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New technology allows users to ‘feel’ objects present in augmented reality

As virtual reality progresses and proliferates, a variety of tech startups have begun experimenting with the applications that VR might have on senses other than just sight.One such disruptive technology has been brought forward by Ultrahaptics, that uses ultrasonic waves to allows users to “feel” and “touch” objects that are present in virtual reality landscapes, but […]

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Spotify is testing a ‘like/dislike’ feature for its Discover Weekly playlists

Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist could soon account for user preference.Discover Weekly relies on an algorithm to compile a list of songs that would likely appeal to the listener, given the Spotify user’s listening history. The playlist refreshes each Monday, routinely offering new recommendations for streamers.The playlist’s weekly renewal is favorable for the Spotify users that […]

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Neil Young highlights the importance of high-quality audio in online music archive release

The venerable rock ’n’ roller Neil Young has delivered on his promise of a high-fidelity audio service with the launch of a new platform, XStream, and to mark the occasion he’s launched an archive of all of his music.Aptly-titled the Neil Young Archives, Young’s complete music collection is all the music he’s produced to date — both […]

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California DMV Ditches Rule to Limit Liability for Self-Driving Car Manufacturers

California regulators have shot down what appeared to have been a very ill-advised plan to let self-driving car manufacturers dodge liability for crashes if the cars weren’t maintained to industry-written specifications, the Associated Press reported. No such maintenance requirements exist for standard human-driven…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Facebook to test ‘breaking news’ tag for select news publishers’ posts

Facebook will soon offer a select list of news publishers access to a “breaking” designation for their articles. The scarlet tag of distinction will appear below the post’s image, displaying the amount of time that has passed since the piece’s publication. The publishers with the breaking tag at their disposal will have the ability to apply […]

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Hundreds of popular apps are secretly tracking everything you do on your phone

Uber, Tinder, Skype, Twitter, Spotify, and Snapchat are keeping tabs on their users. Researchers from Yale University’s Privacy Lab have discovered that these popular apps contain hidden trackers that observe all that app users do on their phones, unbeknownst to the cellular users. The researchers indicate that such hidden tracker monitoring is likely a widespread […]

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This Hallucination Machine simulates a psychedelic induced trip…for science

Altered states of consciousness serve as a sort of psychological goldmine in the scientific evaluation of perception. In its quest to examine different states of consciousness without altering the subject’s neurophysiology, a research group from Sussex University has engineered the “Hallucination Machine.”A tool that will enable researchers to conduct analyses of a studied group’s consciousness […]

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Google Home & Alexa don’t record everything their users say, but assistant owners can easily delete their command history anyway

Contrary to viral belief, Amazon and Google’s electronic assistants aren’t recording everything that Google Home and Alexa users say. While the Alexa and Google Home’s microphones remain on, the systems don’t register conversation until a user says the given assistant’s “wake word.” Traditionally “Ok Google” for Google Home owners, and “Alexa” for Amazon’s Alexa, once […]

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Flat Earth Researcher Told He Can’t Blast Himself Into the Sky at 500 MPH on Public Lands

61-year-old stuntman and amateur Flat Earth theory researcher “Mad” Mike Hughes, who planned to launch himself some 1,800 feet up at 500 miles per hour in an untested homemade steam-powered rocket over the Mojave Desert ghost town of Amboy, California on Saturday in some sort of gambit to prove the Earth is flat…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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10 Black Friday steals for the budget raver

 110 Black Friday steals for the budget raver2017 seems to have flown by in an instant. The holidays are officially underway, and festive vibes are unavoidable as the year comes to a close. Just in time for Black Friday, we here at Dancing Astronaut thought it appropriate to compile a little list of key items […]

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Carl Cox expounds upon his MODEL 1 DJ set-up in new How I PLAY film

Richie Hawtin’s MODEL 1 has undoubtedly paved the way today’s DJs work behind the decks.In MODEL 1’s latest How I Play series, the venerable Carl Cox expounds upon just how the setup changed it all. In near ten minutes, Cox explains his current DJ setup in depth, offering up insight into his preferences of the MODEL 1, his […]

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New app allows users to mix vinyl records in virtual reality

German virtual reality gaming imprint EntroPi Games is blending old school technique with new school technology with the reveal of the world’s first vinyl mixing DJ application. The app, dubbed Vinyl Reality, simulates the look and feel of a vinyl DJ setup in virtual reality, equipping the user with two VR controllers and a VR […]

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Uh, This Flat Earther’s Homemade Manned Rocket Launch Does Not Sound Totally Advisable

61-year-old DIY enthusiast and stuntman “Mad” Mike Hughes is planning his first manned launch of a homemade, $20,000 steam-powered rocket with “RESEARCH FLAT EARTH” written on the side on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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This DIY AirPods hack amplifies sound quality, adds bass

Apple‘s AirPods boast several attractive features: the Bluetooth enabled wireless earbuds are perhaps the lightest weighing wireless listening product on the market when compared to wireless headphones, and when it comes to battery life, the rechargeable AirPods prove their endurance. One singular charge delivers five-hours of listening time, while a quick 15-minute charge offers three-hours, maximizing […]

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Novation unveils online edition of Launchpad

Novation have developed an online version of its Launchpad MIDI controller. Dubbed Launchpad Arcade, the Web supported edition of Launchpad can run on either desktop or mobile, allowing artists to remix on the go. Launchpad Arcade additionally supports the British musical equipment manufacturer’s original hardware, a nod to the importance that Novation place on the synchronicity […]

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Major Chinese media startup acquires Musical.ly for $800-million

An $800-million-dollar acquisition has allowed Chinese media giant Beijing ByteDance Technology Co. to obtain Musical.ly. A popular Chinese social networking app designed for video creation, Musical.ly represented an attractive opportunity for companies beyond Beijing ByteDance Technology Co., with the Chinese viral video streaming service, Kuaishou, also bidding on the app.Musical.ly boasts a robust network of […]

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Shinola makes fashionable foray into headphone design

Originally a Detroit-based watch manufacturer, Shinola has since expanded its production to include items ranging from bikes to wallets, and now, headphones. Shinola’s first foray into headphone design will culminate in four different pairs of headphones: a wired over-ear (Canfield Over-Ear) and wired on-ear (Canfield On-Ear) set of headphones that will immediately become available for […]

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The FDA approves the first digital pill available in the US

Pill prescribed patients will soon have a new method to remember to take their medication on time.The FDA has approved Abilify MyCite, the first digital pill that will be available in the US. Developed to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression, the Abilify MyCite pill will be outfitted with an ingestible sensor that will work […]

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