Oculus Rift price drops permanently to $399

Oculus is permanently dropping its Rift headset price to $399. The change was announced at this year’s Oculus Connect conference, and it effectively brings back the sale price we got this summer, a $100 cut from the current $499 price. As before, this bundle includes both the Oculus Rift headset …

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Facebook and Instagram are down in parts of the US and Europe

Facebook and Instagram users are experiencing outages on the platforms this morning, according to web tracker Down Detector and numerous reports on Twitter. The outages are still ongoing at the time of this reporting. The areas experiencing the most problems appear to be the West and East Coasts of North …

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OnePlus is quietly collecting a ton of data from its smartphones

Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus is collecting data from its users and transmitting it to a server along with each device’s serial number, according to security researcher Chris Moore. In a January blog post (which has gained newfound attention this week), Moore detailed how OnePlus devices running OxygenOS record data at …

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EE’s Helikite balloon delivered 4G data to a rural sporting event

The world’s first commercial Helikite “air mast” took flight over the weekend, providing 4G coverage for hundreds of users in rural Wales. EE’s Helikite air mast is designed to provide temporary data coverage for remote but densely populated events like music festivals, and for emergencies when the availability of distributed …

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Google Home Mini review: chasing Dots

Google’s smart speaker just got smaller. The Home Mini is, as you can deduce from its name, a smaller version of the Google Home speaker the company launched last year. It has all of the same capabilities as its larger forebear, but comes with a smaller price: $49 versus the …

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These Abstract Prints Turn Physics Into Art

Kim Keever works with paint, but he’s not a painter. Inside his New York City studio, dozens of squeeze bottles are scattered on different tables, their soapy contents replaced with a rainbow of pigments. “These are like my paintbrushes,” Keever says, nodding to the plastic bottles. And in the center …

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Retracting Bad Science Doesn’t Make It Disappear

Imagine you’re a scientist. You published a paper in a reputable journal a couple of years ago, and that paper has made an impact in your field of study. It has shaped your own research and has inspired others to pursue similar lines of investigation. Thanks to that paper, you’re …

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The Lush Billion-Tree Spectacle of China's Great Green Wall

A desert doesn’t sound like the most promising place to plant a tree. Yet, since 1978, China has planted at least 66 billion of them across its arid northern territories, hoping to transform its sandy steppes and yellow dunes into a Great Green Wall. Ian Teh documented this epic undertaking …

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