FTC reportedly investigating Meta virtual reality division

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Reports show the Federal Trade Commission and several US states are looking into the VR division. The Federal Trade Commission and a number of US states are investigating the virtual reality division at Meta, according to a recent Bloomberg report. The specific number of states were not identified in the report, but they are being led by New York. New York is leading the undisclosed number of states across the country that are questioning the Meta virtual reality Oculus app developers. The investigation has been ongoing across the last few…

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New virtual reality simulation takes you into the US nuclear bunker

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The experience simulates a nuclear attack in which 299 missiles are aimed at the US mainland from Russia. Nuclear Biscuit, a virtual reality simulation, is providing US officials with the opportunity to react to an artificial missile attack to determine what consequences would result from their decisions. The experience lets the VR user experience what a US president would need to do in a nuclear crisis. The Nuclear Biscuit provides a virtual reality simulation in which the VR user is the US president and must react as they would in…

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Police use Tile GPS tracker to find car stolen in Albuquerque

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In this case, it wasn’t just about locating the vehicle’s keys but tracked down the car itself! The Albuquerque Police Department recently tracked down a stolen car using a Tile GPS tracker gadget the owner had tucked away within the vehicle. This has caused many drivers who have heard the story to consider this use for the popular tech. The Albuquerque police have started encouraging the use of a GPS tracker within vehicles in order to help locate them if they should be stolen. Devices like Tile and the Apple…

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QR code verification of COVID-19 vaccination status launches in Virginia

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Residents of the state can use quick response codes to prove that they have received their shots. Residents of Virginia can now use QR code verification to prove that they have received their COVID-19 vaccination, requiring a simple barcode scan to confirm. The Virginia Department of Health announced the use of the barcodes for vaccination record access. The QR code verification option was rolled out to provide straight forward and quick access to vaccination records for COVID-19 shots. In this way, Virginians won’t need to carry around the paper documentation.…

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Facial recognition systems are on the rise by US government agencies

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Despite massive opposition and calls for a moratorium, feds are moving forward with this technology. Even as opposition rapidly rises, the US government is staying the course for increased use of facial recognition systems and related technologies. The US Government Accountability Office recently released a report with plans for the tech. The US Government Accountability Office report was called “Facial Recognition Technology Current and Planned Uses by Federal Agencies”. It outlined the existing and planned use of facial recognition systems and related technology by federal government agencies. It included a…

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