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Who did it best in Responsive Makeover?

British publishers are trying to make their sites more readable on mobile devices, but doing so can be a long and disruptive process. Few of the top U.K. news sites have yet to take the plunge into a fully responsive site redesign.

That said, the BBC, Guardian and Metro are among the early adopters. Take a look at how these three have approached their site redesigns, and cast your vote at the bottom of the article.

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More information: http://digiday.com/publishers/bbc-guardian-metros-responsive-makeovers-best/

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All-in-One Video Microphones

Conference Rental is the first rental provider to offer an inventory of conference microphones with a built-in high-definition video monitor. Intended for professional training and business seminars, as well as high-profile meetings, the all-in-one video microphone units provide a controlled and focused meeting environment with intelligibility and interactivity at the core.

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More information: http://conferencerental.com/index.php/press-releases/conference-rental-adds-all-in-one-video-microphones-to-rental-inventory.html

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Google vs Apple’s iBeacon

How proximity approaches compare and a look at the flourishing proximity startup ecosystem.

While iBeacon has arguably galvanised the notion of using proximity in applications and services, it’s not the only game in town.

In this post, I’ll cover one of the alternatives to Apple’s iBeacon, Physical Web from Google, and then I’ll zoom out to look at the flurry of activity in startups in the evolving “Beacosystem.”

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More information: http://radar.oreilly.com/2015/04/googles-physical-web-vs-apples-ibeacon.html

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Which drone is right for you?

While the future of Amazon’s ambitious Prime Air is still up in the air — the drone delivery service is being tested in rural parts of British Columbia, Canada, for the time being — the popularity of flying UAVs (“Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”) has taken off for recreational use.6

More information: http://www.app.com/story/money/industries/technology/2015/06/22/buying-drone/71020124/

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Symphonic concert features projection mapping

What music aficionados and fans alike are calling “the catalyst to the future of electronic dance music,” Electronic Opus delivered an immersive electronic symphonic experience featuring famous works reimagined by world-renowned EDM artist, film composer and technologist Brian Transeau (BT).5

More information: http://www.barco.com/en/News/Post/2015/7/2/Electronic-symphonic-concert-features-Barco-powered-projection-mapping

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Atlanta Hawks with 3D projection

The court is coming alive at today’s Atlanta Hawks basketball games thanks to a new 3D video projection mapping show at the Philips Arena produced by Quince Imaging using Barco’s large-venue projectors. It’s a growing phenomenon, with teams across the NBA and NHL working to incorporate this entertainment technology into their arenas, making for a more unique and dynamic game experience.4

More information: http://www.barco.com/en/News/Post/2015/2/9/Atlanta-Hawks-basketball-team-scores-with-3D-projection

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Augmented reality in BMW 5 Series

The 2017 BMW 5 Series will have a Head Up Display system with augmented reality and it will also move up to 80 km/h completely …

The 2017 BMW 5 Series will have a Head Up Display system with augmented reality and it will also move up to 80 km/h completely autonomously, thanks to the development of a new assistance systems.

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More information: http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/07/13/2017-bmw-5-series-with-augmented-reality-and-autonomous-driving/

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Virtual Reality Porn

Welcome to the very-near future of porn.

A few weeks back, a sex toy company called Lovense and a virtual reality porn company called VirtualRealPorn announced their collaboration. Soon, VirtualRealPorn’s growing library of VR porn videos will coordinate with Lovense’s digitally-endowed vibrator and Fleshlight-esque Max toy to stimulate your sensitive bits in sync with virtual sex.2More information: http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/11/virtual-reality-porn-and-the-future-of-loneliness/

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Blackbaud – Event Registration Form Enhancements

The release of NetCommunity 6.64 is here, and we’re excited to announce some new features that you have requested to the Event Registration Form part!

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More information: http://www.blackbaudknowhow.com/blackbaud-netcommunity/blackbaud-netcommunity-6-64-new-features-event-registration-form-enhancements.htm

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New event registration software

After months of rigorous testing and fine-tuning, Weemss has finally arrived in all its purple-ish glory!

Weemss is a ticketing and event registration software that helps event professionals create, promote, sell, and manage events. The main mission of Weemss is to give event organisers full control over their events, thus making a huge difference to how they approach the registration process.198

More information: http://www.eventindustrynews.co.uk/event-technology-news/new-event-registration-software-gives-event-professionals-control/

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Brightest projection mapped easter egg

The London-based studio created a 360-degree projection mapped luxury egg in the windows of the famous department store, in the process making it the world’s brightest projection mapping show and crossing quite a few technical frontiers in retail display.197

More information: http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/interactive-design/take-look-at-worlds-brightest-projection-mapped-easter-egg/

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“Evangelion Projection Mapping” Attraction Opens

The Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan, is welcoming a new attraction beginning on April 25, 2015: the Evangelion Projection Mapping event.196

More information: http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2015/04/06/evangelion-projection-mapping-attraction-opens-at-fuji-q-highland

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Augmented reality promises ‘superpowers’

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The future is closer than you think, and it’s currently on display in this Northern California suburb.

More than 3,000 attendees and 100 exhibitors on Tuesday packed the latest edition of the Augmented World Expo, a virtual-world extravaganza that has grown ten-fold since its modest debut six years ago.195

More information: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/06/09/tech-expo-spotlights-our-augmented-future/28754693/

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Terminator-vision and the complex questions

For folks in my generation—those born in the late 70s or early 80s—the definition of “virtual reality” is informed by decades of popular entertainment and includes at least a few strong Lawnmower Manimages. Virtual reality, as it’s been sold to us by the combined forces of Hollywood and consumer electronics companies, is the experience one gets when one straps on a head-mounted display and slips into a computer-created world.194

More information: http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/07/terminator-vision-and-the-complex-questions-behind-augmented-reality/

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Magic Leap Demo

In the latest “OMG, I want one!” news, startup Magic Leap on Thursday teased its advanced augmented reality tech.

Unable to attend this week’s annual TED conference in Vancouver, the company instead released a video showcasing an in-development game that will have you wiping drool from your chin.193

More information: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2478526,00.asp

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The Google Glass We All Wanted

While Google Glass is on a temporary hiatus, researchers in the U.K. have developed a new augmented reality headset that just could be the headset that everyone wanted from Google Glass.192

More information: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/65673/20150702/augmented-reality-headset-google-glass-wanted.htm

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Leap Motion’s Augmented-Reality

WE HAVE A habit of filling new technologies with old ideas. Television borrowed from vaudeville in its early days. Personal computers were built around familiar pre-digital concepts like inboxes, file folders, and desktops. So before coming technologies like augmented and virtual reality give us entirely new worlds to explore, we can expect them to extend and expand the one we already know. This demo, in which a standard desktop computer is reimagined as a three-dimensional workstation of the future, offers a glimpse of what that might look like.191

More information: http://www.wired.com/2015/07/leap-motion-glimpse-at-the-augmented-reality-desktop-of-the-future/

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Change How People Play

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo is the top venue for companies to announce new video games, but the event’s big news this year is how mobile devices and virtual reality will reshape those digital fantasies.190

More information: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/06/16/e3-virtual-reality-mobile-games-change-how-people-play

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‘Paranormal Activity’ to Live on

The scare won’t be over when the sixth and final “Paranormal Activity” movie hits theaters this fall: Come May 2016, horror fans will be able to gain a whole new perspective on the horror series with a video game that will give them the illusion of being amongst the haunted, thanks to virtual reality (VR) technology.188

More information: http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/paranormal-activity-to-live-on-as-virtual-reality-game-1201534458/

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Microsoft Wows Build

HoloLens project head Alex Kipman serves up an eye-popping showcase of Redmond’s augmented reality tech.

Several years ago, Microsoft released a video called “Productivity Future Vision (2011),” which showed a business traveler navigating a city overlaid with useful information and holographic media presenting itself on any glassy, flat surface available—car windows, buildings, even credit card-sized mini-devices.

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More information: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2483455,00.asp

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5 Other Awesome Holograms

Michael Jackson may have invented the moonwalk, and he certainly inaugurated his signature strut as a hologram — and the MJ hologram was certainly the talk of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. But the King of Pop was not the first artist to perform 2D on a 3D stage. From Tupac’s 2012 Coachella resurrection to M.I.A. and Janelle Monae’s bicoastal duet last month, here’s five other awesome holograms that preceded Jackson’s return to (virtual) form.185

More information: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6091999/billboard-music-awards-michael-jackson-holograms

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3-D touchable hologram technology

A research team at Bristol University developed a way to actually touch, feel and interact with 3-D holograms. The device can eventually help surgeons interact with CT scans and feel tumors.

More information: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/bristol-university-creates-3-d-touchable-hologram-technology-article-1.2033702

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Is the universe a hologram?

The ‘holographic principle,’ the idea that a universe with gravity can be described by a quantum field theory in fewer dimensions, has been used for years as a mathematical tool in strange curved spaces. New results suggest that the holographic principle also holds in flat spaces. Our own universe could in fact be two dimensional and only appear three dimensional — just like a hologram.183

More information: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150427101633.htm

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A Removed Snowden Sculpture

Having presided briefly over Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn on Monday morning atop a column, a 100-pound bust of Edward J. Snowden was shrouded by parks workers, removed and stashed in a city storage facility somewhere.182

More information: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/nyregion/a-removed-snowden-sculpture-inspires-a-hologram-in-its-place.html?ref=topics&_r=0

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A working 3D holographic display

Since “Help me, Obi Wan, you’re my only hope” hit the big screens in 1977’s “Star Wars,” we’ve been dreaming of a full-3D holographic display. Mastering the technology isn’t easy, though. We’ve seen multiple attempts that approximate a 3D display, like a 2D image visible from all directions, but the tech world wasn’t quite up to the challenge of true 3D yet.181More information: http://www.cnet.com/news/graphene-produces-a-working-3d-holographic-display/