You’re Not Seeing Things; Microsoft Brings 1st Office App to Linux

LET THE INVASION BEGIN!! Yesterday, Microsoft Teams was released in a public preview phase to the Linux operating system via native Linux packages in two formats: .deb and .rpm. The app doesn’t differ in the looks department compared to it Windows and macOS brethren, and the goal of this release to for Microsoft to further push Teams as a bridge for the implementation of other Office apps (i.e. Word, et al) and teamwork that supports the mixed environments that are reliant on the Linux platform. But let’s be real here: Microsoft is releasing Teams on Linux to go after Slack on another front.

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Microsoft’s Seeing AI App adds Five More Languages to Assist the Blind

While the Microsoft Seeing AI has proven to be successful for assisting the blind by describing objects and text, the only issue has been that it’s only been available in English, so you’re crap-outta-luck if that’s not your first language. Thankfully,  Microsoft recently updated the free (and currently) iOS-only app with five additional languages that it can support: Dutch, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.  This means that Seeing can now process and describe things like signs or the facial expressions of other people to help the blind use the proper words in their (at least from the current six) home languages.

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Researchers Develop Artificial ‘Superhuman’ Skin, Aims to Help Burn Victims & Amputees ‘Feel’ Again…

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A team of researchers at the University of Connecticut and University of Toronto — consisting of engineers, chemists, and biologists — have developed a new of sensor designed to let artificial skin detect pressure, vibrations, and magnetic fields. With these developments, it’s possible that this technology might be able to allow burn victims and amputees regain the sense of touch via the artificial skin.

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Ingenious Mobile ‘Airbag’ Phone Case Springs Out Legs to Save Your Phone When You Drop It; Because You WILL Drop It…

Whenever someone tells me that they’ve never dropped their smartphone, I just react in a similar fashion as if they told me that they don’t think their computer’s hard drive will die. You silly rabbit; it’s going to happen. I WILL happen. Sooner or later, it’s going to happen. This is why you should AT LEAST get a phone case (or even better, a “rugged” one) and a glass protective screen to take the shock damage from the phone after a drop. But after one drop too many, you;ll likely be left with a broken phone and an expensive repair bill (unless you have insurance). While Sony and Amazon (and other similar tech companies) have filed patents for car airbag-inspired phone case systems, an engineering student from Germany’s Aalen University created a phone protector that LITERALLY springs into action just before the handset hits the ground. Continue reading “Ingenious Mobile ‘Airbag’ Phone Case Springs Out Legs to Save Your Phone When You Drop It; Because You WILL Drop It…”

So, HOW Did TIME Magazine Create Their New Cover with 958 Quadcopters?

For their upcoming June 11, 2018 issue, TIME magazine created a very spectacular, expertly-coordinated exhibition by using 958 illuminated quadcopters (or “drones,” which is what the cool kids are calling them) hovering along the evening sky and framed resemble TIME’s traditional cover layout. Enjoy the above “so THAT’S how they did that” video that showcases the process, as well as the full write-up and photos … Continue reading So, HOW Did TIME Magazine Create Their New Cover with 958 Quadcopters?

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Google to turn “Messages” into “Chat” on Android to compete with iMessage

So, FINALLY, rather than just making yet ANOTHER messaging app for Android (like Talk, Voice, Wave, Google+ Messenger, Hangouts, Allo, Duo, etc.), Google is aiming to make another push for its mobile messaging app. According to a report from The Verge , the Mountain View-based company’s next effort, simply called Chat. I know what you’re thinking: “GOOGLE’S MAKING ANOTHER MESSAGING APP?!? C’MON NOW!!” The kicker is that Chat isn’t just another new app; it’s a brand name for Universal Profile features in RCS, a standard set to replace old-school SMS texting we know and (sometimes) love with features similar to Apple’s iMessage (sans end-to-end encryption, unfortunately) for the masses. Continue reading “Google to turn “Messages” into “Chat” on Android to compete with iMessage”

What We Know About the New Google Glass Sunglasses Patent

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Nowadays, it feels that elements of science-fiction are becoming real in respect of wearable technology like smartwatches, smart lights, smart patches and other great and strange wearable devices. Smart glasses once seemed to be joining the fray, but they’ve become pretty absent after the disappearance of both the Snapchat Glasses and Google Glass (the consumer version, anyway). Now with other companies aiming to get into the market (i.e., Apple is rumored to be looking into it), it seems that Google is looking to get back into the game — at least based on a new patent — and here’s what interesting about them so far… Continue reading “What We Know About the New Google Glass Sunglasses Patent”

The Wave, A Wearable MIDI Music/Sound Controller In The Form of a Ring

Genki Instruments is attempting to create one wearable sound controller ring to rule them all (sorry; had to do it).  The Wave is a MIDI controller housed in a wearable ring that controls sound, allowing you to play and modify sounds in thin air as it’s being made.  Essentially, it allows you to create and perform music in multiple, varied ways and is designed to work with keyboards, guitars, and even multiple music apps, such as Logic. Continue reading “The Wave, A Wearable MIDI Music/Sound Controller In The Form of a Ring”