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Spark at the centre of a technology revolution
MIT Technology Review
Most of us in the tech business are familiar with Moore's Law. For those of us who are not, the law states that the number of transistors or processing power per square inch on integrated circuits doubles each year since their invention. This trend led first to the emergence of personal computers and smartphones, and now to the Internet of Things.
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Report: BlackBerry, Samsung working on Android smartphone with BB services
NDTV
BlackBerry has not been faring well in the smartphone market, and has been unable to gain traction with its devices. After several missteps, and following recent rumours about the Canadian firm making an Android smartphone, the most recent rumour indicates BlackBerry is partnering Samsung to create the Android device.
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Dashboard smartphone technology advancement making progress
Durham Region
With the recent announcement that Toyota is exploring adoption of SmartDeviceLink technology, traction is gaining for the open-source software project goal of creating an automotive industry-based solution for integrating smartphone apps into vehicles. "Dashboard interface design and smartphone connectivity are key elements for product differentiation within the industry," said Don Butler.
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NASA's heat shield tech could save firefighters' lives
Engadget
NASA has teamed up with the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service to see if the agency's heat shield technology could be adapted to protect people during forest fires. Currently, firefighters carry a 4.3-pound "personal fire shelter" — a large tinfoil snuggie that's designed to keep them safe from extreme heat. NASA, however, thinks that the technology it developed to prevent spacecraft from burning up in the atmosphere could do a vastly superior job.
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Google can now tell you how many calories are in your next fast food binge
The Next Web
Google now lets you look up the calorie counts in your meals from popular fast food restaurants like McDonalds. You can search "calories in X" or simply ask out loud after saying "OK, Google." The result is a nutritional information box listing calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, carbohydrates and protein.
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NASA is bringing 4K content to YouTube, and here's a 20-second teaser
Digital Trends
What better way to show off videos running at a whopping 3840 x 2160-pixel 4K resolution than with the vast emptiness of space? That's obviously NASA's thinking, as they've launched a new series of 4K videos on the ReelNASA channel with the 20-second clip. The forthcoming series of clips are going to be shot in smooth 60 frames-per-second quality as well.
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Researchers advance mobile augmented reality technology
Phys.org
Anyone who has seen a spy movie remembers their favorite agent donning special eyewear or using a device to scan surrounding objects and extract information about them. Once an action movie fantasy, augmented reality technology is now almost, well, reality. "You are interacting with the real world, and putting virtual information on top of that," said Puneet Jain, a Ph.D. student who has been working on the technology for about two years.
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Audio giant Bose interesting in stovetop technology
CNET
Speakers, sound systems and stovetops? Audio-equipment company Bose Corporation appears to be interested in adding kitchen appliances to its roster of products, according to recently released records from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Bose filed a patent application for a "cooktop power control system" that can alter the power of burners based on desired and actual cookware temperatures.
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3-D camera technology utilized for farm harvesting
Food World News
A fully automatic robotic harvesting system for broccoli, involving a 3-D camera technology, is now being developed at the University of Lincoln, in the U.K. Along with 70 business institutions and universities, the University of Lincoln took part in the funding through the £70 million Agri-Tech Catalyst, which aims to develop the agricultural technology in the U.K. The objective of the project is to test whether 3-D camera technology can be used to determine if broccoli is ready for harvesting.
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High-tech nanofibers could help nutrients in food hit the spot
Phys.org
New research outlines how the creation of "nanofibers" could provide new and improved products and delivery systems for supplementary foodstuffs. Nanofiber materials produced through a process called electrospinning are attracting particular attention in the food industry because of their potential to control the release of chemical constituents in the body.
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