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I didn’t say that!

Technology is opening up unexpected possibilities that in turns may lead to undesired results. This is surely the case with the results obtained in a collaboration between Princeton and Adobe: the editing of voice messages. The joint team has created a voice editor, VoCo, that works exactly like a text editor. With …

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As flat as it gets: the first 2D microprocessor

Chip manufacturers are at work to develop 3D structures that can support ever denser processing and storage capabilities. In February 2017 Toshiba has introduced the first 3D flash chip storage stacking 64 layers, and in April 2017 SK Hynix unveiled a 73 layer 256Gb 3D NAND memory. Yet, as industry …

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Virtual Communications

Google has announced an improved “smart reply” service that could take care of answering mails on your behalf (you can watch the announcement in the keynote video, at minute 7. 50″). The service is available on your smart phone/ both Android and IOS. It is improved thanks to machine learning …

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A chip that “sees”

    The digital image sensors that we have in our smart phones and digital cameras capture photons and sends the data about each of their pixels with a string of digits expressing the luminosity and colour. The sensor does not know if a pixel is related to a house …

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Taking a fresh look at 5G – Technology enablers II

Re-balancing of control between the terminal and the network The availability of several bands allocated to different frequencies can be leveraged in parallel thanks to the increased processing capability at the terminal side. This capability can allow a dynamic management of the available bands within a single communication stream (more …

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3D printing medical implants

Medical procedures often make use of plastic implants, like catheters and valves. These are mass market produced,in a few sizes to accommodate different patients, but still they are not customised to a specific patient. The production uses molding processes, these are very efficient in volume production but would be extremely …

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