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Microsoft's mind-blowing IllumiRoom Xbox projector costs too much to release

Microsoft unveiled its Xbox coffee table projector concept earlier this year, but it's unlikely to see a release any time soon. After previously describing IllumiRoom — an augmented reality projector that expands content onto living room walls — as "just research," Microsoft now says cost is an …

Supplier Continental expects self-driving cars by 2020

The German company, already with significant experience in car-control systems, expects cars to take over driving duties partially in 2016 and all the way by 2020.<p>Continental, a major automotive supplier in Germany, expects its technology research will yield self-driving cars by 2020.<p>The company …

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Scientists Are Scary Close To Controlling Our Memories And Brains With Computers

There are already thought-controlled gadgets and smart phone apps. But recently, a group of scientists at MIT took brain-computer interactions to a whole new level.<p>While they weren't able to create memories from scratch, they were able to associate different feelings to neutral memories in mice. In …

World's first 3D-printed rifle gets update, fires 14 shots

A Canadian tinkerer who previously claimed to have created the world's first 3D-printed rifle, only to see the barrel crack upon its first videotaped test firing, has now created an updated version of the gun that was able to fire 14 rounds before suffering damage. The riflemaker, who goes by the …

With Windows 8.1, Microsoft is aiming squarely at mobile devices

Don't obsess over the Start button. In a world where desktop PCs are becoming dinosaurs, the real goal of Windows 8.1 is to get Microsoft's operating …

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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 desktop sync app now out of beta

A preview build of the Windows Phone 8 app for desktop has been around, but today Microsoft has released a full-fledged version and thrown in some new features to boot. In addition to bug fixes, the stable build comes with the capability to sync files from any folder in your computer (even if it's …