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How Oculus And 8 Fake Ears Could Morph Concerts Into Video Games

Binaural 3D Microphone head I’m standing on a circular stage with neo-folk musician Beck. Surrounded by cheering fans, I blush, then turn and wave to thank them. They don’t see me, though, because I’m actually sitting in a dark, empty back room at Sundance Film Festival wearing an Oculus Rift. Read More

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How Oculus And 8 Fake Ears Could Morph Concerts Into Video Games

Binaural 3D Microphone head I’m standing on a circular stage with neo-folk musician Beck. Surrounded by cheering fans, I blush, then turn and wave to thank them. They don’t see me though, because I’m actually sitting in a dark, empty back room at Sundance Film Festival, wearing an Oculus Rift. Read More

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These iPhone 6 Renders Are Fake, But Also Pretty Great Looking

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Rumors circulated yesterday that the cat was out of the bag on Apple’s next iPhone design: the picture above was one of a series leaked by a Twitter user depicting a supposed redesign of Apple’s redesign. This supposed iPhone 6 had a rounded back more akin to the iPad than the current iPhone, with next to no bezel and a big, edge-to-edge display. But it’s all fake.

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The photos appear to actually be advanced renders, which at least one Reddit user convincingly argues are the work of Martin Hajek. Hajek is known for his photorealistic device render work, and in fact he created one for an iPhone 6 with a very similar look back in March, 2013. This new image details the inside of the case, showing some ribbons and other components, and adds a Touch ID sensor to the front and a double-flash to the back (both of which weren’t known about at the time of the original renders), but the rest of the industrial design looks borrowed from the earlier concept.

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The renders may not represent what Apple actually has in the works, but this is a redesign I could get behind. The iPad mini with Retina display is essentially a larger version of this as it is, and it’s nearly handholdable or pocketable. Apple has been using the hard-edged and more angular design of the iPhone 5s for two generations now, but it went with rounded edges for the iPhone 5c, and that has proved popular ergonomically with many reviewers.

So would you pony up for this if Apple unveiled something similar come fall? A bigger screen is almost a lock, but ditching the back bevel would also be a nice move in my opinion. Hopefully Hajek proves psychic when we do finally get a real glimpse at what Apple has in store for us next.

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These iPhone 6 Renders Are Fake, But Also Pretty Great Looking

iphone-6-render

Rumors circulated yesterday that the cat was out of the bag on Apple’s next iPhone design: the picture above was one of a series leaked by a Twitter user depicting a supposed redesign of Apple’s redesign. This supposed iPhone 6 had a rounded back more akin to the iPad than the current iPhone, with next to no bezel and a big, edge-to-edge display. But it’s all fake.

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  2. iphone-6-render

  3. BgS1GwJCMAAqlrx

  4. fake_iphone6

The photos appear to actually be advanced renders, which at least one Reddit user convincingly argues are the work of Martin Hajek. Hajek is known for his photorealistic device render work, and in fact he created one for an iPhone 6 with a very similar look back in March, 2013. This new image details the inside of the case, showing some ribbons and other components, and adds a Touch ID sensor to the front and a double-flash to the back (both of which weren’t known about at the time of the original renders), but the rest of the industrial design looks borrowed from the earlier concept.

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The renders may not represent what Apple actually has in the works, but this is a redesign I could get behind. The iPad mini with Retina display is essentially a larger version of this as it is, and it’s nearly handholdable or pocketable. Apple has been using the hard-edged and more angular design of the iPhone 5s for two generations now, but it went with rounded edges for the iPhone 5c, and that has proved popular ergonomically with many reviewers.

So would you pony up for this if Apple unveiled something similar come fall? A bigger screen is almost a lock, but ditching the back bevel would also be a nice move in my opinion. Hopefully Hajek proves psychic when we do finally get a real glimpse at what Apple has in store for us next.

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Watch a fake flower blossom thanks to flexible 3D-printed materials (video)

Richard Clarkson, a student at New York’s School of Visual Arts, has used a combination of pneumatics and 3D-printed flexible-materials to create an artificial flower that “blooms,” and the result is pretty neat. When air fills a cavity in the …

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T-Mobile calls AT&T ‘the darkness,’ issues press release with fake CEO quotes

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has been trash talking the competition ever since he joined the company. But today T-Mobile itself is taking its ongoing war with AT&T to a new level — or what some might consider to be a new low. The carrier has issued a satirical press release blasting AT&T for a new promotion that offers T-Mobile customers up to $ 450 to switch providers. The official press release reads like something straight out of The Onion; it starts off, “T-Mobile US, Inc. today announced that pretty much everyone at the company is overcome with emotion and still kind of processing the decision by now-ex-rival AT&T to leave the dark side, step into the light, and join hands in supporting the Un-carrier consumer revolution.”

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Hit It Again!: Sailfish Trying To Beat Fake Fish With Its Bill

sailfin-fishing.jpg This is an undersea video taken from the back of a speeding boat of a sailfish trying to bludgeon lure fish with its elongated expense and consume them. He has absolutely no success, probably since all the fish are fake. If I were him I would have leapt into the back of the boat and speared someone. But that’s simply me and I do not take kindly to being deceived. The last roomie who hid behind a door to jump out and frighten me? They’ll never ever find him. Keep going for the video, but avoid to 0:30 – 1:30 for all the action.

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Sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial was a fake

The sign language interpreter used at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service yesterday in Johannesburg was a fraud who was “literally flapping his arms around,” according to the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa and at least two other experts.

The man stood on stage with nearly 100 heads of state, including President Barack Obama, who all gave speeches to honor Mandela, and was actually interpreting nothing, making unintelligible signs. Bruno Druchen, the director of the South Africa’s Deaf Federation, told the Associated Press that the man was “moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for.” Druchen’s wife, Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, a South African parliament member who is also deaf,…

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Recommended Reading: Stuxnet’s more dangerous precursor, fake memories and more

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Stuxnet’s Secret Twin (4,176 words)
by Ralph Langner, Foreign Policy
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Stuxnet is a pretty nasty nasty customer, especially if you happen to be a centrifuge used in the enrichment of uranium. Amazingly, the story of the first publicly acknowledged cyber weapon keeps getting more and more interesting. Ralph Langner has spent the last several years pouring over code and other details of Stuxnet’s history and discovered there was an earlier version of the virus, that was even more destructive than the one unleashed on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Instead of putting the centrifuge’s motors in overdrive, it over pressurized them by closing valves designed to allow gas out. It sounds like a perfectly logical avenue of attack, until you realize that the potential for truly catastrophic failure would have quickly blown Stuxnet’s cover.

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Google Mystery Barge Is Actually A Giant Fake Sailboat

Documents reveal more details behind the tech company’s secret boats.

By and Large LLC / Via blog.sfgate.com

Turns out the Google mystery barge located in the San Francisco Bay Area isn’t a barge at all, but a sailboat, complete with a dozen sails “reminiscent of fish fins, which will remind visitors that they are on a seaworthy vessel,” according to documents obtained from the Port of San Francisco by the San Francisco Chronicle through the Freedom of Information Act.

Gossip has been circulating about the mystery barge. Was it a floating data center, a showroom, a party boat? Google dispelled the rumors Wednesday with an announcement that it is going to be a “interactive space where people can learn about new technology.” In other words, a gallery for all things Google.

The structure was designed by San Francisco architecture firm Gensler, which designed Abu Dhabi Financial Centre and the London River Park, as well as LOT-EK, creators of the Whitney Museum building and New York's Pier 57.

The sailboat will travel to different locations throughout the Bay, spending about a month moored at different spots, and perhaps along the West Coast as far south as San Diego.

The boat won't just be Google-centric: It will allow “local organizations to engage with guests and gain visibility in a unique way,” By and Large, LLC, essentially a front company run by Google employees, told the Chronicle. By and Large describes the sailboat as a “unprecedented artistic structure” and “temporary technology exhibit space” that will “drive visitation to the waterfront.” (Perhaps a nod to the fact that the city's current waterfront technology exhibitor, the Exploratorium, is hurting in terms of driving such traffic.)

“We believe this curious and visually stunning structure will be a welcome addition to the waterfront, an experience unlike any other,” the proposal says.

“We envisioned this space with community in mind,” By and Large told the Chronicle, “a surprising environment that is accessible to all and inspires conversation about how everything is connected — shorebirds, me, you, the sea, the fog and much more.”

There are four barges in total. One in Portland, Maine, which was the first sighted, will most likely sail down the East Coast. The other two remain unaccounted for; the National Coast Guard told BuzzFeed it could not locate them. The mystery continues.

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