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Personal Robots Group - MIT Media Lab

Personal Robots Group - MIT Media Lab

Best iPad 2 apps So you've got an iPad 2, and now you need to fill it with lovely iPad apps. But with 65,000 apps available just for the iPad what are the best ones to get and are there any that take advantage of the new features of the iPad 2. We've scoured the massive collection of iPad apps available (mid March) on iTunes to see what's on offer and what you should download. We've tried, tested and reviewed all of the following free iPad apps ourselves, rather than just guessing whether they're good or not. READ: Best new iPad apps to show off the Retina Display GarageBand Let’s get it out of the way from the start. You get to play piano, guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and if you’ve got the right dongle, even record your own guitar playing as well. The whole experience is incredibly easy, and depending on your musical skill rather than computer skills, you can create a track in minutes rather than hours. Playing music is one thing, but you probably want to record it too, and here Apple makes it very easy.

No Light Work: Researchers Claim to Have Created World’s Lightest Solid Scientists are breaking new ground in the eternal quest to create ever lighter materials – this time forging a metal so weightless it can sit atop a dandelion. Yahoo News reports that the team of U.S. researchers from University of California at Irvine, HRL Laboratories and the California Institute of Technology has developed the metal, which is about 100 times lighter than Styrofoam. They constructed a metallic lattice of hair-thin pipes to show off their latest creation, beating out the previously lightest substances in the world, aerogels. (LIST: The 50 Best Inventions) The work is significant because the strategy employed by the team could lead to the development of more materials of extraordinary strength and lightness, according to detailed findings in the Nov. 18 issue of the journal Science. LIST: All-TIME 100 Gadgets

Basics of Cloud Computing Michael Wood Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. Michael is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement, and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Maybe you have heard about Cloud Computing, maybe not. Like the song says, “Let’s start at the very beginning, because it’s a very good place to start." Cloud Computing has its roots in the service bureau concepts of the 1960s.

What Is The Singularity And Will You Live To See It? 1. I'm generally skeptical of the singularity and of post-scarcity economics in general. 2. I think it's interesting to ponder why the singularity might not occur. 3. 4. 5. 6. This Is What the Desk of the Future Looks Like EXOpc has posted a video of its EXOdesk — an interactive desk environment that lets you do all sorts of tasks on a virtual space on your desk — in action and it looks amazing. The actual device is a tabletop computer, somewhat similar to Microsoft Surface, offering 40 inches of high definition space, where you can manipulate virtual objects by touching them and dragging them around. The video offers a taste of what you can do with EXOdesk: add a virtual keyboard, an RSS feed stream and apps to your tabletop surface. A piano simulation app is shown, and though we don't see much of its functionality, it looks stunning when expanded to the entire surface of EXOdesk. Although the release date is vaguely set for 2012, we already know EXOdesk will cost $1,299.

Best of AppStorm in December We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in February. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, or Android apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before! Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month! Best of Android.AppStorm 2011 in Android: A Retrospective A lot has happened with Android this year: we’ve gone from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich (via Honeycomb); the Market’s had two big upgrades; Flash Player has been dropped; mobile games have really taken off; and more. Read on for our overview of everything that happened in 2011! 16 Quintessentially Scintillating Word Games I don’t know about you, but I love a really good word game. Therefore I have compiled what I believe to be a definitive list of the best. Best of iPad.AppStorm