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A recent wave of research has missed the point.

By Rich_Maloof Sep 17, 2013 5:06PM

So integrated has social media become with modern living that sociologists are actively studying its impact on relationships, bullying, sexuality, productivity, parenting, aging, income and more. Recent research into the effects of Facebook use on happiness, in particular, has experts wondering how beneficial or detrimental the service may be.

Joerg Koch/APBut the experts don’t agree. 


Technology now in phones could be used for bionic parts.

By Rich_Maloof Sep 11, 2013 6:10PM

Already we take for granted the extraordinary technology we tote around in our pockets and purses. How does your cellphone camera know when it’s being held vertically or horizontally? How can your smartphone function as a compass, or shuffle songs with a shake?

​Tara Moore/Getty ImagesMicroscopic sensors used to help detect movement and a device’s position in space are useful and remarkable enough on a smartphone — and may soon be used in bionic limbs and other biological applications, reports LiveScience


It could be this year's must-have holiday gift.

By Associated_Press Sep 4, 2013 6:35PM

BERLIN (AP) — Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch at least weeks ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift.
Photo: Gero Breloer/AP
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show.


‘Internet inequality’ leaves millions disconnected from goods, services, and opportunities.

By Rich_Maloof Sep 4, 2013 2:33PM

Despite nearly 98 percent of homes throughout the nation having high-speed Internet access, an estimated 20 percent of Americans are living entirely offline. About 60 million Americans do not use the Internet— not at home, not at work, not from a mobile device.

Ekaterina Nosenko/Getty Images According to a report generated from the Department of Commerce and referenced by The New York Times (Exploring the Digital Nation), the digital divide separates the have and have-nots largely by race and by income.


As trends show more students using more technology in their daily lives, some colleges discourage the distraction of smartphones and social media.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Sep 3, 2013 7:48PM

The question of whether cell phones should be allowed in the classroom is a controversial topic. Yet most students wouldn’t know what to do without access to this small device.

As students head back to school, some colleges and universities are simply saying no to cell phones on campus.

Sam Edwards/Getty Images At Wyoming Catholic College, a small liberal arts school in Lander, Wyo., Erin Milligan was forced to surrender her phone before starting classes, reports Yahoo!


Two University of Washington researchers figured out how to control each other’s minds using the Internet.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Aug 28, 2013 7:11PM

We’re one step closer to a world of mind-control.

At least that’s what two researchers out of University of Washington are claiming.

Rajesh Rao, a UW professor of computer science and engineering, and his colleague Andrea Stocco, claim to have figured out how to control each other’s minds with the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, reports GeekWire.

Still of the example trials from a pilot study of direct brain-to-brain communication in humans conducted by Rajesh Rao, Andrea Stocco, and colleagues at the University of Washington in Seattle (uwneuralsystems via YouTube, http://youtu.be/rNRDc7)


Things that go 'send' in the night.

By Rich_Maloof Aug 27, 2013 4:32PM

For a country full of people in need of more sleep, we sure get a lot done while we’re snoozing. We walk and talk in our sleep, make sandwiches, go out driving, and even commit crimes. Now sleep-disorder specialists say that texting while sleeping is a burgeoning trend.

Sleep texting / Michael Bodmann/Getty Images The phenomenon is relatively harmless but does signal a collision at the intersection of smartphone addiction and sleep deprivation. Experts have noted before the many ways in which technology intrudes on healthy, restorative sleep, and how looking at a flickering screen near bedtime excites the brain at a time when stimuli should be at a minimum.


3-D human scanning meets 3-D printing, and the results are striking.

By Rich_Maloof Aug 20, 2013 4:38PM

Miniature statue // TWINKIND via Facebook We’ve talked about the future of 3-D printing before and how that future has not arrived just yet. But a company of talented creatives working out of Hamburg, Germany, has made a giant leap in 3-D printing, jumping right over reality and into the surreal. 

Using a complex scanning and 3-D color-printing technique, Twinkind can generate a remarkably detailed little statue of you or a loved one. As "Wired" reports, the figurines are strikingly realistic and capture a subject’s facial expressions, hair style, figure, and clothing all in life-like color.

You’ll do a double take looking at the statuettes Twinkind has produced. At first they appear like tilt-shift photography, where the world we live in goes miniature — then you realize that the world has remained the same size. Only the people have been zapped with a shrinking ray.

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