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Russian Tycoon Wants to Move Mind to Machine

June 17, 2013 12:03 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Can the City That Never Sleeps become the City That Never Dies? A Russian multimillionaire thinks so. Dmitry Itskov gathered some of humanity's best brains — and a few robots — in New York City on Saturday to discuss how humans can get their minds to outlive their bodies.  


Automated ‘Coach’ Could Help with Social Interactions

June 17, 2013 11:57 am | by MIT | Comments

New software developed at MIT can be used to help people practice their interpersonal skills until they feel more comfortable with situations such as a job interview or a first date. The software, called MACH (short for My Automated Conversation coacH), uses a computer-generated onscreen face, along with facial, speech, and behavior analysis...


'Watch Dogs' Video Game a Sign of the Times

June 17, 2013 11:47 am | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment | Comments

Across the dizzying, colorful show floor at last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo, there were games on display where players could become all manner of things, like a throat-slashing 18th century pirate, zombie killer, a guardian of the last city on earth, music-making sorcerer, ruthless Roman general, shape-shifting creature, goblin slayer and Batman.


A Robot that Runs Like a Cat

June 17, 2013 11:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Developed by EPFL's Biorobotics Laboratory (Biorob), the "cheetah-cub robot," is a small-size quadruped prototype robot. The purpose of the platform is to encourage research in biomechanics. Robots developed from this concept could eventually be used in search and rescue missions or for exploration.

Intelligent Glasses Designed for Professors

June 17, 2013 11:40 am | by Carlos III University of Madrid | Comments

Scientists at la Universidad Carlos III of Madrid have developed a system based on augmented reality that, thanks to intelligent glasses, enables a professor to see notes or comments on the contents of a lesson and to see if the students understand explanations or if, on the contrary, they are having doubts or difficulties. 


Samsung to launch Galaxy S4 Advanced with faster LTE

June 17, 2013 8:02 am | by CNET | Comments

The device will ship internationally, but due to network constrains in the U.S., it won't be coming here for the time being. Speaking to Reuters in an interview published on Monday, Samsung Electronics CEO J.K. Shin said that his company will launch a Galaxy S4 Advanced designed to connect to the next generation of 4G LTE networks.

Lightweight Microsoft Office Available on iPhone

June 14, 2013 9:32 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft's Office software package is coming to the iPhone for the first time Friday, offering people the ability to read and edit their text documents, spreadsheets, and slide presentations at the doctor's office or at a soccer game...


APNewsBreak: NSA Leaker Snowden Not Welcome in UK

June 14, 2013 9:30 am | by THANYARAT DOKSONE, Associated Press | Comments

The British government has warned airlines around the world not to allow Edward Snowden, who leaked information on top-secret U.S. government surveillance programs, to fly to the United Kingdom. A travel alert, dated Monday on a Home Office letterhead, said carriers should deny Snowden boarding because "the individual is highly likely to be refused entry to the UK."


New Array Measures Vibrations Across Skin May Help Engineers Design Tactile Displays

June 14, 2013 9:28 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

In the near future, a buzz in your belt or a pulse from your jacket may give you instructions on how to navigate your surroundings.Think of it as tactile Morse code: vibrations from a wearable, GPS-linked device that tell you to turn right or left, or stop, depending on the pattern of pulses you feel.


Obama to Take Advantage of Advances in Wireless

June 14, 2013 9:26 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The White House says President Barack Obama is taking advantage of new advances in the wireless industry to help create jobs. Obama is expected to announce Friday that he's directing federal agencies to be more efficient in their use of radio spectrum and to make more capacity available to satisfy the growing demand for broadband Internet.


RFID Journal Presents RFID in High Tech 2013

June 13, 2013 5:57 pm | by RFID Journa | Comments

RFID Journal has announced that registration is now open for its RFID in High Tech conference and exhibition. The event, focused on the use of radio frequency identification technology within the high-tech value chain, will be held on Oct. 2-3, 2013, at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront hotel, in San Francisco, CA.


Leaker Snowden Alleges NSA Hacking on China, World

June 13, 2013 9:08 am | by KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press | Comments

For months, China has tried to turn the tables on the U.S. to counter accusations that it hacks America's computers and networks. Now, former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden may have handed Beijing a weapon in its cyber war of words with Washington.


Privacy _ the Online Generation Wants It

June 13, 2013 9:03 am | by MARTHA IRVINE, AP National Writer | Comments

That attitude showed up most recently in a poll done over the weekend for the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and The Washington Post. The poll, tied to the disclosure of broad federal surveillance, found that young adults were much more divided than older generations when asked if the government should tread on their privacy to thwart terrorism.


Lawmaker Accuses Google of Dodging Taxes

June 13, 2013 8:55 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | Comments

An influential committee of British lawmakers accused search giant Google of dodging its taxes on Thursday, issuing a scathing report that said the U.S. Internet company took on highly contrived arrangements serving no purpose other than to avoid paying its fair share.


Utah Home to NSA's New Mega-Warehouse for Data

June 13, 2013 8:50 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | Comments

The nation's new billion-dollar epicenter for fighting global cyberthreats sits just south of Salt Lake City, tucked away on a National Guard base at the foot of snow-capped mountains. The long, squat buildings span 1.5 million square feet, and are filled with super-powered computers designed to store massive amounts of information gathered secretly from phone calls and emails.



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