Mon.Sep 28, 2020

VR Steampunk Opera ‘Miranda’ Is Visually Stunning But Needs Improvement


Full-body motion capture offers a unique, but flawed live theater experience. This past weekend marked the debut of Miranda , a VR steampunk opera performed live on-stage by a cast of professional actors operating remotely out of Binghamton, NY.

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Sony Patent Reveals VR Controller Design Seemingly Inspired by Valve Index

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Sony Interactive Entertainment recently published a patent for a VR motion controller that look suspiciously similar to Valve’s Index controllers, aka ‘Knuckles. The news was first reported by LetsGoDigital (Dutch).

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Dynamic VR Film ‘Agence’ Lets You Play God With Tiny AI Creatures


Developing a god complex never felt so good. Ever wonder what it may feel like to play god? To exhibit total control over an environment and its inhabitants using a series of god-like abilities? What kind of omnipotent being would you be? Kind and nurturing, or cruel and unforgiving?

Virtual Desktop On Oculus Quest 2 Already Runs PC VR At 90 Hz

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Virtual Desktop’s lone developer Guy Godin doesn’t have an Oculus Quest 2 yet. Nonetheless, the creator of one of Oculus Quest’s most downloaded pieces of software already enabled wireless PC VR streaming at 90 Hz on the upcoming headset.

Facebook Reaches 1.2 Million AR Effects

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How Is Reshaping Advertising With Augmented Reality


Augmented reality has come a long way over the years. From being expensive and having a reputation of being gimmicky, its applications have become more powerful and widely available to the general public. It has slowly seeped into our daily lives through cute social media filters and immersive games.

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Yet Another Gaming Accessory with RGB: Uninterruptible Power Supply!

Anand Tech

Just when you thought there was a gaming version of everything, with shiny flashing LEDs – we’ve seen storage SSDs, M.2 drives, fans, speakers, chairs, keyboards, headsets, mice, even backpacks, there’s still one that you are missing.

Community Download – Empire Or Republic In Star Wars: Squadrons?

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Community Download is a weekly discussion-focused article series published (usually) every Monday in which we pose a single, core question to you all, our readers, in the spirit of fostering discussion and debate. For today’s Community Download , we are focused on Star Wars: Squadrons Starfighters.

Scientists Created an Enzyme Cocktail That Eats Plastic

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A gross fact of life is that we’re all ingesting plastic. Turtles eat plastic. Birds eat plastic. And one study found that humans eat a credit card worth of plastic each week. Now, scientists have engineered enzymes to eat plastic, too—but that may actually be a good thing. Read more.

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Following Investment, SideQuest Announces Developer Promotion Program & More

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After taking $ 650k in early investment last week, SideQuest detailed its plans for growth and its developer promotion program in a new Reddit post. Just two people, Shane Harris and Orla Harris, have made up the entire SideQuest team so far, but that’s about to change.

Dell Catches A Tiger Lake For The XPS 13 And XPS 13 2-in-1

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With Intel’s launch of their latest 11th generation Core products , code-named Tiger Lake, it is time for the fall refresh from Intel’s customers, and one of the first out of the gate is Dell who is refreshing the XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 to utilize the newest processor.

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Natural Magic Expansion For Waltz Of The Wizard Coming In Early 2021

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Aldin Dynamics is planning a major expansion to Waltz of the Wizard on Steam and Quest that’ll add “Natural Magic” alongside large new areas. The update is planned for early 2021 and Aldin is likely to raise the price for the game with release.

ASRock Industrial 4X4 BOX-V1000M Ryzen Mini-PC Review: Finding Zen In The Small Things

Anand Tech

The miniaturization trend triggered by the ultra-compact form factor NUCs from Intel has emerged as a key driver in the growth of the PC market. Processor power efficiency is of paramount importance in this space, and AMD had been caught napping when the NUCs began to take flight.

New Details On Star Wars: Squadrons Progression, Ranked System

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There’s only a few days until the release of Star Wars: Squadrons , and we have some new details on the game’s progression system and its version of competitive ranked matches. The game will feature a couple of different systems –– Levels, Operations, Ranks, and Challenges.

For the Last Time, Please Don't Buy the Apple Watch Series 3

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Well, well, well.

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Goodbye, Split Toning — full Color Grading is coming to Lightroom

Digital Trends

Adobe Lightroom's Split Toning tool will soon be replaced by advanced Color Grading options that are derived from the company's video software. Computing News Photography adobe Adobe Camera Raw Adobe Lightroom color grading

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American Could Get Two Years in Thai Prison for TripAdvisor Review

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Anyone planning a trip to Thailand should be advised to keep their opinions to themselves. Wesley Barnes, an American living in Thailand, found out this month that the Thai defamation laws can be extreme after a negative online review of a resort landed him behind bars. Read more.

What is Roku? The streaming platform fully explained

Digital Trends

What is Roku? Is it a device or software or a streaming service? And what does it cost? Our full explainer will make you a streaming media expert in minutes. Home Theater Roku Roku players screen mirroring Streaming devices streaming media

Why Are VR Headsets So Bulky?

GizModo VR

Show me someone who looks cool in a VR headset, and I’ll show you a dork with no aesthetic sense.

The original FarmVille is shutting down after 11 years

Digital Trends

FarmVille is shutting down on December 31, the same day that Adobe will end support for Flash. Gaming News farmville Zynga

A Distant Blue Star Hosts One of the Most Extreme Exoplanets Known to Science

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The newly deployed CHEOPS space telescope has completed its first observations of an exoplanet, uncovering some fascinating new details about an ultra-hot Jupiter known as WASP-189b. Read more. hot jupiters astronomy cheops exoplanets planetary science science telescopes


VR Game Release Highlights October 2020

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October promises to be a strong month for VR, with plenty of games and even a headset release. The all new Oculus Quest 2 standalone VR headset will launch on October 13 and with it a slew of new and popular titles, such as The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners or Rez Infinite.

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The Oceans Are Turning Into a Layer Cake

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The oceans are facing a host of maladies, from acidification to sea level rise. Turning them into a ginormous liquid layer cake may sound comparatively benign (and delicious). But while Earther is decidedly pro-cake, this is in fact a bad situation. Read more. oceans nature global warming


Scientists find distant planet that’s hotter than the sun

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Europe's CHEOPS satellite has uncovered details about its first exoplanet: An extreme world so hot that even metals like iron would evaporate and turn into gas. News cheops exoplanets space

The FDA Approved Prescription Opioids Without Critical Safety Data, Study Says

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The Food and Drug Administration has been lax in how it’s approved prescription opioid treatments dating back to the late 1990s, according to a new study out Monday.

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The best vacuums for 2020

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These days, vacuums are better than ever. Whether you're looking for a traditional upright or a robotic counterpart, here are our picks for the best vacuums. Buying Guides Smart Home appliances Dyson Robovac Tier 4 vaccum cleaners Vacuums


Roku Chases the Best Free Streaming Service With Mobile Support

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Roku has announced the launch of a dedicated mobile app for The Roku Channel, the company’s longtime hub for free and streamable content that’ll be familiar to folks with Roku devices.


iOS 14 adds new customizations, but Apple should’ve fixed old flaws first

Digital Trends

As Apple adds widgets and new features to the home screen in iOS 14, we wonder how customization can live alongside simplicity and ease of use. Apple Mobile Opinion Apple iOS 14 iPhone

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How to Use Your Phone as a GoPro

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The GoPro Hero 9 Black looks like an impressive action cam, but if you don’t have the spare cash to invest in one, you can get some of the same results using the video camera you’ve already got in your pocket: your smartphone. Read more. gopro vs smartphone mobile apps video gopro

BTS' "Dynamite" performance with The Roots is the best remix yet

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Global supergroup BTS kicked off an entire week of Tonight Show appearances today, performing their English-language bop "Dynamite" with host Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. There's been no shortage of official "Dynamite" remixes, from the Tropical remix to the EDM remix to the Acoustic remix.

Lovecraft Country Has Given Up Cohesive Storytelling in Favor of Something More Dramatic

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What little hope there was for Lovecraft Country ’s first season trying to tell a single, cohesive story went completely out the window this week with “I Am,” a statement episode that gave Aunjanue Ellis’ Hippolyta Freeman everything she’d ever dreamed of.just to ask her to give it all up. Read more.