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August 28, 2014
robo-brain
Instead of programming robots to do a specific set of tasks, the researchers developing Robo Brain want to give them the means to fish for information on their own, theoretically learning without limits. Robo Brain -- essentially a massive database in the cloud -- could have its Frankenstein side, though. The robot "could learn something undesirable," suggested tech analyst Jim McGregor. [More...]

August 27, 2014
While the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is working to establish itself as the perfect tweener device between tablet and laptop, one hot rumor suggests that Apple's answer for more working space on an iPad will come in the form of a bigger screen -- 12.9 inches of touch-sensitive glory. The rumor comes from Bloomberg, which vaguely cited "people with knowledge of the matter." [More...]

August 27, 2014
Imagine a world where playing Pong and Minecraft gives people the power to program their computers. That world is Kano. A crowdfunded startup, it took the idea behind Lego to teach computer programming by playing first-generation computer games. Kano launched on Kickstarter in November 2013. More than 13,000 people from some 50 countries raised $1.5 million in 30 days. [More...]

August 27, 2014
hyperlapse-instagram
Everybody's doing the Hyperlapse, it seems -- at least, everyone who owns an iPhone 4 with iOS 7 or better. Late night host Jimmy Fallon posted a Hyperlapse video of him eating a column of cake. Arizona Beverage Company uploaded one of a man binge-drinking nine flavors of its potables. The app provides an easy way to deliver smooth time-lapse photography without expensive hardware. [More...]

August 27, 2014
Researchers recently developed a technique to record the quantum mechanical behavior of one electron in a nanoscale defect in diamond. The team used ultra-fast pulses of laser light both to control the defect's entire quantum state and to observe how the state of one electron in the defect changes over time. "This experiment uses a 'trapped' electron," said team leader David Awschalom. [More...]

August 26, 2014
google-glass
Google has upgraded Glass with some nifty improvements for the Explorers who are taking it out for a spin. It's not likely consumers will follow those brave few any time soon, although they might warm to a redesign that "normalizes" its look. Where Glass is likely to catch on first is in occupational settings where people could benefit by using a computer while remaining focused on the job. [More...]

August 26, 2014
Open source software is now a force drawing enterprises and developers like a magnet. The factors pulling adopters into the open source fold are changing, though. Also changing are the attitudes of software developers and corporate leaders about the viability and adaptability of open source. Open source software is increasingly important within the corporation. [More...]

August 26, 2014
samsung-nook
Samsung has collaborated with Barnes & Noble on a sad little Nook tablet -- not that there's anything wrong with the tablet itself. It's just that B&N seems to think a tablet that can make it easy for you to buy its stuff online is a cool new idea. A slightly better idea is slapping Windows into an HTC One (M8). Very nice housing for an OS that's still trying. [More...]

August 26, 2014
The United States National Security Agency secretly shares the communications data it has amassed over the years with nearly 24 U.S. government agencies using a search engine resembling Google Search, according to documents released by Edward Snowden. That's more than 850 billion records of phone calls, emails, cellphone locations and Internet chats. [More...]

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