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Facebook’s First VR World Is a Hideous Bride-of-Frankenstein Creation

The concept of VR worlds has been a mainstay of science fiction for decades, and has had a long time to accrue expectations as a result. Even without contending with such hurdles, Facebook’s recently revealed VR world must be reckoned a sad and lackluster opening salvo. With that out in the open, let’s see if it’s still worth poking around inside Facebook Spaces, if for no other reason than to demonstrate there’s still plenty of room for newcomers in what remains a hot area of development. The guts of the Facebook Spaces is the ...

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Meet Hajime, the IoT Botnet Built to Vaccinate Your Devices Against Mirai

Viruses remain fascinating. We don’t know whether they predate more complex forms of life, like bacteria, or descended from them. Viruses have complex relationships with bacteria, one infectious agent preying on or competing with another. The Russians used phage therapy for years, injecting their soldiers with highly specialized viruses called “bacteriophages” that only prey on the bacteria causing an infection. In the same fashion there’s coevolution in computer systems, with software springing up just to deal with problems in one program, or add functionality to another, like lateral gene transfer. You ...

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Which Xbox One Games Deserve a Scorpio Upgrade?

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Halo 5: Forge came to Windows 10, we got a small taste of what Halo can look like on more powerful hardware. Unfortunately, the majority of Halo 5 is still exclusive to the underpowered Xbox One. The game does run at 60fps, but the resolution is lacking, textures can get pretty blurry, and some elements actually display at half the normal frame rate. Even if a Scorpio patch simply locked the resolution at a solid 1080p, that’d be a nice gesture for Halo fans. ” alt=”Halo 5″ class=”slider-242763 slide-242764″ /> ...

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ESA: Time to Get Serious About Removing Space Junk

Humanity has been shooting things into space for a few decades now, and we’ve gotten pretty good at it. What we haven’t gotten so good at is bringing things back down. Scientists have been sounding the alarm about the buildup of space junk for years, a point that was reinforced at the recent European Conference on Space Debris. The message was clear: we need to stop talking about doing something and actually do it before space gets too crowded. We’ve launched some 7,000 spacecraft as a species since 1957 when ...

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This Week in Space: Metal on Mars, Hydrogen Inside Enceladus, and a Meteoric Near-Miss

We didn’t get pasted by that asteroid that sailed through Wednesday, which is arguably a good thing. Discovered in 2014, it was due to pass by Earth at a close but safe distance, which it won’t do again for another 500 years. Scientists all over the world took the opportunity to make a number of radar and other observations of the asteroid, so soon we’ll have some data on its structure and properties. While we’re talking about icy rocks from the outer Solar System, it would be a shame not ...

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Juicero CEO Offers Full Refunds on $400 DRMed Bagjuice Squeezer

Yesterday, we brought you the sad tale of Juicero, a cutting-edge company poised to create synergy by leveraging the intersection between people who can afford to buy ridiculously overpriced bags of soupy fruit bits and people who thought “It’s like Keurig, but, you know, for juice” constituted a business model. Investors in the company recently discovered that the $ 400, Wi-Fi enabled, DRM-encased Juicestrocity Juicero machine isn’t actually necessary for squeezing juice out of the $ 5-$ 8 single-serving juice packs the company sells. Using your hands, it turns out, ...

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ARM-based Windows 10 Devices Expected to Launch in Late 2017

Microsoft has dabbled with ARM support in Windows over the years, most famously (and disastrously) when it launched Windows RT. That stripped down flavor of Windows 8 was a commercial and critical flop, but Microsoft aims to make ARM-based PCs a thing in the era of Windows 10. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf provided an update on the future of Windows on ARM in a recent investor call, saying the first Qualcomm-based Windows PCs will be available at the end of this year. Microsoft and Qualcomm first revealed this plan in ...

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Apple Refuses to Allow iPhone, Mac Recycling

There’s a pair of near-perfectly juxtaposed stories about Apple in the news today. First, Apple has released its own environmental progress report for 2017. The news here is generally good, as you’d expect from a self-prepared report, but it highlights Apple’s success in moving to fully renewable energy and to use less power across its entire product stack. Other investigations into the company’s practices, however, haven’t been so rosy. In the report, Apple claims that it wants to move to products that are fully recyclable. The report reads: Traditional supply chains ...

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Run Android Apps on Your Windows PC

Android’s application ecosystem has proven to be versatile and developer-friendly after a bit of a slow start. You are free to develop an app for Android and publish it to the Play Store with just a few basic restrictions. This has led to a plethora of really cool Android apps, some of which aren’t available on iOS or other platforms. Running Android apps usually requires an Android smartphone or tablet — obviously! — but what if you currently use iOS and want to try Android without actually getting an Android device? Fortunately, ...

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ET deals: Try Amazon Music Unlimited for free, get a $10 Amazon Music credit

Looking for a single service to download and stream your favorite tunes to your PC, smartphone, and tablet? Amazon is offering up an excellent deal on its Music Unlimited service, so now’s the time to act. Get access to tens of millions of songs, entirely without ads, and your first month is gratis. Better yet, new subscribers get a bonus $ 10 credit too. • $ 10 Amazon Music credit with a free Music Unlimited trial Usually, Prime members would pay $ 7.99 per month, and non-members would pay $ ...

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