The Morning After: Friday, October 13th 2017

In Entertainment

I don’t recognize myself on
social media anymore.

Fear
of the US government led me to censor myself on Twitter

Reviews Editor Cherlynn Low discusses the Department of
Homeland Security’s
modified
system of records, and how it would allow the DHS,
Border Patrol and other immigration authorities to collect
social media handles as part of an individual’s official
record. Working in the US on a visa, she was immediately
worried about how it would affect her standing — and it’s
already changed how she uses social media.


Free tickets, travel and
gadgets.
Win
a trip to LA and two tickets to the cydiadev Experience


Next month we’re hosting a series of futuristic art
installations and panels, bringing together the brightest minds
in art and technology. To make the cydiadev Experience happen,
we gave out $100,000 apiece to five visionaries making art out
of VR, artificial intelligence and even search results. We are
so excited to showcase our winners at LA’s Ace Hotel on
November 14th. Tickets are on sale now, but one lucky reader
can win two free tickets — plus a boatload of other stuff.
We’re also throwing in a two-night stay at the Ace Hotel, a
$1,000 airfare stipend and a collection of gadgets that
includes a Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Gear VR and more.

Enter here to win
— good luck!


It wasn’t a hack, but it
wasn’t good either.

Malicious
code spotted on Equifax’s website

As if the company didn’t have enough problems, a malicious
Flash pop-up appeared on its customer site. An Equifax rep said
the company’s website was not compromised, and the errant Flash
downloader came from one of its vendors’ code — but it raised
concerns of another hacker attack. According to Equifax: “Since
we learned of the issue, the vendor’s code was removed from the
webpage and we have taken the webpage offline to conduct
further analysis.”


Moving forward.

Richard Branson and Virgin join forces with Hyperloop One


Hyperloop One is now Virgin Hyperloop One, thanks to a new
investment from Sir Richard Branson. In a recent demo, one of
its pods hit a top speed of 192 mph, faster than Category 1
high-speed rail, but not quite matching Japan’s bullet train.
There’s no word on how much cash Branson plugged into the
outfit, but hopefully the “world’s most revolutionary train
service” works out better than the UK’s Virgin Trains.


Epic giant robot battle
scheduled for October 17th


The MegaBots vs. Suidobashi fight will be streamed live on
Twitch


Are you ready for the world’s first giant robot fight? We
finally have a date.The fight will take place on October 17th,
2017, at 10:00 PM ET, streamed worldwide on Twitch. If you miss
the live stream, you can catch it on YouTube and Facebook
immediately after the event.


Going cord-free is worth the
drop in audio quality for fitness fanatics.

Jaybird
Run review: the perfect truly wireless earbuds for workouts

The Jaybird Run are exactly what you’d expect from a company
that’s been working on wireless headphones for years. They’re
comfortable, easy to use and they sound great. You’ll pay a bit
more than similar headphones — even Apple’s Airpods — but
it’s worth it for fitness fanatics.


Moving beyond the
panels.


Square Enix’s Project Hikari makes a good case for VR
comics


For its first big VR project, Square Enix’s Advanced Technology
Division is putting the spotlight back on manga. Project Hikari
feeds you the story mostly with floating comic panels, but also
adds spoken dialogue, sound effects and music. The big
difference here is its use of 3D animation that Kris Naudus
said looks smooth from every angle. It should be available next
year on all major VR platforms.

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