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Up close with the HoloLens, Microsoft's most intriguing product in years

We just finished a heavily scripted, carefully managed, and completely amazing demonstration of Microsoft's HoloLens technology. Four demos, actually, each designed to show off a different use case for a headset that projects holograms into real space. We played <i>Minecraft</i> on a coffee table. We had …

The US bill to phase out wonky symbols on the back of gadgets is now a law

The legislation designed to do away with printing various symbols and regulatory compliance numbers on our gadgets in favor of displaying those things within software has been signed into law. President Obama today signed the E-Label Act, which was introduced by senators Deb Fisher (R-NE) and Jay …

Unity Finally Releases Its Long Promised User Interface Creator

Good news, everyone!<p>Once upon a time, Unity promised to overhaul the way developers would build user interfaces in their Unity-powered games. This was roughly around the time man discovered fire*.<p><i>[* In non-snark time, it was about a year and a half ago]</i><p>At long last, Unity has shipped version 4.6 of …

Jack Dorsey’s Advertising Agency Couldn’t Make A More Pretentious Website If It Tried

Quid had a good run, but it looks like we have a new champion in the endless battle to have the most pretentious startup website. West, an advertising agency founded by former Apple exec Allison Johnson in 2011 with backing from Jack Dorsey and Ray Chambers, has managed to claim that spot with a …

Sleek Cut Paper Illustrations Will Bring Out The Minimalist In You

Whether your artistic inclinations lead toward fine arts or arts and crafts, we expect you'll get quite a thrill from artist Eiko Ojala's cut paper illustrations.<p>The Estonian illustrator, graphic designer and art director has established a unique artistic method unlike any other, fusing digital …

Design For Emotion: The Next Big Challenge For Consumer Technology?

<b>@giorodriguez Will consumer technology ultimately help or abandon human beings? Don’t we have a choice in the matter?</b><p><b>[A five-part series on the use of emotion in consumer technology product and service development. For a podcast series on the general topic of "design for emotion," go here].</b><p>In the …

Jawbone Jambox Mini Update Adds Social Jamming

The Jawbone Mini is the de facto small Bluetooth speaker. It sounds good, is compact enough, and thanks to Jawbone’s dominance in the market, is widely available at multiple retailers. And it just got better.<p>Jawbone just released a free update to the speaker which allows the speaker to pair with …

Some companies are already paying employees in Bitcoin, but it's complicated

Direct deposit, stock options and the traditional paycheck are all outmoded: the future of employee wages, apparently, is Bitcoin. At least that's how Bitwage, a virtual currency payroll firm, feels about it. Bitwage reached out to 150 Bitcoin-friendly companies to see how they felt about …

A Massive Market Opportunity Awaits In Analyzing The Internet Of Things

The Internet of Things has been hyped for 15 years, but until now technological realities haven’t supported technological possibilities.<p>Today, given the confluence of cheap semiconductors, telecom operators with excess capacity and a new generation of open source data infrastructure, IoT is not …

Apple Patents MacBook Keys With Built-In Displays, Touch Sensors And Haptic Feedback

Apple may be planning a big upgrade for the standard computer keyboard, according to a new patent filing published by the USPTO and spotted by AppleInsider today. The filing describes a notebook keyboard that has keys which integrate miniature displays, touch sensors and haptic feedback motors all …

Facebook Moves To Become The World's Most Powerful Data Broker

One of the most important revelations at Facebook’s developers conference on Wednesday was Anonymous Logins, a very clever use of semantics by Mark Zuckerberg because it’s not technically “anonymous” at all.<p>With it, a user’s Facebook data will remain inside Zuck’s behemoth, which with more than 1 …

Sony's 185TB data tape puts your hard drive to shame

It's hard for magnetic data tapes to stand out from the crowd in an era when it's easy to load up on legions of hard drives. However, Sony might have managed that rare feat with nano-sized tape tech that stores much more than off-the-shelf hardware. By optimizing how it sputters argon ions on to …

Microsoft brings Minority Report hover keyboards to life

Microsoft's research division has released a video detailing a design developed for an augmented mechanical keyboard. It appears to offer a novel way …

Brain-inspired circuit board 9000 times faster than an average PC

Bioengineers at Stanford University have developed microchips based on the human brain that are more energy efficient and up to 9000 times faster …

Film download prices 'to be determined by screen size'

<b>The cost of watching a newly released film will depend upon the size of the screen on which it is viewed in future, the head of Dreamworks Animation says.</b><p>Those who watched on a "movie screen" would pay the most while those using smartphones would only pay a small fee, Jeffrey Katzenberg said.<p>This …

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Shoppers Surprisingly Willing To Give Up Privacy For Deals

Retailers are in a hurry to beam messages to shoppers in stores using new technology. There has been some debate as to whether shoppers will welcome this messaging or simply find it creepy. Now there’s new research to indicate it’s the former.<p>Close to half of all smartphone owners are open to …

Disney ‘s New 3-D Printing Technique Makes Any Object Transmit Sound

Disney Research has revealed an exciting new technology that turns any object into a speaker.<p>What if every object in your life could talk? A door handle warns you when someone has attempted to enter without a key. A desk ticks off your appointments when you sit down. A rubber duckie quacks at a …

Bing Apps for Windows 8 get major updates

Late least year, Microsoft rolled out a half dozen Bing Apps for Windows 8 users, each one focused on a specific category, such as travel and sports. …

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