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    Robots getting the grip

    In recent years, we have seen innovation in mobile technology gravitating towards wearable technology. Though still in its early stage, consumers have begun to embrace and incorporate these devices into their daily life. These wearable are mainly focused on how people interact with their smartphones. Researchers at MIT have just developed a rather different sort of wearable. Its approach is quite radical, compared to the more conventional form of wearable devices. The wearable is a wrist mounted robotic extension that adds two extra fingers, adjacent to pinky and thumb. This robotic extension goes by the name ‘supernumerary robotic fingers,’ and…

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Robots getting the grip

Robots getting the grip

Jul 24, 2014

In recent years, we have seen innovation in mobile technology gravitating towards wearable technology. Though still in its early stage, consumers have begun to embrace and incorporate these devices into their daily life. These wearable are mainly focused on how people interact with their smartphones. Researchers at MIT have just developed a rather different sort of wearable. Its approach is quite radical, compared to the more conventional form of wearable devices. The wearable is a wrist mounted robotic extension that adds two extra fingers, adjacent to pinky and thumb. This robotic extension goes by the name ‘supernumerary robotic fingers,’ and…

Let's meet Jibo

Let’s meet Jibo

Jul 23, 2014

In the last decade, technology has transformed the way we work, live and communicate. It has taken over our life to such an extent that modern day gadgets and inventions have become a necessity if we are to stay on top of the various aspects of life. Jibo, the ‘first family robot’ as called by its creator Cynthia Breazeal of MIT, is the newest iteration of modern technology, designed to be one’s very own social robot. How is Jibo different from other virtual assistants we have on our smartphones? The answer is simple; at 11-inches tall, it may not look…

Google plans to deliver Wi-Fi from phone booths in New York City

Google plans to deliver Wi-Fi from phone booths in New York City

Jul 22, 2014

Google is taking part in several other ventures besides preparing for its lucrative projects such as Project Ara (code-name for Google’s initiative to develop a free hardware platform to create modular smartphones) and Project Loon (a project involving launching of satellites or balloons to provide internet access to remote areas). The company’s next objective is to provide free internet access from payphone hubs. Google, along with some other prominent companies, has pitched in its efforts and resources to transform phone booth locations in New York City into wireless access points that will be transmitting Wi-Fi signals for free. The other…

DARPA researching about ammunition that can change direction mid-flight

DARPA researching about ammunition that can change direction mid-flight

Jul 17, 2014

The era of smartphone and other gadgets have been termed as smart. It has also ushered a new platform for research and manufacturing of ‘smart’ ammunition. In a recent video, the Pentagon has shown that it has displayed strict dedication in researching about ammunition (strictly bullets) that can travel mid flight in any direction and can strike the target with pinpoint accuracy. The Pentagon’s DARPA division (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) conducted a test on April 21, with Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, exhibiting just how far the agency had come with its smart ammunition. The video posted to Google owned YouTube…

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Apple sinks its teeth deeper for iWatch

Apple sinks its teeth deeper for iWatch

Apple has finally stopped trying to hide that it is currently working on its first ever smartwatch. The company’s decision to hire one of the biggest names in the luxury watch industry has made it clear that currently it is focusing on launching a smartwatch. Things became even clearer earlier this month, when the head of LVMH’s luxury-watch division (it includes Swiss brands such as Hublot and TAG Heuer) Jean-Claude Biver told CNBC that their sales director has left the company to join Apple’s iWatch development team. Biver didn’t mention the name of the executive hired by Apple; however, 9to5Mac…

Microsoft explains how it will cut 18,000 jobs in the next year

Microsoft explains how it will cut 18,000 jobs in the next year

After Steve Ballmer’s efforts did not bear any fruit for the multinational software company, Microsoft’s current CEO Satya Nadella is looking to steer the company back to its former glory days. In order to reach that objective, the recently appointed CEO has decided to cut as many as 18,000 jobs in the coming year. According to Nadella, the larger part of the cuts will affect the Nokia Devices and Services division, which Microsoft had acquired in September 2013 for a price of $7.2 billion USD. Nadella wrote that in order to steer the company to former glories, the first step…

Microsoft pulls the plug on its Nokia Android smartphones

Microsoft pulls the plug on its Nokia Android smartphones

Apart from slashing 18,000 jobs over the course of 12 months, Microsoft’s newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella wants to put the pedal to the metal in steering Microsoft to a whole new stratum. Unfortunately, in order for Nadella’s vision to reach fruition, there are some variables that need to be removed from the equation. One of them happens to be pulling the plug on the Nokia X Android smartphones. The Nokia X Android smartphones will be replaced by Microsoft’s Windows Phone in the future. In an email to former Nokia staff, Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop states the details of…

IBM investing $3 billion USD in semiconductor research

IBM investing $3 billion USD in semiconductor research

The American multinational and consulting company plans to effectively stay ahead of the semiconductor industry after the company revealed that it is going to invest a prodigious amount of $3 billion USD, to be put forward into semiconductor research over the course of five years. The act was executed as part of an effort to keep hardware innovation momentum spearheaded in the proper direction. Coming down to specifics, the $3 billion investment is primarily focused on achieving two main objectives. Firstly, the company aims to compress transistor’s lithographic structure down to 7 nm, which is equivalent to 7 billionth of…