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Oculus’ privacy center now shows you what data is being collected

May 21 2018
Last month, Oculus announced updates to its privacy policies, likely to comply with GDPR, which goes into effect this Friday. Ahead of that deadline, a new feature is available today for users worldwide: My Privacy Center is a dashboard showing what...

China's Netflix equivalent just opened its first cinema

May 21 2018
China's Netflix-like service, iQiyi, wants to bring on-demand movies to real-life movie theaters. The company just opened its first brick and mortar cinema to show online movies in an offline environment, complete with complete with popcorn, fancy se...

NASA will create coldest place in the universe to study quantum physics

May 21 2018
It's hard to study quantum behavior on Earth. You can amplify the effects of quantum mechanics by zapping groups of specific atoms (Bose-Einstein condensates) with lasers that drop their temperature to near absolute zero, but that only works for frac...

Lyft may be getting into the electric scooter game

May 21 2018
Lyft seems to be eyeing a move into the electric scooter craze -- the company is considering applying for a permit to run a service in San Francisco, The Information reported, and it's in the early stages of working on prototypes. Some companies like...

Google faces lawsuit in the UK over Safari data collection

May 21 2018
Way back in 2012, Google agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle FTC charges over the company's use of tracking cookies in the Safari browser. Now the company is being sued in the UK for the same issue, according to a report in The Guardian.

ESRB ratings changes could hurt indie games in the PSN Store

May 21 2018
It sounds like the ESRB could make it harder for indie game developers to sell their games. Recently, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board announced that it will be eliminating free, short-form ratings for digital games according to Gamasutra. Wh...

iPhone painting app Procreate Pocket gets a major overhaul

May 21 2018
Developer Savage Interactive is making it it easier to create art and craft detailed sketches on the iPhone with a major update to Procreate Pocket. The developer completely overhauled the app, rewriting all of the code and rolling in Silica M, the s...

Microsoft turns SharePoint into the simplest VR creation tool yet

May 21 2018
Microsoft is sticking with its pragmatic approach to VR with SharePoint spaces, a new addition to its collaboration platform that lets you quickly build and view Mixed Reality experiences. It's a lot like how PowerPoint made it easy for anyone to cre...

Progressive groups want FTC to split Facebook into multiple companies

May 21 2018
Today, Axios reports that progressive groups will launch an advertising offensive aimed squarely at Facebook. Their mission? To convince the FTC to break up the company. They also want users on competing social networks to be able to communicate with...

Netflix inks multi-year production agreement with the Obamas

May 21 2018
The 44th President and First Lady are getting into the entertainment business. According to an announcement by Netflix's Twitter account Monday morning, "President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce fi...

BMW i3 batteries provide energy storage for UK wind farm

May 21 2018
The UK is now home to one of the largest energy storage projects using EV batteries. Vattenfall has connected a total of 500 BMW i3 batteries to the Pen y Cymoedd onshore wind farm in Wales, creating the biggest co-located installation in the UK. The...

The first stars may have formed much earlier than scientists thought

May 21 2018
After the Big Bang occurred, there was no oxygen in the early universe. Stars had to be born before oxygen could be created by fusion processes. When these stars died, the oxygen was released into the universe. Now, a research team using the ALMA tel...

Inside the automotive startup taking EVs off-road

May 21 2018
The Tesla Model X is the "least capable SUV ever made," according to Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe. It sits too low to the ground, for one, and yet, somehow, most American garages aren't tall enough for the rear doors to open. It's something that looks grea...

What we're playing: A new Atari Lynx game in 2018

May 21 2018
This week on IRL, we're taking a break from the norm. It's a poorly kept secret that our managing editor, James Trew, has an Atari Lynx fetish. At last count, he owned seven of the things, not to mention every game ever made for them. But while Atari...

Nintendo Switch game streaming starts in Japan this week

May 21 2018
The Nintendo Switch might not be the most capable piece of gaming hardware on the market today, but it never ceases to surprise us. Case in point: This morning Capcom announced that last year's terrifying Resident Evil 7 biohazard will be available o...

Robots can learn tasks by watching and mimicking humans

May 21 2018
This week, NVIDIA revealed that its researchers have developed a unique deep learning system that allows a robot to learn a task based on the actions of a human. The focus here is on the communication between the robot and human, to the point where t...

Inside the animal internet

May 21 2018
Halfway across the world, a goat is shivering. You know this because you've hooked her up to an accelerometer, which can measure tiny changes in her body movements. You also know the goat's heart rate, body temperature, how much energy she's using, w...

Mark Zuckerberg's EU testimony will be streamed live

May 21 2018
After refusing to speak with UK parliament twice, there was doubt over whether Mark Zuckerberg could be coaxed into discussing the Cambridge Analytica fiasco again. But recent efforts from Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament, ind...

Nokia Sleep review: Smart home controls don’t live up to the hype

May 21 2018
When Nokia officially took over the Withings brand in 2017, it inherited many of its products, like the Activité watches, the WiFi Body scales and a wireless blood pressure monitor (that was relaunched as the Nokia BPM+). The one product it di...

Huawei's MateBook X Pro arrives in the US

May 21 2018
Huawei may be the subject of plenty of public scrutiny from America's security services, but the company still has a bundle of laptops to sell. Fresh from launches across rest of the world, Huawei is now bringing its newest MateBook X Pro to the US f...

Acer offers the first laptops with Alexa built-in

May 21 2018
HP may have been the first to offer an all-in-one with Alexa built-in, but Acer is determined to do the same for the laptop realm. It just revealed that several of its laptops are the first to ship with Amazon's voice assistant already installed. T...

'Dreams' makes imagination manifest on the PS4

May 21 2018
Like Little Big Planet before it, the premise behind Dreams has long confused and infuriated me. Why on Earth would you pay good money for a game in which you work to create smaller games? But after puttering around in what is essentially a console-b...

Microsoft buys AI company to improve Cortana's conversational skills

May 21 2018
Microsoft has acquired a natural language AI firm called Semantic Machines to help Cortana and other bots carry on natural conversations, it announced. The tech "uses the power of machine learning to enable users to discover, access and interact with...

Facebook and Qualcomm are bringing super-fast WiFi to cities

May 21 2018
Facebook wants to be everywhere on the planet, even if that means building the internet itself. To that end, it recently unveiled Terragraph, a millimeter-wavelength, 60Ghz wireless system that can blast the internet through buildings in urban areas....

Qualcomm's new hardware will help mobile 5G get off the ground

May 21 2018
If mobile 5G is going to become more than a nice idea, it needs the thorough coverage you expect today -- and that means putting it in the small cell sites that boost coverage in busy areas. And Qualcomm might just play a pivotal role in making that...