HTC launches Viveport, its VR app store

HTC is the maker of the HTC Vive, the $800 VR headset that enables “room-scale” experiences. The Viveport store, which previously was open only in China, is a way to highlight some of the best experiences available on the Vive, and it will coexist alongside similar stores, such as those run by Oculus, Valve, and Samsung.

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Apple is now selling interactive Game of Thrones iBooks

The first book, A Song of Ice and Fire , is already available with interactive character maps, annotations, and a growing glossary that will expand along with the series. There’s even an appendix that covers all 92 house sigils, along with information about the symbolism, regions and allegiances associated with each of them.

Gut feeling: new CEO to steer Nestle down uncharted health path

Nestle -- famous for chocolate bars and ice cream -- is aiming for more appetizing products. But some long-term investors are queasy about its bets on early, unproven science that is taking the company down a road that has already seen crashes. The hazards were highlighted two months ago when U.S. biotech firm Seres Therapeutics, in which Nestle has invested $185 million, said its pill for C. difficile containing spores from good bacteria had failed in a clinical trial. Seres shares lost three-quarters of their value, dealing a blow to Nestle, its second-biggest shareholder.

Back to basics: The three easiest ways to back up your files

Programs such as CrashPlan and Carbonite continuously back up entire folders on your hard drive, instead of just a few files that you choose. Those applications can also back up your entire hard drive, if you want them to. Then there are tools that take a system image of your machine -- basically a snapshot of all of the files and settings at a particular time -- that you can use in case your computer crashes or you somehow lose a large swath of files. On Mac , the built-in Time Machine program does this, while Windows has its own system image backup tool.

Yahoo Hacked by Criminals, Not State Sponsor, Security Firm Says

Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is grappling with news of the hack as she prepares for a planned $4.8 billion acquisition by Verizon Communications Inc. that’s set to close by early next year. The report that the hack wasn’t state-sponsored doesn’t change Verizon’s initial position that it’s still evaluating the potential effect on the deal, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Google delays major Android Wear 2.0 update to 2017

Although it's disappointing that we won't see Android Wear 2.0 this year, Google has released its third developer preview of the operating system, which brings some exciting new features. The biggest addition to the latest developer preview is the Google Play Store. Users will now be able to browse, search and install apps right from their wrist.

In-flight WiFi is about to suck less... in 2018

Gogo Inc., the largest provider of in-flight WiFi, promises it’s doing all it can to suck a little less. The internet provider has partnerships with 17 airlines, covering 2,700 commercial planes and 7,000 business aircraft. It also has a reputation of being a less-than-stellar option speed-wise.

Meet the South Hills Crossbill, a Bird That's Evolving in a Very Odd Way

But what’s to say the South Hills crossbill wasn’t at one point geographically isolated in some way, then moved into Idaho and mixed with other species? Well, remember that Benkman actually modeled the development of the bird’s habitat. “I think that strengthened this specific paper, but it also highlights a larger issue with this debate,” says Nosil, “which is basically if you go out in nature and you see two birds or two fish or two insects or whatever in the same area and they kind of look different, maybe they’re different species, you don’t know if they’ve always been in the same area.” Benkman has good historical evidence that not only did the South Hills crossbill diverge without geographic isolation, but it did so as a consequence of its coevolution with the lodgepole pine.

German regulators could clear the road for self-driving cars

As reported by Fast Company , the German government is updating its traffic laws to include self-driving car rules. If passed, experts say these regulations could provide some of the clearest guidelines for autonomous cars in any major world economy.

Can Artificial Intelligence Make Employee Feedback More Human?

"No matter what, peers and managers still have to take the action of recognizing employees, and our new features make it easy for them to do so," he says. "Since our platform is positioned to understand when an employee makes a contribution to the organization, we can surface this to the most relevant users. In this way, feedback and recognition becomes significantly more meaningful."

Why Sleep Is So Important When You're Trying to Build Muscle

This video from the PictureFit YouTube channel explains how important sleep is for your body when you’re trying to build muscle. In fact, besides your actual workout, sleep is the most important thing. For starters, a lack of sleep means you have less energy to use at the gym during your workouts. You can still lift and run at your maximum, but you’ll get tired much quicker, which means fewer sets overall . Lack of sleep can increase the likelihood of injury too, and you won’t be lifting anything if you’re hurt.

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Cleaner Air: Atmospheric Acidity Has Returned to Pre-Industrial Levels

Lead author Helle Astrid Kjær attributes this decline to the commitment of nations to put a stop to air pollution. She says, “In the 1970s, both Europe and the United States adopted the Clean Air Act Amendments, which required filters in factories, thus reducing acid emissions and this is what we can now see the results of.”

PlayStation Creator Ken Kutaragi Is Like a 'Japanese Steve Jobs,' Says Former Sony Exec – IGN Unfiltered - IGN

The former SCEA boss recalled a time when Kutaragi was possibly going to be CEO of the entire Sony corporation, saying he "would have really shaken things up there, but unfortunately that personality is not typically the type of personality that gets to run a large corporation like Sony in Japan."

Apple's new ad is for people who haven't figured out how to use iMessage effects

Apple debuted a TV ad today that shows off the new iMessage effects on iOS 10. The ad depicts balloons floating around a city and gathering in the bedroom of an iMessage user who reads a happy birthday text that was sent with the balloon iMessage effect. In case you don’t know what the new effects are, they fill a text thread with either balloons, confetti, lasers, a shooting star, or fireworks. The commercial’s very endearing.

Your iPhone's flashlight has a hidden brightness tool

There's plenty more, but perhaps none are as helpful as the ability to press on the flashlight icon in Control Center to adjust its brightness. The next time you need to use your iPhone's flashlight, slide up Control Center and instead of just tapping on the icon, press on it. You then have three brightness options: Bright Light, Medium Light or Low Light.

Welcome to Wasteland: The 'Mad Max' Festival That Makes Burning Man Look Lame

Chaos is the norm at Wasteland, the “world’s largest post-apocalyptic festival” that turns the Mojave Desert into a glorious vision of hell on earth. For four days each September, thousands of survivors maraud a patch of dirt and sand east of Bakersfield, California, in wild jalopies and wage epic bungee-battles in a two-story Thunderdome.

Eddie Bauer Pays Homage To Its Past With A New 1920s-Inspired Collection

Colin Berg, the company's official historian, has spent the last few years digging into the Eddie Bauer archives of designs and advertisements to help create this collection. Today, the apparel industry is obsessed with creating performance fabrics; Bauer was among the first textile innovators in the U.S. After nearly dying of hypothermia on a winter fishing trip, he decided to create a new kind of outerwear that would insulate him in extreme conditions. "It would need to be warm, lightweight, but also breathable so that you could wear it while doing strenuous activity," Berg says.

Use a Cocktail Shaker to Make Perfectly Smooth Salad Dressing

A cocktail shaker, specifically a Cobbler shaker, with a cap and a built-in straining top, is a no-mess way to quickly emulsify your dressing so that it is smooth and well mixed. The strainer catches lemon seeds or herb stems, and offers a consistent pour to keep you from overdressing your salad . As long as you get a shaker made of non-reactive material (which virtually all of them are) you’re also free to use citrus or other acids in your dressing too. You can also make a big batch of dressing to get you through the week and use your shaker to mix and store it for super easy access. When you’re ready to dress your salad, you just have to pull the shaker out of your fridge, shake it a couple times, and pour.

Breakaway preview: Hands on with Amazon's play into eSports

Gilmore hypothesized that this could lead to mini-leagues cropping up between different broadcasters, "There is this metagame that spans Breakaway and the Twitch experience where broadcasters are like team managers and can say to one another 'Hey, you have four teams and I have four teams – we're going to set something up where we spend a week on our respective broadcasts working with our teams and then it's all going to culminate in a tournament.'"

Donald Trump's latest conspiracy theory takes on Google

Google's Autocomplete algorithm, which gives suggested search terms once you've started typing in a query, doesn't populate any negative terms when paired with a person's name, the company explained. That means "Hillary Clinton cri" doesn't autocomplete to "crime," and the same logic would apply to "Donald Trump cri."

Powered prosthetics turn mundane tasks into monumental feats

The company, headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland, is one of the global leaders for prosthetic legs. And with the recent acquisition of Touch Bionics, a Scottish company that manufacturers bionic arms, Össur now houses some of the most innovative prosthetic technologies for both lower and upper limbs. The company also has a long history of supporting and sponsoring Paralympians. Now for the Cybathlon in Zurich next month, it's sending four pilots, including Kalemba, to compete in the powered-leg-prosthesis race that will see competitors stand up from a couch without support and walk on an inclined ramp before climbing a flight of steps at the end.

This sweet BMW electric scooter with 99-mile range is coming to the US

BMW's motorcycle division is bringing the updated version of its C evolution electric scooter to the United States. The new C Evolution uses the same battery technology that's going into the  new BMW i3 , and that helps give it more power and a much longer range.

Luke Cage's take on black power in America makes it must-see TV

If Netflix’s Luke Cage is about anything, it’s about power — and no word is imbued with as much unique power in black life as “nigga.” Luke Cage himself makes that much clear. Early on in the new series, Luke (Mike Colter) is held up at gunpoint. “What’re you doing here, nigga?” asks the young, black gunman. “Young man,” Luke says, “I’ve had a long day. I’m tired. But I’m not tired enough to ever let nobody call me that word. You see a nigga standing in front of you?” Luke is an invulnerable superhero who can’t be harmed by any old bullet. But his defiant response exposes his vulnerability, and the pain he feels lashed to the word. When the youth replies, “Yeah. A dead one,” Luke’s frustration is palpable.

HTC Vive launches dedicated VR store for everything besides games

HTC is launching a new app store for its VR hardware. Viveport escapes beta testing today, showcasing all the other VR possibilities besides survival horror, shooting and such. The company is promising the hub will show off art, creativity tools, education apps and more -- hoping to surface things that might get lost in the depths of Steam's bigger catalogue. The store also includes Viveport Premieres: content that's debuting on the Vive headset, including Google Spotlight Stories' Petal , Stonehenge VR, The Music Room and more.

Gravity Sketch’s Wild VR App Will Let You Draw in Mid-Air

Like previous versions of the app, Gravity Sketch’s newest offering centers around the idea of drawing in three-dimensions. Only now, instead of manipulating your 3D object on a flat screen, you manipulate it in the space around you. “You’re literally creating in mid-air,” says Oluwaseyi Sosanya, one of Gravity Sketch’s co-founders. When combined with a set of Oculus Rift or HTC Vive controllers, the app turns your immediate environs into a sketchpad. You can draw a car at scale and shrink it down to the size of your palm with a simple gesture. “Imagine pulling two fingers apart on an iPad,” Sosanya says. “Now imagine doing that with your whole body.”

HTC Vive's app marketplace is officially open for business

Finally, Steiber teased that a secret message is on the way that will "reopen a path to unlimited Viveport content for worthy contenders." He said to keep tabs over the next month on social media and the Vive's various portals for "clues and keys to unlock the treasures."

Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 Review - IGN

Since everyone watches at their own speed, please refrain from posting spoilers on this article . Instead, have episode-specific conversations in the comments sections of the respective episode links below. In the meantime, we'll be rushing to the finish line along with you, so stay tuned for our thoughts on the full season at this same url!

Stop your gadgets from keeping you awake at night

Despite all these efforts, some studies suggest that simply staring at a screen before bed, whether it's giving off blue light or not, can keep you awake longer. Bright light in our environment can signal our brains to stay alert and we get a direct dose of it by looking at a phone or computer. Do yourself a favor and put down your tablet or phone at least 1 hour before bed -- it could help you get a more restful night of sleep.

Watch MegaBots’ massive fighting robot get bashed up by a wrecking ball

First up, we see the 6-ton, 15-foot-tall robot, with Randy strapped inside, take the full force of several 3-pound cannonballs fired at point-blank range. The outcome isn’t pretty. Had the mannequin Randy been a real Randy, the MegaBots team would now be on news shows saying what a wonderful guy Randy was. The resulting carnage suggests some serious reinforcement work is required on the pilot’s protective cage before the real battle commences with the Team Japan.

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Not just that, Polar has implemented its own coaching and activity tracking software into the experience. It's not too often you see a company mess with stock Android Wear, but in this case, Polar has created some of the most alluring fitness tracking options available on a smartwatch today.

HTC’s virtual reality app store launches today

Viveport, HTC’s app store for its Vive virtual reality headset, is going online worldwide today. Viveport opened exclusively in China this spring, and developers were able to register for a larger beta last month, but the store is now launching publicly in around 30 countries. As part of a 48-hour launch celebration, several Vive titles will be discounted to $1: a new version of Wevr’s theBlu , The Music Room Mini , Mars Odyssey , Firebird - La Peri , and Stonehenge VR .

Learn the Basics of Tying Wood Together With These Three Lashings

The above graphic comes from The Art of Manliness, showing how to make the square lashing. You can also find charts at the source link below for diagonal and shear lashings. Lashings are used for very basic construction when you don’t have access to nails, screws, or other relatively modern conveniences. So, the next time you need to build a life raft out of drift wood or just want to make a tent the hard way, it’s helpful to know how to build them.

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On-demand music services have now surpassed vinyl and the biggest revenue-generator in music

Hundreds gather for Bon Iver show, greeted by cassette player instead

Hundreds gather for Bon Iver show, greeted by cassette player instead

Periscope for desktop now lets you channel hop through curated broadcasts

Thanks to a major update, now boasts a new home page containing auto-playing videos from its new editorially curated channels alongside its hashtag channels. The broadcasts are stacked next to each other, allowing you to scroll down to discover more channels. Clicking on a channel takes you to its page, which boasts a similar design featuring all of the videos that correspond with its topic. Once you’ve selected a specific broadcast to watch, it will be presented in a larger format for a more immersive viewing experience. A tab next to the main video lets you switch to a different broadcast or channel at any time.

2017 Land Rover Discovery is the LR4 redefined - Roadshow

British off-road royalty returns with sleek new looks and its old nameplate.

Uber Could Be Taking to the Skies With Vertical-Takeoff Planes

During an onstage interview with Recode at the Nantucket Conference, Uber products head Jeff Holden said that the company is researching how it could provide a short-distance flight service using vertical-takeoff aircraft. Holden said Uber wants to be able to offer its customers a multitude of ways to travel, so looking into three-dimensional, flying options was an “obvious” thing to do, and he believes such a service could be in operation within the decade.

Why Spotify buying SoundCloud would be the best thing ever

But it would be great nonetheless — it has the potential to create a super-charged music platform with both the vibrant community of SoundCloud and the very complete music library of Spotify. It would be offering more music than any other in the world today, ranging from Katy Perry to obscure, unreleased hip hop mixtapes.

NASA’s Gecko-Inspired Robots Can Climb Pretty Much Anything

So what’s a robot to do? “Nature solves the problems around us all the time,” says Karras. “A fairly common path for us is the biomimicry approach.” When Karras and his team would test climbing robots out on vertical rock walls, lizards would blaze right past them. But rather than getting annoyed at the speedy little reptiles, Karras decided to take his cues from evolution instead. His team’s adhesive makes use of van der Waals forces, which geckos use to climb smooth surfaces. For bumpy ones, his team built claw-inspired microspine grippers that can bend and flex. (You can see them in action in the video up top.)

PewDiePie is making new games with the designer of Goat Simulator

In 2014, Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg published a video about a weird game called Goat Simulator , which has since racked up more than 13 million views on YouTube. Now, he's announcing a deal that will see him make multiple games in partnership with Armin Ibrisagic, one of the key designers on Goat Simulator .

Apple's Latest Ad Promotes Expressive Messaging and Balloons

Apple launched its latest ad, appropriately entitled “Balloons,” for the iPhone 7 today. It’s message is all about the expressive messaging that’s available in iOS 10 and Appel’s latest flagship smartphones. It starts off with a single balloon, but as the ad progresses there are a ton of new balloons added to the mix.

Adjust Your Focal Length and Distance For More Flattering Photographs

If you’ve ever seen the Lord of the Rings, you might be familiar with how this distance can affect how body parts are perceived. Simply put, the farther away from the camera an object is, the smaller it looks. This is the same trick they used to make full-size Elijah Wood seem Hobbit-sized while standing next to Ian McKellen. By the same token, if your subject’s nose is the same distance from the camera as their shoulders are from their nose, their shoulders might start to look smaller. This can compress the face and body to look smaller than it is (and, consequently, probably make the nose look bigger).

Hiker's dramatic video of two snakes fighting reveals rare sight

When snakes wrestle, it's not to the death but to overpower the weaker snake and eventually mate with the female snake waiting for the winner nearby. But if the female snake is of a different species, this sort of a sparring match seems like a wasted effort since snakes can only mate with their own kind.

46 valued at 993 million euros in IPO

AMSTERDAM, the online food ordering service, said on Friday its shares had been priced at 23 euros each in its initial public offering, giving it a market capitalization of 993 million euros ($1.1 billion).

Nintendo brings back the Famicom for retro gamers in Japan

After announcing the NES Mini for the western market in July, Nintendo is now set to delight fans of its 80s game consoles in Japan with the palm-sized Famicom Mini .

Social Media and the Workplace

Many workers report that their employers have policies about social media use on the job, or about how employees may present themselves in various online spaces. Half of all full-time and part-time workers (51%) say their workplace has rules about using social media while at work (45% say their employer does not have these policies), while 32% report that their employer has policies about how employees may present themselves on the internet in general (63% say their employer does not have these policies).

Salesforce urges EU to probe Microsoft, Linkedin antitrust issues

BRUSSELS U.S. software company Salesforce called on EU regulators on Thursday to investigate antitrust issues related to Microsoft's $26 billion bid for social network LinkedIn.

The Furniture in This Store Fits Together Like a Giant, 3-D Puzzle

The 2,000 square foot interior is also cartoony. White brick walls, exposed timber rafters, and hanging lights shaped like Tetris bricks surround what Lai calls super-furniture, “structures that are too small to be a building, but too large to simply be a piece of furniture.” Made of painted plywood, nine distinct pieces— from display shelves to fitting rooms to storage—can be wheeled together to become a 28-foot-long stair for events and discussions. Think of them as furniture transformers. Store owner Kevin Chen likens the stairs to a giant runway, making customers feel like stars.

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