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Cinemark teams with Spaces for mixed-reality ‘Terminator’ experience

Cinemark teams with Spaces for mixed-reality ‘Terminator’ experience

Virtual reality adventure company Spaces has teamed up with theater chain Cinemark to launch a new, immersive VR experience in San Jose, California. The new product will be found at the Westfield Oakridge Shopping Center starting on February 8, where visitors will experience a "4D" reality that includes 3D face scanning and other technologies centered in the "Terminator" universe.

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How to watch the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse this weekend

How to watch the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse this weekend

This weekend will bring the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse, the last total lunar eclipse until 2021. The event will be visible throughout North America, assuming the weather doesn't block the view. People unable to see the event due to cloud cover, an unwillingness to go out into cold weather, or simply being in the wrong location will still have the opportunity to watch the eclipse live.

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Meta joins the ranks of failed AR headset-makers

Meta joins the ranks of failed AR headset-makers

Augmented Reality headset-maker Meta has shut up shop, as the multi-million dollar startup found itself pinched between a patent lawsuit and an asset selloff. The company first made headlines back in 2013, with its Meta 1 AR headset promising gesture controlled virtual computing.

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Astronaut accidentally dials 911 from International Space Station

Astronaut accidentally dials 911 from International Space Station

A Dutch astronaut accidentally dialed 911 from the International Space Station, according to a Netherlands news report. This wasn't a butt dial, but instead the accidental omission of one number while attempting to dial for an outside, and then international, line. The process requires astronauts to dial the number "9" for an outside line, followed by "011" for an international line. The zero, unfortunately, was missed.

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PepsiCo snackbots deploy to bring snacks to college students

PepsiCo snackbots deploy to bring snacks to college students

PepsiCo has introduced snackbot, a robot that will deliver snacks to college students. This autonomous outdoor vehicle looks like a large cooler on a set of six wheels, each featuring a flag with a number that makes it possible to tell the snackbots apart. The robots will be dedicated to delivering Hello Goodness' portfolio of snacks and drinks targeted at students who don't want to make a trip to the store.

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Marriott says 5 million unencrypted passport numbers exposed in breach

Marriott says 5 million unencrypted passport numbers exposed in breach

In November, Marriott revealed that it had experienced a security breach on its Starwood reservation system, potentially leaving information about 500 million guests exposed. The company is back with an update on the matter, revealing in a new statement that around 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers were left vulnerable to the hacker(s).

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Roku brings premium video subscriptions to its free channel

Roku brings premium video subscriptions to its free channel

Roku is about to launch premium subscriptions through The Roku Channel, the company has announced. The subscriptions will be supported starting later this month -- an exact date wasn't provided -- at which time users will be able to add premium video services like Showtime, Epix, and more. The new support will cover free trials, one-click signup, and other service features.

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Public Domain Day opens floodgates and a few cans of worms

Public Domain Day opens floodgates and a few cans of worms

January 1, 2019 wasn’t just the start of a new year. It was also the start of a new period in the creative history of mankind. After a 20-year delay, copyrighted works from 1923 are now in public domain, with everyone free to adapt and remix them without fear of prosecution. A key moment in copyright and trademark history, these now pubic domain works could usher in a new corpus of literary, musical, and artistic works that could now go public rather than stay underground or in the dark corners of the Web. But it could also challenge existing laws that may have remained untouched since the 20s, causing a bit of chaos in the very same industry.

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NYPD to monitor Times Square with a drone for the first time tonight [Update: Drones are grounded]

NYPD to monitor Times Square with a drone for the first time tonight [Update: Drones are grounded]

The New York Police Department plans to deploy around 7,000 police officers tonight for security in Times Square, as well as a drone that will monitor the festivities from the sky. This is a milestone occasion for the NYPD, which has never before deployed a drone for large gatherings like this. The idea is that a drone can quickly move to a potentially problematic part of the crowd to provide a visual faster than officers can push through it.

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Amazon tipped to expand Whole Foods stores across the US

Amazon tipped to expand Whole Foods stores across the US

Amazon is planning to expand its physical store presence throughout the US in a big way, a new report claims, by building new Whole Foods destinations. The alleged business plan will put more people within the coverage range for Amazon's two-hour delivery service, the sources claim. The Internet giant has reportedly already scoped out multiple potential retail spaces for the expansion.

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Researchers turn mono audio into 2.5D sound with machine learning

Researchers turn mono audio into 2.5D sound with machine learning

Researchers with the University of Texas at Austin and Facebook AI Research have used machine learning to transform monaural audio into binaural audio. The method involves using a video to determine object and scene configuration, the result being "2.5D visual sound" offering a more robust experience. The technology provides a method for turning common mono audio into an immersive product suited for applications like VR headsets.

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China deploys school uniforms with built-in trackers and alarms

China deploys school uniforms with built-in trackers and alarms

In China's latest dystopian move, a state news agency has detailed the deployment of "intelligent" school uniforms that feature tracking technology. The uniforms were first launched in some schools in 2016 and have recently been adopted by another 10 school facilities, according to the report, which says the uniforms work alongside facial recognition technology installed within the facilities.

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