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
Technologists, hackers, and journalists recap episode 2: ‘Undo.’
BlackBerry’s most interesting phone in years – if not an entire decade – is the KEYone, an Android device with a classic BlackBerry hardware keyboard that finally answers the needs of truly dedicated thumb typists with a modern mobile OS. Now, the KEYone ‘Black Edition’ has arrived, and it’s more than just a fresh coat of paint on an older gadget. In fact,… Read More
Wright isn’t mad, actually he’s laughing.
Gaming headphones and headsets can be a real crapshoot, with some of them being downright excellent and others, the majority,…
The pain of narrowly missing out on concert tickets is an all too common feeling.
While we might be quick to blame our reflexes, scalpers employing bots have been wreaking havoc in the now mostly digital ticket selling business.
The Australian state of New South Wales will ban these ticket bots as part of laws passed on Wednesday, which makes it the first jurisdiction in the country to do so.
The Fair Trading Amendment (Ticket Scalping and Gift Cards) Bill 2017 outlaws the use of bots, while also capping the transaction cost of resales to 10 percent of its sale price. Read more…
Uber board member, media mogul, and sleep crusader Arianna Huffington wants you to turn off your phone.
That’s easier said than done, of course, so she’s teamed up with Samsung to make an app that will help you force yourself into it.
It’s called Thrive, and the goal, according to Huffington, is to provide “the tools to take a break from your phone to do whatever it is that makes you more human.” The Samsung-exclusive app isn’t out until December, but Huffington took the stage at Samsung’s Developer Conference to share more about how it works. Read more…
Twitter prides itself on being “what’s happening,” but unfortunately for the company’s users, what’s frequently happening is unchecked harassment. CEO Jack Dorsey apparently has plans to change all that, and today put forth a roadmap for curbing abuse on the social media platform.
In an Oct. 19 post, the Twitter Safety team published a detailed calendar listing target dates and goals for changing the site’s rules. Taking it a step further, Twitter promised to share “regular, real-time updates” on its efforts to make the service “a safer place.”
10,000 photos of a charred neighborhood, stitched together.
You get to a certain age, and if you’re remotely vain (and let’s face it, you are), you need to have your hair colored fairly frequently. You’re hardly alone. Roughly 75 percent of women in the United States color their hair, which today adds up to an $18 billion opportunity for brands like L’Oréal and Clairol. It did, anyway. Eating into a growing percentage of… Read More
Spooky Pokémon like Banette and Sableye are coming to the game
A new startup called Relativity Space founded by two aerospace engineers wants to use massive 3D printers to produce rockets without humans required on the factory floor, with the ultimate aim of driving the price of rocket launches down from their current rate of around $100 million to just about $10 million per launch. Bloomberg reports that Relativity’s founders think using 3D printing… Read More
A socially mediated ghost story.
A look at some of the best tech-centric board games and card games that use tech tree decision-making.
Mr. Robot is back, and the C Y B E R is back, too. The show takes a special interest…
Ultimate Ears adds Alexa and a fresh redesign to its popular Boom speaker.
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This may sound like heresy, but WiFi isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, it’s nice not having wires everywhere and it makes you feel like you’re living in the future, but WiFi can also have drawbacks. It can be painfully slow, has a limited range of coverage, and opens up your network to all kinds of security issues. It’s like trying to power an SUV with a sundial and wondering why it’s taking forever and doesn’t go very far.
If you like playing console games with the younger generation, you may have come across the issue of their tiny hands being unable to perform certain combos, reach certain buttons easily, and so on. While this makes them satisfying opponents, it might be better if they had a controller more suited to their physiology. Well, good thing there is one! Read More