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Archive for the 'Virtual Worlds' Category

VR Cinema: Killer App?

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 8th, 2014

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, a 5.7″ phablet announced last week, is even bigger than premium flagship phones like the LG G3 with a 5.5″ display, the Sony Xperia Z3 with a 5.2″ display, and Samsung S-5, with a 5.1″ display, notes C/Net. The Note, with a Snapdragon 805, is also more powerful. The 5″+ phablets […]

Free Hyperlapse App from Instagram

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 26th, 2014

Instagram today announced Hyperlapse, one of the company’s first apps outside of Instagram itself. Using an algorithm, the app makes it easy to use your phone to create smooth tracking shots and time-lapse videos. The app is available free for the iPhone. Instagram hopes to develop an Android version soon, but Instagram says that will […]

3D Devices from Amazon and Google

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 6th, 2014

Amazon new 3D smartphone, expected June 18, will use modified version of OKAO Vision face sensing, reports TechCrunch. Face-tracking 3D enables a 3D effect on a normal LCD screen. Four front-facing IR cameras will track the user’s head, and along with Omron’s technology, will adjust the on-screen objects as the user’s perspective changes. The phone […]

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 […]