'Kerbal Space Program' expansion has you making your own missions

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'Kerbal Space Program' expansion has you making your own missions

Squad isn't done adding to Kerbal Space Program just because the game's protracted development is over... if anything, the studio is just getting started. The company has unveiled KSP's first expansion, Making History, and this is definitely represents more than your usual downloadable add-on. It earns its namesake from the ability to reenact real-life space missions (insofar as you can in a fictional universe, anyway), but the real highlight is the option to create your own missions. There's a simple "drag and drop" interface, Squad says, and you can throw players for a loop by introducing everything from arbitrary limits (such as fuel or time) to surprise events.

'Super Mario Run' reaches Android on March 23rd

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'Super Mario Run' reaches Android on March 23rd

Android users won't have to wait much longer to find out whether or not Super Mario Run has justified any of the hype. Nintendo has made good on its earlier promise and revealed that the Android edition of the touchscreen runner will arrive on March 23rd, in sync with version 2.0 of the game. That update will give you more character choices beyond the current six, and will throw free players a bone by letting them tackle World 1-4 if they complete a challenge. There's more to 2.0 than that, Nintendo teases, but you'll have to wait to learn the rest.

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Microwaves that turn into cameras? The internet exploded. Our own Cherlynn Low debunked the baseless claim, and Conway, the mother of alternative facts, eventually admitted to CNN that she's "not Inspector Gadget" and doesn't "believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign." This particular political flub may have generated a few good laughs, but it's just one in a series of examples that bring into focus the sometimes bizarre, often unreal reality many of us find ourselves in today. In 2017, truth isn't about facts -- it's about perception.

AccuWeather now lets you look at the forecast in virtual reality

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AccuWeather now lets you look at the forecast in virtual reality

Checking the weather report is usually a colorless, simple experience -- a glance at an app to see the five day forecast or check the news for any major storms or events. If you have a Samsung Gear VR device, however, your daily forecast could soon be an experience. AccuWeather's new VR experience promises to offer immersive weather news, innovative forecasts and 360-degree video of severe weather events. o of severe weather events.

Focus is key to blending virtual objects with the real world

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Focus is key to blending virtual objects with the real world

You might remember Avegant for its unusual take on the video headset. The Glyph looked like (and doubled up as) headphone cans but worked pretty well. We called it "a wearable cinema for serious movie fans." Now, the startup is taking on a bigger challenge with Light Field, its "mixed reality platform" that can visualize objects "at multiple focal planes". That means that it can offer variably focused virtual objects in the real world. Until now, the inability to change focus has meant virtual objects appear out of place in the real world. Take a look at the image above: The Mars Rover in the hand is in the same position (and focus) as the hand, while Mars and the corridor behind are out of focus until that focus shifts. (Milanese Apple Watch band optional. We hope.)