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Inside Stephen Hawking's Voice Software, Now Available For Free

The technology that's given an artificial voice to renowned physicist Stephen Hawking could soon be helping others with disabilities.<p>The software -- called the Assistive Context-Aware Toolkit (ACAT) -- was developed over three years by Intel Labs for Hawking, who has suffered from amyotrophic …

Disability

MIT has an easier way for multicore chips to use data structures

Image copyright Flickr / Andrew Magill.A group of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have discovered a …

Computer Science

An Economist Explains In Simple Terms Why Deflation Is Dangerous

So what's the big issue? If rising prices (inflation) are generally considered a bad thing, then shouldn't falling prices (deflation) be a good thing?<p>Well, yes and no.<p>Economics professor Ed Dolan is on hand with an easy-to-understand presentation (no economics degree needed), showing the …

Deflation

The secret of great product managers: Balancing the worlds of ‘techie’ and ‘fuzzy’

Microsoft created the “modern” role of product manager 25 years ago, and the job holds an aura of myth even today. Two-and-a-half decades later, the role of product manager is still misunderstood and ill-defined, and the most important qualities in a product manager are often overlooked. As a …

How the 'Internet of Things' will impact consumers, businesses, and governments in 2016 and beyond

For more than two years, BI Intelligence has closely tracked the growth of the IoT. Specifically, we've analyzed how the IoT ecosystem enables entities (i.e. consumers, businesses, and governments) to connect to, and control, their IoT devices in 16 environments, including manufacturing, the …

Internet of Things

10 Chinese Internet of things startups to watch in 2015

The Internet of Things, or IoT, emerged as the third wave of internet development and is gradually merging the physical and online worlds. Prompted by the smart hardware boom, this sector is in full bloom in China, with repercussions across fields such as smart homes, wearables, connected cities …

Robo Brain teaches robots how to understand the world

For a robot to be able to wash clothes, vacuum carpets or serve you cocktails on a Friday night, it needs to be loaded with the appropriate software and data. In the future, though, a robot will easily be able pull info they need to do those things (and more) from a single online service called …

SnapPiCam Raspberry Pi Powered Digital Camera Kit (video)

There are plenty of digital cameras to choose from in the market, but if you are looking for something a little more unique, hackable and with …

Raspberry Pi

[Must Watch!] The Computer That's Smarter Than YOU & I

This technology has the potential to revolutionize big data analysis.<p>All video credit goes to: ColdfusTion<p>Posted by<p>Hayes Richard at<p>9:07 AM

NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked

If the tests of the Cannae Drive technology hold up, a trip to Mars could take weeks instead of months<p>NASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most exciting yet — if they hold up. Earlier this week at a …

Michael Dell is funding this company to move surveillance cameras onto the cloud

Last month, Google-owned Nest made headlines when it confirmed rumors that it was acquiring connected-camera company Dropcam, well-known for putting its camera footage in the cloud. But what about professional grade security cameras — will they also become hip and modern and get connected to the …

Amazon pokes a hole in VMware with this new plugin

In case you didn’t believe Amazon is hungry for public cloud revenue from the biggest businesses, get this:<p>Today Amazon announced a new plugin for VMware’s popular vCenter software for managing data center infrastructure.<p>Admins of VMware-based on-premises data centers can now set up and manage …

Your hybrid cloud: Not if, but when, and how

We hate to break up the party, but for those who haven’t yet noticed, the great debate between private vs. public cloud deployments is drawing to an end. Gartner predicts that 50 percent of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. Here’s why hybrid cloud deployments …

Hands-on with the Muse brain sensing headband — the most important wearable of 2014 (exclusive)

I got my hands on an early version of Interaxon’s brainwave reading headband, the Muse, and I think this could be the most important wearable of the year.<p>And that’s saying a lot, considering I’ve seen 2014’s entire lineup for health tech at the Consumer Electronic Show as well as a few undisclosed …

Google's "Quantum Computing Playground" lets you fiddle with quantum algorithms

Google has just launched a new web-based integrated development environment (IDE) that allows users to write, run and debug software that makes use …

Quantum Computing

The design process behind Google's modular phone

It's easy to see the appeal of Project Ara, Google's modular smartphone concept. With Ara, a dead battery in the middle of a day trip doesn't set off …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

Google releases Project Ara MDK, more details on what to expect

Project Ara’s first developer conference is slated for April 15 through the 16th, less than a week away now. In preparation for the event, Google officially unveiled the first release of its MDK (modular development kit) last night, giving us a few new details on what to expect from the modular …

Mobile Technology

Princeton Whiz Kids Create Open-Source API For Voice Control Assistant, Runs On Raspberry Pi

Charlie Marsh and Shubhro Saha are a couple of undergrads from Princeton University that could have a major league opportunities in front of them and I’m betting there are a few talent scouts looking to draft these boys in the first round. While Apple may be planning big things for Siri and …

This quarter-sized chip platform could power future Android Wear devices

While Intel has backtracked on its "Edison" chip size claims, another Android Wear partner is claiming that its system-on-chip <i>is</i> the size of the proverbial SD card. Imagination Technologies (MIPS) has just revealed the Newton platform based on its MIPS architecture, built by chip-making partner …

Google And Facebook Hedge Against The Data Backlash

It’s fascinating to see Facebook‘s rapid diversification, first into fee-based services, via WhatsApp, and now into virtual reality. Google too is establishing the new American conglomerate, spread across smartphones, medicine, finance, fiber and more. Two companies highly dependent on advertising …

Big data visualization firm Map-D nabs $100K in Nvidia Emerging Companies contest

Map-D hopes to disrupt the database market with a software product that was designed for the era of big data. It taps the power of the modern graphics processing unit (GPU), and the results can be hundreds or thousands of times faster than conventional database queries. That promise was enough to …

Google blows up cloud pricing; your move, Amazon

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sergej Khakimullin<p>So the most commonly heard comment at Google Cloud Platform Live was: How will …

Here's Why Robots Taking Our Jobs Is A Good Thing

It's not hard to see why. Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are bringing robots into more and more workplaces. For example:<p>Autonomous vehicles now in development by just about every major automaker threaten the jobs of truckers and cabbies.<br>• The Baxter robot from Rethink Robotics is …

Artificial Intelligence

Steven Chu Solves Utility Companies' Death Spiral

[<i>Updated with comment from Hawaiian Electric Company</i>.]<p>Utility companies have been looking for new regulations and higher connection charges to save them from a “death spiral” spurred by a surge in rooftop solar installations. Instead, says former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, they should get into …

Here Are 4 Industries About To Be Completely Disrupted By The Smart Home

While the Internet and mobile computing have changed our lives in many ways over the past few decades, there are still many old-school consumer industries that have largely managed to stay the same.<p>But all that is about to change. Low cost sensors, fast-tracked product development and the rapid …