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VR glove called Manus wants to take gaming to the next level

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Until a few moments ago I wasn’t even aware that a VR glove even existed, but in hindsight I guess I should have known better. Loads of people are currently working on transforming virtual reality into something truly impressive and some of them are even looking beyond headsets. As you probably know already, E3 2015 is currently underway in L.A. but what you may not know is that a VR glove dubbed Manus is being showcased somewhere around the Los Angeles Convention Center right now. Although it may seem a bit out of place at the event, the Manus is actually entirely oriented towards gamers and might even end up pushing gaming to the next level.

Wish you could play video games with something other than a controller or a keyboard and mouse? The Manus VR glove promises to allow you to do that by transforming your hands into a pair of controllers. Even though I keep saying “glove”, the Manus actually consists of two gloves that come equipped with various sensors capable of offering very accurate hand tracking from afar via Bluetooth. Just equip the gloves, connect them to your machine and boot up a game to start playing. As far as I can tell the device doesn’t seem to support consoles just yet but it isn’t being developed just for PC either. The Manus VR glove can apparently be paired with a VR headset for an even more immersive experience into the world of virtual reality.

If you’re currently at E3 2015 and want to check out the Manus for yourself head to booth 5729 in the west hall of the convention center. If you’re not at the event, however, you can find below a preview of the VR glove that’s meant to showcase some of its capabilities. This particular video doesn’t show any actual gaming but if you go here you can find a video of someone playing Deus Ex using an older version of the Manus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EqV_-xg5Js

Although George has many hobbies, he likes nothing more than to play around with cameras and other photography equipment.

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X has decided to remove the option for premium users to hide checkmarks

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Last year, social network X, owned by Elon Musk, introduced a new feature that allows paid users to conceal their checkmarks from other users. Currently, the company is notifying users about the upcoming removal of the feature.

Similar to many decisions made by X, there is currently no set timeline for when the hide your checkmark feature will be removed.

Before sending notifications to users, the company took down the part of the X Premium help page that explained how to hide the checkmark feature last week. The basic level of subscribers couldn’t use the tool.

If you pay for Premium or Premium+, you can hide your markings from view on your account. There will be no sign of the checkmark on your page or posts. “The checkmark might still show up somewhere, and some features might still let other people know that you have a subscription,” the description said.

The social network started giving blue checkmarks to people with more than 2,500 “verified” followers earlier this month. The company also began giving these users the Premium subscription and users with more than 5,000 confirmed followers the Premium+ subscription.

Musk got rid of the heritage verification checkmark last year after making a subscription service for it. But the company quickly put the blue badge back on top accounts. The proof program is basically going back to what it did at first, which was to check the identities of famous people.

 

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A drone is able to travel through the skies at speeds close to the speed of sound, namely at Mach 0.9

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A test flight of a new drone has taken off at speeds close to supersonic, going through the sky at Mach 0.9, which is 1,111 kilometers per hour (690 miles per hour).

But this is only the start of things. Venus Aerospace, the company that made the drone, hopes to get it to go nine times the speed of sound, or Mach 9.

The missile-shaped 2.4-meter (8-foot) drone was taken to a height of 3,657 meters (12,000 feet) on February 24 by an airplane. When the drone was let go, its hydrogen peroxide monopropellant engine was set to 80% power so that it wouldn’t go faster than Mach 1. It then flew for 16 kilometers (10 miles).

“Using a platform launched from the air and a rocket with wings lets us quickly and cheaply do the bare minimum test of our RDRE as a hypersonic engine.” Andrew Duggleby, CTO and co-founder of Venus Aerospace, said in a statement, “The team did a great job and now has a lot of data to use and tweak for the next flight.”

The new aerospace business, Venus Aerospace, is based in Houston, Texas. Its goal is to pave the way for hypersonic flight (speeds of Mach 5 and above).

In their most recent test flight, they did some testing for their Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine (RDRE). This engine is being made in collaboration with DARPA, the US State Department’s research agency that works on a lot of strange and cool technologies.

“Next is RDRE flight, and then hypersonic flight, which proves that the RDRE is the key to the hypersonic economy,” the company’s CEO and co-founder, Sarah “Sassie” Duggleby, said.

They want to make a car that can go to Mach 9, which is about 11,000 kilometers per hour (6,835 miles per hour).

This is way too fast of a speed. The NASA/USAF X-15 is still the fastest plane that a person has ever flown. In 1967, pilot Pete Knight took this jet to a crazy high speed of Mach 6.7, which is about 4,520 miles per hour or 7,274 kilometers per hour.

Concorde was a business supersonic plane that flew people for money until 2003. Its top speed was Mach 2, which is about 2,179 kilometers per hour (1,354 miles per hour).

Even worse, Venus Aerospace wants to let people fly on these Mach 9 trips. Venus Aerospace thinks it’s making good progress toward its pipe dream, even though there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Sarah Duggleby said, “One bite at a time is how you do hard things.”

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AT&T reports to regulatory authorities following a compromise of customer data

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AT&T has commenced the process of informing U.S. state authorities and regulators about a security breach. They have confirmed the authenticity of the millions of customer records that were recently exposed online.

As part of a mandatory submission to the attorney general’s office in Maine, the telecommunications behemoth of the United States disclosed that it dispatched letters to alert over 51 million people of the compromise of their personal data in a security breach. This includes over 90,000 people residing in Maine. AT&T has also informed the attorney general of California about the hack.

AT&T, the largest telecommunications company in the United States, stated that the compromised data consisted of users’ complete name, email address, physical address, date of birth, phone number, and Social Security number.

The client information that was leaked dates back to mid-2019 and prior. AT&T has reported that the databases included accurate information about over 7.9 million of their existing customers.

AT&T responded around three years after a portion of the disclosed data initially surfaced on the internet, hindering any substantial examination of the data. Last month, the entire collection of 73 million leaked customer records was released online, enabling users to authenticate the authenticity of their data. Several of the records contained duplicate entries.

The disclosed data also contained encrypted account passcodes, which grant entry to consumer accounts.

Shortly after the complete information was made public, a security researcher informed us that the encrypted passcodes discovered in the leaked data were easily interpretable. AT&T changed the account passcodes after being informed on March 26 about the potential danger to users. It delayed publishing its article until AT&T finished resetting the passcodes of customers who were affected.

AT&T ultimately admitted that the compromised data pertains to their clientele, encompassing around 65 million individuals who were previously customers.

Under state data breach notification rules, companies are obligated to disclose incidents of data breaches that impact a significant number of individuals to U.S. attorneys general. AT&T has stated in its official notifications submitted in Maine and California that it is providing affected customers with identity theft protection and credit monitoring services.

AT&T has yet to determine the origin of the leak.

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