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Monday - October 13, 2014
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DARPA is developing a fast, nimble vehicle loaded with high-tech capabilities, suggesting the U.S. military is moving away from heavily armored ground vehicles like Humvees. One of the problems is that Humvees don't really offer effective protection against IEDs, noted tech analyst Jim McGregor. The GXV-T program will use revolutionary technologies to provide a layered approach to protection. [More...]

Monday - October 13, 2014
IBM is massively increasing its commitment to Watson, which was evident at last week's IBM Think Forum. IBM recognizes that if it can get a product that thinks first, then it can again take absolute control over the technology market, and every other company will be chasing it again. It is making some impressive headway, and the firm that succeeds at this will change the world. [More...]

Friday - October 10, 2014
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Elon Musk ended the suspense over his hint that Tesla would soon be introducing the "D." It's not a completely self-driving car, as some had expected. It's actually three new versions of the Model S. The "D" stands for "dual," as in two motors. The new model sports all-wheel-drive, some autopilot capabilities, faster acceleration, greater range and higher top speeds. [More...]

Friday - October 10, 2014
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The least-goofy gadget I've been ogling this week is the Pronto Fast-Charge Battery. It might be a bit of overkill, with nine charges, but hey -- if you've got a smartphone that's more than 6 months old and you actually enjoy using it, the extra juice could come in handy. Of my goofier choices, the Romocart looks like the most fun and the Minipresso the most useful. The RE (pictured above) is the most redundant. [More...]

Friday - October 10, 2014
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Unless you're Samsung or Apple, gaining visibility in the smartphone market is becoming an increasingly onerous task, but HTC this week appeared up to the challenge. Its Desire Eye has a 13-megapixel front-facing camera for high-quality selfies. When you're not gazing into a lens to snap your own mug, you can shoot stills and videos without looking at the camera at all, with HTC's new RE. [More...]

Thursday - October 9, 2014
Thync on Wednesday announced it had raised US$13 million in funding from "top-tier" investors, including lead investor Khosla Ventures. Thync's product, possibly called the "Vibe," is a wearable device that purportedly uses neurosignaling to modify a user's state of mind in relation to energy, calm and focus. Thync's claims have raised some eyebrows. [More...]

Thursday - October 9, 2014
Apple's pretty much annual October new product media event usually is preceded by a cute invitation sent to journalists. The invitation typically includes a phrase or graphic element that provides a vague clue to the secret agenda of the event. Presumably, this is to drum up excitement and speculation, in addition to creating an ah-ha moment. [More...]

Wednesday - October 8, 2014
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Hands-free communications systems in automobiles might seem safer than fiddly devices, but recent research suggests they can be highly distracting. Speaking to Siri is particularly risky, the study found. The solution may be simply to wait a while. "With self-driving cars coming to market in volume within two years, the problem will begin fixing itself," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. [More...]

Wednesday - October 8, 2014
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The Majorana fermion experiment revealed the atomic structure of the iron wire on a lead surface. The zoomed-in portion of the image depicts the probability of the wire containing the Majorana fermion. Importantly, the image pinpoints the particle to the end of the wire, which is where it had been predicted to be over years of theoretical calculations. [More...]

Wednesday - October 8, 2014
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reportedly co-opted a woman's identity to create a fake Facebook page as a ruse to investigate suspects. The agency posted racy pictures of the woman, then known as "Sondra Prince," as well as a photo of her young son and niece, to the sham page. The photos were taken from her cellphone, which DEA had seized when Prince was arrested in connection with a drug ring. [More...]

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