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Will virtual reality change the way sculpture and other art is created?Oculus thinks so, and today is showing off several pieces created by its modelling software Medium to prove it.There are some adorable robots, a classic Samurai, and even a collection of DC comics characters you can check out now at ComicCon.The Rift is mostly a gaming device, at least for now, but Oculus is thinking bigger.The software enables anyone to create 3D models while wearing the VR headset, and offers a very tactile approach.Oculus calls it digital clay, because you can pick up material and sculpt it directly, in some ways like a potter s wheel.
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Companies like IKEA, McDonald s, Coca-Cola, and the New York Times are already.If you re watching this kind of video from your smartphone, you can move your device and the picture in the video will move as well, just like you were there.If you re watching from the laptop or computer, the video can be moved by simply dragging it via touchpad or mouse.And some companies are already using 360 videos for branding purposes, making immersive interviews, test drives, tours and other kinds of content that can be viewed via computer, phone or VR headset.Some companies make special cameras for 360 videos.There's the Samsung Gear 360, Kodak sp360 and Ricoh Theta S. Prices for these vary between $250 and $500.
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She pushed through Kinnevik miljardsatsningar at Rocket Internet and Zalando. Many raised their eyebrows when Mia Brunell Livfors NTL left as CEO of Kinnevik in early 2014. After 22 years in the fast-moving Stenbeck was one of the industry's most powerful women suddenly available to the market. Digitisation is an important part of this, says Mia Brunell Livfors when Di Digital interviews her during Almedalsveckan. In addition to his CEO-mail Mia Brunell Livfors also Chairman of Axel Johnson's wholly owned store chains Kicks and Åhléns, vice chairman of majority-owned wholesale company Martin & Servera, and vice chairman of the listed company Mekonomen, where Axel Johnson AB is the largest shareholder with 27 percent of the share capital. In March this year she also took the gavel in the half-owned listed giant Axfood, with Willys and Hemköp, both launches its first online stores this year.
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CargoX, a Brazilian startup that has been described as Uber for trucks, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding.The analogy is kind of irresistible, since Uber co-founder Oscar Salazary is one of CargoX s investors — he s certainly seen his share of Uber for X pitches, but he told me he sees a big opportunity here due to the fragmentation in the Brazilian trucking market.They don t have the tools to talk to each other, Salazar said.If you show me a market with information asymmetry, I m going to show you a $1 billion opportunity.For the record, CEO Federico Vega pictured above with his director of logistics Alan Rubio said that Airbnb is probably a better analogy than Uber, but either way, the company works to connect businesses that need to ship freight with truckers who have excess capacity.Brazil reportedly has an excess of between 300,000 and 350,000 vehicles, with trucks running empty 40 percent of the time, so the goal here is to reduce the number of empty trucks on the highway, increasing revenue for truckers and reducing costs for freight owners.
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Not long ago, I remember watching a movie called Minority Report.Released in 2002, it is a sci-fi movie set in 2054 where law enforcers use special abilities to see the future and prevent and punish criminals before the actual crime is committed.Needless to mention, if such a concept were to be realized in the real world, every law-abiding citizen would be benefited greatly as crime rates would be reduced to a zero.In 2016, the concept is intriguing and still very much in research, although we are still far from realizing such a perfect world.The rules of history might, however, be rewritten as a new tech startup by the name of Faception claims to have developed an algorithm that can help track down potential threats to society by simply looking at their faces.By analyzing a person s face, the software is capable of determining whether the said person possesses certain genetic traits that make him a suitable candidate for criminal activity.
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Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed Pokemon Go: Distracted player crashes into Baltimore police car Baltimore PoliceTerming the smartphone game Pokémon Go a "security threat", Indonesia has ordered its police forces to not play the game while on duty as the frenzy has already started to grip the country even before its official launch.The government is also gearing up to ban the game for on-duty military personnel.The gaming app has become a rage in many parts of the world where it has been launched, while countries that are yet to join the bandwagon are eagerly awaiting its launch.So far, while playing the game, some are reported to have met with accidents while some others have discovered strange things, including dead bodies.Many Indonesians have reportedly begun chasing the virtual "pocket monsters" by illegally downloading the game even before the game is officially launched in the country.
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If there ever was a universal language for communicating with search engines, Schema.org is probably it.For webpages, this means search engines are more easily able to tell what a page is about, and the different elements it contains, allowing them to return more useful results to searchers.It takes the form of code that you can add to your webpage to define what the different elements – like dates, images, opening hours or reviews – all mean.A study by Searchmetrics in 2014 found that just 0.3% of websites were using Schema.org vocabulary to mark up their webpages, and the number has barely gone up since then.Schema.org marks up the individual elements of a webpage, like pictures or names, with specific code that tells a search engine exactly what that page element is.For example, if you had a page about Avatar, the James Cameron film, you can mark it up with the movie item type to let the search engine know it s a page about a film and not a type of online profile picture, or an incarnation of a Hindu deity.
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NBC wants in on the true crime trend.The network is working with Law & Order creator Dick Wolf to create a new anthology drama series, reports Deadline.The show will kick off with Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Brothers Murders, which will focus on a high-profile 1989 crime and the legal hullabaloo that followed.Like FX s recent hit American Crime Story, the NBC series will be a scripted drama that re-enacts the stories surrounding real-life criminal cases.The first installment will consist of eight episodes centering on brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez, who were convicted in 1996 of their parents brutal murder at their Beverly Hills home.They were 21 and 18 years old, respectively, in 1989, when their parents were killed.
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Delay as many trains as possible and pocket the profits from dismaying passengers.Southern Rail Tycoon, developed by creative agency RamJam, is a browser-based game that challenges frustrated commuters to block guards from boarding trains while simultaneously raking in profits from passengers.If enough guards are successfully blocked, the train is cancelled.If enough trains successfully depart, the player loses the game.According to the BBC, the Brighton-based team behind the game came up with the idea after having a trip to London ruined by delayed and cancelled trains.The 18:03 Southern service to Portsmouth Harbour and Bognor Regis has been cancelled due to a temporary shortage of train crew has become a common refrain at London Victoria during months of delays.
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Tesla-grundaren Elon Musks raketföretag SpaceX planerar expedition till Mars.Gizmodo tittar närmare på hur det ska gå till.Ford har påbörjat ett samarbete med en tequila-tillverkare, för att undersöka möjligheten att använda restprodukterna från spritproduktonen till material till bilinredning, det skriver Techcrunch.Nu har Mercedes-Benz nybyggda självkörande buss gjort sin premiärtur genom Amsterdam.Den ökade e-handlen har lett till problem med sena leveranser och kö till utlämningsställen.Den estniska startupen Cleveron vill lösa problemet genom ett uthämntningsskåp som anpassar storleken på fack och håller varorna kalla och torra, det rapporterar Techchrunch.
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In the second quarter, China hit a new milestone as it surpassed the U.S. to become the No.1 country for iOS game revenue, according to market researcher App Annie.The change was inevitable, and it shows the shifting tides of the $36 billion mobile game industry.App Annie said that revenue for homegrown Chinese mobile games such as Fantasy Westward Journey, Westward Journey Online, and Hero Moba fueled the growth.Meanwhile, foreign titles, such as Clash Royale ranked at No.10 in China , played a lesser role.The growth of China s iOS game business is likely to light a fire under Western developers who have been slow about growing their revenues in China, where a host of differences make it very hard for Western content to succeed.It probably won t help that China is about to institute some strict censorship for every single game that launches in the Chinese market.
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If you re still struggling to make heads or Ninetails of Pokemon Go, we ve got you covered.On this week s By The Numbers, The Huffington Post s weekly business and tech talk show streamed on Facebook Live, our staffers discuss three numbers that put the craze in perspective:$14 billion ― The approximate increase in Nintendo s market value in the week since the game launched.33.4 ― The number of minutes the average iOS user of the app spent playing Pokemon Go on Monday.The average iOS user spent 22 minutes on Facebook and 18 minutes on Snapchat, in comparison.The phenomenally popular smartphone game is the latest entry in the 20-year-old Pokemon franchise, but it s a lot different than the Game Boy or card games you might be familiar with.
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Lighthouse3 found that three primary trends are behind the growth in the influencer marketing technology arena:Key trend 1: Decline of advertising due to the massive increase in ad blockers globallyAccording to Mary Meeker s 2016 Internet Trends report slide 47 , there are nearly 640 million devices that are blocking online advertising.That being said, US advertiser spending on digital advertising is expected to overtake TV in 2016 and hit $103 billion in 2019.In fact, my agency is using Facebook ads, LinkedIn ads, Twitter ads, Pinterest ads, Reddit ads and Google AdWords ads to help clients retarget and amplify influencer marketing efforts.Key trend 2: Rise of influencer programs is leading to greater need for efficiencies and proving ROI
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A little snippet concerning the battery life of this year's expected iPhone 7 update says users should expect Apple to start calling it the longest lastingest iPhone ever made, or something along those lines, thanks to one key feature of 2016's wonderphone being a bit of a bigger battery.According to a man on the internet who doesn't always make things up, the standard, non-Plus iPhone 7's battery should be seeing an increase to a capacity of 1960 mAh, which, according to maths, is about a 14 per cent improvement on the 1715 mAh power unit Apple put inside the iPhone 6S.Imagine the empowering life changes that'll bring about, like being able to look at Pokemon on the bus for 14 per cent longer, or 14 per cent more time to take photographs of noodles for Instagram.Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
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Pokémon Go can t sit idly if it want to keep … well, going.The free-to-play app  has quickly become a money-making phenomenon.But as fun as the mobile, location-based game is, it could still use extra features.Adding new content will not only make the experience better, but it will ensure that all of those millions of Pokémon Go players keep using the app.Even your initial options are limited.Unless you already look like a slim, teenage anime character, chances are good that your Pokémon Go avatar isn t going to look a lot like you.More initial choices would be great, but it would also be fun if you could get more customization items as you play.Imagine if you had a small chance to unlock a new hat every time you went to a Pokéstop.
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Salah Sukkarieh, a professor of robotics at Sydney University, is the project lead for agricultural robotics at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics ACFR .The ACFR, which hosts around 130 researchers and engineers, builds robots for mining and aviation, but it's also looking at how automated systems could assist graziers and farmers.On June 30, ACFR did its first test of the SwagBot at a farm near Newcastle, Australia.While having little actual swag, the robot could prove extraordinarily useful on cattle farms by potentially herding and monitoring animals, among other tasks.The SwagBot is intended to be a low cost, powerful robot that can work across large, rugged areas.Over the next few years, the lab intends to build more autonomy into the robot so it can perform certain tasks such as animal monitoring or weeding.
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You can buy weed-infused pasta sauce, chewing gum, beef jerky… even vegan caviar.And this November, voters in California and several other states will decide whether to legalize the recreational use of pot—which means it s poised to get a lot bigger.The issue with edibles is their notoriously unpredictable user experience: They re potent, take a while to kick in, and can take a long time for your body to metabolize.One of the first companies to address this problem in a comprehensive way is Oakland-based Défoncé Chocolatier.The company specializes in high-end, cannabis-infused chocolate, and it s anticipating the marijuana boom with some of the most user-friendly edibles you ve ever seen.A New Crop of Marijuana Geneticists Sets Out to Build Better Weed
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UPDATED: Free and cheap personal and small business cloud storage is everywhere.Here's how to decide which one is right for you.It's a completely different level of abstraction from the way we think about servers, from how the stamp is deployed and managed, to how workloads run in the cloud infrastructure.You don't look at the firmware level of the RAID card; you deploy the same setup to 100,000 servers and if one of them doesn't work, you throw it away eventually, anyway -- a failed motherboard or hard drive could sit in the stamp for a month or even a year with the management system routing around it .It can mean that someone distrusts the cloud because they can't fondle the switches and caress the levers and change the settings themselves, and they don't know enough about hyperscale cloud to understand why that's a good thing.It's just that saying 'it's full of servers' doesn't do anything to educate people about how to get the most out of cloud by designing apps and workloads to use cloud patterns and take advantage of cloud strengths.
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Look closely at Zhang Wei s portrait of Michael Jackson and you ll see something it isn t quite right.It s a clever composite of photos of his Chinese fans.The image is among the 72 portraits in Artificial Theater, Wei s sharp commentary on the influence of Western pop culture on China.Wei assembles each collage using the facial features of 20 to 30 ordinary Chinese citizens.This Epic Party Shot Took 60 Frames and Lots of ChampagneWoman Perfectly Adds Herself to Other People s Old Photos
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Pokémon Go is a massive success, but experienced gamers might note that it isn t totally a breath of fresh air.The new smartphone game revolves around the discovery of monsters like Pikachu and Zubat in the real world.Users travel to actual outside locations, then use their smartphone cameras to locate and capture the critters.While it may seem novel for a smartphone game to encourage users to actually walk around, Pokémon first did that nearly two decades ago.In 1998, Nintendo introduced a small device called the Pokémon Pikachu.It strapped onto your waistband and counted how many steps you took.
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Photo illustration from a photo via ShutterstockAre your legs getting tired from all the Pokémon Go?They want to be your personal Pokémon Go driver.That s right, for just $20-$25 per hour a driver will now chauffeur you around to play in cities like New York, Portland, and Baltimore.The ads are slowly cropping up around the country, as the augmented reality game catches fire and people find out that they re accidentally getting exercise.Some of the drivers are even including perks like free snacks, phone chargers, and wi-fi.
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Cisco's new partnerships with Gupshup and Api.ai should bring more bots into the Spark messaging platformA large sign at the curb greets arrivals at Building 9 of the Cisco Systems campus in San Jose, California, on Oct. 5, 2015.The next time you chat with someone on Cisco Systems Spark messaging service, that someone may not be a co-worker -- or even a person.Welcome to the world of bots.On Monday at the Cisco Live conference, Cisco said it s working with the messaging company Gupshup so more developers can bring their bots into Spark.It also introduced a partnership with Api.ai, a natural-language software company, in part to help developers build interfaces where users can just talk to bots.
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Windows Phone users...they're still out there, and they're sad they don't have access to Pokemon GO.The ultra-popular mobile game has topped the charts on both iTunes and the Google Play Store, and though its international expansion was temporarily paused, the game is destined to span the globe.That is, unless you have a Windows mobile device, in which case you're out of luck.A quick look at social media shows two things: that Pokemon GO is incredibly, insanely popular, and that Windows Phone users are not amused.They re used to missing out on stuff, yes, but usually the things they miss out on are less, well, grand.At this point, their only option is to use a supported device and tether it to the hotspot from their Windows Phone.
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Welcome to another instalment of the week in geek, our weekly round-up of news in the world of gaming, comics, film, and TV that you might have missed.This week we have news on a new comic series featuring Marvel's original Thor, Rogue One livestreaming from next week's Star Wars Celebration, set photos from The Dark Tower, and more.It's been nearly two years since Marvel's God of Thunder relinquished the title of Thor over to Jane Foster, after finding himself unworthy of wielding Mjolnir.It's important to note, though, that Jane Foster's Thor isn't going anywhere.Particularly of note is that the entire Rogue One panel will be live-streamed, and I've heard murmurs that it will include a brand new trailer for the film.While Suicide Squad was filming, some photos arrived online featuring Will Smith's Deadshot shopping with a young girl around what looked like Christmas time.
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Facebook has made dramatic changes in its Newsfeed, as it explained in a carefully written post published on its blog titled: Building a Better News Feed for You.Right up front, Facebook makes it clear that changes are coming.And while the Facebook blog post suggests the changes are a natural evolution of the Newsfeed, the New York Times is far less sanguine.Facebook to Change News Feed to Focus on Friends and Family writes the Times.What Facebook seems to have discovered is that people don t want news from professional top-down sources, they d rather hear from their friends.And for those of us who spend time on Facebook, the Trumpafication of the page was painful to endure.
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Banking so hard the wings look like they might snap.But for Boeing test pilots Randy Neville, Van Chaney, and John Misuradze, they perfectly demonstrate the capabilities of the 787-9 Dreamliner.We ve seen such flights before, and Boeing is no stranger to showing off what its planes can do.But it s still fun to watch.At 206 feet long, the Dash 9 is the latest and biggest Dreamliner yet at least until the 787-10 arrives and among the most advanced passenger jets in the sky.This test flight in Moses Lake, Washington, allowed the captains to have some fun and practice for their upcoming technical demonstration at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK next week.
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Oh, yes, Biz Department asked to use 1984 warrantsAn oversight body has revealed that secretaries of state for the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have issued at least 23 secret orders to telecommunications companies on national security grounds since 2001.The review reveals that there are 23 ongoing "directions" issued under section 94 that fall within the scope of IOCCO s oversight.Other uses of the power were not investigated, although in a letter to IOCCO, the Prime Minister confirmed that other section 94 "directions" had been issued by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, although he stated that the oversight body would not be given the right to oversee these because they were in the process of being reviewed and would possibly be rescinded".The remaining eight, from MI5, MI6, both alongside GCHQ, or the NCA, relate to the provision of services in emergencies, for civil contingency purposes or to help the agencies in safeguarding the security of their personnel and operations.Although it is unconfirmed, among these orders is likely one relating to the phone call interception programme PRESTON, as revealed by The Register last year.
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A brash dot-com millionaire showed up in Russia shopping for a rocket at the start of Vladimir Putin s presidency, only to be derided as a crank by smug apparatchiks who plied him with vodka before waving him away.Nobody in Moscow is laughing at Elon Musk any more.Since Musk proposed a new mode of transport in 2013 -- his trademarked Hyperloop network of levitating pods that zip through tubes at breakneck speed -- Russia has emerged as a key investor in its development.And Putin, who s built pipelines of his own, pledged to champion the technology during talks last month at his annual forum in St. Petersburg with Shervin Pishevar, a Musk ally and early Uber investor who co-founded U.S. startup Hyperloop One.He expressed big interest in this project and promised state backing for implementing it, Putin s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said in a text message.Hyperloop One is one of at least two companies racing to realize Musk s futuristic dream of transforming the way goods and people move across the earth.Much of the $100 million it has raised so far has come from Russian freight tycoon Ziyavudin Magomedov, who co-owns ports in the Far East and on the Black and Baltic seas.Other investors include the Kremlin s Russian Direct Investment Fund, and French rail operator SNCF, but not Musk himself.For more on Musk s Hyperloop project click here.Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One already has feasibility studies under way with Russia and at least two other European countries, as well as partnerships with leading designers such as Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consulting.In May, it conducted a proof-of-concept test in the Nevada desert, accelerating a cart on metal rails from zero to 116 miles per hour 187 kph in just 1.1 seconds.But huge hurdles remain for the company to meet its goal of starting commercial operations by 2020.
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BLU, maker of relatively inexpensive unlocked phones, has launched the new BLU Energy XL.This smartphone features a giant 6-inch Full HD AMOLED display and a fingerprint reader, both of which are great but pale in light of the handset's 5000mAh battery.According to BLU, owners will see about three days of run time when using the phone as they normally would, and a fantastic 30-day standby time when not using the handset.BLU phones, for those unfamiliar, hold a certain appeal by offering cheaper-than-big-name smartphones that are more stylish and bring more features than very cheap low-tier handsets.These phones are sold unlocked with support for only certain carriers, so be sure to check , and usually with a price tag that s within the means of most consumers.In this case, the BLU Energy XL costs $299 USD from Amazon and is compatible with T-Mobile and ATIn addition to its Super AMOLED display, the Energy XL features Lightning Quick Charge for rapidly charging the handset, a fingerprint sensor for using biometric security and apps that require the sensor, and a metal body.
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Paul Szoldra/Tech Insider A company called Rufus Labs has built a wearable that's more capable than the Apple Watch, both in its size and in the scope of what it can do.Unlike other smart watches and similar wearables that must be linked to a phone, the Cuff is a standalone, though it can connect to a phone if you need it to.
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