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Wi-Fi 802.11ac wave 2 certification improves multi-device support

As the number of devices connected to our home, work and school wireless networks continues to grow, and with increasing demands from things like 4K video streaming, the Wi-Fi Alliance is working to make sure the Wi-Fi standard keeps apace with ever higher high-bandwidth demands. The “wave 2” upgrade to 802.11ac brings with it better multitasking, double the channel bandwidth and extended support for 5 GHz connections. One of the most anticipated features wrapped up in the latest upgrade is Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) support, which allows more…

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Bitcoin Bubble?

Bitcoin Bubble? There is a bubble in the most famous cryptocurrency in the world –Bitcoin even when the underlying technology keeps the promise of securing the overall privacy & safeguarding the security of the investors –as per the claims of the Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Holding, Jack Ma Yun. Ma, during a forum in the 2nd World Intelligence Congress that was held in Tianjin on Wednesday, had said that there is no bubble for the Blockchain technology, but there is a Bitcoin bubble by all means. A “bubble” in…

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Wearable keyboard lets users Tap to type

The decline of desktop computing and the proliferation of other devices that require text input mean that alternatives to the traditional keyboard are now needed. The Tap Strap wearable keyboard is one such alternative that works with Bluetooth devices and lets users tap on any surface to type. Worn on the hand, the device is similar in concept to the AirMouse wearable mouse and the Gest gesture control glove. It is designed to produce more outputs than the former, though, and is more tailored for purpose than the latter. The startup manufacturer behind…

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Virtual Reality In Healthcare: Where’s the Innovation?

Virtual reality is no longer just about video gaming; it holds promise as nothing short of revolutionary for just about every other industry, as well. Since 2012, there has been an incredible explosion of interest and hype around mass market virtual reality (VR) thanks to head mounted display (HMD) products in development like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Gear VR and Google Cardboard. The technology has advanced to the point where very high-quality VR experiences are possible at reasonable price points, and should be widely available to consumers within a year. There are a few industries that have been making use of VR…

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9 Ways Quantum Computing Will Change Everything

Computers built on the principles of quantum physics—as opposed to ‘classical’ physics—promise a revolution on the order of the invention of the microprocessor or the splitting of the atom. D-Wave, a small Canadian company backed by Jeff Bezos, NASA, and the CIA among others, is the first firm to sell a so-called quantum computer—at roughly $10 million a pop. The vast increase in power could revolutionize fields as disparate as medicine, space exploration, and artificial intelligence. Inthis week’s TIME cover story, Lev Grossman writes that D-Wave’s machines are “so radical…

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Home PC outperforms a supercomputer in complex calculations

The GPU in your gaming rig performs crazy amounts of calculations to really bring to life the Cyberdemon in the new Doom, but scientists are increasingly applying that power to more academic pursuits. Russian physicists have put a computer running a consumer-level Nvidia GPU to work on equations that are normally performed using a powerful supercomputer, and found that the home PC solved them in 15 minutes – far faster than the supercomputer’s time of two or three days. A GPU is designed with multiple threads of processing power, which allows…

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AMD’s new Radeon RX 480 GPU aims to make VR affordable

Getting VR-ready requires a pretty beefy rig, and there’s usually an equally-beefy price tag attached. AMD is looking to lower that barrier with the US$199Radeon RX 480 graphics card. That $199 will net you the 4GB edition of the Radeon RX 480, which AMD says packs the punch of a $500 GPU in terms of VR performance. With this price point the company hopes to drive up adoption rates of VR, encourage developers to create more content for the platform and drive down the costs of VR-ready computers and equipment.…

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Chinese Car App “Didi” Updates the Safety Measures After the Murder Incident

Chinese Car App “Didi” Updates the Safety Measures After the Murder Incident The leading car-hailing firm “Didi” in China is updating its services after the murder of one of its users recently. The online car app service is currently suspending its carpooling services at night. At the same time, Didi is also considering going for an audio recording of all the respective journeys. The given proposals had been made after 10 days of the incident wherein a 21-year-old air stewardess had been murdered after she had booked a ride with…

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Industry heavyweights come together to standardize the Internet of Things

AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel are the latest companies to band together with the aim of standardizing interoperability across smart machines and ultimately, drive adoption of an Internet of Things. Announced last week, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) is a not-for-profit open membership group created to establish common frameworks for development of inter-connected digital and physical worlds. While the notion of device-to-device communication holds great potential across a range of industries, with different manufacturers using different engineering standards, development has been slow-moving in the eyes of some. In December last…

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Pascal-based Nvidia Titan X is graphics card overkill of the highest order

With the rise of 4K and graphics-intensive VR, more strain is being placed on graphics cards. A couple of months ago, Nvidia responded to this call for more power with its GTX 1080, which the company called “the new king” of graphics cards. Well, the king is dead, long live the king, because now Nvidia has unveiled an updated version of the Titan X, which takes Nvidia’s Pascal architecture and cranks it up to the absolute max. With maximum performance sitting at 11 teraflops, the new Titan X is around 60…

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