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Hyper-Reality video: when AR goes overboard, like ads

Hyper-Reality video: when AR goes overboard, like ads

Augmented reality and virtual reality are hip and cool right now, mostly because they are relatively new to consumers and present a lot of wonderful possibilities. But like any technology, the computers and the Internet, they do come with their own set of dangers, opening them up to abuse by less than conscientious individuals. For now, given how rare and expensive these technologies are, especially augmented reality, the threat level is very, very low. But can you imagine future where synthetic reality takes over real reality? Designer Keiichi Matsuda has and his vision, narrated in the video "Hyper-Reality", is rather frightening.

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Samsung’s Mirror Displays get installed in Korean salon

Samsung’s Mirror Displays get installed in Korean salon

We've seen a lot of different styles and methods people have used to create mirrors, most of them in the bathroom, that also functioned as some sort of display. Almost all of them have one thing in common however. Or two, actually. They are all DIY projects, and almost none of them are commercially available. Samsung, however, might have just taken out the excitement behind those projects. It has recently unveiled what it bills as the first public and commercial installation of its Mirror Display solution that combines both mirror and monitor into one.

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WiFi prank grounds Qantas flight for two hours

WiFi prank grounds Qantas flight for two hours

WiFi SSIDs can be amusing. One of my friends has theirs set to BillWiTheScienceFi. It's the sort of thing will make you chuckle as he tells you which network is his, and what the password is. However, there are some network names that might seem funny, but can actually cause serious issues. One person found this out the hard way.

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WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, because they can’t hand over chat logs

WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, because they can’t hand over chat logs

One of the big perks about using WhatsApp is the fact that the messages are encrypted. Since privacy has become a growing concern, more people are turning to encrypted methods of communication. Unfortunately, that's also why currently, no one in the country of Brazil can access the service.

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German city installs ground traffic lights for distracted phone users

German city installs ground traffic lights for distracted phone users

Texting or otherwise using your smartphone while walking can be hazardous to your health — more than a few people have accidentally fallen down holes, stepped in front of cars, and more, all while staring down at the small screen in their hand while walking. The German city of Augsburg is looking to change that by installing traffic lights in the sidewalk, hoping to catch the eye of someone who is staring down at their phone while walking.

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HTC 10 and LG G5 aren’t USB Type-C compliant, says Google engineer [update]

HTC 10 and LG G5 aren’t USB Type-C compliant, says Google engineer [update]

Benson Leung is someone that we've talked about before. He's the Google engineer that rounded up all of the USB Type-C cables and put them through a series of tests to see if they're up to snuff. As it turned out, a number of them weren't, and one even managed to permanently damage his laptop. Well he's back at it again, this time he's looking at phones that use the Type-C spec. And he calls out two big names for being non-compliant, the HTC 10 and LG G5.

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Amazon to provide eBooks for New York City Schools

Amazon to provide eBooks for New York City Schools

When I was in school, at the end of every school day, I'd need to head back to my locker, and decide just how many books I needed to cram into my bag for the night. Sometimes that meant three or four large books strapped to my back as I made my way to the bus. But thanks to the power of technology, New York City students won't have to deal with any of that.

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Australian Post to begin test mail delivery via drone

Australian Post to begin test mail delivery via drone

I don't get a lot of snail mail these days. Well, plenty of things show up in my mailbox, but very seldom are any of them not pieces of junk mail. This is because all of my bills are delivered online, and aside from the holidays, no one sends letters anymore. As it turns out, this is a problem for postal carriers. One that technology may help with.

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Browser game tests you to survive Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

Browser game tests you to survive Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

Excited by the prospect of high-speed travel by riding in a pod through airless tubes in Elon Musk's concept of the Hyperloop? Want to give it a try now? Well, there's a 8-bit styled web browser game that has you navigating a pod with the hope of keeping it one piece. Called Break-a-Pod, it's ridiculously hard in a similar way as Flappy Bird was, but it was actually created by a team that's building a pod prototype with the hope of bringing it to SpaceX, the company behind Hyperloop.

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This real hoverboard can soar at 93 mph

This real hoverboard can soar at 93 mph

It's unfortunate, but the term 'hoverboard' tends to bring up more images of spontaneously-combusting two-wheeled scooters than cool devices that actually hover. Thankfully that trend is slowly starting to die off, largely due to the fact that most of them have been banned from making their way into the country. And that means it's the perfect time to show off something that can really hover.

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Strange Festo drone expels bottles right into your hand

Strange Festo drone expels bottles right into your hand

Some days you'll be working hard, and you'll get pretty thirsty. But have you ever been thirsty enough that you've thought to yourself "I wish there was a giant bubble that would expel a bottle of water right in front of me." Sure, that possibility might never have occurred to you, but prepare to have it haunt your dreams in the days to come, because it's a real thing.

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We go Electric Racing at the Formula E Long Beach ePrix

We go Electric Racing at the Formula E Long Beach ePrix

It's not easy to give birth to a brand new global racing series. It's even harder when you're bucking the trend of nearly 100 years of motorsports by leaving the roar of internal combustion behind in favor of embracing the future of electric mobility. Formula E, now in its second season, juxtaposes the familiar open-wheel format with avant-guard battery-powered drivetrains, and in the process flips much of the established racing order on its ear.

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