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11th May, 2016

Google’s own Cardboard viewer arrives in the UK

By James Trew

The company’s own-brand budget VR headset is available outside the US.

Google’s most accessible VR headset is now available in France, the UK, Canada and Germany, via the official store. For something that was meant to bring VR to the masses, Google had been unusually coy about actually putting it out there. The search giant only started selling its own version of the headset in the US in February. Before then, you had to source fromthird parties (fortunately there are many), or change your cereal ornewspaper of choice. Even then, headsets varied in quality for something made of cardboard, and not all the manufacturers offered the newer version, so [...]

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28th April, 2016

Paris police want drones to watch over crowds

By Jon Fingas

They’re asking for hexacopters to spot terrorists from above.

Paris’ police force is understandably anxious about crowd security as of late, and it’s turning to technology in a bid to track threats hiding in those groups. It’s planning to buy hexacopter drones that would be used for close crowd surveillance. The machines will have to meet very specific criteria: they’ll have to clearly spot a license plate from 50m (164ft) away, fly at altitudes of 100m (328ft), require no more than 5 days of training and use encrypted connections to avoid hacks. In essence, they have to serve as an extra set of eyes that law enforcement can use [...]

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