Malaria? Just another app on your Mosquito™

Jan 18, 11 Malaria? Just another app on your Mosquito™

Posted by in Futurism, News

Microsoft Research has a new patent that’s sure to get people buzzing. (I had to.) The patent involves reverse-engineering the dangerous viruses commonly carried by insects and using those same insects to spread “good” or antidotal versions of the virus. The beauty of this is that the same successful disease...

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iPad 3 and the End of Buttons

Jan 13, 11 iPad 3 and the End of Buttons

Posted by in Futurism

Someday, the iPad and iPhone will shed even their Home button. At least, that’s the thought behind some new features discovered in the new iOS beta. Version 4.3, which was released to developers earlier today, has several new gestures in place. They enable navigation without ever touching the Home button, letting you...

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7 Reasons Chrome OS Means the End of Microsoft

Dec 08, 10 7 Reasons Chrome OS Means the End of Microsoft

Posted by in Futurism, News

Yesterday Google took the wraps off its new network-only OS, “Chrome”, designed as a fast, lightweight, and super-simple way to get online. Initially targeted at netbooks and other “web-browser” laptops, Chrome is built entirely from Web technologies. In other words, there’s no proprietary...

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Are “Tactile Touchscreens” In Our Future?

Nov 29, 10 Are “Tactile Touchscreens” In Our Future?

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A new patent filing from Microsoft (of all places) hints at a “textured touchscreen”: a tactile surface that could change shape at will. Is this the beginning of the end of physical keyboards? Here’s how it works. The screen, coated with a “shape-memory polymer”– think memory foam– can...

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Twitter Can Predict the Stock Market

Oct 19, 10 Twitter Can Predict the Stock Market

Posted by in Futurism, Online

A new study finds that Twitter can be used to predict the stock market with 87% accuracy. Essentially, the “mood” of the Twitterverse is seemingly correlated to movements in global markets, with “calmness” an apparently accurate predictor of movement. The study’s authors theorize that societies are...

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Location Services will erode trust, smash hierarchy, and change the world

Oct 14, 10 Location Services will erode trust, smash hierarchy, and change the world

Posted by in Futurism, Online

“Where are you?” Such a simple question. The raison d’etre of cell phones. And a question that will define the century. Location services are here to stay, and they will irrevocably change both the physical and psychological terrain of our planet. They will come to represent the apex of algorithmic...

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