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The megahit game Minecraft was born before VR was real, but as an immersive virtual-world game, it's perfectly suited. Microsoft will release its version for Facebook's Oculus VR headset in the next few weeks.
Microsoft's update of its smash-hit game will reach Facebook's virtual-reality headset in coming weeks.
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Microsoft's new Pix for iOS packs in lots of high tech processing, including AI and temporal noise reduction, into a camera app. Microsoft thinks it outdoes Apple's camera app -- at least for photos of people. Personally, I'm most excited about an easy ability to create cinemagraphs, which I think are more interesting than Apple's Live Photos.
By using AI and other software tricks, the company asserts that its camera app outdoes Apple's at taking pictures of people with iPhones. An Android version is on its way.
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Apple is trying out Google WebP image format for faster browsing in next iOS and MacOS. That could help coax other browser makers besides Google Chrome to support it — but it's just a test for now, so web developers shouldn't bank on it.
Beta versions of the Safari browser support Google's WebP, an alternative to more standard image files like JPEG and GIF. It's supposed to make web pages easier to download, but web programmers shouldn't count on it yet.
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The Rust era has begun: Mozilla is building the first parts of Firefox using its new programming language, an effort it hopes ultimately will speed up the browser and lock it down against security threats, too.
The newest version of the browser includes technology designed to speed Firefox up and lock it down.
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SwiftKey typing heatmap. Why does my right thumb drifts up and my left one drift down? 
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+Johnathan Chung Yes, I bet you're exactly right. I just checked and put my right-hand side a smidgen above my left hand.
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I've never seen such a crazy hodgepodge of chips on a wafer. Usually same one, step and repeat. These are for ESA space missions.
Multiple integrated circuits at the heart of Europe’s space missions, etched together onto a single piece of silicon. This 20 cm-diameter wafer contains 35 replicas of five different space chips, each incorporating up to about 10 million transistors or basic circuit switches. Laid down within a microchip, these designs endow a space mission with the ability to perform various specialised tasks such as data handling, communications processing or...
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Why is this still a problem for Monoprice of all brands? You'd think they'd be on board by now, especially after trumpeting +Benson Leung's endorsement of their earlier spec-compliant cables.
 
A few people have asked me how +Monoprice's new Palette Series holds up. If you recall, I reviewed two of Monoprice's other cables and found them to be good.

I'm preparing my reviews, but the sneak preview is that Monoprice's cables are not flawless, and some of the adapters on this list are flat out banned by the spec, yet Monoprice produced them anyway (see if you can guess which one).

Should have something ready to post in a few days.

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That's disappointing. I've generally enjoyed the value of monoprice products.
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Rep. Peter DeFazio says open 5.9GHz band should be used for car-to-car communications, not Pokemon. Is that a false dichotomy? And I have to say, saying "don't be hasty" with 5.9GHz regulations is a bit rich given that the car industry has had that prime spectrum to itself for more than a decade and hasn't done much with it beyond a couple tests.
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Adobe just released notable upgrades for Lightroom mobile: On Android, a pro camera mode (paves the way for new image capture modes, too -- I'm guessing HDR & panorama stitch. On iOS, radial and linear gradients and raw editing (though those features are for Creative Cloud subscribers only). The app is free, but Adobe expects power users to pay. It's likely many of them already do, for Lightroom CC on their personal computers.
Photo enthusiasts should appreciate raw editing and an advanced camera mode -- but some new features are available only with a paid subscription.
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Wonderful news for iPhone photographers: iOS 10 camera apps can shoot raw photo formats for flexibility and quality. It's not yet clear who'll add support, but I'll bet a nickel Adobe Lightroom will be among the first.

However, in my opinion, the urgency for raw support has diminished with gradually improving HDR features that capture better dynamic range without weird artifacts like halos around bright-dark contrast borders. But JPEGs still lock down the white balance, noise reduction, and sharpening.

Also good news: Apple, like Google in Android, will use Adobe's relatively open DNG format. That'll let third-party software like Lightroom easily import the files without worrying about proprietary raw formats.
The option could bring new flexibility and photo quality, letting iPhone photography match a feature already built into Android. Also coming: better photo color.
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Here's why I'm a shutterbug. 
A psychological study finds shutterbugs are more engaged with experiences and thus enjoy them more.
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Any school is now free to test Minecraft Education Edition, the videogame that's not just about turning your brain to mush. It's got collaboration features like the ability to squeeze 30 students into one virtual world, and teacher tools are coming. 
Any school can now set its students loose in the blocky virtual world. It's still in testing but the final version is due in September.
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Tasty but somewhat greasy pizza, indifferent service. Nice but we had to ask for plates, cups, napkins and utensils. And the child seat was pretty filthy. Better as take out, which is what they're geared for.
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Store was fine but unable to solve my technical problem.
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I love the Beaujolais d'Auteuil (or the Bo-Do as we call it). We recommend in particular the Caesar salad, the raviole au basilique, cabaillot (cod), buratta, steak frite (with great fries), and the Berthillon ice cream.
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