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Ingress: The game that reveals Google's secret war to control London | Technology. “Unit of three frogs at the southwest corner,” Mel barks into her phone as we approach. Usually I’d be happy to indulge in this sort of slick military patter, but since we’re currently loitering suspiciously outside the US Embassy I’d rather we kept the spy talk to a minimum. The guards are eyeing us suspiciously. Please officer, let me explain. We’re playing Ingress, a massively multiplayer augmented-reality game created by Google and Niantic labs and launched last December. This is all happening all the time, everywhere. What I’m doing is a little more unusual, even for groups of roving transhumanist portal hackers.

I’m following Mel, one of the leaders of the Resistance faction for the day. Also on the line is our dispatcher, who’s staying home for the event and co-ordinating teams throughout the city. City of portals London is Ingress central, all densely packed portals and constant threats. John Hanke is the Vice President of Niantic labs and he has even better anecdotes. New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones - WSJ. Obsession engineers: Mind control the Candy Crush way - tech - 29 May 2014. Why are we addicted to games? (Image: Patrick George) How do you design a hit video game? Psychologists are diagnosing what gets us addicted – a recipe for obsession that could hurt or heal us IN APRIL, a landfill in New Mexico disgorged proof of a decades-old rumour. The story goes back to 1983, when James Heller was given an unusual job.

His bosses at video-game maker Atari wanted him to drive out to the desert with 750,000 copies of their latest game, and bury them there. Now consider Flappy Bird, a game that, despite having been created by a single developer ... Touch-sensitive video-screen floor is in step with you - tech - 23 January 2013. Video: Smart floor conjures CGI mirror world A prototype floor that senses your every step and displays interactive video could one day bring strange sights and new possibilities into your home GLANCE down at the interactive floor in Patrick Baudisch's lab and you will not see your reflection in the glass.

Instead, you will find your computer-generated doppelgänger, wearing a facsimile of your clothes, which walks and moves just like you do. It seems to be stuck to your feet (see picture). This mirror world is one of the applications Baudisch and his colleagues at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, developed after building an 8-square-metre pressure-sensing floor that can recognise people by their weight, track their movements and display video for them to interact with. The idea is that the pressure-sensing technology could lead to a raft of ways to control objects in your home, play games, or assist older or disabled people.

New Scientist Not just a website! Recommended by. Consumer Physics’ $150 smartphone spectrometer can tell the number of calories in your food. Would you like to be able to look up the calorie content of the specific apple you’re eating? You could take it to a lab and run it through a spectrometer, but accurate spectrometers are huge, expensive machines that are often only owned by institutions and require training to use.

A new startup, however, wants to make it easy as running an app and pairing a bluetooth dongle. The SCiO is a handheld device that pairs with a smartphone through Bluetooth LE being developed by Consumer Physics, an Israel-based startup funded by Kholsa Ventures. It’s based on near-infrared spectroscopy, which means it reflects light onto an object, then collects and analyzes the light reflected back. The Kickstarter launched Tuesday morning with several funding levels: a fully operational SCiO starts at $149, but Kickstarter backers pledging over $300 will receive two years of guaranteed app upgrades.

Using the SCiO is simple: shine its blue light onto an object you want to analyze. Student game world takes historic London maps into 3D space. Six students from De Montfort University won first prize in the Off The Map challenge when they turned maps of seventeenth century London into a detailed 3D world. The challenge was sponsored by Crytek (and therefore used the company's proprietary Cryengine) and run in conjunction with the British Library and video game culture project, GameCity. Pudding Lane Productions offered a fly-through of seventeenth century London and, although unpopulated, is packed with references to human activity -- laundry on lines, market stalls and so on. The overall impression is of a space somewhere between Assassin's Creed and Fable.

Following the development of the environment on the team's blog you can see some of the gaps between what data was deemed noteworthy or worth recording in the seventeenth century and the level of detail we now expect in maps and other infographics. Share a link. Weapons of Mass Distraction. Last Sunday I read a New York Times article entitled, “Learning to Let Go: First, Turn Off the Phone.” As someone who studies the impact of technology, particularly the impact on our own personal psychology, I was interested to see what Andy Isaacson, the article’s author, had to say about what our omnipresent phones are doing to us.

I have to say that I was both encouraged and discouraged. On the plus side, the article tackled what I think is a major issue in our smartphone-inundated world: the fact that in the past five years we have all started to carry around in our pocket or purse a wireless mobile device that purports to be a phone but, in fact, is really more of a computer. What used to be a charming, and somewhat amusing acronym—WMDs, standing for wireless mobile devices and not weapons of mass destruction—has now morphed into a totally different type of WMD that I call Weapons of Mass Distraction. As even more corroboration of these obsessive tendencies, Dr. Piper monitors security and automates your home. Blacksumac, a developer of remote presence-based smart technology, has announced the US and Canada launch of Piper, a home security and automation device. It allows users to monitor and interact with their home via a smartphone or tablet.

View all Last year Piper raised over three times its targeted amount via an Indiegogo campaign. The device incorporates a wide-angle camera, motion detector, speaker, microphone, siren, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave controller and sensors for humidity, temperature, sound and ambient light. It can be mounted on a wall or simply placed on flat surface, and an accompanying app allows users to interact with, and control, it. Up to five Pipers can be managed with the app. First and foremost, Piper provides a video feed that users can remote monitor the home via the app.

Perhaps the device's most useful functionality is its home automation feature. Gizmag spoke to Blacksumac about the inspiration and creation process for Piper. Source: Piper. Ring puts the finger on gesture control. We've already seen rings that unlock doors and mobile devices, show the time, act as a mouse or display notifications from a connected mobile device, but, like the Fin, the Ring from California-based Logbar aims to take finger wagging to the next level. Featuring Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, the Ring is designed to allow control of mobile devices and home appliances, make electronic payments and even type text in mid air with a wave of a finger. View all Designed to be worn on the index finger, motion sensors embedded within the Ring identify the gesture being made by said finger once the device is activated by tapping the touch sensor on the outer edge of the ring. This allows the wearer to perform everything from simple up and down motions to change the volume of a paired device, to writing letters in the air to compose text messages.

Using GPS and Apple's iBeacon technology, the Ring can also be used to make payments at stores and restaurants with a tick gesture. Spike Jonze’s Her and the Big Question. Phil Bowermaster January 29, 2014 [This piece includes spoilers for the movie Her and also for Don Juan DeMarco, but that one is 20 years old, so come on: you’ve had your chance.] “There are only four questions of value in life, Don Octavio. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? Thus did Johnny Depp summarize all of human existence in the 1994 film Don Juan DeMarco. Both stories are outwardly about love, although they work from widely divergent premises as to what love is. Much of the discussion around Her deals with the question of what is really taking place between the two central characters. You will note that I am hedging around Samantha’s personhood with those two parenthetical uses of the word “apparent.”

That voice is very real. Theo is substituting a synthetic experience for a real one, and this is a flaw or failing on his part. Her take: “He was alone the whole time.” Nobody. Well, yes, obviously it matters to her. The Hyperlink Gets Reinvented for the Mobile Era to Boost Ads in Apps. In the beginning there was the Web, a thicket of virtual pages connected by hyperlinks that enabled blogging to flourish and companies like Google to make piles of money by directing people where advertisers wanted them to go. Today mobile apps increasingly rule our free time and require us to dive into separate, walled-off digital containers that don’t link up. That’s now changing as ad technology startups, together with established companies such as Google and Facebook, seek to reinvent the hyperlink.

They’re rolling out technology that makes it easy to put links into a mobile app, Web page, or e-mail that with a single tap take a person to a specific section of another app installed on the device. “This should be a fundamental building block of how all mobile apps work, just like URLs are fundamental to how the Web works,” says Sriram Krishnan, a product manager at Facebook. The new kind of hyperlink could make apps seem less walled off from one another. IBM's Next Big Thing: Psychic Twitter Bots. Using some of the same technologies that allowed the Watson natural language supercomputer to conquer Jeopardy, IBM's next step: Psychic artificial intelligences that read your Twitter feed and can tell when you're about to have a baby, get married, buy a house, or move across the country, and even tell you how these major life events make you feel, then approach you about them accordingly.

Last week, IBM announced a new consulting practice called IBM Interactive Experience dedicated to better fusing business strategy, data, and design. As part of the announcement, IBM revealed that the company had been working on perfecting a couple of tools that are offshoots of the same computer research into natural language that led to Watson. Those tools? Life-event detection and psycholinguistic analysis. The idea is pretty simple, and it's all a part of IBM's initiative to help companies design the customer experience of tomorrow. And it doesn't stop there. This map of the internet is not just super-detailed, but worth framing. Zoom releases the iQ5 external microphone for iPhone. Biometric App Unlocks Phones With People’s Ears. The way we unlock our phones are no longer limited to simple passwords or PIN codes. Wristbands that authenticate users’ identity by their cardiac rhythm, like the new device developed by Bionym, are enhancing personal security.

Following the biometrics trend, Descartes Biometrics is introducing Ergo, an app that unlocks people’s smartphones based on their facial features and ear positions. The way Ergo works is by recognizing a combination of cues related to the angle that a phone is being held at when its owner answers a call and how their ears and cheeks press against the touchscreen. Ergo works with what’s already available on the smartphone, eliminating the need for additional hardware. While this type of biometric authentication is meant to simplify the way we unlock our phones, the technique still has some rough edges that need to be worked out before ultimately replacing fingerprint and PIN code unlocks. Ergo is available for Andriod devices, and can be downloaded for $3,99 here. What Happens To Music After Net Neutrality? Valve: The future of Virtual Reality is just one year away.

The most exciting aspect of contemporary virtual reality is its implications. Even using Oculus VR's early duct taped-prototype, most users immediately "get it. " You're transported to, say, Tuscany, or an underwater exploration vehicle, or a space fighter, and that experience is enough to trigger a flood of ideas for other potential interactions -- interactions that are dramatically heightened by employing a VR headset. How about deep-sea exploration in 4K? Or maybe Mars? And we're not talking just video games, but experiences. Valve VR lead Michael Abrash detailed that notion in a recent talk: "Not only could VR rapidly evolve into a major platform, but it could actually tip the balance of the entire industry from traditional media toward computer entertainment.

" Abrash believes that VR headsets so vastly outperform other interaction methods (TV, theaters, etc.) that how folks absorb media in general may be impacted by the coming wave of head-mounted displays. Comments. The Internet Of Things Has Been Hacked, And It's Turning Nasty. Don't say we didn't warn you. Bad guys have already hijacked up to 100,000 devices in the Internet of Things and used them to launch malware attacks, Internet security firm Proofpoint said on Thursday. It's apparently the first recorded large-scale Internet of Things hack. Proofpoint found that the compromised gadgets—which included everything from routers and smart televisions to at least one smart refrigerator—sent more than 750,000 malicious emails to targets between December 26, 2013 and January 6, 2014. See also: The Internet Of Things Might Try To Kill You The hack came to light over the relatively quiet holiday period when a security researcher at Proofpoint noticed a spike in thousands of malicious messages sent from a range of IP addresses she didn’t recognize, David Knight, a Proofpoint executive in charge of information security products, told me in an interview.

Hacking The Home See Also: Connected Home Invasion: You've Seen The Madness, Here Are The Methods. Kiwi Move could be the most powerful new wearable. The Move has a full suite of sensors within Image Gallery (3 images) A burgeoning boom in wearables could be underway if the assortment of worn gadgets at CES 2014 is any indication. The most powerful of the batch might be a low profile, thumb-sized piece of plastic packed with sensors from a little Toronto-based company called Kiwi. The Kiwi Move could be described as the obvious evolution of wearable activity trackers like the Fitbit, but with enough added sensors and programmability to help with myriad everyday tasks. Weighing in at only one ounce (28 g), the Move contains an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer, thermometer and microphone.

Inside, there's also 2 GB of storage, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to connect to the internet and mobile devices. But the real power of the Kiwi Move is that all of its functions don't come as presets, making it one of the first fully programmable wearables (even Google Glass needs an SDK). Source: Kiwi About the Author. Put On A Helmet, And You're In The Story: Why Virtual Reality Journalism Is The Future. Internet of Things Will Burn Privacy for a While, Cerf Warns | Internet. How To Transform Consumers' Retail Experience Into A Creative Product. Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online | Wired Business. A new digital ecology is evolving, and humans are being left behind. Brain-to-brain communication is not a conversation killer | Science. First 'mind meld' to link human brains. Robert Scoble - Google+ - The future of news and journalism with Google Glass and CNN… War of the Screens: Digital Passes TV as a Time Suck For the 1st Time Ever - Derek Thompson.

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