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NASA tests robotics and laser-powered drills for Europa mission

Anchorage - Jupiter's icy moon Europa is the next target for some NASA scientists. Scientists are testing a robot equipped with a drill powered by laser energy carried through a fiber-optic wire.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Smartphone used to spot fake medicines

Developers from Egypt have devised a smartphone app that is able to distinguish between genuine drug treatment and counterfeits.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Fitness band shocks, punishes you for not working out

Pavlok is a new wrist band that rewards or punishes for your level of exercise. It can give you money and bonuses for working out. Or it can take your money, ridicule you on social media and shock you for not going to the gym.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

2014 is the year for mobile payment systems

Summer has arrived and with it consumer spending has thawed, although not to the levels that e-tailers had hoped. Larger purchases — cars, furniture, and other durable goods — have decreased.
In the Media by Drew Hendricks

Report: Twitter employees are mostly white and male

Twitter managers recently released data on their own employees. Around 59% of them are male and 70% are white. Facts like this are re-igniting the debate on how to get more minorities and women into the technology sector.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

3D printers, food and the human body

Natick - 3D printing can technically create a pattern and then an object from nearly anything. Both food and human organs are items scientists are currently researching.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 9 comments

RoboCup 2014 competition attracts experts and inspires learning

RoboCup 2014 has a bit in common with FIFA's World Cup. Robots are now playing soccer (football) in Brazil instead of humans but international glory is still on the line.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

IBM attempts to make Watson a virtual assistant for veterans

Watson, from IBM, has moved into another capacity; he works as an assistant for war veterans seeking to re-integrate. He can help them with resumes,
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Apple cited in class-action lawsuit over wages

As you can see from the embedded PDF, employees in California, notably the Apple "Geniuses," are seeking back pay and damages for incidents such as Apple denying their workers rest periods.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Robotic Reflections

When asked to write an Op-Ed on the subject of robotics, one over-arching thought came to mind: The robots are coming, people — get on board or get left behind.
In the Media by Mike Rossi - 2 comments

China allegedly uses Twitter to spread false information in Tibet

Around 100 accounts were reportedly found using names stolen from Westerners and descriptions taken from real people. Reporters claim each account promotes Chinese propaganda.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

iOS 'back doors' found by forensic scientist

Forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski has posted evidence related to iOS security. His presentation talks about your rights and how some "back door" practices are infringing upon them.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

Top tips for faster websites

In today's tech industry, optimizing a website via responsive web design is seen as essential to achieve top speed and performance. Another important factor that impacts on speed relates to hosting.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Why Google bought Songza — Brains, innovation and advertising

While Google is “organizing the world’s information,” advertising still accounts for its core revenue. Why buy Songza, of all music-focused startups out there? Here's my take on what Songza did differently, and how Songza might save advertising.
In the Media by Elena Yunusov

Tablet News: Nvidia's entry, small screens and Microsoft prices

Microsoft, Nvidia and established names such as Lenovo are all gearing up for a new wave of competition in the tablet market.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Net 'Neutrality' may not be 'equality' for all

Our country is famous for giving its people freedoms, then slowly over time it takes them away one by one. And next on the list of freedoms we may start to lose is Internet access. And in some ways, it has already begun.
In the Media by George McGinn - 3 comments

Op-Ed: The promising future of Google Glass

One of the first companies you'll notice at the forefront of any major technical breakthrough in recent years is a well known company called Google.
In the Media by Nathan Miller - 2 comments

MIT creates device that gives you two additional robotic fingers

Robotics experts are working on a way to give you more fingers which you can wear. Why should you settle for five fingers when you can have seven?
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

Bizarre Microsoft layoff letter

Microsoft have announced that they are laying off some 18,000 staff. This large number has shocked many people, not least the employees. Some employees are also a little angry about how they found out about the news.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

LeapFrog announces system with gaming apps for kids

Emeryville - LeapFrog has provided educational games for kids since 1994. Now they are launching a new console which offers 100+ learning games for kids.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Video: Meet Jibo, called the 'First Family Robot'

An Indiegogo campaign for a small robot meant to help your family called Jibo was recently launched. The idea is to have a small helper robot that can tell stories, take messages and even order food.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Op-Ed: Is new technology making communication easier for businesses?

With technology at its peak, how exactly does it affect business communications? Is this effect good or bad? And how do customers respond to this form of communication?
In the Media by Jenna Cyprus

Google 'Smart Lenses' can detect biometric data from your eyes

Google will be partnering with Swiss drug and medical technology company Novartis to license "smart lens" technology. This technology will theoretically allow doctors and possibly even companies to know about your body through your tears.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

German lawmakers consider using typewriters to counter espionage

After the latest information on the extent to which the German government is being spied on, reports say that a few politicians want to go back to using typewriters since there are a few notable advantages to them.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

iPad materials may be causing allergic reactions in some users

If you are one of the many people who has an iPad and enjoy using it regularly you might be at risk for a rash or other problems.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Bill Gates Foundation donates funding to wireless birth control

Bill Gates has both contributed both ideas and funding for a device that would give women an easy way to access birth control. A long-lasting implant would be placed in the body and be switched on or off to release drugs with a wireless transmitter.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 1 comment

Doctors create early and effective form of Dengue vaccine

A new vaccine for Dengue Fever has been shown to both reduce the number of cases and reduce severe side effects for those who do get it. This may be the first step towards eliminating the ailment entirely.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Op-Ed: Blackberry Passport a square in a world of rectangles

In the modern technological world, there is a huge demand for both style and substance. Blackberry's new phone encourages people to be square (hahaha), but is it the right phone for the modern person?
In the Media by Kris Coombes

Microsoft executives change overall strategy for the company

The spread of Microsoft devices and services is going to be put on the back burner to focus on the "core" of the company, according to CEO Satya Nadella. As he has been saying for months he wants a "mobile first" and "cloud first" approach.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

UK Military designers demonstrate concept for 'The Transformer'

A military research team in the UK has released plans for a three-part plane which can detach into faster planes then reform when the enemy has been shaken off. The concept so far looks quite impressive.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel
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