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Ray Tomlinson, “Father of e-mail”, passes away at 74

Ray Tomlinson, “Father of e-mail”, passes away at 74

As much as it has been blamed for productivity problems and as much as many now wish to kill it, the world would have probably been a very different place had e-mail not existed. And so it is with a heavy heart that the technology community who owes much of its existence and growth to e-mail bid farewell to Ray Tomlinson, credited for having created e-mail. And even if e-mail does become simply a piece of history, it, as well as Tomlinson, will always be present in the mindsets and conventions we take for granted to day, like the now ubiquitous "@" sign.

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Augmented reality is the future our hands are not yet ready for

Augmented reality is the future our hands are not yet ready for

While virtual reality or VR continues to ramp up the hype, a slightly related technology is also starting to rev up its engines. Augmented reality is that other movement that is trying to bring technology closer to our eyes, quite literally too. But unlike VR, AR has a significantly more ambitious goal. Or rather, it is what proponents like Microsoft and Meta are trying to shape it into. Augmented reality could effectively revolutionize how we do computing in the future, replacing monitors and some forms of input with more "natural" counterparts. But while that might be easy for our eyes to take in, our hands might have a harder time adjusting.

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NASA’s next X-plane supersonic passenger jet to be quieter

NASA’s next X-plane supersonic passenger jet to be quieter

Short of finally inventing teleportation systems, plane travel is still the fastest way to travel extremely long distances. However, it still has yet to reach its full potential. Supersonic planes were still in their infancy when the government pulled the plug because of their uncomfortable effects on people on land, the phenomenon more popularly known as Sonic Boom. That was more than half a century ago. NASA thinks that science and technology may have caught up enough to get the ball rolling again to build the world's next supersonic passenger jet, for now nicknamed the X-plane.

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SuperVOOC battery recharges a dead phone in 15 minutes flat

SuperVOOC battery recharges a dead phone in 15 minutes flat

Remember back when you didn't need to charge your phone every single night? Unfortunately, with the amount of processing power, and manufacturers' obsession with thinner and lighter phones, we're sometimes lucky to make it through the day. However, if one company has their way, you'll only need a few minutes to make a dead battery full again.

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NHTSA will consider Google’s self-driving car AI as “driver”

NHTSA will consider Google’s self-driving car AI as “driver”

It seems that President Obama's declared push to make the US a haven for self-driving cars is already starting to bear fruit. In what may be a significant milestone, the National Hightway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA has just given Google the break it needs to move forward. In a letter sent to the company, the traffic agency agreed to one of Google's proposal to have its Self-Driving System (SDS) AI to be considered as the legal "driver" of the car, opening the doors for more legal opportunities for Google's self-driving car.

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North Korea’s latest satellite has stopped tumbling

North Korea’s latest satellite has stopped tumbling

North Korea's newly launched satellite, the first since 2012, is now in a stable orbit after having previously been tumbling out of control. The satellite doesn't appear to be transmitting anything, according to officials and anonymous sources, but that doesn't mean much as North Korea is likely concentrating on getting controlled orbits under its belt first.

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DARPA: ‘stentrode’ implant travels to brain via blood vessels

DARPA: ‘stentrode’ implant travels to brain via blood vessels

Under DARPA’s Reliable Neural-Interface Technology program, a team from the University of Melbourne has created a new device called a ‘stentrode’ that, when implanted near one’s brain, is able to read signals from neurons. The work was done as part of a DARPA project, and it is said to be safer than implants requiring brain surgery. The device is about the size of a paperclip, according to the researchers, and it is implanted through a blood vessel.

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Robot hits hole-in-one, puts other golfers to shame

Robot hits hole-in-one, puts other golfers to shame

Everyone has something that they're good at. Something that they've practiced for years, and done their best to perfect. And sometimes someone else comes along that's new to whatever that activity is, and puts you to shame. Well, golfers everywhere will be disappointed to see a new robot roll up to the tee and sink a hole-in-one.

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Windows Cortana will snoop through your email to set appointments

Windows Cortana will snoop through your email to set appointments

Cortana was designed in many ways to mimic a personal assistant in Windows. Just say “Hey Cortana” and she'll respond with an answer to a question, or carry out any number of functions for you. Well today she's going to start scanning your emails in order to create helpful reminders in your calendar.

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Elliptic’s Ultrasonic gestures for mobile can make you feel like Jedi

Elliptic’s Ultrasonic gestures for mobile can make you feel like Jedi

While this year we might see more and more manufacturers adopt "3D Touch" technology for their touchscreens, Elliptic Labs is trying to push a different way to make more expressive controls for smartphones and tablets. Almost llke a Jedi, Elliptic's ultrasonic gesture recognition system can let users wave or "force push" their way to taking selfies, playing games, or just simply navigating around the smartphone. And best of all, at least for OEMs, they won't need specialized hardware to make it all happen.

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Screen that can dynamically display Braille might be coming

Screen that can dynamically display Braille might be coming

Those of us who mostly have (almost) full control of our senses and bodies sometimes take for granted that all the wonderful advancements in technology alienate a group of people who sadly don't have that luxury. From the elderly to those with physical handicaps, these people are sometimes locked out of all the juicy content that we often sing about on our touchscreens. Good thing that technology is also coming to the rescue, with what could be a dynamic screen that will produce bumps and dots on the surface to let blind users read the screen's contents with Braille.

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Google Street View maps the world’s largest model railway

Google Street View maps the world’s largest model railway

Google has a come a long way since they started rolling out their Street Vew cars years ago. They started out with major highways and busy streets. Eventually they started documenting some of the paths less traveled, utilizing camels, snowmobiles, and other means of transportation to capture the most accurate views of the paths we take. But for their latest endeavor, they had to think smaller. Much smaller.

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