Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Chris Wood

The image is the first captured by ALMA is its near-final configuration (Image: ESO/NAOJ/N...

The Atacama Larger Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has been used to study the formation of planets in a distant solar system, with the results likely to further our understanding of the process. This latest observation represents the first time the telescope has been used in its near-final configuration, and is the sharpest ever submillimeter wavelength image.  Read More

The Burg lets users place calls, send messages and more, right from their wrist The Burg 12 smartwatch from lifestyle designer Hermen van den Burg allows users to make phone calls, send messages and more, without the need to connect the device to a smartphone. It’s not the best looking wearable we’ve seen, but it offers significant standalone functionality.  Read More

Sesame aims to provide smartphone access to users with disabilities that prevent them from...

Sesame is a system designed specifically for users with only limited or no use of their hands. The device pairs head tracking software with some familiar hardware with the goal of bringing smartphone functionality to those who would otherwise be unable to make use of it.  Read More

The wearable tracks heart rate by monitoring blood flow in the skin, using an LED and meas...

Though the majority of recent wearables take the form of watches or smart bands, Canadian company BioSensive Technologies is taking a different approach, creating the world’s first smart earring. The Ear-o-Smart may have the look of traditional earlobe jewelry, but is designed to function as a fitness tracker.  Read More

Microsoft's new smartphone is a budget device with familiar Lumia styling Microsoft’s latest budget handset is the first Lumia device to drop the Nokia branding, while also carrying low-end specs and familiar looks. The Lumia 535 is one of the thinner budget smartphones we’ve seen and has a selfie-focused front-facing camera.  Read More

This image shows the motion of gas filaments from ESO 137-001, with red material moving aw...

ESO astronomers have used the Very Large Telescope’s (VLT) Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument to make detailed observations of a cosmic collision, revealing secrets as to how star-forming gas was ripped out of a distant spiral galaxy. The findings help shed light on the mystery of how star formation ceases in galaxy clusters.  Read More

The new board is the smallest and cheapest Raspberry Pi ever

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has today announced the latest version of its popular mini-computer. Known as the Model A+, the new system brings improvements introduced with the Model B+, while slimming down both the size and price tag of the board.  Read More

The Microsoft-developed technology aims to provide those with blindness with a greater deg...

While the act of walking down the street might be second nature to most of us, it can be a much more difficult experience for those who are blind or visually impaired. To combat the issue, Microsoft has developed a headset that uses bone-conducting audio, creating a 3D soundscape to safely guide users to their destinations.  Read More

The new Venue 11 Pro represents a modest, but tangible upgrade over its predecessor

Dell has refreshed its Venue 11 Pro 7000 series hybrid tablet, updating both its internals and its external design. Like its predecessor, the new machine has a lot in common with Microsoft’s Surface Pro, straddling the line between tablet and notebook.  Read More

Microsoft has introduced new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPhone

Microsoft has refreshed its Office suite for iPad, while launching brand new apps for iPhone and Android tablets. The refresh brings some big changes to the service, with users no longer requiring an Office 365 subscription to edit and store documents.  Read More

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