Maine Gardener: A new book helps gardeners choose plants for the benefit of wildlife and, by extension, us

Interest in native plants is increasing rapidly among gardeners. Sales have increased by as much as 30 percent at regular nurseries, as well as at nurseries specializing in native plants and through groups like Maine Audubon, which sell native plants every year. The soon to be published “Northeast Native Plant Primer” is designed to promote … Read more

Pelosi meets Ukrainian president in Kiev

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has met Ukraine’s president during a visit to the country’s controversial capital, Kiev. Pelosi, second in line to the presidency after the vice president, is the highest-ranking US leader to visit Ukraine since the start of the war, and her visit marks … Read more

Meta’s Quest hand tracking can now detect high-fives and claps

Meta updates its mixed reality hand tracking system with support for several types of movements, including movements such as flap. A new version of its Presence Platform API is launched for everyone after a limited preview with a few developers promising more sophisticated and reliable interactions on the Meta (formerly Oculus) Quest headset. The presence … Read more

Motorcycles thunder through Canadian capital under police surveillance

Motorcycles thundered through the streets of the Canadian capital and a memorial service was held at the national war memorial on Saturday, while a strong police presence watched the ‘Rolling Thunder’ protest. Many of the people involved in this weekend’s event also took part in the “Freedom Convoy” that closed downtown Ottawa for weeks in … Read more

Pearson acquires the language learning platform Mondly

Education publisher Pearson, whose U.S. headquarters are in Hoboken, bought Mondly, a global online language learning platform, according to an April 29 announcement. Mondly offers consumers high quality learning in English and 40 other languages ​​through its app, website, virtual reality and augmented reality products. The platform includes language courses for both professional and personal … Read more

Neil Parish resigns, admits he searched for ‘tractor porn’ in House of Commons

Neil Parish, the Tory MP who said he accidentally opened “tractor porn” on his cell phone in the House of Commons, resigned on Saturday, admitting he deliberately watched the racy videos in the room. The 65-year-old conservative lawmaker had a “moment of madness,” he said, when he looked up X-rated content during an idle moment … Read more

Meta Quest Virtual Reality Experience with ILMxLAB’s Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge Coming to Disney Springs May 2 to July 21

Yesterday, we reported that a new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge-themed virtual reality experience is coming to Disney Springs! Today, the Disney Parks Blog shared more details about the experience, including the limited time dates! Meta Quest, ILMxLAB – Lucasfilm’s award-winning immersive entertainment studio – and Disney Parks are excited to continue their collaboration by bringing … Read more

Meta under the microscope for student aid website pixel • The Register

Meta’s Facebook subsidiary has collected hashish personal data from students seeking financial support from the U.S. government, even from those without a Facebook account and those who are not logged in to the Student Aid website, according to a research study published this week. News-non-profit The Markup, working with Mozilla through its Rally Data Monitoring … Read more