Wireless Charger Makes Phone Levitate

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Bored of your phone lying still on a wireless charger? Now you can have it hover and rotate in the air while it recharges. The pretty, if somewhat pointless, OvRcharge combines the usual wireless charging with magnetic levitation via a special phone case. It’s on Kickstarter and, at the time of writing, was on the […]

Incredible Optical Zoom Takes You To The Moon

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This stunning video was made using the Nikon P900 which has an impressive 83x optical zoom. [Via: Gizmodo]

One Step Closer to Skynet: IBM Uses Blu-Ray Tech For Artificial Brain

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IBM has created artificial neurons that work in a way much closer to a human brain than previous efforts. It’s a step closer to creating computers that learn in the same way as humans. The project is the latest attempt to overcome the biggest weakness of computers: that in principle a processor can only do […]

Uber To Make Its Own Maps

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Uber is to invest in its own set of maps rather than relying on Google. It’s not just a cost issue: the company says a new approach will be needed for autonomous vehicles. While Google does charge for commercial use of its maps, Uber’s move isn’t necessarily a case of cost-cutting. It’s said to be […]

Microsoft Marries Minecraft With Oculus Rift

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Microsoft has announced Oculus Rift support for Minecraft. It’s for the Windows 10 version of the game, though whether suspension of disbelief will be possible remains to be seen. The announcement appears to be timed as a last-minute push for the free upgrade offer for Windows 10 that Microsoft says will end today (July 29.) […]

Movie Theaters Could Get 3D Without Glasses

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MIT researchers have designed a movie theater screen that would allow every viewer to watch in 3D without needing glasses. However, they stress their prototype is not market ready right now. While glasses-free 3D already exists, it isn’t practical for movie theaters. The main version used on TVs involves tiny “parallax barriers” across the screen […]

All Four Generations, Side by Side: A Journey Through Time

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Granted, it might be kind of cumbersome, but that would be cool to have at your house. Imagine having all the gaming generations represented with all the different systems? I think that may have just been added to my bucket list. (imgur)

VHS, RIP

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The last VHS recorder may be produced in the next few days. It comes only a few months after Betamax finally bit the dust. The Nikkei newspaper reports that Funai Electric Company will cease production this month. While the report states that Funai was the only Japanese company making VCRs, it appears it may also […]

ARM Purchased: Major Chip Designer Could Boost Internet Of Things

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The company that powers most smartphones has been bought for more than $30 billion. The new owners of ARM Holdings plan to harness its capabilities to boost the Internet of Things. ARM, based in Cambridge in the United Kingdom, is best known for having designed the ARM processor and related software architecture. The approach meant […]

Drones Could Boost Stadium Wi-Fi

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AT&T plans to use drones to improve wireless coverage at events with large crowds. It’s the next step in a program that’s started with the drones inspecting cellphone towers. The company says it has a national drone program and will try to use the unmanned vehicles in as many different ways as possible to boost […]

Google Street View Becomes Sheep View 360

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Tourism staff on a remote island chain have recruited sheep to help map the island. It’s part of a campaign to get Google to add the Faroe Islands to its Street View service, Google has so far passed up the opportunity to send its vehicle-mounted cameras to the Islands, largely because they are 200 miles […]

The End of a Bitter Dispute: Netflix Comes To Comcast Cable Boxes

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Comcast says its next generation of cable boxes will include a Netflix streaming app. The deal appears to end a bitter dispute between the two companies over net neutrality issues. The streaming will be available through the X1 platform, which will include a unified search tool (covering Live TV, DVR recordings and On Demand content) […]