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VR Art App ‘Brushwork’ Available Free, No Download Required

VRScout

Sunset Division’s browser-based immersive painting experience lets you craft beautiful works of art in VR, no additional downloads necessary. We’ve seen a number of immersive art apps make their way to VR headsets over the past few years.

This tiny satellite will use a solar sail to investigate an asteroid

Digital Trends

Following the success of Bill Nye's solar sail craft, LightSail 2, NASA plans to launch its own solar sail craft to investigate near-Earth asteroids. News asteroids NASA solar sail space

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The Best VR Games Of 2021 (So Far)

Upload VR

Yup, 2021 is already halfway over. It’s been a busy six months for the VR industry with plenty of new releases. So let’s round up the best VR games of 2021… so far. This list is comprised of every game we rated four stars or higher in the first six months of the year.

Teenage ‘lava world’ is the youngest exoplanet of its type discovered so far

Digital Trends

NASA's exoplanet-hunter TESS recently discovered four "teenage" exoplanets, including one dramatic lava world that orbits ultra-close to its star. News exoplanets NASA space tess

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

H3VR Alpha Update Adds Grappling Hook Climbing

Upload VR

Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grandes (H3VR) is testing a grappling hook and gigantic new level for its popular take and hold mode. The new update arrived in an alpha testing channel on Steam and you can check out developer Anton Hand from RUST LTD.

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Robot pile-up causes grocery delivery chaos for online shoppers

Digital Trends

A catastrophic collision between three robots at a cutting-edge facility in the U.K. suggests the road toward the robot takeover may be rocky. News Web ocada Online Shopping Robotics Robots

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You Can No Longer Say ‘I Do’ on Zoom in New York

GizModo VR

A virtual avenue for marriage that sprung up during the pandemic in the state of New York is no more. As of late last month, Zoom weddings are no longer legal. That means if you want to get married, you have to do so in person in the presence of someone authorized to perform the ceremony. Read more.

China’s Zhurong rover visits its parachute and backshell on Mars

Digital Trends

China's Zhurong rover is exploring the surface of Mars and recently stopped by the site of its parachute and backshell. News Mars space zhurong

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Mark Hamill Discusses His Role in Masters of the Universe: Revelations

GizModo VR

Hamill has also made a name for himself in the voice-over community, most notably lending his voice to the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Selfie comes with a lightning bolt and hospitalization

Digital Trends

It’s the kind of selfie that you really wouldn’t want to take, but it has to be said that the resulting photo is rather extraordinary. Mobile News Photography lightning selfie

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The Walking Dead Universe Book Cover Revealed by AMC Networks

GizModo VR

AMC Networks, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Comics revealed the new cover to the book The Art of AMC’s The Walking Dead Universe from illustrator Brian Rood. Read more.

Everything we know about the Steam Deck

Digital Trends

Valve's new handheld game system, the Steam Deck, is built from the ground up to work with Steam's platform and cross-play with your PC. Here's what to know. Gaming steam deck Steam Deck guide Steam Deck release date Steam Deck specs what is Steam Deck

Space Jam: A New Legacy Takes Box Office's Top Spot This Weekend

GizModo VR

The first Space Jam starring Michael Jordan was released in 1996 and opened with $27.5 million. By the time the film ended its run, the overall domestic total was $90 million in box office sales. Read more.

How to watch the ISS relocate a Crew Dragon to make room for a Starliner

Digital Trends

It's a busy time at the International Space Station, with preparations beginning this week for the orbital test flight of the Boeing Starliner. News how to watch ISS space

Shang-Chi Actress Michelle Yeoh Provides New Details on Her Character

GizModo VR

The reigning queen of martial arts cinema, Michelle Yeoh, has offered up some info on her role in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Read more.

Hubble is once again working to ‘further our understanding of the universe’

Digital Trends

After switching to backup hardware, the Hubble Space Telescope is back up and running following a computer error last month. News Hubble NASA space

TikTok users parody East Asian fetishization with 'Americacore' videos

Mashable VR

What do energy drinks, chicken nuggets, and inaccessible healthcare have in common? They're all Americacore. TikTok users are spoofing videos that romanticize other cultures by referring to day-to-day aspects of American life as "Americacore."

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s character creation limits stifle its RPG potential

Digital Trends

While Baldur's Gate 3 has done a good job making a video game feel like Dungeons and Dragons, it still doesn't address a big problem. Gaming Baldur's Gate 3 d&d Dungeons and Dragons Larian Studios

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NSO Group’s Spyware Reportedly Used in Attempted and Successful Phone Hacks of Journalists and Activists

GizModo VR

A list of more than 50,000 phone numbers and a subsequent investigation has led a consortium of 17 news organizations to believe that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware was used to attempt or successfully carry out hacks on the phones of journalists, human rights activists, and more. Read more.

Everything we know about Assassin’s Creed: Infinity

Digital Trends

Assassin's Creed Infinity is Ubisoft's next big project, and the live-service game is looking to be the biggest AC game to date. Here's everything we know. Gaming Assassin's Creed Assassin's Creed Infinity Assassin's Creed Valhalla Ubisoft Ubisoft games

HaptX raises $12M in growth funding, opens new Seattle-area HQ

HaptX

Company expands manufacturing of HaptX Gloves DK2 to meet strong customer demand. REDMOND, WA, – HaptX, the leading provider of realistic haptic technology, today announced a Series A-1 financing round of $12 million along with new headquarters in the Seattle area.

Twinky Flex review: The neon wall light that bends all the rules

Digital Trends

This isn't your ordinary wall light, the hypnotic glow of the Twinkly Flex makes is an attention grabber. Smart Home

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Kickstart your career with this online DevOps training bundle

Mashable VR

TL;DR: The Dynamic 2021 DevOps Certification Training Bundle is on sale for £43.37 as of July 19, saving you 97% on list price.

Blue Origin video highlights path to Tuesday’s first crewed flight

Digital Trends

As Blue Origin prepares to send its founder Jeff Bezos and three others to the edge of space on Tuesday, the company reveals how it got this far. News blue origin Jeff Bezos new shepard space tourism

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Learn how to play chess from FIDE masters for under £100

Mashable VR

TL;DR: The Ultimate Beginner to Grandmaster Chess Course Bundle is on sale for £65.06 as of July 19, saving you 87% on list price. If there's a skill you've wanted to learn or craft you've wanted to master, getting started doesn't have to be a battle.

The HP Spectre x360 14 is my new favorite laptop. Here’s why

Digital Trends

The HP Spectre x360 14 is my favorite laptop thanks to its perfect size, excellent keyboard, and awesome display. Computing 2-in-1s HP Laptops Spectre x360 14

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Valve's Steam Deck seems like a nightmare for Nintendo

Mashable VR

Was it merely coincidence that Valve announced its Steam Deck on the same day pre-orders opened for Nintendo's new, OLED-enhanced Switch?

Spyware meant to track terrorists was used against journalists and activists, too

Mashable VR

Pegasus spyware was created by an Israeli spyware firm to track terrorist organizations and global criminal cartels.

How to connect your iPhone to a speaker

Mashable VR

Picture this: You're at a party. The music is terrible. You want to jump on aux, but you don't know how to connect your iPhone to the speaker. Sounds like a nightmare, right? Good thing it's very simple and easy to connect your iPhone to a Bluetooth speaker.

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