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Sir David Attenborough Is Making A Documentary With The Oculus Rift

For anyone who doubted that the Oculus Rift has some awesome applications outside video games, it gives me great pleasure to present to you "Conquest of the Skies," a nature documentary being developed by Sir David Attenborough. It'll be the first of its kind - and hopefully first of many.

Just How Serious IS Heartbleed? You Probably Don’t Want To Know.

I'd like to interrupt my regularly scheduled posts to talk about a very serious issue: Heartbleed. Although plenty of websites have already patched the vulnerability, many users don't realize how serious the situation actually was. In short, it might be the worst security flaw seen in decades. 

These Computers Are Learning By Teaching One Another Pac-Man

Researchers at Washingon State University have touched on a very fascinating way to improve machine learning and artificial intelligence: by having said machines teach each other to play video games. No, that isn't an April Fools' Joke: it's a legitimate scientific study.

iHear: Low Cost Invisible Hearing Aids Calibrated Just For You

One thing boomers learn fast: Medicare and other insurance plans don't pay for hearing aids.  And those buggers can cost up to $4,000 - $5,000 a pair.  There's perhaps no one who knows these facts better than the man who invented the Lyric hearing aid, which, on a subscription basis, cost that much per pair per year!  Now, that man, Adnan Shannib, has invented iHear, the hearing aid for the 99 percent of us who would love to hear, but can't afford those Lyric prices.  It's the iHear, and wait 'til you see what's different about these hearing aids!

Wave Of New Intel Tablet CPUs Coming Soon

Intel is rather serious about making a mark in the slate PC market. Serious enough, in fact, that it will soon augment its lineup of Atom processors with nine or so new ones. Even the partial specs list we've gotten a hold of is confusing, so allow me to untangle it for you.

Switzerland Will Host Cybathlon, The World's First Bionic Olympics, In 2016

A few years from now, traditional athletes won't be the only ones competing for gold and glory. The Cybathlon - an Olympic competition designed for bionic athletes - is planned for 2016, and will include exoskeletons, prothestic limbs, and even a virtual-reality competition.

Make Room For K-Glass - Amazing Wearable Technology Simulates Human Vision

Wearable technology is a burgeoning fiscal force in South Korea and the Korean government is pushing for  K-Glass innovations. What is K-Glass? What advantages to Google Glass does it offer to lovers of wearable technology in general and head mounted displays specifically? Read on for some interesting answers.

Is Facebook's Purchase Of Oculus VR Really A Bad Thing For Gaming?

I've got some bad news for those of you who've been waiting for Oculus VR to revolutionize the world of video games - it might not be happening. Earlier today, Facebook acquired the company for $2 billion. Not surprisingly, industry figures and financial analysts alike weren't exactly pleased.

Xprize Wants To Fund A TED Talk Given By An Artificial Intelligence-

Xprize - known for awesome projects like a working Star Trek Tricorder - has set its sights on an entirely new frontier: artificial intelligence. The outfit is teaming up with TED in order to produce a TED talk presented entirely by an artificial intelligence. That's not all - they want your help.

GDC 2014: Unity 5 Introduces 64-Bit Engine Support; Lighting And Audio Updates

The latest version of the ever-popular Unity game development engine was announced this week at GDC 2014. Unity 5 brings to the table a whole array of significant changes, including a huge update to Unity's audio and lighting tools as well as 64-bit support. That's not all it brings, either.