get Lit” on “Lots of Dranks,” Then Apologizes. Again

In the gamut of things Microsoft has had to apologize for lately, including a racist chatbot and sexy dancers, this might be one of the strangest: The company sent an e-mail inviting interns to a party that begins: “Hey Bae Intern! <3” and gets worse from there, offering “lots of dranks” and the ability to […]

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The Reviews Are In: Google’s Pixel Phone Takes On The Iphone 7

The Pixel phone.  (Google) Google has made a strong phone debut, according to the first round of reviews. Strong enough to take on the market-leading iPhone. The 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL are the companys first pure Google-branded smartphones, with the tagline made by Google. To date, Google has released phones under the Nexus […]

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Canada woman’s lawyers turn to virtual reality in court case over pig incident

Anita Krajnc was arrested last year after she provided water to pigs en route to the slaughter. Her lawyers hope to demonstrate farm animals living conditions Lawyers for a Canadian animal rights activist set to go on trial for giving water to pigs on a hot day plan to bring virtual reality headsets into the […]

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Microsoft Wins Protection for E-Mails Stored Outside U.S.

Microsoft Corp. wont be forced to turn over e-mails stored in Ireland to the U.S. government for a drug investigation, an appeals court said in a decision that may affect data security throughout the U.S. technology industry. The ruling on Thursday overturned a 2014 decision ordering Microsoft to hand over messages of a suspected drug […]

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