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How Ads Follow You from Phone to Desktop to Tablet
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How Ads Follow You from Phone to Desktop to Tablet

Imagine you slack off at work and read up online about the latest Gibson 1959 Les Paul electric guitar replica.

Household Robots Are Here, but Where Are They Going?
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Household Robots Are Here, but Where Are They Going?

Social robots like the quasi-anthropomorphic Jibo and Amazon's far more utilitarian Echo are beginning to find their places in our living rooms.

Oculus Rift Hack Transfers Your Facial Expressions Onto Your Avatar
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Oculus Rift Hack Transfers Your Facial Expressions Onto Your Avatar

Researchers have developed a system to track the facial expressions of users wearing a virtual-reality headset and transfer them to a virtual avatar. 

Microsoft’s Hololens Will Put Realistic 3D People in Your Living Room
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Microsoft’s Hololens Will Put Realistic 3D People in Your Living Room

Demonstrations of augmented-reality displays typically involve tricking you into seeing animated content such as monsters and robots that aren’t really there.

Virtual Creatures in a Box, Controlled By You
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Virtual Creatures in a Box, Controlled By You

A Canadian startup is working to make monsters, fish, and other creatures seem to come alive inside a tabletop box.

Magic Leap
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Magic Leap

Logically, I know there isn’t a hulking four-armed, twisty-horned blue monster clomping in circles in front of me, but it sure as hell looks like it.

Why Neural Networks Look Set to Thrash the Best Human Go Players For the First Time
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Why Neural Networks Look Set to Thrash the Best Human Go Players For the First Time

University of Edinburgh researchers have applied machine-learning techniques and a vast database of games to train a neural network to find the next move in a...

Lcd Hacking Trick Could Make Virtual Reality More Real
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Lcd Hacking Trick Could Make Virtual Reality More Real

Virtual reality systems could gain a new dimension of realism from a prototype headset that can quadruple the pixel density of a liquid crystal display panel. 

No Man's Sky: A Vast Game Crafted By Algorithms
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No Man's Sky: A Vast Game Crafted By Algorithms

Sean Murray, one of the creators of the computer game No Man's Sky, can't guarantee that the virtual universe he is building is infinite, but he's certain that,...

The Complex Mathematics of Robot Wrestling
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The Complex Mathematics of Robot Wrestling

Researchers at Utsunomiya University in Japan have written a mathematical model for the sport of wrestling, which they have tested in a numerical simulation. 

Virtual Reality Startups Look Back to the Future
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Virtual Reality Startups Look Back to the Future

It's been almost 30 years since the computer scientist Jaron Lanier formed VPL Research, the first company to sell the high-tech goggles and gloves that once defined...

Yahoo Expands Research Labs in Search of Personalized, Mobile Experiences
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Yahoo Expands Research Labs in Search of Personalized, Mobile Experiences

There are many conflicting opinions about what troubled Web giant Yahoo must do to turn itself around, but critics and company leaders at least agree on one thing...

An App-Led Walk Down Memory Lane
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An App-Led Walk Down Memory Lane

The Memoir iPhone app accesses photos and status updates from a user's social networks based on the user's location, what is going on, and who else is around. 

In Search of the Next Boom, Developers Cram Their Apps Into Smart Watches
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In Search of the Next Boom, Developers Cram Their Apps Into Smart Watches

The age of wearable computing is upon us.

More Connected Homes, More Problems
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More Connected Homes, More Problems

As a growing number of Internet-connected home appliances hit the market, David Bryan and Daniel Crowley worry that digital ne'er-do-wells will get new ways to...

The Future of Graphics and Gaming
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The Future of Graphics and Gaming

See the best new ideas in computer graphics and interaction from last week’s Siggraph conference.

Touch Screen Ids ­sers via Fingerprints
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Touch Screen Ids ­sers via Fingerprints

Tabletop computers have not exactly taken the world by storm, as some predicted they would.

The Internet of Cars Is Approaching a Crossroads
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The Internet of Cars Is Approaching a Crossroads

The phrase "vehicle-to-vehicle communications" might currently mean little more than a few choice words hurled through an open car window.

What Will Hackers Do with the New Kinect?
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What Will Hackers Do with the New Kinect?

Microsoft announced a new version of the Xbox One earlier this week, and with it an improved and essentially reinvented version of Kinect, the company's body- and...

Samsung Demos a Tablet Controlled By Your Brain
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Samsung Demos a Tablet Controlled By Your Brain

One day, we may be able to check email or call a friend without ever touching a screen or even speaking to a disembodied helper.
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