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Computing without keyboard and mouse – Microsoft’s future concept

Computing without keyboard and mouse – Microsoft’s future concept

Computer users can cut the cords of their mouse and keyboards and move into a cordless world, but by far and large we are still tied to our computers via the mouse and keyboard wires or no. Microsoft researchers see a future where we might not need a mouse and keyboard to interface with our computers and technology and this new world doesn't require you to talk exclusively to your computer either.

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Eidos, Razer, Open Bionics to make Deus Ex augmentations real

Eidos, Razer, Open Bionics to make Deus Ex augmentations real

There is an oft quoted (or misquoted) line about how life imitates art more than the other way around. In some cases, when art is expressed in a fantasy, futuristic form, that is almost impossible. Three different but connected companies, however, are going to team up and bring their unique specializations together to make life indeed imitate art. In this case, that means bringing the robotic, augmented limbs depicted in the Deus Ex game franchise to reality. Which may or may not be a smart idea, depending on which side of the transhumanism debate you stand on.

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Apple tipped working on a smart Walkie Talkie

Apple tipped working on a smart Walkie Talkie

In the not-too-distant future, Apple may release a new device which is made to communicate directly with other devices point-to-point. Based on info we've been sent by an anonymous source, we understand that these devices would work somewhat similar to classic walkie talkies - opening lines of communication over short distances directly. The name of the patent associated with this technology is "Point-to-point Ad Hoc Voice Communication," and it was originally filed for by Apple back in November of 2014. This tech includes a communication device that has hardware not included in today's iPhones - as well as a headset and a touchscreen user interface.

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E Ink creates full color ultra-low-power electronic paper

E Ink creates full color ultra-low-power electronic paper

E Ink has announced its new Advanced Color Paper, the first electrophoretic (“electronic paper”) display able to produce full color sans the aid of a color filter array. Most people are familiar with monochromatic e-ink displays, the kind you find in ereaders like the Kindle. This newly developed display is similar in many ways, but provides a full color gamut (which includes the eight primary colors).

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Wayv Adventurer is a portable, rugged microwave for lazy camping

Wayv Adventurer is a portable, rugged microwave for lazy camping

Forget toiling away with kindling, fire starters, mini cooking dishes, and hot coals -- a microwave is more convenient, and soon it will be possible to carry one with you wherever you go. Called the Wayv Adventurer, this portable gadget is small and rugged, and it heats foods and liquids the same way as an ordinary microwave. Because the unit is powered by swappable batteries, anyone can stuff it in a backpack and use it on the go.

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Toyota is giving DEKA’s iBOT wheelchair a second life

Toyota is giving DEKA’s iBOT wheelchair a second life

In August, iBOT would have been celebrating its 10th birthday had not Johnson and Johnson quietly and without warning sold off the motorized wheelchair that promised to give the elderly and the disabled a new reason to get up in the morning. Seeing the potential use, not to mention market, for this contraption, Toyota Motor North America entered into a partnership with DEKA in order to develop and launch the next iBOT wheelchair, which will hopefully fare better than its predecessor.

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Hyper-Reality video: when AR goes overboard, like ads

Hyper-Reality video: when AR goes overboard, like ads

Augmented reality and virtual reality are hip and cool right now, mostly because they are relatively new to consumers and present a lot of wonderful possibilities. But like any technology, the computers and the Internet, they do come with their own set of dangers, opening them up to abuse by less than conscientious individuals. For now, given how rare and expensive these technologies are, especially augmented reality, the threat level is very, very low. But can you imagine future where synthetic reality takes over real reality? Designer Keiichi Matsuda has and his vision, narrated in the video "Hyper-Reality", is rather frightening.

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Samsung’s Mirror Displays get installed in Korean salon

Samsung’s Mirror Displays get installed in Korean salon

We've seen a lot of different styles and methods people have used to create mirrors, most of them in the bathroom, that also functioned as some sort of display. Almost all of them have one thing in common however. Or two, actually. They are all DIY projects, and almost none of them are commercially available. Samsung, however, might have just taken out the excitement behind those projects. It has recently unveiled what it bills as the first public and commercial installation of its Mirror Display solution that combines both mirror and monitor into one.

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WiFi prank grounds Qantas flight for two hours

WiFi prank grounds Qantas flight for two hours

WiFi SSIDs can be amusing. One of my friends has theirs set to BillWiTheScienceFi. It's the sort of thing will make you chuckle as he tells you which network is his, and what the password is. However, there are some network names that might seem funny, but can actually cause serious issues. One person found this out the hard way.

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WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, because they can’t hand over chat logs

WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, because they can’t hand over chat logs

One of the big perks about using WhatsApp is the fact that the messages are encrypted. Since privacy has become a growing concern, more people are turning to encrypted methods of communication. Unfortunately, that's also why currently, no one in the country of Brazil can access the service.

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German city installs ground traffic lights for distracted phone users

German city installs ground traffic lights for distracted phone users

Texting or otherwise using your smartphone while walking can be hazardous to your health — more than a few people have accidentally fallen down holes, stepped in front of cars, and more, all while staring down at the small screen in their hand while walking. The German city of Augsburg is looking to change that by installing traffic lights in the sidewalk, hoping to catch the eye of someone who is staring down at their phone while walking.

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HTC 10 and LG G5 aren’t USB Type-C compliant, says Google engineer [update]

HTC 10 and LG G5 aren’t USB Type-C compliant, says Google engineer [update]

Benson Leung is someone that we've talked about before. He's the Google engineer that rounded up all of the USB Type-C cables and put them through a series of tests to see if they're up to snuff. As it turned out, a number of them weren't, and one even managed to permanently damage his laptop. Well he's back at it again, this time he's looking at phones that use the Type-C spec. And he calls out two big names for being non-compliant, the HTC 10 and LG G5.

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