technology

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14
Mar
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New Tech Transforms Human Body into a Touchscreen

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have developed new technology that is set to revolutionize the ways in which we manipulate certain handheld devices, by transforming the human body into an actual touchscreen platform. Skinput, the name given ... to the wireless device, allows an individual to push a few holographic buttons on their arm or hand to control their mobile phone, MP3 player and even certain video game consoles. The technology was first developed by Chris Harrison at Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with Desney Tan and Dan Morris at Microsoft Research Computational ... (view more)

Thu
10
Feb
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New Technology Measures Sobriety via Wheel, Door Locks

A Massachusetts-based research and development facility has created a detection prototype that could determine the driving abilities of someone wishing to operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. While a number of similar systems already ... exist (such as those requiring an individual to blow into a breath-testing device before the automobile can operate), the new system would use cutting-edge, sensory technology never before added to a motor vehicle. Wheel, Door Lock Sensors Measure Blood Alcohol Level The new approach, called "The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety", uses ... (view more)

Thu
30
Dec
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IBM Predicts Hologram Mobile Phones in 5 Years

IBM has revealed their annual "Five in Five" list, which highlights five innovations that the company predicts will change the lives of everyday people over the next five years. Among the predictions turning heads is the belief that IBM researchers ... are five years away from enabling mobile phones to produce 3D hologram images of people talking and moving in real time. Image Princess Leigha's hologram inside R2D2 from the mega-smash hit movie Star Wars, and the experience may be similar. 3D Visual Images to be Displayed on Virtually Any Surface Paul Bloom, IBM's CTO for telecommunications ... (view more)

Thu
25
Nov
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Intel Atom CPU Could Make the NFL Safer for Players

Intel is working on new technology designed to increase the response time in diagnosing and treating NFL-related injuries. By embedding a small Intel Atom microprocessor inside a football helmet, impact measurement data can help quickly determine ... the severity of an injury for medical personnel on the sidelines. Intel, renowned for being the largest computer chip maker in the world, has worked with football helmet maker Riddell on computer simulations to improve future designs and reduce the number of injuries in the contact sport. Joining the tandem are a number of select universities, ... (view more)

Tue
25
May
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Microsoft Acquires VPN License with $200M Payout

Microsoft recently lost its latest battle to have a $290 million decision over copyrighted Word XML functionality overturned. In a move to overcome another decision made against it earlier this year, the software giant has paid $200 million to ... VirnetX to keep that company quiet over its own patented technology. Back in March, a Tyler, Texas jury found that Microsoft had infringed on a copyright owned by VirnetX. The patent involved virtual private network (or VPN) technology used in Microsoft's Windows XP and Vista operating systems. The Redmond-based firm was ordered to pay a hefty $105.7 ... (view more)

Thu
15
Apr
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Tech Guru Predicts Launch of 3D Internet in 5-10 Years

Sean Koehl, a man known throughout Intel Labs as a technology guru, has raised a few eyebrows with his recent Nostradamus-like prediction that the Internet will "go three-dimensional" within the next 5 to 10 years. Of all the forthcoming technology ... projects underway at Intel Labs, Koehl said that he is most excited about the work being done on 3D technology and how it will change the way people interact with online information. According to Koehl, the only reason it is taking so long for this technology to evolve (if being 5 years away from a three-dimensional Internet can even be considered ... (view more)

Fri
02
Apr
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New Technology allows for Hands-Free, Voice Recognition Texting

With strict hands-free mobile phone laws affecting people in cities across North America, in-car services such as Onstar are seemingly the only way a person can make a legal phone call while driving. But what if you need to send an important email ... reply or text message while on the go? For Blackberry users on a Sprint plan, hands-free emails and texting is now a reality. These subscribers have the opportunity to install a speech-to-text mobile application that will enable them to dictate text-based messages without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The technology that allows ... (view more)

Mon
15
Mar
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3D TVs Make Best Buy Debut, But Are They Worth It?

If you were one of the millions of people who flocked to see Avatar in theatres once, twice, or like some people I know, three times, then chances are you're familiar with the allure of 3D television and movies. Now, big box electronics retailer ... Best Buy has unveiled a new line of 3D TVs for the home -- but is the investment worth it? Best Buy recently announced it had reached a deal with TV manufacturer Panasonic Corp. towards selling the Japanese company's first wave of three-dimensional televisions sets. 3D TV: Big Bundle, Big Price Tag And already Best Buy has announced its first major ... (view more)

Wed
03
Feb
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MS Office 2010 RC: Includes Cloud, 64-bit Technology

The most anticipated Microsoft product since the release of Windows 7 this past October has to be the company's next version of MS Office, Office 2010, which is now nearing its final release. The software suite has now entered the "Release ... Candidate" (RC) stage, meaning it's very close to the final version. Office 2010 On Track for June Release According to reports late yesterday, it would seem that Microsoft has now shipped to early testers a nearly complete "release candidate" edition of its highly anticipated Office 2010. That means the program should be available to home and business ... (view more)

Tue
26
Jan
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Bill Gates: Innovation, Tech to Bolster Economy

Former Microsoft head Bill Gates has said technology can help the world's poorest people survive and even thrive amidst the economic downturn. But he warned that innovations are often only driven by the prospect of a profitable market. Gates, who ... quit Microsoft two years ago to concentrate on philanthropic work, made the comments in his annual letter to supporters of his charitable foundation. He opened by arguing that innovation "can make the difference between a bleak future and a bright one." (Source: pcworld.com ) Tech Projects Must Be Self-Sustaining The letter warns that without ... (view more)

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