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IBM Develops Programming Language Inspired By The Human Brain

Two years ago this month, IBM announced that it had developed a cognitive computer chip, inspired by human neural architecture. That chip was developed as part of the SyNAPSE project, which has a long term goal of building a computing system that can handle tasks that are relatively easy for human …

The apps that Apple does not want you to use

They are the applications that Apple has tried to stop the world from using.<p>With more than 700,000 apps available for download, perhaps Apple can afford to be picky, but some of those to be banned show Apple’s squeamishness for nudity, bodily functions and upsetting important people.<p><b>Send me to</b> …

Facebook's advertising conundrum

Last week, sources told Bloomberg News that Facebook would soon put television-style commercials into users' news feeds of pictures, status updates …

End of the road for Twitter 1.0?

The furore about trolls on Twitter and threats of violence to women mean a watershed for the social networking site, says Monty Munford. Its future is likely to be complicated… perhaps it should start by hiring more people.<p>Most great companies pivot at some stage of their history. One-time leading …

Philips LightStrips and Bloom are colorful, programmable LEDs you control with your smartphone

Philips is set to expand its range of programmable LED Hue lights with the launch of new customizable LightStrips and Bloom bulbs. The flexible LightStrips come in two-meter lengths and are designed to be placed around frames or to accentuate fixtures in the home. The Bloom is a portable lamp and …

Big Shot self-assembly digital camera kit finally shipping to curious kids

​<p>While we were growing up, you had to take things apart to find out how they broke worked. Big Shot camera sets about things the other way around, coming in kit form to help kids learn exactly what goes into making a camera tick. It's been in the prototype stage long enough for its initial audience …

Boundless, The Open E-Textbook Company, Launches iOS App And Starts To Monetize With Premium Upgrades

Boundless, the Boston-based e-textbook company that has been battling three top education publishers in court since 2012, has made its first foray into monetizing on its free textbooks with premium upgrades on its proprietary learning technology. Its first native apps for iPhone and iPod touch will …

If school isn’t teaching your kid to code, this program will (for a fee)

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>If you want your child to have an early start on becoming the next Zuckerberg or Gates, it’s pretty clear that (for now, at …

With Tynker’s New Service, Kids Can Learn To Code At Home

Mountain View-based Tynker, a startup focused on teaching children of all ages the basics of learning how to code, is now expanding its service beyond schools with today’s debut of Tynker for Home. This new system is similar to the platform targeting teacher and classrooms which launched earlier …

Keen On… The Mobile Future: Why IT Might Not Happen

“The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed”, William Gibson famously said. But, with 20 billion connected devices and 6.5 billion network users by 2020, Gibson’s optimism might be misplaced. Indeed, according to Ericsson CTO, Ulf Ewaldsson, the future – at least, our …