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The 4 reasons I switched from Google to Bing

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Three weeks ago, I switched from Google search to Bing. There, I said it. No longer do I Google something; I Bing it. And I haven’t looked back since.

The move away from Google wasn’t easy. Sometime in the late 1990s, I was invited to test out Google’s search engine. I moved from poring though filing cabinets to typing queries in a search box. If it was out there on the Web, Google promised, Google would find it. 

And it did. Over the years, Google became smarter and more responsive. Google Instant auto-suggested search results before I finished typing them. “Google it” became part of my vernacular.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Bing search engine was getting no respect. Bing it? Please.

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Microsoft, Getty copyright dispute heads for mediation

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A judge in New York has postponed for mediation proceedings a decision on an injunction motion by Getty Images against a Bing widget, which allowed publishers to embed image collages and slideshows from search results on their websites.Getty had ear…

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Oculus Rift ‘Crescent Bay’ prototype hands-on: A VR alien waved at me and I waved back

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We don’t really like to swear on this site. By and large PCWorld is a family-friendly affair. Which is a shame, because at Oculus Connect on Saturday I got hands-on time with Crescent Bay, the latest internal Oculus Rift prototype and most likely the last stepping stone before the consumer Rift.

And all I can say is [redacted], it’s amazing. [Redacted].

“Presence”

In case you missed the announcement Saturday morning, here’s a quick rundown of what Crescent Bay entails. It’s not a new development kit. You’ll never be able to buy it. Instead, like the Crystal Cove model demoed by Oculus at CES earlier this year it’s an internal prototype—a benchmark of what the company is aiming for.

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New Oculus Rift ‘Crescent Bay’ prototype packs integrated audio and 360-degree tracking

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Kicking off day two of the Oculus Connect virtual reality conference in Los Angeles, CA, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe took to the stage to announce a new Crescent Bay prototype—not the consumer release nor another developer kit, but a new internal stepping stone similar to the old Crystal Cove model.

“Today it is happening. Virtual reality is here,” said Iribe. “We thought about flying cars, maybe hoverboards. And virtual reality. It’s finally here.”

First, Iribe laid out what was necessary for the consumer version of the Rift, as far as Oculus is concerned: Six degrees of freedom, 360 degree tracking, sub-millimeter accuracy, sub-20 milliseconds of latency from you moving your head to the last photon hitting your eye, persistence of less than three milliseconds, 90 hertz refresh rate, at least 1k x 1k resolution per eye, no visible pixels, a comfortable eyebox, and a field of view greater than 90 degrees.

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Oculus open-sources original Rift developer kit’s firmware, schematics, and mechanics

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Kicking off the Oculus Connect conference in Los Angeles this weekend, Oculus’s Nirav Patel announced that the original Oculus Rift developer kit (DK1) is now fully open-source, with the exception of the pieces that aren’t actually in production anymore—for instance, the display, which is no longer manufactured.

“We don’t want everyone to have to take the same risks we took. We just want to share the things we learned so you don’t have to do that. We’re all in this to build virtual reality together,” said Patel.

Those risks were the focus of Patel’s talk, which discussed the manufacturing of the DK1. “We found just about the roughest and quickest contract manufacturer we could find in China,” said Patel. “We were a ragtag group of ten people nobody had ever heard of trying to create a product nobody thought was possible.”

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Oculus open-sources original Rift developer kit’s firmware, schematics, and mechanics

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Kicking off the Oculus Connect conference in Los Angeles this weekend, Oculus’s Nirav Patel announced that the original Oculus Rift developer kit (DK1) is now fully open-source, with the exception of the pieces that aren’t actually in production anymore—for instance, the display, which is no longer manufactured.

“We don’t want everyone to have to take the same risks we took. We just want to share the things we learned so you don’t have to do that. We’re all in this to build virtual reality together,” said Patel.

Those risks were the focus of Patel’s talk, which discussed the manufacturing of the DK1. “We found just about the roughest and quickest contract manufacturer we could find in China,” said Patel. “We were a ragtag group of ten people nobody had ever heard of trying to create a product nobody thought was possible.”

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IEEE standards group wants to bring order to IoT

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The IEEE is embarking on an ambitious effort to build a overarching architecture for the Internet of Things, spanning a multitude of industries and technologies.IEEE P2413, which the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers officially start…

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Samsung launches free’My Knox’ app for securing its latest smartphones

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Samsung on Thursday announced price reductions and updates for its Knox security and management software for IT shops and a free My Knox service that is directly available to professionals using ActiveSync.

My Knox can be installed on a user’s Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 4 smartphone without an IT administrator’s involvement to set up a My Knox User Portal to remotely find, wipe and lock a device, according to a Samsung blog.

With My Knox, professionals can synchronize emails, calendar events and contacts between desktop computers and mobile devices, Samsung said. It creates a virtual Android partition within the mobile device that has its own home screen, launcher, apps and widget.

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InfiniDB going out of business, but its database will live on as open source

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Increasingly stiff competition in the database market has claimed another victim, as InfiniDB has ceased operations effective immediately with plans to file for bankruptcy.

“The company and technology have developed over the past several years and there have been numerous technology achievements and business success stories with our customers,” InfiniDB CEO Bob Wilkinson said in a statement issued Friday. “But as a startup on the leading edge of technology, business can be challenging especially as differentiation in the market is murkier and competition from bigger entities increases.”

Although InfiniDB’s leadership spent some months “exploring all possible investment options that could take the company forward,” the effort was fruitless, Wilkinson said.

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FCC questions how to enforce net neutrality rules

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission needs to create explicit rules that tell broadband providers what traffic management techniques they can and cannot use if the agency has any hope of enforcing its proposed net neutrality rules, some advoca…

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