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Check Out This Real-Life Hoverboard

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Hendo Hoverboard
Remember the hoverboard from Back to the Future II? Of course you do—it’s the one thing from the movie’s future that everybody wanted in real life. Now a group of engineers claim to have built a working hoverboard, and they’re raising funds for it on Kickstarter. The first 10 people to pony up $10,000 or more will receive production units, which can support the weight of one human being up to 250 pounds and float roughly an inch above the… continue…

Tesla Hype Machine Gears Up With Elon Musk’s ‘D’

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Elon Musk Tweet
Earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk (who’s also CEO of private-space-flight firm SpaceX) issued a cryptic Tweet. “About time to unveil the D and something else,” it read, accompanied by a photo of a garage door rising to reveal part of a shadowy vehicle: So what will Tesla unveil? Over at car blog Jalopnik, the assumption is that “D” refers to an all-wheel-drive vehicle equipped with dual motors, the better for cruising around in cold, icy conditions; other websites… continue…

Apple iWatch Coming Sept. 9: Report

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iOS Health Tracker
Apple will unveil a smartwatch alongside two new iPhones on Sept. 9, according to Re/code. The general assumption is that the two new iPhones will measure 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively. Although Apple dominates the higher end of the smartphone market, the recent success of oversized smartphones, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S4, has reportedly compelled it to make the next iPhone even bigger. Click here to find iOS-related jobs. The timing of the iPhones’ release isn’t surprising. Throughout the… continue…

Study: Some Workers Prefer Robot Overlords

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Robot Boss
We’ve seen a lot of stories lately about how many jobs traditionally done by humans could soon become the domain of robots. Now comes a study from MIT that says while we don’t like the idea of being replaced by robots, we may not have a lot of trouble working for one. Researchers at the school’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab—CSAIL for short—found that human workers preferred it when robots were given control over manufacturing tasks. Click here to… continue…

Data Science, Internet of Things Top Gartner Hype Cycle

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Gartner Hype Cycle
Every year, research firm Gartner updates its “Hype Cycle,” which traces how technologies progress from their early, heady days of innovation to a “Peak of Inflated Expectations,” before settling into a “Trough of Disillusionment” and, eventually, acceptance as productive tools. Nearly every technology that’s defined our lives over the past several years—whether cloud computing, 3D printing, or augmented-reality devices—has gone for a spin on Gartner’s Cycle. Now it’s time for 2014’s edition, in which several emerging technologies are climbing the… continue…

How Robots Will Take Your Job

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Robots are coming for (some) of your jobs, according to a recent survey of tech experts by Elon University and the Pew Internet Project. The survey, which went out to 1,896 respondents, centered on one question: “Self-driving cars, intelligent digital agents that can act for you, and robots are advancing rapidly. Will networked, automated, artificial intelligence (AI) applications and robotic devices have displaced more jobs than they have created by 2025? Describe your expectation about the degree to which robots,… continue…

Yes, You Can Build VR Goggles Out of Cardboard

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Maybe you’ve heard of virtual reality. Maybe the concept intrigues you to such a degree, you checked out how much it would cost to buy one of those nifty Oculus Rift headsets. Maybe you saw the note on the Oculus Rift website that the device isn’t yet available for consumer use, and the news crushed your soul to a fine pulp. But never fear, Google has a solution for you: a step-by-step guide to building your own virtual-reality goggles out… continue…

How Wearable Electronics Could Change Your Life

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Wearable Technology
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…

Is Your Business Ready for Wearable Tech?

Salesforce Wear
Salesforce has announced Salesforce Wear, which it bills as an initiative for “wearable computing in the enterprise.” In theory, the platform will allow developers to build enterprise-centric applications for a variety of wearable devices, including the Samsung Gear (a smartwatch), Android Wear, and Google Glass. (A full list is available here.) Salesforce’s motive here seems pretty obvious: By releasing an enterprise-centric development kit for wearable electronics—one that focuses on Salesforce software, no less—it can gain a head start on what… 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…