Mind-reading headsets will change your brain

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Innovation is our new column that highlights the latest emerging technological ideas and where they may lead.

This week, engineer Adam Wilson made global headlines by updating Twitter using his brainwaves. “USING EEG TO SEND TWEET” he explained. Continue reading

Why our ancestors couldn’t ape chimps

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Study of climbing abilities disproves long-held belief that the earliest humans were able to scale trees as easily as primates

Humanity’s immediate predecessors may have had trouble climbing trees, research suggests – so they may not have been as ape-like as many experts believe. Continue reading

The World’s First Netbook with Optical Sensor LCD Pad

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It’s been a while since Sharp blew our minds with a really cool Netbook and today they just did that… Behold the Sharp Mebius NJ70A, your average 10.1″ Netbook with an Atom N270 CPU, an Intel 945GSE Express Chipset, 160GB of HDD, a Web cam and… a mind blowing 4″optical sensor LCD with Led backlight and an awesome 854×480 resolution. Continue reading

Twitter with your brain

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Click for video: University of Wisconsin researcher Adam Wilson composes
a Twitter message using a system that reads his brain waves. Click on the
image to watch a video explaining how the message was sent.

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Toys You Control With Your Brain

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The question everyone has about these gizmos is whether they are parlor tricks like Magic 8 Balls or Ouija boards. Even Geoff Walker, a senior vice president at Mattel, acknowledges that users “spend the first 20 minutes stunned that it actually works.” Click here to watch the video

Evidence in favor of them being for real is that some people are worse than others at controlling them — certainly not a marketing feature. Continue reading

Catastrophic Solar Storm Predicted For 2012

The average solar cycle lasts for eleven years. The cycle includes a minimum of solar activity and a maximum. The sun is unusually quiet right now and has been for some time but there should be an increase in solar activity at some point in the near future.

The best current scientific estimate for the next solar maximum is 2012. If this estimate is correct, there is still a few years to try and prevent the potential of a future global disaster. A disaster that would begin on the surface of the sun and could end with tragedy on earth.

The surface of the sun is a mass of plasma that contains highly charged energy particles. Once in a while, some of these particles escape the suns surface and a mass of plasma travels through space on the solar wind. This process is known in scientific terms as a coronal mass ejection but it can also be called a solar storm.

A disaster for the planet would occur if a solar storm reaches and hits the earths magnetic shield in just the right way. If it were to happen, millions of people would lose their lives and the planet would be thrown into chaos as the technology that has become crucial to every day living suddenly gets taken away. Continue reading

Gmail now knows who you want to e-mail

Google’s Gmail Labs has just rolled out a useful, but mildly creepy feature that gives you suggestions on who you should e-mail based on previous conversations. So, if you’ve had threads going with a group of people, it will recommend some of those folks once you’ve added at least two addresses in the recipients field. Best part is, they don’t even have to be in a group of contacts you’ve created in Gmail’s contacts manager.

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Windows 7 RC 1 Coming May 5?

      

As we noted earlier that Microsoft was rumored to unveil Windows 7 release candidate in May. On Saturday, Michael Stanclift of Neowin.net pointed out the Microsoft Partner Program page stating Windows 7 RC release date. Continue reading

Japan child robot mimicks infant learning

                

A “Child-robot with Biomimetic Body” or CB2, follows an object with his eyes at a laboratory in Osaka University

The creators of the Child-robot with Biomimetic Body, or CB2, say it’s slowly developing social skills by interacting with humans and watching their facial expressions, mimicking a mother-baby relationship. Continue reading

Twitter: Building Businesses Tweet by Tweet

Entrepreneurs are finding the fast-rising microblogging site to be a useful tool for reaching out to customers

Here’s what happened when Chris Savage, the chief executive of Wistia.com, searched for the phrase “private video sharing” on Twitter, a social networking site. One post he found read, “A teacher requested a private ‘video sharing’ Web site so that specialists can observe student behavior—can anyone refer one?” Continue reading

Sneak Peek at Windows 7 Mobile & Zune?

Windows Mobile 6.5 is not even here yet, but that is not stopping Microsoft from teasing 7 so far.

In the video below, titled “software + services”. We see someone using a OS that we believe to be a mock up of Windows Mobile 7. We also see him using a music app, that looks suspiciously like Zune. Complete with Zune’s “twist” interface.

Watch the video at the link below and decide for yourself,

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WMPoweruser also grabbed some screenshots from the video

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How I Came to Get a PC and Not a Mac

          

News Commentary. Microsoft’s “Laptop Hunters” commercials have generated lots of Mac vs. Windows PC debate. Surely there can’t be enough, so I’d like to generate even more. Quite unexpectedly, I’m a PC. I don’t buy new computers very often, and for a long time I slightly favored Macs over Windows PCs. So no one perhaps is more surprised than me that my now four-month old laptop is a Sony and not an Apple. Continue reading

Apple 3D interactive multi-touch sphere

Moixa, the maker of the innovative USBCell batteries plans to transform the way we interact with computers with the launch of a 3D interactive multi-touch sphere that can be used to display the world, browse web pages or control interactive games. Continue reading

A Look Inside Twitter’s New ‘Discovery Engine’

Twitter’s trying to step up its game with a newly introduced Discovery Engine — a souped-up search feature coming soon to your Twitter home page. The futuristic-sounding service packs some extra punch into Twitter’s existing search functionality and could give the site’s Web interface a much needed jolt of energy. Continue reading

Microsoft releases more code under an open-source license

            

Microsoft is continuing to parcel out products and technologies which it is willing to license under an approved open-source license.

The newest addition to Microsoft’s open-source-licensed family is ASP.Net MVC (Model View Controller) Version 1.0. Microsoft is making the source code for the product available under the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL) Continue reading

Tim O’Reilly: 5 Technologies That Make The Web Smarter

          

Tim O’Reilly, co-founder of the Web 2.0 Conference, gave a short address on the 5th anniversary of that event at tonight’s Web 2.0 Expoin San Francisco and offered some thoughts on what’s going to come next. He discussed five applications that he believes point the way. Continue reading

23 Resources for Clean and Compressed CSS

 

There are a number of free online tools that can help you to create and maintain effective CSS coding. These tools include validators, optimizers, compressors and more. Try out a few of these tools and see how they can help you to keep more efficient style sheets.

CSS TIDY

CSS Tidy is an open source CSS parser and optimizer from SourceForge. It is available as an executable file, and there is also an online version. CSS Tidy is often able to achieve a compression ration of 30% or more. In addition to compression, CSS Tidy can also format CSS code for higher browser compatibility.

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25 Scripts for Dropdown Navigation Menus

 

Navigation menus are important to any website. Well designed navigation can improve the look and appearance of a site as well as the usability. For larger sites with a lot of content or pages, drop down menus are popular because the can make it easier to move through the site with less clicks. In this post we’ll feature 25 scripts for drop down menus that you can use on your own site.

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Snow Leopard To See August Release

                 

Recently, AppleInsider has been provided with a bit more clarity on Apple’s pre-release build cycles for Snow Leopard in addition to being tipped off to several Pro application updates currently undergoing beta tests.

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Windows 7 Starter editions odd “three app limit” behavior

 

          

I’ve spoken before about how Windows 7 Starter edition’s built-in artificial “three app limit” where users can only run a maximum of three applications at any one time could be a pain for those looking for cheap netbooks (and could mean that they end up paying for an upgrade). But now I’ve hand a chance to play with the Starter edition of Windows 7 I’m more confused than ever as to how it works. Continue reading