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Contributor: Ricky Rajani

Future of Gaming

hmd-goggles-sideHand-tracking, mind-reading virtual reality headset… Is this too complicated or just brilliant? Or both? MindMaze is a neurotechnology company that came up with the concept of a thought-powered virtual reality game system called MindLeap. This platform blends a series of technologies that are usually seen in gaming, such as virtual reality, motion capture, and electroencephalographic (EEG) scans. With the EEG specifically, users will be able to control a number of things including prosthetic limbs because it will be reading brain activity that corresponds to a certain state of mind or movement. Using the combination of these technologies, MindMaze hopes to “help rehabilitate patients after a stroke, essentially trying to trick their brains into re-learning how to move paralyzed limbs.”

Controversy in DC… so the usual

Who? Former Secretary of State and prospective presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton    Gmail_Icon

What? Used a private email account rather than her official State.gov email address

When? While serving in the State Department

Where? It was revealed on Wednesday that Clinton actually ran a private mail server in her home during her entire tenure leading the State Department. Her email was hosted at the domain Clintonemail.com…clearly this was no ordinary Gmail or Yahoo! Mail account.

Why? As a politician, running your own email server might seem like a clever method of keeping conversations hidden, but this is not the case when it comes to hackers.

Controversy? This was a violation of the federal government’s record-keeping and transparency rules. But that is not the main issue. All correspondence with Clinton went through her own private internet service, and the main question seems to be: how secure was this email system? There may be a possibility that “an unofficial, unprotected server held the communications of America’s top foreign affairs official for four years, leaving all of it potentially vulnerable to state-sponsored hackers.”

Etsy is selling its soul for a ticker symbol

etsy-logoOn Wednesday, Etsy, the online marketplace for handcrafted goods, filed for a $100 million initial public offering. Yes, this is the same online seller of hand-knit beard warmers, custom crocheted rabbit hats and everything in between. They plan on using the proceeds from the IPO for working capital and corporate investments. Etsy not so cutesy anymore, am I right?

Apple Watch: an Icon

A month before it is even on the market, the Apple Watch has won the 2015 iF Gold Award from the International Forum (iF) Design in its annual industrial design competition. The jury called the apple-watchesApple Watch design “an icon”. The Apple Watch will be part smartwatch and part fitness and activity tracker. They are also offering the watch in a luxury edition in order to present it as a piece of fine jewelry. Spearheaded by Apple designer Jony Ive, the watch will come in three varieties with a range of bands available. You can “mix and match” your own watch here: http://mixyourwatch.com/

 

 

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