Samsung and Oculus Teaming Up to Create VR Headset
Samsung already has your wrist covered when it comes to wearables with a watch and an activity tracker in the market but it looks like they want to get on your face too. An exclusive report from SamMobile confirmed rumors that Samsung is indeed getting into the virtual reality headset space with a collaborative product with Oculus Rift called Gear VR.
A cartoon by Farley Katz. For more cartoons from the magazine this week: http://nyr.kr/1qcNPgA
an important reminder as ‘4th of July’ rolls around
The Cloud by Richard Clarkson is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a user’s presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement. The system features a powerful speaker system from which the user can stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device. Using color-changing lights the cloud is able to adapt to the desired lighting color and brightness. The cloud also has alternative modes such as a nightlight and music reactive mode.
How the Supreme Court’s Cellphone Decision Affects You
That’s the gist of the landmark ruling the Supreme Court handed down today (June 25) in the case of Riley v. California, combined with the separate case of U.S. v. Wurie. This means the police’s right to search a suspect under arrest does not extend to the data on mobile phones.
In identifying cellphones as fundamentally different from other common possessions, the Supreme Court’s decision may affect other digital devices such as tablets, laptops and wearable devices such as Fitbits or Google Glass. It cloud also be used more broadly to argue that the law should treat digital devices differently from analogue ones…”
Your Personality Type, Defined by the Internet
By QUENTIN HARDYJUNE 11, 2014 7:00 AM
“In some ways, the Internet has become a game of “type and be typed.” Now you can play it at home, too.
Companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter look at the queries, observations, updates and enthusiasms we write on their services, then they try to figure out what ads might have the most persuasive effect on us.
On Tuesday, a Berkeley, Calif., start-up called Five posted a tool that gives a sense of what the big web companies might see when they look at us…”
“Microsoft is challenging the authority of federal prosecutors to force the giant technology company to hand over a customer’s email stored in a data center in Ireland, Steve Lohr reports.
The objection is believed to be the first time a corporation has challenged a domestic search warrant seeking digital information overseas. The case has attracted the concern of privacy groups and major United States technology companies, which are already under pressure from foreign governments worried that the personal data of their citizens is not adequately protected in the data centers of American companies…”
Google Ready to Comply With ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Rules in Europe
By MARK SCOTTJUNE 18, 2014 12:42 PM
“LONDON — Your right to be forgotten on the Internet is almost here.
Google will start to remove links to online content in Europe by the end of the month to comply with a recent landmark European court ruling intended to protect individuals’ privacy, according to sources with direct knowledge of the issue, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter…”
It started as a poster board project on his bedroom wall, but more than a decade later, self-taught mapmaker Aaron Carapella has pinpointed the original locations and names of more than 600 Native American tribes.
Image: Hansi Lo Wang/NPR
How A Woman’s Plan To Kill Herself Helped Her Family Grieve
"This story is in no way an endorsement of suicide. It’s a description of one woman’s choice and what came of it.
Five years ago, after doctors told her that she had Alzheimer’s disease that would eventually steal her ability to read, write and recognize people, Sandy Bem decided to kill herself.
Sandy was 65 years old, an unsentimental woman and strong willed. For her, a life without books and the ability to recognize the people she loved wasn’t a life she wanted…”
Google’s states of play
"Google is a Washington powerhouse that shapes federal law, rewards congressional allies and boasts a new 54,000-square-foot office, just down the road from the U.S. Capitol. But the Internet giant quietly has planted its political roots in places far beyond the Beltway — in state legislatures and city councils that have become hotbeds for tech policy fights…"
Researchers Figured Out A Way To Embed Sensors In Smartphone Screens
LASER-CARVED MICROSCOPIC TUNNELS COULD PLACE A WORLD OF SENSORS AT OUR FINGERTIPS.
Wearable Tech Is Plugging Into Health Insurance
“Today the average American’s health insurance payments fluctuate once a year. Imagine if that rate changed each day, determined in part by a sensor-rich gadget on the wrist. Sound far fetched?
The next generations of devices like the Fitbit or Jawbone Up are already preparing to play a bigger role in how individual-and-group health insurance costs are decided, tech developers and experts in the healthcare space have told Forbes, thanks to the growing data they’re generating about our bodies…”
House Votes To Cut Key Pursestrings For NSA Surveillance
"The House of Representatives may have only passed a puny attempt to reform the NSA’s surveillance activities last month. But on Thursday evening it swung back with a surprising attack on a key element of the agency’s spying programs: their funding…”
The NSA’s Bluffdale, Utah data center. Credit: Name Withheld; Digital Manipulation: Jesse Lenz
Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops to Deceive Judges
“Police in Florida have, at the request of the U.S. Marshals Service, been deliberately deceiving judges and defendants about their use of a controversial surveillance tool to track suspects, according to newly obtained emails…”