From February, Macbook Touch Bar barred from bar test takers

January 31, 2017

The new MacBook Touch Bar can help you do a lot of things. Autocorrect your typos! Fast forward through a YouTube video! Cheat on a test? Not for bar exams in North Carolina, according to a new announcement by the state’s Board of Law Examiners. As reported by Apple Insider, the board today released a notice requiring bar test takers disable the Touch Bar function if they plan on using…


The first smart remote for EVERYTHING

November 28, 2016

Magically control all your favorite devices and so much more with the Sevenhugs Smart Remote. It comes with a screen that instantly adapts to anything you point at. When you point at any device, Smart Remote’s high-definition touchscreen will instantly display an intuitive interface to control that specific device. If you want to control a device that is located near other ones—like a media player below your TV or maybe…


Keyboard technique developed to monitor Parkinson’s at home

October 5, 2016

In a paper published today in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers at MIT and elsewhere describe a technique they have developed to monitor Parkinson’s disease progression as patients interact with a computer keyboard. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder in the developed world, with around 60,000 people diagnosed in the US each year. Although there is no cure for the disease, there are treatments that can reduce…


SanDisk unveils first-ever one terabyte memory card

September 20, 2016

Today, global storage technology company Western Digital Corporation unveiled the SanDisk 1TB terabyte (TB) SDXC card prototype in order to meet the growing storage demands as a result of high resolution content, such as 4K and 8K. “Showcasing the most advanced imaging technologies is truly exciting for us,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product management, Content Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital. “Sixteen years ago we introduced the first SanDisk 64MB SD™ card and…


Google now lets you experience British history virtually

September 15, 2016

Want to take a tour of 10 Downing Street — the building which British prime ministers have made some of the most important historical decisions since 1735? The building is in line with America’s White House as being the most important political building anywhere in the world in the modern era. Now, Google has made it possible for absolutely anyone with Internet access to tour the historical locale virtually. Google Arts and Culture allows users…


New computer software can replicate your handwriting

August 16, 2016

Though we don’t really write as much as we type anymore, a group of researchers is trying to give hand-written word a comeback. The team of computer scientists from the University College London have developed new software that can analyze your handwriting and then replicate it. The program, called “My Text in Your Handwriting,” can semi-automatically examines a sample of a person’s handwriting, as little as one paragraph, and generate new text…


New editing tool makes selfies look much more flattering

The Princeton tool: Original vs. modified image. (Image Credit: Princeton University)
July 28, 2016

Selfies have become such a popular photography style that even you grandmother has probably been involved in one at some point. Around the world millions of people are holding their cameras an arms-length away and snapping self-portaits. Unfortunately, due to the camera’s proximity, selfies tend to make subjects’ noses look larger, their ears looks smaller and their foreheads have more of a slope. So, how can selfies be modified to be more flattering? A…


New computer graphics make glittery objects more realistic

(Image Credit: Jacobs School of Engineering/UC San Diego)
July 21, 2016

A team of computer graphics experts from the University of California, San Diego has figured out a way to make shiny objects within films look a lot more realistic. For example, Iron Man’s suit, Captain America’s shield, even The Batmobile — could all benefit aesthetically thanks to a new algorithm. The researchers, led by Professor Ravi Ramamoorthi, achieved this by created a method to improve how computer graphics software reproduces the way light…


Bluetooth Smart ICs feature class-leading low current performance

Toshiba IC
July 18, 2016

Three ICs that support BLE version 4.1 communications, the TC35678FSG, TC35678FXG and TC35679FSG have been announced by Toshiba Electronics Europe. Achieving class-leading low current consumption, the ICs are suited for use in Bluetooth Smart devices including wearable technology, medical equipment, smartphone accessories, remote controls and a wide variety of emerging IoT solutions. Adoption of a highly efficient DC/DC converter and a low-power circuit design permit a current reduction of nearly…