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Microsoft’s Xbox Studios: Old School or New?

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As Microsoft ramps up its Los Angeles-based Xbox Entertainment Studios, you have to wonder whether its goal is to bring innovative platforms to old-school media, or old-school media to innovative platforms. If the top-down hiring is any indication, it may be the latter. Yusuf Mehdl, senior vice president of Redmond’s interactive entertainment business, says that Xbox users are more interested in videos and music than those who play with other Internet-related consoles. In that context, hiring Nancy Tellem last September as… continue…

Why Developers Should Pay More Attention to Smart TVs

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Amidst all the hype about the stunning features and dynamic technology behind rapidly evolving Smart TVs, one thing seems forgotten: Its ecosystem won’t grow itself. If they want their products to truly succeed, then Panasonic, LG, Samsung and other manufacturers need to do more for developers. UltraHD(4K) is the New 3D The field is fast-paced. FullHD and 3D are already dropping behind UltraHD, which offers four times the resolution of FullHD with technology is similar to Retina Displays, boosting the… continue…

Tactus Adds On-Demand Buttons to Touchscreens

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If you’re not impressed by what’s been going on — or not going on — with smartphone technology over the past few years, good news: It looks like the days of incremental devie upgrades are numbered. More consumers seem to think that faster processors, thinner chassis, bigger screens and better camera just don’ it. And, yes, I’m looking at you, Apple. But a touchscreen with on-demand physical buttons? Oh yes, please. At CES 2013, California-based Tactus showed off an invention… continue…

New Engine Could Fly London to Sydney in 4.5 Hours

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The British company Reaction Engines is working on an engine technology that could make air travel faster–much faster. You can’t accuse the developers of false modesty: They call their Sabre engine “the biggest breakthrough in propulsion since the jet engine.” If it manages to do everything that it’s been designed to do, they could turn out to be right. The magic in the Sabre comes from a compressed helium cooling system that’s able to cool air entering the engine from… continue…

These Scientists Will be Ready for Skynet

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Could Artificial Intelligence (AI) end up dooming the world? Granted, some of its most visible examples–like Apple’s Siri and various automated online assistants–have trouble finding everything from movie times to customer service phone numbers. That makes you wonder how effective AI would be trying to track down the deep bunker of a head of state. Don’t get blase. Slashdot’s Nick Kolakowski writes: But as those systems increase in sophistication, and their amount of stored data accumulates to gargantuan proportions, a… continue…

IBM’s Carbon Nanotubes Keep Moore’s Law Alive

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IBM is reporting success with a new fabrication process that puts carbon nanotubes on the surface of a silicon wafer to build chips with more than 10,000 working transistors. Carbon what? Carbon nanotubes. They’re molecules that have long been discussed as a viable successor to silicon. They are extremely thin hollow cylinders made of carbon atoms and have a diameter about 10,000 times smaller than a human hair. Depending on their structure, IBM says, they can be metals or semiconductors.… continue…

Nissan Infinitis Will Soon Steer By Wire

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Nissan is looking to significantly upgrade its Infiniti sedans by adding a steer-by-wire system. Somewhat similar to the fly-by-wire system found in planes, the new tech will mostly dispense with the age-old mechanical apparatus. In steer-by-wire, control signals are transmitted electronically. Since electrical signals are transmitted faster than mechanical instructions, drivers can expect better response time and easier turning. The downside is that if the car’s electrical system fails, so does the steering. Nissan has worked around this by including… continue…

More Companies Seek Skills in Voice Technology

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Apple’s Siri and advanced in-car technology have focused the spotlight on voice technology, increasing demand for developers who can help both startups and established companies integrate speech in a range of new ways. Though not new – Carnegie Mellon University has been teaching classes in it for probably 30 years, notes Alan Black, associate professor at the school’s Language Technologies Institute – it’s evolved far beyond the call center systems and medical transcription technology of the past. Now, though, the technology is… continue…

Hitachi Makes Data Practically Eternal

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A novel long-term data storage technology from Hitachi may be able to preserve binary code for hundreds of millions of years. Hundreds. Of. Millions. The technology uses a high-precision laser to print dots of binary code across a square of quartz glass. The means for reading the data seems somewhat cumbersome, however, involving coupling an optical microscope to a compatible computer. Hitachi claims the technology is practically fireproof — one of the tests involved the retrieval of data after heating… continue…

New Coating Keeps Your Smartphone from Drowning

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by Gabriela Jugaru Dropping your smartphone into the water, spilling your coffee on it or worse yet, having to fish it out of the toilet bowl happens on a regular basis. For the people that own them it can mean the end of the world, especially if you’re one of those who carries your life around on it. As some people would rather cut off their leg (not really) than part with their smartphone, there have been many attempts at… continue…