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Norway to become the first country to switch away from FM radio

posted onDecember 18, 2017
by l33tdawg

As announced in 2015, Norwegian national broadcasters can now only be heard on Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB), as opposed to the more traditional FM radio.

Almost all radios rely on frequency modulation (FM) technology, which was developed in the early 1930s. Radio channels are usually between 87.5 and 108.0 MHz ub bandwidth, which is also known as VHF (very high frequency). FM has been successfully and broadly used for more than half a century.

IOTA: A Cryptocurrency Without a Blockchain Built to Outperform Bitcoin

posted onDecember 15, 2017
by l33tdawg

Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency on a hot streak—plenty of alternative currencies have enjoyed rallies alongside the Epic Bitcoin Bull Run of 2017. One of the most intriguing examples is also among the most obscure in the cryptocurrency world. Called IOTA, it has jumped in total value from just over $4 billion to more than $10 billion in a little over two weeks. But that isn’t what makes it interesting. What makes it interesting is that it isn’t based on a blockchain at all; it’s something else entirely.

Apple AI chief reveals more progress on self-driving car tech

posted onDecember 10, 2017
by l33tdawg

After remaining tight-lipped for years, Apple is now more than eager to share how much progress it's making on self-driving car technology. AI research director Ruslan Salakhutdinov made a presentation this week that revealed more of what the company's autonomous driving team has been up to. Some of the talk was familiar, but there were a few new examples of how far the fledgling project had come.

Intel demos facial recognition payments powered by 5G

posted onDecember 6, 2017
by l33tdawg

Intel has shown off new facial recognition technology that shows how the service could potentially be used to make payments in the entertainment and retail industries.

Demoed by Intel and Foxconn, it uses Intel's Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) 5G, together with advanced facial-recognition technology and artificial intelligence (AI). "MEC and facial recognition systems used in smart retail can complete the payment authentication process within 0.03 seconds," Intel said.

How Two Guys and an Internet Forum Built a Kickass Computer

posted onDecember 4, 2017
by l33tdawg

The China trip was only supposed to last 10 days. For Konstantinos Karatsevidis, the 23-year-old CEO of a new gadget maker called Eve, it was just a quick check-in to make sure production was rolling smoothly on his latest product. Karatsevidis and the rest of the nine-person Eve team have spent the last few years building the V, a laptop-tablet hybrid in the mold of the Microsoft Surface, working in remarkable concert with a teeming community of users and fans to create the exact product they wanted. All that was left to do was make it, perfectly, tens of thousands of times in a row.

Soon Your Desk Will Be a Computer Too

posted onJuly 5, 2017
by l33tdawg

In the early 1990s, Xerox Parc researchers showed off a futuristic concept they called the Digital Desk. It looked like any other metal workstation, aside from the unusual setup that hovered overhead. Two video cameras hung from a rig above the desk, capturing the every movement of the person sitting at it. Next to the cameras, a projector cast the glowing screen of a computer onto the furniture’s surface.

The tragedy of FireWire: Collaborative tech torpedoed by corporations

posted onJune 23, 2017
by l33tdawg

The rise and fall of FireWire—IEEE 1394, an interface standard boasting high-speed communications and isochronous real-time data transfer—is one of the most tragic tales in the history of computer technology. The standard was forged in the fires of collaboration. A joint effort from several competitors including Apple, IBM, and Sony, FireWire was a triumph of design for the greater good. It represented a unified standard across the whole industry, one serial bus to rule them all.

Has This Stealth Company Solved Vision-Quality VR?

posted onJune 20, 2017
by l33tdawg

When Urho Konttori handed me the VR headset, I almost laughed. The founder and CEO of some Finnish company I'd never heard of had just told me he and his team of 19 people had managed to leapfrog virtual reality 20 years into the future—and he gives me an Oculus Rift? "It's just the housing," he said. "We added some things inside." Fine, I thought. You've seen plenty of demos where the reality didn't match the hype. Just do it, then you can go back to the office. So I put the headset on.

3-D Printing Is Changing Way Air Force Fixes Its Aging Planes

posted onMay 3, 2017
by l33tdawg

Three-dimensional printing is becoming more prevalent in the defense industry, as engineers explore the process to make parts for the most sophisticated U.S. weapons, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles.

But lesser-known projects have been in the works at a Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, shop that has been producing parts for Air Force aircraft for at least two years.