Motherboard: How I Lost and Regained Control of My Microchip Implant

Motherboard: How I Lost and Regained Control of My Microchip Implant. “If I had a single piece of advice for anyone thinking about getting an NFC chip implant it would be to do it sober. For starters, the piercer probably won’t even give you the implant if they suspect you’re intoxicated for reasons involving consent and safety (alcohol thins your blood, which is also why you shouldn’t get a tattoo while drunk.) But more importantly, you won’t wake up the next morning with a splitting headache and absolutely no idea how to unlock your hand.”

BBC: MiSafes’ child-tracking smartwatches are ‘easy to hack’

BBC: MiSafes’ child-tracking smartwatches are ‘easy to hack’. “A location-tracking smartwatch worn by thousands of children has proven relatively easy to hack. A security researcher found the devices neither encrypted the data they used nor secured each child’s account. As a result, he said, he could track children’s movements, surreptitiously listen in to their activities and make spoof calls to the watches that appeared to be from parents.”

Hands-on: Oculus Quest is an intriguing new middle ground for VR (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: Hands-on: Oculus Quest is an intriguing new middle ground for VR. “Let’s get one thing out of the way right up front: Oculus Quest is not the wireless, PC-free version of the Rift you may have been dreaming of. The Snapdragon 835 SoC powering Quest is much closer to a mid-range mobile phone than the Nvidia GTX 960 graphics card (and surrounding Windows PC) required to run a tethered Rift. The field of view and maximum refresh rate on the Quest both seem more comparable to the portable Oculus Go, which is a bit of downgrade from the Rift as well (though we have yet to confirm precise numbers for any of these devices).”

TechCrunch: Snapchat adds new styles as Spectacles V2s get used 40% more than V1

TechCrunch: Snapchat adds new styles as Spectacles V2s get used 40% more than V1 . “Snapchat isn’t revealing sales numbers of version 2 of its Spectacles camera sunglasses, but at least they’re not getting left in a drawer as much as the V1s. The company tells me V2 owners are capturing 40 percent more Snaps than people with V1s.”

Browse the web in VR: Chrome launches on Daydream View (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Browse the web in VR: Chrome launches on Daydream View. “Chrome is built to be accessed across all types of devices and platforms, regardless of what operating system you’re on. And today, we’re launching Chrome on Google Daydream View and the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream. So if you have one of these headsets, you can launch Chrome directly from your homepage to browse and interact with any webpage while in VR.”

Economic Times: How Google Glass-based solutions can empower autistic people in India

Economic Times: How Google Glass-based solutions can empower autistic people in India. “Google Glass — an eye-wearable device that made headlines in 2015 but failed in the consumer technology space — has now rekindled the hopes of millions of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) globally, including in India. Although no official numbers are available, at least 70 million people have autism worldwide, including over 10 million in India.”