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Mozilla proposes combined WebXR standard for virtual and mixed reality in the browser

 Although we may disagree on the usefulness of VR and AR today, it’s hard to argue with the idea that it should be easier to develop for and deploy — especially on the web. That’s why Mozilla is working on a combined framework that gives developers standardized, well-documented tools with which to access the user’s chosen mixed reality platform. Read More

Business

Google officially flips on Project Loon in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is in trouble. Approximately 3 million of its residents are still without electricity after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria, and 30% lack access to drinkable water. Exacerbating the process of recovery is the fact that communication infrastructure in general, and the internet specifically, is experiencing trouble across the U.S. territory.

Enter Alphabet’s Project Loon, which on October 20 announced that it had officially switched on its balloon-powered internet for some Puerto Rican residents. That’s right giant balloons are providing digital connectivity for some people who might otherwise go without.  Read more…

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Entertainment

Will Ferrell stars in PSA campaign to remind you to put your phone away

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Will Ferrell is here to remind you that technology can be terrible.  

A new PSA campaign, produced by Common Sense Media, features the Emmy-winning comedic actor being unable to put down his phone and making his family’s attempt at “device-free dinner” incredibly awkward. 

The campaign was released in tandem with the San-Francisco-based nonprofit’s most recent media use census

The report found that that children 8 years old and under spend a whopping 48 minutes a day staring at a mobile screen. It also found that 42 percent of children now own their own tablets.  Read more…

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Business

Apple makes an unexpected deal to improve cell service in Puerto Rico

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Lifestyle

New York City, October 19, 2017

★★★★★ Everything had highlights and textures. Sun glowed in the thin golden hair of a child being held up to a construction-fence window to watch a pile driver. Cirrus shreds moved like blowing snow. The fresh-hosed sidewalk was a mirror. Light passed under the quick-stepping feet of a tiny westbound dog as they lifted up […]

Business

Apple is already being sued over one of the iPhone X’s features

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The iPhone X isn’t even out yet and Apple is already being sued over one of its biggest features.

A developer is suing Apple for copyright infringement, alleging that Apple stole the “Animoji” name from the developer’s app of the same name.

“This is a textbook case of willful, deliberate trademark infringement,” reads the complaint, which was flied in federal court in San Francisco Wednesday.

The Animoji app, which has been in the App Store since 2014, allows people to send animated texts to friends via iMessage and other messaging apps. In the suit, Emonster kk, the Japanese company behind the app, alleges that Apple was fully aware of its app and the name, which is trademarked. Read more…

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Business

Stitch Fix filed for an IPO, and here’s what we learned

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After months of speculation, Stitch Fix filed for its IPO on Thursday. 

The clothing subscription service bared all in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. And it taught us a few things about a company readying to go public just as it faces competition from—who else?—Amazon. 

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Stitch Fix‘s business model is simple: it sends clothes it thinks you’ll like to your house to try. If you like what the startup sends, you can buy those pieces, and if not, you can send them back. You pay a $20 styling fee, but if you buy any of the items Stitch Fix sends you, the fee goes toward the price.  Read more…

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Business

Jessica Lessin is optimistic about the news — and ‘The Information’ is doubling down

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It’s not exactly the best moment for news, what with a president intent on attacking journalists and the public’s abysmal trust in the media. So it’s a little surprising to hear how optimistic Jessica Lessin is about the future. 

But there are better days ahead for an industry that has been in a multi-decade, internet-enabled tailspin, she believes.

“The reason I’m optimistic is because we have a model that works for quality information in 2017, and it’s a subscription business,” Lessin said. 

When Lessin started The Information in 2013, the notion of a $400-a-year subscription-based publication was perplexing. Free journalism abounded and the tech scene that her outlet covered was already the subject of intense reporting. Who would pay for this kind of thing? Read more…

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Business

This backpack can carry all of your things — and you

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MOVPAK is an electric skateboard and a backpack all in one. The skateboard pops out from the bottom of the bag and pops back in after use. It can also reach speeds up to 15 mph and is remote controlled. The electric board takes 2 hours to charge and can ride for 9 miles on a single charge — allowing you to carry all your things on your back in the subway and ride the rest of the way to work. Read more…

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