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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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The US Navy's cutting-edge robot fighter plane aims to be the first unmanned aerial vehicle to take-off and land at sea. Tests have been carried out to see whether military drones can mix safely in the air with passenger planes.

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As a fighter plane prepares to take off from a naval carrier at sea, the pilot and deck crew go through a tightly choreographed series of hand signals to tell each other they are ready to launch. It ends with a final "salute" from the pilot to indicate that the aircraft is ready to be catapulted off the deck. But when the X-47B, the US Navy's newest prototype combat aircraft, prepares for its first carrier launch early next year, there will be no salute. That's because there will also be no pilot.

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Apple's iPhone and its rivals may have introduced touchscreens to the masses, but now a raft of technologies promise to change the way we interact with computers forever.

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It is a similar story with computers. Take Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system, due to be launched by the end of 2012. Its colourful, tile-laden start screen may look startlingly different to older versions of Windows, but beneath the eye candy it's still heavily reliant on the keyboard and mouse. In fact, with one or two notable exceptions, it is striking just how little the way we interact with computers has changed in the last few decades. "The keyboard and mouse are certainly a hard act to follow," says George Fitzmaurice, head of user interface research for US software maker Autodesk. But, despite an apparent lack of apparent novelty in the majority of interfaces of today's mass market devices, there are plenty of ideas in the pipeline.

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A trans-Atlantic journey of just sixty minutes has been promised since the dawn of supersonic flight, but is it now closer to reality?

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The US Air Force has said an attempt to fly its hypersonic jet Waverider at Mach 6 (3,600mph; 5795km/h) failed.  In late September, a secretive experimental vehicle roared into the clear blue skies above a military base deep within the Arctic Circle in Norway. As the sleek, rocket approached its target altitude of 350km (218 miles), it began to arc back to earth, gradually accelerating to so-called hypersonic speeds of up to Mach 8 – about 9,800km/h (6,100 mph).

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The latest version of Apple's increasingly universally accepted cellular phone will be available for purchase worldwide starting on September 28, 2012.

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In addition to all its suddenly old features, the new model includes updates for live-in computer aide Siri, a new operating system and a wider screen.  The new iPhone is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S. However, it does not feature an NFC (near field communication) chip to allow it to make touch-less payments.

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When the mobile phone first arrived on the scene in the eighties, most viewed them as expensive gadgets. Then, they became a daily part of how we communicate, entertain ourselves, read the news, track our sleep, health, weight, diabetes and how we listen to music, book a table at our favorite restaurant, find our way when we are lost and order a taxi or metro tickets.

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Arbréole, Intelligent Lights That React to Your Movements Controlled by an Android Phone

"Futur en Seine,"  is an annual digital content and services event that took place recently in Paris, brought together more than 80 prototypes and innovative devices that could be part of our lives in the future.  "Futur en Seine" is the brain child of Cap Digital, a unique public/private non profit cluster for digital content and services. They do a lot of things, but in general they connect people, organizations, universities and labs so they can innovate together and do more globally. The event includes lectures, workshops and panel sessions presented by innovators, CEOs, designers and researchers from the digital industry.