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Epic Games’ Siren demo is both amazing and super-creepy

Epic Games’ Siren demo is both amazing and super-creepy

Epic Games is no stranger to incredibly detailed motion capture technology. 2017's Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was based on Unreal Engine's motion capture capabilities, and it received a lot of praise for just how detailed the in-game character of Senua was. Now Epic is looking to take what it learned with Hellblade one step further, creating a new digital personality called Siren who is as impressive as she is unsettling.

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Japan IT Week Spring 2018: Here’s what to expect

Japan IT Week Spring 2018: Here’s what to expect

Almost all of the major annual tech shows, like CES, MWC, and IFA, happen in the West, though, of course, their audience and exhibitors come from all over the world. There are, however, other equally big IT gatherings on the other side of the globe that also give important insight on the trends and developments in those regions. In two months’ time, Japan will be holding the country’s and one of the region’s largest trade show, Japan IT Week Spring, and its lineup shows just how much AI and IoT have spread throughout the world.

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What is MicroLED: 5 key facts about Apple’s secret display tech

What is MicroLED: 5 key facts about Apple’s secret display tech

Apple is making its own displays, but just what is MicroLED and why is it better - and more problematic - than OLED and LCD? The revelation that Apple has been working on replacing another aspect of its problematic supply chain relationship with rivals such as Samsung and LG has sent ripples through the display industry, not to mention reawakened interest one of the more intriguing technologies out there. Question is: why is cracking the MicroLED problem such a big deal?

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Future Tech: what’s coming based on what’s already here

Future Tech: what’s coming based on what’s already here

It’s fun to think of what the future holds, especially in tech. Presuming you don’t have apocalyptic visions or homicidal computers in your mind. But technology, unlike fiction, doesn’t just spring up out of ideas and minds fully-formed and ready to use. They will always have roots in reality and history. Here are just some of the cool things we expect to see in the future, both near and not so near, based on what’s already in development today.

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The problem with patents in tech

The problem with patents in tech

Patents are everywhere, and of course not just in the US, but there are particular industries where they show up more often than not. In our not so small corner of the world, we see dozens of patents on interesting technologies and potential products. Emphasis on “potential” because most of the time, they never come to be. Sometimes not from the party that filed the patent. More often than not, patents only surface when media get whiff of them or when used in a lawsuit. Because while patents were initially conceived to foster innovation, they run the risk of suffocating that very same thing instead.

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Detroit Auto Show weighs a move out of car-tech’s shadow

Detroit Auto Show weighs a move out of car-tech’s shadow

One of the mainstays of the car show calendar could stake out a new spot on the calendar, with reports that the Detroit Auto Show is hoping to get out of CES' growing shadow. The Detroit car event - officially known as the North American International Auto Show or NAIAS - has for years taken place in January, kick-starting the year with vehicle news.

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The 10,000 Year Clock that Jeff Bezos is funding is being installed

The 10,000 Year Clock that Jeff Bezos is funding is being installed

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has begun the installation of his 10,000 Year Clock, where each tick happens just once a year. The project had begun drilling at its mountain installation site in Texas back in 2009, though it's only now that the 500 foot high clock has begun to be fitted into place.

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Automakers look to 48V electrics to power future vehicles

Automakers look to 48V electrics to power future vehicles

Automakers need EVs to meet the ever-increasing fuel economy standards presented by governments around the world. Car buyers want to see EVs with a lower price, more range and faster charging before many will move to the cleaner and more efficient vehicles. To improve electric vehicles and hybrids, automakers are looking to a new 48V electrical standard to replace the current 12V standard.

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Chinese police use facial recognition glasses to find crooks

Chinese police use facial recognition glasses to find crooks

In central China police officers protecting the public have a new tool to catch criminals. Some officers are now wearing special facial recognition glasses with software that can search for criminals as people walk by. The glasses are being used at a railway station during the travel rush for the Lunar New Year holiday.

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Ehang passenger drone makes successful human test flights

Ehang passenger drone makes successful human test flights

There's a reason why governments are wary of the explosion of drones, a.k.a. unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. Regulation procedures, privacy concerns, and security issues are just the tip of the iceberg. Many drone companies, not just a few, envision drones as the future of transportation, combining flight with the self-driving cars that are already giving regulators a headache. Many might scoff at the out of this world idea that might seem only possible in science fiction. But Chinese drone maker Ehang has just proven that the future is almost here.

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This Mayan Megalopolis discovery changes the history of human society

This Mayan Megalopolis discovery changes the history of human society

A newly massive "megalopolis" was discovered and reported for the first time this week in a Guatemalan Jungle. You can see a few old structures popping up from the trees right now, but below the surface, oh my goodness. There's one whole heck of a lot more down there than anyone in modern times knew until now. NOTE: This project not only discovered thousands of new structures, they've done so with LiDAR, so it'll all be available in 3D map file format - think augmented reality!

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Universal Stylus Initiative: it’s about time for a pen comeback

Universal Stylus Initiative: it’s about time for a pen comeback

Steve Jobs was wrong. The stylus is far from a being a ridiculous and unnecessary accessory. OK, he wasn’t completely wrong. In the context of the tiny screen of the first iPhone and the Android phones that followed, the stylus may have indeed been more of a liability. We also owe that stylus witch hunt for pushing the user interface into more touch-friendly territory. But times have changed, screens are larger, and phones and especially tablets have become more than just content consumption devices. Even post-Jobs Apple has embraced the digital pen. It’s about time the industry rally behind the stylus, and the young Universal Stylus Initiative might just be the place to do it.

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