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Xbox cloud game world extends to Apple gadgets

Microsoft on Monday began a trial run of letting people play Xbox cloud games using Apple mobile devices as well as Windows-powered computers.

Consumer & Gadgets

A tool for navigating complex computer instructions

We've come a long way since Intel introduced the first microprocessor in 1971. Their 4004 held 2,300 transistors, with today's best chips exceeding billions, harnessing more and more power since their birth.

Consumer & Gadgets

A haptic film activated by LEDs: Low-cost tactile feedback for devices

A Korean research team succeeded in developing a technology generating various vibration using LED light signals. The technology allows various tactile sensations by area and reduction in size by considerably lowering the ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Roku gives video streamers new options: rechargeable remote, soundbar and virtual surround sound

Roku is adding a new rechargeable voice remote to its lineup and has begun rolling out a new operating system bring new features to its vast streaming audience.

Internet

Researchers study online 'pseudo-reviews' that mock products

The popularity of purchasing goods and services through online retailers such as Amazon continues to increase, making it overwhelming for consumers to differentiate fact from fiction in online product and service reviews. ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Wearable tech set to tackle head injuries in sport

Wearable tech which measures and tracks head impact force in sport and recreational activities is set to aid research and support informed decisions on the risk of brain injury.

Software

Google Lyra will enable voice calls for another billion users

During 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has showcased the immense importance of online communication. Regardless of location and network connectivity, communication technology has come into play more than ever before.

Consumer & Gadgets

Crowdfunding your video game: Key factors for success

Crowdfunding has become a useful way to obtain financial backing for small and medium-sized projects. Given sufficient attention, particularly via the internet, an entrepreneur or creative, might reach out to a virtual crowd ...

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Video gamers skills enhanced by training 10 minutes a day

Researchers at Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Center for Software and University of Limerick (UL), have found video gamers can significantly improve their esport skills by training for just 10 minutes a day.

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'Doodles of light' in real time mark leap for holograms at home

Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have devised and implemented a simplified algorithm for turning freely drawn lines into holograms on a standard desktop CPU. They dramatically cut down the computational cost ...

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Facebook customizes augmented reality to the flick of a wrist

Fresh off its recent augmented reality (AR) kick, Facebook Labs has revealed plans to curate this AI software for wearable devices. Projected as a shorter-term goal than the previously announced AR glasses, this wrist-based ...

Consumer & Gadgets

The golden ear-a of audio

Audio stimulates our brains more powerfully than video, and slots neatly into our new patterns of voracious cultural consumption—making this a revolutionary time for aural entertainment.

Software

Google upgrades Wear OS with custom Tiles library

Since 2014, Google has taken its user base by storm with increasingly advanced features for its Wear OS. Over the past years, Wear OS devices have enabled users to tell time, track fitness and make calls all from a wearable ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Facebook reveals goals for 3-D augmented reality glasses

With the reality of virtual interaction increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Facebook is expanding its AI-based augmented reality (AR) initiative. The company's Reality Labs aim to develop lightweight, stylish glasses ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Study reveals extent of privacy vulnerabilities with Amazon's Alexa

A recent study outlines a range of privacy concerns related to the programs that users interact with when using Amazon's voice-activated assistant, Alexa. Issues range from misleading privacy policies to the ability of third-parties ...