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Microsoft has just what VR needs

In a move we should have seen coming from a mile away, Microsoft announced that it will be opening up the Windows Holographic platform, which powers HoloLens, to other companies. Those partners will be able to build AR headsets like HoloLens, full-fledged VR headsets like the HTC Vive, as well as …

A 'smart' exosuit learns its user's movements

As military and heavy-lifting applications for robotic exoskeletons get closer to reality, the latest trend in wearable machinery is helping the elderly and those with limited mobility get back on their feet. Like their colleagues/competitors at Harvard and ReWalk Robotics, the team behind the …

Google opens its Person Finder tool to aid earthquake relief efforts in Nepal

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal early this morning, striking an area between Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, with damage extending to India, Bangladesh, and Tibet. At the time of publication, nearly 1,000 people have died and more than 1,700 have been injured as a result of the earthquake, …

Google Glass is in Vogue, but not yet in vogue

Aside from the occasional up-and-coming NBA star, most of the early Google Glass adopters are, unsurprisingly, developers and technology fans that aren't normally seen as denizens of style. Even before its release, the headset has become the poster child of refreshed privacy fears and the butt of …

Ultra-thin e-skin could lead to advances in medicine, cool wearable computing (video)

Remember the names Martin Kaltenbrunner and Takao Someya -- that way, you'll have someone to blame when kids start pointing and laughing at gadgets we consider high-tech today. Leading a team of University of Tokyo researchers, they have recently developed a flexible, skin-like material that can …

Mini guide to Alentejo, Portugal

This region is home to a captivating landscape of dry plains, gentle hills and dramatic coastlines, plus historic attractions, such as Moorish villages and wealthy medieval towns.<p>The Alentejo region, which covers a third of the country, is a captivating landscape characterised by dry, golden …

Fine wines of Portugal’s Douro Valley

The world's only true port is born in a scenic stretch of vineyards in the oldest demarcated wine region in the world.

Wineries

The battle for Lisbon’s best pastry

Historic cafes and bakeries in the capital produce some of Portugal’s most beloved baked goods.<p>On the streets winding up, down and around the seven hills that comprise Lisbon, and in town plazas throughout the country, the pastelaria or confeitaria (pastry shop) is a mainstay of the Portuguese …

European Travel

Mini guide to Lisbon, Portugal

A laid-back city that exudes a decidedly old-fashioned charm, Lisbon is home to clattering trams, café-lined boulevards and grandiose monuments of its famous seafaring sons.<p>Lisbon is something of a rarity among European capitals – a laid-back city that exudes a decidedly old-fashioned charm, with …

European Travel

The adventure playground of the Azores

The remote Portuguese archipelago is finally getting the recognition it deserves – with jewel-coloured lakes to kayak, misty laurel forests to hike and sparkling lava tubes to explore.<p>Asking someone to find the Azores on a map would probably have drawn a blank look a decade ago when the remote …

Keeping it simple: Chromecast, Google TV, and the zen of a $35 dongle

Google's latest foray into the living room may actually have a chance<p>Google's combined Chrome and Android event yesterday should have had a relatively small impact: the Nexus 7 was already widely leaked and Android 4.3 was a very minor update. Instead, Google surprised us all with a tiny, $35 HDMI …

Strange new features on the Sun revealed in first images from NASA's IRIS telescope

Looking directly at the Sun is not advised, but it's exactly what NASA's recently-launched unmanned IRIS spacecraft is designed to do. In fact, the spacecraft, which was launched into orbit 328 miles above the Earth in late June, has already returned its first batch of images of the Sun's …

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures breathtaking images of Earth from Saturn

NASA's unmanned Cassini spacecraft has already returned some gorgeous views of the planet Saturn, which it is currently flying around. But the latest images should be enough to make it and any other interplanetary travelers (such as Voyager 1) homesick. On July 19th, the spacecraft, located about …

Google’s Chromecast and Nexus 7 event: everything you need to know

News of the new Nexus 7 leaked early, so the highlight of today’s breakfast with Sundar Pichai was a product that truly surprised us: Chromecast, a tiny, $35 dongle that streams audio and video to your TV from phones, tablets and laptops. But that wasn’t all: the new Nexus 7 emerged as expected, …

Nike+ Running iOS update adds social challenges, trash talk

Sometimes you need a little extra encouragement to hit the trail. The latest update to Nike+ Running for iOS should give you that friend-based push to lace up when you're feeling particularly lazy. Social competitions make up most of what's new in version 4.3, bringing in the same functionality …

NVIDIA announces 'fastest GPU ever' for pros, the 12GB Quadro K6000

NVIDIA's just launched its latest flagship Quadro GPU for well-heeled graphics professionals, the Kepler-based Quadro K6000. The company claims it's "the fastest and most capable GPU ever built" with double the graphics capability of its Quadro 6000 predecessor. It also has 12GB of the "world's …

Google Play Games app launches today, provides a portal for tablet gamers (update: it's here)

Today Google unveiled a brand new Play Games app, that serves as a companion hub and portal for the Google Play Games Services, announced at I/O. The app serves as a front end for viewing leader boards and connecting with friends (from your Google+ circles, of course), simplifying the act of …

Google intros Play Textbooks for purchase and rent

Google is clearly committed to education on mobile devices beyond Play for Education -- it just unveiled Google Play Textbooks, a dedicated category on the Play Store for learning material. The section will offer titles from the top five publishers, and students will have the choice of renting …

Scientist Figures Out How Those Big-Ass 'Sailing Stones' Move Themselves Across Death Valley

"Racetrack Playa" sounds like the screenname of an online teenager you're competing against in <i>Need for Speed</i>, but scientists recognize it as the name …

Japan tests 4K television streams over the internet

<b>A Japanese telecoms company is carrying out tests to try to prove 4K-resolution video can be streamed over the internet to television set-top boxes.</b><p>NTT West is hosting the trial - which runs until Friday - and says it believes it is the first of its kind.<p>A new video compression standard is being …

Minimalist Posters That Reduce Your Favorite Movies To Basic Shapes

Graphic designer Michal Krasnopolski creates 22 movie posters that are head-scratchingly metaphorical.<p>In the future, when the history of the Internet is taught alongside social studies and algebra in middle school, there will be a brief, marginal mention of minimalist posters and how they, for a …

Urban Zoom Photography

Avec sa série intitulée sobrement « Urban Zoom », le photographe allemand Jakob Wagner nous offre de superbes clichés en longue-exposition dans …

150,000 cloud virtual machines will help solve mysteries of the Universe

OpenStack, Puppet used to build cloud for world's largest particle accelerator.<p>When you're running the world's largest particle accelerator, smashing …

Human embryonic stem cells created from adult tissue for first time

Scientists have used the cloning technique that led to Dolly the sheep to turn human skin into embryonic stem cells – which can make any tissue in …

[I/O 2013] Google Unveils New Version Of Maps App For Android w/ New Navigation UI, Looks Absolutely Gorgeous

Google just announced that a brand-new Google maps smartphone experience will be landing on Android and iOS soon, and it looks astoundingly good. The …

Recon Jet

In 2010 Recon released the world's first Heads-Up-Display-enabled snow sport goggles, capable of displaying real-time statistics like speed, altitude, time and temperature on a full-color micro LCD screen. Now, three years later, the innovative company introduces a faster, smaller, more advanced …

Wearable Tech

Google Play Music All Access hits crescendo during IO keynote

Android Engineering Director Chris Yerga stood up at the Google IO keynote this morning in San Francisco to introduce Google Play Music All Access, …

Google Play Music

VMware takes on the BYOD problem with — you guessed it — virtualization

If you’ve talked to a CIO lately, you’ve likely got an earful about having to support employee smartphones and the problems they bring — users …

Google Now gets new cards for reminders, music, public transit, TV, books and video games - http://tcrn.ch/1057WBh

Android 5.0 notebooks, a Google smartwatch, and an Apple TV competitor coming our way?

Whilst the new Nexus 7 may have been the big news from <i>KGI Securities</i> analyst Ming-Chi Kuo yesterday, he has also released some information, or shall I call it speculation, about some other future Google projects today.<p>There’s mention of an Apple TV competitor and a Google smartwatch, which we’ll …

Android Lollipop