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Tiny ‘Atomic Memory’ Device Could Store All Books Ever Written

A new “atomic memory” device that encodes data atom by atom can store hundreds of times more data than current hard disks can, a new study finds. “You would need just the area of a postage stamp to write out all books ever written,” said study senior author Sander Otte, a physicist at the Delft University of Technology’s Kavli Institute of Nanoscience in the Netherlands. In fact, the researchers estimated that if they created a cube 100 microns wide — about the same diameter as the average human hair —…

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SOCIETY’S TOUGHEST REALITIES GO VIRTUAL: EXPLORING ACTIVISM THROUGH VR AT TRIBECA 2016

Virtual reality is creating new opportunities across the media landscape, not only for film directors but also journalists, activists, and multimedia artists. Its creators are often all three—they’re ambitious storytellers who aren’t afraid to cross media borders and test the possibilities of the latest technologies. For its Storyscapes competition and Virtual Arcade, the Tribeca Film Festival will return to the Tribeca Festival Hub, a multimedia destination where the public can experience the newest experiments in digital creation and the vast potential for immersive media experiences. Four of the projects included in this year’s innovative…

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Nvidia’s eye-tracking system blurs the lines for more immersive VR environments

The human eye can only focus on one surprisingly small area at a time, while our peripheral vision gives us the general gist of what else is nearby. That means a lot of processing power that goes into fully rendering virtual reality environments in focus is wasted when you’re only really taking in a small area of the screen at any given time. Nvidia has developed a rendering technique that allows that wasted processing power to be redirected to allow developers to create more immersive VR environments. The technique, called…

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Facebook to position internet beaming satellite over Africa next year

Facebook is set to take its worldwide internet project to new heights, all the way to geostationary orbit, to be specific. The social media giant has announced a new partnership with French firm Eutelsat, with plans to launch a satellite into space next year in hope of bringing millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa online. The satellite is already under construction. Being built by Israeli firm Spacecom, the AMOS-6 satellite is designed to address the gaps in internet access throughout West, East and Southern Africa that cannot be filled by…

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MIT’s Swarm chip architecture boosts multi-core CPUs

For nearly 10 years, computer processors have been getting faster by using multiple cores rather than raising their individual speeds. This measure makes our PCs and smartphones more power-efficient, but also makes it much trickier to write programs that take full advantage of their hardware. Swarm, a new chip design developed at MIT, could now come to the rescue and unleash the full power of parallel processing for up to 75-fold speedups, while requiring programmers to write a fraction of the code. Developed by Prof. Daniel Sanchez and team, Swarm is…

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Facebook’s drones – made in Britain

In a warehouse in Somerset, the latest phase in Facebook’s bid for world domination has been taking shape. Or, to put it less dramatically, the social network’s plan to connect millions in developing countries is proceeding. It is called Project Aquila and involves building solar-powered aircraft which will fly for months at a time above remote places, beaming down an internet connection. Two years ago Facebook bought small British business Ascenta, which specialises in solar-powered drones, and its owner Andy Cox is now the engineer running Project Aquila. At the…

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INTRODUCING VERSIONS, THE FIRST-EVER VR FESTIVAL FOCUSED ON CREATIVITY

Though virtual reality has existed in some form since the 1960s, and in the realm of science fiction for much longer, 2016 promises to be a breakthrough year for the technology, with high-profile product launches and major releases in games and film. With that in mind we are thrilled to announce our new conference Versions, organized in partnership with NEW INC, the incubator program at The New Museum.Versions aims to shift the conversation around VR from one focused on tools and gadgets to a dynamic interdisciplinary discussion that will examine…

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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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