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Apple acquires motion capture startup Faceshift

Apple acquires motion capture startup Faceshift

Apple has acquired Faceshift, the startup behind motion capture technology used to capture facial expressions. The tech has been used for theatrical projects, not the least of which is Star Wars, as well as games. How Apple plans to use the technology isn't known, though some speculate it could be part of a virtual reality project. Past rumors claimed that Apple would acquire Faceshift, something the company has only recently confirmed.

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Hilton probe finds some hotel payment systems were breached

Hilton probe finds some hotel payment systems were breached

In late September, a report surfaced claiming that some Hilton properties had been hit with a data breach, leaving customers’ payment cards vulnerable. Hilton had responded with the promise of an investigation, saying it took the matter “very seriously.” In a statement released to customers today, Hilton Worldwide announced that the report was true, and that some of its point-of-sale systems were hacked.

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Starwood Hotels was hacked, card details compromised

Starwood Hotels was hacked, card details compromised

In a letter from its president, Starwood Hotels in North America has announced that it suffered a data breach at many of its properties across the United States. The breaches started and stopped at different times, with some having happened last year and others as recently as this past summer. Starwood cites a malware intrusion affecting select point of sale systems as the cause of the data breach, allowing the hackers to access some customers’ credit and debit card details.

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New South Wales bill bans 3D-printed gun blueprints

New South Wales bill bans 3D-printed gun blueprints

3D-printed gun blueprints caught the public’s attention a couple years ago, leading to several publicized blueprints and prototypes. Though not as effective as traditional firearms, the 3D-printed variety are able to fire ammo and could be lethal in the wrong hands. Lawmakers across the world responded quickly, and latest among them is New South Wales, which has passed legislation that makes possessing 3D-printed firearm blueprints illegal.

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FDA on genetically-modified salmon: safe to eat, no labels needed

FDA on genetically-modified salmon: safe to eat, no labels needed

The FDA has approved genetically-modified salmon, making this the first time the agency has approved a GM animal for human consumption. The modified fish is “AquAdvantage salmon,” a type of Atlantic salmon that grows faster than regular non-GM salmon while consuming less food. Genetically-modified food has been the source of ample controversy, with some arguing that it is a threat to the environment, less healthy, and other alarmist claims.

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Amazon launches online screenwriting app

Amazon launches online screenwriting app

Amazon seeks more than just novels; it is, in case you didn't know, seeking “the next great movie idea.” It is soliciting scripts and concept videos, and as a way to draw in screenwriters, it has launched a free screenwriting app called Amazon Storywriter. Storywriter is an Internet-based app, so anyone with a supported browser can use it. In addition, Amazon will store an unlimited number of scripts imported into and written on the platform.

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World’s first floating wind farm will be near Scotland

World’s first floating wind farm will be near Scotland

While Morocco busies itself with building the largest concentrated solar farm in the world, Scotland is focusing on a similar record of its own — the world’s first ever floating wind farm will be located off the Scottish shores, using ocean winds to generate power for those in the nation. The wind farm will be located 25 kilometer offshore, with production being slated to start in 2017.

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Researchers create ‘porous liquid’ able to capture carbon

Researchers create ‘porous liquid’ able to capture carbon

Scientist have created what they say is a ‘porous liquid’ able to, among other things, capture carbon, making it one possible way to tackle the world’s pollution problem. The development was made by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, specifically its School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The researchers worked in conjunction with scientists from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, as well as unspecified international partners.

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Twitter intros ‘ScratchReel’ GIFs that rewind, fast-forward

Twitter intros ‘ScratchReel’ GIFs that rewind, fast-forward

Twitter has introduced, and in a relatively quiet manner, ‘ScratchReel’ GIFs, which are animated GIFs with an unusual feature: you can scrub back and forth through them by swiping your finger (or mouse, for those on desktop). Signs of the GIFs cropped up in recent weeks, likely as part of a test on Twitter's part, but can now be enjoyed by all. The company isn’t particularly vocal about the new feature, but it appears ScratchReel might be made possible thanks to Snappy TV.

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Xtreem Gravity Pursuit outdoors drone launches with FHD camera

Xtreem Gravity Pursuit outdoors drone launches with FHD camera

Xtreem has announced the launch of its new Gravity Pursuit drone, a lightweight quadcopter designed for outdoor use. The Gravity Pursuit features a Full HD 1080p camera allowing users to record videos of themselves or their adventures, or something else entirely. Unlike some recent camera-toting drones that have been introduced, this model falls within the “affordable” range for a wider array of consumers at $299.99 USD. The drone is available now from Swann.

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Karma Automotive teams with BMW for EV and hybrid tech

Karma Automotive teams with BMW for EV and hybrid tech

Karma Automotive, formerly known as Fisker Automotive, has announced a new business deal with BMW that will have the latter supplying Karma with various electric car tech. This includes EV systems and hybrid system, as well as high-voltage battery charging systems. Karma announced the news on Thursday, praising BMW for the quality of its parts while teasing that it will be bringing “a stunning car back to the market.” The first of BMW’s supplied parts will be put in Karma’s plug-in hybrid flagship model.

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Microsoft HoloLens research grant recipients revealed

Microsoft HoloLens research grant recipients revealed

This past summer, Microsoft put out a call for grant proposals with the goal of getting some creative and innovative uses for its HoloLens in the pipeline. On Wednesday, the company announced the recipients of its academic research grants, the total of which is five, as well as the five runner-ups. Says Microsoft, "It’s so exciting to see the academic community respond to Microsoft HoloLens with such enthusiasm, and we suspect this is only the beginning."

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