vividtimes writes: "Mark Zuckerberg is lending his name and fortune to support developments in life sciences. He and his wife, Priscilla Chan, join Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Brin’s wife Anne Wojcicki, and famed venture capitalist Yuri Milner as founding sponsors of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. The prize, a $3 million financial reward, will be given out annually to scientists working to cure complex diseases. This year, 11 scientists each received the prize." Link to Original Source
vividtimes writes: "Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 (DUALSHOCK®4) and PlayStation®4 Eye, a new camera, along with PlayStation®4 (PS4), its next generation computer entertainment system." Link to Original Source
vividtimes writes: "The Wall Street Journal reports that Google has developed Chrome OS laptops with touchscreens. According to the Journal’s sources, the Chromebooks will go on sale later this year, though there aren’t any details on which hardware manufacturers are working with Google." Link to Original Source
vividtimes writes: "Sony Corp took the wraps off its next-generation video game console called “PlayStation4 on Wednesday. The company revealed the new console, which will succeed the seven-year-old PlayStation 3, in New York." Link to Original Source
vividtimes writes: "Scientists have moved closer to enabling amputees with artificial limbs to feel what they are touching. The first bionic hand that will allow the wearer to experience touch again will enter trials later this year, thanks to the work of scientists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and their partners at Project TIME (Transverse Intrafaciscular Multichannel Electrode System) — a program focused on the treatment of phantom limb pain." Link to Original Source
vividtimes writes: "Google today posted a video preview of its forthcoming Google Glass wearable headset, providing a fresh, and more realistic look at the device’s user interface. The video, embedded below, was published early Wednesday after the company announced plans to expand its Glass pre-order program." Link to Original Source
vividtimes writes: "Yahoo appears to be rolling out the newest version of the redesign of its homepage even more extensively across several major browsers, including Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
Marissa Mayer CEO of Yahoo announced the revamped site in a blog post published Wednesday, writing that the landing page is “designed to be more intuitive and personal.” The new homepage has news-feed with infinite scroll, you can easily customize your news-feed to your interest. You can log in with your Yahoo! or Facebook ID to get articles from thousands of news sources as well as those shared by your friends." Link to Original Source
vividtimes writes: "Have you ever just wished you could lift your pen off the paper and see your drawing become a real three dimensional object? Well now you can!
The idea behind the 3Doodler is that it takes the core functionality of a 3D printer, essentially an extruder and a heat source, and jams it into a pen-shaped handheld device. Loaded with either ABS or PLA plastic, common feedstock for traditional 3D printers, the 3Doodler “prints” plastic objects by letting you draw them in freehand in three-dimensional space." Link to Original Source
vividtimes writes: "HTC today announced its new flagship smartphone, the new HTC ONE. Crafted with a distinct zero-gap aluminium unibody, the new HTC One introduces HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound, key new HTC Sense® innovations that reinvent the mobile experience and set a new standard for smartphones." Link to Original Source
vividtimes writes: "Popular search engine Google has put a special doodle on its home page to mark 540th birthday of renowned Polish Renaissance astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus who formulated a comprehensive heliocentric model which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center of the universe." Link to Original Source
vividtimes writes: "China has passed the U.S. to become the world’s top country for active Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, a year after the country became the fastest-growing smart device market in the world. That’s the conclusion of a new report by Flurry Analytics, which tracks usage and device characteristics across a large number of mobile apps." Link to Original Source
vividtimes writes: "As updates roll in from Russia and the meteorite-related injury toll rises, you may be scrambling to remember what a meteorite really is. If you’re a little rusty on your astronomy, here’s some basic info about space rocks and why this one was unusual." Link to Original Source
vividtimes writes: "It’s no secret that Apple’s retail stores have proven extraordinarily beneficial for the company, and it looks like Google may be getting into the game now as well. 9to5Google is reporting that the company will be building a line of stand-alone retail stores, with the first locations scheduled to open by the end of the year." Link to Original Source
vividtimes writes: "Ancient languages hold a treasure trove of information about the culture, politics and commerce of millennia past. Yet, reconstructing them to reveal clues into human history can require decades of painstaking work. Now, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have created an automated “time machine,” of sorts, that will greatly accelerate and improve the process of reconstructing hundreds of ancestral languages." Link to Original Source
vividtimes writes: "When brothers Thomas and John Knoll began designing and writing an image editing program in the late 1980s, they could not have imagined that they would be adding a word to the dictionary.
Thomas Knoll, a PhD student in computer vision at the University of Michigan, had written a program in 1987 to display and modify digital images. His brother John, working at the movie visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic, found it useful for editing photos, but it wasn’t intended to be a product. Thomas said, “We developed it originally for our own personal useit was a lot a fun to do.”" Link to Original Source