RIP David Bowie: Internet Pioneer

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While millions around the world are quite rightly celebrating the musical career of the late David Bowie, the tech community is remembering some of his pioneering work with the Internet. Bowie of course had numerous connections to technology and science fiction, including starring as an extraterrestrial in The Man Who Fell To Earth, portraying Nikolas […]

EHang 184: The World’s First Autonomous Drone That Can Carry a Passenger [Video]

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The Chinese dronemaker Ehang, looking to distinguish itself from the crowd (and rival drone giant DJI), has a new product that brings autonomous driving tech and drones together. It is a single seat, self-driving quadcopter called the Ehang 184. It looks like an oversized drone with a cockpit stuffed in the middle, a flying analog […]

Court: Monkey Can’t Copyright Selfie

A macaque monkey is not legally able to claim copyright on a series of self-portrait photographs according to a US court. It’s the latest ruling in a series of lawsuits about who, if anyone, should profit. The image shown above was taken in 2011 in Indonesia during a photoshoot by professional photographer David Slater. However, […]

Contrast & Color Replace Resolution In TV Screen Hype

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TV makers showing off their wares at CES this week seem to have abandoned the race for ever more pixels. Instead “high dynamic range” seems to be the new buzzword. Having told everyone how great full HD is, only to then turn around and say 1080p is pretty much equivalent to a child’s drawing and […]

New York Ditches Pay Phones For Wi-Fi Points

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New York City is to replace pay phones with ultra-high speed Wi-Fi hotspots. The booths will still allow people without a cellphone to make voice calls, now without charge. The replacement program is set to cover 500 booths by this July with an eventual target of 7,500. That’s the vast majority of the 8,178 pay […]

E-paper Screens Replace Bus Stop Info Sheets

Public transport officials in London are experimenting with bus stop timetable signs using electronic paper. The idea is to blend the benefits of paper and electronic screens. Most bus stops in the city have printed paper displays for timetables and route information. That brings two main disadvantages. Firstly, the sheer hassle of printing new sheets […]

Amazon Deal of the Day: Huge Sale on IT Books (Certifications, Programming, Windows, Etc.)

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For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon offers some amazing deals on various IT books. Whether you’re looking to get a certification (CISSP, MCSA, CompTIA, CCNA, + MORE!) or simply want to learn more about programming and/or operating systems, there’s going to be something interesting for you in there! –Wiley Certification Books Sale […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From September-October 2015)

We continue our look back at 2015’s news and subsequent developments with September and October. Insider reports revealed Amazon was working on a low-spec tablet computer which would cost just $50. That proved correct, though that price was only if you took up the “Special Offers” option, meaning advertisements appear on the lock screen. Reviews suggested […]

Disney’s New VertiGo Robot Can Climb Walls Just like a Gecko [Video]

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VertiGo is a wall-climbing robot that is capable of transitioning from the ground to the wall, created in collaboration between Disney Research Zurich and ETH. The robot has two tiltable propellers that provide thrust onto the wall, and four wheels. One pair of wheels is steerable, and each propeller has two degrees of freedom for […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From May-June 2015)

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We continue our look back at 2015’s news and subsequent developments with May. The makers of Oculus Rift said the virtual reality device — already available in a primitive developer form — would be on public sale in 2016. It later confirmed a first quarter public release with a price confirmed only as being more than […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From March-April 2015)

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We continue our look back at 2015’s news and subsequent developments with March when Sony revealed that its virtual reality helmet codenamed Project Morpheus would be released in the first half of 2016. Sadly there’s little more in the way of firm details to report, other than that the finished product will be known simple […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From January-February 2015)

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It’s time once again to take a look back at some of the news stories we’ve covered here at GaS in 2015 as well as following up on later developments. In January the Mars rover Opportunity began suffering problems with the flash memory which it used to store data before sending it back to Earth whenever […]