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Amazon Web Services unveils new program to fund machine learning research

Amazon Web Services announced a new award program today that’s designed to fund academic machine learning research using its cloud. The AWS Machine Learning Research Awards will provide one-time unrestricted awards to academic institutions, as well as credits for use with its cloud platform.<p>The …

Machine Learning

HoloLens system uses augmented reality to aid spinal surgery

Augmented reality (AR) isn't just for <i>Pokémon Go</i> and Snapchat masks, the technology will can have practical applications in areas like medicine, …

The Best of Sketching in 2016

From traditional to digital and everything in between<p>We noticed a popularity in sketching articles this year, ranging from traditional pen and paper …

Some perspective on our place in the Universe from the high Chilean desert

Stunning panoramas from the European Southern Observatory provide a sense of place.<p>The best observatory in the world is arguably divided among three …

Universe

Gene Amdahl, The Man Behind The Mainframe, Dies At Age 92

His work remains in computer design today<p>Gene Amdahl, the man credited with pioneering mainframe design at IBM, died on Tuesday at the age of 92. Growing up without electricity in South Dakota, Amdahl went on to study engineering physics and theoretical physics. When he was in graduate school at …

South Dakota

Ballmer admits Microsoft needs a new leader for change

Microsoft board pressured Ballmer to move a lot quicker<p>Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is planning his retirement in the next nine months from the software giant he helped build, but he’s also assisting with a reorganization for his successor. In exclusive interviews with <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, …

MIT Develops a Dynamic Shape Display Using Kinect

Watch as physical objects are manipulated remotely using a Kinect sensor.<p>Hackers have come up with a wide variety of uses for Kinect outside of …

Work or Surf in Comfort with new All-in-One PCs from HP

Today HP announced two new All-In-One PCs with a revolutionary adjustable design allowing for more positioning choice and control than before. Meet …

Latin America Comes to the Innovation Party

Innovation is sweeping the world like a public policy version of gangnam style. By my count, there are more than fifty countries around the world that have national innovation strategies, chief innovation officers and budgets. The old saying "no bucks, no Buck Rogers" is apt here as one country …

IE11 Gives Microsoft A Shot At Browser Redemption

Internet Explorer is a hard product to love. It was so bad for so long and Microsoft abused its position of having the dominant browser for so many years that even today, with a few solid releases under its belt, IE still feels like the browser you should hate. But with IE11, which just launched …

Microsoft brings BizSpark, Bing Fund, and its accelerators under one roof

Today Microsoft’s Rahul Sood announced the creation of Microsoft Ventures, the company’s collected efforts to provide software discounts to growing companies, incubate startups, and directly fund firms that it believes in.<p>The breadth of the program may seem unfocused, but Microsoft Ventures’ …

How Microsoft Wants To Empower Gamers To Create Worlds With “Project Spark”

With its upcoming Project Spark, Microsoft hopes to give you the tools to create your own epic adventures or just little games to waste time, and to earn recognition worldwide as you do it.<p>Children use their imagination to build worlds all the time. Now with Microsoft’s help, they—and their …

Remixes

Acer's 8.1-inch Iconia W3 tablet now on sale in the US

If you've wanted full-blown Windows 8 in bite-size form, you now have your chance: the Acer Iconia W3 is on sale in the US. The 8.1-inch slate is in stock at both Office Depot and Staples, starting at $350 for a 32GB model at both outlets. Don't count on the 64GB version being available -- it's …

Lenovo refreshes its IdeaPad laptops with Haswell and touch, designs unchanged

No, there's no new Yoga. You'll have to keep waiting on that. For now, Lenovo is undertaking a much more modest project: refreshing its existing notebooks with Haswell. First off, the current IdeaPad U310 Touch and U410 Touch are now the U330 and U430 Touch. Other than the difference in screen size …

London’s tech startup scene is hot — just don’t compare it to Silicon Valley

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Image courtesy of Tim Morris<p>Down a flight of stairs, past a photo of British mod icon Paul Weller, and into the …

Vintage Apple computer goes on sale at Christie's

It's the kind of electronic junk that piles up in basements and garages - an old computer motherboard with wires sticking out.<p>But because it was designed by two college dropouts named Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, it could be worth more than half a million dollars (£323,000).<p>An Apple 1 from 1976, …

Computer Science

Samsung Ativ Q steals show at launch with dual OS wizardry

Samsung's ever-expanding Galaxy range of Android gadgets took a back seat at the Korean company's showbiz London launch last night, with the bonkers …

Gear & Gadgets

Something Else Revealed At Samsung's Launch Event: Disdain For Windows RT

Another glamorous party in London; another influx of Samsung PCs to suit every conceivable taste. But one sort of machine was conspicuous by its absence. Out of five new computers revealed by the manufacturer, not a single one ran on Windows RT.<p>In fact, Samsung executives gleefully turned RT’s …

If Not Together, What's Ahead For Nokia And Microsoft?

Poor Nokia.<p>Once the darling of the mobile phone business with market share above 40%, it has become one of the red headed step children in the super competitive smartphone space. Mixing Nokia’s 1Q 2013 Lumia smartphones sales of 5.6 million units with IDC’s smartphone shipment figure of 216.2 …

UrbanSitter Looks To Spread To Atlanta And Austin

The popular babysitting tool for the urban set, UrbanSitter.com, is looking to expand into some new cities. Though still not profitable, the company is generating income, expecting to pull in a scant $3 million this year after offering their services virtually for free last year.<p>Available in 12 …

Today’s Acqui-Hires Will Become Tomorrow’s Innovators

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Peter Relan is a former programmer and Internet executive, as well as a successful serial entrepreneur, Silicon Valley executive, angel investor, and technology veteran for over 25 years. He founded YouWeb Incubator in 2007, spinning out a string of successful mobile and gaming</i> …

Huawei Ascend P6 solves 4 x 4 Rubik's Cube in 50 moves, considers meaning of life (video)

Okay, it might not be the fastest phone-cubing you've ever seen (or the funkiest,) but it's likely some of the shrewdest. Using an Ascend P6 at its heart, "MultiCuber 3" is the latest contraption from serial cube-coder (and ARM Engineer) David Gilday which combines Lego Mindstorms, algorithms and …

As Microsoft Restructuring Nears, Top Execs Fret Over Their Fate

According to sources close to the situation, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is likely to unveil his plans to restructure the tech giant to a larger …

Bill Gates

Microsoft's Windows Azure Used by Over 50% of Fortune 500 Companies

Microsoft today announced a notable Windows Azure milestone: more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500 are now using the service. That’s impressive if you remember that Windows Azure was released just over three years ago on February 1, 2010.<p>The company also noted that in just a year, Windows Azure’s …

The First Microsoft Surface Tablet Was Made With Cardboard And Duct Tape

In hindsight, we now know that the device hasn't rocked the world with killer sales, or filled consumers and businesses with an unquenchable desire for Windows 8.<p>But think back before the announcement was made. Microsoft was going to risk its relationships with its most important partners, PC …

Microsoft Wins Mobile Design Battle, Loses War

In 2006, Microsoft introduced the Zune, its ill-fated portable music player. But the Zune legacy lived on with a fresh approach on interface design that led to the launch of Metro, the interface now prevalent in everything Microsoft does, from its mobile efforts, to its flagship Windows operating …

Camera sensor tweaks could improve smartphone battery life

<b>A team of researchers from Microsoft and Rice University have developed a solution to battery drain from camera use.</b><p>Most users are aware that …

Gear & Gadgets