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Photos of the Day: Microsoft HoloLens Lets You See 3D Holograms

January 22, 2015 9:53 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

With virtual reality capturing imaginations during the last couple of years, it's easy to forget about augmented reality. But Microsoft has spent years cooking up its own take on AR, and it's ready to bake the technology into Windows 10. Much like how the Surface was introduced alongside Windows 8, Microsoft has its own holographic ... 

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NASA, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'Work on Mars'

January 22, 2015 9:48 am | Comments

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens. Developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, OnSight will give scientists a means to plan and ... 

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Microsoft Shows off Windows 10 and 'HoloLens'

January 22, 2015 9:36 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens.The company showed the new headset, which lets users view and interact with three-dimensional images ...                          

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New Method to Generate Arbitrary Optical Pulses

January 22, 2015 9:13 am | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | Comments

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a new technique to generate more powerful, more energy efficient and low-cost pulsed lasers ...                                    

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Ringing in the New Year with $5.1 Million in Funding

January 21, 2015 2:10 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Wearable technology startup Ringly raised $5.1 million in Series A, led by Andreesen Horowitz. High Line Venture Partners, Silas Capital, PCH and others also participated in Series A funding for the smart ring company, Ringly founder and CEO Christina Mercando said in a press release. Follow-on investments came ... 

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RFMW Ltd. and Frontier Electronics Announce Distribution Agreement

January 21, 2015 12:50 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

RFMW Ltd. and Frontier Electronics have announced a worldwide distribution agreement effective January, 19, 2015. Frontier Electronics has one of the most comprehensive and all inclusive passive component offerings in the industry. Frontier Electronics manufactures ...                           

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Industrial Network Connectivity Manufacturer B&B Electronics Emerges as Global Intelligent IoT/M2M Expert B+B SmartWorx

January 21, 2015 12:44 pm | by B&B Electronics | Comments

Thirty-four-year-old networking expert B&B Electronics today emerged as B+B SmartWorx. While continuing the tradition of developing mission-critical network connectivity technology for remote or demanding environments, B+B SmartWorx is ramping up the intelligence ...                            

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Upgraded Atlas Robot to Go Wireless

January 21, 2015 10:54 am | by DARPA | Comments

A total of $3.5 million in prizes will now be awarded to the top three finishers in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the final event of which will be held June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. The new prize structure was created in recognition of both the significant progress already demonstrated ...                 

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Photos of the Day: DARPA Robotics Challenge

January 21, 2015 10:54 am | by DARPA | Comments

Aside from the previously announced $2 million grand prize, DARPA plans to award $1 million to the runner-up and $500,000 to the third-place team. DARPA expects at least twenty teams to compete in the DRC Finals ...                      

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Self-Cleaning, Self-Powered Smart Keyboard Can Identify You

January 21, 2015 10:16 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

In a novel twist in cybersecurity, scientists have developed a self-cleaning, self-powered smart keyboard that can identify computer users by the way they type. The device, reported in the journal ACS Nano, could help prevent unauthorized users from gaining direct access to computers. Zhong Lin Wang and colleagues ... 

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X-Rays Unlock Secrets of Ancient Scrolls Buried by Volcano

January 21, 2015 10:06 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

Scientists have succeeded in reading parts of an ancient scroll that was buried in a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago, holding out the promise that the world's oldest surviving library may one day reveal all of its secrets ...                         

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Google, Fidelity Fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX with $1B Investment

January 21, 2015 9:51 am | by Associated Press | Comments

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion.The infusion announced Tuesday will give Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments a ...                             

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Software Teaches Computers to Translate Words to Math

January 21, 2015 8:43 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Thanks to new software developed at the University of Illinois, machines now can learn to understand mathematical reasoning expressed in language, which could greatly improve search engines and access to data as well as boost mathematics education. Computer sciences professor Dan Roth...

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Obama: Paid Leave Should Be a Right, Not a Privilege

January 20, 2015 3:02 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

New Jersey is one of only three states to offer paid sick leave—which President Barack Obama will address at the State of the Union tonight, along with net neutrality, competitive local broadband, and cybersecurity.  At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, the President will announce several initiatives to promote paid medical and family ... 

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Innovative Smart Home System Lands in the Netherlands

January 20, 2015 1:49 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter | Comments

DigitalSTROM, the Swiss-German company behind a smart home system that utilizes a house’s existing electrical network, announced its expansion into the Dutch market on Thursday, Jan. 2. The Netherlands will be the fourth core market for the company, which will ... 

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