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Submission + - Samsung is working with Oculus on a media-focused VR headset (engadget.com)

Kenseilon writes: "Last week we told you about Samsung's unannounced virtual reality headset: a peripheral that enables VR interaction for flagship phones from the world's largest phone manufacturer. This week we've got far more details. First things first, Samsung's headset is the fruit of a collaboration with Oculus VR, the Facebook-owned virtual reality startup that both literally and figuratively kickstarted the current wave of VR products.

Oculus is handling the software side of the product, while Samsung handles the hardware. The deal is a swap: Oculus gives Samsung early access to its mobile software development kit and helps develop user interface software, while Samsung gives Oculus early access to its next-gen OLED screens. And yes, Oculus is still making its own, gaming-focused, PC-based virtual reality headset; that's why it needs next-gen, high-pixel-density OLED screens from Samsung"

Submission + - BOINC loosing momentum and scientists fears increased costs (nature.com)

Kenseilon writes: "The family of ‘@home’ volunteer computing projects is growing ever more diverse. Spare time on a personal computer can now be donated to anything from finding alien life to crunching climate models or processing photos of asteroids. But enthusiasm is waning. The 47 projects hosted on BOINC, the most popular software system for @home efforts, have 245,000 active users among their 2.7 million registrants, down from a peak of about 350,000 active users in 2008." Only IBM's World Community Grid defied this trend.

David Anderson, the founder of BOINC, provides many explanations for the drop. BOINC has failed to target a broader demographic, the media coverage has decreased and a shift of mobile devices has changed the playing field. There is now a fear that this will make running computer simulations more expensive.

Submission + - Orbital Sciences Cygnus Commercial Resupply Craft Docks With The ISS (ibtimes.com)

Kenseilon writes: After two delays due to cold weather and conditions in space, Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus commercial resupply craft reached the International Space Station on Jan. 12. The docking mission was led by NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins and Koichi Wakata, an astronaut from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA.

Orbital Sciences’ International Space Station Commercial Resupply Mission, ORB-1, was scheduled to launch on Jan. 7 but was delayed due to extreme cold. ORB-1 was rescheduled for Jan. 8 but was scrapped due to space weather caused by an X-class solar flare, the first of 2014, which led to an increased amount of space radiation. Orbital successfully launched ORB-1 on Jan. 9, at 1:08 p.m. EST from Wallops Island, Virginia.

Submission + - Mars One Project looking for funding on Indiegogo

Kenseilon writes: The Mars One project(http://www.mars-one.com/) is looking for funds through the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo(http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mars-one-first-private-mars-mission-in-2018). From the campaign:

"In this Indiegogo campaign, we give you the opportunity to contribute to the first ever private mission to Mars. It will be the the first step in establishing a human outpost on the Red Planet. The earnings from this Indiegogo campaign will go to the Mission Concept Studies by Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology LTD (SSTL) for our first unmanned mission in 2018, which will demonstrate hardware for the human mission in 2025. "

As of today, and with 18 days left to go, they've raised 143K $ out of the 400K needed.

Submission + - Climate change models underestimate likely temperature rise, report shows

Kenseilon writes: The Guardian has a story about new climate change research regarding clouds(http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jan/01/climate-change-models-underestimate-likely-temperature-rise-report-shows). Quoting: "The Earth’s climate is far more sensitive to carbon dioxide emissions than previously thought, heightening the likelihood of a 4C temperature rise by 2100, new Australian-led research of cloud systems has found.
The study, published in Nature, provides new understanding on the role of cloud formation in climate sensitivity – one of the key uncertainties in predictions of climate change."

With this new study it's interesting to consider the 'Overestimated global warming over the past 20 years report'(http://www.see.ed.ac.uk/~shs/Climate%20change/Climate%20model%20results/over%20estimate.pdf) and the gap between the climate models over this time and how it turned out.

Submission + - Millions of Dogecoin stolen over Christmas

Kenseilon writes: The Verge reports(http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/26/5244604/millions-of-dogecoin-stolen-in-christmas-hack) that millions of Dogecoins — an alternative cryptocurrency — was stolen after the service DogeWallet was hacked. DogeWallet worked like a bank account for the currency, and the attackers modified it to make sure all transactions ended up in a wallet of their choice. This latest incident is just one in the long (and growing) list of problems that cryptocurrencies are currently facing. It brings to mind the incident where bitcoin exchange service GBL vanished and took a modest amount of Bitcoins with them (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/11/12/1553216/chinese-bitcoin-exchange-vanishes-taking-25m-of-coins-with-it). While not a similar case, it highlights the difficulties with trusting service provides in this market.

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