Advertisement Task View and Virtual Desktop are a novel Windows features that made a debut in Windows 10. How many of you have actually used these features? It’s a shame if you haven’t because Task View and Virtual Desktop are awesome.What’s worse, some of the people who do know about Task View think it’s redundant or useless. This couldn’t be further from my reality. When used properly, Task View will not only boost your overall productivity, but will also improve your overall impression of Windows 10, especially when combined with Virtual Desktops.Task View and Virtual Desktops are quality-of-life enhancements that you shouldn’t overlook. Here’s why they are useful and how you can start making use of them right now.What Are Task View & Virtual Desktop?Simply put, Task View takes all currently open windows and “spreads them out” so you can see all of them at the same … [Read more...] about An Introduction to Virtual Desktop & Task View in Windows 10
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Well, this is definitely the most fun you can have inside a gigantic pulsating mouth this month. Predictably, Björk Digital is a peculiar affair. It is essentially the first chance to watch – or perhaps “experience” or “inhabit” would be more appropriate – four of the new virtual reality videos for Vulnicura tracks that are to be released “on all major VR platforms” this winter, plus a couple of cinema rooms and some odd musical instruments and iPad apps you can tootle on. Ticketholders are led through in timed groups so that VR stations and this immersive exhibition can be experienced in sync. It’s neither art exhibition nor film presentation nor tech demonstration, but a hodge-podge of all of the above. Far from complacent, the more time passes, the more Björk seems determined to tinker and muck about on the grandest possible scale, with at least as much focus on the act of tinkering itself as on the final product. That … [Read more...] about Björk Digital review – to virtual reality and beyond
Virtual reality is a growing technology used in everything from video games to rehab clinics to the battlefield. But a new study in rats shows that the virtual world affects the brain differently than real-world environments, which could offer clues for how the technology could be used to restore navigating ability and memory in humans.Researchers recorded rats' brain activity while the rodents ran on tiny treadmills in a virtual reality setup. In the virtual world, the animals' brains did not form a mental map of their surroundings like the ones they form in real-life settings, the study showed."We are using virtual reality more and more every day, whether for entertainment, military purposes or diagnosis of memory and learning disorders," said Mayank Mehta, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. "We are using it all the time, and we need to know … how does the brain react to virtual reality?" [See video of rats in virtual reality]Brain's GPSScientists … [Read more...] about Virtual Reality Affects Brain’s ‘GPS Cells’
Jim Waterson Media editor Thu 5 Dec 2019 12.58 GMT Last modified on Thu 5 Dec 2019 13.08 GMT Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Ask the average 2019 voter where the problems with political news lie, and you might hear a few familiar claims: fake news. Russian interference. The biased BBC. But take a look at their smartphones, and you might discover a different, more chaotic world – in which news is being shaped less by publishers or foreign agents but by social media algorithms and friendship groups. Now, in a first-of-its-kind election monitoring project conducted by the Guardian and research agency Revealing Reality, a group of voters have allowed their phone use to be recorded for three days – and the results from each individual’s phone show how the traditional media ecosystem is changing and disintegrating. Charlie in Sunderland consumed much of his election news through memes on lad humour Facebook pages, … [Read more...] about Uncovered: reality of how smartphones turned election news into chaos
Paul Gabias has never seen a table. He was born prematurely and went blind shortly thereafter, most likely because of overexposure to oxygen in his incubator. And yet, Gabias, 60, has no trouble perceiving the table next to him. "My image of the table is exactly the same as a table," he said. "It has height, depth, width, texture; I can picture the whole thing all at once. It just has no color."If you have trouble constructing a mental picture of a table that has no color — not even black or white — that's probably because you're blinded by your ability to see. Sighted people visualize the surrounding world by detecting borders between areas rich in different wavelengths of light, which we see as different colors. Gabias, like many blind people, builds pictures using his sense of touch, and by listening to the echoes of clicks of his tongue and taps of his cane as these sounds bounce off objects in his surroundings, a technique called echolocation."There's plenty of imagery … [Read more...] about How Do Blind People Picture Reality?