(CBS News) Happy birthday, America! To honor the independent spirit that gave birth to this nation, we are highlighting some of the inventions that have contributed to modern computer technology.
Ever wonder when the QWERY keyboard layout was introduced? It's hard to believe that an invention by two Milwaukee, Wis. men in 1868 influences the way we type our words today.Continue »
(CBS News) Move over Microsoft Kinect and touch-screen displays. Controlling your computer may soon be done without touching a keyboard, mouse or touch screen - thanks to a little device called the Leap.
Leap Motion, a San Francisco-based motion-control software and hardware company, unveiled a new way to control computers.Continue »
(CBS News) The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University are teaming up to bring education to anyone who has an Internet connection.
The prestigeous universities will launch a $60 million initiative called edX that will offer course material from Harvard and MIT. Courses will consist of "video lesson segments, embedded quizzes, immediate feedback, student-ranked questions and answers, online laboratories and student-paced learning."Continue »
By CNET senior writer Martin LaMonica
(CNET) CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In its typically geeky fashion, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology celebrated the birth of one of the first video games by challenging students to re-create it on a computer the size of a business card.
MIT engineering students and faculty this week showed off a simulation of Spacewar on campus and at the MIT Museum to mark the 50th anniversary of the video game's release. Written by four students in their spare time, the video game influenced how many later games were designed and was part of a broader shift in how people viewed computers.
Spacewar, created on Digital Equipment's PDP-1 minicomputer, was instrumental in showcasing the graphical capabilities of computers and new modes of user-computer interaction. It also helped showed people that computers could be used for fun, not only serious work.
MIT gained access to a PDP-1, a refrigerator-size "minicomputer," in the early 1960s and gave students regular access to it in MIT's Kludge computer room. That arrangement of letting programmers tinker with the computer during the machine's downtime helped seed the hacker culture that later flourished, according to the Computer History Museum.
If you are a techy fashionista who wants to make a bolder statement, there's a new Spring collection of cases for iPhones, iPads and eReaders that are taking cues from Alexander McQueen, Prada, Givenchy, according to Griffin Technology.
Remember how you felt when the iPad 2 was released in March? How about the frustration you felt when Egypt shut down the Internet to deter protesters? Many of us will never forget the emotions that stirred upon learning of Steve Jobs' death.
It was a passionate and emotional year for technology. We kicked off 2011 witnessing social media used as an essential tool in the organizing and documenting of the Arab Spring.
The technology works by embedding a custom-made sapphire LED and circular antenna into a plastic contact lens. In the test, a single pixel was controlled by a remote radio frequency transmitting data from the lens.Continue »
(CBS) - Voice recognition technology has been around for years, but many are hoping Apple's Siri will be even more sophisticated than its predecessors. In the video above, Jason Snell, MacWorld editorial director, put the feature, which is available on the iPhone 4S, to the test.
At first, Snell demonstrates what the iPhone 4 can do, such as provide weather updates and play songs from your music library. "What's the weather like today?" Snell asked Siri. "What's the weather like in Chicago?"
Then, the he told Siri he wants to have lunch. Siri suggested eateries nearby. After that, Snell asked Siri to be more specific. He wanted to see suggestions for places downtown. "How about downtown?" he asked. Siri didn't quite understand. "I want to have lunch downtown," Snell followed. Siri still didn't quite get it, but Snell pointed out that it once worked for him.
(CBS) - Even though they kind of creep us out sometimes, we love robots. Got a robot-related video to share? We want to see it.
Robotics researchers from around the world gathered in San Francisco to share their work at the 2011 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. SmartPlanet correspondent Sumi Das had the chance to get a little friendly with the cool droids.Continue »
(CBS) - Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the mother of all iPods, iPhones, and iPads dock. This is the AeroDream One from Jarre Technologies.
It's an 11-foot-tall, chrome-slathered, 10,000-watt iPod dock that requires a ladder just to get your device up to the top. It weighs more than 870 pounds. It also costs a wallet-shattering $560,000.Continue »
(CBS) - Google has changed the way people search on the internet. Now it's changing the way some people surf the web.
Hundreds of lucky residents in the San Fransisco Bay area are now accessing Google's one-gigabyte broadband service, which is being touted as the fastest internet connection in the world.Continue »
(CBS) - We're all guilty of it... Whether you're in class or a meeting, you doodle to pass time. Never do you ever share your doodles with your social networks. Who's going to take the time to scan silly drawings if only to give friends a good laugh?
But we bet if the process was more simple than that, you would showcase your cool doodles to followers. That's where UbiSketch comes in. The digital pen lets you upload your drawings to Twitter, Facebook, even your email.Continue »
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