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Read about how Technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, IoT, Augmented Reality, Blockchain, and Quantum Computing impact Society, from The Sociable.

NASA image of Tropical Cyclone Yasi
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NASA satellite image shows the huge scale of Tropical Cyclone Yasi

NASA has mobilised its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Terra satellite to track the massive Tropical Cyclone Yasi, which is currently heading for Australia’s Queensland cost. According to NASA the tropical cyclone is approaching Cairns, Queensland, at about 165kmph (90 knots) and is due to make landfall early tomorrow morning Queensland time.
QR code in Today FM advertisement in the Irish Daily Mail (24/01/11)
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Are QR codes ready for mainstream adoption?

Although the editorial content of the Irish Daily Star isn’t particularly interesting in my opinion, one half-page advertisement on page fourteen of yesterday’s publication caught my attention. The advertisement contained nothing more than an image of one man’s bald head with a note saying “Warning: Coming to a head near you”, and cleverly a QR code placed neatly in the top-right-hand corner. So once again we ask the question - are QR codes popular enough to use in mainstream media?
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Esquire magazine, the cover model and augmented reality

It sounds like something from 80s cult classic Weird Science but next month Esquire readers and Barnes and Nobel customers will be able to ‘interact’ with a life size virtual supermodel. US lad’s mag Esquire will be giving its readers an “active and engaging experience” with its latest cover girl, Brooklyn Decker, through their iPhones. From February Barnes and Noble customers will be able interact and take pictures alongside Decker using a custom built Esquire iPhone app.
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Video of an iPad2 from CES 2011

A bit like Area 52, Apple’s iPad2 doesn’t officially exist; even though, at this stage, we have all seen the pictures of it. Going one better the guys over at the iPhone blog published a video of a, supposedly accurate dummy, iPad2.
Paris Dakar Race - Stage 1
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How to follow the Dakar Rally online

The Dakar Rally, one of the largest off road endurance rallies in the world, has launched from Buenos Aires. The Dakar is now a fully digital event supported by YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages. You can get live updates on each stage of the challenge on their site and on the official Dakar iPhone/iPod/iPad app. The organisers have also released an online video game to accompany the event.
Apple hopes to eliminate the need for 3D glasses
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Apple’s ‘pseudo-holographic’ display patent revealed

According to a recently granted Apple patent, the computer electronics and software giant are working on a screen technology that produces a special type of ‘pseudo-holographic’ or 3D image. The technology could eventually be used to produce 3D TVs and devices that don’t require viewers to wear special glasses.
Android in Space
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Google sends Android Nexus S phones into space

Google’s PR department showed some genuine blue sky thinking this week when they sent an few Android Nexus S phones into space. Using a weather balloon, a parachute and a polystyrien box Google floated Android dolls into the lower atmosphere this week, and recorded the entire 30Km (100,000 ft) trek using Samsung Nexus S phones attached to each box.
Skype Logo
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Skype’s global VOIP network is down, ‘software bug’ to blame

Skype, the world’s largest VOIP network, has been brought down due to an apparent software bug. The bug has been preventing the many of the service’s 42 million active members from connecting to the network. Skype first reported the downtime at 5 o’clock GMT (midday EST), four hours ago. According to the company the software bug is preventing Skype applications from routing calls to correct locations through what they call “supernodes.”
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