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Hyper-sensitive laser camera sees around corners in real time

Share This article You never know what’s around the corner — unless you happen to have a super-advanced camera designed by researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. This device has been designed to take extremely sensitive photographs that can detect the minute reflected lights from objects not in its field of vision. The result is a camera that sees around corners, and it works in real time. The single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) camera relies upon a type of echo mapping. You can think of it a little like radar, ...

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Ford could challenge Uber, Lyft with Dynamic Shuttle service

Share This article Does Ford want to compete with Uber and Lyft? With the Dynamic Shuttle service, Ford this week placed a small bet on part of its future being applications and software — not just the century-old industrial process of turning steel, glass and rubber into cars and trucks. Dynamic Shuttle is a smartphone app front end and scheduling service back end that lets people call for a van and share a ride with six to eight people going to more or less the same place. It lives in ...

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All Oculus Rift preorders will ship with the amazing Eve: Valkyrie

Share This article Oculus and CCP Games, the developers of Eve: Valkyrie, announced that all Rift preorders would ship with a free copy of the game. This is going to go over extremely well with virtually anyone who has played the game’s demo in VR, because Valkyrie is frickin’ amazing. As I discussed last summer, playing Eve: Valkyrie is immersive in a way I’ve never experienced in any space combat or flight simulator. Positional head tracking lets the player actually look around the cockpit, following a bogie as it rockets ...

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Q-carbon is harder than diamond, incredibly simple to make

Share This article A new phase of carbon has been discovered, dubbed Q-carbon by its creators at North Carolina State University, and it has a number of incredible new properties. Not only does it appear to be harder than its close carbonaceous cousin, diamond, but it actually has properties the scientists themselves did not think possible. Q-carbon is ferromagnetic, something no other phase of carbon is known to be, and it even glows when exposed to energy. But, exciting as these things are, the most proximate application for Q-carbon is in ...

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With Zen delayed, AMD could tap Carrizo for 2016 desktop hardware

Share This article When AMD launched Carrizo earlier this year, it kept the part mobile-only. Carrizo’s entire design was tuned for mobile hardware, and AMD did a number of briefings on how the chip’s power consumption improvements and overall performance per watt were strongest in low power envelopes. It’s therefore a touch surprising to hear that AMD is reportedly planning to bring a desktop version of the chip to market. Zen’s delay, however, may have left AMD with little choice, since it can’t afford to go an entire year without ...

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U.S. to revise Raytheon contract for satellite control

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force plans to revise its contract with Raytheon Co for a new ground control network for GPS satellites after officials decided last week to delay completion of the program until July 2022, a senior official said Thursday. Reuters: Technology News

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