One step forward – two steps back?

February 27, 2017

Everyone is talking about Samsung’s product showcase which took place on Sunday, and the lack of a new flagship phone. The company instead decided to spotlight the new Android and Windows tablets after delaying the Galaxy S8 smartphone, an indirect casualty of the unprecedented September recall of the fire-prone Note 7 phone. The new tablets will carry the Galaxy brand and come with many of the Note 7’s features, including…

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Plan Bee for farmers with a pollination calculator app

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February 22, 2017

If a farmer wanted to plant wildflowers to nurture the bumble bees that pollinate her crops, currently, she would have to walk through her fields, assess possible locations, take measurements, spend hours crunching costs and still only guess at the amount of bees and pollination the effort will generate. Soon, the farmer can do it all on her phone or computer with a mobile app that will calculate the crop productivity…

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Timely diagnosis of serious diseases with smart mobile tool

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February 17, 2017

A key challenge for researchers worldwide for decades has been finding practical solutions to detect proteins, cancer biomarkers, viruses and other small objects. These solutions hold promise for saving lives through more timely diagnosis and treatment of serious infections and diseases. Now a UCLA team’s new research shows how such detections might be done for a fraction of the cost by using ‘smart’ mobile devices designed by machine learning. One…

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Apple to drop the home button for a ‘function area’

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February 16, 2017

Rumors from the well-sourced Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for KGI, via MacRumors suggest that the next iPhone could see the elimination of the Home button and Touch ID sensor in favor of an edge-to-edge design and ‘virtual buttons’ at the bottom of the screen.  There is said to be a new phone with a 5.8″ OLED screen (2800×1242), but with a 5.15″ useful screen size with the rest of the…

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Specialized hardware needed for AI to develop in gadgets

February 15, 2017

Computers are now able to beat humans at the Go game, identify melanomas as accurately as dermatologists do, and help autonomous vehicles navigate the world, and this is all thanks to an artificial intelligence technique called deep learning. Now, circuit designers are working on hardware they hope will lead to the democratization of deep learning, bringing the powerful method to the chips inside smart phones, wearables, and other consumer electronics….

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Cell phone’s could find galactic fast radio bursts

February 15, 2017

There have been fewer than two dozen Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) identified in the past decade using giant radio telescopes such as the 1,000-foot dish in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. FRBs are the brief spurts of radio emission, lasting just one-thousandth of a second, whose origins are mysterious. Of these two dozen, only one has been pinpointed to originate from a galaxy about three billion light-years away. The other known FRBs…

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Valentine’s virtual treasure hunt

February 14, 2017

Valentine’s 2017 is here and if you are lacking some inspiration then fear no more. The Apple of your eye is right in front of you – well if you have an iPhone that is. This Valentine’s say you can catch your lovers eye and impress them with a techy QR code treasure hunt. These simple 2D bar-codes that we now see everywhere can store huge amounts of data –…

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Now we’re talking…

February 14, 2017

Even though there are still some kinks to iron out, automatic speech recognition is on the verge of becoming people’s chief means of interacting with their principal computing devices. Strange to think it was the butt of jokes as little as ten years ago. With the anticipation of the age of voice-controlled electronics, MIT researchers have built a low-power chip specialized for automatic speech recognition. Whereas a cellphone running speech-recognition…

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Multi-energy-harvesting device to push IoT development

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February 8, 2017

Researchers from the University of Oulu in Finland have found that a mineral with the perovskite crystal structure has the right properties to extract energy from multiple sources at the same time. Perovskites are a family of minerals, many of which have shown promise for harvesting one or two types of energy at a time—but not simultaneously. One family member may be good for solar cells, with the right properties…

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FBI locks down how it unlocked an iPhone

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February 8, 2017

The FBI has defended its decision to withhold documents on how it unlocked an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, saying the information could be exploited by “hostile entities” if released to the public. The Justice Department earlier this month released heavily censored records in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from The Associated Press, Vice Media and Gannett, the parent company of USA…

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