The Register: Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope’s Click to Pray eRosary app. “The technology behind the Catholic Church’s latest innovation, an electronic rosary, is so insecure, it can be trivially hacked to siphon off worshipers’ personal information.” The article also notes that the issues are “more embarrassing than life-threatening.”
Mashable: The Vatican wants you to pray with this smart rosary. “The Catholic Church is taking a page out of Silicon Valley’s playbook: inventing gadgets in hopes of attracting devoted followers. The Click to Pray eRosary is a smart wearable device from the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, a Vatican organization that mobilizes Catholics to ‘address the challenges facing humanity’ through prayer. “
Engadget: Google’s Daydream VR experiment is over. “Google is bringing the Daydream VR experiment to a close. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones it announced today don’t support the platform, and it won’t sell Daydream View headsets anymore. The Daydream app and store will still work for people with other Pixel devices, however.”
Mashable: Facebook: ‘We are building AR glasses . “Augmented reality glasses from Facebook are actually happening. But we still don’t know when you’ll be able to wear a pair. At the Oculus Connect 6 event Wednesday, the Facebook-owned company confirmed AR glasses are in the works, and showed how live mapping can blend the physical world with digital imaging.”
Neowin: Snap Inc launches third iteration of its Spectacles sunglasses. “Snap Inc, the firm behind Snapchat, has announced Spectacles 3, it’s latest attempt at camera-equipped sunglasses. The new model comes in two colours, Carbon and Mineral and includes HD cameras near each eye to capture depth and dimensions similarly to eyes. The glasses also let users record videos in 3D at 60 fps, all with high-fidelity audio.” I really wonder why Snap keeps coming back to this.
MakeUseOf: How to Make Your Own DIY Google Cardboard VR Headset . “Smartphone-based VR headsets are all the rage, from heavy plastic units to lightweight cardboard devices. But what if you’re on a budget, or need something quicker than the mailman can deliver? The smart answer is to make your own Google Cardboard VR goggles.”
The Verge: Facial recognition smart glasses could make public surveillance discreet and ubiquitous. “From train stations and concert halls to sport stadiums and airports, facial recognition is slowly becoming the norm in public spaces. But new hardware formats like these facial recognition-enabled smart glasses could make the technology truly ubiquitous, able to be deployed by law enforcement and private security any time and any place.”