Oculus may have filed patent for Santa Cruz headset’s fabric wrap

September 24, 2018 Editor 0

From the “in mildly interesting and painfully specific patents from big VR companies” file: Oculus seems to have patented the fabric that will wrap around its upcoming Santa Cruz headset. The patent, filed exactly a year ago today and published yesterday, was first spotted by Reddit user valdovas. It describes an “ornamental design for…Read More

World War II and Zombies Combine in the Kinetic, Intense, Overlord

September 24, 2018 Editor 0

Overlord is not what you’re expecting. Trailers and early buzz have pumped it up as a “Nazi zombie” film which, while true, doesn’t quite do it justice. Actually, Overlord is first and foremost a fairly typical, behind enemy lines war film about a group of soldiers who need to complete a mission. It just so happens… Read more…

China has shut down 4,000+ websites and online accounts, removed 147,000 pieces of information during its three-month campaign against “harmful” content (David Stanway/Reuters)

September 24, 2018 Editor 0

David Stanway / Reuters: China has shut down 4,000+ websites and online accounts, removed 147,000 pieces of information during its three-month campaign against “harmful” content  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has shut down more than 4,000 websites and online accounts in a three-month campaign against …

It sounds like Apple’s original content is going to be really, really bad

September 24, 2018 Editor 0

Last year, an investor projected that Apple would be spending up to $4.2 billion on original content by 2022, but if the reports coming out now about what that content will look like are correct, the company may want its money back. A new Wall Street Journal article highlights some of the tensions that Apple faces as it looks to create a streaming media service in the age of Handmaid’s Tale, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, and even The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. To set […]

Ride-hailing startup Shohoz raises $15M to build the Grab of Bangladesh

September 24, 2018 Editor 0

Uber may be global but it is very much the alternative in some parts of the world. One such place is Bangladesh — the South Asian country that’s home to 160 million people — where local rival Pathao is backed by Go-Jek and recently raised $10 million. Now Pathao’s closest rival, Shohoz, has also pulled in investment after it closed a $15 million funding round. Shohoz — which means ‘easy’ in Bengali — started in 2014 offering online bus ticket sales […]

UN survey of 3,500 people in 75 countries using microtask platforms like Mechanical Turk found workers made an average of $6.54/hr in US and $3.31/hr worldwide (Megan Geuss/Ars Technica)

September 24, 2018 Editor 0

Megan Geuss / Ars Technica: UN survey of 3,500 people in 75 countries using microtask platforms like Mechanical Turk found workers made an average of $6.54/hr in US and $3.31/hr worldwide  —  UN questions whether this work has any benefits for society.  —  Microtask platforms recruit humans to do the rating, tagging …