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This Is Your Brain On The Internet

This Is Your Brain On The Internet | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Is the internet and social media influencing your brain? Documentary filmmaker Tiffany Shlain investigates our changing behaviors in the connected world.

How do media and technology impact our brain? According to a "a recent study, Dr. Small observed brain activity in two groups of subjects interacting with a search engine –one that was 'net-savvy' and one that was 'net naïve'. The results showed increased brain activity in the experienced netizens, reflecting Shlain’s hypothesis that our online behaviors stimulate more brain systems."

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New Rules in China Upset Western Tech Companies - New York Times

New Rules in China Upset Western Tech Companies - New York Times | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Stringent regulations, including a requirement to share secret codes, are another form of economic protectionism, Western technology companies say.
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Why Payments Technology Is Crucial to Today’s Hottest Startups | MIT Technology Review

Why Payments Technology Is Crucial to Today’s Hottest Startups | MIT Technology Review | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Improving payment technology is vital if Internet companies are to make an impact, says Stripe CEO Patrick Collison.
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A sneak peek at Sony’s PlayStation Vue internet TV service

A sneak peek at Sony’s PlayStation Vue internet TV service | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Sony may have just shuttered its music service, but it’s getting ready to launch another media venture: PlayStation Vue, the company’s upcoming live TV service, is supposed to launch before the end of the quarter. Sony has been testing the service...
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News: Vivaldi is new web browser from ex-Opera CEO

News: Vivaldi is new web browser from ex-Opera CEO | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The browser wars looked primed to hot up this year, as Microsoft drops Internet Explorer. Now ex-Opera CEO, Jon Von Tetzchner debuts Vivaldi, a new cross-platform web browser.
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Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society

Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Scientific innovations are deeply embedded in national life — in the economy, in core policy choices about how people care for themselves and use the resources around them, and in the topmost reaches of Americans’ imaginations.
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Analytics Trends | A below-the-surface look at 2015 analytics trends | Deloitte US | Deloitte Analytics

Analytics Trends | A below-the-surface look at 2015 analytics trends | Deloitte US | Deloitte Analytics | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Take a below-the-surface look at Deloitte's 2015 Analytics Trends report.

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Is proton therapy the 'magic bullet' for cancer?

Is proton therapy the 'magic bullet' for cancer? | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
A Belgian nuclear physicist is pioneering a new treatment for cancer that offers more precision and less side effects: proton radiation.
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Microsoft introduces a feature-packed browser in Project Spartan

Microsoft introduces a feature-packed browser in Project Spartan | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Along with news of a free Windows 10 upgrade path, Microsoft on Wednesday shared details of its new browser, codenamed Project Spartan. The browser will first appear on PCs in the coming months and eventually find a home on handsets and tablets.
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Comcast’s next-generation Xi4 set-top box passes the FCC

Comcast’s next-generation Xi4 set-top box passes the FCC | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
It looks like Comcast is getting ready to ship its next-generation set-top box to consumers: A filing for the company’s Xi4 set-top box just popped up in the FCC’s database.
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Scientists say tweets predict heart disease and community health

Scientists say tweets predict heart disease and community health | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
University of Pennsylvania researchers have found that the words people use on Twitter can help predict the rate of heart disease deaths in the counties where they live.
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Irony: BlackBerry CEO calls for app and service neutrality

Irony: BlackBerry CEO calls for app and service neutrality | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Amidst the hoopla of Microsoft’s Windows 10 event yesterday, I missed a thoughtful letter posted on the BlackBerry blog. CEO John Chen penned it, sharing his thoughts with the FCC on net neutrality.
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Hilary Mason on taking big data from theory to reality

Hilary Mason on taking big data from theory to reality | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
If you’re interested in assessing how and when a given data technology — deep learning, machine intelligence, natural language generation — can move from the theoretical to commercial use,  Hilary Mason may have the best job around.
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WhatsApp launches its web client, but not for iOS users - VentureBeat

WhatsApp launches its web client, but not for iOS users - VentureBeat | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Rumors of a WhatsApp web client first circulated last month. Now, they're confirmed, but thanks to "Apple platform limitations," iOS users are out of luck.
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Which is the best streaming media box?

Which is the best streaming media box? | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
We put some of the latest streaming, gaming and TV tuner devices from the likes of Sony, Amazon and Microsoft to the test
From gaming to movies, music and TV shows, everything can be streamed to the TV with the right box and all for under £100.
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Nine things we learned from Apple's monster financial results

Nine things we learned from Apple's monster financial results | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Apple Watch to debut in April, iPhone sales have doubled in China, one billionth iOS device sold in November and more Apple enjoyed an impressive last three months in 2014, reporting record revenues of $74.6bn and a net profit of $18bn – the...
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Facebook tops Wall Street revenue target in fourth quarter - Reuters

Facebook tops Wall Street revenue target in fourth quarter - Reuters | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's revenue grew 49 percent in the fourth quarter, as mobile advertising growth helped the world's largest Internet social network beat Wall Street's targets
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The technological transformation of social enterprise

The technological transformation of social enterprise | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
From storytelling platforms to landmine detection systems, utilising tech can revolutionise the work of the social entrepreneurThe minute I discovered social entrepreneurship, I knew I had found my calling.
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ORNL develops new cyber security technology - Washington Times

ORNL develops new cyber security technology - Washington Times | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
A new weapon against malware has been developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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'Dota 2': the 1000-hour review - The Verge

Welcome to Dota 2, the Hotel California of online gaming. Late last December, I was naïve enough to dip a toe in its beguiling waters and today, 1,399 hours of play later, I return as a semi-functional human to regale you with tales from its realm.
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Pluribus Networks gets $50M to route traffic in the data center

Pluribus Networks gets $50M to route traffic in the data center | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Pluribus Networks, a software-defined networking (SDN) startup, wants to make a case for virtualizing the functions of the switch, and it landed a $50 million series D investment round to help do so, the company said Wednesday.
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Microsoft introduces Surface Hub, a 4K TV with Windows 10

Microsoft introduces Surface Hub, a 4K TV with Windows 10 | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
If a 4K television and a Windows 10 computer went out on a date, the end result might be what Microsoft introduced on Wednesday: The Surface Hub.
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Microsoft HoloLens hands on: It’s early, but it’s already nifty

Microsoft HoloLens hands on: It’s early, but it’s already nifty | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
I was able to try out HoloLens at Microsoft’s headquarters on Wednesday. HoloLens is a virtual reality headset running what Microsoft thinks will be the future of computing: Windows Holographic. But it’s not Google Glass or Oculus Rift.
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Pinterest bought Kosei because recommendations are really hard

Pinterest bought Kosei because recommendations are really hard | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Pinterest announced Wednesday that it has acquired Kosei, a Palo Alto, California-based startup that focuses on machine learning for product recommendations.
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Free Windows 10: Good for Microsoft, not great for its partners

Free Windows 10: Good for Microsoft, not great for its partners | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
One of the biggest news items coming out of Microsoft’s Windows 10 preview event is that the operating system will be made available for free to Windows computer owners running Windows 7 or higher.
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Top Google executive predicts end of the internet

Top Google executive predicts end of the internet | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Google guru Eric Schmidt gave an answer regarding the evolution of the web. “I will answer very simply that the internet will disappear,” Schmidt said on Thursday.
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