Category: Technology

Google releases YouTube VR for Steam

YouTube VR is one of the best reasons to use Google’s Daydream VR platform, but the company didn’t make it available for higher-end PC headsets. That’s just ended with the release of a Steam VR version designed for the HTC Vive. It’s available to download right now.

I’d love to tell you how it is, but for some reason it doesn’t work on my PC — it crashes instantly on start, and a lot of people in the Steam forums are having the same problem. A member of the dev team has responded to the thread and is looking into the issue.

Google has released YouTube VR in Steam Early Access, to be fair, indicating that bugs are to be expected. But having the app not work at all for what seems to be a significant proportion of the userbase is an…

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The first phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor will come from Vivo

Earlier this week, Synaptics announced that it’s cracked the problem of embedding fingerprint sensors into displays and is mass-producing the tech for a “top-five” smartphone vendor. Now we know the identity of that vendor: it’s Vivo.

In a post for Forbes, analyst Patrick Moorhead detailed his experience with a pre-production Vivo phone equipped with the technology. Moorhead describes the sensor as “fast and simple,” while Synaptics claims it’s twice as fast as 3D facial recognition like Apple’s Face ID — though that’d be a hard thing to realistically measure considering the different mechanisms that each system uses in practice.

Here are some pics @anshelsag and I took of the Vivo smartphone with the Synaptics in-display fingerprint…

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Watch Blue Origin’s mannequin ride to space and back

Private spaceflight company Blue Origin sent its suborbital New Shepard rocket into space earlier this week, its first test flight in more than a year and another stepping stone in Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ space tourism ambitions. Blue Origin, funded by Bezos’ enormous e-commerce fortune, plans to use its New Shepard vehicle to send willing customers to space in early 2019. But that means graduating from unmanned test flights, of which it has done zero this year until the launch from its West Texas facility on Tuesday, to manned flights with test pilots and onward to commercial ones. Blue Origin still hasn’t talked about pricing for its tickets to space.

To test the viability of manned spaceflight aboard New Shepard, Blue Origin sent a…

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Baauer is ‘taking action’ against FCC chairman for using ‘Harlem Shake’ in net neutrality repeal video

Musician Harry Rodrigues, who produces and DJs under the name Baauer, is not okay with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai using his song, “Harlem Shake,” in an anti-net neutrality video produced by The Daily Caller.

The corny video features Pai describing all of the benign activities you can still partake in after the repeal of open internet protection. The final skit features the chairman and others, including a prominent “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist, dancing to “Harlem Shake” in an apparent attempt at earning internet cred by referencing an old meme from 2013. The FCC voted 3-2 today to repeal landmark net neutrality rules that two years ago reclassified telecom companies as common carriers under Title II…

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