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Intelligent Windows Phone Microsoft’s big investment in machine learning

Intelligent Windows Phone Microsoft’s big investment in machine learning

Microsoft Research's biggest investment is machine learning, the R&D division's new chief has revealed, claiming the team is "well within reach of solving speech recognition" as well as intelligently analyzing the content of images. "Machine learning is the really big one" Peter Lee told MIT Technology Review, "it is our number one investment." With the Nokia acquisition in the pipeline, Lee also says that the goal is to make tomorrow's Windows Phones "aware of what you are doing" through sensors and wearables.

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castAR augmented reality glasses switch to true VR with a clip

castAR augmented reality glasses switch to true VR with a clip

There's a team of creators out in the wild this week showing off a pair of augmented reality / virtual reality glasses called castAR, a pair of glasses that's set to make Star Wars a reality. The inspiration for this wearable piece of technology comes directly from the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, in a scene where the droids are playing a 3D chess game with Chewbacca. In this scene, the pieces for the chess game, (called a Djarik hologame, for you hardcore nerds), are standing projected above the board in 3D - this inspiration pushed the creators of castAR to make a pair of glasses that uses a mix of augmented reality and projection to make a whole new environment for the user.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear can run sideloaded Android apps

Samsung Galaxy Gear can run sideloaded Android apps

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a nifty -- if not limited -- little gadget, supplementing one's smartphone with a bit of wearable convenience. The folks over at ars technica have given it a spin in a different way, however, sideloading regular Android apps onto it and finding it fairly capable of running them. Not all apps will run on the device, of course, but some of the lesser-demanding offerings can with a simple tweak.

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Samsung Gear Glass tipped for 2014

Samsung Gear Glass tipped for 2014

Samsung will launch a Google Glass rival, currently dubbed the Galaxy Gear Glass, sometime in Q2 2014 an insider claims, supposedly expanding its wearable family with a head-worn computer. The work-in-progress gadget is expected to arrive in April or May next year, according to Eldar Murtazin, following up the Galaxy Gear smartwatch which Samsung launched in Berlin last month. Although still unconfirmed by Samsung itself, the teased device needn't be too far from what Samsung has already developed for the wrist.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear could get Smart TV integration

Samsung Galaxy Gear could get Smart TV integration

Samsung's Galaxy Gear may be in a committed relationship with the Galaxy Note 3 right now, but the Korean firm is considering integrating the smartwatch with future TVs, it has revealed. The wearable, which we reviewed earlier this week, could be used to collect and feed fitness and health information from viewers to their smart TVs, Samsung director of product marketing Ryan Bidan told Computerworld, with the possibility of a new S Health app for living room use.

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Bluetooth, Wi-Fi standards to eclipse proprietary wireless medical monitoring by 2018

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi standards to eclipse proprietary wireless medical monitoring by 2018

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and other standardized wireless protocols are set to trump proprietary wireless protocols in mobile medical devices by 2018, says a new ABI report. This follows the proliferation of consumer smartphones, tablets, workout monitors, inhalers and other devices, reflecting the desire of consumers and health professionals to make it easier to integrate remote health reporting systems with familiar electronics.

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Google celebrates 15th birthday in its original home: a garage

Google celebrates 15th birthday in its original home: a garage

As it seems to be with all great technology projects, Google started in a garage. As any garage band can tell you, great inspiration comes from working in someone's personal space, dreaming of the greatness of a dedicated home base - for Google, that time was 15 years ago this week. To celebrate, Google has done several things - one of them being a miniature party in the original Susan Wojcicki-owned home of Google's worldwide HQ.

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Google Glass local app support tipped for October XE10 update

Google Glass local app support tipped for October XE10 update

Google will add Glassware support to its Glass wearable with the XE10 update expected in October, developer sources claim, opening the door to local software rather than forcing coders to run their functionality in the cloud. The much-anticipated support for local apps has been clandestinely confirmed by multiple developers under NDA with Google about the functionality, Geek reports, with greater access to the head-worn computer platform's sensors and voice control features.

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Stir Kinetic Desk hands-on: The standing desk gets smart

Stir Kinetic Desk hands-on: The standing desk gets smart

The average work surface is covered in smart devices - laptop, smartphone, tablet, maybe a wearable or two like Fitbit or UP - but Stir's Kinetic Desk asks could the desk itself be smarter? That's the approach startup Stir is taking, founded by a former member of Apple's iPod team, and promising great things from its first product, the world's only smart, connected desk. As far away from the average height-adjustable desk as your iPhone is from a rotary phone, the Kinetic Desk not only knows when you're working, it figures out when you should be standing up or sitting down, and gently motions to suggest a change in posture, all controlled by an embedded touchscreen in the hand-finished tabletop itself. We caught up with founder and CEO JP Labrosse to find out more.

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Here’s how SteamOS destroys Microsoft

Here’s how SteamOS destroys Microsoft

This week the gaming-centric company known as Valve has announced plans to release SteamOS, a living room-aimed operating system that will be free to download and free to license. This operating system is based on Linux architecture - similar to how Android is a Linux-based OS - and the company intends on expanding well beyond the confines of their current video games-based model with TV, movies, and music. Is Microsoft too big to fail? We're about to find out.

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