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Volvo uses Google Cardboard to advertise the XC90

Volvo uses Google Cardboard to advertise the XC90

What other options do you have if you can't take your would-be car for a test run? Why, virtual reality, of course! Volvo is trying to play up the tech savvy-ness of its XC90 by creating what it calls Volvo Reality, a way for interested buyers, or even just those curious, to experience the new luxury SUV without leaving their homes or even their seats. All they need is a smartphone and the makeshift Google Cardboard virtual reality headset, but it's really OK even if you don't have one.

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Cyclists now have their own glow in the dark road

Cyclists now have their own glow in the dark road

The Netherlands seems to have a fascination with things that glow in the dark. Just after completing the "smart highway", a.k.a. highway N329 in Oss with glow in the dark road paint, designer Daan Roosegaarde is at it again, this time in Nuenen, to shed some light on a bike path during the night. It uses the same technology but applied on a smaller scale and with more styling this time around. The effect is both enchanting and slightly disturbing, which perhaps presents a predicament to cyclists in the area.

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New Windows 10 preview has three-finger touchpad gestures

New Windows 10 preview has three-finger touchpad gestures

The latest preview of Windows 10, which brings the version number up to 9879, continues to build on the work of finally merging the disparate desktop and "Modern" worlds that Microsoft has built up around Windows. This, release, however, might probably be most remembered for adding a feature that some might take to be yet another sign of Redmond copying instead of innovating. Windows 10 has now gained support for three-finger gestures on the touchpad, a feature that is more readily associated today with Apple's OS X.

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PS Now roster expands with Mass Effect 2, Mirror’s Edge

PS Now roster expands with Mass Effect 2, Mirror’s Edge

Sony has just made an announcement that will give its gamers a lot more to chew on this coming holiday/gaming season. EA Games has just joined the somewhat still exclusive club of PlayStation Now streaming and as part of that new found friendship, it is making five popular titles for gamers to choose from. All five will be available starting December 2 on all consoles and markets supported by PS Now, for as little as a dollar a day for a whole week.

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Belkin WeMo Maker lets you DIY your own smart appliance

Belkin WeMo Maker lets you DIY your own smart appliance

If you've been wanting to make your own smart home but couldn't really find the right mix of smart appliances to replace your existing ones, then Belkin's new product might give you an alternative. As the name suggests, the WeMo Maker let's you make your own smart appliance by turning your regular low-voltage device into a WeMo smart appliance. Though the end result may not look as fancy as pre-built products, it at least gives users the option to use what they already have or make their own design.

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Sesame tries to be a smartphone you can use without hands

Sesame tries to be  a smartphone you can use without hands

The smartphone is slowly but surely becoming an integral part of our modern lives. But if that's the case, many in society who cannot physically use a smartphone will feel like they're being left in the Middle Ages. Although hands-free features are starting to become fashionable these days, few if not none are developed with the needs of people with disabilities in mind. Those are the needs that Sesame wants to address, by allowing such people to use smartphones simply by uttering the magical phrase "Open Sesame".

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GOG kickstarts Big Fall Sale with free Mount & Blade

GOG kickstarts Big Fall Sale with free Mount & Blade

Yep, it's that time of year again when game publishers and distributors will all be vying for your hard earned money (or that of your parents). Kicking off the season is GOG, who no longer just offers "old games". For the next couple of days all the way up to November 25, the digital game distributor known and loved for its DRM-free copies will be filling your screens with loads of deals every hour and every day. Starting with a free copy of Mount & Blade in the first 48 hours of the campaign.

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Mozilla’s MozVR turns web browsing into a game

Mozilla’s MozVR turns web browsing into a game

When you hear the words "virtual reality", more often than not you will first think about games or sci-fi computers, not necessarily in that order. And while entertainment is still indeed the most common application of VR even today, the nascent market is slowly growing out of its shell and into more serious use cases. Like web browsing, for example. Mozilla has just announced the existence of MozVR, its own attempt to bring virtual reality and the Web together into one seamless, and still game-like, experience.

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Windows Schannel bug as bad as Heartbleed, patch available

Windows Schannel bug as bad as Heartbleed, patch available

The tech world as a whole is still reeling from the OpenSSL vulnerability that was so bad that it was baptized with its own name. Now Microsoft might have an equally terrible, or perhaps even worse, issue in its hands. A bug in its Schannel (short for "Secure channel") security package could, in theory, allow any hacker to remotely run a program just by sending a specially crafted network packet to a Windows server. To add insult to injury, this security exploit exists in a wide range of Windows version dating back 2003.

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NVIDIA responds to Samsung’s “false advertising” claim

NVIDIA responds to Samsung’s “false advertising” claim

It is a well known legal tactic, especially between companies, for one to fight back a lawsuit with a countersuit. So when NVIDIA sued Samsung and Qualcomm last September, in what it claims to be the first patent suit it has ever filed, it fully expected Samsung to hit back with a suit of its own, which it did this week. But what it didn't expect was for Samsung, in the same lawsuit, to accuse NVIDIA of falsely advertising its Tekgra K1 as "the world's fastest mobile processor".

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