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For Drivers and Students, This Headband Measures Your Brain Activity and Wakes You Up via Call or Tweet - Jason O Gilbert/Yahoo

Jason O. Gilbert


Nodding off at work? All of your friends and family are about to be notified.

The U-Wake is a headband worn over the forehead that can measure fatigue by reading your brainwave activity. If it senses that you’re nodding, or about to fall asleep, the headband can play a sound on your phone to wake you up, or, if you’re intense enough, it can text all of your family and friends, or post a status to your Facebook or Twitter account. (No, it doesn’t shock you. “Too distracting,” a U-Wake representative told me.)

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Wearable Private Cloud -- Intriguing Concept

...from a twitter friend, @RevaultIO



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Do you trust your data in the cloud? Every day it seems there’s another reason not to: Government surveillance, hackers, and big corporations all threaten our privacy online.

What if there was a private and secure way you could securely sync and access your files from anywhere - even without an internet connection? You wouldn’t need the public cloud. 

That’s what we envision in our concept of the world’s first Wearable Private Cloud and we want to invent this product with you. We want to work with you to bring this concept to reality, culminating in a Kickstarter campaign in the near future.

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A Brilliant Ex-Google Engineer And A Brilliant Ex-Stanford Professor Are Working To End Traffic Jams - Business Insider

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Nobody likes traffic jams. And we may not be forced to live with them for the rest of our lives.

Young startup UrbanEngines hopes to solve traffic jams by applying the lessons learned from keeping the internet up and running.

If anyone can do that, it's the founders of UrbanEngines. Balaji Prabhakar is a former Stanford professor and one of the world's authorities on "internet congestion" or how to keep internet sites up even when they get pounded with traffic.

Ditto for Shiva Shivakumar, who spent 10 years as an engineer at Google working his way up to vice president and helping build products like Gmail and AdSense.

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Twitter to 'Enhance' Timelines with Tweets from People You Don't Follow- AFP

Like it or not --- here it comes --  

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Twitter: You Like Seeing Tweets from People You Don't Follow, So Get Ready for More




Twitter said Friday it would start reconfiguring users’ timelines with “relevant” messages from people they haven’t bothered to follow at the service.

Based on a positive response from its tests, the popular one-to-many messaging service is inching toward the Facebook model of using software to “curate” what users see based on their interests or activities, Twitter said in a blog post.

"In many cases, the best Tweets come from people you already know, or know of," the San Francisco-based company said.

"But, there are times when you might miss out on Tweets we think you’d enjoy."

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Divers sure of new finds from 'ancient computer' shipwreck - Phys.org

By Sophie Makris



The Antikythera Mechanism—is a 2nd-century BC device known as the world's oldest computer—becsause it could track astronomical phenomena and the cycles of the Solar System

Archaeologists set out Monday to use a revolutionary new deep sea diving suit to explore the ancient shipwreck where one of the most remarkable scientific objects of antiquity was found.

The so-called Antikythera Mechanism, a 2nd-century BC device known as the world's oldest computer, was discovered by sponge divers in 1900 off a remote Greek island in the Aegean.

The highly complex mechanism of up to 40 bronze cogs and gears was used by the ancient Greeks to track the cycles of the solar system. It took another 1,500 years for an astrological clock of similar sophistication to be made in Europe.

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Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other - Reuters

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An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than many expected.

Systems that enable vehicles to communicate with each other have been developed in recent years in parallel with features that enable cars to drive themselves. Manufacturers and suppliers now are putting the two together in novel ways, with broad implications for vehicle safety and convenience.

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Microgrids Are Coming, and They Could Change the World - Motley Fool

By Travis Hoium



As the cost of solar energy has fallen, it has opened up new markets that were once unimaginable in energy. Five years ago, it seemed impossible that a million homes in the U.S. could be powered by solar energy, but that's the goal of just one company -- SolarCity -- and it hopes to accomplish this goal by 2018.

As the cost of solar energy falls and new technologies like energy storage, smart meters, and demand response advance, new opportunities open up, like microgrids, which can create a self contained energy ecosystem. If designed right, microgrids can produce more renewable energy, cause less strain on the grid, and even provide technology that could change energy around the world. 

What's a microgrid?
A microgrid is an electric grid that is much smaller than a city,...  Read More

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Comcast and Time Warner Should be Terrified of Google Fiber, Internet Users Should Rejoice - Motley Fool

By Chris Neiger



When Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) (NASDAQ: GOOGL  )  launched its fiber Internet network, Google Fiber, it was clear that one possible impact would be increased competition in the notoriously noncompetitive home Internet space.

And that's exactly what happened.

In Kansas City, one of Google Fiber's first locations, both Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC  ) and Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSK  ) bumped up their Internet speeds this week -- sometimes by more than double -- while keeping the same monthly price.
 

As the Kansas City Star reported, Comcast is doubling speeds for two of its packages and upping another package by nearly 50%. The top upgrade for Comcast will take Internet speed from 105 megabits per second to 150 Mbps in...  Read More

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Google Maps Now Lets You Explore Mars And The Moon, If You Know Where To Click - TechCrunch

by Greg Kumparak 



Hey, you! Want to explore the surface of Mars?

No problem! All we need is a few billion dollars, a couple hundred of the world’s brightest minds, and for someone to get around to solving that pesky “massive levels of radiation” problem.

On second thought, that might take a while. Until then, Google Maps will have to do.

Just in time for the 2nd anniversary of the Curiosity rover touching down on Martian soil, Google has tucked 3D, explorable versions of Mars and the Moon right into Maps. Shootin’ across the galaxy in Google Maps is pretty easy, as long as you know where to click.

 

Here’s how to get there:

  1. First, head over to Google Maps
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6 Great Ways to Teach Your Kids to Code - Yahoo Tech

Jason O. GilbertTechnology Editor

Everyone is familiar with the three R’s of education. But there’s a fourth R that’s nearly as important as reading, ’riting, and ’rithmetic but rarely taught in schools: ’riting code. 

By the year 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the U.S. economy will need more than 1.4 million programmers — or nearly four times the number of students who will graduate with computer science degrees over the next 10 years. Yet 90 percent of schools don’t offer any computer programming classes, according toCode.org

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