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iOS 7 cements iPhone and iPad base as iOS 8 beckons

iOS 7 cements iPhone and iPad base as iOS 8 beckons

The latest iOS usage data suggests Apple is headed into its big iOS 8 reveal with the old version dominating installs, with nearly nine out of ten iPhone users in North America believed to be on iOS 7. Crunching browser data from serving ad impressions, Chitika discovered that of the "tens of millions" of iPhone and iPad users spotted in the seven days up until May 28th, 89.7-percent had iOS 7 on their phone, and 84.8-percent on their tablet.

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Roombots modular robo-furniture is Transformers for tables

Roombots modular robo-furniture is Transformers for tables

Robotic transforming furniture that can evolve to suit different rooms, functions, and individuals could be the future of home decor, if one Swiss team has its way, designing modular self-organizing 'bots for tomorrow's lounge. Dubbed Roombots, each unit is just short of nine inches long and consists of two blocks joined by three motors, which can twist and reassemble to make different designs.

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Alien life discovery in our lifetime insists SETI astronomer

Alien life discovery in our lifetime insists SETI astronomer

The hunt for alien life will turn up results within our lifetime, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute has promised the US Congress, though it might not be tentacled monsters or grey-skinned creatures with big eyes. The surprise commitment came at a House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing this past week, with SETI's Seth Shostak going on to explain the justification behind his bold prediction.

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Researchers send high-speed broadband to the moon

Researchers send high-speed broadband to the moon

As humankind works towards expanding its presence in space, one day establishing colonies on other planets, questions of communication with Earth become increasingly important. To address this, researchers from MIT and NASA have demonstrated for the first time the ability to beam wireless broadband to space.

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Oculus Rift puts DARPA cyberwar soldiers virtually ringside

Oculus Rift puts DARPA cyberwar soldiers virtually ringside

DARPA, the US government's R&D arm, is looking to Oculus Rift to make cyber-warfare more approachable to the American military, immersing the military in 3D representations of target networks. Part of Plan X, DARPA's ongoing work on reducing the technical requirements for a new age of digital warfare, the Oculus integration is currently only conceptual, though the agency says it has already been briefed on upcoming hardware from the headset company.

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Metaio Thermal Touch uses hot fingers to make anything AR

Metaio Thermal Touch uses hot fingers to make anything AR

A hot finger and a set of smart glasses could change the way we interact with the digital world, with Metaio tackling augmented reality interaction by turning every surface into a virtual touchscreen. The company's Thermal Touch system uses infrared and regular cameras to track the heat signature left when the user touches a surface, whether that be a display or a wall, and then overlays digital content on top.

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