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Origami smartphones? Paying bills via Gmail? The first full Cyanogen smartphone? Yesterday was full of news and rumors you might have missed, that's why we put them all here in BitStream.
Honda has announced a new event to give fans a personal taste of the Civic Type R. The three-day ‘Honda TypeR Experience’ will be hosted at the Nurburgring and includes a lap of the circuit for Type R owners.
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Much of Star Wars was filmed in Tunisia, and the Tunisian town of Tatouine was the inspiration for Luke Skywalker's home planet. Now, due to increasing ISIS activity in the area, visitors have been warned against all but essential travel.
Where there are announcements there are leaks, and two announcements from Facebook's upcoming F8 developers conference, Messenger as a Platform and Parse for IoT, have been leaked prior to the conference's start. The culprit? Facebook's own F8 app.
The post Oops! Facebook app leaks company’s big plans for Messenger, IoT appeared first on Digital Trends.
Facebook knows what you did last summer...and it wants to share it with you. A new feature called On This Day lets you relive your past posts on Facebook.
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When Michael Simmons and Kent Sutherland started building a calendar app for the Mac, their goal was simple: fix everything bad about iCal.
The post Fantastical 2 Is a Crazy-Powerful Calendar App for Your Mac appeared first on WIRED.
In the world of VR hobbyists, the only real hardware is a pidgin of devkits and kludgy peripherals. That may be changing soon.
The post New Headset Could Seamlessly Mash Up VR and Hand-Tracking appeared first on WIRED.
A high-profile VR headset is about to get its own motion control setup — and no, it's not the Oculus Rift. Today, Leap Motion announced that it would be adding its hand-tracking technology to the OSVR Hacker Development Kit, a piece of open source hardware that will be released this summer. The Leap Motion, originally released as a non-VR gesture interface, has become one of the most common virtual reality controllers. OSVR is a partnership between various VR and gaming companies, but it's better known for its headset, a rougher, cheaper, and more modular alternative to the Oculus Rift development kit.
OSVR will begin taking pre-orders in May, with the headsets shipping in June. Now, though, it will offer an optional Leap Motion...
It's been almost 25 years since Apple stopped making the Mac Plus. Can it still access the Internet?
The venerable Mac Plus was one of the most popular models of "classic" Macintosh. Many old-school Mac users remember it fondly. After two decades, can the Mac Plus still access the Internet? One intrepid fan decided to find out.
I was accessing dial-in bulletin board systems (BBSs) on my "Fat Mac" back in the 1980s, but a Mac Plus equipped with the MacTCP stack is when I really got online. It was the early 1990s, and I'd gotten the machine from friends of mine who'd upgraded and no longer needed it.
I set it up in a corner of the place I was sharing with my girlfriend (now my wife of 21 years) and regularly got online when I got home, accessing e-mail, downloading files via FTP, and chatting with friends over Internet Relay Chat. It was slow going, compared to the fractional T1 line we had at the office, but it was good enough.
Jeff Keacher has some fond memories of his Mac Plus as well — what's more, it's still around. He had his mother ship it out to him and he recently attempted to revive it for Internet access, a story he recounts on The Kernel:
Reviving an old computer is like restoring a classic car: There's a thrill from bringing the ancient into the modern world. So it was with my first "real" computer, my Mac Plus, when I decided to bring it forward three decades and introduce it to the modern Web.
Keacher had to jump through a whole bunch of hoops to get his old Mac working on the modern web, but it finally worked. If you're a Mac user of the same vintage as Keacher and me, you might get a kick out of the story. Check it out!
I have to admit that I still have a classic Mac in storage in my basement, waiting for some spare time to be restored. How about you? Have you held on to any machines from your younger days? Let me know in the comments.
Facebook appears to have accidentally leaked some of the biggest announcements ahead of its annual F8 developers' conference. According to numerous reports, the official F8 app sent out a notification ahead of schedule detailing three new projects: "Parse for IoT, Messenger as a Platform, and the Teleportation Station." Although there's been no official word from Facebook, more than a few individuals in the tech industry received the message.
The leak suggests Facebook is expanding its reach
If the leak is legitimate, it suggests Facebook is doing its best to expand its reach at this year's F8. Parse is the company's app-building suite for smartphones — allowing it to build software for Internet of Things would be a logical step...
Anti-vaccination beliefs can cause real, substantive harm, as shown by the recent outbreak of measles in the US. These developments are as shocking and distressing as their consequences are predictable. But if the consequences are so predictable, why do the beliefs persist?