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The future of WiFi: gigabit speeds and beyond

In a couple of years, crossing the 1Gbps threshold with a WiFi access point will be routine. That access point will likely have two radios, one for each major spectrum band, and support a host of older flavors for compatibility. Eventually, WiFi will approach the robustness and speed needed to make it a completely viable replacement for Ethernet for most users.

Google Launches Dictionary and Translated Web Search

Amid all the hubbub over Google DNS on Thursday, the search giant also released two more helpful tools to help you get a richer search experience and improve your language skills. Google launched its dictionary project, offering a feature-rich resource that goes beyond simple definitions of words; and its new translated Web search makes it easier to find Web pages written in more than 40 languages.

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Future tech: Interview with Emotiv co-founder Nam Do, and the science behind mind control

 Controlling computers with our minds may sound like science fiction, but one Australian company is doing just that. Daniel Long spoke to co-founder Nan Do about the inner workings of the Emotiv technology

Emotiv Systems co-founder and CEO Nam Do is an excitable type of guy.  Easy-going and bubbling with energy, he's been doing the talk circuit for a while now, spruiking the wonders of the company's EPOC device - a device that's gained attention for its potential to let gamers control their PCs with their thoughts.

Google Public DNS

What is Google Public DNS?

Google Public DNS is a free, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, that you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider.

To try it out:

* Configure your network settings to use the IP addresses 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 as your DNS servers or
* Read our configuration instructions.

If you decide to try Google Public DNS, your client programs will perform all DNS lookups using Google Public DNS.

Why does DNS matter?

New Bing Maps Beta Could be the Google Maps Killer

Microsoft is giving Bing Maps a much needed refresh in an attempt to compete with Google’s dominant product. The new beta utilizes Microsoft’s own Silverlight multimedia plugin to provide smoother zooming and redraws. It also allows some very nice looking 3D building maps. It certainly does feel like a very polished experience, in contrast to Google’s more utilitarian aesthetic.

The complicated history of simple scientific facts

Every now and then, the public gets a glimpse at what goes into the making of scientific consensus on an important question. No, we're not talking about the infamous climate change emails—we're talking about how science really comes to its conclusions, a process that involves a few hundred years of work.

Nokia accuses LCD manufacturers of price fixing

Well we can't say that such accusations are rare, since we keep seeing them pop up every now and then, and this time it's Nokia's turn as the mobile phone giant has decided to take action against alleged price fixing on the LCD market.

The Finland-based company has filed a suit in the US Disctrict court accusing the likes of Samsung Electronics, LG Display, Sharp, Hitachi and Chunghwa Picture Tubes of fixing prices on handset LCDs.

Q&A Videos Galore

With over 300 Q&A videos completed to date, a lot of questions are already answered. Although there will always be questions, so I'll be here to answer them. Remember, 'Keep your questions coming' ;)

Large Hadron Collider starts up, produces first collisions

After a series of complications and setbacks, the Large Hadron Collider sees its first particle-particle collisions after a weekend of furious activity. While these weren't at any significant energy, the milestone marks an important step in getting the mammoth machine up and running and filling in the last space on the particle bingo card.

Modern Tech versus The Past

Most of us assume modern life is the peak of human achievement, but is it really? We decided to take a look at the major technologies of the modern world and compare them to their closest equivalent of pre-digital mankind. The results are surprising. (READ MORE)

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