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The Wall Has Fallen: 3 Augmented Reality Apps Now Live in iPhone App Store

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts First Paris Metro, then Yelp, now London Buses. The newest is even selling database layers through in-app purchases.It has been widely reported that the API required to display Augmented Reality (AR) layers of data on top of the camera view of a non-jailbroken iPhone 3Gs would not be publicly exposed until the launch of the next version of the iPhone Operating System, expected this Fall. Many developers are patiently waiting, but some have now found a way around the restriction. We just received word of the 3rd AR-enabled app hitting the iTunes store.Earlier this week we reported on Paris Metro Subway as being apparently the first AR-enabled app to be accepted into iTunes. Then, this afternoon Robert Scoble discovered that the new Yelp app includes an AR easter egg that any 3Gs owner can turn on by shaking their phone. Now we’ve received an email from Presselite, the same company that made Paris Metro Subway, letting us know that its London Bus app has been updated to include AR overlays and is also live in the App Store.The London Bus app is even selling data sets through in-app purchases. From its iTunes description:It is now possible to add new Point of Interest (POI) databases to London Bus application via in-app purchase. These options allow you to activate Food & Drink POI, Leisure POI, Attractions POI and Accommodation POI all over the UK.This AR economy is moving faster than we expected.All three of these were existing established apps that received AR capabilities in an update, not dedicated AR apps seeking admission for the first time. We’ve been unable to determine how this was achieved technically (Presselite of course won’t say), but rumor has it that the apps may be leveraging a third-party code base called ARToolkit (or iPhoneARToolkit). Others point to software called ChromelessImagePickerController.Can Apple now fairly deny other apps that seek to bring AR to the iPhone? We can’t imagine that they would shut down Yelp’s wildly successful app.Presumably many developers will continue to wait, hoping that the software they’ve already built will be enabled as soon as next month. Others will probably try to get their apps in ahead of the official announcement of AR support from Apple. That’s got to take some wind out of the sails of those companies that have been waiting patiently.They may only be the beginning and they may not be high-profile or officially supported by Apple yet, but it couldn’t be clearer: Augmented Reality apps have come to the iPhone.center_img marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Augmented Reality#Features#news#NYT#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Bihar flood toll mounts to 153, 17 districts affected

first_imgThe toll in Bihar floods rose to 153 on Fridat while the number of those marooned in 17 districts of the state crossed the one-crore mark.Araria district accounted for 30 deaths, West Champaran 23, Sitamarhi 13, Madhubani 8 and Katihar 7. 11 each have died in Kisanganj, East Champaran and Supual and 9 each in Purnea and Madhepura.Four deaths each were reported in Darbhanga, Gopalganj and Saharsa, 3 each in Khagaria and Sheohar, 2 in Saran and 1 in Muzaffarpur, Special Secretary in the Disaster Management Department Anirudh Kumar said. Around 1.08 crore people have been hit by floods in 17 districts and 1,688 panchayats, he said.Saran was included in the list of affected areas on Friday, taking number of districts under water to 17, Mr. Kumar said. The toll due to the floods triggered by rains in Nepal and northern parts of the state stood at 119 on Thursday, and 98 lakh people in 16 districts were hit. A total of 3.92 lakh people are putting up in 1,289 relief camps in different parts of the state, he said.The MeT office said Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea are likely to witness rain or thundershower tomorrow. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reviewed the flood situation and gave necessary instruction to officials.Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary in the Disaster Management Department Pratyay Amrit and his counterpart in the Health Department R.K. Mahajan were among those who attended the meeting.During the meeting, the CM gave orders for intensive airdropping of food packets in Kursakanta, Palasi, Sikti and Jokihaat in Araria and the Sugauli area in East Champaran, an official statement said. He directed the Road Construction Department to restore the road from Kisanganj to Araria via Bahadurganj by tonight to facilitate relief and rehabilitation work at a warfooting.Mr. Kumar also instructed officials to establish contact with the Border Road Organisation for repairing of damaged roads and bridges. A delegation of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), an ally of the BJP, under Union minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha handed over a cheque of their one month salary to the CM.Kushwaha and RLPS MP Ram Kumar Sharma gave cheques of ₹50,000 each, while party MLA Sudhansu Sekhar and MLC Sanjeev Shyam Singh donated ₹30,000 each to the CM relief fund. Senior JD(U) leader Shyam Rajak also gave a cheque of ₹81,000, including his one month salary and perks.Normal life affectedTrain services continued to be hit due to floods. An East Central Railways statement said the Guwahati Express ended its journey at Patna itself 15667 Gandgudham-Kamakhya Express will run upto Barauni on Saturday, Chief Public Relation Officer Rajesh Kumar said.Another baby was born on an NDRF rescue boat in Gopalganj district today. A baby was born Wednesday on an NDRF boat in Madhubani district.A total of 28 National Disaster Response Force teams comprising 1,152 personnel are rendering services in the marooned areas with the help of 118 boats. A total of 16 teams of the State Disaster Response Force comprising 446 personnel are helping people in the flood-hit areas with 92 boats.Seven Army teams with 2,228 personnel are assisting relief and rescue operation with the help of 280 boats, a state Disaster Management Department release said. The Special Secretary in the Disaster Management Department said 1,765 community kitchens are catering to 3.44 lakh people in several flood-hit areas. Heavy rains trigger flash floods in Biharlast_img read more

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No let up in Kashmir protests

first_imgThere was no let up in protests by students in the Kashmir Valley on Monday despite a slew of stringent measures, including the closure of private tuition centres by the government. Students of over 20 educational institutes held demonstrations over the Kathua rape and murder case in parts of the Valley. A senior police official said at least five demonstrations turned violent when students hurled stones at security forces. Over 70 students of the Government High School, Baramulla were rounded up following the clashes. “The detained students will be released after counselling,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (Baramulla) Imtiyaz Hussain.Two students and five policemen were injured during the clashes in Shopian, Sopore, Baramulla, Ganderbal and Anantnag. Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway was also hit due to stone-throwing at Khanabal.The students accused the security forces of “excessive use of tear-gas shells and chilli-filled PAVA shells on the campuses.” Fresh protests come just a day after State Education minister Altaf Bukhari ordered closing down of tuition centres. “If parents think tuition centres should not close, they should also ensure schools should not shut,” said Mr. Bukhari.Members of the Coaching Centres’ Association of Kashmir said they will keep tuition centres open. “Inspector raj should end. We are ready for regulations and will resume work from Tuesday,” said G.N. Var, a member.last_img read more

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Amit Shah meets Uddhav Thackeray

first_imgBJP president Amit Shah met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray here on Wednesday. Mr. Shah, accompanied by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, met Mr. Thackeray at the latter’s residence Matoshree. The BJP said the meeting is in connection with its Sampark for Samarthan (contact for support) campaign being led by Mr. Shah in the run-up to next year’s Lok Sabha polls. However, the meeting is seen to be significant as the BJP and the Shiv Sena have been bickering despite being allies at the Central and State level. The two allies contested the May 28 bypoll to the Palghar Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra separately and engaged in a bitter campaign against each other. The Shiv Sena has particularly been upset with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has repeatedly attacked him. After the defeat in the Palghar bypoll at the hands of the BJP, the Shiv Sena labelled the ally as its “biggest political enemy.” Even on Tuesday, the Sena questioned the “need” for the meeting between Mr. Shah and Mr. Thackeray “after a gap of four years” (since the Modi government was formed). The Shiv Sena has also already declared that it will go it alone in the 2019 general elections. The two parties were allies for over two-and-half decades before they severed ties ahead of the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly polls, only to join hands later to form the government under the leadership of Mr. Fadnavis in the State. In Wednesday’s editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna, the Shiv Sena questioned the BJP’s outreach programme after suffering defeat in bypolls in various States. The editorial maintained that the Sena will fight all the upcoming elections alone. “The PM is touring the world and Amit Shah is going around the country as part of their ‘sampark’ programme. Shah will be meeting NDA allies. However, what exactly will he do? Why is he meeting at this juncture when the BJP has suffered defeat in bypolls,” the Sena asked.last_img read more

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Sports ministry summons rival hockey groups to form unified body

first_imgThe sports ministry made a last ditch effort on Thursday to resolve the longstanding power struggle between Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and has summoned the two warring factions to form a unified body.Sports minister Ajay Maken will meet the chiefs of HI and IHF on Saturday. PTIThe ministry has prepared a proposal and sports minister Ajay Maken has called the presidents of HI and IHF for a meeting on Saturday. The minister, however, made it clear that the government was ready to take stern action if any of the two bodies refuses to cooperate.”I cannot share the complete details of the proposal but in a nut shell, the proposal is for a unified body which will have equal representatives from both HI and IHF,” said Maken.”If they (HI and IHF) do not agree with what has been proposed, we will take a firm step and inform the court about it,” he asserted.RK Shetty, the president of IHF, confirmed that he has received the notice from the government and welcomed the move.”It’s a good initiative and we would surely look at it. We are ready for a constructive meeting if it is good for Indian hockey and we appreciate the development,” Shetty told MAIL TODAY from Bangalore.The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has time and again said that it recognises HI as the only body allowed to run the sport in the country. The IHF, which was disbanded by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in 2008, came back into reckoning after a court order.advertisement”We have good people on both the sides and I am sure if we sit together, we will come to a conclusion,” said the minister.Although the ministry has asked for a meeting with the presidents of the two bodies, Mariyamma Koshy, who heads the HI, is down with fever in Kochi and it is likely that the secretary general Narinder Batra may come for the discussion.Maken also revealed that he held a meeting with former IHF chief KPS Gill and HI officials last month but the issue could not be sorted out.The raging issue of a foreign coach for the Indian men’s team has gained momentum after the national team’s disastrous performance at the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament, where it finished sixth out of seven teams.”Hockey India insisted on Harendra’s (Singh) name so we had no choice. If the federation and players demand a foreign coach, we are ready for it even if it means a higher salary for the coach,” Maken added.last_img read more

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