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LibreOffice Update Offers Fresh Experience
The Document Foundation on Wednesday announced the general availability of LibreOffice 5.3, one of the office suite's most feature-rich upgrades since 2010, when it forked from OpenOffice at version 3.3....
What actually happens when time seems to fly by
No one is born with an innate understanding of time, and babies must learn to synchronize and coordinate their behavior with the rest of the world. Until then, they demand attention at all hours of the...
If the rule is three’s a charm, then the Aorus X9 proves mechanical keyboards on gaming laptops are officially in.Not too long ago the dream of a mechanical keyboard seemed only possible by literally...
Wileyfox ditches Cyanogen for ‘a purer Android experience – enhanced’
Wileyfox has confirmed it is cutting ties with the now defunct Cyanogen OS, and it will be transitioning all its users to ‘a purer Android experience – enhanced’. The British startup has stressed that...
Ever wanted to be a Power Ranger? Qualcomm is making that a (virtual) reality
Admit it, you've wanted to become a Power Ranger since the early 90s to karate kick bad dudes back to the moon and save the always-oblivious citizens of Angel Grove every weekday afternoon.Good news:...
Samsung has dropped TouchWiz for Experience in Nougat beta
Samsung may have killed the TouchWiz UI name and instead opted to call its latest Android overlay the Samsung Experience.If you upgrade to the Android 7 Nougat beta on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7...
Treadmills to endless hallways, tech has some sick solutions for VR nausea
reader comments 3 Share this story Dr. Charles King is not holding the frame for a stool. Rather, this is his company's solution for VR sickess—a treadmill-like device called the Wizdish. Tom Atkinson...
Fallout VR is still happening
With its last DLC drop now out in the wild, and a PS4 Pro patch set to land imminently, you'd be forgiven for thinking that's the last we'd see of Fallout 4's wasteland. But that may not be the case,...
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Sony predicts boost in virtual reality gaming in the next two years
The PS VR came to market with 50 games available. But these are short experiences. Some games, for example, last around 20 minutes. For now, this is the way Layden sees new games for the platform given...
IBM Consolidates Its Cloud Platform as It Broadens Its Perspective
Q&A: To give its cloud customers a more simplified, flexible cloud experience, IBM has unified its cloud capabilities into one single platform. IBM Cloud's Quincy Allen discusses the company's cloud unification...
Where Virtual Reality Is Becoming a Game-Changer
Virtual realty has an unrivaled ability to immerse users in a rich, lifelike experience, both in their personal and professional lives. This technology is appealing for that very reason: It has the potential...
HoloLens, Microsoft's augmented reality (AR) viewer, feels like the future of computing.Being upfront, the headgear that I tried at Build 2015 was "early development hardware," and it definitely felt...
Facebook wants to bring some of the Sims magic to Social VR
Facebook has announced that senior VP of Maxis and executive producer of The Sims 4, Rachel Rubin Franklin, is now the new head of its Social VR team. Recently at the Oculus Connect conference, Mark Zuckerberg...
What Aussie TV will be like in 2020
Virtual reality will allow TV viewers to go inside a program for a truly immersive experience. Picture: AFP PICTURE donning a virtual reality headset to watch the football from a player’s perspective,...
Don’t worry, bee happy: Bees found to have emotions and moods
Happily buzzingimageBROKER/REX/ShutterstockBy Emily BensonWhoa! I feel nice, like sugar and spice… Bumblebees may experience something like happiness after getting a treat that makes them appear more...
Panoworks projector is like VR without the headset
Like the idea of an immersive entertainment experience, but not a fan of strapping a set of goggles to your head? Then a new display technology straight out of Japan may be what you're looking for.Panoworks...
IFA 2016: AMD's CTO: it's 'Moore's Law Plus' that will drive VR toward full immersion
AMD VRProper virtual reality (VR) headsets have only been available for a few months to a year, and it's already the next big thing in tech that we can't stop hearing about. But, this has happened before...
In Depth: How VR is helping transform the way we eat and drink
If there's one technology that's taking over the world right now, it's virtual reality. Key players like Samsung, HTC, Sony and Facebook-owned Oculus are already pioneering VR with their own headsets,...
LG V20 will arrive with B&O PLAY headphones in the box
Remember when you used to just throw away the cheap and nasty headphones that came with your phone? Those days are definitely behind us, as testified by the news that the LG V20 will come with a pair of...
Microsoft's Visual Studio '15' Preview 4 Ships
Microsoft announced the release of Visual Studio "15" Preview 4, which introduces a more streamlined installation experience for developers. Microsoft has announced the release of Visual Studio "15" Preview...
The future of AI search could revolutionize the way you go out for pizza
Start-ups are hoping new artificial intelligence (AI) techniques that make searching the web more like talking to a friend will help them take on Google. Companies are developing search software that...
Life after death ‘confirmed’ by scientists
Scientists say consciousness continues even once a person’s heart has stopped beating. DEATH is an inevitable consequence of life, but scientists believe they may have found some light at the end of the...
Producing and Measuring High-Quality Online Video
By 2019, Cisco predicts that 80 percent of all internet traffic will be video content. This is great news if you're a brand looking for effective ways to engage with your target audiences. However, competition...
Report: Mr. Robot’s one-time only VR experience will return next week
USA Network reader comments 0 Share this story Last summer, the Mr. Robot crew made headlines by revealing they were working on a TV first—a scene made specifically for virtual reality. Last week when...
Eyes of the Animal lets you become a bat—in VR
reader comments 3 Share this story Virtual reality may have launched with gamers in mind, but so far the most interesting applications for the technology have come from outside the games industry. Case...
3-D-printing lab instruments one block at a time
Building lab instruments for chemistry and biology experiments used to be an expensive, time consuming process only done by scientists with specialized training. A 3-D printed, Lego-like system of blocks...
Millennials are replacing TV with Snapchat: AOL CEO
Snapchat is giving users a "fundamentally better experience" than television and young people are replacing old viewing habits with the ephemeral messaging app, the chief executive of AOL said on Thursday....
Hands-on review: Computex: MSI Backpack PC
Virtual reality gaming and experience have finally been full realized with headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. However, there are still a few things that can pull you out of the immersive experience...
Swipe: VR Wine Tasting And Smart Decanters
By The Swipe Team Virtual reality isn't something you would normally associate with wine, but one company has created an app that puts you in a VR vineyard. Drinks wholesaler Matthew Clark has worked...
How to boost online ratings
Consumers are more likely to give a positive review if they experience time and space distance before writing a review, new research suggests. In other words, the longer they wait to write a review, the...
Adobe Updates Document Cloud to Spur Digital Transformation
Adobe introduces Adobe Sign, and Adobe Document Cloud and Box team up to transform digital document processes. Adobe recently introduced Adobe Sign, its e-signature solution, and announced integration...
Virtual Reality Advances on Display at Silicon Valley Expo
The third annual Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Expo, April 27-29, is the biggest one yet, although much of what’s being shown are works in progress. SAN JOSE—Virtual stores, virtual worlds, immersive...
For your consideration at Tribeca Film Festival: VR
At Tribeca's Virtual Arcade, 13 VR exhibitors have booths where attendees can chat with the filmmakers and view their VR work, as well as head to two lounge areas to chat with other festivalgoers about...
The virtual reality selfie is real
Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer demonstrates the social experience on virtual reality(Photo: Christopher Schodt, USA TODAY) Selfies aren't just for the real world any more. During the...
China's death simulator is meant to make you reexamine your life
Having spent much the past several days immersed in virtual reality, I understand the appeal of out-of-the-box experiences, but this one might be too much for me. Earlier this week, Reuters reported on...
1-800-Flowers.com Taps IBM Cloud for Digital Transformation
The flower and gift retailer is using IBM Cloud to provide shoppers with an omni-channel experience across multiple brands. Capping off a busy week filled with partnerships and deals involving its cloud,...
New Technology Aims to Change Movie-Watching
One day you may go to a movie theater where instead of watching a film on a screen, you enter the scene and watch the action unfold all around you. That is the promise of new technologies like Virtual...
CNET VR Day turns admirers into true believers - CNET
Tyler flew to San Francisco from Kansas for the day just to test out the Oculus Rift. Stephanie tried the HTC Vive to see if it was as immersive as it's been billed by reviewers. And Jesse stood in line...
Bangalore leading location for experience design in APAC: Adobe
Comments Written by Nandagopal Rajan | Published:April 7, 2016 9:19 am Adobe Behance is a social network for creative professionals offered as part of Creative Cloud. Adobe is seeing an explosion in experience...
Death simulator lets you experience what it's like to be cremated - CNET
Enlarge Image Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Of course, being cremated after you're dead doesn't feel like anything (probably), but the aim of Shanghai's Xinglai ("Awaken") is not to re-create a real...
Ikea revolutionises shopping experience
Ikea virtual reality shopping experience with the HTC Vive headset and Valve’s gaming platform Steam. A TRIP to your local Ikea can be an experience purely for the cheap Swedish-style dishes, which offers...
Longform: What it's like to take drugs with virtual reality
What it's like to take drugs with virtual realityIn American Truck Simulator, you can occasionally spot a UFO hovering over the Nevada desert. A neat little Easter Egg for most of us, especially in virtual...
In depth: What it's like to spend the weekend with the HTC Vive
The long, long set-upI sat there, staring at my desktop PC. It's too old to run VR, I was sure of that - it'd be getting ready for its first day of high school were it a child.I came to the conclusion...
Tay, Microsoft’s AI program, is back online
According to Lee, the program was created as a "chatbot" to entertain 18-to-24 year olds and learn from interacting with humans. However, some Twitter users were able to manipulate the program to send...
Smart Cars for the Smartphone Generation
Automakers are taking their cues from smartphones, incorporating new services and features that work with a quick tap or swipe. The technologies being bundled into today’s vehicles are turning ordinary...
'The Rollercoaster Reimagined': VR Ride Opens
By Thomas Moore, Science Correspondent The world's first rollercoaster that's fully synced with virtual reality has opened at Alton Towers. Galactica uses motion sensors next to every seat to link the...
Adobe Launches 'Experience Business' Software Wave
At its Adobe Summit 2016, Adobe introduced the concept of the "experience business," where businesses sell experiences more than just products. LAS VEGAS – At its annual Adobe Summit here, Adobe announced...
Adobe's Marketing Cloud challenge: Putting a unique spin on the 'customer experience' buzz
Adobe's revamped Marketing Cloud will be wrapped in an experience motif as it aligns its resources, adds data science and courts chief marketing officers looking to transform their businesses.The company...
Hands-on review: GDC 2016: HTC Vive Pre
HTC Vive reviewBefore trying out the HTC Vive at GDC 2016, I signed an agreement that said I couldn't give you a full review of the system. I was told to avoid using strong language and to keep in mind...
Interview: I went to virtual space, man, to meet spaceman Chris Hadfield
I went to virtual space, man, to meet a spaceman YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyUhqayUoWAA building site in Staffordshire, in the UK, isn't a normal place to meet an astronaut. But that's...
Is Virtual Reality the New Reality for Advertisers?
Advertising is practically inescapable these days, pervading our daily lives, mobile devices and now even virtual reality. With the growing number of virtual reality headsets and apps coming to market,...
Virtual reality stampedes into Austin, but quality is patchy
One of the longest lines at SXSW this year was the one to get into the Samsung Gear VR experience, which took visitors to a Six Flags roller coast in virtual reality.(Photo: Marco della Cava, USA TODAY)...
GDC 2016: I used a lightsaber to kill Stormtroopers in VR, and it was superb
One of the amazing feats of virtual reality is that it can make the most mundane tasks feel incredibly rewarding. For me, during the Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine experience, that was fixing the Millennium...
Hands-on review: Updated: PlayStation VR
GDC 2016 hands onThe wait is over. We finally know the release date and pricing information for the PlayStation VR. The PSVR will officially launch in October of this year, just seven months away, and...
Terrorism destroyed this museum – but VR has brought it back to life
The Mosul Museum was the second largest museum in Iraq until it was destroyed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters in February 2015.But even though the bricks-and-mortar building has been wrecked...
Sony's PlayStation VR set for October release
Sony is giving you a few months to save up for its PlayStation VR. The consumer tech giant announced during the Game Developers Conference that its new gaming system will launch in October and be priced...
Assassin's Creed VR 'experience' in development
Assassin's CreedÂ may be takingÂ at least a year offÂ from the relentless pressure of annualÂ gamingÂ outings, but that doesn't mean Ubisoft's biggest franchise is actually going away. It's just shifting...
In Depth: What it's like to ride on a rollercoaster while wearing a VR headset
My experiences of VR have so far have been two-fold: me in the comfort of my own home, sitting down and exploring a virtual reality world by moving my head. Or me in the discomfort of a room in a convention...
GDC 2016: Ubisoft is making an Assassin's Creed VR 'experience' to tie-in with the film
There may not be a console installment of Assassin's Creed coming this year, but there's going to be plenty to keep fans of the franchise busy. Ubisoft has just announced at GDC that the company will be...
Google under fire for ads running with offensive content
Google makes tens of billions of dollars per year in ad sales. This week it's facing a global crisis after some of the world's biggest advertisers halted their spending after concerns that their ads are...
Google is streamlining its chat apps again
Google has a baffling array of chat apps and platforms out there at the moment, so the tech behemoth has decided to try and simplify its approach just a little bit: firstly it's phasing out Google Talk...
Google reportedly removing SMS texting from Hangouts on May 22
Welcome to your new Hangout. reader comments 40 Share this story Google continues to shake up its messaging tools with the upcoming removal of a popular feature from Hangouts. According to an email sent...
Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt: We 'can't guarantee' ads won't appear next to offensive content
Google may not be able to guarantee advertisements won't appear next to offensive content, but it is working on a solution that "can get pretty close," according to Alphabet's executive chairman Eric...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark