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MakeVR turns the HTC Vive into a virtual design tool

Consumers are giving the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive a tepid reception, but organizations like NASA and BMW think the VR headsets are great for things like training and design. HTC is today launching MakeVR, a program built in collaboration with Sixense that lets you do modeling and sculpting in VR, then export the...

56 new emoji are here—but iPhone users will have to wait

The 56 new emoji are now ready for primetime. Good news, emoji fans: 56 new characters are officially ready to make their debut. But that doesn't mean the wait is over just yet, as it will take some time before companies will make the update available. Unicode, the organization that oversees the creation of...

What does the new trailer tell us about ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’?

Tom Holland is on top of the world (or at least the subway track) as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swung by in a new trailer today, so it's time for us to do what neighbors do and get a little nosy. While the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer reveals a...

1500+ startups graduate Y Combinator’s first online Startup School

Today is the world’s biggest startup demo day ever, but it’s not happening in Silicon Valley. It’s happening all over the world as 1,584 companies complete Y Combinator’s online Startup School Founders Track program. 797 of them have posted demo videos anyone can watch. That’s out of 2,820 startups accepted from the 13,321 companies...

How tablets are transforming the lives of young refugees in sub-Saharan Africa

Fugia, 15, sits in a classroom holding a tablet provided by Vodafone Foundation's 'Instant Schools for Africa' program. Fugia is only a teenager, but her sense of ambition is tangible. Just 15 years old, she has plans to be a doctor, and she understands education is the surest path to achieving her dream. But...

Jeremy Liew: Forget the critics; watch “Planet of the Apps” for its window onto pitch meetings

Reviewers have not been kind to Apple’s first TV offering, “Planet of the Apps.” Variety had a particularly entertaining, if biting, take, with writer Maureen Ryan likening the show to “something that was developed at a cocktail party, and not given much more rigorous thought or attention after the pitcher of mojitos was drained.”...

How to: tickle a rat

In a new meta-analysis published in PLOS One, researchers from Purdue, Stanford and the Canadian Council on Animal Care look at the different techniques used to induce laughter in rats in order to improve their wellbeing and capture their laughter, which is delightful. Their conclusion: if you're going to tickle a rat, use the...

Selfie stampede

There’s an old saying among people who cherish the outdoors: “Take only pictures, leave only footprints.” While the origin of the phrase is murky, the intent is clear: stay on the trail, minimize your human impact on the flora and fauna, leave no trace behind, and take only memories. Thousands of visitors flocking to...

Facebook’s first social VR app is cool — but there’s a problem

Image: facebook Facebook just took a big step forward in its bid to make virtual reality more social. The company released Facebook Spaces at its F8 developer conference Tuesday, a new app for Oculus Rift that lets you hang out with friends in virtual reality. We took the app, which is available now in...

Genius pet owner DIY-ed a beautiful dog bed out of an old school TV

A very good dog deserves a very good bed, not the boring ones you can buy at a pet store. Fortunately, that's where some good ole crafting comes in. Dog owner Jonathan shared on Reddit the ultimate DIY project that'll make you the hero your dog already thinks you are. To treat his pups,...