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From the Amazon to the Alps, Google Street View Takes You Beyond The Streets

The journey towards a completely digitized life takes some very subtle steps, and Google is one of the companies doing most of the walking. Open up any web browser, fire up Google Maps, and...
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Immersive Labs Creating the Future of Intelligent, Scanning Ads – But Don’t Call Them Minority Report

Talk to any human face to face and right away they'll be able to guess your age, gender, and interest in the conversation. Now digital ads can do the same. Immersive Labs is creating...

Augmented Reality Browser Makes Your Mobile A Portal Into the Digital World

I don't know if you noticed, but a parallel Earth has merged with our own, overlapping our reality no matter where we go. I'm talking about the digital realm - the confluence of internet,...
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100,000+ Sign Up For Stanford’s Open Class on Artificial Intelligence. Classes With 1 Million+ Next?

A groundbreaking change has struck academia, and its reverberations may be felt for years to come. One of Stanford's first full courses to ever be openly made available online has gone viral. In a...

Company Scans Your Books For a Dollar – Ship ‘Em In, Get a PDF via Email

Someday my grandchildren will ask me what a printed book looks like. Hell, at the rate we're going, my children will probably ask the same question. The physical to digital conversion of books just...
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Are Nations Less Important Than Phone Calls? New MIT Map Redraws The U.S. According to Communication

Who we talk to may be a better measure of how to draw our maps than the arbitrary lines laid down by history. MIT's Senseable City Lab has used hoards of data compiled by...
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PayPal Predicts Wallets Will Die by 2015…Thanks, but I’ll Keep Mine for Now

PayPal's Scott Thompson caused a bit of stir earlier this month by predicting the death of his competitors. Well, sort of. Thompson, both in a blog post and a video to his employees (see...

The End of Borders Is A Win For Technology, Authors and Readers

We’re witnessing the end of an era as Borders, the second largest brick-and-mortar chain bookstore behind Barnes & Noble, liquidates its inventory and closes all 399 of its remaining stores, costing about 10,700 employees...
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Maine Schools Give iPads To All Kindergarten Students (video)

Starting kindergarten is a milestone in a kid’s life as it signifies the start of formal education. But as of next fall, this rite of passage will no longer be just about crayons, building...

South Korea: We’re Spending $2 Billion To Put Our Textbooks on Tablet PCs by 2015. What Are You Doing?

In a bold move towards digitizing education, South Korea's Ministry of Education Science and Technology has announced it is spending 2.2 trillion Wan ($2 billion USD) over the next four years, to convert its...

After a Bumpy Ride China’s New High-Speed Rail Takes off at Almost 200mph

The world is poised for another railroad revolution, and China intends to lead the way. On July 1st China’s new CRH380 high-speed train began commercial service as it pushed off for the first time...

Population Growth and the Rise of Mega-Cities: Can Technology Help?

Are you ready to share the planet with 7 billion people? Current projections estimate that this population milestone is only months away. Along with a rapidly growing world population, the wave of urban growth...

Mind Reader Company Valued At $200+ Million In New Funding Round (video)

A new brain recording device is changing the way scientists study the brain. Its miniature size and innovative recording capabilities allow data to be transmitted directly to a computer while we’re asleep at home....
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Google Maps Goes Inside Your Business With New Photos (video)

If there's an important bit of information you need to know you can bet that Google is trying to squeeze it into their maps. The latest bit of insider knowledge making its way to...
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FarmVille Comes to Life! Real Farm in UK Run By Internet Vote (video)

The real world is about to get a taste of the meme magic that made Zynga famous. Wimpole Home Farm in Cambridgeshire in the UK is being controlled by the internet. This month the...

What is the Future of Books? Kindle Lending Library, Piracy, and More!

Going to your local public library? Don't forget your e-reader. Amazon recently announced that their new Kindle Lending Library feature will be arriving "later this year". The Kindle Lending Library will allow over 11,000...
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Google Brings Map Maker to the US. Crowd Sourced Maps Are the Future (video)

Congratulations, you've just been hired by Google. In a quest to bring high-quality digital maps to every corner of the globe, Google produced Map Maker, a crowd-sourced cartography project that allows users to fill...
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Japan’s Twimal USB Device Will Read Your Twitter Feed to You (video)

Some people will go to great lengths to enable their Twitter addiction. Japan created an entirely new species. The Twitter Animal, or Twimal, from Takara TOMY is a cute little blob that will read...
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Eye-Opening Visualization of RFID Fields (video)

How do you visualize something that is invisible? That's the challenge that Timo Arnall, Jack Schulze, and Einar Sneve Martinussen faced when they decided to give designers a better insight into RFID technology. Radio...

Japan’s Nuclear Woes Give Rise to Crowd-Sourced Radiation Maps In Asia and US

The world's eyes have been on Japan, watching the nation cope with earthquakes, tsunamis, and now the threat of poisoning from nuclear radiation. While the nation's emergency workers are making valiant efforts to combat...
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Salman Khan Describes the Video Education Revolution at TED

Salman Khan wants to change the world, and he's already started to transform the classroom. The founder of The Khan Academy, Salman has placed thousands of videos on YouTube that teach math and other...
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Ambulance 2.0: Lifebot Technology Creates “Super Ambulances”

Ambulances will soon be getting some major technological upgrades effectively turning them into "super ambulances." These technologically enhanced ambulances will allow paramedics to share patient data, video feeds and other information in real time...
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Advertising Robot Follows You Everywhere (video)

Belgian shoppers may be too polite to deal with the terror that is the future of advertising. Marketing agency Duval Guillaume came up with a brilliant strategy for their client Alfa Romeo: robotic signs...
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Starbucks’ Interactive Storefront Window is Latest in Digital Trend (video)

As if they needed more ways to draw you in, Starbucks is experimenting with interactive touchscreens to attract customers to their stores. Two Canadian branches of the international coffee shop are sporting displays that...

Mathletics: Training and Competition Online Is Future of Education

Mathletics is another sign that the internet holds the future of education. Sydney-based 3P Learning developed the Mathletics program as a way to augment traditional K-12 maths education. At school and at home, students...

Interactive Billboards That Talk To Your Phone – Welcome to Marketing 2.0 (video)

Mobile phones have become one of your portals to the digital world, so it's only fitting that salesmen are starting to knock on that door. Major advertising companies are experimenting with interactive billboards that...
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Google Digitizes Famous Art – Amazing New Virtual Museums

You can now explore some of the world's most precious works of art to a depth that even their creators may not have known. Search engine giant Google has unveiled their unparalleled Art Project,...

Ultra Sharp 3D Outdoor and Indoor Maps for Mobile and Home

C3 Technologies makes Google Maps look like it was drawn by a toddler. A Swedish offshoot of SAAB, C3 has ultra sharp 3D maps of major cities based on de-classified government aerial photography technology....

Controlling Video Games With Your Pee – SEGA Brings Awkward Fun to the Restroom

In the early '90s, Sega held 65% of the US video game console market, had millions of fans, and was considered one of the premier creators of modern gaming entertainment. Today, they are...

Videos of Japan’s 3D Hologram Rock Star Hatsune Miku in HD!

Everyone gets a little obsessed with famous musicians now and then, but things get really weird when the famous musician is actually just a piece of software. Hatsune Miku is a rising star in...

Google Street View Is Recording the Entire World

Google has already conquered the world. Since its inception in spring of 2007, Google's Street View application on their maps has allowed users to explore the real world through the comfort of their desk....

We Don’t Need Digital Textbooks, We Just Need Digital Education

We are a generation educated by reading textbooks, taught by teachers who relied on special editions of textbooks for answers, and effected by countless debates over what information should or should not be included...

EU Confronts Transhumanism With Technolife Project

Europen Union nations hope to foster meaningful debate on ethics by showing people pop culture and SciFi inspired videos and getting them to comment on an open forum on the internet. Sure, why not,...

iPads Instead of Textbooks – Trial Underway in California Middle Schools (video)

400 middle school students in California are about to get an unexpected back to school present: a shiny new Apple iPad. Textbook manufacturer Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is conducting a trial with the California school...

Tokyo’s Digital Billboards Know Who’s Checking Them Out

Be careful if you're riding the trains around Tokyo this summer, the billboards may be watching you. A consortium of 11 Japanese railway companies have teamed up with marketing researchers to determine who looks...

How Does Stephen Hawking Talk? (video)

There are few scientists that have captivated the public interest as much as renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking. His theories about black holes, his book A Brief History of Time, and his appearances on...

Clothes With Matrix Codes Put Information Up Front

Matrix codes are like bar codes on steroids. To the naked eye, they look deceptively like a series of dots in a rectangular pattern. They’re being used by Japanese companies to identify buildings, by zany...

Argus III – The Artificial Retina is Near!

Restoring vision to the blind is one of the epic promises of technology, sort of like flying cars, ray guns, and a lovable robot side kick. Yet artificial sight isn't a far off dream,...
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TEDMED 2009 is Coming – The Best of the Best Will Speak on Medicine

It's hard to find a group of speakers that are as famous, as inspiring, or as successful as those found at TED. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design - and occasionally- Medicine. TEDMED is...

MIT and Harvard Monitoring Cancer Tumors With an Implant

Worried about the government spying on you through implants? Well, I don't know if your dental fillings are secret radios, but MIT and Harvard are definitely trying to keep tabs on your cancer. Their...

A Flexible Touch Screen Changes Surface To Match Display

Do your fingers find it hard to type on an iPhone? Do you tend to run into things when entering data in your car's GPS? Are modern kiosks your kryptonite? Well, that's weird. But...

Ingestible Intelligence: The SmartPill

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace in all studies of medicine and, luckily for all, those with gastrointestinal problems (most specifically that flatulent guy who always winds up sitting next to you at...

New Device Can Detect Viruses In A Matter Of Minutes

Hypochondriacs rejoice!  Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have created a prototype device that is capable of detecting viruses and bacterium within the body in a matter of minutes rather than...

Catch All the Baddies with a Keychain Spy Camera

There simply are not enough devices out there that pander to the tin-foil hat crowd.  You know, the paranoid delusional folks who think that there’s always something bad around the bend and somebody is...

The Scientific Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease

HBO’s documentary, “The Alzheimer’s Project”, is free for viewing on their website.  If you have not yet seen it, make sure to take a look because this masterfully crafted, easily digestible film is an...

Star Trek Replicator? Barrier Between Physical and Digital Worlds Fading

You know that replicator from Star Trek that was able to make food and other items seemingly out of thin air?  Well, such a device does not disobey the laws of physics and is...

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