The VR API space is .Facebook's Oculus has its own SDK, the Oculus SDK.Valve has its own API, SteamVR, used with the HTC Vive headset.Parts of this API are open source, named OpenVR, and drivers have been built enabling SteamVR games to be used with the Rift, albeit forfeiting certain capabilities native to the Oculus SDK.The Khronos group, the industry consortium that stewards development of the OpenGL specification, is working on a VR specification of its own.A number of companies including Intel have banded together to create , an open source VR platform.
A huge wave has been spotted in the upper atmosphere of Venus, baffling scientists because it's staying so still above the planet's surface.Usually clouds in that region move at about 328 feet per second, whereas this cloud is stationary compared to the planet's rotation.New work suggests that the wave was created in the lower atmosphere when it flowed over a mountain, which would be similar to a phenomenon on Earth called a "gravity wave."The feature, related to atmospheric flow over mountains, has nothing to do with the similarly named "gravitational wave," which refers to space-time ripples in the early universe."Although it is unclear whether gravity waves induced by mountains can readily propagate upwards to the cloud tops of Venus, the observations suggest that the atmospheric dynamics of Venus are more complex at depth than previously appreciated," the journal Nature's statement on the finding said.Japan at Venus: Photos from the Akatsuki Spacecraft
A Shanghai-based startup wants to keep your laptop and mobile phone alive even when you re cycling across China for a couple of days.A portable battery charger Omnicharge has recorded 4259% funded of its goal amount on Indiegogo, raising over 3 million USD in September.The company recently participated in CES 2017, and are now busy with shipping the product to backers.Compared with other power bank distributors currently available in the market, such as ChargeTech PLUG 35 oz and GoalZero Sherpa 100 30.5 oz , Omnicharge is the lightest: 20.8 oz and recharges in three hours.The competitors do not have a screen, nor support heat management.The battery charger has an OLED display screen that shows the time left for charging, AC/ DC power outlets, and two USB fast-charging ports.The company has two models: Omnicharge 13600 and Omnicharge 20400.Jason Wong, the founder and CEO of Omnicharge and Eric Mathiesen, Customer Relations Manager at OmnichargeIt also has a strong safety feature which ensures overheating and overpower protection.Once you connect high power consuming device that goes over 100 watts, it is not going to damage the device nor the Omnicharge, just deactivate.
When it comes to something as deeply personal and emotionally powerful as a cancer diagnosis, few people are satisfied with a one-size-fits-all treatment plan.To find out what we can expect this year and beyond, I spoke with Dr. Clifford Hudis, CEO of the American Society of Clinical Oncology ASCO .He predicted major changes in precision medicine over the five to 10 years as routine tumor testing identifies genomic patterns for targeting expands, and drug matching to genomic alterations accelerates.Leukemia, some sarcomas, kidney cancer and a small subset of lung cancers are now identifiable as distinct molecularly with different treatments that have better outcomes.As the results of this matching, we re going to understand where precision medicine is paying off and where it s not.At the same time, one of the big challenges we face is as we develop better treatments, we have to make sure they re accessible.
I m sure there were a handful of people that Apple s newest laptops didn t piss off after last year s long-awaited unveiling.I wasn t one of them.For a device that calls itself Pro, the decision to strip away ports, use sixth — not seventh — generation Intel chips, and limit RAM to 16 gigabytes certainly weren t doing any favors to the creative types the company once appealed to.Apple, as Apple does, defended each decision proving unequivocally that it knows best.Battery life was the priority, and a one-size-fits-all approach was, and still might be, the path forward.Offering options for different use cases was simply out of the question.
NASA has contracted with both SpaceX and Boeing as part of this commercial crew program.The present development plan calls for each company to fly an uncrewed, "demonstration" mission, and then a 14-day crewed test flight, before finally beginning operational missions to the station.The latest "no earlier than" for the crewed test flights are May, 2018 SpaceX and August, 2018 Boeing .Such launches would allow one or both companies to begin operational flights before the end of 2018, which NASA is counting on.
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In the hours since a private firm s intelligence document leaked to the web, alleging 35 pages of President-elect Donald Trump s dirty laundry—complete with corrupt ties to Russian officials, blackmail, and bodily fluids—Twitter, Facebook, and cable news have become a feeding frenzy.But former intelligence agents see it differently: To borrow the phrase often applied to Trump himself, they re taking it seriously, not literally.The document includes reports from unnamed sources claiming that the Kremlin has cultivated Trump as a Putin-friendly politician for the last half decade, recorded him in blackmail-worthy perverted sexual acts, and made secret deals with his campaign to exchange information.While Buzzfeed acknowledges that the document is unverified, it says it decided to publish it so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.At the very least, the document is no hoax: According to CNN and the Guardian, senior intelligence officials presented a two-page summary of its contents to both Trump and President Obama.But those who spent their careers in the intelligence world are reading the report with more tempered skepticism, what ex-CIA analyst Patrick Skinner describes as interested caution.
Brixton Road, South London, has breached its annual air pollution limit only five days into the new year.Levels of nitrogen dioxide NO2 on Brixton Road repeatedly breached the EU limit, according to research by King s College London.EU law states that the average hourly level of NO2 must not exceed 200 micrograms per cubic metre more than 18 times a year.KCL, which runs the London Air Quality Monitoring network, found that Brixton road exceeded this annual limit 19 times in the first five days of 2017.KCL said similar pollution problems are found along many of London s main roads, including Oxford Street, Kings Road and the Strand.Last year, the first road to breach the EU s limits on NO2 was Putney High Street, which took eight days.
Proud technophobes and self-confessed Luddites: if you care about protecting your communications, your time has come.In 2015, it was revealed in the course of court proceedings that UK intelligence agencies had been unlawfully monitoring conversations between lawyers and their clients in cases against the state.According to the Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office, police spied on more than 100 journalists and almost 250 sources between 2011 and 2014.Security services claim their powers from laws scattered around various antiquated statutes.Passed by MPs in March 2016, the Bill received Royal Assent after being passed by the House of Lords in November 2016, putting their activities on a statutory footing.The IP Bill makes bulk interception - tapping and storage of phone calls, emails and other communications - explicitly legal.
Google parent company Alphabet just made a big move to bring its self-driving car tech to market cheaper and faster.Alphabet-owned company Waymo has slashed the price of lidar, a key component of self-driving cars that helps them see the world, by 90%, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said during a keynote address to kick off the Detroit Auto Show on Sunday.Lidar is the most expensive component of self-driving cars.As Krafcik noted in his address, a single unit costed $75,000 just a few years ago.A lidar sensor is attached to the top of a car where it spins and shoots out lasers to create high-resolution maps of the car's surroundings."Just a few years ago, a single top-of-the-range lidar cost upwards of $75,000.Today, we ve brought down that cost by more than 90%," Krafcik said."As we look to scale, we will do even better, with the goal of making this technology accessible to millions of people.
A Japanese insurance company is replacing 34 jobs and outsourcing the work to the IBM Watson supercomputer.A Japanese insurance company has decided to get rid of 34 jobs and instead get artificial intelligence to take over assessing medical insurance claims over the phone.Starting from January 2017, Tokyo-based Fukoku Life Insurance Mutual Company is handing over the roles of 34 human insurance agents to IBM Watson Explorer, which is a cognitive search and content analysis platform that uses machine learning and language processing to analyse data for trends and patterns.According to a press release, Fukoku Life is using IBM Watson Explorer to classify and categorise diseases, injuries and surgical procedures.When insurance policy holders call the company's hotline to make an insurance claim, IBM Watson is able to analyse the customer's voice and detect keywords.As part of making the claim, the policyholder has to submit a medical certificate showing what condition they have, and IBM Watson can detect the name of the injury or disease listed, as well as dates such as the hospital admission date and surgery date.
Show floor at the first CES in 1967As the psychedelic swirls of Sgt.Pepper streamed from radio and hi-fi speakers in late June 1967, 15,000 manufacturers, distributors and retailers checked out 100 exhibits during the first Consumer Electronics Show CES at the Hilton and Americana now Sheraton hotels in New York City.And what happens in Vegas this week will definitely not stay in Vegas, considering the swarm of media covering the show and the thousands of new gadgets about to be unveiled.As part of the CES 50th anniversary commemoration, in my role as newly-minted historian for the Consumer Technology Association CTA, the industry and lobbying group who produce CES , I ve helped collect around three dozen historically significant gadgets for display, from 8-track, compact cassette and record players that Beatles fans played Sgt.So I had to make some editorial decisions about what historically significant products to include in the display, tempering that judgement with what historically significant products I could actually procure.
The magazine s features editor Maria Streshinsky says that working with the president was an exciting opportunity for everyone at WIRED, especially editor in chief Scott Dadich.Those are the ideas that the president was very interested in, and that just sit squarely in what Scott believes and what WIRED tries to focus on.WIRED associate editor Jason Kehe, a big science fiction fan, was particularly excited to learn more about the president s taste in science fiction.Obama is a longtime Star Trek fan, and the issue features a list of his favorite science fiction movies and TV shows.That was the main takeaway from several meetings, that Obama freaking loves The Martian.Jemisin, James S. A. Corey, and Charles Yu, and deal with subjects such as clones, space explorers, and mind-reading machines.
Augmented reality is a seriously buzzy concept right now.A head-mounted computer that inserts interactive objects and holograms into your field of view, it could transform the world of work, pave the way for screenless computers, and create radical new entertainment mediums.It may also have a rather niche but extremely useful side effect: It could stop you from losing your keys.A recently published patent application from Microsoft details how the technology could be used for "object tracking."The cameras on the headsets, primarily used to monitor the physical environment so the virtual objects can be added , could also be used to identify and monitor the locations and movements of real-world objects.We first saw the patent over on CNET, and you can read the full filing below.It might learn what your keys look like, the patent filing suggests — and will then be able to tell you where it saw them most recently if you can't remember where you put them down.It gets even more interesting when it introduces the possibility of multiple users' AR headsets communicating with one another."Each person may become aware of changes to objects made by other users via the sharing of object tracking information," the filing says.
See larger image Image courtesy Ryan Whitwam These are the best new apps of the yearTrying to keep track of every app that comes to the Play Store would be a complete impossibility.There are so many apps being uploaded every day that it can be easy to miss the good stuff hidden by all the mediocrity.We pay close attention to the Play Store, so here's your chance to catch up on all the best apps to hit Android in 2016.Every app on this list is worth trying—they're the best of the best.Backdrops is free if you don't mind a few ads, but a small in-app purchase unlocks several premium collections and the option to save wallpapers offline.
Price f x , a pricing optimization SaaS, has raised €4 million in Series A funding.Leading the round is Prague-based Credo Ventures, and London-based Talis Capital.Noteworthy, this is the first outside funding the European startup has taken since it was founded six years ago and despite being profitable for the last three of those.Targeting medium and large corporations, Price f x offers what it describes as a full-suite price management and CPQ SaaS solution that provides broad and flexible support to the entire price management closed loop cycle of Price Strategy, Controlling, Optimization, Setting and Realization.If you aren t familiar with pricing optimisation software, it helps companies accurately define the price of goods across a vast and constantly changing spectrum of variables.Specifically, CPQ software aggregates these variables, thus enabling companies to configure products or services in the most optimal way i.e.
Kennedy worked as Spielberg's assistant on Raiders of the Lost Ark after moving to HollywoodSpielberg was so impressed with Kennedy, he made her a producer on E.T.Gremlins was the fifth film Kennedy produced, alongside Spielberg as the film's executive producerBased on the novel of the same name, Kennedy produced the film alongside Quincy Jones, Steven Spielberg and her husband, Frank MarshallKennedy was executive producer for the first film in the popular Back To The Future seriesThe Goonies was one of five films Kennedy produced in 1986, alongside Back To The Future and Young Sherlock Holmes
There are more than 100 new emojis in the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, which is available to download now.iOS 10.2, which also comes with a new TV app and numerous smaller tweaks that are detailed by 9to5Mac, includes 104 new emojis, plus many redesigned ones.Additions include: shark, gorilla, whiskey glass, facepalm, selfie, mechanic, water polo, fingers crossed, duck, butterfly, paella, scooter, clown, judge, astronaut, pilot, avocado, shrug, fox, and sick face.Apple didn't create all these emojis on its own.The characters are designed by The Unicode Consortium, a non-profit organisation that sets universal standards to make sure they work across all platforms.But it is up to companies like Apple and Google to implement the new emoji looks.Apple is typically more proactive, meaning new emojis generally appear on iOS and Macs before they do on Android and other platforms.Emojipedia, a website dedicated to all-things-emoji, has done a complete breakdown of the new update.Below are some of the best new emoji: View As:
We can now quantify how much humans have changed the surface of the planet.A scientific analysis of all the human-made substances on Earth—including "houses, factories, farms, mines, roads, airports and shipping ports, computer systems, and discarded waste"—reveals their total mass to be 30 trillion tons.That's a mass of more than 50 kilos for every square meter of the Earth's surface.In a paper for The Anthropocene Review, University of Leicester geologist Jan Zalasiewicz and his colleagues describe how they arrived at this number.Zalasiewicz has devoted much of his career to studying the Anthropocene, a geological period that begins in the twentieth century and is characterized by human-created substances such as plastic and radioactive isotopes from nuclear weapons testing.The term "technosphere" was invented by Duke University environmental engineer Peter Haff, said Zalasiewicz in a statement.