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AT&T and IBM team on Smart Cities with see-everything IoT tech

AT&T and IBM team on Smart Cities with see-everything IoT tech

AT&T and IBM are teaming up for the Internet of Things (IoT) on a huge scale, planning to outfit smart cities with cameras, roads, utility meters, and more that can all intercommunicate as residents and cars move around them. The "global alliance" will see AT&T and IBM first look at gathering and crunching Big Data from cities and utilities, potentially integrating news of traffic jams, parking lot congestion, where police and other emergency services are located, and even social media reports from those living or working in the city to dynamically shape urban planning.

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Robo-termite builders could colonize Mars without our help

Robo-termite builders could colonize Mars without our help

Robotic termites capable of building complex structures without requiring human supervision, prior programming, or even intercommunication could change the way construction, emergency services, or even space exploration are managed, borrowing swarm behaviors from nature. The TERMES project, handiwork of the self-organizing systems research group at Harvard University, has taken four years to create a scalable artificial intelligence system made up of simplistic robots that together can create towers, pyramids, and castles, even erecting temporary staircases to allow them to climb higher.

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Facebook does the math on love: NYC bad, Jedi good

Facebook does the math on love: NYC bad, Jedi good

Love may be in the air today, but Facebook believes it has the numbers to decide whether or not it'll last, with the social site's Data Science team crunching the stats on the impact of religion, age, and other factors on relationships. In a new series showing just what sort of conclusions can be teased out when you have more than a billion users to work with, Facebook suggests relationship tidbits such as that if you and your partner make it to three months, there's about a 50-percent chance you'll last four years or longer.

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Smartwatches to drive wearables as Canalys predicts boom

Smartwatches to drive wearables as Canalys predicts boom

Wearable tech will break the consumer market in 2014 after the segment was buoyed in 2013 by fitness-tracking bands, one research firm has predicted, though smartwatches are expected to cannibalize more basic models from Fitbit and Jawbone. The "smart band" segment made up of smartwatches from manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, and Pebble will reach around 8m shipments in 2014, Canalys suggests, estimating that figure will rise to more than 23m units by 2015, and in excess of 45m units by 2017.

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Yahoo teams on mobile context research with Carnegie Mellon

Yahoo teams on mobile context research with Carnegie Mellon

Yahoo has inked a deal with Carnegie Mellon University to test machine-learning research, new mobile interfaces, and natural-language recognition on search and other real-time data. Dubbed Project InMind, the five year partnership is worth $10m and will see Yahoo Labs set up a new fellowship program at the university, while CMU students can dig into Yahoo's data to see how online systems can better predict and cater for user needs and intentions.

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High tech smart glasses that help doctors see cancer cells developed by researchers

High tech smart glasses that help doctors see cancer cells developed by researchers

Cancer is one of the most common diseases in the world and affects tens of thousands of people. One of the issues that surgeons and patients alike face is that when they go into surgery to remove cancerous tissues, it can be very difficult for the surgeon to get all of the cancerous tissues. Missing some of the cancer means another surgery for the patient.

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Microsoft boosts Internet of Things team with wearable tease

Microsoft boosts Internet of Things team with wearable tease

Microsoft is tooling up for a big push into the Internet of Things (IoT), a run on new hires to the team suggests, with hints that consumer tech like wearables and automotive could be on the agenda. The company has been relatively quiet on its plans for computing as it spreads beyond PCs, tablets, phones, and consoles, though the IoT technology could work alongside Microsoft's previous research into HomeOS, a home automation system.

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