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New bill would block public access to publicly-funded studies

Right now, if you want to read the published results of the biomedical research that your own tax dollars paid for, all you have to do is visit the digital archive of the National Institutes of Health. There you’ll find thousands of articles on the latest discoveries in medicine and…

‘Pig Chase’: Researchers develop inter-species multiplayer videogame

A scholarly project funded by the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research has achieved something unique: researchers have managed to create an inter-species multiplayer videogame played by humans and pigs at the same time. In a demonstration video, a man uses a tablet computer to manipulate a glowing circle on a…

Motorized shoes ready to roll into stores

Tired of walking? An American inventor has designed a pair of motorized shoes. The battery powered high-tech footware called “spnKiX” resemble a cross between a ski boot and a roller skate with oversized wheels and are among the gadgets on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.…

iPhone attachment captures panoramic video

A New York-based company has developed an iPhone lens attachment that turns video shot by the smartphone into panoramic footage. “It captures 360-degree video and then lets you share that video online,” said Jeff Glasse, founder and chief executive of Kogeto. “You’re capturing everyone in the room — 360 degrees,”…

Dutch court orders Internet providers to block Pirate Bay

THE HAGUE — A Dutch court Wednesday ordered two local Internet providers to block their clients from accessing Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, citing copyright concerns. “Internet providers Ziggo and XS4ALL must block their customers from accessing The Pirate Bay website,” The Hague district court said in a press…

Reddit to go dark Jan. 18 in protest of piracy bill

One of the most popular websites in the world, the heavily-trafficked social media forum Reddit.com, has announced that it will go dark on January 18 to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Reddit’s plans are hardly unique, but they are the first to confirm that their service will go…

Google makes search personal

Google wove content from its social network and Picasa photo-sharing service into its search formula to serve up personalized results to online queries. “Search plus your world” was billed as a major change to the leading Internet search engine. “There is a huge amount of content on the Web today but, at a certain…

Twitter lashes out at Google search changes

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter lashed out at changes Google Inc unveiled for its search engine on Tuesday, describing the changes as “bad” for consumers and for Web publishers. Twitter, a microblogging service which allows its users to broadcast short, 140-character messages to groups of “followers,” said Google’s changes would…

Televisions getting Siri-style personal assistants

LAS VEGAS — Startup Vlingo on Tuesday said that it is giving televisions the kind of voice-controlled “virtual assistants” that have been a hit with the latest version of Apple’s hot-selling iPhone. “If you are sitting on your couch you can just use your voice to control your TV, set-top…

Nazi mine washes up in Sweden

Military bomb experts in Sweden successfully disarmed a Nazi-era mine Tuesday morning after it washed up near one of the country’s beaches. According to Sweden’s The Local, the World War II weapon was discovered over the weekend near the town of Lorudden. Bomb experts initially thought the mine would contain…

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