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Acer joins work on high-end VR headset for theme parks

Acer is joining forces with the game studio Starbreeze to develop a high-end virtual reality headset designed for arcades and theme parks. Starbreeze has already been showcasing the headset, called StarVR, for the past year; going forward, development of StarVR will be a collaboration between the two companies. StarVR’s standout feature is …

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The Verge Review of Animals: the sea cucumber

This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we’ve written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight. The sea cucumber doesn’t feel fear. It has no memory. In fact, it …

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Bots Unite to Automate the Presidential Election

Donald Trump understands minority communities. Just ask Pepe Luis Lopez, Francisco Palma, and Alberto Contreras. These guys are among the candidate’s 7 million Twitter followers, and each tweeted in support of Trump after his victory in the Nevada caucuses earlier this year. The problem is, Pepe, Francisco, and Alberto aren’t …

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Twitter cuts intel agencies off from analysis service: report

Twitter has barred US intelligence agencies from accessing a service that sorts through posts on the social media platform in real time and has proved useful in the fight against terrorism, the Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper, in its report Sunday evening, cited a senior US intelligence official as …

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Thai students caught using 'Mission Impossible' exam spy glasses

A top Thai medical college has caught students using spy cameras linked to smartwatches to cheat during exams in what some social media users on Monday compared to a plot straight out of a Mission Impossible movie. Arthit Ourairat, the rector of Rangsit University, posted pictures of the hi-tech cheating …

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FTC and FCC shine a light on mobile security updates

Google began issuing monthly security updates for Android ever since the Stagefright bug was exposed, and companies like Samsung, LG, and Sony committed to the program to also issue updates to their Android devices. But how exactly are these updates moving along? What is the process of deciding which phones get …

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