Review: Star Wars Pinball VR

Zen Studios proved back in 2016 how well arcade classic pinball works in virtual reality (VR) thanks to Pinball FX2 VR, providing addictively simple yet thoroughly engrossing gameplay. …

In work that could someday turn cell phones into sensors capable of detecting viruses and other minuscule objects, MIT researchers have built a powerful nanoscale flashlight on a chip.

Their approach to designing the tiny light beam on a chip could also be used to create a variety of other…

Apple has hired former Google AI scientist Samy Bengio, who resigned from the Big G following the controversial firing of ethics researcher Timnit Gebru. Bengio will lead a new AI research unit and report to fellow ex-Googler John Giannandrea, Reuters reports. In his role at Google, Bengio oversaw hundreds of workers and was a strong supporter of Gebru and Margaret Mitchell, who co-led the ethical AI teams before their terminations. Gebru was fired in December after a fallout with management over a research paper she co-authored on the risks of large-scale language models, which are used in many Google products. Mitchell…

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Apple snaps up ex-Google AI leader who quit in the wake of Timnit Gebru’s firing

Apple has hired former Google AI scientist Samy Bengio, who resigned from the Big G following the controversial firing of ethics researcher Timnit Gebru. Bengio will lead a new AI research unit and report to fellow ex-Googler John Giannandrea, Reuters reports. In his role at Google, Bengio oversaw hundreds of workers and was a strong supporter of Gebru and Margaret Mitchell, who co-led the ethical AI teams before their terminations. Gebru was fired in December after a fallout with management over a research paper she co-authored on the risks of large-scale language models, which are used in many Google products. Mitchell…

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Uber still pretends not to be a taxi firm, but is going to make a taxicab anyway

Ride-hailing mega-platform Uber, and Arrival, a British electric van and bus manufacturer, are teaming up to make an electric car specifically for gig-working drivers. On the one hand it sounds great, on the other… it takes Uber even further down the path of becoming like an old-school taxi firm. The deal Announced earlier today, the pair are working together to develop the “Arrival car” an “affordable, purpose-built electric vehicle for ride-hailing,” Reuters reports. The car will go into production at the end of next year. It all comes as part of Uber’s plan to become a fully electric mobility platform…

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New HTC Vive Headset Could Be Enterprise-Focused, Promotion Suggests

The new headset HTC Vive is currently teasing ahead of next week’s ViveCon event could be an enterprise-focused device, a promotional tweet suggests.

The tweet, captured by VR YouTuber, VR Oasis (and viewable on Facebook too) reads: “Ready to work in virtual reality? Discover what this transformative technology can do…

Macron’s climate law banning domestic flights isn’t enough, say green groups

On Tuesday, the French parliament will vote for a new climate law aiming to support President Emmanuel Macron’s green policies, France 24 reports. The measure includes bans on domestic flights under two and half hours that can be done by train, restrictions on renting badly insulated properties, and the designation of “ecocide” as a punishable crime. While the draft legislation will most likely pass by the parliament’s lower house, where the French president holds the majority of seats, it has left environmental groups rather dissatisfied. Campaigners have criticized it as unambitious and inadequate to keep up with the rapidly changing climate. They…

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Keynote Interview: Watch Melinda Gates at The Global Boardroom

The Global Boardroom returns for its third edition to examine the most impactful strategies for a world transformed by crisis. Attend carefully curated, in-depth discussions with leading policy-makers, CEOs, and investors from across the world. In collaboration with TNW, the Financial Times brings you curated, in-depth discussions, like this interview with Melinda Gates, Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Register now for a free ticket, and join the conversation. Check out the full list of speakers at The Global Boardroom website.

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Work comfortably with this $100 energy-efficient personal air conditioner

TLDR: The EvaChill EV-500 Personal Air Conditioner cools, humidifies, and purifies your room in a hurry, all without incurring one of those huge summer utility bills. If last year’s summer work from home routine did a real number on your utility bill, you weren’t alone. In addition to the containment being rough on everybody’s psyches, it put a serious hit on our bank accounts as well. Average electrical usage was up more than 9 percent between April and August 2020 compared to 2019, an average increase of about $85 over what residents paid the year before. Since there’s a decent…

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Facebook Launches New Quest 2 Ad Campaign Focusing On Fitness And Exercise

New ads have appeared in the last week indicating Facebook is increasing its Quest 2 marketing push with a renewed focus on the device’s fitness and exercise capabilities, not just as a gaming device.

According to AdWeek, the campaign kicked off to coincide with National Fitness Day and consists of…

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