The Morning After: Thursday, October 12th 2017

In Entertainment

No strings on
me.
Oculus
Santa Cruz gets closer to the future of wireless VR


Last year, Oculus’ wireless VR headset was a hacked together
jumble of exposed wiring, but now the Santa Cruz prototype is
looking more like a real product. Nicole Lee gave it a shot,
along with some new Touch controllers, quickly deeming it
“easily one of the most comfortable VR headsets I’ve ever
tried.”


Everything you need is right
there.
Oculus Go is a
$199 self-contained VR headset

While Santa Cruz is still a concept, Oculus is ready to put
this VR headset on sale. It also lacks tethering, but for a
different reason — it’s completely standalone, with no PC or
phone required. Better yet, the Go brings virtual reality to
your face for just $199. Apparently, it will run the same apps
as the Gear VR and is expected to ship early next year.


The system uses machine
learning to catalog and tag every clip in Pornhub’s vast
database.
Pornhub
is improving search with an AI porn addict

“I’d recognize that face anywhere.”


A glitch could cause the
smart speaker to listen in a little too closely.
Google
disables Home Mini’s top button so it won’t record
everything


Google hasn’t even started shipping the Home Mini yet, but its
launch has been marred by an unusual situation where some of
the devices would record and upload practically any sound. As a
result, Google says it’s taking the step of disabling all top
touch functionality on the Home Mini. While owners can still
control it using their voice and a volume switch on the side —
that’s it.


More movies in one
place.
Disney
relaunches Movies Anywhere with support from Fox, Warner, Sony
and Universal


After nearly a decade, Disney may have the advantage in its
digital movie locker war vs. Ultraviolet. Four other big
studios are joining its Movies Anywhere platform, which will
link to accounts on stores like iTunes, Vudu, Amazon and Google
Play to unlock movies you’ve purchased across all of them. Even
if you’re not set up with Movies Anywhere, you can snag five
free movies just by logging in and linking your accounts.


The latest premium Kindle has
a lot more going for it.
Amazon’s
new Kindle Oasis is waterproof and has a bigger screen

Amazon’s last Kindle Oasis was “the perfect e-reader for the
one percent.” That still describes the new Oasis, which Amazon
is officially unveiling today. It includes some genuinely
useful features: a larger 7-inch screen, an all-metal body, and
yes, it’s waterproof. A decade after introducing its first
e-reader, Amazon has finally delivered the first beach-ready
Kindle.


The rare sequel that
surpasses a classic.
‘Blade
Runner 2049’ dives deeper on AI to transcend the original

According to Senior Editor Devindra Hardawar, Blade Runner
2049
is a miracle. It’s a sequel that nobody really wanted
— certainly not fans of the seminal 1982 original by Ridley
Scott. And ponderous explorations of artificial intelligence
aren’t something that typically clicks with mainstream
audiences. But it turns out that Blade Runner 2049
directed by Denis Villeneuve — may be the ideal sequel. It
builds on its incredibly influential predecessor by asking
deeper questions about AI. As the lines between humans and
replicants blur, the idea of being “more human than human”
seems truer than ever.


The only way to stop a bad
guy with a drone is a good guy with an RF rifle.
The
rise of drone crime and how cops can stop it


In 2015, US Border Patrol caught a two people dropping off 28
pounds of heroin in Calexico, California, and, in the same
year, caught another drug ring delivering 30 pounds of cannabis
to San Luis, Arizona. Drones — easy to fly, difficult to spot
and far more practical than catapults — are quickly gaining
favor among criminals for everything from smuggling and
snooping to actively countering police actions and intimidating
the locals. Elsewhere, police in the UK received 3,456 incident
reports of drones behaving badly in 2016, a threefold jump from
2015, a 12-fold increase since 2014. The incidents ranged from
minor spats between neighbors to covertly dropping drugs and
firearms into prisons. Fortunately, counter-drone systems are
as varied as they are numerous, ranging from shotgun shells
loaded with wire nets to eagles trained to snatch UAVs from
midair.

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