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Nokia 8 production unit leaked in copper gold colour confirms dual camera, front fingerprint sensor but Zeiss logo is missing.
Posted: July 22, 2017, 6:23 pm
JioPhone can be pre-booked from the company's website Jio.com, from MyJio App or Reliance Digital stores offline.
Posted: July 22, 2017, 3:18 pm
Facebook is reportedly working on its own device that will come with modular functionality, something similar to Google's Project Ara.
Posted: July 22, 2017, 2:25 pm
The JioPhone not a usual feature phone as others expecting a feature phone from Reliance would have expected, but a cheap and simple phone nonetheless. So cheap that it is 'effectively free'.
Posted: July 22, 2017, 12:34 pm
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A caller posing as a fake Paytm agent managed to swindle money from a Paytm account within 5 minutes
Posted: July 22, 2017, 11:09 am
Mukesh Ambani has confirmed that Jio is working on a high-speed broadband services. The company may soon announce the service in India.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:45 pm
Lenovo is now finally giving the Armor Pack to customers who pre-ordered the Moto Z2 Play on Flipkart.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:56 pm
Government is working to create a regulatory mechanism for WhatsApp and similar services.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 4:34 pm
JioPhone will come bundled with a plan and the company has also introduced few customised plans exclusively for the phone. Take a look.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 7:08 pm
Nokia 2 will be the cheapest Android phone by the company.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 3:29 pm
Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani on Friday announced the JioPhone, a hybrid between a feature phone and a smartphone. This is not the full text of his speech at the Reliance AGM today. Instead, it is the portion that is most relevant for Jio users.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 7:07 pm
Reliance on Friday launched the JioPhone with support for VoLTE and 4G at its 40th Annual General Meeting in Mumbai.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 7:10 pm
There have been a few smartphones which have really surprised us at India Today Tech - some like the HTC U11 which managed to outstrip expectations and on the other hand others like OnePlus 5 which were a victim of their own hype.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 11:13 am
JioPhone, JioPhone tariff plans, Dhan Dhana Dhan plan and more. Here's everything Mukesh Ambani announced today at Reliance Industries annual general meet.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 4:10 pm
The JioPhone will effectively be free with one a time security deposit of Rs 1,500 which will be refundable for 36 months.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 3:38 pm
Samsung has announced August 23 as the launch date for the Galaxy Note 8, which may also be the first Samsung phone with dual cameras.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 11:32 am
Join us as we live update RIL's announcements on Jio and its future.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 7:11 pm
Telecom operators levy interconnection charge (IUC) on incoming calls from the network of other operator. These charges are passed on to mobile subscribers by service providers.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 10:35 am
LG silently announces another phone under its Q series called - LG Q8.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 9:51 am
You don't have to link Aadhaar with bank account, phone numbers before July 31. It's not mandatory. Your phone company or the bank is lying.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 10:40 am
Jio aims to bridge this digital divide through the JioPhone which is essence is a feature phone with certain smartphone level functionality.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 4:13 pm
So here is the Internet TV -- a set top box that not only allows you to access Airtel's full bouquet of 500+ live TV channels, but also content from online services like YouTube and Netflix. So, how does it work? Does this marriage work out well? Or does it collapse in a smouldering heap? Let's dive in and find out.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 8:26 am
Intex Aqua Lions 3 launched today in India at Rs 6,499. Here are the key specs of the phone that you should know.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:49 pm
The wearable has been optimized for 10 different fitness scenarios, according to Honor.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:07 pm

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  The Samsung Galaxy On Max is the latest addition to Samsung’s ever growing online only On series. The phone is derived from the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max and keeps most of the specifications and aes...
Posted: July 21, 2017, 2:00 pm
  I’ve said this once before, I’ll say it again, smartphone makers can’t be allowed to rehash old designs and sell them as new phones. But alas! That plea falls on deaf ears and we hav...
Posted: July 18, 2017, 1:45 pm
  I have always maintained that tablets are great devices for content consumption, gaming and multimedia. Sure, you can get a little work done on them, but they don’t have what it takes to replace...
Posted: July 18, 2017, 7:10 am
  If you’re planning or willing to buy a budget smartphone, my first suggestion to you would be, get something above Rs. 7,000, which is pretty much the threshold for any phone that qualifies as &...
Posted: July 17, 2017, 3:05 pm
  As a reviewer, I've stood witness to Samsung's evolution in the smartphone market. From low-end devices like the Galaxy Y to the class-leading Galaxy S8, Samsung has done a lot. It's rise...
Posted: July 11, 2017, 11:58 am
  Meizu has been awfully quiet in the Indian market. While it's Chinese compatriots Xiaomi, Coolpad etc. have been launching phone after phone, the company has barely released a handful of phon...
Posted: July 7, 2017, 3:33 pm
  The story for every great hero starts with a villain. The more intriguing, dangerous and exciting the villain, the more thrilling is the journey of the hero and his success. In the story of flagship s...
Posted: July 6, 2017, 8:17 am
  It’s easy to write off HTC in the current market. The company’s been through turmoil and it has had its fair share of hit and misses. A couple of years ago, HTC said it was done with...
Posted: July 4, 2017, 11:05 am
  When we last heard a Bose SoundLink portable speaker, it was over a year back with the SoundLink III. A lot of time has gone by since then - portable, wireless speakers have gradually become necessiti...
Posted: June 28, 2017, 6:38 pm
  When you’re buying a gaming mouse, there are several aspects you need to keep in mind. The most important ones are the type of games you’re going to play and your hand (or palm) size. FPS...
Posted: June 28, 2017, 4:59 pm
  If you’ve been following Digit for long, you may know that the Lenovo Y700 won our Zero1 award for “Best Mainstream Gaming Laptop” in 2016. This year the company is pushing the envel...
Posted: June 23, 2017, 2:11 pm
  I’d like to start this review of the OnePlus 5 with the bottom-line right at the top. If you are looking for pure performance (speed), a near-stock Android experience and bang for the buck in a...
Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:29 pm
  Ultimate Ears (UE) has always possessed a penchant for designing very able speakers in playful avatars. Take the Boom and Roll line of speakers, for instance, and you immediately associate the brand w...
Posted: June 20, 2017, 10:29 pm
  We’ll start off by saying there was a disparity between the specifications of the unit that we received and that one that is available in the Indian market. Our review unit has an Intel Core i7...
Posted: June 20, 2017, 6:58 pm
  One of the high-end motherboards for AMD’s new Ryzen processors, the GIGABYTE AORUS AX370-GAMING 5, as they name indicates has the X370 chipset. This means that you’ll be able to not only...
Posted: June 20, 2017, 4:41 am
  If we consider all smartphones in the sub-30k segment and remove those that don’t run on the newest possible version of Android, Motorola is one of the few companies we’re left with. That...
Posted: June 16, 2017, 2:51 pm
  Sony may not have a real hold on the smartphone space anymore, but its phones remain as relevant as ever. The company recently announced that it’ll focus on the premium range from now on. That,...
Posted: June 15, 2017, 7:37 pm
  Earlier this year HP announced its new range of gaming hardware under its Omen sub-brand. The company also showcased accessories - a monitor and the HP Omen desktop. I was there at the event and if yo...
Posted: June 15, 2017, 1:08 pm
  The budget smartphone segment in India is a pretty cutthroat one with dozens of companies vying for attention from first time smartphone buyers. And this is the segment that Chinese newcomer iVoo...
Posted: June 13, 2017, 3:28 am
  The CG Slate Tablet is an infotainment cum education tablet for kids running on a Lenovo Tab3 7 tablet as the base device. The tablet's user interface is skinned with a custom software (app)...
Posted: June 12, 2017, 11:35 am
  Whenever someone asks me whether they should be investing in gaming laptops or a desktop, I tell them to invest in a desktop if they play only at home. But, there are many who want to game on the move...
Posted: June 9, 2017, 2:13 pm
  The Thinkpad line of laptops are built with a particular purpose in mind, offering understated looks and dependable performance, alongside added security features an enterprise customer may need. It g...
Posted: June 8, 2017, 1:45 pm
  Micromax needs a win. In fact, it needs a big win, and for that it’s pulling out the big guns. The company’s sister concern, Yu Televentures, had its biggest and probably only win with the...
Posted: June 6, 2017, 12:33 pm
   Samsung has been polishing out the rough edges from its products for a while now. The company has streamlines its phone lineups, with the Galaxy S, A, C, J, Z and On series devices. Of course, the...
Posted: May 25, 2017, 1:40 pm
  When Facebook first announced its livestreaming aspirations, many hailed the move as revolutionary. It’s true, livestreaming on the Internet is without a doubt the fastest way to get information...
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:27 am
  I miss the days when you bought a phone and the only major accessory you had to concern yourself with was a good pair of earphones. Nowadays, a phone cover has become a necessity thanks to increasingl...
Posted: May 22, 2017, 10:51 am
  An Intel Core i7, 8GB or 16GB of RAM and the new NVIDIA GTX 1050 (Ti) GPU. These are bare minimum specifications a laptop should have if it wants to be listed amongst gaming laptops. Moreover, having...
Posted: May 18, 2017, 2:20 pm
  Design professionals, CAD engineers, video editors and many creative people generally rely on two kinds of machines for their work — one is the ageing and often underpowered Mac lineup, while th...
Posted: May 17, 2017, 2:14 am
  When it comes to budget laptops under `15,000/-, you will find that most brands today have something or the other to offer in that segment. Understandably, most laptops in this segment make use of ent...
Posted: May 16, 2017, 10:54 am
  Over the past weekend, Xiaomi announced that it had sold 4 million units of the Redmi 3s smartphone, making it the most sold smartphone online. So, obviously it is time to one up the device. The Xiaom...
Posted: May 16, 2017, 8:25 am
  Oppo is increasing investments in India compared to what it was doing two or three years back. The company laid out big expansion plans back in 2016, and was reportedly investing $216 million in manuf...
Posted: May 15, 2017, 3:35 pm
  The HIFIMAN HE560 is a beautifully crafted, open-backed, planar magnetic headphone, designed for reference use. While this isn’t the first planar magnetic we’ve tried – we got some h...
Posted: May 15, 2017, 11:45 am
  Virat Kohli, in a brand partnership with Hong Kong-based audio products manufacturer Zeeva, recently launched MuveAcoustics, an audio brand targetted towards the youth. The MuveAcoustics Drive is curr...
Posted: May 11, 2017, 12:36 pm
  Indian born consumer electronics firm Micromax has been quite candid recently. The company admitted that the recent influx of Oppo, Vivo and other players led the company to rethink its strategies. An...
Posted: May 11, 2017, 12:07 pm
  Over the years, the Nubia brand has been all about impressive design language and good cameras. The Nubia Z11 Mini reviewed last year had a best in class camera till the Moto G5 Plus came along, and t...
Posted: May 10, 2017, 12:26 pm
  Micromax is a well known brand when it comes to budget smartphones. The company has seen good days in the past, leading the charts in terms of sales. However, lately the phone company has been on the...
Posted: May 9, 2017, 2:50 pm
  Corsair has a huge roster of cabinets that can take care of several use-cases when it comes to building a PC. The Carbide series is itself further classified into several categories and falling under...
Posted: May 3, 2017, 6:15 pm
  With only two smartphones under its belt. Smartron is definitely the new kid on the block. The company's first two devices, the Smartron t.phone and the t.book were on the right path, but wit...
Posted: May 3, 2017, 9:40 am
  The sub-15K market in India is pretty competitive with manufacturers falling head-over-heels in an effort to offer the best features at a reasonable price. You can even get devices that offer flagship...
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
  The HP-15BA021AX is a 15.6 inch budget laptop, and it’s amongst the few of its kind, that run on AMD’s Bristol Ridge processor. This 7th gen AMD processor silently made its way into the la...
Posted: April 21, 2017, 3:29 pm
  Coolpad seems to be on a phone launching spree. The company has launched the Cool1, Note 5, Note 3S, and the Mega 3, all within a span of a few months of each other. Adding to that, we have the Coolpa...
Posted: April 18, 2017, 4:30 pm
  Indian phone maker Lava has been better known for its budget devices, but it recently dashed into a higher market segment with the Lava Z25. The smartphone is the company’s attempt to take on th...
Posted: April 13, 2017, 2:18 pm
  Sony’s Xperia lineup is often an exhibition of the best of technology that Sony makes for mobile devices, and the Sony Xperia XZs here is no less. While it is not radically new, it is an able co...
Posted: April 11, 2017, 3:05 pm
  We’ve all read them, reports saying LeEco is down in the dumps, that the company is moving out of India and probably some fake news around it too. But when the same company launched the cheapest...
Posted: April 5, 2017, 1:26 pm
  Selfies may have been termed a psychological disorder by scientists, but it’s definitely a trend that sells. Argue as much as you want to, but duckfaces and pouts have won. And after some years...
Posted: April 4, 2017, 6:18 pm
  There’s no substitute for good user experience, and we have often seen devices with incredible specifications on paper fall prey to seemingly underpowered foes based on optimisations, services a...
Posted: April 4, 2017, 12:46 pm
  If you are in the market to pick up a budget smartphone at around Rs. 12,000, chances are that you'll consider the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Redmi 3s Prime, Honor 6X and Coolpad...
Posted: April 4, 2017, 8:58 am
  Taking a phone out with me on a trip has often proven to be the best way to test its dependability. While our regular lab tests do apply, the Samsung Galaxy A7 was my primary device on a recent trip t...
Posted: April 3, 2017, 3:52 pm
  The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS is a unique IEM when compared to some of the other IEMs we've been reviewing recently. Most other in-ears depend on passive isolation i.e. the physical seal between...
Posted: April 3, 2017, 12:49 pm
  The Brainwavz M2 isn't really a new launch. It has long been a staple on any online roundup/listing featuring the best in-ears within this price range. However what's new is that the company &...
Posted: April 3, 2017, 12:19 pm
  1More is the OEM manufacturer that designed (and possibly manufactured) Xiaomi’s Piston and Hybrid in-ears. They have only a few models in their collection but each headphone seems well thought...
Posted: April 3, 2017, 9:45 am
  The a-Jays Four plus comes in the most elaborate packaging you’ve ever seen! It’ll remind you of those oval boxes your dad’s oldschool perfumes used to come in. And yet, I can get wh...
Posted: April 3, 2017, 9:12 am
  If our recently reviewed Brainwavz S3 felt premium, the FiiO EX1 just took it up a notch further. The box is well designed and the headphones themselves feel solid to hold. FiiO, at least for us, has...
Posted: April 3, 2017, 7:49 am
  We’ve been seeing quite a few nice offerings from this Chinese manufacturer of affordable audio gear. The Delta, for example, was a very good performer in the low-end segment so was the BLU-200...
Posted: April 3, 2017, 6:41 am
  Portable, wireless speakers are essential accessories now, providing marked improvements over native smartphone speakers in slim, mobile sizes. The less expensive segment of portable speakers unsurpri...
Posted: March 31, 2017, 11:58 am
  The Gionee A1 is the company’s new flagship smartphone. It runs on the old MediaTek Helio P10 SoC, and Gionee’s prime selling point with the A1 is the 16MP front-facing camera and the larg...
Posted: March 31, 2017, 11:38 am
  In the ever expanding mid-range IEM market, players are trying to differentiate themselves with either looks, superlative performance, or in some cases even the driver technology used. Take the case o...
Posted: March 30, 2017, 4:09 pm
  A compact design on a keyboard works out great if you are restricted with less space on your desk or want to carry it around with you. Conventionally, mechanical keyboards have been lacking in the por...
Posted: March 30, 2017, 8:34 am
  Wireless audio has evolved in leaps and bounds, to now stand at a reliable point where many are making the move based on the clutter-free experience. At a time when smartphones are freely dropping the...
Posted: March 29, 2017, 12:22 pm
  Reliance Jio’s disruptive strategies have caused a huge demand for portable Mi-Fi routers. Once a staple of one-the-go white collar folks, the Mi-Fi router has become a lot more ubiquitous. This...
Posted: March 29, 2017, 10:45 am
  As a smartphone maker, HTC has a special place in my heart. The original HTC Desire that was released back in 2010 was my first smartphone, and back in the day, I was mighty impressed by it....
Posted: March 27, 2017, 10:42 am
  We’ve been fans of SoundMagic’s E10 series for a long time now. In fact the E10 to us was a far better series than the overrated PL30s. The E10M was for a long time our go-to recommendatio...
Posted: March 23, 2017, 4:17 pm
  Most of you will remember Tekfusion, the Bangalore-based Indian audio manufacturer for its 2013 release original Twinwoofers. It was quite a successful in-ear, almost always being featured on any affo...
Posted: March 23, 2017, 2:43 pm
  Announced at GDC 2017, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti falls in line as yet another successful launch for NVIDIA. The company has been on a roll ever since Maxwell cards came out more than two years ag...
Posted: March 23, 2017, 8:30 am
  As far as smartphones are concerned, India is not only an important market, it is also an interesting market. Phones sold here range from absolutely stunning to bogus. Some companies disrupt, while ot...
Posted: March 22, 2017, 10:56 pm
  There are many options in the budget keyboard/mouse bundles out there. Even though the keyboards are average, it’s difficult to find a good enough mouse in these combos. We have tested only a co...
Posted: March 22, 2017, 11:02 am
  There are a few set of trends that are being observed in cabinets. Although modularity is the most common feature being incorporated into cabinets at every budget, certain features such as a fan contr...
Posted: March 17, 2017, 12:31 pm
  The performance gap between a sub-15K smartphone and a flagship device is thinning with each passing year. However, there are often devices that don’t look powerful on paper, but still perform w...
Posted: March 15, 2017, 2:14 pm
  Motorola's event at the Mobile World Congress was clashing with Nokia’s return announcements this year. As a result, many of us turned our attention to the Nokia phones, leaving what could b...
Posted: March 14, 2017, 7:04 pm
  Compact cameras with 1-inch sensors have their own place in the imaging market. They are targeted at being fast, sharp shooters, without the hassle of changing lenses, and being small enough to fit in...
Posted: March 3, 2017, 10:15 am
  Gamers looking for peripherals under a budget usually settle for keyboard and mouse combos. Often, you’d end up with both a mediocre keyboard and a below average mouse. You can casually play gam...
Posted: March 2, 2017, 9:15 pm
  This is the moment that every PC enthusiast has been waiting for. It has been a while since AMD had a product worthy of being pitted against the flagships from Intel so AMD fans had to settle for mid-...
Posted: March 2, 2017, 1:26 pm
  Smartphone makers have been relentlessly innovating in the budget segments. Unfortunately, the innovations we’ve seen in the sub-20K or sub-15k segments haven’t yet trickled down to phones...
Posted: March 2, 2017, 12:56 pm
  The experience of typing on a mechanical keyboard can never be replaced. Manufacturers have been trying hard to arrive to a solution of providing the feel of a mechanical keyboard on a membrane keyboa...
Posted: February 28, 2017, 1:32 pm
  It’s been a long time since we have seen a radical change in keyboards as the core technology hasn’t changed for decades. They are either membrane keyboards or mechanical ones, and for a c...
Posted: February 27, 2017, 3:50 pm
  Nikon’s latest launches in the entry segment of DSLRs have mostly been incremental upgrades. The D3400 in question here is essentially the D3300 with a smaller body and Snapbridge, and as such,...
Posted: February 22, 2017, 3:36 pm
  As the leader of the smartphone market, Samsung’s phones are often put under much more scrutiny than any other. The company has had to deal with many questions. A few years ago it was design, an...
Posted: February 20, 2017, 10:35 am
  Micromax has a long history of making budget friendly devices, be it smartphones, TVs, tablets, air conditioners or laptops. With its smartphone market share dwindling, Micromax has been trying its ha...
Posted: February 16, 2017, 1:12 pm
  If you haven’t heard of OWC, then you’re forgiven. They’ve only recently entered India and most of their product offerings are focused towards Apple’s Macintosh computers. SSDs...
Posted: February 14, 2017, 1:29 pm
  We recently reviewed the WD Blue SSD and it turned out to be quite good except for the price which was an ever so slightly greater than the competition making it a pretty good buy. The WD Blue was a m...
Posted: February 14, 2017, 11:54 am
  It seems as if only yesterday we were looking into the launch of the Intel Skylake series of CPUs. However, that isn’t the case, Skylake happened in August 2015, a good year and a half back. Thi...
Posted: February 8, 2017, 1:39 pm
  Battery and Android updates, these are two very common problems with Android smartphones today. Think back to the long list of smartphones online, Google launched Android Nougat months ago, but there...
Posted: February 7, 2017, 7:34 am
  The Thinkpad brand is now much more diversified than it ever was, but its core attributes remain intact. The recently reviewed Lenovo Yoga X1 is a fine example of the same, meant for a newer generatio...
Posted: February 3, 2017, 10:48 am
  While the smartphone market has been blossoming, ZTE has so far been lurking around the corners. The Chinese OEM has a legacy, just not in smartphones, but it has made some interesting devices. The ZT...
Posted: February 2, 2017, 8:49 pm
  If you pick any smartphone available today, budget or flagship, chances are it will have dual SIM card capabilities. Coolpad, though, thinks that’s not enough. The company has a tri-SIM smartpho...
Posted: February 2, 2017, 3:16 pm
  Over the past few years, most of the things I used to do with a laptop have been done on a phone. When I do use a laptop, I’m a stickler for thin and light ultrabooks. So, when the Asus R558UQ r...
Posted: February 2, 2017, 10:34 am
  WD’s acquisition of SanDisk has now resulted in a new lineup of SSDs aimed at the mid-range and budget segments. Keeping in line with their HDD brands, WD has used the same Blue and Green brandi...
Posted: January 31, 2017, 10:35 pm
  Three years ago if you asked me to recommend a phone under 10k, I’d tell to increase your budget to about 15K for a good Android experience. Today however, that isn’t the case. The top fiv...
Posted: January 24, 2017, 12:09 pm
  When Coolpad first launched the Note 3 back in 2015, we quite liked what the device offered. You got a fingerprint sensor, 3GB RAM, and a well built device at a very reasonable Rs. 8,999. A year later...
Posted: January 23, 2017, 9:06 am
  After the fairly decent attempt at a selfie centric smartphone with the V5, Vivo is taking another stab at the category, with a rather premium V5 Plus. Priced around the 30K mark, the V5 Plus faces to...
Posted: January 23, 2017, 7:47 am
  Of all its high end televisions in India, LG’s Signature OLED series is like the holy grail. Its OLED panels set it apart, and at least until we get to see how Sony’s OLED panels work out,...
Posted: January 20, 2017, 8:42 am
   $1 billion, that’s how much Xiaomi has earned from India so far. Or it had, according to its own announcement just a few days ago. But phones have a shorter shelf life nowadays and to make m...
Posted: January 18, 2017, 9:51 pm
  The AmazonBasics product range claims to be about delivering ‘high quality products at great prices’ and covers a wide array of products, including audio accessories. The AmazonBasics on-e...
Posted: January 18, 2017, 11:07 am
  The Xolo Era line of smartphones are generally priced around the 6K price point or lower. At that price, there is not much competition and all major brands offer pretty much the same hardware. However...
Posted: January 17, 2017, 2:58 pm
  Inexpensive wireless audio is the obvious future for the average consumer, and in-ear headphones are arguably the most popular segment of products in personal audio. Introduced in a steadily growing c...
Posted: January 17, 2017, 2:05 pm
  The Thinkpad line of laptops has been synonymous with business users, creative professionals and as enterprise laptops. However, currently the entire Thinkpad line is offered in larger 14-inch or 15.6...
Posted: January 17, 2017, 11:00 am
  Asus smartphones in India have followed a simple strategy recently: Go offline and reach more people, even if it means increasing the price. The company’s Zenfone 3 Range has phones in all shape...
Posted: January 17, 2017, 7:11 am

Educational Technology News -- ScienceDaily

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

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
While most research on the topic focuses on gaming’s role in clinical settings, new research seeks to understand how everyday gameplay can provide military and veterans self-directed coping strategies to manage their physical and psychological stressors.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:57 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
Four-year-olds with average and lower vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an eBook to them versus relying solely on the eBook's voiceover, research shows.
Posted: December 6, 2016, 9:47 pm
Epilepsy patients who want to learn how to manage their own unique symptoms can now get individualized information via tablet computer through a new research project.
Posted: December 3, 2016, 1:38 am
The aim of a new research project was to analyze learning using Augmented Reality (AR) technology and the motivational and cognitive aspects related to it in an informal learning context.
Posted: November 28, 2016, 11:43 pm
Education scholars say youth are duped by sponsored content and don't always recognize political bias of social messages.
Posted: November 24, 2016, 1:22 am
Early math knowledge is as important as early literacy for children's subsequent achievement. In fact, research has shown that early math skills predict later school success better than early reading skills, and can even predict income in adulthood. Now a new longitudinal study has found that young children whose mothers supported them during play, specifically in their labeling of object quantities, had better math achievement at ages 4-½ and 5 years.
Posted: November 23, 2016, 6:00 am
Do you always get 'shot' playing computer games? Do you, like a sore loser, also blame the equipment? Actually, rather surprisingly, you might be justified.
Posted: November 17, 2016, 10:21 pm
How a mobile app says it will collect or share a user's personal information with third parties often appears to be inconsistent with how the app actually behaves, a new automated analysis system has revealed.
Posted: November 15, 2016, 11:06 pm
For the first time, researchers and health experts have undertaken a comprehensive analysis of the concerning situation in the World Health Organisation European Region regarding digital marketing to children of foods high in fats, salt and sugars.
Posted: November 4, 2016, 7:51 pm
A new theory regarding how the brain first learns basic math could alter approaches to identifying and teaching students with math learning disabilities. Now researchers offer a better understanding of how, when and why people grasp every day math skills.
Posted: November 1, 2016, 7:45 pm
The use of robotic tutors in primary school classrooms is one step closer.
Posted: October 24, 2016, 7:22 pm
In findings that will not surprise the parents of any school-aged child, new research finds that the more time children spend using digital devices, the less likely they are to finish their homework.
Posted: October 21, 2016, 9:52 pm
New AAP guidelines say parents not only need to pay attention to the amount of time children spend on digital media -- but also how, when and where they use it.
Posted: October 21, 2016, 7:08 pm
Fifteen percent of sixth-grade students reported they had perpetrated at least one form of abuse toward a dating partner through technology, according to a new study.
Posted: October 13, 2016, 8:45 pm
Hundreds of millions of people rely on Internet or app-based symptom checkers to help make sense of symptoms or self-diagnose diseases. The first direct comparison shows human doctors outperform digital ones in diagnostic accuracy.
Posted: October 10, 2016, 9:31 pm
To establish a system of auditability and build trust and transparency when it comes to internet use, researchers want to learn more about the concerns and perspectives of internet users with the aim of drawing up policy recommendations, ethical guidelines and a ‘fairness toolkit’.
Posted: October 6, 2016, 7:44 pm
A simple device can improve the ability of patients with arm disability to play physiotherapy-like computer games, according to new research. 
Posted: October 5, 2016, 11:38 pm
Gamers playing the popular online puzzle game Foldit beat scientists, college students and computer algorithms in a contest to see who could identify a particular protein's shape.
Posted: September 22, 2016, 1:57 am
A computer-based brain training program helps improve student performance in reading and math — in some cases even more than individualized tutoring, according to a new study.
Posted: September 20, 2016, 8:12 pm
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are popular with educational establishments as an efficient way to deliver their materials. Unfortunately, student engagement does not match the enthusiasm of the educators and the number who complete any given course is disturbingly low, according to research. The authors of the paper, suggest that an engagement model for MOOCs needs to be implemented and simple steps taken to improve completion rates.
Posted: September 15, 2016, 9:33 pm
Chronically ill, homebound children who use robotic surrogates to “attend” school feel more socially connected with their peers and more involved academically, according to a first-of-its-kind study.
Posted: September 8, 2016, 1:36 am
Autism could be diagnosed by allowing children to play games on smart phones and tablets, a study has found. Researchers used fun iPad games to track players’ hand movements – gathering information that can help identify autism.
Posted: August 30, 2016, 6:11 pm
An international team of computer science researchers has identified serious security vulnerabilities in the iOS -- the operating system used in Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. The vulnerabilities make a variety of attacks possible.
Posted: August 26, 2016, 12:47 am
Many teens experience physical or sexual abuse within their romantic relationships and now dating violence can also be perpetrated digitally by harassing, stalking or controlling a romantic partner via technology and social media. School nurses are often some of the first to identify such problems and play an active role in preventing them from happening in the first place. Information on how school nurses can help these teens experiencing cyber abuse is described in a recent article.
Posted: August 25, 2016, 10:40 pm

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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
Researchers have built and tested a new mathematical model that successfully reproduces complex brain activity during deep sleep, according to a new study.
Posted: September 2, 2016, 12:49 am
If you think you have a knack for interior design, or just want to spruce up your own home, new technology developed by Cornell researchers may help you choose furnishings the way professionals do.
Posted: August 24, 2016, 2:26 am
Software developers listen up: if you want people to pay attention to your security warnings on their computers or mobile devices, you need to make them pop up at better times. A new study finds the status quo of warning messages appearing haphazardly -- while people are typing, watching a video, uploading files, etc. -- results in up to 90 percent of users disregarding them.
Posted: August 17, 2016, 11:59 pm
What does the 1960s Beatles hit 'Girl' have in common with Astor Piazolla's evocative tango composition 'Libertango'? Probably not much, to the casual listener. But in the mind of one famously eclectic singer-songwriter, the two songs are highly similar. That's one of the surprising findings of an unusual neuroscience study based on brain scans of the musician Sting.
Posted: August 15, 2016, 11:18 pm
Eight people who have spent years paralyzed from spinal cord injuries have regained partial sensation and muscle control in their lower limbs after training with brain-controlled robotics, according to a new study.
Posted: August 11, 2016, 7:40 pm
Monitoring electrical signals from muscles and nerves has become easier with a 1x1x3 mm sensor that can be implanted anywhere in the body, powered and read out by ultrasound. With further miniaturization, these sensors could replace brain electrodes wired through the skull to control prosthetics, but also allow real time monitoring of nerve and muscle activity, or oxygen or metabolite levels. It could eventually be used to stimulate muscles or nerves, e.g. to treat epilepsy.
Posted: August 3, 2016, 11:31 pm
A researcher has discovered how to control multiple robotic drones using the human brain. A controller wears a skull cap outfitted with 128 electrodes wired to a computer. The device records electrical brain activity. If the controller moves a hand or thinks of something, certain areas light up. A wireless system sends the thought to the robots.
Posted: July 14, 2016, 12:07 am
Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that allows computer programs to learn when exposed to new data without being programmed. Now, researchers have coupled machine learning methods with a special MRI technique that measures the perfusion, or tissue absorption rate, of blood throughout the brain to detect early forms of dementia, such as mild cognitive impairment, according to a new study.
Posted: July 6, 2016, 6:44 pm
To study brain cell’s operation and test the effect of medication on individual cells, the conventional Petri dish with flat electrodes is not sufficient. For truly realistic studies, cells have to flourish within three-dimensional surroundings. Researchers have developed a sieve with 900 openings, each of which has the shape of an inverted pyramid. On top of this array of pyramids, a micro-reactor takes care of cell growth.
Posted: June 23, 2016, 7:35 pm
Scientists are developing a robotic arm prototype and its control algorithm using myoelectric signals. The mechanical limb will independently recognize the motions of its owner and be able to perform all the same motions like a healthy arm. The scientists estimate the final cost of the device of 600 - 1,000 USD.
Posted: June 22, 2016, 8:17 pm
Researchers have succeeded in fabricating an organic nanofiber electronic device that emulates not only the important working principles and energy consumption of biological synapses but also the morphology.
Posted: June 20, 2016, 7:33 pm
Recent breakthroughs in creating artificial systems that outplay humans in a diverse array of challenging games have their roots in neural networks inspired by information processing in the brain. Scientists are working to explain in depth how humans and other animals learn.
Posted: June 14, 2016, 11:06 pm
Our excitement with and rapid uptake of technology -- and the growing opportunities for artificial brain enhancement -- are putting humans more firmly on the path to becoming cyborgs, according to evolution experts.
Posted: May 27, 2016, 6:42 pm
In machine learning, a programmer might develop an AI that can calculate all possible consequences of a single action. Humans, however, don't have the same raw computational power; we have to efficiently create and execute a plan. We mentally invent different 'layers' to organize our actions and then think about the higher levels rather than individual steps, according to a new study.
Posted: May 18, 2016, 10:25 pm
A set of algorithms has been developed that will help teach computers to process and understand human languages. The algorithms will enable a computer to act in much the same way as a human would when encountered with an unknown word. When the computer encounters a word it doesn't recognize or understand, the algorithms mean it will look up the word in a dictionary (such as the WordNet), and tries to guess what other words should appear with this unknown word in the text.
Posted: May 6, 2016, 8:26 pm
Scientists at the University of Sheffield have created a computer model of how bees avoid hitting walls -- which could be a breakthrough in the development of autonomous robots.
Posted: May 6, 2016, 12:19 am
The brain produces feelings of confidence that inform decisions the same way statistics pulls patterns out of noisy data. This feeling of confidence is central to decision making, and, despite ample evidence of human fallibility, the subjective feeling relies on objective calculations.
Posted: May 4, 2016, 11:51 pm
The preconceptions and concerns of young US consumers about brain-training smartphone apps are examined in a new scientific study. The work investigated why consumers decide to download these apps, how they use them and what they think their benefits may be.
Posted: April 27, 2016, 8:06 pm

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Blizzard is killing support for both Windows XP and Vista this year, making Windows 7 the oldest OS still officially supported.

The post Winter is Coming: Blizzard Will Kill Support for Windows XP, Vista in October appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: July 22, 2017, 1:47 am
VW1

Multiple diesel car manufacturers stand accused of collusion by the EU, including BMW, Audi, Porsche, and VW itself. EU investigators are not pleased.

The post German Car Companies May Have Colluded to Fix Price of Diesel Parts appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: July 22, 2017, 1:15 am
gigabyte

The Raspberry Pi has proven itself to be a versatile little computer, and you can get them for pocket change. It's a bit light on power, though. Now, Gigabyte is preparing to launch a similar device called the GA-SBCAP3350.

The post Gigabyte Announces Tiny PC More Powerful and Upgradeable Than Raspberry Pi appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Ryan Whitwam
Posted: July 22, 2017, 12:00 am
NASA X-43A Air Force

Step into your test pilot boots, kiddos, because we're going supersonic.

The post NASA Drops Decades of Archival Flight Research Footage on YouTube appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Jessica Hall
Posted: July 21, 2017, 10:30 pm
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An international team of law enforcement agencies just executed an impressive takedown of two of the largest darknet markets. Law enforcement even ran one of the services for weeks to gather information on users.

The post Global Police Operation Shuts Down Two Darknet Drug Markets appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Ryan Whitwam
Posted: July 21, 2017, 8:53 pm
Soft Robot Stanford

Not even vaguely humanoid and still managing to land squarely in the middle of the Uncanny Valley, these crazy techno-tentacles from Stanford can grow and propel themselves like living vines. Researchers hope to use them in disaster scenarios.

The post Watch Stanford’s Freaky New Soft Robot Grow Itself appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Jessica Hall
Posted: July 21, 2017, 8:31 pm
PC Free Games

There are loads of free PC games out there, but many of them aren't worth your time. These will have you hooked for hours.

The post The 20 Best Free PC Games appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Grant Brunner
Posted: July 21, 2017, 7:31 pm
Tunnel

Elon Musk claims to have received verbal government approval to work on a Hyperloop that would cross from New York City to Washington DC, stopping at several major cities along the way.

The post Elon Musk Wants to Build a Hyperloop From New York City to DC appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: July 21, 2017, 6:11 pm
N64-Feature

Nintendo's Super NES Classic Edition hasn't even launched yet, but rumor is that the company is planning an iteration of the N64 along similar lines.

The post Nintendo Now Rumored to be Prepping Classic N64 Edition appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:00 pm
iPhone malware

Apple released a major security update for iOS 10.3.3 yesterday, with fixes included for some significant bugs. If you're running iOS 10, you'll want to upgrade, immediately.

The post New iOS 10.3.3 Update Fixes Critical Wi-Fi Security Bug appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: July 21, 2017, 1:18 am
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