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Researchers charge 40 smartphones wirelessly from 5m

Engineers from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a system that can power devices up to five metres …

With Enterprise Launch On Horizon, Task Manager Todoist Adds Collaboration & Real-Time Sync

Todoist, the cross-platform task management software reaching 1.3 million users, is getting an upgrade today. The company has been a staple in the world of personal productivity since its debut in 2007, and is now finally adding support for collaboration and real-time sync, among other things. …

Apple's 'iWatch' to come in late 2014 with focus on biometrics, analyst says

Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple's much-rumored iWatch will hit store shelves late next year, not in 2013 as many market …

How To Design A Better Office For Both Introverts And Extroverts

Could a “palette of place” give workers control and choice over where and how they work? One company goes deep into work space.<p>Ask workers what bugs them most about the office, and chances are they’ll tell you they can’t concentrate or focus on their work.<p>At Steelcase, we regularly survey workers …

How Bluetooth LE And Crowdfunding Are Accelerating The Connected Hardware Boom

It’s one trend that’s been hard to miss, being mostly clipped and/or strapped in plain sight. To spell it out, hardware startups — and the devices they’re making — are having a moment, thanks in major part to crowdfunding websites providing the funding bridge between a promising prototype and the …

Are You And Your Company Ready For The Voice-Recognition Revolution?

Apple’s Siri just improved with iOS 7. Android’s voice command tech is also getting better. And here comes Google Glass. Talk to us: are you prepared for how this will change your business and how your customers interact with you?<p>While much of the hype coming out of last week’s Apple announcement …

IBM Vows To Spend $1 Billion To Promote An Operating System That Competes With Windows

This is the second time that IBM coughed up $1 billion to promote Linux. The first was way back in 2000, when Linux was a fledgling operating system just finding its way into enterprise data centers and beginning to threaten Microsoft.<p>Microsoft spent years trying to scare customers away from Linux, …

Linux

Will These Guys Kill The Computer Interface As We Know It?

How two grade-school friends created Leap Motion, a company that wants to turn mouse-clicks into waves of the hand.<p>David Holz took the main stage at this year's South by Southwest Interactive, the annual innovation conference in Austin, Texas, looking like a hobbit on casual Friday. He wore an …

Upcoming Biometric System in Helsinki: Pay with Your Face

Driver's license, credit cards, keys. These are objects all of us carry, yet ironically they are all unique, personalized to us. They all link to our …

What Would the 'Exercise Pill' Mean?

The idea plays to our love of efficiency, spirit of entrepreneurship, and longing to install physicians and scientists as the new priests of the age.<p>What if we could enjoy the benefits of exercise simply by swallowing a pill? Earlier this week in the journal <i>Nature Medicine</i> researchers at the …

The app that makes music from your heartbeat could also save you a trip to the doctor

BioBeats, the big data company that made it possible for you to dance along to music tuned to your heartbeat, announced today that it now hopes to venture into more serious health and wellness apps. With $650,000 in seed funding, its team wants to get people thinking about their health before (and …

Digital Health

Coding cognition: IBM needs apps for its digital brain

A far fetched idea inches ever-closer to reality<p>IBM wants to see researchers writing programs for the digital equivalent of a human brain. It's a lofty, almost sci-fi task that's likely a far way out, but IBM announced on Wednesday that it had made some significant steps toward making it happen: …

Groundbreaking New Particle Could Make Hard Drives 20 Times Smaller

There are many reasons why we still have size limitations on technology, but when it comes to data storage, one thing really stands out. You can only …

Microphone Turns Your Fingertip Into A Speaker

Touch your finger to someone's ear, and they'll hear your recorded message whispering to them.<p>Turn your body into another kind of wonderland: A new invention from Disney Research lets you record messages to your friends that they can hear only if you touch your finger to their ears. That is, your …

HP launches self-healing computer startup software to cure malware attacks

Hewlett-Packard is introducing self-healing computing startup software that can repair itself after a malware attack.<p>The new HP BIOSphere with SureStart technology is a new kind of startup software that runs when a personal computer is turned on. The BIOS — basic input output software — runs on …

The Internet of Things: How technology is touching everything

<i>This sponsored post is produced in conjunction with Ford.</i><p>We’re entering a new era of technology. The internet used to be focused on communication and the display of information. Then it became about e-commerce during the early dot-com boom, with the high-profile success of companies like Amazon and …

Nuance's Voice Recognition Technology Just Got More Musical

Voice recognition specialist Nuance has tapped The Echo Nest to put its comprehensive music data to work enhancing its entertainment offerings for smartphones, tablets, computers and cars.<p>Specifically, Nuance plans to integrate The Echo Nest’s Dynamic Music Data product with its natural language …

Video: An Animated Explanation Of Why Music Makes You Happy

This animation by AsapScience (no relation to rappers A$AP Mob) uses props like bananas, apes drawn in Sharpie, condoms, steaks, and lotto tickets to demonstrate the basic chemistry of your brain on music. Its approach to educating is kind of like Sesame Street for adults–know going in that the …

How To Eliminate Customer Angst–And Improve Your Bottom Line

Start by mapping out what’s working for your customers and what’s not. Rejigger whatever makes them fed up and profit in the meanwhile.<p>The last thing you want is to make your customers miserable. We call these “pain points”–when a company’s inefficiencies make customers feel frustrated or uncertain …

Look Away, And This iPhone App Pauses Your Video

Yes, it’s a bit unbelievable. Yes, it totally works.<p>Several months back, we featured PredictGaze. It was a series of human tracking algorithms that would use a webcam to pause a TV when someone left a room, or scroll through iPad photos through looking alone. To be honest, we were skeptical. But …

A Vortex Of Whiskey, Consumed Through A Straw

To experience Whiskey Tornado, you must commit the ultimate connoisseur faux pas: the use of a straw.<p>On a recent episode of <i>Parks and Recreation</i>, we got to watch Tom Haverford inhale gin mist from an “aromasphere” martini, in a scene designed to satirize the molecular gastronomy craze. The funniest …

Stamp-On Circuits Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger

Remarkable new tech that places ultra-thin circuits on your skin could revolutionize health care, entertainment, and more.<p>Transistors. Resistors. Capacitors. Inductors. Diodes. RF antennas. Inductive coils. Lithium ion batteries. These are the components of microprocessors, wireless communications, …

Are Brain Games Bunk?

Brain games, we’ve been told, are a lot like exercise. You do them because you care about yourself, and want to invest in your body, and bask in the self-righteous glow of a better working memory and higher IQ. But do they actually work?<p>A new meta-analysis of 23 different studies about memory …

We’re Getting Close To 3-D Printing For Organs

Personal 3-D printing is a beautiful idea that may have gotten its first killer app–saving your life.<p>As of right now, 3-D printing is the fodder of techies and hobbyists. For anyone outside the rapid prototyping niche, it’s an ideal as much as it is an invention. A Makerbot is a symbol of the …