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Miniature Human Brains Have Been Grown In Dishes, For Science

September 23, 2013

PrintAustrian researchers have grown tiny 3D brains, four millimeters long and complete with distinct regions, in lab dishes. That’s right: we can now grow brains (well, sort of) in petri dishes.

According to a paper published in Nature in late August the ‘cerebral [..]

To The Chagrin Of Taxi Lobbists, California Legalizes Ridesharing

September 23, 2013

uber_606Watch out, taxis: ridesharing is legal in California.

Last Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously (5-0) for the legalization of ridesharing programs within the state, offering a safe passage for companies operating in legal limbo within the state.

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 [..]

Google homepage goes even more low key

September 20, 2013

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/09/is-google-revamping-its-logo-hints-appear-in-new-chrome-beta-for-android/The world’s most visited webpage is getting another makeover. Google.com is to get even more minimalist and it may partially be a way to push the Google+ social network.

The change is to the black bar at the top of the page that currently lists Google’s [..]

The death of a Nintendo legend

September 19, 2013

hiroshi-yamauchiFormer Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi has died at the age of 85. Yamauchi was a legend amongst gamers, having led arguably the most revered video games company through the birth and adolescence of the industry.

Social media spreads anger, not joy

September 19, 2013

Social media spreads anger, not joyIf you’ve ever looked through a social network stream and wondered why people are in such a grump, researchers at Beihang University may have the answer. They’ve discovered than angry posts are most likely to affect the way other users post themselves.

Google plans alternative to cookies

September 18, 2013

Google plans alternative to cookiesGoogle is said to be working on a new ad-tracking tool that would replace the need for cookies. However, it would be limited by inherently being a voluntary technology.

The story, reported first by USA Today, is that Google is working on what [..]

When will GTA V become a billion dollar game?

September 17, 2013

When will GTA V become a billion dollar game?Financial news site Bloomberg has forecast that Grand Theft Auto V could gross a billion dollars in its first month. However, the specific sales figures its sources predict suggest that may not be the case.

The site’s report cites [..]

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) [..]

NSA accused of ‘derandomizing’ numbers

September 13, 2013

nsaflagsmallWhen is a random number not a random number? When it’s got a government back door.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (Nist) says it played no role in any government sabotage of an algorithm that was designed to produce random numbers to make for [..]

60 Mbps broadband coming to planes

September 12, 2013

60 Mbps broadband coming to planesVirgin America has announced plans for 60 Mbps internet access on flights next year, up to 10 times current speeds. It’s possible thanks to a hybrid system getting signals from above and below the plane.

At the moment, Virgin planes (using [..]

Net Neutrality Rears Its Head In Court. Here’s What’s Being Argued.

September 11, 2013

net-neutralityA federal appeals court listened to arguments between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Verizon on Monday in a case which could alter the shape of the Internet as we know it. And, it appears, not in a way that most Internet citizens would prefer.

Disney turns fingers into whispering microphones

September 11, 2013

Disney turns fingers into whispering microphonesHave you ever wished if you could transmit audio by touching somebody’s ear? No. Well please can you pretend you have, or you’ll make Disney feel bad.

The company’s research department has produce a technology that is impressive but seemingly lacking [..]

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C fail to impress

September 11, 2013

iphone-5c-officialAs you have no doubt heard by now Apple has taken the wraps off its new iPhone hardware, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Apart from a handful of blinkered tech bloggers and fanboys, the reaction hasn’t exactly been positive.

Microsoft won’t give up on Surface tablets

September 10, 2013

Microsoft won't give up on Surface tabletsIt seems a $900 million hit wasn’t enough to get the message through to Microsoft. Despite the flop of the Surface tablet, it’s coming back with a second model.

The company is still reeling from the launch of the original RT model, which [..]


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