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What Is Tech Doing To Children’s Brains?

What Is Tech Doing To Children’s Brains?

School students will be invited to participate in a study into how technology affects young people’s memory and brain development.

 Participants will do computerised tests to measure their brain function

Participants will do computerised tests to measure their brain function

Thousands of schoolchildren in the UK are being recruited for the world’s largest study on the impact mobile phones have on things like memory and attention span.

The Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones, or SCAMP, will assess 2500 11 and 12-year-olds over three years.

It will examine whether mobiles and other wireless devices affect children’s read more

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Tablets Boost ‘Silver Surfer’ Web Use

Tablets Boost ‘Silver Surfer’ Web Use

An Ofcom study also finds that most people make use of around only half of the apps they download to their devices.

The number of older people going online has soared, driven by the uptake of tablet devices and smartphones, according to Ofcom.

Among those over 65, internet use rose by 25% in just a year, mainly because of the popularity of tablet devices among that age group.

The Ofcom report provides a comprehensive overview of the UK population’s read more

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Google Unveils Contact Lens For Diabetics

Google Unveils Contact Lens For Diabetics

A new contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears could help diabetics avoid the pain and inconvenience of having to prick their fingers to draw blood as many as 10 times a day.

Nearly 400 million diabetics worldwide have to monitor their blood sugar and tweak their insulin dose to keep their levels under control, or face potentially dangerous complications.

The contact lens has been developed by Google at its secretive X lab during the past 18 months.

The device looks like a normal contact lens, but inside is a minuscule glucose sensor and wireless transmitter. read more

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Microsoft Windows 9 Will Launch In 2015

Microsoft Windows 9 Will Launch In 2015

Microsoft is reportedly on course to ditch its troubled Windows 8 operating system in 2015.

According to tech blogger Paul Thurrott, the world’s biggest software maker will confirm at its Build conference in April that a project titled “Threshold” will deliver a new operating system, Windows 9.

It was scheduled, he said, to launch in April 2015 following an update to Windows 8.1 this year which would also include phone software improvements.

Microsoft released Windows 8.1 in October 2013 after read more

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Band takes interactive techno trip for fans

Band takes interactive techno trip for fans

The days of sitting passively watching a music video could soon be a thing of the past as a growing number of artists adopt an interactive approach to showcasing their songs.

Bombay Bicycle Club are among a small but growing number of groups making interactive music videos, a relatively recent phenomenon.

Their video for new single Carry Me allows users to take over and customise their visual experience by controlling what the group do.

“The technology perfectly matched what we were doing with other read more

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Google Glass – Motorist cleared in landmark case

Google Glass – Motorist cleared in landmark case

A woman who was issued with a traffic ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass has been found not guilty of watching television while driving.

Software developer Cecilia Abadie was pulled over for speeding in October last year, and the officer cited her for using a visible “monitor” – a charge usually issued to people driving while watching a television.

It is the first known alleged traffic violation for wearing Google’s computer eyeglasses while driving.

The verdict following a trial in a San Diego traffic court could help shape future laws on read more

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SMS Texts Abandoned For Instant Messaging Apps

SMS Texts Abandoned For Instant Messaging Apps

For the first time ever the number of text messages sent has fallen, with instant messaging apparently taking over as the way we communicate with our family and friends.

Deloitte‘s latest technology predictions report shows an estimated 145 billion SMS messages were sent in 2013 in the UK, seven billion less than in 2012.

In the same period 160 billion instant messages were sent, a huge jump from 57 billion in 2012.

In 2014 they predict the number of traditional texts will continue to fall, but a staggering 300 billion read more

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Smithsonian Museum scans a Mammoth in 3D

Smithsonian Museum scans a Mammoth in 3D

One of the world’s largest museums has launched an ambitious project to 3D scan its collection.

America’s prestigious Smithsonian museum is using the revolutionary technology to document its artefacts but also to share them through 3D printers and online.

3D scanning bounces lasers off objects using the echo to map them in space.

The process is used to build up 3D digital images of almost anything, regardless of size or complexity.

Adam Metello, 3D digitisation read more

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New Planet Is Earth’s Twin 200 Light Years Away

New Planet Is Earth’s Twin 200 Light Years Away

The planet, known as KOI-314c, is the same weight as Earth but much larger and has a surface temperature of 104C.

Scientists have stumbled upon a planet considered Earth’s ‘twin’ in another solar system 200 light years away.

Known as KOI-314c, the planet is the same weight as Earth but 60% larger.

The planet is also much hotter than Earth, with scientists estimating its surface temperatures to be around 104 degC – unsupportive of read more

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Facebook Sued Over Alleged Private Message ‘Scanning’

Facebook Sued Over Alleged Private Message ‘Scanning’

Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it monitors users’ private messages.

The lawsuit claims that when users share a link to another website via a private message, Facebook scans it to profile the sender’s web activity.

It alleges that Facebook systematically intercepts messages to mine user data and profits by sharing it with data aggregators, advertisers and marketers.

Facebook said the allegations were “without read more

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