Tech News March 12, 2014

  • The Numbers Behind Japan’s Renewed Embrace of Nuclear

    The Fukushima disaster led Japan to shut down nuclear power plants, but three years of rising costs and carbon dioxide emissions are forcing it to reverse course.

    In the three years since the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan has tried to replace nuclear energy with fossil fuels. But the costs have proved prohibitive, and now the government is convinced it must turn its reactors back on.

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Tech News March 11, 2014

  • Entrepreneur Hopes to Use Interference to Improve the Mobile Internet

    WebTV’s creator thinks his forthcoming wireless technology will give us faster, better mobile Internet access.

    Ten years ago, when most of us still had no idea what a smartphone was, Steve Perlman was contemplating a future in which we’d be watching so many YouTube videos over cellular networks that the radio frequency bands available to wireless carriers would get clogged up.

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Tech News March 7, 2014

  • Virtual Reality Startups Look Back to the Future

    Thirty years after the first wave of virtual reality, new startups are determined to take it mainstream.

    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 humanity’s concept of where technology might soon take our species. In the late 1980s, a person could pull on a $100,000 head-mounted display and electronic gauntlet and fool their brain into thinking they had stepped inside the simulated space rendered on the screen.

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Tech News March 5, 2014

  • Google Glass Still Needs a Killer App

    Glass is still a pain to use, but a few apps reveal what it could become.

    Aside from the fact that it’s not yet publicly available, there are plenty of reasons to not wear Google Glass even if you get the chance. To name just a few: it’s expensive, it looks and feels weird, it doesn’t work that well, and, whether you’re at home or walking down the street, people will stare at you and the small, prismatic display on your face.

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Tech News March 4, 2014

  • Heart Implants, 3-D-Printed to Order

    Tailor-made medical devices could give a more detailed picture of cardiac health and may be better at predicting and preventing problems.

    It’s a poetic fact of biology that everyone’s heart is a slightly different size and shape. And yet today’s cardiac implants—medical devices like pacemakers and defibrillators—are basically one size fits all. Among other things, this means these devices, though lifesaving for many patients, are limited in the information they can gather.

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Tech News March 3, 2014

  • Intel Designs a Safe Meeting Place for Private Data

    A super-secure place for sensitive data to mingle could free companies to get the benefits of sharing it without risking leaks.

    As companies from the financial sector to the health industry amass ever larger, more detailed databases of information about people, it is clear that combining different data sets can offer powerful insights. But to protect users’ privacy, many of these data sets stay locked up inside corporate firewalls.

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