Microsoft has filed a patent for filtering EEG data so that it can be used to improve the design of human-computer interfaces. Brain signals from sensors attached to the scalp are interpreted by software to classify the brain states associated user interaction.
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James Governor at RedMonk says "Twitter is like walking to school with your friends and hanging out, while reading blogs is reading their homework."That makes the Twitter a prime spot for making money since, as James points out, marketers would rather hit you while you're talking with friends and happy than when you're concentrating on some deep technical argument.
In various technology budget surveys information security is always top of the list. But how do you really do it cheaply to save a few bucks.
Time Warner's AOL unit plans to cut 2,000 jobs, or roughly 20 percent of its global workforce. The layoffs, which come as AOL transitions from a subscriber-based business to an ad-supported one, aren't unexpected.
Broadcom on Monday launched a "3G phone on a chip" that combines key mobile technologies on one low power processor. Typically, these sort of announcements wouldn't grab my attention, but if you carry this 3G phone on a chip concept far enough you could feature-packed phones on the cheap by cutting manufacturing costs.
It's official. Discovery Communications said Monday that it has acquired HowStuffWorks, a how-to site.
Initial iPhone buyers were 10 times more likely to previously own Palm's Treo. Early iPhone buyers were also three times more likely to previously own T-Mobile's Sidekick, according to a report from the NPD Group.
Oracle launched and unsolicited $17 a share bid for middleware software maker BEA. BEA responded in a letter arguing that the company is undervalued.
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Guest post: Chris Matyszczyk considers Mark Cuban's dancing skills and his significance in the tech world, a place where marketing most often lacks the "human" touch. Next Monday, he will be performing the Paso Doble or the Viennese Waltz.