AOC’s curved frameless Agon monitors push gaming immersion to the max

AOC has revealed a pair of new curved gaming monitors which benefit from a ‘three-sides frameless’ design, along with AMD’s FreeSync technology. The two new Agon models are 31.5-inch (AG322QCX) and 27-inch (AG272FCX) in size, with screens that boast a curvature of 1800mm, the most pronounced curve the Agon range has seen yet for the…

Doubts cast over whether teenager located lost Maya city

Fundamental breakthroughs in archaeology are a comparatively rare event. For everyKing Tut’s tomb or discovery of Troy, there’s thousands of hours of painstaking labor, whether that means tromping through jungles, excavating fragments of pottery, or poring over ancient manuscripts preserved by volcanic eruptions. The Internet is currently erupting with stories of William Gadoury, a 15-year…

Kepler team announces largest-ever collection of 1,284 verified new exoplanets

NASA announced that its Kepler telescope has verified 1,284 exoplanets in our galaxy, more than doubling the number of known planets orbiting other stars. An additional 1,327 candidates have better-than-even odds of being actual planets, but they aren’t well enough substantiated to be called “verified,” and will require additional study. What’s more, Kepler reports nine…

Digital Doodles, Magnetic Lighting, and Alexa Everywhere Print Email

Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that’s taken off just enough time from listening to and dissecting Beyoncé’s Lemonade to explore the latest in gadget announcements. In our pitcher this week are an elegant pen for recording your doodles, a spin on the smart light switch, and a new home for Amazon’s Alexa…

Home May Be Where the Technology Is

Medicare started off the year putting into action a program to encourage more doctors to discuss end-of-life and advance care plans with patients. While the details tend to focus on the hard choices on the far side of those arrangements, new and near-future technologies could preserve life’s simple pleasures on their front end. End-of-life conversations…

Some Tech to Watch Over Me

When road maps for advanced care terminate in the familiar surroundings of one’s home, as opposed to assisted living facilities and hospitals, technology can be as critical and comforting as human caregiving. Neither can replace the benefits the other brings. About 46 percent of survey respondents — doctors who regularly work with senior citizens —…

Futuristic Digital Assistant Viv Takes the Stage

Viv Labs CEO Dag Kittlaus on Monday demonstrated at Disrupt NY 2016 technology that was designed to make people-to-machine interactions as natural as people-to-people interactions. Kittlaus, the former CEO of Siri, and other Siri vets cofounded Viv in 2012. The artificial intelligence-enabled interface requires no user manual and can handle complex tasks via simple commands….

Google, Fiat Chrysler Team on Self-Driving Minivans

Google’s Self-Driving Car Project and Fiat Chrysler last week announced that they would integrate autonomous vehicle technology into 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans as part of Google’s testing program. It is the first time Google has worked directly with a car manufacturer to integrate its self-driving technology into a passenger vehicle. It will add 100…

Clock Is Ticking for Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft last week announced that Windows 10 was running on 300 million PCs and reminded customers that its free upgrade offer would end July 29. After that date, the price to upgrade to Windows 10 Home will be US$119. “We’re pleased to see Windows 10 become one of the largest online services in less than…