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This is what the Samsung Galaxy S8 looks like | Cult of Mac

Photos of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8+ have leak online ahead of the device's unveiling at an event in March.

Microsoft starts shipping Windows 10 mixed reality developer kits this month

Microsoft previously let us know that a range of its OEM partners with familiar names from the PC world would be building headsets that offer mixed reality..

The new Alien: Covenant trailer gives us a good look at the updated xenomorph

The last Alien: Covenant teaser was a subtle hint at the dangers the movie’s colonists would face on their new world, taking the time to make a reference to the iconic dinner scene in the original A...

Watch the first trailer for Netflix’s first German show, Dark

Channeling The OA and Stranger Things

Nintendo finally gives us a glimpse at the Switch eShop

Surprise! It looks like every other app store.

Food at your feet: Pie Tops shoes let you place an order from Pizza Hut

Step into the future in Pizza Hut's new smart shoes that, what else, order a pizza for you. They're called Pie Tops.

The final Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer is here and ready to rock

Marvel released the final trailer for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight, giving fans a bit more of an idea of what to expect from the return of the galaxy’s...

This motion capture system for cars lets a vehicle morph in real time

Augmented reality for filmmaking

Blaster Master Zero launches on Nintendo Switch on March 9th

There is plenty of justified concern over the Nintendo Switch’s anemic launch lineup of games, but the consensus seems to be that Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be enough to sell the system in its...

United Launch Alliance successfully launches an Atlas V with U.S. recon satellite on board

United Launch Alliance launched an Atlas V rocket Wednesday, successfully kicking things off at the planned launch time of 12:49 PM ET. The launch put a..

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Facebook is slashing the price of its VR headset as competition heats up

I think one of our biggest strengths as a VR platform creator is that we have tools, services, and SDKs that let you develop the ecosystem on both sides. So, a great example of this: "Dragon Front," which is an Oculus Studios title that we funded from scratch, you can actually play against Rift users on Gear VR, or vice-versa. That cross-platform play is something that only Oculus offers, and we think it's really important for the future of the ecosystem, especially as we see new categories of new VR systems come to life.

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Exclusive: SEC advisory committee to question Snap's transparency for investors

BOSTON An investor committee that advises the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will next week review if Snap Inc's decision to deny shareholders voting rights might also reduce the social media company's public disclosures on executive pay and other governance matters, the head of that committee told Reuters on Wednesday.

Spotify takes a cue from Tidal with hi-fi streaming option

The pricing test offered users an upgrade to high-quality audio for between $5 and $10 more per month than the usual $10-a-month Spotify Premium. That would be $15 to $20 a month total for lossless audio Spotify subscribers.

Facebook’s video app is out on Apple TV

After launching on Samsung’s Smart TVs earlier this week, Facebook’s new dedicated video app is now available on the Apple TV. The app allows easy access to Facebook videos on the Apple TV, and will recommend content shared by friends and based on pages you already like on the social networking site.

The Oculus Rift and Touch bundle is now $200 cheaper

"Oculus' mission is to drive VR to the mass market," said Jason Rubin, Oculus' VP of content in an interview. "There are two fundamental things that we need to push on to do that." The first, he says, is content, which is why Facebook has spent over $250 million on developers to create thousands of games and experiences for the VR platform (we saw several upcoming titles just a few days ago). The second, however, is to lower the price. "This is how technology moves forward," says Rubin. "Prices drop so more people can afford it."

Prisma's new filter creator lets you copy any art style with AI

First off, the app is launching an in-app “store” to download new filters. We say that in quotes, because so far, all the filters are free. Prisma says it will be adding new styles every week, and is looking to ramp up to daily additions. You’ll also be able to rate and share styles in the “near future.”

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FCC votes to negate broadband privacy rules

Two years after the FCC stripped broadband consumers of FTC privacy protections, some now express concern that the temporary delay of a rule not yet in effect will leave consumers unprotected.  We agree that it is vital to fill the consumer protection gap created by the FCC in 2015, and today’s action is a step toward properly filling that gap.  How that gap is filled matters.  It does not serve consumers’ interests to create two distinct frameworks—one for Internet service providers and one for all other online companies.

Microsoft plans to bring mixed reality to the Xbox in 2018

Also at GDC, Microsoft showed off the Acer Windows Mixed Reality developer edition headset that it would be shipping to a few select developers starting this March (seen in the image above). It has two high-resolution displays at 1440 x 1440, a display refresh rate of up to 90 hertz, a 3.5mm jack for built-in audio support plus HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 for connecting to the computer. Like all of Microsoft's mixed reality hardware, it also has inside-out tracking, which lets you have positional tracking without the need for external sensors.

Old Nokia 3310 meets new Nokia 3310

Facebook leverages artificial intelligence for suicide prevention

The new tools are similar to what Facebook launched back in 2015 , which allows friends to flag a troubling image or status post. Now, this feature is available on Facebook Live — with the goal of connecting a user with a mental health expert in real-time. If Facebook believes a reported Live streamer may need help, that user will receive notifications for suicide prevention resources while they’re still on the air. The person who reported the video will also get resources to personally reach out and help their friend, if they wish to identify his or herself.

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Early concept art for The Legend of the Zelda: Breath of the Wild shows an emo Link

But in this alternative universe known as “tracksuit Link,” our hero is an angsty teenager who wears jeans, a Hyrulian track jacket, and thumb-less leather gloves. He also rides a motorcycle and plays an impractical and showy Flying V guitar. From the looks of it, he probably gets up to no good and has a blatant disregard for authority. The way he tells it, though, you’re just out of touch and too old to ever understand what he’s going through, which involves battling an ancient manifestation of pure evil to prevent the world from falling into endless chaos (coincidentally also the name of Link’s first album).

Google calls ‘time’ on the Pixel laptop

Oculus Rift price drops by $200

The Oculus Touch controllers are now half-off at $99, and the Rift headset is $499. Will that be enough to attract buyers?

Oculus slashes price of Oculus Rift with Touch controllers by 25%

On stage at GDC, Oculus co-founder and PC VR head Brendan Iribe said that the price drop comes thanks to "great volume" for the hardware and work by the operations team to drive down the cost of components. "From the beginning, our goal has been to get the best VR into as many hands as possible," Iribe said. "Lowering the barrier of entry and making it more affordable for everyone to enter the world of VR" is part of that goal. Iribe also noted that there are now more than 100 Touch-enabled games available on Oculus' online storefront and over 350 Rift-enabled games in total.

Epic Games shows the potential of high-end augmented reality

Epic Games has a reputation for bringing bizarre demos to its GDC keynotes . The company loves to show developers what Unreal Engine can do, not just in gaming but other genres as well. As such, Epic Games has now demoed "Project Raven," which makes it possible for content creators to blend real-time visual effects with live-action shots. The technology, created in partnership with Chevrolet and video production company The Mill, was designed to convey the promise of high-end augmented reality.

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The Fifth Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Has Ghost Sharks In It

After a super crappy fourth movie in a franchise, it takes a lot to win back an audience—and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is doing its best. It’s bringing back some old favorites, has a solid new cast, and now, two more tempting words: ghost sharks.

The key to smarter farms? IoT farm application ecosystems

With SCEP technology, IoT vendors across agriculture, manufacturing, retail, supply chain and logistics, and government can not only rapidly create ecosystems of innovative IoT applications, but can integrate – even monetize — those applications by offering them as platforms to additional application partners. And when a farm runs on such a service creation and enrichment platform, instead of silos, the underlying data throughout the entire agriculture operation grows smarter each day. The farmer can fine-tune operations, based on precision intelligence and knowledge from an ecosystem of partners. It’s when the vision of a truly smart farm becomes reality.

Alternatives to the pussy hat if you're honestly too embarrassed to wear one

You love the pussy hat movement, but you're just not ready to wear a metaphorical vagina with cat ears on your head. Why not apply the same aesthetic to your most *critical* accessory, and put your politics where you put your pennies?

New Nokia 3310 vs original Nokia 3310: which phone is king?

The old Nokia 3310 is sometimes mistaken for a handset which came with the original version of Snake, but in fact it ran Snake II. The second generation of the popular mobile game added a few new levels, a head to your snake and bugs for bonus points. 

Yahoo's board is not paying Marissa Mayer her 2016 bonus because of the hacking incidents

"As those who follow Yahoo know, in late 2014, we were the victim of a state-sponsored attack and reported it to law enforcement as well as to the 26 users that we understood were impacted. When I learned in September 2016 that a large number of our user database files had been stolen, I worked with the team to disclose the incident to users, regulators, and government agencies. However, I am the CEO of the company and since this incident happened during my tenure, I have agreed to forgo my annual bonus and my annual equity grant this year and have expressed my desire that my bonus be redistributed to our company’s hardworking employees, who contributed so much to Yahoo’s success in 2016."

Snap is going public at a $24 billion valuation

"The deceleration in user growth is a clear indicator that Snap is losing its snap," said Lee Bressler, a portfolio manager at Carbon Investment Partners, a small hedge fund, ahead of the IPO pricing. "Instagram's Stories feature is a direct competitor and will continue to take market share. This could be the next Twitter, or worse, Myspace."

Someone might have insider-traded the $3.3 billion SoftBank-Fortress deal

SoftBank, a Japanese telecommunications giant, last month announced it would buy the US asset manager for $3.3 billion. Fortress' stock soared as much as 28% on the news.

Scientists Have a Sneaky Way of Telling If You Peed in the Pool

The simple analysis Li and her team performed involved taking pool and hot tub samples and passing them through a high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometer system, one of the most common instruments for determining what chemicals are in a given thing. The bad news: 100 percent of the tested pools contained at least some Ace-K. Through some estimation, and by testing 20 Canadians’ urine samples, the researchers found 110,000 gallon pools contained around 8 gallons (30 liters) of urine on average, and 220,000 gallon pools contained around 18.5 gallons (70 liters) on average, Lindsay Blackstock, a University of Alberta graduate student and the study’s first author told Gizmodo.

Snap is going public at a $24 billion valuation

"The deceleration in user growth is a clear indicator that Snap is losing its snap," said Lee Bressler, a portfolio manager at Carbon Investment Partners, a small hedge fund, ahead of the IPO pricing. "Instagram's Stories feature is a direct competitor and will continue to take market share. This could be the next Twitter, or worse, Myspace."

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PCMag Startup Toolkit: March 2017

Check out this month's newly tested apps and hardware for startups, including circular computers, creator tablets, mini projectors, and Voice-over-IP (VoIP) software.

Google Meet video conferencing app goes live on iOS, pulled from App Store

A new video conferencing service for business users from Google called Meet has partially gone live before an official launch, with an iOS app for the enterprise-focused meeting tool briefly appearing in the App Store before being pulled.

Republicans Want to Let ISPs Secretly Sell Your Data

There are a lot of problems with this. According to Eric Null, Policy Counsel at the Open Technology Institute, the FTC regime is generally a much weaker, broader, “lowest common denominator” approach to privacy regulations. In short, the FTC’s approach hinges on whether or not the ISP is being deceptive—companies just need to be upfront about what they’re doing. In practice this means requiring that customers to opt out of data sharing, rather than asking them to opt in. But whereas the FTC’s job is to ensure customers are being properly informed, the FCC theoretically has a broader regulatory mandate to make sure companies are providing service on reasonable terms. Essentially, the FCC has more leeway to ensure privacy policies are actually fair, rather than just making sure companies tell you about those policies, whether they’re reasonable or not.

Smoke Grenades Manage to Make Breakdancing Cool Again

Despite films like Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo that helped popularize breakdancing in the ‘80s, the craze has, for better or for worse, become kind of lame over the past few decades. As these dancers demonstrate, however, maybe what was missing was nothing more than a few smoke grenades to liven things up .

Twitter ramps up abuse controls as it lets users silence anonymous 'eggs'

T witter users will now be able to automatically bar anonymous trolls from their timelines as the social media giant steps up its fight on abuse.

At $17 a share, L.A. company behind Snapchat is worth nearly $24 billion

The Los Angeles company known for its Snapchat messaging app generated the largest initial public offering in Southern California history on Wednesday, raising at least $3.4 billion while valuing the firm at $23.8 billion.

Appeals Court Throws Out Patent Verdict Against Smartflash LLC

However, it was reported back in June of last year that, more than likely, Apple could avoid the $532.9 million verdict, and therefore not pay out the amount ordered by the jurors the year before. Turns out that is indeed the case, as the trial went to a new appeals court in the United States, and the three-judge panel there tossed the patent dispute case out.

Medium Launches Snapchat Stories, But for Medium

Just as nobody could have known Medium would become The Official Platform of Corporate In-Fighting , even the company itself doesn’t seem to know what’ll happen with Series. For now, the feature’s limited, which seems to be both by design and a consequence of Medium’s rush to get Series out as fast as possible. It’s also a bit buggy, at least in the beta stages, but Medium says it’s cleared that up for launch. You can’t draw on the screen, which seems like a natural mobile-first feature; you can’t flip your phone to see a photo or video in landscape. You can create a Series on a desktop PC, but you can’t view one there. You can’t even see one in your phone’s browser—you’ll just get a link to open or download the app. All Zhu would say about that decision was, “We’re really excited about doing this on mobile,” and that there are no imminent plans to bring the experience to desktop. Which is fine, and probably says something about Medium’s traffic sources.

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GitHub is home to the world’s largest community of developers and their projects. Whether you’re making your first commit or sending a Rover to Mars, there’s room for you here, too.

23 science fiction and fantasy novels to read this March

It’s March, which means that there’s a whole new slate of books ready to crowd our bookshelves — books about robots, revolutions, and vast space empires to tear into.

First look: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR Developer Kit headset

As soon as you slip on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 VR Developer Kit (VRDK) headset, you'll notice two things. For one, there are no wires, nothing that tethers you to a high-end PC or mobile device. You can move freely around a room (careful not to run into a TV though, as we almost did). 

The massive AWS outage hurt 54 of the top 100 internet retailers — but not Amazon

Specifically, the web-monitoring company Apica , which watches for internet-performance issues worldwide, crunched the numbers on how AWS' downtime affected retail sites. It discovered that 54 of the top 100 internet retailers were affected with a decrease of 20% or greater in performance, and three websites went down completely: Express, Lululemon, and One Kings Lane.

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These are the Nintendo Switch games you'll play after 'Zelda'

The idea that the Wii U had too many games at launch isn't novel, and Baker isn't exaggerating with that figure either. With dozens of games available on the Wii U's first day, early adopters on a budget inevitably had to choose between Nintendo's own first-party game or the relative gamble of a day-one port from another console. The safe consumer choice may have led to worse third-party sales early on and worse third-party support later in the Wii U's life cycle. A smaller Switch release avoids that possible issue and gives buyers a smaller, curated list of new games to focus on each week. And that is indeed the plan. "Every week, new games," Baker said.

35-Year-Old Teen Casey Neistat Says a Few Stupid Things

There are many, many online media organizations, including your new employer—let’s just chalk that up to an accidental omission. And arguably the way Twitter and Facebook are being leveraged right now is not ideal. Twitter has been repeatedly criticized as a hub of online abuse. Facebook became a swirling morass of disinformation during the election. Neither of those things seems like a good business model. Can you maybe just tell us what it is CNN paid you $25 million to do?

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick apologizes after fight with driver

The video was recorded by Uber Black driver Fawzi Kamel on February 5 (Uber Black is the company's high-end service), according to Bloomberg. It shows Kalanick sitting in the backseat between two women. Music plays on the radio and Kalanick shimmies his shoulders and jokes around with the women. As the ride ends and the women step out of the car, Kamel takes the opportunity to tell Kalanick that Uber's lowered fares have been hard for drivers.

Up close with Roborace’s beautiful self-driving racecar

If we’re ever to get to a point where all cars are electric and autonomous, demonstrating that robots can drive themselves around complex tracks at 200 mph without exploding would seem to be as good a way as any to convince the public at large that these machines can be safe and reliable. It’ll also probably help if the car looks as ridiculously beautiful as the Robocar.

Microsoft is bringing the '80s back with a new plan for Xbox domination

There are a few caveats: These games will be listed under a special "Creators" section of Microsoft's digital games store, and there's a one-time fee of at least $20 to get started. And any games in the Creators program won't be able to use Microsoft's Xbox Live service for online multiplayer.

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60 BeeHex cooks up $1 million for 3D food printers that make pizzas
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67 Apple wins appeal of $533 million patent verdict
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70 GitHub brings its enterprise service to the cloud
71 Snap vaults venture investor Lightspeed into the Silicon Valley elite
72 Google’s Launchpad Accelerator expands to Europe and Africa
73 Udacity buys CloudLabs in its first-ever acquisition to enable collaborative programming
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