What is the Metaverse?

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What is the Metaverse? From virtual versions of ourselves to augmented reality, big brands like Meta (formerly Facebook) and Microsoft are creating technology to develop the metaverse. But what actually is it? Source: BBC Tech Date: January 3rd, 2022 Link to 2 minute 50 second video: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-59674930 Discussion Versions of the Metaverse have been around… Read more »

What’s Facebook’s metaverse? Mark Zuckerberg says he’s crafting the future of the internet. Here’s why your data’s at risk

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In his 1992 novel Snow Crash, author Neal Stephenson introduced the concept of a “metaverse” — a fantastical virtual world that felt as real and present as reality itself. Almost three decades later, Mark Zuckerberg is dragging Stephenson’s vision into reality. Recently, the Facebook CEO and co-founder unveiled his company’s metaverse project during a virtual conference. Reminiscent of… Read more »

The hidden fingerprint inside your photos

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Hidden information inside digital photos can reveal much more than photographers and their subjects bargain for. Just ask John McAfee, founder of the eponymous antivirus software. In 2012, he was on the run from the Belizean authorities in Central America. Reporters from Vice magazine tracked him down and published an image of him online, under the… Read more »

Iowa caucus: Chaos at key vote as results delayed

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Results from voting in Iowa, the first round in the contest to pick a Democratic candidate to face President Donald Trump, have been plunged into chaos by apparent technology issues. The state’s Democratic party said the holdup was a “reporting issue”, adding that it expected to “have numbers to report later today [Tuesday]”. Source: BBC… Read more »

Apple may have to abandon Lightning connector cable

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Apple could be forced to abandon its Lightning connector cable if European lawmakers get their way. The cable is used to charge and sync Apple devices, including the iPhone. But members of the European Parliament urged the European Commission on Monday to force tech giants to adopt a single universal charging method. Apple products do… Read more »

Inuit sharing ancient knowledge of ice, sea and land with new app

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A social media app geared toward the outdoor lives of Inuit launched Wednesday with features that tie traditional knowledge to smartphone technology.  The Siku app and web platform, named after the Inuktitut word for sea ice, allows users to trade observations about dangerous conditions, document wildlife sightings and trade hunting stories. It also integrates modern weather, sea ice… Read more »

Chinese start-up gets children coding

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Makeblock is one of the rare Chinese tech companies finding commercial success outside of China. Source: CNN Gadgets Date: September 17th, 2019 Link to video: https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/11/26/shenzhen-china-makeblock.cnn-business Discussion Is it important to know how to code? We are in the middle of a “low-code revolution”. Low-code means that you don’t code from scratch, but “code” by… Read more »