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From Mecca to the Vatican, exploring sacred sites with VR

Click and gape at the Vatican's Sistine Chapel ceiling up close. Click again and join thousands of pilgrims praying and circling around the cube-shaped Kaaba at Islam's most sacred site. Or strap on a headset and enter the ...

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Augmented reality could be the future of paper books, according to new research

Augmented reality might allow printed books to make a comeback against the e-book trend, according to researchers from the University of Surrey.

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Social media platforms under scrutiny ahead of Kenyan elections

Authorities in Kenya have given Facebook a week to comply with regulations related to hate speech after a report found the social media giant had failed to address the issue ahead of elections next month.

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Twitter scraps downtown Oakland office, will chop San Francisco space

Twitter has scrapped plans to open a downtown Oakland office and will slash its footprint in San Francisco and several other cities, as well as completely exit other cities, the social media giant said Wednesday.

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Google/Apple's contact-tracing apps susceptible to digital attacks

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists and health authorities have relied on contact-tracing technologies to help manage the spread of the virus. Yet there's a major flaw in a framework that many of these ...

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How to turn throwaway cardboard into a DIY arcade game

Like many people across Colorado, Peter Gyory spent the height of the COVID-19 pandemic sitting at home with nothing to do. Then the researcher, a game designer by training, noticed all the random materials he had lying around ...

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Why number portability increases profitability for phone operators

Whether it is better in terms of profitability to lower barriers between operators to attract new customers more easily or to raise them in order to retain customers is a hotly debated strategy dilemma. A new article in the ...

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Wearable device uses sonar to reconstruct facial expressions

Cornell researchers have developed a wearable earphone device—or "earable"—that bounces sound off the cheeks and transforms the echoes into an avatar of a person's entire moving face, utilizing acoustic technology to ...

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Examining what happened to crypto

Recent high-profile financial meltdowns at Bitcoin, Celsius, and Terraform Labs, which together wiped out hundreds of billions in market value, helped trigger a flight from the cryptocurrency market, driving its value from ...