Game of Thrones is an epic fantasy series, and not just in terms of genre. Each episode features eye-popping settings and fantastical creations. Though everyone knows a heavy dose of video effects go into the show's creation, you might not guess the extent to which the scenes are not real.
It’s finally time for you to gain a perfect understanding of how the town of South Park Colorado is set up. The developers at a group called "Tool" have created a VR experience out of the television show, allowing it to be seen by both the web browser and the VR headset Oculus Rift. It’s open, it’s free, and it’s up for viewing right this minute.
Students at the Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm, Sweden put together an incredible video of a new translation tool concept that will give mute and deaf individuals a new way to talk with the people around them. Called Google Gesture, the app works alongside a pair of arm bands to translate sign language in real time.
Update: This video are created by students at Berghs School of Communication as a marketing concept project. It isn't a real project by Google, though there have previously been suggestions that motion-tracking armbands like those from Myo could one day track things like sign-language. We apologize for the error and confusion caused.
There’s a new Android launcher out this week by the name of Z Launcher, created by Nokia for the public to work with Android in a new intelligent way. Nokia’s hardware division may have been purchased by Microsoft, but their software teams are still in full swing, creating oddities like Z Launcher for the public to use and enjoy.
The time has come for 1Password to reach a full release status for Microsoft’s Windows operating system. This app system has been in the works for many moons - running through 85 betas and more fixes than could reasonably be counted. 1Password for Windows includes a full-function release the likes of which aim to equal that of its Mac-based brethren.
iPad stylus Pencil will gain pressure support with the arrival of iOS 8 in the fall, with creators FiftyThree cooking up a new system for adjusting line thickness by how much of the rubbery tip is in contact with the display. Pencil, launched back in late 2013, took a natural approach to its hardware, with a wooden barrel, and instead focused on building the stylus' smarts into the companion apps.
While other OEMs are taking their connected ambitions to the street via automobiles, Samsung is going a different route. Rather than get involved in the traffic jam that is connected cars, Samsung has created a smart bike that aims to keep you safe and sound. And like any good connected anything does, it tracks your data via your smartphone.
Facebook is changing the way it shows adverts, giving users more control over the topics and advertisers they see in their News Feed, even if it's not going to let them opt-out altogether. The tweaks address one of the common complaints about adverts based on previous browsing behaviors: that they persist in showing you related content, like a new smartphone purchase, even after your original hunt is long over.
Nokia's HERE division won't be happy until its maps are the navigation equivalent of Skynet, with news that it's acquiring predictive analytics specialist Medio for the next generation of "cognitive mapping." Medio's technology will be baked into HERE Maps to deliver real-time personalization, so that drivers, pedestrians, and others using the apps will get relevant suggestions - whether that's somewhere nearby to eat at lunchtime, or which is the most fuel-efficient route - without having to ask for them first.
This year in celebration of its 30th anniversary, Tetris is pushing some interesting initiatives - including a new game with Ubisoft. What we’re going to look at this morning is several ways in which the Tetris brand has been spread around the world - not least of all because of hazy copyright surrounding the game’s creation. To make certain you’re taking part in the oddity, we’ve also got several ways you can play Tetris today.