Living in Tech

The latest gadgets, games and toys, not to mention the generally cool stuff we do outside of work.

How Wearable Electronics Could Change Your Life

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With Google, Apple and other hardware companies reportedly gearing up to release a bevy of “smartwatches,” augmented-reality headsets and other wearable electronics over the next few years, it’s likely that you or someone you know could soon sport an ultra-connected device on their wrist, head or finger. But how will these devices actually affect how you work, live and play? Read on.  Related Articles Is Your Business Ready for Wearable Tech? Google Wants to Conquer the Wearable-Electronics Market The Sucess… continue…

Move Over, Smartphones: Now There’s a ‘Smart Cup’

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You’ve heard of smartphones, smart bombs, smartwatches, smart bracelets and smart people. Now prepare yourself for the “smart cup:” If you ever wanted a drinking container that will provide you with real-time nutritional data about whatever tasty beverage you pour into it, Mark One’s Vessyl is the 13-ounce receptacle (with accompanying iOS app) of your hopes and dreams. See iOS jobs here. Like many other hyper-intelligent devices hitting the market these days, the $99 Vessyl boasts an ultra-chic, minimalist shell.… continue…

Google, Apple Want to Take Healthcare IT Mainstream

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At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) earlier this month, CEO Tim Cook and other executives unveiled HealthKit, an app designed to consolidate health and fitness data within an iOS dashboard. HealthKit can list everything from cholesterol levels to calories burned, with an “emergency card” of contacts and pertinent data (blood type, etc.) accessible via the iOS lock screen. In theory, HealthKit will also have the ability to interact with apps from third-party developers, such as Nike’s FuelBand platform. Click here… continue…

The Best of E3

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This week’s E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) saw the major game studios and console builders unveil their upcoming titles. None of the presentations were subtle, to put it mildly: Mainstream developers seem more determined than ever to pour years of work and tens of millions of dollars into games in which things explode, explode, and, just for variety, explode some more. If you squinted against the glare of all those pyrotechnics, however, you could see a few games attempting innovative stuff—whether… continue…

The Next Silicon Valley Is…

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The next Silicon Valley will rise in a city, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. While Silicon Valley is viewed as synonymous with innovation, Brookings believes that a “new complementary urban model” will emerge, complete with infrastructure that gives it an advantage over what the think tank refers to as “spatially isolated corporate campuses, accessible only by car, with little emphasis on the quality of life or on integrating work, housing and recreation.” (Er, take that, Northern… continue…

The Epic Silliness of ‘Minecraft’ Creator’s New Game

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Imagine, for a moment, that you’re Markus “Notch” Persson, creator of Minecraft, one of the most popular video games of the decade. Within three years of entering Beta in late 2010, Minecraft had sold 35 million copies, transforming Persson into a multimillionaire in the process. The game has won tons of awards, sparked the annual MineCon conference and inspired—inevitably—lots of merchandise. Click here for game-development jobs. So after that blockbuster success, what do you do for an encore? If you’re… continue…

Bloomberg Testing Real-World App for Oculus Rift

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So far, the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset has found its most widespread use in gaming. But as the device rises in prominence, more companies are testing its capabilities as a work tool. Bloomberg is one of those companies, having designed software that allows Oculus-equipped traders and financial pros to view dozens of virtual “screens,” each one packed with data. The platform is clearly aimed at those Masters of the Universe who stack their real-world desks with four, six or eight… continue…

Pascal Is Way Underrated

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While it came slightly later to the party (see my article here), Pascal’s history can perhaps be summed up with the phrase, “Always the Bridesmaid never the Bride.” Developed at the end of the 60s by professor Niklaus Wirth, Pascal was only intended to be a teaching language. Original Pascal had very limited string handling, no disk access and, crucially, lacked any kind of library mechanism. What it did have was an easy-to-read syntax, a good type system, facilities for… continue…

‘No Google Glass on the Hyperloop’: Signs From the Future

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There’s a good deal of talk about technology that might become commonplace over the next several years—things such as particle-sized robots, or augmented-reality headsets like Google Glass, or the high-speed Hyperloop proposed by Elon Musk. Once those technologies are widely deployed, of course, society will need to indicate their presence. Thirty years from now, security checkpoints could warn anyone passing through to turn off any chips implanted in their brains; on the street, signs could show which roads are specially… continue…

Amazon Could Unveil 3-D Smartphone This Month

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Amazon’s latest promo video shows people (presumably beta testers) gushing about a device in their hands. “It moved with me,” one says. “It’s very real life,” another enthuses. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that,” suggests a third, while tilting her head back and forth. The shot is always framed so that the object of their awe is just out of sight, but they’re clearly impressed with its capabilities: Amazon accompanied that video with an announcement that it… continue…