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October 24, 2014
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The good news is there are robots in development -- such as WPI's Aero, pictured here -- that could give help aid workers who are fighting the Ebola crisis, performing some of the tasks that present the highest risks for exposure. The bad news is the robots won't be ready in time -- unless current efforts to stop Ebola fail, and it becomes a much more widespread and persistent pandemic. [More...]

October 24, 2014
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Most smartwatches aren't very smart unless there's a paired smartphone nearby, but Google is starting to change that with an update to its Android Wear platform. Users will be able to store songs directly on their watch and listen to them through a Bluetooth headset. Also, phones with GPS sensors, like the upcoming Sony SmartWatch 3, will be able to track a user's workout on their own. [More...]

October 24, 2014
Google on Wednesday introduced Inbox, a free mobile app that aims to separate the email wheat from the chaff. It's currently available to Android and iPhone users on an invitation-only basis. The software is aimed at managing email on small screens, although once set up and running on a phone, it can be accessed through Google's Chrome browser on a desktop. [More...]

October 23, 2014
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They may never actually go to Mars, but the HI-SEAS crew will come closer than anyone who actually does to learning what it would be like. The three men and three women will spend eight months together in a small dome on the slopes of a Hawaiian volcano, with only limited excursions outside in simulated spacesuits. Researchers will study their psychology and social dynamics, among other things. [More...]

October 23, 2014
Calculate Linux 14 is a distro designed with home and SMB users in mind. It is optimized for rapid deployment in corporate environments as well. Calculate gives users something no other Linux distro offers. The Xfce desktop session is customized to imitate the look of the KDE desktop environment. This design approach goes a long way toward making Calculate Linux a one-distro-fits-all solution. [More...]

October 23, 2014
iPad Air 2
What's sad right now is that Apple doesn't even have to spark our imaginations with something wildly new. No, Apple easily could rejuvenate iPad sales -- not by taking it to new markets, and not by getting in bed with IBM to build touch-friendly enterprise apps, but simply by paying attention to what customers think they want. Sounds anti-Apple, actually. [More...]

October 22, 2014
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In the beginning, there was the smart thermostat. Then came the smart smoke detector. Now we have the smart nightlight. What's smart about the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight is that in addition to glowing in a multitude of pretty colors, it can listen up for your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms and make sure you or somebody else knows about it when they go off. [More...]

October 22, 2014
Digital textbooks with open-licensed content -- and sometimes even complete open source textbooks -- are starting to change the way students and teachers interact with subject material. The budget-busting prices of traditional printed textbooks and the ubiquity of mobile devices have provided textbook authors and educators with convincing reasons to give students an alternative. [More...]

October 22, 2014
Television manufacturers are moving toward ultra high definition -- also known as "4K" -- which offers four times the resolution of HD. It also offers greater depth of color and faster frame rate. That means more information must travel through the cable from the video source to the TV. The current de facto cable, HDMI, or high-definition multimedia interface, solves some of the old problems. [More...]

October 21, 2014
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There's something about Magic Leap. It hasn't publicly disclosed much about what that something is, but Google and other investors were excited enough to throw half a billion dollars in its direction. It has something to do with seeing tiny elephants leaping joyously in your hands, or a life-size whale sailing over a crowded beach, or a miniature ballerina dancing on your bed. Something like that. [More...]

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