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Archive for the 'Virtual Worlds' Category

3D Map with Realtime Shadows

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 16th, 2014

The F4 Map is a 3D map where the shadows on the map are displayed in real-time and reflect the position of the sun. The shadows move throughout the day. The map includes 3d buildings and trees. Dynamic Holland Shading is another map that includes dynamic hill shading based on the date and time of […]

US Created Cuban Twitter Service

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 4th, 2014

The US created a clandestine social network like Twitter in Cuba that was funded by USAID and relied on text messages, reports GigaOm. An AP investigation explains how USAID bought half a million cell-phone numbers on Cuba’s phone carrier and created a Twitter-like service that at its peak was used by 40,000 Cubans. The secret […]

Facebook acquiring Oculus VR

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 26th, 2014

Facebook is acquiring Oculus VR, the leader in virtual reality technology. Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR will marry the social network with gaming. Facebook now has more than one billion people accessing its services on mobile devices, with 20 per cent of time spent in mobile apps globally devoted to use of Facebook […]

Cortana: Coming to Windows Phone

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 3rd, 2014

Microsoft’s Windows Phone personal assistant, called Cortana, is a mashup combining Siri and Google Now.

Intel Announces RealSense 3D camera

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 6th, 2014

At Intel’s press event at CES today, the company introduced RealSense, a 3D camera that “makes interaction with technology simple, more natural and immersive.” The RealSense 3D camera is “the world’s first integrated 3D depth and 2D camera module that helps devices ‘see’ depth much like the human eye.” The camera is set to be […]

Presidential Advisors Recommend New Limits on NSA

Posted by Sam Churchill on December 18th, 2013

A panel appointed by President Obama to review the government’s surveillance activities has recommended that the National Security Agency no longer keep a database of virtually all Americans’ phone records, reports the Washington Post, and that decisions to spy on foreign leaders be subjected to greater scrutiny. The 308-page report (PDF) was issued by the […]