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Gizmag visits the Paris HQ of Keecker for a chat with CEO and Founder Pierre Lebeau (Photo...

Back in January, French startup Keecker made a bit of a CES splash with a cute and curvy home entertainment computer capable of moving around on its own or as instructed by an app-based remote, and transforming any wall, door or ceiling into a huge projected screen. Gizmag dropped in on the company's Paris home at the weekend for a chat with CEO and Founder Pierre Lebeau, and a one-on-one with the multi-talented Keecker prototype.  Read More

Here's how to perform a PC Refresh on Windows 8.1

Just like with previous versions, once you've had your Windows 8 computer for a while, chances are it will become unstable or not be as sprightly as it once was. That's when a little clean up might be on order to return it to its former glory. Here's how to use the PC Refresh feature to reclaim the speed and stability the computer once had and not lose your personal files. This article will also show you how to make PC Refresh (and Reset) work if you receive a common error message.  Read More

3D animation software joystick 'input puppet' (Image: Interactive Geometry Lab / ETH Zuric...

Until recently, computer software animation developers had to manipulate characters by using their computer mouse to drag virtual limbs into poses one tedious, time-consuming key frame at a time. Now researchers at the Interactive Geometry Lab (IGL) at ETH Zurich have developed a whole new way of creating movement in virtual characters using 3D model "joysticks" that directly create shape and movement inputs.  Read More

Cornell researchers have developed a robot that follows spoken instructions to learn new t...

Many robots today are able to follow verbal instructions. However, the robot first has to be programmed with software code that allows it to respond to those instructions in some predetermined way, and that software must be added to every time the robot's task list is enhanced. Wouldn’t it be easier if we could just avoid all that messy fiddling about with software and talk to a machine as we would a human and explain what we wanted it to do? Researchers at Cornell University thought so, that’s why they designed and built a learning robot as part of their "Tell me Dave" project.  Read More

LEVAN learns by associating words with images

Word-picture association is one of the basic mechanisms of human memory. As children, it helps us to learn language by verbalizing what we see, as adults it is an invaluable aid to visualizing broader concepts or perhaps helping those with an LBLD (Language-Based Learning Disability). Now researchers from the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence have created the first fully automated computer program named LEVAN that teaches itself everything there is to know about a visual concept by associating words with images.  Read More

The Eugene Goostman chatbot, which simulates a 13-year old boy, has passed the Turing Test

It might be time to start being nicer to your laptop, because researchers at the University of Reading are claiming that a supercomputer program has passed the Turing Test for the first time in history. On Saturday, at the Turing Test 2014 organized by the University of Reading’s School of Systems Engineering, the chatbot Eugene Goostman reportedly convinced the judges 33 percent of the time that it was a human being and not a computer.  Read More

Here's how to connect to a remote computer on Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft recently launched the Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone 8.1. It's free and allows you to connect your phone to a remote PC over a local network or from the internet. Although it's a pre-release version and doesn't include certain functionality that you would expect from a remote desktop app from your computer, it's still handy for a lot of situations. Here's a look at how to set up your computer to receive remote connections, and how to use your phone for remote desktop.  Read More

Microsoft is ceasing support for Windows XP on April 8th so it's time to consider your opt...

On April 8, Microsoft will cease all support to consumers who are still running Windows XP. On the same day, the company will also end support for Office 2003. If you're a procrastinator still plugging away on an XP machine or working away in Microsoft's aging productivity suite, it's high time you considered your options. Gizmag provides a few suggestions.  Read More

Gizmag takes the newest iteration of Apogee Duet  for a spin

American purveyor of audio equipment Apogee has long commanded an enviable reputation regarding the quality of its hardware. The most recent iteration of the Apogee Duet sees iOS functionality added to the popular recording device, allowing users to easily move between an iOS device or a Mac to record and perform music. Gizmag takes the newest Duet for a spin to see how well it performs on both an iPad Air and a Mac.  Read More

The distance at which the fob will work is adjustable, meaning it can be set to unlock the...

For some office workers the task of locking and unlocking their computer is a regular part of the job, while for others it's frequency is dictated by the extent of their caffeine addiction. Looking to automate this process is the team behind the GateKeeper Chain, a key fob with a built-in proximity sensor which automatically locks your PC when you walk away and then unlocks it when you return to your desk.  Read More

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