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Amazon releases API to add more smart home capabilities to Alexa

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Industry Insider subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Amazon opened up a new "Smart Home Skill" API for its Alexa voice recognition system that will allow developers to create new smart home commands for the system.<p>Those …

Internet of Things

'Holoportation' demo makes live-video holograms look easy

Last June Microsoft showed off its HoloLens tech that created holograms from live video. Now it's putting that into practice and giving it an official name: Holoportation. It uses multiple 3D cameras to capture a subject from all angles, creating a "temporally consistent model" that can mimic the …

Doctors 3D-print 'living' body parts

<b>Custom-made, living body parts have been 3D-printed in a significant advance for regenerative medicine, say scientists.</b><p>The sections of bone, muscle and cartilage all functioned normally when implanted into animals.<p>The breakthrough, published in Nature Biotechnology, raises the hope of using living …

3D Printing

Your Brain Actually Works Better in Winter, According to Science

Science offers some consolation despite the terrible weather - winter actually does your brain and mood no harm.<p>February is basically no one's favorite month. By now, most of us are well and truly sick of winter, yet winter is far from done, continuing to torture us with nose-freezing temperatures …

Here's what Microsoft has planned for Windows in 2016

Microsoft is busy working on the update to Windows 10 — internally codenamed "Redstone"— that will refine many of the features and improvements that were introduced in 2015.<p>Here's everything you need to know.<p><b>Release date</b>: It is rumoured that "Redstone" will be released in two halves: One in June …

Windows 10

Sony working on phone batteries that last 40 percent longer

Recent history has taught us we can't expect our smartphones to last more than a day on a single charge. Bigger batteries are an uninspired solution and fast-charging a minor consolation, so it's no wonder researchers and companies alike are trying to develop new, more efficient battery tech. As</i> …

Google Voice Search Gets Smarter, Now Understands Complex Questions And Their Meaning

If voice-based assistants are to become the primary way we interact with our devices now and in the future, then Google has just upped the ante in the battle between its own voice search functionality and that of rival mobile assistants like Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana. While Google’s app …

Bluetooth will get much more powerful next year

Twice as fast and four times the range, says the official roadmap for 2016<p>The ever-growing number of connected gadgets on the market is putting a strain on our Bluetooth connections. To keep up with the increased burden, the Bluetooth standard is getting an upgrade, with longer range, faster …

Alibaba Hit $14.3B In Total Sales On Singles’ Day, With 69 Percent Made On Mobile Devices

Alibaba Group reaped $14.3 billion in sales during Singles’ Day, a 60 percent increase from last year’s tally. The most significant number from yesterday’s annual shopping bonanza, however, is not how much Chinese consumers spent, but what devices they used to make purchases from Alibaba’s …

eCommerce

Android and Chrome OS may be combined as early as next year

For years, people have wondered if Google would merge its Android and Chrome operating systems, and the company has steadfastly held to them important but distinct pieces of its strategy. That might be changing: <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting that Google has been working for two years to merge …

Thousands Of Soldiers With Mental Health Disorders Kicked Out For 'Misconduct'

The U.S. Army has kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers since 2009 for "misconduct," after they returned from Iraq and Afghanistan and were diagnosed with mental health disorders and traumatic brain injuries. That means many of those soldiers are not receiving the crucial treatment or retirement and …

Mental Health

Kangaroo is an amazing $99 Windows 10 portable PC

InFocus today debuted the Kangaroo, a $99 Windows 10 portable PC that “goes anywhere and works with any screen.” The term “mobile desktop” may seem like an oxymoron, but that really is the best description: Picture your typical desktop PC tower shrunk down to the size of a phablet sans screen; just …

Gear & Gadgets

US worries Russia would cut undersea data cables in a conflict

Many military commanders will tell you that it's wise to cut the enemy's lines of communication. However, the US is concerned that Russia may take this advice one step too far. The <i>New York Times</i> understands that Russia is positioning submarines and spy ships near hard-to-reach segments of undersea …

Why What You Learned in Preschool Is Crucial at Work

For all the jobs that machines can now do — whether performing surgery, driving cars or serving food — they still lack one distinctly human trait. They have no social skills.<p>Yet skills like cooperation, empathy and flexibility have become increasingly vital in modern-day work. Occupations that …

Education

Boeing Creates The World's Lightest Metal

Boeing files a lot of patents. From the filing for a force field to protect planes from blasts mid-air in 2012 to a laser-powered fusion engine earlier this year, these are all patents for potential uses of technology that may or may not become a commercial reality.<p>But earlier this week, Boeing …

General Motors

Students in Switzerland built a wheelchair that knows how to climb stairs

<i>(By Jim Drury, Reuters) –</i> An electric wheelchair that can climb most stairs, including spiral staircases, has been developed by Zurich-based students.<p>The Scalevo Wheelchair can mount one stair per second and was designed by 10 students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and …

Johnson & Johnson

Google announces AMP, a much faster way to load news articles on smartphones

The new approach, an open source project which will also work on Twitter and Pinterest, will load slimmer versions of pages from news websites, improving load times<p>Google has unveiled a new way to publish mobile web pages that will see stories from news publications including the Telegraph load …

Google’s Cute Cars And The Ugly End Of Driving

The main thing you should know about autonomous vehicles is that they are utterly inevitable.<p>The thing about covering tech, especially for a long time, is that you have these moments where you get to really reach out and touch the future. They're rare. But you get to the point where you can …

Time I

Apple made the iPhone 6s nearly waterproof and didn't tell anyone

Leave it up to Apple to downplay a surprisingly useful engineering feat: A water-resistant iPhone. It turns out the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sport a combination of new technology that makes them far more resistant to liquid damage than past iPhones, iFixit reports. Apple packed in a new gasket around …

This Is Why Muslims Hold Muhammad in Such High Regard

Photo by 'Camera Eye'<p><i>What the world owes to Islam and its Prophet</i><p>The principles, values and freedoms of which we can be proud of today are found in a book compiled some 1,400 years old. This book was given to us through the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who, through his example and …