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Artificial blood 'will be manufactured in factories'

Wellcome Trust-funded stem cell research has produced red blood cells fit for transfusion into humans, paving the way for the mass production of blood<p>It is the stuff of gothic science fiction: men in white coats in factories of blood and bones.<p>But the production of blood on an industrial scale …

We’re on the cusp of deep learning for the masses. You can thank Google later

Advertisement<p>22 Comments<p>Credit: Google's new deep learning architectures<p>Google (s goog) silently did something revolutionary on Thursday. It open …

Samsung smartwatch may start ticking as early as September

We know it's been trademarked and patented and hyped in general, but now we also have a tentative launch date for Samsung's anticipated smartwatch. A report by <i>Bloomberg</i>, attributed to two unnamed sources, says the device -- which we suspect may be called the "Galaxy Gear" -- will be unveiled at IFA …

Highland Capital’s $25m for Leap Motion apps

Leap Motion, a radical new device for controlling computers using hand movement, isn’t even on sale to the general public yet. But Highland Capital …

The Last of Us Review

Drained. Tired. Ready for a drink. These were my feelings as the credits rolled on Naughty Dog's latest. The Last of Us is a story about hope in a …

Samsung Is About To Launch A Secret, Super-Fast Version Of Its Galaxy S4 Phone

J.K. Shin, also co-chief executive of the world's biggest technology firm by revenue, said the phone would be sold in South Korea as early as this month.<p>Samsung was in talks with several overseas carriers to take the phone, Shin told Reuters in an interview at Samsung's headquarters in Suwon, just …

Google's Project Loon proposes internet distributed by high flying balloons (video)

No, we're not joking. Google is seriously proposing hot air ballon-powered internet access, and has already launched a pilot project in New Zealand with 50 testers trying to connect via a helium-filled, solar powered balloon. One of the Google[x] moonshot projects, there are a couple of videos …

Mozilla Science Lab encourages scientists to share ideas over open web

Even though scientists created this glorious internet you see before you, current scientific practice is still based more on publishing academic papers than sharing ideas online. As one of the more prominent proponents of the open web, Mozilla stepped in to offer a solution with a new open science …

Google confirms it is acquiring Waze to add real-time social data to its maps

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>After widespread rumors that the two were close to a deal, Google (s goog) has confirmed on its official blog that it is …

Sony Toshiba Duo Excite with hybrid and pens

The Computex show in Taiwan this week has featured some inventive takes on computing, including Asus’s Transformer Book Trio that works as a Windows …

Apple said to limit wireless speeds on some U.S. carriers

<i>Editor's note: See update at the bottom of this post.</i><p>A developer who provides iPhone hacks claims to have discovered code in iOS that suggests Apple is helping the top three U.S. wireless carriers throttle data speeds for all iPhone and iPad customers.<p>Joseph Brown, operator of the Web site …

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Atheer’s augmented reality platform bring the web’s information to you, not to a screen

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Flickr / Thomas Hawk<p>I’m a big believer that the future of the web is taking the information and relationships that we …

The Future Of Gaming - It May Be All In Your Head

Gaming as a hobby evokes images of lethargic teenagers huddled over their controllers, submerged in their couch surrounded by candy bar wrappers. This image should soon hit the reset button since a more exciting version of gaming is coming. It’s called neurogaming, and it’s riding on the heels of …

ARM unveils Cortex-A12 CPU and Mali-T622 GPU in expectation of a mid-range boom

Few trend-spotters would disagree with the following prediction from ARM, but it's worth laying it out anyway: Of the 300 million mobile devices sold in 2010, the majority cost over $400. Within the next two years, however, these "crazy money" products (as a spokesperson described them) may …

Apple’s Android threat isn’t about hardware

Apple chief executive Tim Cook’s comments overnight about the growing threat from Android will no doubt spark more speculation about a possible …

Windows 8.1 defenestrates unpopular changes

Microsoft’s attempt to introduce consumers to the wonders of touch with Windows 8 amounted to a rough shove. The operating system’s poor reception …

Intel launches Haswell processors: here's what you need to know

Longer battery life and enhanced graphics for your next Windows 8 portable<p>Last year, Intel's Ivy Bridge processors provided a modest but very welcome speed bump, just in time for all of the crazy transforming computers which heralded the launch of Windows 8.<p>This year, the company's new Haswell CPUs …

Razer Blade 14 review: Slim gaming powerhouse brings great battery life - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Razer Blade 14</b> has a slim design with a powerful combination of fourth-gen quad-core Intel processor and Nvidia graphics; battery life is strong, too.<p><b>The Bad</b> A lackluster low-resolution, nontouch display doesn't fit the high-end design. The baseline 128GB SSD for $1,800 isn’t sufficient …

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Gmail Gets A Swanky New Inbox And Automatic Sorting To Help Fight Information Overload

Google today is introducing a new way to manage your Gmail inbox. This new view of your inbox puts a number of tabs at the top of Gmail’s inbox column. By default, Google shows tabs – and automatically categorizes your messages into them – for your social updates from sites like Google+, Twitter, …

Each Family May Have Schizophrenia In Its Own Way

Schizophrenia runs in families, but scientists have been stymied in their efforts to nail down genetic changes that could be causing the often devastating mental illness.<p>By zeroing in on just one pathway in the brain, scientists say they've found genetic variations that are shared in families, and …

Bird Flu Shrugs Off Tamiflu In 'Concerning' Development

Chinese doctors report they've seen signs that the bird flu virus infecting humans is able to overcome one of the few drugs used to fight it.<p>In a report published online Tuesday by <i>The Lancet</i>, doctors report on 14 patients infected with the H7N9 virus and admitted to the Shanghai Public Health …

Watch a Cicada Metamorphose

The surprisingly beautiful conclusion to the cicada's life. Also, basically, what HD was made for.<p>You all may have just started to pay attention to cicadas this year, when they're emerging from the ground to mate and die, but filmmaker Samuel Orr has been working on a documentary about the special …

Microsoft, Samsung to do glasses, prices to range from $200 to $500

Watch out, Google. Even with a headstart in developing wearable computing devices through Glass, there are two major competitors possibly on the horizon, waiting for the right opportunity to pounce.<p>Reports indicate that Microsoft and Samsung are both keenly interested in competing against Google in …

Immerse yourself in fear: how Oculus Rift could change horror games

Lose your head in virtual reality<p>You kneel down on a wooden platform, several feet above a crowd of murmuring onlookers. To your right is a man, shouting, apparently getting the people riled up. As your gaze continues upward, you have just a moment to notice the blade resting above your neck before …

Glass Nest lets users control their homes from their heads

Those who already own Google Glass are more likely than most to embrace new technologies like Nest's thermostat, so it only makes sense that an especially eager adopter would find a way to combine the two. That would be James Rundquist and his new Glass Nest app: Glass owners now just have to …

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