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New shape-shifting interface lets you touch 3D computer images

A team of researchers have created a new shape-shifting interface that allows you to interact with 3D computer images through the medium of touch. The interface makes it possible to feel physical objects in computer simulations and models.

Microsoft has 'surprises' coming for Windows 10's Live Tiles

Microsoft's next Windows 10 update may include some substantial improvements to Start menu Live Tiles. The company has hinted at "surprises" on the way for the unique widgets, potentially incorporating interactive buttons within the tiles.

Google planning major redesign of Play Store app

Google is working on a redesign of its Play Store app according to a software engineer at the company who is now moving on. Screenshots of the coming update show a refined and simplified interface with clearer categories.

China builds a Windows replacement that looks like Windows XP

In a bid to move away from reliance on Microsoft's Windows, the Chinese government has built itself its own operating system to use instead. The result, named NeoKylin, looks almost exactly like Windows XP.

Microsoft announces Minecraft for Oculus Rift is coming next year

Microsoft has announced that the hit video game Minecraft will be made available for Oculus Rift headsets from next year. Players will be able to build and mine with friends while fully immersed in the VR experience.

Microsoft begins first preview release of Windows 10 for Xbox One

Microsoft has begun rolling out the first preview of the new Windows 10-powered Xbox One experience. The interface has been rebuilt from the ground up to make accessing content easier, faster and more responsive.

Intel publicly releases code behind Stephen Hawking's voice

Intel has publicly released the code for the software that powers Stephen Hawking's speech engine. It allows developers to go ahead and delve into how it works, opening the gateway to new systems based upon it but expanded by the knowledge of others.

'Unified', 'appropriate' Windows 10 Start menu wins design award

The new-look Start menu in Microsoft's Windows 10 has been chosen as the winner of the IDSA Design Award. It has drawn praise for allowing users to experience technology in a "contextually appropriate manner", a point of controversy for some who prefer 7.

Samsung, Oppo sued in China over intrusive smartphone bloatware

Smartphone manufacturers Samsung and Oppo have found themselves faced with a lawsuit from their customers in China. The consumer commission is fed up with the massive amounts of bloatware apps installed out of the box, some of which may be intrusive.

Google Project Jacquard: Control devices by touching your clothes

Google showed off a unique and innovative new product at its I/O developers conference in San Francisco recently. Called Project Jacquard, this new tech lets people control their devices by touching and swiping pieces of interactive fabric in clothes.

New Windows 10 build brings yet more welcome improvements

As Windows 10 nears completion ahead of its release this summer, Microsoft is continuing to push out new preview builds. Another build was released last night and brings several more refinements across the OS, focusing on a more polished interface.

Microsoft still working on Interactive Live Tiles for Windows 10

During a session at Microsoft's Ignite conference last week, the company announced that it is still working hard on making Interactive Live Tiles a reality in a future update to Windows 10, enabling users to access features of apps directly from Start.

Op-Ed: Why search must succeed and be cohesive in Windows 10

If Windows 10 is to do only one thing right, it must be getting searching down to a finely-tuned art. After the disastrous full-screen interface of Windows 8, the new Start menu in Windows 10 needs to deliver the cohesive search once offered by Windows 7.

Windows 10 on small tablets: Windows Phone but a little bigger

Screenshots have emerged of an early build of Windows 10 for tablets with small screen-sizes of under 8-inches. For these devices, the desktop will not be accessible and a Windows Phone-reminiscent interface will be used.

Facebook Messenger gets its own standalone website

Facebook has created a new standalone website for its Messenger service which can be used independently of the main Facebook site. The move follows the removal of messaging support from the core Facebook app on iOS and Android last year.

Facebook plans to allow third-party apps onto Messenger

Facebook is planning to open up the Facebook Messenger app to third-party apps and services that will run on top of the service, continuing the large-scale expansion of Messenger that the company has started in the past year.

Internet Explorer is finally dead, Microsoft is killing the brand

Microsoft's marketing chief confirmed at the company's Convergence conference yesterday that the long ill-spoken Internet Explorer web browser brand will be killed off with Windows 10 and replaced with the company's new "Project Spartan."

Google could be planning new Gmail interface

Screenshots posted on technology news site Geek.com appear to show an all-new version of the web client for Google's popular Gmail email service currently being tested.

New technology allows humans to control rats with their mind

A newly developed interface has made the first technologically-assisted, inter-species telepathy possible — allowing humans to control the movements of rats with only their thoughts.

Video: Researchers develop cyborg cockroaches to help in rescues

Raleigh - They may creep us out now, but cockroaches could be used to help save lives in collapsed buildings one day soon. Researchers at North Carolina State University have figured out a way to install an electronic system in a living cockroach to steer the bugs.

Dolphin learns to use an iPad to communicate with mankind

Last week, a young bottle-nose dolphin named Merlin became the first of his species to join the growing number of enthusiasts using the Apple iPad when he was able to successfully recognize and touch pictures on the screen to match objects he was shown.

Researchers use brain interface to post to Twitter

Earlier this month Adam Wilson posted a status update on the social networking Web site Twitter — just by thinking about it.

Google Translator Interface for Windows Desktop

Use Google Translator in your desktop with gTrans interface. No installation is necessary.

Google Groups out of beta, updates interface

Fresh out of the warm womb of beta, Google Groups has joined the elite ranks of post-beta Google apps.

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Video of the iPhone making a call

Extensive High Quality PS3 Interface Walkthrough

Curious as to what the PS3's hard-to-read user interface looks like? You've come to the right place. Watch the video to see all the submenus.
 

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Cortana has a new interface in the latest Windows 10 build
Cortana has a new interface in the latest Windows 10 build
Geek.com posted screenshots of what is thought to be a possible all-new interface design for Google ...
Geek.com posted screenshots of what is thought to be a possible all-new interface design for Google's popular Gmail email service currently being tested.
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