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A VR retelling of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' is coming to Oculus headsets

Engadget - 36 min 4 sec ago
One of the more interesting experiences to come out of the virtual reality space last year was a game called The Under Presents. In it, live actors will sometimes appear as you play through the experience. Tender Claws, the studio that created the ga...

PlayStation's Secret Weapon: A Nearly All-Automated Factory

SlashDot - 43 min 54 sec ago
According to Nikkei Asian Review, much of the PlayStation's success can be attributed to an unassuming factory in Japan that is almost entirely operated by robots. From the report: On the outskirts of Kisarazu, a large, white building towers over an otherwise suburban landscape. Once inside, visitors are greeted by the whirring of motors as dozens of robots seamlessly churn out PlayStation 4 consoles. Just a few humans were present to deal with a handful of tasks -- two to feed bare motherboards to the line, and two to package the finished consoles. But the actual assembly is done entirely by articulated robots, supplied by Mitsubishi Electric. The 31.4-meter line, completed in 2018, has the ability to churn out a new console every 30 seconds. The Kisarazu plant is operated by Sony Global Manufacturing & Operations, or SGMO, the group's manufacturing arm. The unit has worked with video game unit Sony Interactive Entertainment to bring cutting-edge technologies to the facility. One of the plant's crowning achievements is the use of robots to attach wires, tape and other flexible parts to the consoles. Twenty-six out of 32 robots at the Kisarazu plant are dedicated to the task, deftly handling materials most robots would find too finicky. "There's probably no other site that can manipulate robots in this manner," said an engineer. Every process -- all the way to final packaging -- is automated. The blend of robotic and human labor is painstakingly optimized with a priority on return on investment.

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The best-sounding wireless earbuds: Sony, Sennheiser and more - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 18 min ago
Many people are looking for cheap true wireless headphones, but if you're looking for something with top-notch sound, this is the list for you.

Bird denies getting $10 million COVID-19 loan - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 22 min ago
The electric scooter company says it was "erroneously listed" in the government's data.

Fujitsu Announces Permanent Work-From-Home Plan

SlashDot - 1 hour 23 min ago
Technology firm Fujitsu announced a new "Work Life Shift" program that will offer unprecedented flexibility to its 80,000 workers in Japan. "Staff will be able to work flexible hours, and working from home will be standard wherever possible," reports the BBC. From the report: In a statement sent to the BBC, Fujitsu said it "will introduce a new way of working that promises a more empowering, productive, and creative experience for employees that will boost innovation and deliver new value to its customers and society." Under the plan employees will "begin to primarily work on a remote basis to achieve a working style that allows them to flexibly use their time according to the contents of their work, business roles, and lifestyle." The company also said the program would allow staff to choose where they worked, whether that was from home, a major corporate hub or a satellite office. Fujitsu believes that that the increased autonomy offered to its workers will help to improve the performance of teams and increase productivity.

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2021 Kia K5 priced from $24,455, just $100 more than current Optima - Roadshow

CNET News - 1 hour 27 min ago
Kia's renamed midsize sedan goes on sale this month.

The best wired streaming device to save your home Wi-Fi bandwidth - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 33 min ago
Streaming Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, Disney Plus or Hulu can occupy your Wi-Fi. Try running an Ethernet connection instead.

The best video doorbell camera for 2020 - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 3 min ago
Are you looking for a new doorbell? Start here.

Need a pulse oximeter? These models are still in stock, starting at $24 - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 3 min ago
Don't pay jacked-up prices to measure your heart rate and blood oxygen saturation.

Supreme Court Upholds Cellphone Robocall Ban

SlashDot - 2 hours 3 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 1991 law that bars robocalls to cellphones. The case, argued by telephone in May because of the coronavirus pandemic, only arose after Congress in 2015 created an exception in the law that allowed the automated calls for collection of government debt. Political consultants and pollsters were among those who asked the Supreme Court to strike down the entire 1991 law that bars them from making robocalls to cellphones as a violation of their free speech rights under the Constitution. The issue was whether, by allowing one kind of speech but not others, the exception made the whole law unconstitutional. Six justices agreed that by allowing debt collection calls to cellphones Congress "impermissibly favored debt-collection speech over political and other speech, in violation of the First Amendment," Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote (PDF). And seven justices agreed that the 2015 exception should be stricken from the law. "Americans passionately disagree about many things. But they are largely united in their disdain for robocalls," Kavanaugh noted at the outset of his opinion.

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Best indoor home security cameras for 2020 - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 18 min ago
Find out which indoor cams are the best at keeping an eye on things.

Supreme court puts kibosh on debt-collector exception for robocall ban - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 19 min ago
Thanks to a decision from the high court on Monday, consumers won't have to deal with annoying robocalls to their cellphones from debt collectors.

Comet Neowise could be a 'great' one. Here's how to catch it - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 20 min ago
It's already possible to see it with just binoculars or even the naked eye as it comes closer to Earth this month.

Best VR headset for 2020 - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 33 min ago
Oculus Quest, HTC Vive or PSVR? It all depends on who you are, and how much you want to spend.

Algae in the Alps turns snow pink, but it might be a red flag, report says - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 42 min ago
More "watermelon snow" in the Italian Alps could be a sign of fast-melting ice.

Broadband's Underused Lifeline For Low-income Users

SlashDot - 2 hours 43 min ago
The federal government's main program to keep lower income people connected is only serving one-fifth of the people it could help, even during a pandemic that has forced school and work online. From a report: Millions of Americans still lack access to the high-speed internet service that's become vital as people remain stuck at home and reopenings reverse. The Lifeline program, administered by the Federal Communications Commission, provides a $9.25 monthly subsidy (more on tribal lands) to companies that provide phone or broadband service to low-income consumers, generally at no out-of-pocket cost to the customer. Less than a fifth of the 38 million households that qualify for the program are actually enrolled. And despite a recent uptick, enrollment remains down sharply from the Obama era. "It's very clear that the program is needed now more than ever," Democratic FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks told Axios. "It's a program that is severely underutilized, and it has got to really meet the moment here."

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NASA Curiosity rover starts epic 'summer road trip' across Mars - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 56 min ago
Get in the rover, kids. We're going to the sulfate-bearing unit!

The best shower head for 2020 - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 3 min ago
Make your morning routine better with the best shower head. We help you sort through the options to find the one that will make getting clean feel great.

Facial-Recognition Firm Ends Operations in Canada, Watchdog Says

SlashDot - 3 hours 12 min ago
Canada's privacy watchdog said facial recognition software provider Clearview AI will no longer offer its services in the country, suspending a contract with its last remaining client, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. From a report: The move comes almost five months after privacy authorities at the federal level and in three provinces launched an investigation into the New York-based firm over allegations it collected personal information without consent and provided data to law enforcement. That probe is still ongoing, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada said in a statement Monday. At the end of February, the national watchdog opened a separate investigation into the RCMP's use of Clearview AI's facial recognition technology and it also plans to complete that inquiry.

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