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Guy Takes Slow Mo iPhone Vid of Passing Birds from a Train and It Looks Surreal

On a train from Orlando to Miami, a passenger took this surreal slo mo video on his iPhone 8 (at 1080p and 240 fps) of passing birds at Florida’s Turnpike. The train was travelling in the opposite direction at about 70-80 mph and it looks like the birds are frozen in time. The trippy video was posted last week to reddit by user davihey. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/slow-mo-of-passing-birds-from-moving-train/

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Apple Is Ramping Up Work on AR Headset to Succeed iPhone

With the headset at least two years away, Apple wants to make it easier for developers to bring new AR features to the iPhone. To that end, the company plans to release a new version of ARKit software tools as soon as 2018. They could help developers create software that remembers accurately where a digital object was placed in a virtual space, using a technology called persistent tracking; you look away, and the object is still there. The tools will also make it easier to create AR games for multiple…

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Friday’s iPhone X Pre-Orders Will Be Crucial for Apple

The most important date for shorter lines of expectant fans waiting outside stores on release days. So even though analysts widely expect iPhone X supplies to be limited early on, the device will still be available in 55 countries and territories. Apple also expects to have the iPhone X in many stores on Nov. 3 and said Tuesday that walk-in buyers should “arrive early.” Investors and analysts will be able to monitor how the wait times for delivery develop in the course of Friday, giving insights into demand. As more…

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Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR

The potential of mobile augmented reality is clear. Last summer Pokemon Go gave a glimpse of just how big this craze could be, as thousands of excited humans converged on parks, bus stops and other locations around the world to chase virtual monsters through the lens of their smartphones. Apple was also watching. And this summer the company signaled its own conviction in the technology by announcing ARKit: a developer toolkit to support iOS developers to build augmented reality apps. CEO Tim Cook said iOS will become the worlds biggest…

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How not to launch a company in the U.S. lessons learned from LeEco

After a months long parade of endless red flags, LeEcos Stateside woes big, flashy press conference only happened in mid-October. Thats a pretty astonishingly fast pace for this kind of all out implosion, but the warning signs have been there since pretty much the beginning. Of course, LeEco doesnt see if that way. The company refuses to qualify the loss of more than 300 jobs as an abject failure. Its saying what it says pretty much every time it stumbles its not a problem with strategy, its just a failure…

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The difference between smartphone gimmick and game changer

Its hard to find a legitimately bad flagship phone these days. Sure, one peeks its head out from time to time, but on a whole most phones are pretty good. The screens, the cameras, the internals. There are always a few bits that could use improving (see: battery and durability), but the gulf between good and bad isnt any near where it once was. And for the past several generations, most flagship devices even more or less look the same. Sure, the fingerprint reader/home button gets moved around here or…

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