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China drone schools flourish as pilot demand soars

Feb 1, 2016

China drone schools flourish as pilot demand soars

Joysticks at their fingertips, the mostly male students packing the classroom lift their virtual helicopters into the air, part of a new cottage industry that’s sprung up in China: drone pilot schools. China is already the world’s biggest drone manufacturer, churning out remote-controlled flying ...

Jan 30, 2016

Apple team reported to be secretly working on virtual reality items

Apple has a team secretly working on virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) gear in a budding challenge to Facebook-owned Oculus Rift and Microsoft HoloLens, the Financial Times reported Friday. The team’s ranks number in the hundreds, bolstered by talent hired away from ...

Following lobbying, Facebook announces stricter policy on firearms sales

Jan 30, 2016

Following lobbying, Facebook announces stricter policy on firearms sales

Facebook says it is cracking down on online gun sales, announcing Friday a new policy barring private individuals from advertising or selling firearms on the world’s largest social network. The new policy applies also to Facebook’s photo-sharing service Instagram. It comes after gun control ...

Jan 29, 2016

Congress to probe whether NSA back door led to Juniper hacking

A U.S. congressional probe into the impact of a hack of Juniper Networks Inc software will examine the possibility that it was initially altered at the behest of the National Security Agency, a lawmaker said in an interview on Thursday. The House Committee on ...

Dutch test self-drive minibuses, hope to have them operational by midyear

Jan 29, 2016

Dutch test self-drive minibuses, hope to have them operational by midyear

The Netherlands started test-driving its first driverless minibuses on Thursday, hoping to introduce a full-time autonomous passenger service in a central Dutch province by summer. Dutch Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen took the first ride in a “WEpod” shuttle, designed to carry six ...

Game over? Computer beats human champ in complex strategy challenge

Jan 28, 2016

Game over? Computer beats human champ in complex strategy challenge

In a milestone for artificial intelligence, a computer has beaten a human champion at a strategy game that requires “intuition” rather than brute processing power to prevail, its makers said Wednesday. Dubbed Alphago, the system honed its own skills through a process of trial ...

Jan 24, 2016

Adult entertainment turning to virtual reality to ensure its future

Just ask Anna Lee: Woody Allen’s Orgasmatron, his futuristic vision of self-initiated sex from the 1973 movie “Sleeper,” has finally become a reality — virtual reality, that is. Lee, president of Holofilm Productions of Vancouver, British Columbia, stood on the exhibition floor of the ...

The rise of drones: Can nations control the spy in the sky?

Jan 19, 2016

The rise of drones: Can nations control the spy in the sky?

In India, it’s illegal for a civilian to use a drone, though you wouldn’t know it if you went to a Bollywood-style wedding. A remote-control flying camera is the latest must-have addition at the country’s opulent three-day ceremonies, according to photographer Vijay Tonk, whose ...