Netflix Plus Oculus Hack Shows What Binging in Virtual Reality Is Like
Netflix may be using Internet distribution as a means to disrupt the traditional broadcast and cable-network model, but this week, the company showed off a brand new experiment that could become a future reality: Oculus meets Netflix
The mashup, appropriately dubbed Oculix, shows a user sitting in front of his laptop while wearing the virtual-reality headset to peruse Netflix's catalog
But the real fun begins when the video shows what the Oculus wearer can see, instantly transporting viewers into a virtual room where a floating grid of television shows and films await selection Read more…More about Gadgets, Netflix, Virtual Reality, Hacks, and Tech
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NFL Adds Football to Apple TV Menu of Sports Channels
Sports fans just got another reason to consider integrating Apple TV into their home entertainment systems, after it was announced on Wednesday that NFL Now is launching on the device
With this addition, Apple TV users can access free National Football League content, including archived video highlights of games, NFL.com clips, original shows created by NFL Media, live press conferences and films created under the NFL Films banner
Users will also have the option of upgrading NFL Now by signing up for NFL Now Plus, a $1.99-per-month service that delivers instant in-game highlights Read more…More about Nfl, Espn, Apple Tv, Tv, and Video
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Brazilian Judge Wants to Ban Secret App, Wipe It From Phones
In a preliminary injunction, Judge Paulo Cesar de Carvalho is asking for Secret — which lets you anonymously share posts with the public — to be removed from the two app stores within 10 days, as first reported by Apple Insider, citing a Brazilian website.
The order also calls for a Secret client called Cryptic to be removed from the Windows Phone store.
The judge also wants the app wiped from existing users’ smartphones and tablets, though it’s unclear which users that would apply to. It’s also unknown at this point whether the judge has the power to enforce this ban and what the chances are of it going through Read more…More about Brazil, Apps, Secret, Tech, and Apps Software
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Don’t Be That Guy Who Orders an Uber and Hops in the Wrong Car
Just as the arrival time mark expires on your app, a black car pulls up to the curb, so you hop in. The only problem? It wasn’t your ride
While Lyft drivers often adorn their cars with pink mustaches, Uber uses a variety of cars, including luxury black cars. Those vehicles don’t necessarily have any distinguishing features, making the “wait, is that my Uber?” question tricky
"Basically anytime I’m pulled over on the side of the street, someone tries to hail me or just opens my car door," tech investor Ashwin Deshmukh told Valleywag. On Twitter, others seem to undergone similar experiences. Dozens of tweets purport that people on the street have mistakenly jumped into the wrong vehicles Read more…More about Ride Share, Uber, Tech, Apps Software, and Lyft
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The Modern Classroom: Students, Teachers and Data-Driven Education
The days of paper textbooks seem destined to become as distant a memory as cursive handwriting. In 2014, big data is reshaping the way students receive curriculum and learn, and the tools of the new and digital classroom are changing the dynamics for educators.
"Data is changing the way people think," says Eileen Murphy Buckley, founder and CEO of ThinkCERCA, a company in the data-driven education space. “From critical accountability to teacher accountability to the way we arrange time, our learning spaces, technologies — data is disrupting everything.”Education, Big Data, Tech, Family Parenting, and Supported
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Next-Gen Solar Panels Are Almost Invisible to the Naked Eye
It’s hard to see the latest solar panel technology — which is kind of the point.
Researchers at Michigan State University developed a new type of solar panel that is almost completely transparent. It harnesses solar energy using organic molecules, which glow when exposed to sunlight.
The panels utilize infrared light with tiny photovoltaic strips around the edges of the pane. These are miniaturized versions of the more standard solar panel you might see on a solar farm or a rooftop.
But the infrared light being used is invisible to the unaided human eye, so the panels appear transparent. Read more…More about Solar Energy, Tech, Dev Design, Home, and Work Play
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Samsung Unveils the New Barnes & Noble Nook
NEW YORK — The transition is complete. Three years after Barnes & Noble first entered the LCD tablet space, Samsung has absorbed the bookseller’s tablet business and delivered a new Nook, based entirely on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4.
Barnes & Noble CEO Mike Huseby took the stage at the company’s multi-floored Union Square store to unveil and demonstrate the new(ish) hardware
"We’ve joined together to bring to life the very best Nook yet," said Huseby. "It’s the first-ever full-featured Android tablet that’s optimized for reading."
Huseby was joined on stage by Samsung President Tim Baxter. “Anyone familiar with Samsung tablets will recognize our core competencies shining through,” Baxter said, noting that the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is the first Nook to feature a forward-facing camera. Read more…More about Samsung, Tablet, Nook, Barnes And Noble, and Tech
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7 Neglected Emoji, and How You Can Use Them
Far away from our beloved smiley faces, hearts and various anthropomorphic cats are those other emoji — hidden away in the obscure pages of useless keyboards. Neither their meaning nor purpose is clear at first glance, and their lack of utility relegates them to a life of Unicode loneliness in your iPhone or Android.
With dozens of emoji, it makes sense that a few will prosper while others wither away in anonymity. These lonely emoji rarely see the light of day, and with the help of Emojitracker, we can see exactly how underutilized they areIphone, Android, Social Media, Features, and Texting
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Researchers Create Camouflage Tech Modeled After Octopus Skin
A group of researchers created camouflage tech inspired by octopuses, cephalopods that can change the color of their skin depending on their surroundings, National Geographic reports
The team, led by Cunjiang Yu at the University of Houston and John Rogers at the University of Illinois, created a sheet that can detect light falling on it and change color accordingly
The device’s speed is still nowhere near as swift as an actual cephalopod.
According to the outlet, octopuses and other cephalopods have three layers of skin, one for displaying warm colors, one for display cool colors, and one that “[diffuses] white light in all directions.” Read more…More about Tech, Gadgets, Octopus, and Camouflage
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Parallels Desktop 10: Run Windows on Your Yosemite Mac
Fall is around the corner, which means a new version of OS X is almost here. That also means a new version of Parallels — the software that lets you run Windows on a Mac — is almost here, too, and this time there’s a big emphasis on speed.
With Parallels Desktop 10 installed on your Mac, you won’t just be able to run Windows on a “virtual machine” within your Mac, you’ll be able to do it significantly faster then previous generations. Windows documents open 48% faster, and Office 2013 apps launch 50% faster, the company claims. At the same time, battery life is extended up to 30%, and the Windows “machine” uses 10% less memory. Read more…More about Windows, Parallels, Virtualization, Os X, and Tech
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