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Oculus anti-piracy update cracked
An anti-piracy update for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is cracked within a day of release.
[BBC]

How will virtual reality change lives?
How VR is changing work, rest and play
[BBC]

How will virtual reality change lives?
How VR is changing work, rest and play
[BBC News]

'Virtual partner' elicits emotional responses from a human partner in real-time
'How does it 'feel' to interact behaviorally with a machine?' To answer that, scientists created a virtual partner that can elicit emotional responses from its human partner while the pair engages in behavioral coordination in real-time. The virtual partner's behavior is (...)
[Science daily]

The digital apocalypse: how the games industry is rising again
From mid-cycle PlayStation upgrades to episodic entertainment and virtual studios, something big is happening in the way games are bought, made and sold For 30 years the games industry worked in a certain way. People rented offices and set up studios to create games; they employed staff to work (...)
[The Guardian]

Minoca OS: operating system for connected devices
Minoca OS is a leading-edge, highly customizable, general purpose operating system. It features application level functionality such as virtual memory, networking, and POSIX compatibility, but at a significantly reduced image and memory footprint. Unique development, debugging, and real-time (...)
[OSNews]

Artificial intelligence course creates AI teaching assistant
Jill Watson is a virtual teaching assistant. She was one of nine teaching assistants in an artificial intelligence online course. And none of the students guessed she wasn't a human.
[Science daily]

Does Bitcoin still matter?
Virtual currency Bitcoin has not replaced government-issued money but the underlying blockchain technology is becoming more mainstream.
[BBC]

It's a game changer: recruiters make a play for ideal jobseeker
Tech startup Arctic Shores says its games-based recruiting tools better match companies and candidates and help create a diverse workforce Welcome aboard the Starship Comet – a virtual spaceship in the smartphone game Cosmic Cadet, which asks players to complete six levels of interstellar (...)
[The Guardian]

The future for shooters in VR gaming
Gunplay is a vital part of video games, but how will it work in virtual reality? I was 11 years old when Jonathan Cott first brought a gun to school. It was bright red, or maybe dark blue – colours tend to fade first in the memory – and the paint was chipped at the corners. Cotty, as we called (...)
[The Guardian]

Samsung thinks the 'future of children's bedtime' is virtual reality stories
A dystopian future of family communication through headsets, or an inventive way to bring remote parents together with their kids – and dinosaurs? Disrupting children’s bedtimes? Most children are more than capable of doing that themselves, whether it’s noisy pillow fights, demands for a fourth (...)
[The Guardian]

Strong interactions with voice-guided vehicles do not result in safer driving
Giving a car a more personal voice led to more car accidents, a new report suggests. The findings showed that participants who felt a strong social connection with the virtual driving instructor (i.e., "social presence") crashed more during the simulation, especially when they perceived the (...)
[Science daily]

VR headset shipments 'to boom' in 2016
More than nine million virtual reality (VR) headsets will be shipped in 2016, suggests research by analyst firm IDC.
[BBC]

VR headset shipments 'to boom' in 2016
More than nine million virtual reality (VR) headsets will be shipped in 2016, suggests research by analyst firm IDC.
[BBC News]

Google's parent Alphabet misses profit expectations as moonshot spend soars
Alphabet’s expansion plans don’t come cheap, with its empire set to include original YouTube series alongside Google, self-driving cars and virtual reality Google’s parent company Alphabet saw its revenue grow 17% during the first three months of this year, the company said on Thursday, but spent (...)
[The Guardian]

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