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One of the unique things about the Vive is that you're actually able to see your motion controllers inside virtual reality, along with the laser towers that help track your body. Like the various SteamVR backgrounds that you could already get on the Vive, you'll find these fan-made items in the Steam Workshop. You'll see three different colors for the Aperture Science-themed controllers above, plus security cameras and turrets to stand in for the base stations.

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(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google and climate control systems maker Honeywell International Inc have reached an agreement to resolve patents disputes related to Alphabet's Nest Labs, a maker of Internet-connected thermostats. The companies said on Thursday that they had reached a long-term patent cross-license agreement. The statement did not disclose financial and other details of the agreement. (Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

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(Reuters) - GoPro Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue as demand for its popular wearable action cameras increased. However, the company posted a net loss of $107.4 million, or 78 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, compared with a profit of $16.8 million, or 11 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue fell to $183.5 million from $363.1 million. Analysts on average had estimated revenue of $169.1 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. (Reporting by Rishika Sadam and Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

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(Reuters) - Activision Blizzard Inc reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit due to strong demand for its popular "Call of Duty: Black Ops III" videogame. Shares of the company, which also forecast current-quarter revenue and profit above analysts' expectations, rose 4 percent in extended trading on Thursday. Activision, known for its game series such as "Skylanders" and "World of Warcraft", said adjusted revenue from its high-margin digital business rose 48 percent to $797 million.

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In a bit of offbeat news that seems like it could have fit right in as a humorous plot point on Breaking Bad , police in Alliance, Ohio recently confiscated a drug dealer's phone and are now being bombarded by texts and phone calls from customers looking to pick up some product. In fact, the sheer volume of communications being directed at the drug dealer's phone has prompted authorities there to plead (somewhat jokingly) with customers to stop texting and calling. "Police are trying to search through texts and contacts," WCMH-TV News reports , "but they say that the constant stream of calls and texts is 'really annoying.'" DON'T MISS:  What people don’t get about the Apple Watch As if that weren't funny enough, Alliance Police even posted an amusing and playful Facebook post imploring individuals on the hunt for drugs to lay off for a bit. The post reads: PLEASE STOP CALLING Steve Notman’s cell phone. He was arrested tonight by SIU detectives….again…. for ALLEGEDLY (on video) selling crystal meth here in Alliance. We have his phone and are trying to read all your texts requesting drugs and going through all of his contacts (with his permission) but you keep calling and texting and it’s really annoying. First of all, he is all out of drugs for tonight. Secondly you don’t need to call – we will come to you soon enough. Oh, and his ringtone is terrible! Thank you so much for your patience. Talk about an embarrassing way to get caught.

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Microsoft announced Thursday that its latest Windows operating system designed to work on laptops, desktops, smartphones, Xbox One consoles and more is powering 300 million devices around the world. "We're seeing people at home, at schools, at small businesses, at large companies, and other organizations adopt Windows 10 faster than ever, and use Windows 10 more than ever before," Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, said in a blog post. The adoption speed has likely been ramped up by Microsoft's move to make Windows 10 available as a free upgrade through July 29.

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Perhaps you've heard of the Korean term Meok Bang before, in which vloggers who call themselves BJs (Broadcasting Jockeys and not anything else) live stream themselves gorging on food before an online audience of millions of Koreans. It's a novel way to have one foot in Korea's deeply collectivist roots and the other in new, uncharted territory in which Koreans are seeking modern alternatives to outdated tradition which dictates that one should never eat alone. Now, a new twist on this Meok Bang phenomenon has popped up: it's called "Cat Meok Bang," and it's a channel solely dedicated to live-streaming stray cats.

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If you had asked me this morning whether we'd ever reach such technological advancement that we could put dough in a pod and create a tortilla from it, I would have said no way! Years off. Carlos Ruiz, co-founder and CEO, says he came up with the idea because he missed authentic tortillas when he lived in Europe and the US and struggled to make them himself. Once in possession of the machine, owners just have to buy Flatev-approved tortilla pods, pop 'em in, and then out comes a tortilla.

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On Wednesday, 13 trade groups from Silicon Valley issued an open letter, urging the next US president to show support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Reuters reports. The groups represent key industry leaders like Apple, Google, Facebook, Uber, and Amazon, as well as other lesser-known tech players, who hope the trade agreement will lower barriers to hiring high-tech workers from abroad. In the letter, the groups encourage the presidential candidates to advance "ambitious initiatives to reduce barriers to trade in digital and other goods and services, including obtaining authorization of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement." The TPP agreement, which was signed in February but still has to get congressional approval, aims to reduce trade barriers between 12 countries, including Canada, Japan, Singapore, the US, and Vietnam.

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Over the course of placing hundreds of freelancers in contract positions at some of the biggest and smallest companies in the world, I've observed that certain companies know how to work with freelancers more effectively than others. With the number of freelancers in the economy predicted to explode in the coming years, knowing how to...

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Where did you get your coffee today? Where did pick up your dry cleaning? Where did you drop your children off for childcare? Where did you get the new app you downloaded? The answer--probably a small business in America. I could even ask--where are you employed?--and 71 percent of you would probably answer that you are employed by a small...

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Apple recently partnered up with SAP to bring a new SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK exclusively to iOS, along with a training academy for building enterprise apps.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has announced a new partnership with German software giant SAP to develop mobile apps that business customers can use on iPhones and iPad tablets.

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TRNTBL has all that, but it also jacks that experience into the 21st century. TRNTBL, a new $420 player from a company appropriately named VNYL, has two unique tricks: it can detect what songs you're playing (basically Shazam for records), and it can stream audio wirelessly to other connected audio devices (like Sonos, for instance). Your friends can see what you've been listening to in analog land, and you can even have TRNTBL automatically build Spotify playlists.

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A product backlog is a prioritized inventory of features, defects, or technical work that has yet to be worked on. It should be work that is considered valuable from the product owner's perspective. It can also include ideas that have been identified and, in some cases, prioritized to include in future releases.When working on your product...

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British electro-soul musician James Blake is releasing his new LP The Colour in Anything tonight at midnight GMT, meaning listeners on the East Coast will be able to hear it just in time for a relaxing evening listen.

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It's the Thursday before Mother's Day, which makes it the last day you can comfortably order flowers for your mom without freaking out that they won't arrive in time. The flower was spotted by Twitter user Sreedev Sharma. "To celebrate Mother's Day, we are testing the ability for people in a few markets to leave a flower reaction," the company said in a statement.

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Part 1 of a 2 part blog series"The best and fastest way to innovate, is to collaborate" - Dr. Anthony ChangPediatric healthcare systems in both the United States and Canada are facing unique challenges in serving children and maintaining centres of excellence. These challenges stem from, but are not limited to, inadequate government-issued...

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GoPro has just published the first sample footage from its newest professional virtual reality camera rig, Omni. The footage doesn't look much different from other professional 360-degree productions, probably because most of those companies have been filming with similar (if custom-built) rigs made up of GoPro cameras. The Omni, when it ships later this year, will help filmmakers eliminate that hassle of needing to build their own rig.

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Netflix will now let you adjust the video streaming quality in its mobile app, so that you don’t go over your monthly data allotment when watching movies and TV shows over a cellular connection. If you’re on an unlimited plan, that’s probably not something that will affect your mobile experience. But iPhone and Android users who like to watch Netflix shows over cellular plans with limited data will surely appreciate the new settings option. DON’T MISS: Watch George Clooney and Julia Roberts crash Gwen Stefani’s Carpool Karaoke The feature isn’t exactly new, but it’s the first time that Netflix subscribers can use it. Until now, Netflix would automatically throttle video quality when a cellular connection was detected to save data traffic. The company announced back in March that it plans to let users decide on the quality of video streams. At the same time, it also acknowledged that it had been doing that for them, at least when it comes to AT&T and Verizon customers. Starting Thursday, you’ll have better control on the amount of cellular data your Netflix habits consume. As you can see in the screenshots above, you’ll be able to set the type of video you want to see, and even limit Netflix use to Wi-Fi-only connections. For example, “medium” video quality consumes 1GB of data for every two hours of video. The default setting gets you three hours of streaming per gigabyte of data. To set up your Netflix data consumption preferences, make sure you have the latest app version installed on iPhone and Android, and then head over to App Settings and Cellular Data Usage to limit data consumption.

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