Our coverage of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, kicks off this weekend, and to get you pumped up for the biggest and baddest mobile showcase of the year, we're offering up a preview of what's in store in a new Inside Scoop. While we expect some interesting unveilings from Nokia, Sony, LG and other major mobile players, one of the hottest news items so far is the rumored announcement of the Galaxy S5 from Samsung. In this week's Top 5, we're rounding up some of the features we're dying to see in the new … Read more
The big, multi-billion dollar acquisitions just keep rolling in -- and they keep getting bigger, too. The latest comes courtesy of Facebook, which paid a total of $19 billion in cash, stock, and options for WhatsApp. At first glance that seems like an absolutely preposterous amount of money for an app that many in the US still haven't heard of. But, roll up the numbers plus the angles, and it starts to make a little more sense.
If you're unfamiliar with WhatsApp, it's a heavily messaging-focused social network that has approximately 450 million users, 70 percent active … Read more
When looking to examine the heart and blood vessels, the images scientists get from techniques like cross-sectional ultrasounds can provide limited information.
"If you're a doctor, you want to see what is going on inside the arteries and inside the heart, but most of the devices being used for this today provide only cross-sectional images," explained F. Levent Degertekin, a professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. "If you have an artery that is totally blocked, for example, you need a system that tells you what's in front of you. You need to see the front, back, and sidewalls altogether."
Such a system may now be on the horizon, thanks to Degertekin and a team of researchers at Georgia Tech. They've developed a minuscule sensor that could travel through the bloodstream to send highly detailed 3D images back to an external sensor. … Read more
Cruising down the freeway in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet, I took the opportunity to contemplate the meaning of luxury. The car afforded me plenty of time to ponder, as its adaptive cruise control handled the pedal work and its steering-assist system helped maintain its position in the lane.
Looking at the design and materials surrounding me in the cabin, I noted the significant use of real metal for the vents, buttons, and even some of the speaker grilles. A bright little analog clock sat in the center of the stack, a cue that spoke of tradition. Further evoking tradition … Read more
Picture Larry Page: all nerd, all business. Not a man, one suspects, who worries too much about couture. Now take a look at Laforge Optical CEO and Founder Corey Mack in the video below. There's a little snazz there.
So, it's not surprising that his startup is taking on Google's famed Glass at one of its more vulnerable pressure points: the embarrassment factor.
Although he says he doesn't want to criticize Google Glass too much, as it isn't a finished product, Mack told me: "Our biggest competition is Google Glass but our approach is … Read more
File this under "wearables that don't look like activity bands or men's watches." What if your golden bangle or pendant could get a buzz when someone needed you?
Cuff founder Deepa Sood, former VP of product development at Restoration Hardware, created her company to develop a line of jewelry and accessories that would work interchangeably with a pop-out Bluetooth device. The product line, available for pre-order today but not shipping until the later part of this year, feels more like custom fashion than anything resembling a Pebble.
Brain tumors known as Glioblastoma multiform cancer (GBM) are a particularly insidious form of the disease because they just don't stay still. They travel through the brain by sliding along blood vessels and nerve passageways. This means that sometimes they move to parts of the brain where surgery is extremely difficult -- if not impossible -- or that even if the bulk of a tumor can be removed, chances are good its tendrils would still exist throughout the brain.
Scientists at Georgia Tech may have come up with a novel solution for this problem; though, it may be years before the technique can be used on humans. It involves creating artificial pathways along which cancer can travel. These pathways could route cancer to a more easily operable area, or even to a deadly drug located in a gel outside the body. … Read more
Few people are truly in love with their cable provider, whether it be due to overpriced channel packages, inconsistent and annoyingly capped internet access, or the general angst caused by a lack of choice. News this week of a Comcast bid for Time Warner isn't likely to make any of those parties happier. The $42.5 billion deal would see the first and second place cable companies in the United States joining together to create a single entity that would corner 30 percent of the market whilst laughing maniacally and, presumably, swimming in a giant pool filled with gold … Read more
Ah, bacteria. Most of us probably prefer not to think about its omnipresence if we don't have to, and to limit our visions of it to the stale microscopic ones we captured in chemistry class.
Now, scientists are turning that optics-based imaging approach on its head, instead developing a chip based on integrated circuit technology that lets them not only electrochemically image bacteria, but listen in on them as well.
The chip "is an 'active' glass slide, a slide that not only forms a solid-support for the bacterial colony but also 'listens' to the bacteria as they talk … Read more