Category: Technology

The VR for Change Summit shines a spotlight on impactful virtual reality projects

The social change-driven organization Games for Change is expanding from video games into virtual reality with the VR for Change Summit at its annual Games for Change Festival this year, featuring VR projects that impact the way we learn and shape the way we view the world. The VR for Change Summit is focusing entirely on virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality projects. The Games for Change Festival is happening July 31 to Aug. 2 at the New School in New York City. Susanna Pollack, president of Games for Change, said that while the organization has included some VR games in the past, the recent development of VR and its potential for positive social change led Games for Change to take a deeper look at VR this year. Read more...More about Vr, Tech, Virtual Reality, Games For Change, and Gaming

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How to make money designing custom Snapchat geofilters

Swipe right on Snapchat on any given day and you might stumble upon a custom geofilter designed for someone's special occasion, be it a birthday, wedding or even a promposal. But have you ever wondered who's behind these bespoke filters? Custom geofilters are the must-have party accessory for the Snapchat generation and, now, talented designers are setting up businesses to quench people's thirst for bespoke filters.  SEE ALSO: 'Promposals' get even more out of control with custom Snapchat geofilters "Snapchat geofilters are the millennial equivalent of a birthday card," says John Scott, founder of SnapThatFilter, a small business that designs bespoke geofilters for special occasions. Snapchat's on-demand geofilter site lets users choose from a broad selection of geofilter templates that can be mapped to a time and location. The site also allows people to upload their own designs, which go through a strict approval system by the Snapchat's geofilter team. Prices for Snapchat's templates begin at $5.  Read more...More about Sex And Relationships, Weddings, Parties, Apps, and Business

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Goddamn it Samsung, just let the Galaxy Note 7 stay dead

Samsung is flying high again. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are gorgeous, appear to have very safe batteries, and they're selling really well. Things couldn't be any better for the Korean electronics giant after its last flagship phone, the Galaxy Note 7, burst into flames last year and threatened to ruin the entire company. And yet, Samsung refuses to let the tainted Note 7 stay dead — a decision that could end up ruining all of the good fortune it's rebuilt. SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S8 shows amazing resilience to abuse in new video A new report from Korea's ET News published Wednesday says Samsung will begin selling recycled Note 7's in South Korea starting in June. Read more...More about Tech Column, Smartphones, Android, Note 7, and Galaxy Note 7

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Kim Kardashian’s gonna have to wait a little longer to get the new BlackBerry KEYone

April's almost over, so where the hell is Kim Kardashian's next phone, the BlackBerry KEYone?  Originally slated to launch by the end of this month, the Android-powered KEYone, will now arrive in the U.S. starting on May 31. U.S. carriers — Sprint's the only one confirmed so far — will carry the QWERTY keyboard-equipped phone this summer. SEE ALSO: Kim Kardashian would love the BlackBerry KEYone The KEYone will cost $549.99 unlocked and BlackBerry, or TCL Communications Technology (TCT), rather, says the phone will be available in GSM and CDMA unlocked versions.  In Canada, the KEYone will be available on Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, and TELUS Business starting at $199 with a two-year contract, with pre-orders starting on May 18.  Read more...More about Smartphones, Android, Blackberry Keyone, Keyone, and Blackberry

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I can confirm Google’s massive Street View camera backpack is heavy AF

What do you get when you put an almost 4-foot high backpack on someone that's barely 5'2"?  A lot of screaming, balancing and wobbling.  SEE ALSO: Google's Street View Gets Stunning Imagery from the Grand Canyon So it wasn't the most graceful when I tried on Google's Street View Trekker, one of several pieces of equipment the company uses to capture its Street View imagery. The 3'9" foot high (1.2m) Trekker consists of 15 cameras in a ball-like shape, mounted  on a pole, powered by a computer backpack. The set up is fully waterproof, and battery-powered up to 8 hours. It's able to capture the 360-degree images we see on Google Maps' Street View. Read more...More about Street View, Google Street Trekker, Google, Singapore, and Tech

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Google researcher figures how to make great night photos with a smartphone

Name the number one problem with smartphone cameras. If you picked "nighttime photos," we agree: While smartphone cameras have improved by orders of magnitude in the last decade, due to the constraints of their tiny lenses, low light conditions are still their Achilles' heel.  But a Google researcher might have a software solution to that problem — one that actually works, that is.  SEE ALSO: Samsung has unveiled the new Galaxy S8, and it's beautiful Florian Kainz, who works as a software engineer at Google's Daydream team, has developed a technique that let him take photos in very dark conditions with the Google Pixel and Google Nexus 6P phones and get results that are comparable to photos taken with a DSLR on a tripod.  Read more...More about Google, Smartphone Camera, Low Light Photography, Nighttime Photography, and Smartphone Photography

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Amazon wants to see into your bedroom, and that should worry you

You're in your bedroom, about to do something private.  First, make sure you shut the door, close the blinds, oh, and remember to turn off your newly purchased Amazon Echo Look.  SEE ALSO: These adorable teddy bears were reportedly hacked to expose 2 million messages A video camera peering into a bedroom is typically associated with the opening of a horror flick, not the latest cheery announcement from your friendly $300 billion mega corporation. That all changed Wednesday when the Seattle-based online retail giant unveiled the Echo Look.  What is the Look? Superficially, it's a $200 cloud-connected camera that ties in with Amazon's voice assistant Alexa. However, the Look's unique features suggest that the tool could be even more problematic than your standard poorly secured wireless webcam.  Read more...More about Shopping, Data Privacy, Echo Look, Amazon Echo, and Amazon

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Samsung has an app to keep you from texting and driving

Okay, we all know we really shouldn't text and drive. But temptation is strong and sometimes getting back to someone right now feels more important than anything else. It's not, of course, but it's a feeling that can be difficult to shake, even if we know it's dangerous. That's why Samsung is working on a new app that will respond to text messages for you while you drive. SEE ALSO: Distracted driving kills, so why don’t more apps have driver warnings? Called In-Traffic Reply, the app will automatically respond to text messages when you're in the car or riding a bike. The app relies on phone sensors and GPS to detect when you're in a moving car or bike and will send a preset reply to incoming texts. Read more...More about Samsung, Apps And Software, Tech, Tech, and Apps Software

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Drones that pass packages to each other could be the future of home delivery

If Amazon has its way, the skies could soon be buzzing with drones, carrying our online purchases directly to our doors.  But today's drones can only travel so far — so what happens when you live out of range of a distribution hub? On Wednesday, IBM Research announced a patent that might someday allow delivery drones to pass off packages to one another mid-flight to create a relay system, extending a supply chain's reach even farther.    SEE ALSO: 9 incredible ways we're using drones for social good The design calls for the relay drones to be equipped with extension arms, which would connect and lock in mid-flight to keep the package transfer stable. The drones would also have a sophisticated communications link built-in, which would likely be connected to IBM's Watson's supply chain and logistics system to keep things flying smoothly.  Read more...More about Supply Chain, Amazon, Drone Delivery, Ibm, and Tech

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Zombie Galaxy Note 7s reportedly have a release date

The Galaxy Note 7 will never die.  Samsung has been planning to release the volatile Note 7 again as a refurbished device since March, but now we know more about the zombie phone's relaunch.  SamMobile, citing information from South Korea's ET News, claims the Note 7s will launch in the South Korean market at the end of June. Samsung just can't break away from the ghost of the explosive handset. SEE ALSO: The Galaxy S8 blew up Samsung's record for pre-orders The re-release will reportedly see 300,000 of the refurbished devices, rebranded as the Galaxy Note 7 R, hit the market via three unnamed mobile carriers. The batteries, which were infamously the explosive issue that sunk the OG iteration of the handset, will be dialed-down in size from 3,500mAh to 3,200mAh.  Read more...More about South Korea, Refurbished Phones, Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy Note 7, and Samsung

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