Consumer & Gadgets

What is Mastodon? A social media expert explains

In the wake of Elon Musk's noisy takeover of Twitter, people have been looking for alternatives to the increasingly toxic microblogging social media platform. Many of those fleeing or hedging their bets have turned to Mastodon, ...

Business

How fear was used to pave the way for the computer

FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out, is an important driver of social media. But the emotion of fear has also been a key factor in the spread of computers in the last century. During the Cold War, fear persuaded governments, industry, ...

Hardware

Smelling in VR environment possible with new gaming technology

An odor machine, so-called olfactometer, makes it possible to smell in VR environments. First up is a "wine tasting game" where the user smells wine in a virtual wine cellar and gets points if the guess on aromas in each ...

Automotive

Developing driving simulations that look more life-like

Today's driving simulators have a big problem: They don't look realistic enough, particularly background objects, such as trees, and road markings. But researchers have developed a new way to create photorealistic images ...

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