Amazon teams up with the UK to make drone delivery a reality
This new partnership with the UK gives the company a chance to test its drones the way it can’t in the US. For one, the UK is allowing Amazon to deploy beyond line of sight tests in both rural and suburban areas. In the US, Amazon can only fly drones if they’re within the pilot’s line of sight, which makes it impossible to deliver parcels to farther locations. The e-commerce company will also use this opportunity to make sure its UAVs’ sensors can identify and avoid obstacles and to deploy operations wherein one person controls multiple highly automated drones.
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Oculus update preps Rift for room-scale VR, motion controls
An update to Oculus Home is apparently prepping for Touch’s arrival by enabling users to connect multiple Oculus camera sensors to enhance movement tracking and give developers access to highly precise room-scale setups.
Though the update allows for for up to four sensors to be connected, most developers are likely looking to optimize room-scale titles for just a pair sensors which makes sense as the Touch controllers are expected to ship with just one additional infrared sensor included.
More details are available here and here.
NVIDIA’s latest pro video cards help you livestream VR video
AMD is now pushing to become a major player in professional graphics with new GPUs in the Radeon Pro WX family. With the new GPUs, AMD is also scuttling the FirePro brand, which hasn’t helped the company succeed in the workstation space.
The new Radeon Pro WX GPUs are based on the Polaris architecture and targeted at creative professionals, including movie editors, virtual reality content creators, and game programmers.
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More Images of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Surface Online
The leaked images allegedly portray the side profile and the chiclet keyboard of a device which apparently appears to be Xiaomi’s debut notebook. The notebook sports a USB Type C port and standard USB 2.0 port to the side. Apart from that, it appears to sport a brushed metal design with an edge to edge glass panel covered display, similar to the Macbook Pro.
Xiaomi is reported to launch their Mi Notebook in China alongside their Redmi Note Pro in China on July 27.
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How the Yahoo deal affects its services
Verizon’s announcement that it is acquiring Yahoo’s operations is a turning point for an internet pioneer that claims a billion users visit its services each month.In addition to Yahoo’s popular email service, Verizon is taking over content sites like Yahoo Sports and Yahoo News, as well as Yahoo-owned services that operate separately under their own brands, including the Tumblr social network and the Flickr photo-sharing service.
Here you can find answers to some common questions about the impact of the deal.
Microsoft dangles code candy in front of iOS devs, in the form of Objective-C code-checker
The company is pressing ahead with its desire to sweep iOS devs into its embrace, this time offering them a code-testing tool to help them use its Windows Bridge for iOS.
Microsoft explains it wants to eliminate the multi-step process an iOS dev would have to go through to find out if their app would work with the bridge. Instead of having to download the SDK, setup Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2015, and generate a Visual Studio project for the app to run the code, the iOS App Analysis tool provides an immediate “breakdown of what parts of your app are compatible with the bridge
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Cinema 3D with no glasses
While glasses-free 3D does exist, like in Nintendo’s 3DS, current methods are not easily scaled up to cinema screen sizes.
A team of researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory believes it’s found a solution. They’ve called it Cinema 3D.
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