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As we slowly march towards a future where scenes from Minority Report and Transcendence feel more like reality and less like science fiction, Microsoft Research is unveiling a data-drive crystal ball of sorts. It's a project emerging from the Microsoft Prediction Lab, where laypeople are encouraged to make predictions about upcoming events. The company's calling it a game for now, but the implications are far greater. As of now, the interactive demo highlights the team's pursuit of forecasting technologies; namely, they're looking to intelligently collect data, keep billions of related likelihoods... Read more...
You can't swing a dead cat these days without hitting a research team claiming to have discovered a new technology or ability that will miraculously enhance battery capabilities as soon as a few quick problems are patched up or some niggling cost factors get fixed. The majority of these announcements splash down and vanish, never to be heard from again -- but a team at Stanford is claiming to have pulled off a scientific coup that really would be a quantum leap over existing battery technology -- and they've done it, supposedly, by solving a very old problem. Right now, the batteries we refer to... Read more...
Here’s an interesting psychological factoid: Emotional states can be transferred to other people via text-based messages on social media, such as Facebook. That means that if, for instance, you view a bunch of sad posts, you’re more likely to pen a sad post yourself shortly thereafter even though you don’t realize that the sad posts made you sad. Here’s another even more interesting but more disconcerting factoid: Researchers figured that out by running experiments. On Facebook. Without your knowledge or consent. Here’s a snippet from the “Significance”... Read more...
You may not typically associate cutting-edge science and motion research with the company responsible for creating the most famous mouse couple in the world, but Disney Research has a tendency to shine on the technology front every now and again. Recently, the arm published a video detailing a new interactive, tactile experience in free air. The project is being titled Aireal, and it's described as a "new low cost, highly scalable haptic technology that delivers expressive tactile sensations in mid air." Essentially, it enables users to feel virtual objects, experience dynamically varying textures... Read more...
Guess what? Mobile is overtaking desktop, and it's happening at a breakneck rate. In fact, some analysts are wondering if the generation born today will ever know a "computer" to be anything other than something held in one's palm, which probably sends chills down the spines of those who are still cranking out desktop towers. Gartner's latest research report predicts that the "traditional PC market" will shrink 7.6% in the coming year, citing a change in behavior as consumers flock to tablets, phones, and other ultra-portable devices. Worldwide devices (the combined shipments of PCs, tablets and... Read more...
Few things are more impressive than gigabit Internet speeds, electric vehicles that can run 100 miles on a charge, and GPUs that cost over a grand. But we're pretty sure a 5-foot robotic jellyfish counts as one of those things. Presently, a multi-school project for the American Navy is ongoing, and it's being headed up by Virginia Tech professor Shashank Priya. The topic of conversation is a robotic jellyfish that could one day "conduct military surveillance, clean oil spills and monitor the environment." And terrify all who dare enter the ocean, of course. The creature is being built to operate... Read more...
I doubt it needs to be said, but curing cancer is far from easy. Today, gathering required data isn't so much the problem, but rather having enough people to analyze it is. Wouldn't it be great, then, if there were a way for ordinary people to chip in? It might seem a little outlandish, given we're not all scientists, but Cancer Research UK would like to correct our way of thinking. In conjunction with Facebook, Amazon and Google, a mobile game is being developed that will allow regular citizens to solve important puzzles, that when combined en masse, will give researchers the data they need to... Read more...
You know those cute little white cubes that ship with pretty much every iPod touch, iPhone and iPad? Those are charging blocks, with a simply USB slot in there that's used for charging just about any portable device on the planet. And for years now, something similar has been shipping with -- you guessed it -- pretty much every portable device on the planet. Over time, most gadget hounds have amassed quite the collection of these charging cubes, and considering that many of those very hounds also use the USB sockets on their laptops as chargers -- well, you have to wonder how many of those cubes... Read more...
As 2013 ushers its way into existence, Mayans be darned, Microsoft will find itself planning to plug a hole that hasn't needed plugged in a very, very long time. The company's Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie has announced that he'll be turning in his badge in 2014, after some two decades dreaming up big projects for the company. For now, he'll shift over to a new role as "senior adviser" to CEO Steve Ballmer. Eric Rudder, chief technical strategy officer, has been chosen to take over some of Mundie's duties in the meanwhile. It's been a wild few months for Microsoft in terms of... Read more...
A new report from The NPD Group shows smartphone sales are on the rise. Interestingly enough, the increase in sales has been driven by pre-paid smartphones. In fact, post-paid smartphone sales were flat year-over-year while prepaid smartphone volume increased 91 percent year over year. Overall, total smartphone sales rose 9 percent in the second quarter of 2012 in comparison to the same quarter of 2011. NPD’s data also shows the average smartphone buyer's annual income is lower than in previous years. In the second quarter of 2012, 33 percent of smartphone buyers had average household incomes... Read more...
comScore's latest data from the comScore MobiLens service revels that Google now has half of the smartphone market share with 50.9 percent of smartphone subscribers using an Android phone. Unsurprisingly, Apple still has a stronghold in the market as well with 31.9 percent of the market share. As of the end of May, nearly 110 million people in the U.S. use a smartphone, which represents an increase of 5 percent compared to February. The study also found Samsung to be the top manufacturer of smartphones with 25.7 percent of the market share. comScore's data was collected during the three month average... Read more...
It's always good when we hear the word "investment" bandied about in the tech universe, and Intel has been using that term quite a bit over the past few years. Recently, the company announced plans to sink over $40 million (over the next five years) in a worldwide network of university research centers called "Intel Collaborative Research Institutes" (ICRI). According to Intel, it'll "bring together experts from academia and industry to invent the future of technology,"  with New Institutes including the ICRI for Sustainable Connected Cities in the United Kingdom; ICRI for Secure Computing... Read more...
According to Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps, the number of tablet owners in the U.S. will grow to new heights, reaching one-third (34.3%) of U.S. adults by 2016. This new report shows an increase from Forrester's previous estimates. Additionally, Forrester believes Europe isn't far behind the US in terms of tablet ownership. By 2016, Forrester expects 105.7 million users will own a tablet in Europe. This number represents 30.4 percent of consumers 16 and older in the European Union. In all, Forrester is estimating that 112.5 million US adults will own a tablet in four years. If this prediction... Read more...
Apple may be closer than you think to true worldwide PC domination. While the company has long-since dropped the "Computer" from "Apple Computer," evidently things are looking up on the PC side. Microsoft has held a huge, huge advantage in the desktop OS marketshare race for years, even as the iPod demolished the Zune and iCloud and trampling over Microsoft's cloud services. But according to research firm Canalys, Apple has become the worldwide client PC vendor in Q4 2011. That's right. We aren't talking about phones; we're talking about PCs. The trick here is to include tablets in the "PC" category.... Read more...
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