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Virtual World Research, Part 2: Reality in a Can

Universities and government agencies, even a few private corporations, are going all "mad scientist" on us in the realm of virtual worlds. But why are they experimenting there and why are so many drawn to virtual worlds like a dying man to a priest? "As a new part of the real world, virtual worlds a...

Mozilla Trumpets Altered Reality Browser

The Mozilla Foundation has unveiled its plans for Firefox Reality, a browser designed specifically for mixed reality headsets. The browser combines the beneftis of Mozilla's existing Firefox browser with its experimental Web engine. Using Servo, Mozilla plans to experiment with entirely new designs...

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Wikitude: A Promising First Step for a Virtual Tour Guide

Wikitude was a top-50 finalist in the Android Developer Challenge, and like ShopSavvy, it is a good illustration of what's possible with the mashing together of the G1's capabilities. In this case, Wikitude uses the GPS for location-awareness and combines that with the wealth of information that's a...

How the Virtual Workforce Is Changing Everything

In a society far away and long ago, people mostly farmed and ran storefront businesses where they lived. Then came the migration to the cities, where a new generation of workers stuffed into bulging urban-based factory jobs. Many spent their entire adult lives working for The Man in an upstairs offi...

Virtual World Research, Part 1: A Place to Experiment

Universities and government agencies are conducting all kinds of research, both scientific and sociological, in virtual worlds -- but is this merely a newfangled boondoggle or is the research really real? "My general perspective is that virtual worlds are at least as real as many parts of the so-cal...

Who Polices Virtual Worlds?

Law and order is one of the cornerstones of a civilized society. Establishing rules of conduct, spelling out acceptable and objectionable behavior, defining the consequences for anyone who violates those laws and deciding who will enforce them are all essential to maintaining peace and harmony. In t...

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Virtual Space Travel, Part 2: Surfing to Mars

Now that NASA has entered the virtual world with its two islands in Second Life, public outreach, collaboration and space exploration may never be the same again. On its CoLab Island, outreach and collaboration are the focus, as Part One of this two-part feature explains. Its other island, called "E...

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Virtual Space Travel, Part 1: One Small Step

For those of us old enough to remember life before the Internet, the term "virtual space travel" probably conjures memories of childhood visits to the local planetarium. Fast forward to today, and things are just a little different. In today's Internet-enabled world, ordinary citizens can explore th...

Virtual Real Estate: Building on an Imaginary Foundation

No less true today than it has been since the notion of private property became one of the main pillars of Western society, investing in real estate is one of the most popular means of amassing wealth. Now, a new breed of "virtual" real estate investors and developers is emerging. Massively multipla...

Coke’s Virtual World: Fizzy Fun or Empty Marketing Calories?

Coca-Cola has opened CC Metro, the soft drink maker's island located in the There.com virtual online universe. Coke announced the launch of the new community created by Makena Technologies, founder of There.com, Thursday. Whether Web surfers will line up to play around in what amounts to a Coke-them...

Griefer Madness: Terrorizing Virtual Worlds

When entrepreneur and Second Life real estate mogul Ailin Graef sat down to an interview with a technology news Web site in December, she, no doubt, did not expect to be caught in a downpour of digital phallic symbols. Yet, considering the interview took place in the virtual world Second Life, perha...

Microsoft Makes VR Drone Fight Simulator Available on GitHub

Microsoft has introduced an open source virtual reality toolkit for the training of autonomous drones. Part of Microsoft's Aerial Informatics and Robotics Platform, the beta software became available last week. It is designed to allow developers to "teach" drones how to navigate the real world by re...

Leap Motion Faceplate Lets OSVR Head Talk to the Hand

Open Source Virtual Reality, a platform that aims to unify virtual reality input devices, games and output, and Leap Motion, a company that has established itself in the development of motion-tracking hardware, on Wednesday announced what may be a compelling way to control movements in a virtual rea...

Hack Day Produces Oculix, a Mind-Blowing Trip Through the Netflix Catalog

A team of Netflix programmers merged the company's videos with the virtual reality capability offered by the Oculus Rift headset as a fun project on Netflix Hack Day. The Oculix media app lets users browse a floating 3D Netflix video catalog using head turning movements and hand gestures. Once a sel...

Abandoned Open Source Code Heightens Commercial Software Security Risks

Outdated or abandoned open source components are persistent in practically all commercial software, putting enterprise and consumer applications at risk from security issues, license compliance violations, and operational threats, concludes the Synopsys 2020 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis Re...

Open Source Flaw Management Shows Signs of Improvement: Report

Almost two years after the infamous Equifax breach, many organizations still struggle to identify and manage open source risk across their portfolios. Meanwhile, the latest report tracking open source security shows a 40 percent rise in the average number of open source components detected in each c...

Valve Soothes SteamOS Fans After Yanking Steam Machines

Valve has been working to reassure members of its community that it has not yet thrown in the towel on SteamOS and Linux gaming systems that have been hampered over the years due to performance issues, soaring sales on mainstream rival platforms, and generally weak demand. Valve recently withdrew St...

New Collaborative Platform to Spur Open Source AI Development

The Linux Foundation has announced an agreement with AT&T and Tech Mahindra to launch the Acumos Project, a new platform for open source development of artificial intelligence. The new platform is part of a broader effort to open up opportunities for AI collaboration in the telecommunications, media...

SnapRoute Snags $25M With AT&T, Microsoft Backing

SnapRoute, a developer of open source networking software, announced that it has raised $25 million in Series A financing led by Norwest Venture Partners with new support from AT&T and Microsoft Ventures. SnapRoute, which was founded by CEO Jason Forrester and other former engineers from Apple, plan...

Blogosphere Chews on Android Nougat

Google last week revealed the official name of its next mobile operating system: "Android Nougat." The OS previously went only by "Android N," and Google invited the blogosphere to fill in the blanks. The choice sparked some derision, particularly among those who had preferred "Nutella." "What is no...

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