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YouTube Moves Closer to the Boob Tube

June 3, 2009

Google has unveiled YouTube.com/XL, a revamped version of YouTube.com/TV that works on any Web browser that can be connected to a TV, and is intended to be viewed on a television set or on a large PC screen.

It can also be controlled with some remote controls, and can be made to display a series of clips continuously.

YouTube Leanback: YouTube That Looks Like TV

July 12, 2010

Google’s new YouTube Leanback serice aims to become a fixture on your television by letting you watch an uninterrupted stream of full-screen YouTube videos in high definition, using your keyboard’s directional arrows and the return key to navigate through the new service.

The beta service decides what to show you based on your YouTube account preferences, and you can use Leanback to watch your YouTube movie rentals obtained… read more

YouTube in 3D?

July 24, 2009

One of Google’s developers has been working on a “20% project” to create a 3D effect for videos.

YouTube goes live

November 24, 2008

YouTube has broadcast its first live event, an extravaganza that was part concert and part variety show.

YouTube for test tubes

November 27, 2006

The newly launched Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) consists entirely of videos of scientists performing basic molecular-biology protocols.

The goal is to help scientists improve the reproducibility of their work, while also providing a window for the public to view what goes on in the lab.

You’re Leaving a Digital Trail. What About Privacy?

December 1, 2008

Propelled by new technologies and the Internet’s steady incursion into every nook and cranny of life, the emerging fields of “collective intelligence” and “reality mining” offer powerful capabilities, from improving the efficiency of advertising to giving community groups new ways to organize.

But now with the Internet, wireless sensors, GPS, Wi-Fi positioning, cell-tower triangulation, RFID chips and the capability to analyze an avalanche of data, a person’s profile can… read more

Your Virtual Clone

April 20, 2007

MyCyberTwin lets users craft sophisticated online agents that can chat with your online friends when you’re not available.

Your virtual avatar can impact your real-world behavior, researchers suggest

February 13, 2014

Can playing these characters affect your behavior differently? (Credit: Jim Lee and Scott Williams/DC Comics and Warner Bros. Pictures)

How you represent yourself in the virtual world of video games may affect how you behave toward others in the real world, new University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign research published in Psychological Science suggests.

“Our results indicate that just five minutes of role-play in virtual environments as either a hero or villain can easily cause people to reward or punish anonymous strangers,” says lead researcher Gunwoo Yoon.

The… read more

Your Thoughts Are Your Password

April 28, 2006

Researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, are exploring the possibility of a biometric security device that will use a person’s brain wave patterns to authenticate her or his identity.

Your secrets are safe with quasar encryption

March 30, 2006

Japanese scientists have come up with a method for encrypting messages using radio waves from quasars.

The researchers believe quasars could make an ideal cryptographic tool because the strength and frequency of the radio pulses they emit is impossible to predict. Each communicating party would only need to know which quasar to monitor and when to start in order to encrypt and decrypt a message.

Your Robotic Personal Assistant

November 28, 2007
Stanford

New software lets robots pick up objects they have never seen before–an important step toward creating multifunctional domestic helpers.

Some roboticists are building perception systems for robots that look for certain features on objects that are good for grasping. A Stanford team has approached the problem by collecting a number of previously fragmented technologies, such as computer vision, machine learning, speech recognition, and grasping hardware, and put… read more

Your phone records are for sale

January 9, 2006

The Chicago Police Department is warning officers their cell phone records are available to anyone — for a price. Dozens of online services are selling lists of cell phone calls, raising security concerns among law enforcement and privacy experts.

To test the service, the FBI paid Locatecell.com $160 to buy the records for an agent’s cell phone and received the list within three hours, the police bulletin said.

Your Personal Genome

December 6, 2007

George Church, a Harvard geneticist and pioneer in developing gene-sequencing technology, is spearheading the Personal Genome Project, a nonprofit effort to make both the DNA sequence and the health records of many individuals publicly available.

The project, which is now recruiting 100,000 people to have parts of their genomes sequenced, aims to serve as a test bed for technological, security, and ethical issues that might arise with the growing… read more

Your Permanent Record

July 24, 2003

By the decade’s end, we’ll have a fully realized digital memory management system, with the storage capacity approaching the largest paper-and-ink archive on earth, says Microsoft CTO David Vaskevitch.

Every picture or video snippet that you shoot be embedded with date and GPS location information. Your OS will include sophisticated face-matching software. Photos will categorize themselves “automagically” and provide us with a second memory system — a backup for… read more

Your next mayor: a computer

April 23, 2012

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Three years ago, 100 Parisians volunteered to wear a wristband with a sensor in it. The sensors measured air and noise pollution as the wearers made their way around the city, transmitting that data back to an online platform that created a virtual map of the city’s pollution levels, which anyone with an Internet connection could take a look at.

This was a peek at ab urban… read more

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