QR code bees make it easier to track their movements

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Researchers have barcoded whole colonies for the purpose of better understanding them. Little QR code bees are currently flying around to help researchers to better understand them. Each one boasts his or her own quick response code to make it possible to discover more about their colonies. The process of adding QR codes to individual bumblebees took a great deal of care and precision. Essentially, the QR code bees came to wear their scannable barcodes through the use of superglue. The process required great delicacy, and the scientists were extremely…

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Digital downloads outpaced by CDs and vinyl for first time in 7 years

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Mobile commerce made many believe purchasing physical copies of media was on its way out. Digital downloads have been on the rise for years. Many have believed that CDs were going the way of vinyl, and vinyl had gone the way of the dinosaur. That said, for the first time since 2011, CDs and vinyl sales are now outpacing media downloading. When iPods and other MP3 players first became popular, the need to buy and store CDs fell. Once those portable media players hit the market, digital downloads and music…

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Smart speakers are in 1 in 5 American homes

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Over 47 million people in the United States are now using these Internet of Things devices. Americans appear to be more than ready to embrace smart speakers in their homes. In fact, nearly 20 percent of Americans currently use one of these devices. These digital assistants are becoming rapidly more popular with a very healthy growth rate. Voicebot.ai released the report showing that over 47 million Americans are using smart speakers. This data specifically reflected the people who use the devices in their homes. The sales growth rate of these…

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New smart clothing technology for construction workers aims to save lives

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The SolePower work boot is currently only a prototype but it is designed to reduce the risk of injury or worse. The smart clothing technology industry is a rapidly growing one, despite the fact that virtually nobody is wearing any of it yet. The vast majority of the devices remain in their prototype phase. That said, many are becoming funded or have already achieved their funding and could be seen on store shelves in upcoming months and years. This is the hope of the creators of the SolePower work boot,…

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Time’s 50 Most Influential Gadgets list places the iPhone at the top

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The publication has said that no tech device has ever had a greater impact on the world than the Apple smartphone. Time magazine has now released its list of the devices it has listed among its 50 Most Influential Gadgets of all time and the iPhone has been given the very top position as having the greatest impact on the way people live their daily lives including both work and playtime. The publication named that smartphone over any other tech device created in recent history. Other than the iPhone, the…

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World’s first practical, bendable smartphone created by Canadian researchers

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Grabbing the edges of this mobile device and bending it gives users the ability to select the functions they want. A new cutting edge bendable smartphone has become the first device of its nature to actually provide a usable and practical design to users who can hold it by its edges and bend it in order to complete various actions. At the moment, the mobile device is in the form of a prototype, which is being called the ReFlex. The ReFlex is a bendable smartphone that was designed at Canada’s…

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Night Shift is Apple’s way of helping iPhone users get to sleep

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The latest version of the iOS platform includes a color adjustment feature meant to reduce the insomnia from screens. Among the top points you’ll find on advice to help to avoid insomnia and improve your ability to sleep at night is to cut off screen time for a certain length of time before you head to bed at night, but the new Night Shift feature from Apple has been created to help to skip that step. The update to iOS is meant to be easier on the eyes and has…

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Massive growth expected for augmented reality market

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A recent report has released a prediction that says that a CAGR of 88.5 percent can be expected. The augmented reality marketplace in 2015 is now in the spotlight as researchers have been examining its progress and have determined that there is a great deal of growth currently occurring and that is still on the way. This includes the entire AR technology industry, from software to hardware like smartglasses and HUD/HMDs. The report was entitled “Global Augmented Reality Market 2015-2019”, by Infiniti Research Limited. It involved an analysis of data…

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iPhone 6S bug in iOS 9 throws off augmented reality performance

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A reported glitch in the operating system’s compass/gyroscope is impacting AR apps. A potential bug has been discovered in the most recent release of the Apple operating system, iOS 9, which seems to be affecting certain mobile apps that run on the brand new iPhone 6S, such as those that are based on augmented reality, as well as others that use compass and gyroscope data. This has had an impact on some of the central elements of these mobile apps and has made several features unusable. A number of different…

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First responders receive wearable technology accelerator boost

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The Department of Homeland Security is moving closer to launching wearables for first responders. TechNexus has now released an announcement that has revealed that it has chosen thirteen different companies for participation in the DHS EMERGE! Program, which has been created in order to boost the rate of development of hardware and wearable technology when it comes to first responders. This group of people includes a range of different types of position, from emergency medical techs to law enforcement. TechNexus is one among the two different accelerators that were selected…

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BlackBerry announces willingness to stop making smartphones

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CEO John Chen stated that if turnaround efforts aren’t successful, they may stop releasing the handsets. John Chen has now released a warning that has said that if the turnaround efforts being made by BlackBerry don’t manage to gain traction, the company may find that it will have to stop producing smartphones, at least at the rate at which they have been releasing them. That said, before that time, there are still some strategies that the Canadian smartphone maker may try. For instance, the company could still decrease the number…

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