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Microsoft hopes the second generation of Surface tablets will improve its market share

September 22, 2013

Microsoft hopes the second generation of surface tablet will improve its market shareMicrosoft is hoping that Monday’s release of its latest version of its Surface tablet will finally crack open the tablet market. So far sales of the Surface RT and Pro have been, well, abysmal. For a company that has one of the highest profiles in the computer market, it can’t seem to come up with a winning formula for its tablets.

JAXA successfully uses two person command center and artificial intelligence for commercial rocket launch

September 14, 2013

JAXA successfully uses two person command center and artificial intelligence for commercial rocket launchJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched a satellite into orbit using only a two men and laptops.  This dramatically scaled down mission control center was able to function so well because the solid state rocket has its own internal artificial intelligence.

Ionic conduction allows gel speaker to work

August 31, 2013

Ionic conduction allows gel speaker to workTake a strip of transparent rubber and incase it between two layers of saltwater gel and what do you get? A speaker. That’s what scientists at Harvard did to prove a point about ionic conduction.

Could a new pill take the place of exercise?

August 21, 2013

Could a new pill take the place of exercise?A new pill tested in mice has been shown to provide many of the same physical benefits as aerobic exercise. Before you get rid of your gym membership and treadmill, you need to realize that it will still be some time before we know if the drug will perform the same in human trials.

Musk announces he will develop the Hyperloop himself

August 14, 2013

Musk announces he will develop the Hyperloop himselfA day after revealing his Hyperloop speed train concept, Elon Musk has decided to build a demonstration prototype.  Previously, he had stated that he didn’t have the time to build it himself because of all of his other projects like Tesla electric cars and SpaceX space capsules.

BlackBerry is either to going private or being sold

August 12, 2013

BlackBerry is either going private or being soldBlackBerry formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM), is forming “a Special Committee to explore strategic alternatives.” What strategic alternatives, you ask? Putting itself up for sale or going private seem to be the most likely alternatives.

Google TV will get Chromecast support

July 25, 2013

Google TV will get Chromecast supportSome of you might be wondering if Google TV has just become obsolete. It hasn’t. It was announced earlier today that Google TV will actually receive Chromecast support at some unspecified time in the future.

Goodyear is switching out its blimps for zeppelins

July 22, 2013

Goodyear is switching out its blimps for zeppelinsThe Goodyear blimp is synonymous with major sports and events such as “The World Cup, The Olympics, The Indianapolis 500, the Kentucky Derby, the Super Bowl and World Series games, the Rose Bowl and parade, the America’s Cup yacht races; the U.S. Open and PGA for Golf”. Beginning next year those ubiquitous blimps will be replaced by zeppelins.

Microsoft beats Apple in tablet deals for schools

June 19, 2013

Microsoft beats Apple in tablet deals for schoolsHow many more teachers can a school district hire if the price for its tablets is $199 vs. $678?  That has to be the question that the Los Angeles school district teachers union president is asking the school board. The same school board that is paying $30 million for 31,000 iPads for teachers and students.

The next gen Nexus 7 is on its way

June 18, 2013

The next gen Nexus 7 is on its wayAccording to an Italian notebook blog, the next generation Nexus 7 is on its way. The actual date of the tablets release is unknown but we do have a bit of information about its specs.

KONE’s Ultrarope means taller skyscrapers

June 15, 2013

KONE's Ultrarope means taller skyscrapersIf you get vertigo riding in the glass elevators at your local fancy hotel, you might want to stop reading now. Hotels and skyscrapers in general are about to get a lot taller.  A new type of elevator cable means that a elevators can safely and easily travel one kilometer (3281 feet) high with a central elevator shaft.

10,000 lucky teachers will get Surface RT tablets from Microsoft at ISTE

June 13, 2013

10,000 lucky teachers will get Surface RT tablets from Microsoft at ISTEMicrosoft wants teachers to know that it is serious about education. That is why the company has decided to give Surface RT tablets to 10,000 attendees at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference this June.  There will be workshops and sessions provided by Microsoft to showcase using the tablets in the classroom.

How much surveillance is too much?

June 7, 2013

How much surveillance is too much?As Stephen King wrote in Firestarter,“No one likes to see a government folder with his name on it.” Good news, now that most agencies have at least gone partially paperless, you won’t see a physical folder with your name, but that doesn’t mean that in the bowels of the NSA there isn’t digital data with your name and information on it.  That seems to be the gist of all of the headlines over the past few days.  The US and UK governments have been collecting data on us for several years and yes it is disturbing.

Google is introducing yet another inbox innovation

May 29, 2013

Google is introducing yet another inbox innovationGoogle is certainly concentrating on improving Gmail.  The company has introduced a number of improvements over the last few months. The latest innovation is a variation on the Gmail Priority Inbox that got mixed reviews.  This time, Gmail will have tabs that allow you to attack your email by importance.

Google Drive gets a much needed update

May 23, 2013

Google Drive gets a much needed updateThis has been a busy spring with Google shuttering some services while updating others. One service that has been updated is Google Drive, which combines Google’s online office programs and storage options.  The look and functionality have both seen welcome upgrades that can be found in the Android app and Drive for PC.  Drive for iPhone and iPad will see the updates soon.

Google launches Hangouts for group conversations

May 15, 2013

Google launches Hangouts for group conversationsGoogle has created more than just a messaging app in Hangouts.  The company created a unified platform for free group video chats, photo sharing, and text and video messaging. It works across all Google platforms so that you can use it on your computer through Google+, and on your Android mobile phone and tablet through downloadable apps.

China is moving into the Detroit auto business

May 13, 2013

China is moving into the Detroit auto businessDetroit and Michigan are experiencing a Chinese invasion.  Chinese car companies are opening offices in Detroit and hiring laid off American auto engineers.  Meanwhile other Chinese businesses are buying up land to create economic zones and cities within Michigan.


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