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  • New York, Boston Share Part of $3 Million Library Innovation Funding

    February 4, 2015

    Boston's public libraries will play a key role in transforming government data into useful knowledge for residents, businesses and researchers. Although the city releases massive amounts of digital data on everything from building permits to potholes, the information is not organized well, according to Boston CIO...

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    www.statetechmagazine.com
  • Bringing open source cameras to the film-making industry

    February 4, 2015

    What had started off as a handful of enthusiasts' bid to build the first open digital cinema, camera, AXIOM, from scratch has now become a platform for film-makers, creative industry professionals, artists and enthusiasts. 

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    phys.org
  • The Issaquah experiment: an inspiring use of computers in education

    February 4, 2015

    Educators have been grappling with the question of how best to deploy computers in schools for a very long time. But what if we thought of the students as IT workers?

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    www.abc.net.au
  • Old ships' logs help forecast the future

    February 4, 2015

    These days we can find out the temperature anywhere in the world by clicking on our closest device, so why do we need weather observations from over 100 years ago? Kylie Andrews explains how old ship logs can help us predict the future.

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    www.abc.net.au
  • A safe way to transport priceless paintings

    February 4, 2015

    At Rome’s National Gallery of Ancient Art crate up “Narcissus”, a masterpiece by Caravaggio, in preparation for a long journey. Like many fine art works, this late 16th century painting is being loaned to a temporary exhibition in another museum....

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    www.euronews.com
  • Quantum dot televisions

    January 7, 2015

    Korean electronics and display manufacturer LG has set the ball rolling by announcing its 4K ultra high-definition television displays (UHDTVs) that use quantum dot technology, an improved method for producing colour displays.

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    theconversation.com
  • Software-Defined Storage: What's Fact or Fallacy?

    January 7, 2015

    Software-defined storage may make an IT manager’s job easier, but sorting out myth from reality is harder. The term “software-defined storage,” like all new buzzwords, has many meanings, generates loads of media attention and creates even more market confusion. Falling into the categories of virtualization,...

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    www.statetechmagazine.com
  • 6 trends in how we watch television

    January 7, 2015

    A decade ago, families huddled around the living room TV in eager anticipation of their favorite shows. They'd been waiting weeks to catch up with their favorite characters through the holiday lull. Twitter was nonexistent, and Facebook was still in its burgeoning days, so spoilers via social media were virtually...

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    mashable.com
  • How JPEG changed our world

    January 7, 2015

    JPEG is the image format we use the most in the world, be it in our computers, smartphones or digital cameras. But it is actually more than that. JPEG is also an international group of experts, which recently elected as its head an EPFL Professor: Touradj Ebrahimi. The new President sheds light on the JPEG adventure...

    Source: 
    phys.org
  • Optical illusions fool computers into seeing things

    January 7, 2015

    Computers are starting to identify objects with near-human levels of accuracy, enabling them to do everything from creating automatic picture captions to driving cars. But now a collection of bizarre optical illusions for these artificial-intelligence systems (AIs) has revealed that machines don't see the same way...

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    www.newscientist.com
  • USA rules for net neutrality won't be here until 2015

    November 12, 2014

    The US Federal Communications Commission has been hoping to put new net neutrality rules in place by the end of the year, but it's now become clear that it isn't going to happen. The commission tells us that rules won't be in place by the end of the year "due to needing more time for analysis." FCC chairman Tom...

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    www.theverge.com
  • Optical transmittance of multilayer graphene films

    November 12, 2014

    The search for novel transparent electrode materials with good stability, high transparency and excellent conductivity is driven by the required trade-off between transparency and conductivity: Metals are very conductive but not transparent; plastics are quite transparent but not conductive. However, many...

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    www.nanowerk.com
  • ECU Technician Constructs Reality Sandbox

    November 12, 2014

    A new piece of technology has made its debut at East Carolina University and is changing an entire school’s curriculum. The device is called the Augmented Reality Sandbox (ARS). The ARS is a combination of machines and software which projects color-coordinated, topographic lines onto a sand surface in real time....

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    www.theeastcarolinian.com
  • Life after television

    November 12, 2014

    In 1995, at a time when Pay-TV was just beginning its roll out in Australia, the ABC Science program Hot Chips reported on a very different vision of the future of television. In an effort to prepare for the digital revolution, US cable giant Time Warner was in the process of connecting 4000 homes in Orlando,...

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    www.abc.net.au
  • German film-maker offers time-travel app for augmented reality experience

    November 12, 2014

    The brainchild of German film-maker Robin von Hardenberg, Timetraveler is an app that allows you to travel back in time using so-called “augmented reality” technology. Hardenberg has been trying out his new gadget at the Berlin Wall Documentation Centre, which offers detailed background about the history and...

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    www.euronews.com
  • UHD TV sales up almost nine times this year

    November 12, 2014

    Almost nine-times the number of 4K, Ultra High Definition TVs sold in the US last year have already been bought in 2014, with these TVs driving growth in the flatscreen TV market, according to NPD Group. The research firm’s weekly tracking service said that US sales of 4K, UHD TVs now account for 7% of revenues in...

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    www.digitaltveurope.net
  • SMPTE Publishes AXF Standard

    September 23, 2014

    SMPTE published a standard that codifies the Archive eXchange Format (AXF). An IT-centric file container that can encapsulate any number and type of files in a fully self-contained and self-describing package, AXF supports interoperability among disparate content storage systems and ensures content's long-term...

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    www.openaxf.org
  • SanDisk beats rivals to 512GB SD card -- at a whopping $800

    September 16, 2014

    SanDisk has just broken a new record with the largest-capacity SD card ever unveiled. Revealed on Thursday at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, the new SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I memory card offers a hefty 512 gigabytes of storage space. This far surpasses the capacity of the current crop...

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    www.cnet.com
  • Physicists find a new way to push electrons around

    September 16, 2014

    When moving through a conductive material in an electric field, electrons tend to follow the path of least resistance - which runs in the direction of that field. But now physicists at MIT and the University of Manchester have found an unexpectedly different behavior under very specialized conditions - one that...

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    www.yumanewsnow.com
  • Tera in our midst: New picture emerges

    September 16, 2014

    New research into terahertz radiation could lead to light detectors that can see below the surface of bodies, walls, and other objects, with applications in fields as diverse as mobile communications, medical imaging, chemical sensing, night vision, and security.

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    www.spectroscopynow.com
  • Why Image Recognition Is the Tech World’s ‘Next Big Thing’

    September 16, 2014

    As social networks, apps, and websites strive to make the most of the vast amounts of data users share with them, and deliver smarter, better services to the people who use them, there’s one approach that many of them have in common. It draws on methods of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and in just a...

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    wallstcheatsheet.com
  • Google Cloud Enters the Movie Business

    September 1, 2014

    Movie special effects artists will be able to call upon the vast resources of the Google Cloud Platform for their time-consuming rendering processes now that the Internet search giant acquired Zync Inc. Rendering is the frame-by-frame process of taking all the digital information of a video production, including...

    Source: 
    virtualizationreview.com
  • The liquid hard drive that could store a terabyte of data in a tablespoon of fluid

    August 5, 2014

    A team of materials science researchers from the US may have just made the first breakthrough that could make so-called “soft matter” a viable data storage medium — at some incredible storage densities, too. According to the new research, microscopic particles suspended in liquid could be used to encode the same 1s...

    Source: 
    www.extremetech.com
  • New display tech corrects for bad eyesight, makes reading glasses a thing of the past

    August 5, 2014

    The gadgets of the future might be able to compensate for your crummy vision so you can leave the reading glasses on the desk. A prototype system developed by University of California, Berkeley uses your optical prescription to tailor the image on a screen to your eyes, essentially counteracting what the optics of...

    Source: 
    www.extremetech.com
  • The Data Centers of Tomorrow Will Use the Same Tech Our Phones Do

    August 5, 2014

    The mobile revolution has spread beyond the mini supercomputers in our hands all the way to the datacenter. With our expanded use of smartphones comes increased pressure on servers to help drive these devices: The activity we see everyday on our phones is a mere pinhole view into all that’s happening behind the...

    Source: 
    www.wired.com

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