Virtual Facial Expressions; Bitcoin’s Dilemma; and more [Weekly Computing Newsletter]

May 21, 2015

Weekly Computing Newsletter

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Teleport Your Real-Life Facial Expressions into Virtual Reality with This Oculus Rift Hack

Facebook teams with researchers to transfer your smiles and frowns into virtual reality.

 

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Bitcoin’s Community Faces a Tough Decision about the Network’s Future

Bitcoin’s most influential developer has proposed a controversial fix that would help it handle more transactions.

 

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Cheap Satellite Receiver Offers a Free Way to Access Wikipedia, International News, and Other Vital Websites

The world’s poor could benefit from a system that is blanketing half Earth’s surface with a signal that provides free access to Wikipedia and other useful websites.

 

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Silicon Valley Takes a Trip to the Farm Belt

Companies are competing to turn data into advice on how to farm better, and attracting investments from the likes of Google Ventures and Monsanto.

 

 

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Microsoft’s HoloLens Augmented Reality Headset Will Put Virtual Acrobats and Golfers in Your Living Room

Microsoft has developed a way to make you see realistic 3-D people through its HoloLens augmented-reality headset.

 

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Google’s Souped-Up Golf Cart Makes More Sense Than Its Whimsical Appearance Suggests

The compact, speed-limited vehicles being tested by Google might have a better chance at success than automated versions of conventional cars.

 

 

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Free-Internet Effort Faces Widening Global Opposition

Groups in Indonesia, Colombia, Zimbabwe, and elsewhere join Indian counterparts in criticizing Internet.org’s practices.

 

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Opening Up Your Car’s Trunkful of Data

Startups like Automatic are trying to interest developers in gadgets that plug into your car, hoping to power a new wave of mobile apps.

 

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Biz Stone Is Back (Again)

The Twitter cofounder talks about his latest social app, Super, and why it looks like technicolor pop art.

 

 

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Quantum Life Spreads Entanglement Across Generations

The way creatures evolve in a quantum environment throws new light on the nature of life.

 

 

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Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending May 16, 2015)

A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.

 

 

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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending May 16, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.

 

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