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By Walter Ulloa | The latest news, analysis and opinion on innovations, trends, lifestyles, culture, industry and the environment spurred by cutting-edge technology from around the world.

Japan defense industry: Civilian applications for stealth technology

TOKYO -- Japan recently unveiled the X-2 fighter demonstrator, its first domestically-built stealth fighter jet, providing the world with a glimpse …

Defense Industry

Does Social Media have a Polarization Problem?

Wael Ghonim was a young computer engineer working for Google in Egypt when he became a central figure in the events leading up to the Arab Spring in …

Social Media

Amazon Sizes Up UK Restaurant Delivery Market

The e-commerce giant could be sending you kabobs in the future.<p>Amazon.com has begun surveying UK customers about their use of restaurant delivery services, in what analysts said was likely the first step in an international expansion of a business it rolled out in the United States last …

Where is that sound coming from? Signal Interface’s acoustic imager will show you

Not even the click of a pen or the rustle of a shirt goes undetected by Signal Interface Group’s acoustic imager. But how about a person’s, um, rude …

Microphones

Virtual Reality Shown to Help Treat Clinical Depression

At University College London and ICREA-University of Barcelona researchers have shown that virtual reality can be used a therapy tool for helping …

Virtual Reality

X-ray satellite: Japan's Astro-H to peek 8 billion years into the past

<b>TOKYO</b> A satellite capable of looking 8 billion years into the past is about to give astronomers a whole new glimpse of the universe.<p>The Astro-H X-ray …

Space

Your Next Phone Could Use Invisible Fingerprint Scanners

Your next smartphone may be able to read your fingerprints with a piece of technology invisible to the naked eye. Fingerprint Cards (FPC), together …

Phones

Stephen Hawking: Technology Will Eventually Kill Us

Technology eventually will be humanity's undoing, noted physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking says.

Stephen Hawking

This is the world's first actually-useful bendable phone

You can turn pages of a book, and launch an explosive <i>Angry Bird</i> into the sky, by grabbing this phone at the ends and bending it.<p>The smartphone prototype, named ReFlex and designed by academics at Queen’s University, Canada, is one of the first true implementations of a bendable screen into mobile …

Digital Baby Project's Aim: Computers That See Like Humans

Photo: Paul Biris/Getty ImagesCan artificial intelligence evolve as human baby does, learning about the world by seeing and interacting with its …

The Brain

Meet Curve, the latest London fintech firm that wants to simplify your digital spending

A new startup looking to stake its claim to a piece of the lucrative fintech pie has launched today with a physical card and app that aggregates all your bank cards into a single entity.<p>Built on the MasterCard network, the Curve card costs £35 ($50) up front, and can be ordered online or directly …

London

A Smartphone That Costs $4 Is Set to Launch in India

An Indian company will launch the country’s (and possibly the world’s) cheapest smartphone this week, priced at the equivalent of less than $4.<p>The …

India

Virtual Reality Learns How to Get Into the Classroom

Virtual-reality technology is ready for the classroom. Whether teachers are ready for virtual reality is less clear.<p>Nearpod Inc., a startup that makes education software used in 10,000 schools across the U.S., is launching virtual-reality lessons on Thursday. Here’s their pitch: instead of …

Virtual Reality

Technology › Technology, ancient and modern, can help buildings survive quakes

Shocking images of a Taiwan apartment complex felled like a tree by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake have highlighted what is needed to build a structure …

Taiwan

New satellites could bring 1 terabit of internet bandwidth to remote regions

Delivering internet access to remote areas is challenging, as the traditional method of running lines from connected regions is extremely expensive. …

Bandwidth

A robot butler is replacing humans in some California hotels

A robot may be delivering your fresh towels at hotels from now on.<p>An autonomous robot named Relay is currently bringing items to guests at some hotels in California. People who call down to the front desk for an item, like a toothbrush or towel, will be greeted by the adorable robot that is capable …

Robotics

China's experimental fusion reactor maintains superheated hydrogen plasma for 102 seconds

A bit of friendly competition never hurt anyone. China's EAST tokamak and Germany's Wendelstein 7-X aren't exactly fusion energy's answer to Messi …

The Shadow in the Cloud

This week we were treated to an article declaring that consumers are not ready for the Internet of Things. Apparently this is due to the fact that the hardware is more expensive than their non-connected brethren. And yes, when you head down to Home Depot and see a $50 thermostat, that $250 Nest …

IT

To Respond to a Disease Outbreak, Bring in the Portable Genome Sequencers

Photo: Tommy Trenchard/European Mobile Laboratories Using a genome sequencer smaller than a stapler, geneticists have demonstrated the role they can …

DNA

World's fastest mobility scooter hits record 107.6 mph

This is not your grandfather's "Days Strider."<p>It must've been a slow week at an Isle of Man bodyshop when mechanics David Anderson and Mathew Hine decided to "tweak" a mobility scooter for a bit more speed. The garden-variety Days Strider model was designed to go 8 mph, so naturally the pair added …

Book a Motorcycle Taxi in Indonesia Via Messaging App Line

Line Corp. on Wednesday said its users in Indonesia can now hail motorcycle taxis directly from its chat application, underscoring the company’s push to grow its user base outside of Japan, where it dominates mobile messaging. In its first-ever such arrangement, Line users can open the app, famous …

Messaging

Pic-scanning AI estimates city air pollution from mass of photos

A project begun by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore aims to let people evaluate the air around them with just their smartphone

Asia

Coast Guard Uses Drones To Find Icebreakers In Antarctica

Unmanned and unfrozen<p>Few places on Earth are as inhospitable as Antarctica. Perhaps the bottom of the sea, or inside a lava lake, but of all the places that people can technically survive, Antarctica’s pretty rough. Sustaining the research at McMurdo station is a civilian-headed effort with …

Researchers use brain electrodes to read minds at nearly the speed of thought

University of Washington neuroscientists and their colleagues have developed a system that uses electrodes implanted in the human brain’s temporal …

The Brain

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Asteroid Mining? Luxembourg Announces Plan to Help Launch Industry

One small step for a man, one giant leap for a duchy: Mining asteroids for minerals is one step closer to reality after tiny Luxembourg announced plans Wednesday to help the fledgling industry get into orbit.<p>The Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy announced the first government initiative in Europe …

Luxembourg

Electronics: Panasonic crafts sharper electric eye for cars

OSAKA -- Panasonic says it has developed an image sensor 100 times as sensitive to light as existing technology, enabling self-driving cars to spot …

Synaptics ‘3D Touch’ Display Brings iPhone-Like Force Touch To In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems

Your future car infotainment system could take a page out of Apple’s iPhone playbook. Touch-interface company Synaptics unveiled its plans Monday to …

Apple News