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Billion Capture+ comes with dual cameras at the back, while the Redmi Note 4 has a single camera. But how does the quality of both compare?
Posted: November 18, 2017, 7:08 pm
Marketplace features on Facebook app lets you post and view adds for used goods
Posted: November 18, 2017, 7:03 pm
At Rs 32,999, the OnePlus 5T competes head on against the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 which retails for Rs 35,999 and also comes with an edge-to-edge display.
Posted: November 19, 2017, 12:54 am
Galaxy S9 will come in three variants, including a mini version but with same design and dual cameras
Posted: November 18, 2017, 7:05 pm
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If you missed your chance to get your hands on the iPhone X during the first wave of sales Airtel has some good news for you.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:14 pm
The OnePlus 5T, apart from the screen, is mostly identical to the OnePlus 5.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 3:57 pm
YouTube's pinch-to-zoom feature allows you to change the aspect ratio from the traditional 16:9 to 18:9 on full-screen Android phones.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:35 pm
Looks like you can no longer delete stuffs you post on Facebook, and no one knows the reason why.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 3:40 pm
Carl Pei frankly admitted how OnePlus lost its way in 2015 with the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:32 pm
After being briefly teased by, the Redmi Note 5 has been now spotted on OppoMart website.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 12:54 pm
Well, here are the big differences between the OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 5. To be precise, 5 big ones.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 6:05 pm
Airtel this week came out with two new 4G smartphones, the Karbonn A1 Indian and Karbonn A41 Power. But how do they stack up against the JioPhone?
Posted: November 17, 2017, 1:00 pm
Design wise, the Moto X4 is really reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S7 - which is a great compliment to say the least.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 1:50 pm
Honor V10 will come with bezel-less display and dual cameras at the back.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 11:10 am
Apple has issued the iOS 11.1.2 update intended at fixing iPhone X screen unresponsiveness issues in cold weather
Posted: November 17, 2017, 1:04 pm
You will soon able to switch between voice and video calls on WhatsApp.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 11:10 am
Airtel has introduced a plan which offers unlimited local/STD calls, 300GB of 4G data and more for 360 days.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 1:45 pm
Based on our initial impressions, the Zero 5 does offer a lot.
Posted: November 16, 2017, 12:01 pm
The OnePlus 5T in its 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variant will sell at a price of Rs 37,999.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 11:47 am
OnePlus is set to launch the OnePlus 5T at an event in New York City.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 9:57 am
Google has set up an experience centre called Pixel House in Select City Walk Mall in Delhi.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:01 pm
Google announced that it will allow developers and companies to build voice-enabled apps that will cater to users in India through its Actions on Google platform
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:02 pm
There is nothing official about it. But chances are that the OnePlus 5T will cost Rs 32,999 in India.
Posted: November 16, 2017, 5:06 pm
Samsung is seemingly planning to launch two devices in 2018, which are going to be the successors of the Galaxy S8, S8+
Posted: November 16, 2017, 3:49 pm
Airtel has joined hands with home-grown brand Karbonn again to offer two new full-scale 4G smartphones -- the Karbonn A1 Indian and the Karbonn A41 Power.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:05 pm

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Posted: May 15, 2017, 3:35 pm
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Posted: May 11, 2017, 12:36 pm
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Posted: May 10, 2017, 12:26 pm
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Posted: May 3, 2017, 9:40 am
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Posted: May 1, 2017, 4:06 pm
  Over the course of the LG G6 review, I’ve been wondering how I can do this without mentioning the disastrous LG G5 (review). The LG G6 is a whole new phone, and has nothing to do with its predec...
Posted: April 28, 2017, 2:33 pm
  Samsung really wants its flagship phone to stand out. Given the industry’s constraints, it can’t do that with internal hardware, but what it can do is innovate on design. To its credit, Sa...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 2:56 pm
  Edge displays may not be the most useful thing you’ve ever seen on a smartphone, but they sure look good. And after three years and five such phones, Samsung has finally perfected its curved fla...
Posted: April 24, 2017, 2:53 pm

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Read about the latest research on technology in the classroom, from new educational computer games and iPad apps to research on cyberbullying.

A link between young people's ability to perform well at two popular video games and high levels of intelligence has been uncovered.
Posted: November 16, 2017, 2:06 am
Preschool children who engage in math activities at home with their parents not only improve their math skills, but also their general vocabulary, according to research from Purdue University.
Posted: November 11, 2017, 3:10 am
A new form of self-harm in youth has emerged and is cause for concern. The behavior: 'digital self-harm' or 'self-trolling,' where adolescents post, send or share mean things about themselves anonymously online. The concern: it is happening at alarming rates and could be a cry for help. A new study is the first to examine the extent of this behavior and is the most comprehensive investigation of this understudied problem.
Posted: October 30, 2017, 8:52 pm
Designing apps for maximum utility is mostly a hit or miss process, according to researchers. There are only limited guides to what works and what doesn't. Scientists would like to change that, and they believe it is possible with the recent release of Rico, a huge database of mobile app designs.
Posted: October 25, 2017, 11:35 pm
According to Pew Research center, in 2013, about six out of ten Americans searched for health information online in the past year. With patients regularly turning to the internet for health advice, a group of researchers aimed to evaluate the educational quality of seasonal influenza videos on the user-generated, video-sharing platform, YouTube.
Posted: October 24, 2017, 12:25 am
Americans should be concerned about how health and wellness apps collect, save and share their personal health data, a medical media expert says.
Posted: October 20, 2017, 2:46 am
A biologist examines the benefits and drawbacks of virtual and augmented reality in teaching environmental science.
Posted: October 20, 2017, 2:12 am
Digital services that require users to log in with a personal account often collect more information about users than is needed. Certain policies may encroach on our privacy.
Posted: October 9, 2017, 6:59 pm
Everyone needs a good teacher -- including teachers. Two new studies show how digging deeper into what STEM education means and strategically designing online classrooms can enhance teaching science, technology, engineering, and math.
Posted: October 4, 2017, 7:21 pm
Computer scientists have solved a complex problem that has, until now, defeated experts in vision and graphics research. They have developed technology capable of producing 3-D facial reconstruction from a single 2-D image -- the 3-D selfie. People are queuing up to try it and so far, more than 400,000 users have had a go.
Posted: September 26, 2017, 10:21 pm
A new study is one of the first to demonstrate the consequences of allowing children to have a TV or video game system in their bedroom. Researchers found children did not do as well in school and were at greater risk for obesity and video game addiction.
Posted: September 26, 2017, 6:45 pm
New research has confirmed that smartphone apps are an effective treatment option for depression, paving the way for safe and accessible interventions for the millions of people around the world diagnosed with this condition.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 6:39 pm
Researchers replicated a previous study to confirm that 4- to 6-year-old children can transfer learning of a puzzle from a touchscreen device to the physical version. This contradicts most previous research and suggests that different types of screen learning media could have different effects on whether children can transfer learned skills to the physical world.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 7:30 pm
A video game to promote health and reduce risky behavior in teens improves sexual health knowledge and attitudes among minority youth, according to a new study. The findings validate the value of the video game as a tool to engage and educate teens at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, said the researchers.
Posted: September 18, 2017, 8:48 pm
Students who took part in a program that taught scientific argumentation learned the concepts better than their peers who did not, a study concludes.
Posted: September 14, 2017, 5:01 am
Smartphone apps that share users' personal Information often do so through services called third-party libraries, suggesting a new strategy for protecting privacy. CResearchers say controlling access to these third-party libraries, which help app developers make money by targeting people with ads or compiling marketing profiles, promises to be an effective way of limiting the unwanted release of personal information.
Posted: September 12, 2017, 11:18 pm
Applying a brain stimulation method, which was previously suggested to enhance mathematical learning in healthy adults, may improve the performance of children with mathematical learning difficulties, according to an exploratory study.
Posted: August 29, 2017, 10:17 pm
Scientists have discovered the purpose of a famous 3,700-year old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing it is the world's oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, possibly used by ancient mathematical scribes to calculate how to construct palaces and temples and build canals. The new research shows the Babylonians beat the Greeks to the invention of trigonometry -- the study of triangles -- by more than 1,000 years.
Posted: August 24, 2017, 11:42 pm
Many health apps designed to assist dementia patients and their caregivers have inadequate security policies or lack security policies altogether, new research concludes.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 9:57 pm
Generally, after suffering a concussion, patients are encouraged to avoid reading, watching TV and using mobile devices to help their brains heal. But new research shows that teenagers who used a mobile health app once a day in conjunction with medical care improved concussion symptoms and optimism more than with standard medical treatment alone.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:31 pm
Students from families with little interest in math benefit more from a school intervention program that aims at increasing math motivation than do students whose parents regard math as important. A study indicates the intervention program has a "Robin Hood effect" which reduces the "motivational gap" between students from different family backgrounds because new information about the importance of math is made accessible to underprivileged students.
Posted: August 9, 2017, 5:06 pm
A mobile learning app that uses game elements such as leaderboards and digital badges may have positive effects on student academic performance, engagement, and retention, according to a new study. Researchers developed a fully customizable app that allowed lecturers to push quizzes based on course content directly to their students' devices in order to motivate them, increase their competitiveness, and keep them engaged with the course.
Posted: August 4, 2017, 6:19 am
Online mathematics assessment could help improve the mathematics performance of deaf and hard-of-hearing learners in South Africa, suggests a new report.
Posted: August 3, 2017, 8:01 pm
Computer scientists have developed a smartphone app that helps people learn the art of taking great selfies. Inside the app is an algorithm that directs the user where to position the camera allowing them to take the best shot possible.
Posted: August 2, 2017, 8:00 pm
The controversial Snap Map app enables Snapchat users to track their friends. This is the latest in a series of monitoring tools to be built on social media platforms. A new study assesses the benefits and risks associated with their use.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 7:24 pm
Playing a popular physically-interactive, smartphone based game, like Pokémon GO, may actually promote exercise, a new study has concluded. The researchers suggest that while many smartphone functions may promote sedentary activity, they are hopeful that playing physically-interactive, smartphone based video games like Pokémon GO may help promote walking and reduce sitting in college students.
Posted: July 7, 2017, 1:29 am
Teens expect to experience some digital forms of abuse in dating, but girls may be suffering more severe emotional consequences than boys, according to a new study.
Posted: June 27, 2017, 8:23 pm
A new study has developed a novel way of evaluating and improving VAMs. By taking data from Boston schools with admissions lotteries, the scholars have used the random assignment of students to schools to see how similar groups of students fare in different classroom settings.
Posted: June 14, 2017, 9:40 pm
A study has identified a functional brain pattern linked to cognitive behavior able to activate an iPad's touchscreen. Results may be useful in brain-machine interfaces, of particular interest for people with physical difficulties to communicate with the outside world.
Posted: June 13, 2017, 9:35 pm
Based on a study of more than 30,000 elementary, middle, and high school students conducted in winter 2015–16, researchers found that elementary and middle school students scored lower on a computer-based test that did not allow them to return to previous items than on two comparable tests—paper- or computer-based—that allowed them to skip, review, and change previous responses.
Posted: June 12, 2017, 9:27 pm
Our mobile phones can reveal a lot about ourselves: where we live and work; who our family, friends and acquaintances are; how (and even what) we communicate with them; and our personal habits. With all the information stored on them, it isn’t surprising that mobile device users take steps to protect their privacy. However, more than 70 percent of smartphone apps are reporting personal data to third-party tracking companies like Google Analytics, the Facebook Graph API or Crashlytics.
Posted: June 9, 2017, 8:08 pm
Digital games can effectively teach refugee children much-needed skills -- including a new language, cognitive skills, and coding -- while also improving their mental health, finds new research.
Posted: June 7, 2017, 1:27 am
A study leverages the unvarnished opinions of Redditors to further our understanding of what makes a good educator.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 1:43 am
Scrapping automatically-playing videos in apps and reversing trends of instant messaging and on-demand services could be key to cutting the growing energy demand of the Internet, say researchers.
Posted: May 16, 2017, 8:18 pm
Technology continues to change the way students learn and engage with their peers, parents and community. That is why a professor is working with teachers to develop new ways to incorporate digital tools in the classroom, including playing games such as Pokémon GO.
Posted: May 9, 2017, 10:58 pm
Whether parental help has positive or negative effects on students’ academic outcomes depends on the motivation and involvement of their parents. Results of a new study suggest that students whose parents are interested in math and perceive their own math competencies to be high perform better than students with parents who show a low interest in math and regard their competencies in the domain as equally low – regardless of the intensity of the help students receive at home.
Posted: May 8, 2017, 6:04 pm
Researchers have challenged traditional teaching and learning concepts employed in medical training. A comparison with conventional learning methods led them to conclude that tablet-based, multimedia-enhanced training improves medical examination results. Their study clearly shows that an integrated program of tablet-based theoretical training and clinical practice enhances medical training.
Posted: May 5, 2017, 1:45 am
Consumers are being warned about the accuracy of heart rate apps after a study found huge variability between commercially available apps, even those using the same technology.
Posted: May 3, 2017, 6:51 pm
The content of a children's book -- not its form as a print book or a digital book -- predicts how well children understand a story, finds a new study.
Posted: May 1, 2017, 7:12 pm
Girls start believing they aren't good at math, science and even computers at a young age -- but providing fun STEM activities at school and home may spark interest and inspire confidence, suggests a new study.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 10:37 pm
A new nationally representative survey of American teenagers age 13-17 finds that teens have shifted their favored social media platforms and are now most likely to use Instagram and Snapchat. The study also found that while almost all teens -- 91 percent -- use the regular text messaging tool on their mobile phones, 40 percent of teens also use messaging applications like Kik, WhatsApp, or Line on a smartphone.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 9:03 pm
In the first known study of older adults learning computer programming, a cognitive scientist advocates coding skills for all ages.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 6:32 pm
Using game features in non-game contexts, computers can learn to build personalized mental- and physical-therapy programs that enhance individual motivation, according to engineers.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 7:38 pm
Dependence on technology is slowly eroding some of our core principles, according to an expert. It's impacting everything from fake news to texting while driving.
Posted: April 18, 2017, 9:13 pm
To help us make the most of idle moments, researchers have developed a series of apps called 'WaitSuite' that test you on vocabulary words during moments of waiting, like when you're waiting for an instant message or for your phone to connect to WiFi.
Posted: April 18, 2017, 1:20 am
Pokemon Go people are happy people. That's the finding of media researchers who leapt to study the wildly popular mobile game shortly after its release in July 2016. Their work shows that Pokemon Go users were more likely to be positive, friendly and physically active.
Posted: April 13, 2017, 12:22 am
Mobile phones have increasingly become the repository for the details that drive our everyday lives. But researchers have recently discovered that the same apps we regularly use on our phones to organize lunch dates, make convenient online purchases, and communicate the most intimate details of our existence have secretly been colluding to mine our information.
Posted: April 4, 2017, 12:41 am
In the first study to survey and interview parents who play 'Pokémon GO' with their children, families report a number of side benefits, including increased exercise, more time spent outdoors and opportunities for family bonding. However, some guilt about screen time persisted.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 9:32 pm
A majority of first-year medical students changed their online behavior after participating in a social media and professionalism course, researchers have found. Their report highlights effective methods for teaching medical students about the importance of responsible social media use as it relates to their careers.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 2:20 am
Digital gaming has generally been perceived to increase individuals’ sedentary time. According to a new dissertation, gaming can also act as a medium to promote health. Exergaming is a form of digital gaming that combines games with physical activity: the game requires physical activity from the player in order to play the game, and the outcome of the game is partly determined by that physical activity. Examples of such games are console-based dance games and different mobile exergames, such as Zombies Run and Pokémon GO.
Posted: March 17, 2017, 10:50 pm
Involvement in cyberbullying among girls triggers negative perceptions of the importance of school and the value of learning, a new study suggests. Psychologists found that 11-15 year-old girls who were most involved in cyberbullying -- as perpetrator, victim, or both -- felt the least accepted by their peers. This then had a knock-on effect of spilling over into how important they felt school and learning were, the researchers found.
Posted: March 15, 2017, 7:14 pm
A new web application that makes it quick and easy for people to use 3-D printers to make terrain models of any place on Earth has now been developed by researchers. Their idea -- they call it TouchTerrain -- could be a powerful teaching tool in geology classrooms.
Posted: March 14, 2017, 4:57 am
Mobile apps designed to keep teens safe online are overwhelmingly focused on parental control, which may be only a short-term solution that hinders a teen's ability to learn coping strategies in the long run. In a study of 74 Android mobile apps designed to promote adolescent online safety, the researchers said that 89 percent of security features on the apps are focused on parental control, while about 11 percent supported teen self-regulation.
Posted: February 28, 2017, 1:50 am
Scientists are exploring whether teaching real-world science through a popular computer game may offer a more engaging and effective educational approach than traditional concepts of instruction. A group of 39 college students from diverse majors played an enhanced version of the popular video game "Minecraft" and learned chemistry in the process, despite being given no in-class science instruction.
Posted: February 15, 2017, 7:11 pm
Children improve at math when instruction engages their own bodies, concludes a new study. The results also document that children require individualized learning strategies.
Posted: February 8, 2017, 9:46 pm
A study of 3,425 German students from grades 5 through 9 has found that students who enjoyed and took pride in math had even better achievement than students with higher intelligence.
Posted: February 8, 2017, 8:14 pm
The loneliness of the long distance runner could soon be a thing of the past as new technology allows crowds to cheer on athletes from anywhere in the world. A prototype digital relay baton has been developed by computer scientists to allow friends, family and other interested viewers to offer encouragement to weary athletes undertaking challenging events -- such as long-distance charity fund-raising runs.
Posted: February 8, 2017, 8:09 pm
The use of tablet computers is both a safe and a potentially effective approach to managing agitation among patients with dementia, a new pilot study suggests.
Posted: January 7, 2017, 10:02 pm
Researchers have found promising results for treating depression with a video game interface that targets underlying cognitive issues associated with depression rather than just managing the symptoms.
Posted: January 4, 2017, 8:57 am
Warning: Surfing the internet in class is now linked to poorer test scores, even among the most intelligent and motivated of students.
Posted: December 16, 2016, 10:15 pm

Neural Interfaces News -- ScienceDaily

Read amazing research on neural interfaces, brain-controlled robotic devices, microchips that mimic the brain and more.

Researchers are developing a first-of-its-kind bioengineered robotic hand that will actually feel and adapt to its environment. This “living” robot will have its own peripheral nervous system directly linking robotic sensors and actuators.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 7:50 pm
Researchers have recently discovered a mechanism that could explain how the brain retains working memory when faced with distractions. These findings could endow cognitive flexibility to neural networks used for artificial intelligence.
Posted: October 31, 2017, 7:48 pm
Scientists have used functional MRI to show how the brain re-maps motor and sensory pathways following targeted motor and sensory reinnervation (TMSR), a neuroprosthetic approach where residual limb nerves are rerouted towards intact muscles and skin regions to control a robotic limb.
Posted: October 27, 2017, 7:14 pm
Artificial intelligence software can now evaluate the maturity of a preterm infant's brain directly from an EEG.
Posted: October 27, 2017, 6:30 pm
Researchers have demonstrated how to decode what the human brain is seeing by using artificial intelligence to interpret fMRI scans from people watching videos, representing a sort of mind-reading technology.
Posted: October 23, 2017, 10:50 pm
New research has shown future wearable devices, such as smartwatches, could use ultrasound imaging to sense hand gestures.
Posted: October 11, 2017, 10:46 pm
Single unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) directed by joysticks, radio controllers, and mobile phones are already accomplishing a variety of useful tasks, such as aerial photography and security patrols. But using multiple drones requires multiple human operators, and this presents a coordination problem.
Posted: September 30, 2017, 8:34 am
Scientists have made a crucial step towards unlocking the 'holy grail' of computing -- microchips that mimic the way the human brain works to store and process information.
Posted: September 28, 2017, 1:50 am
Computer scientists have solved a complex problem that has, until now, defeated experts in vision and graphics research. They have developed technology capable of producing 3-D facial reconstruction from a single 2-D image -- the 3-D selfie. People are queuing up to try it and so far, more than 400,000 users have had a go.
Posted: September 26, 2017, 10:21 pm
Results from an unexpected quarter is could help neurologists to identify which brain region to remove to eliminate an epilepsy patient’s symptoms. Mathematicians have shown that it is sensible to examine the interconnections between different brain regions closely, instead of searching for abnormal regions only.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 8:13 pm
A new brain-computer interface application that allows music to be composed by the power of thought has now been developed by scientists.
Posted: September 11, 2017, 9:56 pm
Scientists have successfully taught robots to perform a challenging brain technique only previously mastered by a handful of humans.
Posted: August 30, 2017, 9:55 pm
It is possible for stroke patients to improve motor function using special training involving connecting brain signals with a computer, research shows.
Posted: August 30, 2017, 8:05 pm
Researchers have shown for the first time that the use of a brain-computer interface augmented with a virtual walking avatar can control gait, suggesting the protocol may help patients recover the ability to walk after stroke, some spinal cord injuries and certain other gait disabilities.
Posted: August 23, 2017, 9:43 pm
Filtering information for search engines, acting as an opponent during a board game or recognizing images: Artificial intelligence has far outpaced human intelligence in certain tasks. Researchers are showing how ideas from computer science could revolutionize brain research. They illustrate how a self-learning algorithm decodes human brain signals that were measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG).
Posted: August 18, 2017, 7:53 pm
In what could be a small step for science potentially leading to a breakthrough, an engineer has taken steps toward using nanocrystal networks for artificial intelligence applications.
Posted: August 18, 2017, 1:50 am
Scientist, for the first time, have developed a computer algorithm that is nearly as accurate as people are at mapping brain neural networks -- a breakthrough that could speed up the image analysis that researchers use to understand brain circuitry.
Posted: August 17, 2017, 6:57 pm
A mathematician and computer scientist joined an international team of neuroscientists to create a complete map of the learning and memory center of the fruit fly larva brain, an early step toward mapping how all animal brains work.
Posted: August 10, 2017, 8:19 pm
Scientists have created comprehensive brain maps linking different groups of neurons to specific behaviors, using a machine-learning program that annotated more than 225 days of videos of flies -- a feat that would have taken humans some 3,800 years.
Posted: July 14, 2017, 1:20 am
EEG headsets, growing in popularity among consumers, need better security, suggests a team of researchers who say that hackers could use the items to steal passwords.
Posted: July 1, 2017, 5:47 pm
As brain-controlled robots enter everyday life, researchers say that now is the time to take action and put in place guidelines that ensure the safe and beneficial use of direct brain-machine interaction.
Posted: June 29, 2017, 11:59 pm
New research builds on the pioneering use of machine learning algorithms with brain imaging technology to "mind read."
Posted: June 26, 2017, 8:27 pm
Scientists have collected and summarized studies looking at how video games can shape our brains and behavior. Research to date suggests that playing video games can change the brain regions responsible for attention and visuospatial skills and make them more efficient. The researchers also looked at studies exploring brain regions associated with the reward system, and how these are related to video game addiction.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:08 pm
A study has identified a functional brain pattern linked to cognitive behavior able to activate an iPad's touchscreen. Results may be useful in brain-machine interfaces, of particular interest for people with physical difficulties to communicate with the outside world.
Posted: June 13, 2017, 9:35 pm
New work outlining the brain's visual process could improve self-driving cars and point to therapies for sensory impairment, suggest investigators.
Posted: June 9, 2017, 12:26 am
Virtual Reality (VR) can relieve the sensation of phantom limb pain, report researchers. A new test shows that VR technology can trick the amputee’s brain into thinking that it is still in control of a missing limb.
Posted: May 31, 2017, 7:59 pm
Stroke patients who learned to use their minds to open and close a plastic brace fitted over their paralyzed hands gained some ability to control their own hands when they were not wearing the brace, according to a new study. The participants, all of whom had moderate to severe paralysis, showed significant improvement in grasping objects.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 2:29 am
Inspired by how mammals see, a new 'memristor' computer circuit prototype has the potential to process complex data, such as images and video orders of magnitude, faster and with much less power than today's most advanced systems.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 6:02 pm
Despite significant breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, it has been notoriously hard for computers to understand why a user behaves the way s/he does. Now researchers report that computers are able to learn to explain the behavior of individuals by tracking their glances and movements.
Posted: May 3, 2017, 7:00 pm
Last Friday, the first patient in the Netherlands received his click-on robotic arm. By means of a new technique, this robotic arm is clicked directly onto the bone. A unique characteristic of this prosthesis is that it can be controlled by the patient's own thoughts. Worldwide, there are only a handful of patients with such a prosthesis.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 7:00 pm
Motor cortical neurons optimally adjust how they encode movements in a task-specific manner, new research reveals. The findings enhance our understanding of how the brain controls movement and have the potential to improve the performance and reliability of brain-machine interfaces, or neural prosthetics, that assist paralyzed patients and amputees.
Posted: April 18, 2017, 7:13 pm
Researchers modelled learning and visual search and predicted how users learn new or partially changed user interfaces. The model shows that even small changes can disturb visual search and impede use.
Posted: April 13, 2017, 6:15 pm
Cognitive neuroscientists are using the Stampede supercomputer to provide accurate predictions of risk for those with depression and anxiety. They have been able to classify individuals with major depressive disorder with roughly 75 percent accuracy using a machine learning approach. Stampede 2 -- which will come online later in 2017 -- will provide the increased computer processing required to incorporate more data and achieve even greater accuracy.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 2:19 am
When brain cells don’t get enough energy, caused by a stroke or trauma, they can start swelling rapidly. New mathematical models of this mechanism show a critical tipping point: at lower energy levels, there is no way back.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:29 pm
Researchers have developed a technology that can remotely control an animal's movement with human thought.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 6:20 pm
A new mathematical model could help clarify what drove the evolution of large brains in humans and other animals, according to a study.
Posted: March 10, 2017, 12:53 am
Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these patterns, but give little consideration to the emotional response of their audience. Scientists have developed a new machine-learning device that detects the emotional state of its listeners to produce new songs that elicit new feelings.
Posted: March 9, 2017, 10:36 pm
New software allows for 'decoding digital brain data' to reveal how neural activity gives rise to learning, memory and other cognitive functions. The software can be used in real time during an fMRI brain scan.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 12:09 am
A new organic artificial synapse could support computers that better recreate the way the human brain processes information. It could also lead to improvements in brain-machine technologies.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:50 am
A brain-to-computer hookup can enable people with paralysis to type via direct brain control at the highest speeds and accuracy levels reported to date, a clinical research publication has demonstrated.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 6:34 pm
In anticipation of the age of voice-controlled electronics, researchers have built a low-power chip specialized for automatic speech recognition. Whereas a cellphone running speech-recognition software might require about 1 watt of power, the new chip requires between 0.2 and 10 milliwatts, depending on the number of words it has to recognize.
Posted: February 14, 2017, 3:44 am
A similar rule governs traffic flow in engineered and biological systems, reports a researcher. An algorithm used for the Internet is also at work in the human brain, says the report, an insight that improves our understanding of engineered and neural networks and potentially even learning disabilities.
Posted: February 10, 2017, 12:02 am
The use of brain computer interface has the potential to improve the daily lives of people with prosthetic limbs, according to new research.
Posted: February 6, 2017, 7:19 pm
A computer interface that can decipher the thoughts of people who are unable to communicate could revolutionize the lives of those living with completely locked-in syndrome, according to a new article. Counter to expectations, the participants in the study reported being "happy," despite their extreme condition.
Posted: February 1, 2017, 1:31 am
Researchers studying the brain have long been interested in its neural oscillations, the rhythmic electrical activity that plays an important role in the transmission of information within the brain's neural circuits. Working with the Wilson-Cowan model, a widely-used model in computational neuroscience that describes the average activity of populations of interconnected neurons, Leandro Alonso has designed a new mathematical tool to help explore the broad spectrum of responses possible from a simple neural circuit.
Posted: January 24, 2017, 9:44 pm
Researchers have, for the first time, successfully demonstrated the basic operation of spintronics-based artificial intelligence.
Posted: December 20, 2016, 8:21 pm
Artificial intelligence and neuroscience experts have taken inspiration from the human brain in creating a new 'deep learning' method that enables computers to learn about the visual world largely on their own, much as human babies do.
Posted: December 16, 2016, 10:24 pm
The next generation of toys could be controlled by the power of the mind, thanks to new research.
Posted: December 15, 2016, 9:22 pm
The neural structure we use to store and process information in verbal working memory is more complex than previously understood--a discovery that has implications for the creation of artificial intelligence (AI) systems, such as speech translation tools.
Posted: December 12, 2016, 8:27 pm
High-resolution brain scans, coupled with computational analysis, could play a critical role in helping to detect concussions that conventional scans might miss, report investigators.
Posted: December 8, 2016, 1:43 am
Researchers have published the first demonstration of humans playing a simple, two-dimensional computer game using only input from direct brain stimulation -- without relying on any usual sensory cues from sight, hearing or touch.
Posted: December 6, 2016, 9:05 pm
A novel method of treating phantom limb pain has been developed using machine learning and augmented reality. This approach has been tested on over a dozen of amputees with chronic phantom limb pain who found no relief by other clinically available methods before. The new treatment reduced their pain by approximately 50 per cent, reports a clinical study.
Posted: December 2, 2016, 7:52 am
Researchers have developed a new computational model of the human brain's face-recognition mechanism that seems to capture aspects of human neurology that previous models have missed.
Posted: December 2, 2016, 3:23 am
A brain implant has been placed in a patient enabling her to operate a speech computer with her mind. The researchers and the patient worked intensively to get the settings right. She can now communicate at home with her family and caregivers via the implant. That a patient can use this technique at home is unique in the world.
Posted: November 14, 2016, 9:59 pm
An international team of scientists has used a wireless "brain-spinal interface" to bypass spinal cord injuries in a pair of rhesus macaques, restoring intentional walking movement to a temporarily paralyzed leg. The researchers say this is the first time a neural prosthetic has been used to restore walking movement directly to the legs of nonhuman primates.
Posted: November 10, 2016, 12:01 am
Scientists have found a way to produce realistic sensations of touch in two human amputees by directly stimulating the nervous system.
Posted: October 26, 2016, 11:51 pm
Ever wonder what it would be like if a device could decode your thoughts into actual speech or written words? While this might enhance the capabilities of already existing speech interfaces with devices, it could be a potential game-changer for those with speech pathologies, and even more so for "locked-in" patients who lack any speech or motor function.
Posted: October 25, 2016, 9:10 pm
Imagine being in an accident that leaves you unable to feel any sensation in your arms and fingers. Now imagine regaining that sensation, a decade later, through a mind-controlled robotic arm that is directly connected to your brain.
Posted: October 14, 2016, 12:43 am
Computation is stuck in a rut. The integrated circuits that powered the past 50 years of technological revolution are reaching their physical limits. This predicament has computer scientists scrambling for new ideas: new devices built using novel physics, new ways of organizing units within computers and even algorithms that use new or existing systems more efficiently.
Posted: October 4, 2016, 8:15 pm
Human babies and even animals have a basic number sense that many believe evolves from seeing the world and trying to quantify all the sights. But vision has nothing to do with it -- neuroscientists have found that the brain network behind numerical reasoning is identical in blind and sighted people.
Posted: September 20, 2016, 7:32 am


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We don't know exactly what Boston Dynamics did to upgrade its robot. We hope that changes soon, because knowledge will be power when the robot apocalypse begins.

The post Boston Dynamics Robot Is Done Being Pushed Around, Learns to do a Backflip appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Ryan Whitwam
Posted: November 18, 2017, 2:22 am

Intel is bringing new facilities online to improve Coffee Lake CPU production and bring prices down. While it's nothing compared with GPUs, the 8th Gen chips are a bit overheated.

The post Intel Will Bring Additional Facilities Online to Improve Coffee Lake Shipments appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: November 18, 2017, 1:59 am

Tesla surprises Semi event fans with the debut of the second-generation Roadster, billed as the quickest production car in the world.

The post Tesla Brings Back the Roadster: 0-60 in 1.9 Seconds, 620-Mile Range appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Bill Howard
Posted: November 18, 2017, 1:20 am
Dell Inspiron ET

If you want a desktop PC with a good balance between performance and price, check out the Dell Inspiron 3650. With a quad-core Skylake processor and a substantial amount of memory, this flexible PC is a fantastic bargain when you use today's 47% total discount.

The post ET deals: Dell Inspiron 3650 Quad-Core Desktop PC for $629 appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Grant Brunner
Posted: November 17, 2017, 11:00 pm

The Tesla Semi would be 20 percent cheaper than a diesel truck. In automated convoys, it would compete with rail. Some wonder if electric trucks aren't better suited for urban delivery, while others wonder if 2019 is too optimistic a release date.

The post Tesla Semi: 500-Mile Range, Cheaper Than Diesel, Quick to Charge appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Bill Howard
Posted: November 17, 2017, 10:01 pm

Nintendo ate the US wholesale in October console sales. Can the Xbox One X reverse that?

The post The Nintendo Switch, SNES Classic Just Beat the Snot Out of Sony, Microsoft appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: November 17, 2017, 8:32 pm

Hours before Battlefront II was supposed to launch, EA pulled an about-face and temporarily banned all pay-to-win mechanics -- but it's still planning to deploy them again in the future.

The post EA Reverses Itself, Temporarily Removes Pay-to-Win Mechanics From Battlefront II appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: November 17, 2017, 7:50 pm

If you're getting tired of Earth with all its breathable air and gravity, there may soon be a home for you among the stars.

The post Space Nation Asgardia Launches Its First Satellite appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Ryan Whitwam
Posted: November 17, 2017, 6:00 pm
Battlefront 2

EA's Battlefront problems continue to deepen, with Belgium launching an investigation into whether the game promotes gambling and players unhappy after the recent Reddit AMA.

The post Battlefront II Investigated in Belgium as EA’s Reddit AMA Bombs appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: November 17, 2017, 3:17 am

Intel and Micron both made significant announcements this week about the future of non-volatile RAM and future Optane (3D XPoint) products.

The post Micron Launches New NAND-based DIMMs, Intel Announces Optane DIMMs appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: November 17, 2017, 1:45 am
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