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Taking another crack at Amazon’s Kindle

February 10, 2009

Amazon unveils its long-awaited, second-generation e-book reader. The $359 Kindle 2 is thinner than its predecessor, with an improved user interface, 16 vs. 4 shades of gray, longer battery life, and bigger storage capacity. Ships Feb. 24, $359.

Taking control: Lab testing you order for yourself

July 21, 2003

Healthcare consumers can now order laboratory tests on themselves in more than 30 states. “Direct Access Testing” is on the verge of tremendous expansion in providing laboratory services such as allergy, cardiac risk, and Diabetes screening tests to the patient population.

American Association for Clinical Chemistry press release

Taking Curl for a Whirl

December 5, 2001

A new Web site technology called “Curl” that makes browsing and Web site development faster has been developed by Web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee and other MIT experts.

Curl’s speed acceleration is due to the use of a single application to run diverse content and a downloadable browser plug-in that uses the site visitor’s own CPU to process pages built with Curl for page redraws, graphics processing, database duties and… read more

Taking Spying to Higher Level, Agencies Look for More Ways to Mine Data

February 27, 2006

Intelligence agency systems are taking data mining techniques further, applying software analysis tools now routinely used by law enforcement agencies to identify criminal activities and political terrorist organizations that would otherwise be missed by human eavesdroppers.

Taking Technology to Extremes

June 5, 2003

Ever-lighter electronics, GPS satellites, and a network of programmers, tinkerers and trekkers have brought real-time connectedness to the world’s most remote places.

Recently, North Pole explorer Ben Saunders rigged up an iPaq digital assistant, pocket-size Global Positioning System locator, satellite phone, and digital camera to remotely update his Web site,

Taking tissue regeneration beyond the state-of-the-art

July 10, 2012


The University of Nottingham has begun the search for a new class of injectable materials that will stimulate stem cells to regenerate damaged tissue in degenerative and age-related disorders of the bone, muscle and heart.

The research could lead to treatments for diseases that currently have no cure. The aim is to produce radical new treatments that will reduce the need for invasive surgery, optimize recovery… read more

Talk the talk

November 10, 2003

Australian researchers have converted a PDA into an InCA (Internet Conversational Agent), an assistant that recognizes natural language and responds.

Its text-to-speech software can also translate responses into other languages by accessing Internet translation services.

InCA’s face animates the movement of lips in sync with the audio as it “speaks” back to the user and uses facial expressions to convey emotions.

Talk to Google on Chrome

November 27, 2013

Google mic

Now you can talk to Google whenever you’re using Chrome — hands-free, no typing. Simply say “Ok Google” and then ask your question.

To access hands-free search on your laptop, just download the free Google Voice Search Hotword extension from the Chrome Web Store (available in English in the U.S.).

Talk to the Phone

August 22, 2007

Vlingo, a startup in Cambridge, MA, is coming to market with a ­simple user interface that provides speech recognition across mobile-phone applications.

Talk with a dolphin via underwater translation machine

May 10, 2011

Researchers want to work with dolphins to “co-create” a language that uses features of sounds that wild dolphins communicate with naturally. This is a collaboration between biologists at the Wild Dolphin Project in Jupiter, Florida, and AI researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

The Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT) project will use a smartphone-sized computer and two hydrophones capable of detecting the full range of dolphin… read more

Talk-powered cell phones? Nanoscale piezoelectrics could make it real

December 4, 2008

Scientists from Texas A&M University and University of Houston have discovered that by building a certain type of piezoelectric material to a specific thickness (about 21 nanometers), you can boost its energy production by 100 percent.

A component built with optimally sized piezoelectric for maximum energy conversion could potentially run a cell phone based on vibrations from your voice, or other mobile devices, perhaps based on motion or typing… read more

‘Talking books’ get digital upgrade

October 24, 2002

A talking book for the blind with no moving parts has been designed. It will read a volume digitally from a card smaller than a credit card and looks and feels like a book.

Buttons along the edges will enable the blind reader to turn pages forward and backward, skip quickly, insert bookmarks, and search for a remembered passage. The Library of Congress will convert about 30,000 titles, mostly… read more

Talking computers nearing reality

July 10, 2003

The technical kinks, high costs and application misfires that have held back the acceptance of speech recognition and activation are being ironed out.

Talking paperclip inspires less irksome virtual assistant

July 30, 2009

CALO (Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes) — a project that involved over 60 universities and research organisations and is the largest ever non-classified AI project — ends this Friday and has produced a virtual assistant that can sort, prioritize, and summarize email; automatically schedule meetings; and prepare briefing notes before them.

Talking to bacteria

February 12, 2004

Scientists have genetically engineered bacteria to “talk” to each other in a new language, bringing us one step closer to turning cells into tiny robots that we can control by flooding them with chemicals.

Bacteria already communicate with each other by sending out chemical signals, in response to stress, for example, causing them to switch on genes in neighboring cells that change their behavior.

“You could use this… read more

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