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Interview: Spaces is the most exciting VR startup you’ve never heard of

Interview: Spaces is the most exciting VR startup you’ve never heard of

By about 11 hours ago.

Virtual reality startups like Spaces, a new Los Angeles-based VR shop, are in a race for eyeballs.

For some companies in the space, it’s about the wow factor of shiny hardware that gives users awe-inspiring VR experiences. For an enterprise like Spaces, which was launched by veterans of DreamWorks Animation with $3 million in funding, a key piece of the game plan is teaming up with bigger companies like media brands to get the startup’s VR content in front of as many people as possible.

That’s one reason, for example, Spaces secured a $30 million joint venture announced earlier this month between it and China-based Songcheng Performance Development Co. Ltd., one of the biggest theme park operators in the world. Spaces will be using tools and technology it’s developing specifically for theme parks to help bring VR and mixed reality into Songcheng’s properties, which drew almost 23 million people last year, according to Spaces.

Not bad for a company that’s only a few months old and was born out of its founders’ itch to capitalize on the exploding market for VR content and experiences. More →

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Windows 10 Upgrade: Lawsuit

Microsoft pays woman $10,000 for auto-upgrading her PC to Windows 10

By about 11 hours ago.

Microsoft pays woman $10,000 for auto-upgrading her PC to Windows 10

Windows 10 auto-upgrades are like a sick, cruel joke being played on us by this point. Most stories that start with “my Windows 10 PC auto-upgraded” tend to end with “and then all my data was lost,” but this particular version has a happy ending, because it involves Microsoft paying out a lot of money.

A California woman has won $10,000 from Microsoft, after the tech giant gave up challenging a court case. Teri Goldstein alleges that after her computer was upgraded to Windows 10, it became slow and unreliable.

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Hit List

Download Netflix Movies

A bug in Chrome makes pirating Netflix and Amazon movies easy

By on June 24, 2016 at 3:50 PM.

A bug in Chrome makes pirating Netflix and Amazon movies easy

Bad news for Google, good news for pirates: a pair of security researchers have found a flaw in the way the Chrome browser unpacks encrypted video. It’s all rather technical, but the upshot is that pirates have an easy way to save DRM-ed video streams to their desktop.

Wired first reported on the vulnerability, which was discovered by researchers David Livshits from the Cyber Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University and Alexandra Mikityuk of Telekom Innovation Laboratories.

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iPhone 7 Rumors

Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years

Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years

By on June 22, 2016 at 10:38 AM.

Apple’s top brass have lost their minds. Tim Cook is running Apple into the ground. The iPhone 7 is going to be boring and awful, and kittens may die as a result.

The smoke has cleared and the dust has settled following a series of reports on Tuesday covering Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro, or whatever they end up being called. The reports, which were almost certainly planted by Apple’s PR team, made it clear that the new iPhones launching this year will not be major updates. Instead, they’ll be minor updates just as we’ve seen in leaks. It looks like the photo that seemingly gave us our first look at a real iPhone 7 was indeed likely genuine.

Apple shares dipped on the news before quickly recovering and then actually gaining, but the internet wasn’t quite as forgiving. In fact, bloggers where whinier than ever on Tuesday when covering this year’s upcoming iPhones. Should they be angry, or is all this complaining totally off base? More →

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Game Changers

Elon Musk Job Interview Questions

This is what it was like to have a job interview with Elon Musk

By on June 20, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

This is what it was like to have a job interview with Elon Musk

Elon Musk is one of the few people in the world with the vision and the resources to help shape our future. It sounds like a cliche, but it’s true. Musk’s Tesla business has already had a profound impact on the automobile industry, jump starting the electric car market and pushing the pace of electric car proliferation years ahead of where it would otherwise be. His company SpaceX now plays a huge role in space missions, and the Hyperloop rail system he dreamt up could end up changing the way we travel yet again.

Can you imagine what it might be like to interview with Musk? More →

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Netflix Price Increase

Netflix expected to make $500 million more per year after jacking up prices

By on June 20, 2016 at 5:35 PM.

Netflix expected to make $500 million more per year after jacking up prices

One or two extra dollars a month might not sound like much, but when you have nearly 100 million subscribers paying for your service, it adds up quickly.

Earlier this year, Netflix revealed that all of its standard subscribers would have their monthly fees raised to $9.99 to match that of new subscribers joining the service. The price hike began rolling out in May, will continue throughout the year, and is likely to make Netflix hundreds of millions of dollars.

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iPhone Trademark China

iPhone sales halted after Chinese firm accuses Apple of copying its design [updated]

By on June 17, 2016 at 9:21 AM.

iPhone sales halted after Chinese firm accuses Apple of copying its design [updated]

Whether it’s suing Samsung over rounded corners, or being accused of plagiarism by the Android crowd, Apple and plagiarism seem to go hand-in-hand. Its latest copyright law is something a little different though.

According to Engadget, a “random Chinese company” has accused Apple of aping the design of its 100C smartphone. At first glance, you can kind of see where it’s coming from: the 100C looks vaguely like an iPhone 6, if you close your eyes, take a couple shots and squint real hard.

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Microsoft Marijuana Software

Microsoft’s Next Big Thing is going to be…tracking weed?

By on June 16, 2016 at 5:06 PM.

Microsoft’s Next Big Thing is going to be…tracking weed?

Microsoft is trying really very hard to not be the next Yahoo. It’s ticked most of the boxes of a corporate mid-life crisis: buying a social network, failing to make smartphones, and shouting about the cloud a lot.

But after much introspection, Microsoft’s execs have settled on its new moneymaker: making software for the legal weed industry.

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Snapchat Ads

Here come Snapchat’s most annoying ads yet

By on June 14, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

Here come Snapchat’s most annoying ads yet

Now that Snapchat has become one of the hottest messaging apps in the world, it’s time to do what every messaging app has done before it: figure out how to make money. Some apps have been more successful than others, but there are a few things they’ve all had in common as they look to better monetize their massive users bases. Among those common threads, a flood of new advertising is always in there somewhere, and Snapchat has apparently now reached that stage in its life cycle.

Snapchat users, get ready to be annoyed. More →

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Microsoft LinkedIn Acquisition

This is why Microsoft is buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

By on June 13, 2016 at 8:53 AM.

This is why Microsoft is buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

You know all that annoying spam you get in your inbox about people you don’t really know moving to new positions at companies you’ve never heard of? Well, those emails come from Microsoft now. The company announced on Monday morning that it is acquiring LinkedIn for a whopping $26.2 billion, or $196 per share. That’s a healthy premium over Friday’s $131.08 close, and there will be plenty of analysis in the media over the coming days tossing around theories about this monster deal. But if you want to know why Microsoft just spent a fortune to acquire the world’s premiere professional networking site, you can find out straight from the horse’s mouth.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s letter to employees following the deal can be read below in its entirety. More →

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Apple Energy

Apple is going to start selling… electricity?

By on June 9, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Apple is going to start selling… electricity?

Apple became the world’s most valuable company by selling a lot of stuff. But one thing it’s never sold is power.

That looks like it’s about to change, as Apple has created Apple Energy, a Cupertino-owned subsidiary that has the ability to sell power to end users at market rates.

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All-Electric Mercedes SUV

Mercedes will show off a Model X killer in September

By on June 8, 2016 at 11:10 PM.

Mercedes will show off a Model X killer in September

Tesla has captured our imagination (if not our practicality) with the world’s first all-electric SUV, the Model X. But it looks like Mercedes, king of glitzy SUVs for people who like to stay on-road, isn’t going to take it lying down.

According to a report from Autocar, Mercedes will be showing off an all-electric SUV at the Paris Motor Show in September.

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