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IBM sends Watson to NY college to boost its skills

IBM sends Watson to NY college to boost its skills

IBM is announcing Wednesday that it will provide a Watson system to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in New York state, the first time the computer is being sent to a university. Just like the flesh-and-blood students who will work on it, Watson is leaving home to sharpen its skills. Course work…

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New Material for Warm-White LED Lights

New Material for Warm-White LED Lights

Light emitting diodes, more commonly called LEDs, are known for their energy efficiency and durability, but the bluish, cold light of current white LEDs has precluded their widespread use for indoor lighting. Now, University of Georgia scientists have fabricated what is thought to be the world’s first LED that emits…

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Silicon Image UltraGig 6400 wireless HDMI

Silicon Image UltraGig 6400 wireless HDMI

Silicon Image is hoping that you’ll want to play HD from your handheld device on a big screen without taking the more convoluted WiFi route using DLNA, Airplay and the like. As such, the company took its WirelessHD 1080p60 tech currently seen in bulkier gadgets like laptops and shrunk it…

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Eyes on with Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses

Eyes on with Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses

With Google’s Project Glass gaining plenty of attention in recent times, it’s safe to say that the era of augmented reality eyewear is almost upon us. At CES 2013 we had a chance to strap on the M100 Smart Glasses from video eyewear specialist Vuzix to get at least a…

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Samsung announces 8-core Exynos 5 Octa mobile processor

Samsung announces 8-core Exynos 5 Octa mobile processor

For 2013, Samsung is announcing a new 8-core processor, but it’s not quite what you’d think. It’s better. The new silicon is called the Exynos 5 Octa, and it uses ARM’s new big.LITTLE processor technology. The processor design switches between two clusters of four cores each: ARM Cortex-A15 for performance,…

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Corning introduces laser fiber optic USB cable

Corning introduces laser fiber optic USB cable

Digital systems are notorious for bottlenecks. It’s no good having a blazing, overclocked PC and an internet connection like a firehose if the USB cable between them is like a straw. It’s even worse when the distance between PC and modem is more than a few feet away, so the…

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Muse brain-sensing headband thoughts-on

Muse brain-sensing headband thoughts-on

Plenty of companies are experimenting with thought-reading gadgets, and in the cluttered South Hall here at CES, we came across the folks from InteraXon showing off their Indiegogo-funded “Muse brain-sensing headband.” It measures EEG signals from four forehead sensors and two tucked behind the ears, and sends those brain measurements…

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Eton expands off-the-grid device range

Eton expands off-the-grid device range

At CES Unveiled, we had the chance to sit down with Etón, a company that builds products for entertainment and safety that can rely on hand cranks or solar power to keep them running. In addition to the FRX series and the Rukus and Rukus Solar it was also spruiking…

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New Design for Basic Component of Computer Chips: Researchers Demonstrate Record-Setting P-Type Transistor

New Design for Basic Component of Computer Chips: Researchers Demonstrate Record-Setting P-Type Transistor

Almost all computer chips use two types of transistors: one called p-type, for positive, and one called n-type, for negative. Improving the performance of the chip as a whole requires parallel improvements in both types. At the IEEE’s International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in December, researchers from MIT’s Microsystems Technology…

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