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Oculus Start aims to lessen the burden on aspiring VR developers

43 min 10 sec ago
Virtual reality is still a relatively new format, and as such there's a huge need for compelling content to drive adoption. As such, Oculus today is announcing its new developer-focused program called Start. Oculus Start a free program that's meant t...
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Lebanese hackers stole a ton of data then left it on an open server

1 hour 10 sec ago
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and mobile security company Lookout released a report today detailing a major hacking campaign -- dubbed Dark Caracal -- that's believed to have originated from Lebanon's General Directorate of General Security (GDG...
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Microsoft AI can draw objects based on detailed text descriptions

1 hour 21 min ago
Google may have taught an AI how to doodle, but drawing something more complex is tough for a computer. Imagine asking a computer to draw a "yellow bird with black wings and a short beak;" it sounds a little tricky. Researchers at Microsoft, though,...
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Oculus Story Studio alum return with a new cinematic VR company

1 hour 42 min ago
Last year, Oculus shut down its award-winning Story Studio, which was dedicated to creating bold new cinematic VR experiences. Rather than drifting apart, though, members of the team stuck together, and today they're announcing their new outfit, Fabl...
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Xfinity Mobile now works with your unlocked iPhone

2 hours 3 min ago
Until now, Comcast's Xfinity Mobile service has meant buying one of its locked devices. But what if you already have a phone and want to switch? You now have that choice... if you're firmly in Apple's camp. Xfinity Mobile has enabled an in-store B...
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'Science Fair' shows the challenges teens face in Intel's competition

2 hours 31 min ago
Intel's science fairs are pressure cookers: imagine pitting some of the world's brightest students against each other while they're already grappling with teenage anxiety. And now, there's a documentary that illustrates just how rough it can be. Muck...
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First human CRISPR study in the US could begin soon

2 hours 52 min ago
In mid-2016, A federal panel had greenlit the University of Pennsylvania to pursue the first trials using CRISPR gene-editing in the US. It seems the institution has quietly gotten the ball rolling and could theoretically start the study at any time:...
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Senate votes to extend NSA’s warrantless surveillance program

3 hours 13 min ago
Last week, the US House of Representatives voted to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a law that lets the National Security Agency monitor communications of non-US citizens living outside of the US. Today, the Senate has...
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Korg finally has a mixer to link up those tiny Volca synths

3 hours 26 min ago
Korg has been producing a ton of little synths in its Volca series over the last several years. Announced back in 2013, the initial Volca Beat, Bass and Keys started a run that eventually included an OK Go sample box, an '80s-style FM synth and an os...
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Nintendo Labo: Overpriced or innovative?

3 hours 43 min ago
Weird Nintendo is often the best Nintendo, or so it is said. After all, two of its biggest successes (the Wii and the Switch) are far from ordinary consoles. Now, with a year of huge Switch sales behind it, Nintendo is getting even weirder with Labo...
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'Counter-Strike' tournaments will now stream exclusively on Facebook

3 hours 55 min ago
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Pro League has got a new home. Starting February 13th, the beginning of its seventh season, it'll be streamed exclusively on Facebook, along with the ESL One Dota 2 and CS:GO tournament series. ESL, the company behind...
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Spotify's revamped podcasts will include more photos and video

4 hours 29 min ago
Spotify announced today that it's launching a new multimedia format called Spotlight that will pair visual elements like photos and videos with podcasts, audiobooks and other audio content. It's the first big feature from Courtney Holt, Spotify's hea...
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Apple will fix the 'chaiOS' text message bug next week

4 hours 30 min ago
Yesterday, we wrote about the chaiOS bug, which is a specific link that can cause iMessage on iOS and Macs to crash. Today, Apple let us know that a fix is on the way. The chaiOS bug will be patched in a software update next week.
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Facebook adds its first African American board member

4 hours 43 min ago
Today, Facebook announced that the Chairman and CEO of American Express, Kenneth I. Chenault, has joined the company's Board of Directors. It will be effective starting February 5th. It's notable because Chenault will be the board's first African Ame...
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Facebook Messenger is freezing on some iPhones

4 hours 57 min ago
Just a few days after Facebook announced that its 2018 goal was to make Messenger less clunky, now there's an iPhone bug that makes the app almost unusable for some people. The app apparently freezes up after typing a few words. TechCrunch reports th...
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Twitch's new tools help streamers hype pre-recorded videos

5 hours 13 min ago
Twitch has introduced a set of tools called Video Producer to help streamers "maximize excitement and engagement" around their pre-recorded uploads. Sometime today, broadcasters will be able to use those tools to create shareable landing pages and co...
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NASA: 2017 was Earth’s second-warmest year since 1880

5 hours 29 min ago
After careful analysis, NASA has declared that 2017 was the second-warmest year since the end of the 19th century. In a separate study using different analytical methods, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ranked last year as the...
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Essential is working to fix its sluggish touchscreens

5 hours 35 min ago
The Essential Phone launched last August, but five months later, there are still some issues with the phone that remain unfixed. One of those is the lagging touch latency. If you have a PH-1, though, know that Essential hasn't forgotten about the pro...
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Instagram DMs now show when you were last active

5 hours 57 min ago
Less than 24 hours since we learned of Instagram's new text fonts for Stories, the Facebook-owned app has added another feature. But this one may not be to everyone's liking. Taking inspiration from its parent company's Messenger service (instead of...
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Peugeot embraces electric cars in bid to return to US market

6 hours 12 min ago
Carmaker Peugeot has announced a raft of ambitious plans that will see it re-enter the US market and offer an all-electric fleet by 2025. Speaking at the Automotive News World Congress, Peugeot chief executive Carlos Tavares said the company plans to...
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