Microsoft Marries Minecraft With Oculus Rift


Microsoft has announced Oculus Rift support for Minecraft. It’s for the Windows 10 version of the game, though whether suspension of disbelief will be possible remains to be seen. The announcement appears to be timed as a last-minute push for the free upgrade offer for Windows 10 that Microsoft says will end today (July 29.) […]

Movie Theaters Could Get 3D Without Glasses


MIT researchers have designed a movie theater screen that would allow every viewer to watch in 3D without needing glasses. However, they stress their prototype is not market ready right now. While glasses-free 3D already exists, it isn’t practical for movie theaters. The main version used on TVs involves tiny “parallax barriers” across the screen […]

All Four Generations, Side by Side: A Journey Through Time

Behold: Granted, it might be kind of cumbersome, but that would be cool to have at your house. Imagine having all the gaming generations represented with all the different systems? I think that may have just been added to my bucket list. Editor’s note: And mine too! They’d all have to go in the basement […]



The last VHS recorder may be produced in the next few days. It comes only a few months after Betamax finally bit the dust. The Nikkei newspaper reports that Funai Electric Company will cease production this month. While the report states that Funai was the only Japanese company making VCRs, it appears it may also […]

ARM Purchased: Major Chip Designer Could Boost Internet Of Things


The company that powers most smartphones has been bought for more than $30 billion. The new owners of ARM Holdings plan to harness its capabilities to boost the Internet of Things. ARM, based in Cambridge in the United Kingdom, is best known for having designed the ARM processor and related software architecture. The approach meant […]

Drones Could Boost Stadium Wi-Fi


AT&T plans to use drones to improve wireless coverage at events with large crowds. It’s the next step in a program that’s started with the drones inspecting cellphone towers. The company says it has a national drone program and will try to use the unmanned vehicles in as many different ways as possible to boost […]

Google Street View Becomes Sheep View 360


Tourism staff on a remote island chain have recruited sheep to help map the island. It’s part of a campaign to get Google to add the Faroe Islands to its Street View service, Google has so far passed up the opportunity to send its vehicle-mounted cameras to the Islands, largely because they are 200 miles […]

The End of a Bitter Dispute: Netflix Comes To Comcast Cable Boxes


Comcast says its next generation of cable boxes will include a Netflix streaming app. The deal appears to end a bitter dispute between the two companies over net neutrality issues. The streaming will be available through the X1 platform, which will include a unified search tool (covering Live TV, DVR recordings and On Demand content) […]

10-Year-Old Wins Summer Fellowship for Computer Scientists


A 10-year-old girl has won a place on a summer fellowship designed for computer scientists. She’ll be helped to make robots to cheer up the people of Paris. The Paris Summer Innovation Fellowship offers two weeks of funding and practical assistance to help “city problem solvers” find ways to improve the French capital. The company […]

AI Beats Professional Fighter Pilot In Dogfights


An AI system that could run on a Raspberry Pi computer has comprehensively beaten a former fighter pilot in simulated air combat. The system, ALPHA, appears to triumph over human abilities with two of the most common advantages of computers over people: speed and endurance. The system is said to be able to figure out […]

Chatbot Beats Parking Tickets


A free chatbot has reportedly helped 160,000 people overturn parking tickets. The man behind DoNotPay now plans to create similar services for other legal complaints. Joshua Browder, a student at Stanford University, created the bot to help inform people of their rights when challenging parking tickets. While it appears to the user as if it […]

$4 Smartphone Continues To Raise Eyebrows

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An Indian company says it will start shipping a $4 smartphone this month. The move comes despite serious scepticism about the economics involved. The phone, the Android-based Freedom 251, is far from exactly top-spec, but sounds perfectly serviceable for very basic use. It has a 4 inch, non-HD screen, 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of […]