News in brief

In Germany’s ‘Little Istanbul’, winning hearts is key to election

Keupstrasse in Cologne, Western Germany, is one of the country’s most famous Turkish shopping streets. Locals there have been keenly tuning in to the diplomatic crisis between Berlin and Ankara, which has tainted the election campaign.

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Far left rallies protesters in Paris against Macron labour reforms

French far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon rallied thousands on Saturday to protest against labour reforms signed into law by President Emmanuel Macron a day earlier.

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Video: Tensions rise in Kirkuk ahead of Kurdistan independence referendum

In the disputed city of Kirkuk, hoisting the Kurdish flag is a controversial matter. Both Baghdad and Erbil lay claim to this oil-rich province.

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'Natural' quake detected near N. Korea nuclear site

China said a magnitude 3.4 earthquake detected in North Korea on Saturday was a "suspected explosion", raising fears the isolated state had conducted another nuclear bomb test just weeks after its last one.

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China to limit oil supply to North Korea

China will limit exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea starting October 1, its commerce ministry said, confirming Beijing's participation in new UN sanctions intended to rein in its rogue neighbour.

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In Germany’s ‘Little Istanbul’, winning hearts is key to election

Keupstrasse in Cologne, Western Germany, is one of the country’s most famous Turkish shopping streets. Locals there have been keenly tuning in to the diplomatic crisis between Berlin and Ankara, which has tainted the election campaign.

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Video games

'You can feel their pulse fading': How Reaping Rewards tells an emotional story in VR

Today at VRDC Fall 2017, Limitless founder Tom Sanocki explains what he's learned about the art of making immersive, affecting VR experiences -- and how fellow VR devs could do the same. ...

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VR is an effective tool for exposure therapy & phobia treatment

During VRDC 2017 in San Francisco today, executive director of Checkpoints Organisation Jennifer Hazel lead a discussion that covered what makes a VR experience effective for phobia treatment. ...

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Raw Data devs share their missteps so you won't make them too

"Today we're going to tell you everything that went wrong with Raw Data," said Survios design director Mike McTyre, alongside Survios CT Alex Silkin at VRDC Fall 2017 today. ...

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Video: Creating the striking underwater seascapes of Abzu

At GDC 2017, Giant Squid's Matt Nava gives a behind-the-scenes look at the processes he and the rest of the team developed to create the vibrant, teeming underwater world of Abzu. ...

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How presence in VR is beneficial for human research

During VRDC 2017 in San Francisco today, head of virtual reality and game design at IBM Research Aldis Sipolins lead a discussion about what VR means for human research. ...

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'You can feel their pulse fading': How Reaping Rewards tells an emotional story in VR

Today at VRDC Fall 2017, Limitless founder Tom Sanocki explains what he's learned about the art of making immersive, affecting VR experiences -- and how fellow VR devs could do the same. ...

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News Hightech

Moleskine’s smart planner requires too much effort to use

As a tech reporter, I sometimes find my reliance on physical planners and paper notebooks embarrassing. But there's something about the act of writing my appointments down that makes them feel more official. As my friends will tell you, though, all t...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend -- and be careful with your new iPhone 8.

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Apple's former GPU maker Imagination agrees to £550 million sale

Losing Apple as a customer can be rough for a supplier, as Imagination Technologies found out. In April, the UK chipmaker announced that the folks in Cupertino planned to develop their own mobile GPUs and would no longer rely on its PowerVR tech for...

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YouTube’s 'Creators for Change’ premiere at Tribeca's TV Festival

You can find almost anything on YouTube these days, but with the "Creators for Change" program, the site had a specific goal in mind: Show how its platform could be used for social good. Tonight at the first ever Tribeca TV Festival, YouTube premiere...

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Intel's Project Alloy VR headset is dead

Intel won't be releasing its Project Alloy VR headset platform anytime this year -- in fact, it won't be releasing the technology at all. The tech giant has officially killed the initiative, which aimed to provide partner companies an open reference...

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Moleskine’s smart planner requires too much effort to use

As a tech reporter, I sometimes find my reliance on physical planners and paper notebooks embarrassing. But there's something about the act of writing my appointments down that makes them feel more official. As my friends will tell you, though, all t...

Read more »

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