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From Cyborgs to Project Glass: the Augmented Reality Story

From Cyborgs to Project Glass: the Augmented Reality Story

Google's Project Glass has been through the usual story arc - rumors, a mind-blowing concept demo, rabid excitement, practicality doubts and then simmering mistrust - in a concentrated three month period, but the back story to augmented reality is in its fifth decade. The desire to integrate virtual graphics with the real-world in a seamless way can be traced back to the days when computers could do little more than trace a few wireframes on a display; it's been a work-in-progress ever since. If Google's vision left you reeling, the path AR has taken - and where it might go next - could blow your mind.

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The new iPad Review Round-Up

The new iPad Review Round-Up

The results are in, and now that we're less than 24 hours away from the launch of the 2012 edition of the iPad, the tech world has its hands-on say if and how Apple's newest slate trumps the competition. We've got our own review up as well as the mixed opinions from across the web - in general the consensus has been that if you're in the market for an iPad, it is as it's always been: the older model may be cheaper, but the newest model is worth the extra cash. That and the fact that Apple is preparing their content for the much more high definition world of the new iPad's Retina quality display should have you reeling all night long.

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Super 8 home movie of Challenger disaster surfaces

Super 8 home movie of Challenger disaster surfaces

Some things happen in our lives that we will all remember forever. One of those things for many of us that grew up in the 80s is the space shuttle Challenger explosion. That was the first shuttle launch to be shown on TV in schools around the country. Little did the schools know that the children watching would see all members of the crew die on live TV as the shuttle exploded shortly after take off.

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Amazon Kindle Lending Library reaches 100,000 titles

Amazon Kindle Lending Library reaches 100,000 titles

The Amazon Kindle Lending Library, which can probably best be described as Netflix for e-books, now gives subscribers an amazing 100,000 titles they can read for free. The retailer hit the skyhigh milestone after recently releasing a large update of books. It is growing to become one of the best features of Amazon Prime, and of the Kindle platform as well.

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Mobile World Congress 2012 Wrap-up

Mobile World Congress 2012 Wrap-up

At what must be one of the most beautiful venues on earth to have a conference such as this, we've got Mobile World Congress 2012, a yearly event which takes the whole world's mobile device market and gathers it up into one big week-long masterpiece. Of course it's not as perfectly simple as that, and if you've never been to the event or have never tried to follow along with the news that spills forth from it before, you may very well have a hard time fitting all the pieces together. That's why we've got this easy to read, easy to decipher guide for you to work your way through all of the devices and services announced, displayed, and teased during the events - have a look!

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Square wants iPads embedded in taxis

Square wants iPads embedded in taxis

If you have plans to visit New York City, you should make a point of hopping into a cab at some point. Not because you might make it on the Discovery Channel game show Cash Cab, but because it might have an iPad embedded into the back console that you can play with during your ride. That is, if Square's Jack Dorsey has his way. He wants tablets to become commonplace in taxi cabs so that credit card payments are done through his platform.

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SlashGear 101: Windows 8 on ARM

SlashGear 101: Windows 8 on ARM

So, fellow Windows users, who among you can't wait to run to your local electronics store this fall and install Windows 8 - on your three-year-old home built benchmark buster? As exciting as a new version of Windows can be, this time the excitement's all about the ARM-based opportunities that an entirely new hardware and software platform can provide. Microsoft's been a little squirrely on Windows 8 for ARM hardware (Which they're referring to as "WOA" for short), but Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows division broke it all down in a massive article at MSDN. If you're a Windows developer it's required reading, but we're breaking it down here for the consumer side of things.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 8, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 8, 2012

Zdravstvuj everyone! Especially our Russian friends. Yes, that weird word at the beginning of this post is "hello" in Russian, and is the perfect segue into our first story on today's evening wrap-up: Siri may get Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Russian language support in March. As we all know, Siri won't rest until she's taken over the entire world. That's something to worry about, but luckily the privacy issues people had with the iPhone's Path won't be. A Path update went live today to try to resolve the problem.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 7, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 7, 2012

Get yourself underground - way, way underground, under the ice even as we reach the world's oldest super-clean water system. The Nikon D800 and D800E have officially been released - their info, anyway, plus a bit of 1080p video to keep you pumped up. A bit more information on the progress of Apple OS X to ARM porting has been revealed, and Raspberry Pi, the itsy bitsy teeny weeny PC is being released by the end of February.

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Hirai’s Big Challenge: Selling us Four Sony Screens

Hirai’s Big Challenge: Selling us Four Sony Screens

Freshly-appointed Sony CEO Kaz Hirai faces the difficult challenge of delivering on predecessor Howard Stringer's ambitious four-screen strategy: convincing users to buy not just one Sony device, but as many as four of them. Stringers' grand design - of tablets, TVs, smartphones phones and computers all interacting - is an determined attempt to follow Apple's lead of a tightly integrated ecosystem of content sharing across devices

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