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The 40 best gadgets of 2017
From smart-speakers and virtual bikes to robot vacuums and indestructible cables, here is the year’s most covetable technology You can assemble one of three robots with this Lego-like kit, each fully mobile and equipped with an infra-red sensor to help it detect and interact with its (...)
[The Guardian]

Bitcoin breaks $8,000 barrier amid speculation over spin-off
One unit of the cryptocurrency now valued at more than six times an ounce of gold, after tenfold rise since start of 2017 The price of the virtual currency bitcoin has broken the $8,000 barrier for the first time, prompting speculation that it could soar past $10,000 by the end of the year. The (...)
[The Guardian]

Siri is my agony aunt – but is telling big tech my innermost feelings a bad idea?
People are increasingly using virtual assistants as their closest confidantes and Apple, Google and Amazon are responding. But are we telling them too much? It’s three in the morning and my room is bathed in the glow of my phone. Like one in three people, I check my smartphone when I wake up in (...)
[The Guardian]

HTC shows off all-in-one VR headset called Focus
HTC's Vive Focus virtual reality headset will initially be released in only China
[BBC News]

HTC shows off all-in-one VR headset called Focus
HTC's Vive Focus virtual reality headset will initially be released in only China
[BBC]

The future of getting dressed: AI, VR and smart fabrics
From artificial intelligence and gadgets to smart fabrics and virtual reality, technology is poised to breathe innovation into not only how we dress but how we shop.
[CNN Money]

Jaron Lanier: ‘The solution is to double down on being human’
He’s the Silicon Valley visionary who gave us virtual reality. Now, in a new memoir-cum-manifesto, Jaron Lanier recounts his sad, unusual childhood and calls for a re-evaluation of our ties with the digital environment Jaron Lanier has written a book about virtual reality, a phrase he coined and (...)
[The Guardian]

Game studio CCP scales back virtual reality development
Development studios will shut and jobs will go as CCP cuts work on games playable in virtual reality.
[BBC News]

Game studio CCP scales back virtual reality development
Development studios will shut and jobs will go as CCP cuts work on games playable in virtual reality.
[BBC]

Virtual reality headsets could put children’s health at risk
Leeds University scientists found 20-minute game risked vision and balance problems for players aged eight to 12 Researchers have warned that virtual reality headsets could pose risks to users, particularly children. The scientists, based at Leeds University, believe continued use of VR sets (...)
[The Guardian]

Empathy – the latest gadget Silicon Valley wants to sell you
The tech world wants us to believe that virtual reality will unlock human understanding on a global scale. But it’s also a business strategy The other week, Mark Zuckerberg visited Puerto Rico without leaving California. He stood on the roof of Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park with a virtual (...)
[The Guardian]

U.S. Cellular expands 5G tests with Ericsson to 28GHz
- • Trials in Madison, Wisconsin focused on 5G in rural and suburban environments - • First carrier to trial 28GHz with radios at macro antenna height of 123 feet - • Demonstrated virtual reality video stream over 5G - - - U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) have completed joint (...)
[WebWire Mobile communications]

How does this look? Be your own virtual make-up artist
French cosmetics chain Sephora is using augmented reality so that customers can try on make-up virtually, before buying it.
[BBC]

How does this look? Be your own virtual make-up artist
French cosmetics chain Sephora is using augmented reality so that customers can try on make-up virtually, before buying it.
[BBC News]

How VR is helping to train a new generation of surgeons
Virtual reality technology that lets trainee surgeons feel "flesh and bone" is developed.
[BBC News]

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