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How Facebook plays 360-degree keep-away from YouTube

How Facebook plays 360-degree keep-away from YouTube

This afternoon Facebook launched its 360-degree video initiative, and with it a brand new security measure to keep content exclusive. Facebook's 360-degree video feature is much like YouTube's very similar 360-degree video feature. Once you're watching a video, you're inside a sphere of content, able to turn any direction to see a different angle on your environment. The big difference here between the two services is the way they execute and display a flat video file made spherical - in effect making both services mutually exclusive.

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Arctic Dinosaurs Discovered in Icy “Lost World”

Arctic Dinosaurs Discovered in Icy “Lost World”

While paleontology is done in warm climates today, some of the most interesting dinosaur bones reside northward, in the Arctic. In the Prince Creek Formation of Alaska, a team of researchers has discovered a sort of "lost world" of dinosaur bones in the ancient North of Alaska. Earlier today we discussed how Florida State University professor Greg Erickson and his team went about classifying a new type of dinosaur in this region. Now we're going to hear him speak about the creature and its environment.

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iPhone app malware attack: details you need to know

iPhone app malware attack: details you need to know

This morning Apple released a statement on a large-scale attack on their iOS App Store. Apple is in the process of cleaning up after the attack, having found a malicious program by the name of XcodeGhost earlier today. This is the first reported case of malware making its way into Apple's App Stores in any sort of large-scale manner. According to cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks, just five malicious software-containing apps had ever been found on the iOS App Store before.

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You can install WatchOS 2 for Apple Watch now

You can install WatchOS 2 for Apple Watch now

Apple has released WatchOS 2 for the Apple Watch, the first major software update for the wearable, bringing native app support and more. Arriving a little later than expected, after Apple shelved the release last week - which was to be alongside iOS 9 - over an issue spotted at the last-minute, the new update also includes a host of other tweaks.

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NASA countdown to human Mars tests begins: 8-years left [UPDATE]

NASA countdown to human Mars tests begins: 8-years left [UPDATE]

This week NASA has revealed that their crewed mission to Mars spacecraft testing timeline has been set. After an uncrewed Orion capsule (Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1)) was tested successfully in December of 2014, two more test flights have begun setup: Exploration Missions 1 and 2 (EM-1 and EM-2). As NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said of the first of several test missions, "[Orion is] a huge step for NASA and a really critical part of our work to pioneer deep space on our Journey to Mars." With NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, EM-1 will take off first without a human crew, and EM-2 will be launched with a human crew inside the next 8 years, by the year 2023.

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Apple met DMV to talk self-driving car (but is it ready?)

Apple met DMV to talk self-driving car (but is it ready?)

Apple met with the California DMV to discuss self-driving car regulations, lending further weight to rumors the company is developing an autonomous vehicle. The meeting, between Apple senior legal counsel Mike Maletic and a number of California Department of Motor Vehicle executives, took place on August 16, the Guardian reports, though it's unclear at this stage how far through the development pipeline any car might actually be.

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Konami leaving the AAA games business (save soccer)

Konami leaving the AAA games business (save soccer)

No more Metal Gear Solid from Konami - that's what the publisher is said to be executing this season. Right after the release of Metal Gear Online, that is - that'll take place October 6th. Earlier this morning it was made official that Fox Engine (the engine behind Metal Gear Solid) director Julien Merceron was leaving the company, and now it's become apparent that they're leaving MGS behind entirely. They'll still be making Pro Evolution Soccer... so don't worry about that.

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Moto 360 (2015) vs Huawei Watch hands-on: so similar, so shiny

Moto 360 (2015) vs Huawei Watch hands-on: so similar, so shiny

This week we've received two watches in the mail, one Moto 360 (the new one for 2015), and a Huawei Watch. Both devices work with Android Wear, and both devices are very, very similar. So similar that, had we gotten the same color materials for the Moto 360 as we do here the Huawei Watch, we'd have trouble telling the two apart at a glance. Up close, of course, you'll see the Motorola logo on the single button on the Moto 360, and the shapes are slightly different - but inside, they're largely the same.

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GM agrees $900m ignition switch mea-culpa with Justice Dept

GM agrees $900m ignition switch mea-culpa with Justice Dept

General Motors will cough up $900m to placate the Justice Department over its flawed ignition switches, as well as settling civil actions over almost 1,400 deaths connected to the problem. The news brings to a close a saga spanning more than a decade, and which saw GM admit that some of its employees were aware of the issue - which could see affected cars suddenly lose power, not to mention control over steering and brakes - many years before official recalls were announced.

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