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Intel Awards RealSense Developers

May 11, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing, Uncategorized
Intel Awards RealSense Developers

Intel has awarded  $1m to a number of developers as part of its RealSense 3D App Challenge, which was launched last year. Announced by Intel president Renee James at Computex 2014, the RealSense App Challenge was part of Intel’s efforts to boost RealSense globally and generate software innovation around the ecosystem. More than 7,000 software creators in 37 countries applied to compete, and 400 were selected to develop new applications for entertainment, learning and collaboration. Several... 

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GPS To Become Obsolete?

March 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
GPS To Become Obsolete?

Finding GPS unreliable in certain situations, the U.S. government is focusing on developing a more reliable real-time position tracking technology whose signals won’t disappear in blind spots and can’t be jammed. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing “radically” new technologies to deliver a more advanced position- and navigation-tracking system that is more reliable and accurate than GPS, according to a document on DARPA research projects recently released. DARPA... 

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FAA Wants To Open The Skies To Commercial Drones

February 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
FAA Wants To Open The Skies To Commercial Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation is proposing new regulations that lift many of the barriers to commercial use of drones for applications like photography and surveying, but they don’t permit the kind of automated drone use that companies like Amazon.com want for package delivery. The proposed regulations would allow companies to fly drones up to 500 feet at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour during daylight hours. The drone must be flown by a licensed... 

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NGTS Joins The Hunt For Alien Planets

January 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
NGTS Joins The Hunt For Alien Planets

A new alien-planet–hunting telescope has just come online in Chile, and it could help scientists peer into the atmospheres of relatively small planets circling nearby stars. The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS for short) — located at the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Paranal Observatory — is designed to seek out planets two to eight times the diameter of Earth as they pass in front of their stars. Such a planet will cause the light of the star to dip ever so slightly when... 

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Are Wormholes Real?

December 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Are Wormholes Real?

Kip Thorne, the physicist who brought real science to the movie “Interstellar,” has a history of coming up with ideas that sound like they are straight out of science fiction. We’ve rounded up three of Thorne’s most mind-bending theories — at least one of which may have recently been confirmed. Looking to travel from one star to another, but don’t want the trip to take tens of thousands of years? How about using a wormhole? Wormholes were first theorized in 1916 (although... 

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Facebook Drops Bing From Search Results

December 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Facebook Drops Bing From Search Results

Facebook Inc has discontinued including results from Microsoft Corp’s Bing search engine on its social networking site. The move, confirmed by a company spokesperson, comes as Facebook has revamped its own search offerings, introducing a tool on Monday that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on Facebook. The decision may reflect the increasing importance that Facebook sees in Web search technology, a market dominated by rival Google Inc. Searches... 

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Will Smartphones Get LPDDR4

December 4, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Will Smartphones Get LPDDR4

The DDR market is rather predictable, after DDR2 comes DDR3 followed by DDR4 and will probably be followed by DDR5. The Low Power market is no exception. Most mainstream to high end phones are powered by LPDDR3 memory and this includes the latest iPhone, Samsung Note or Galaxy, LG G3 or HTC One M8 phones among others. The future, or early 2015 to be more precise, brings the LPDDR4 a next generation mobile DRAM standard. LPDDR4 launches with an I/O data rate of 3200 MT/s and a target speed of 4266... 

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Does The NSA Have A “Bing” Like Search Engine?

August 27, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Does The NSA Have A “Bing” Like Search Engine?

National Security Agency (NSA) has its own homegrown search engine that it offers to similarly minded US intelligence outfits. Website the Intercept was first to report this and attributes its news to information provided by whistleblowers. It said that the search engine is shared with a number of other US organisations and institutions. The search tool is called ICREACH, according to the report, and has been available and in use for some years. Documents gathered by the Intercept show the system... 

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Do Newborn Stars Destroy Their Stellar Neighborhood?

July 8, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Do Newborn Stars Destroy Their Stellar Neighborhood?

Massive young stars that will eventually destroy their own stellar nursery shine brightly in a dazzling new photo. Cosmic gas cloud Gum 15, which lies 3,000 light-years from Earth, is busily giving birth to huge stars that are, in turn, shaping the cloud’s weird structure. That activity will eventually lead to the nebula’s death, according to representatives with the European Southern Observatory (ESO), which released a new video showing the doomed nebula today (July 2). The cloud consists... 

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Did Mario Kart Save The Wii U?

June 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Did Mario Kart Save The Wii U?

The Wii U has struggled since its launch nearly two years ago, but the console is ready to pull a 3DS-like resurrection, Nintendo of America executive VP of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt stated. The 3DS stumbled at launch, enduring sluggish sales until Nintendo instituted a drastic price cut on the hardware. While Moffitt noted the impact of the price cut, he said a pair of first-party releases was another key driver in reversing the handheld’s fortunes. “We had the price cut in August... 

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Amazon Announces Amazon Dash, Gets Into Grocery Delivery

April 7, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Amazon Announces Amazon Dash, Gets Into Grocery Delivery

Amazon.com Inc unveiled a new product named Amazon Dash on Friday that allows the user to add groceries and household goods to their shopping lists using the company’s AmazonFresh service. A black-and-white hand-held wand-shaped remote-control features a microphone, speaker as well as a bar-code reader and links directly to the user’s AmazonFresh account. The device is available only for users of the AmazonFresh which currently operates exclusively in Southern California, San Francisco... 

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Did The Dinosaur Killing Asteroid Create Acid Rain?

March 13, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Did The Dinosaur Killing Asteroid Create Acid Rain?

The oceans soured into a deadly sulfuric-acid stew after the huge asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs, a new study suggests. Eighty percent of the planet’s species died off at the end of the Cretaceous Period 65.5 million years ago, including most marine life in the upper ocean, as well as swimmers and drifters in lakes and rivers. Scientists blame this mass extinction on the asteroid or comet impact that created the Chicxulub crater in the Gulf of Mexico. A new model of the disaster... 

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Astronomers Discover Black Hole Spinner Half The Speed Of Light

March 7, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Astronomers Discover Black Hole Spinner Half The Speed Of Light

For the first time, astronomers have directly measured how fast a black hole spins, clocking its rotation at nearly half the speed of light. The distant supermassive black hole would ordinarily be too faint to measure, but a rare lineup with a massive elliptical galaxy created a natural telescope known as a gravitational lens that allowed scientists to study the faraway object. “The gravitational lens is crucial,” study co-author Mark Reynolds of the University of Michigan told Space.com... 

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Intel’s Broadwell NUC Expected In October

February 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Intel’s Broadwell NUC Expected In October

Intel’s NUC is about to get its biggest overhaul yet later this year. The tiny barebones should get Broadwell-based Core i3 and Core i5 processors, but that’s not all. It appears that Intel is planning to introduce completely redesigned boxes with plenty of new features. Codenamed Rock Canyon, the new NUC kits will feature miniHDMI and miniDP video outputs, allowing triple display support and 4K/UHD support. In the storage department, Intel went for a standard 2.5-inch bay backed by an M.2 SSD.... 

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Are IT Worker’s Kids Smarter

February 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Are IT Worker’s Kids Smarter

An OECD report into the link between student performance and their parents’ occupations has revealed that if a kid has at least one parent working in IT, business or engineering they will do better in school. The news will be greeted with glee amongst the IT community where it will be suddenly be possible to use a pick-up line “but our kids will be good in school.” Not only were the kids of information and communications technology (ICT) workers top of the country in maths and science, they... 

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