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Why Do We See Similarities Across Languages? Human Brain May Be Responsible

Why Do We See Similarities Across Languages? Human Brain May Be Responsible

An estimated 7,099 languages are spoken throughout the world today. Almost a third of them are endangered — spoken by dwindling numbers — while just 23 languages represent more than half of the global population. For years, researchers have been interested in the similarities seen across human languages. A new study led by University of

Amazon’s AI division is a revolving door of talent for Microsoft and Google

Amazon’s AI division is a revolving door of talent for Microsoft and Google

A recently released report shows that Amazon, over the last five years, has been involved in an AI-developer ménage à trois with Google and Microsoft. It turns out all three companies have a penchant for poaching talent in the machine-learning field from each other on a regular basis. Last month Amazon was looking everywhere to fill its open AI positions, and


Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go standalone VR headset

Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go standalone VR headset

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to get a billion people to live and play in VR. But the company won’t get there with premium VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, which require expensive gaming PCs. Mobile VR headsets like the Gear VR are nice, but they don’t offer the same immersion. Facebook’s solution? Oculus Go, an all-in-one standalone

The Oculus ‘Santa Cruz’ headset will be the realization of a VR dream

The Oculus ‘Santa Cruz’ headset will be the realization of a VR dream

Oculus gave more details about its its next-generation VR headset today at the Oculus Connect 4 developer conference. It also said the headset would become available “in the next year.” The catch: The headset is still a prototype, and it will only be made available to developers. The new headset, codenamed Santa Cruz, is the company’s first


Why bone-conduction might be the headphone technology of the future

Why bone-conduction might be the headphone technology of the future

When you’re choosing a pair of headphones for long runs or outdoor adventuring, Bluetooth is a no-brainer — no annoying wires that get in the way, and all the controls you need are usually right on the headphones themselves. That said, not all Bluetooth headphones are created equal, and there’s a fine line between being

B&O announces BeoPlay E8 in-ear wireless AirPod rivals

B&O announces BeoPlay E8 in-ear wireless AirPod rivals

There’s a bit of a schism between headphone advocates right now: the gap is between those that prefer cables (for reliability and better audio quality) and those that insist on wireless (erring for convenience and, of course, not having to deal with tangled cables). B&O now has something for the second group, with the launch of the Beoplay E8 – the


JBL announces Link range of Google Assistant smart speakers

JBL announces Link range of Google Assistant smart speakers

JBL Link is a three-strong range of smart speakers: Link 10, Link 20 and Link 300. Thanks to Google Assistant voice control and Chromecast built-in, all three speakers promise an absolutely painless user experience – and, according to JBL, class-leading sound quality too. Link 10 is a 2 x 8-watt design, capable of dealing with 24bit/96kHz

Sony launches £600 NW-ZX300 Walkman

Sony launches £600 NW-ZX300 Walkman

It wouldn’t really be IFA without the launch of a new Sony Walkman. 2016 saw the arrival of the gold-plated NW-WM1Z and although this year’s arrival forgoes any bling, the NW-ZX300 still looks like a serious portable music player.​ The player uses Sony’s S-Master HX digital amplifier and supports all flavours of high-res audio from native 11.2MHz DSD to 32-bit/384kHz PCM


B&W launches all-new 700 Series speaker range

B&W launches all-new 700 Series speaker range

Bowers and Wilkins has announced details of its new speaker range, the 700 Series. The nine-strong range (three standmounters, three floorstanders, a couple of centre speakers and a subwoofer) supercedes the CM Series. The 700 Series incoporates both brand-new technologies and trickle-down tech from the well-received 800 Series. The new tweeter design is dubbed Carbon Dome, and

Amazon Echo tips, tricks, best hidden features and easter eggs

Amazon Echo tips, tricks, best hidden features and easter eggs

Amazon’s Echo speaker boasts the brilliant voice-activated Alexa home assistant, which offers impressive command recognition and loads of features to make your life easy. Here’s our tips and tricks guide to getting started with the Amazon Echo, including popular commands, hidden features you might not know about and some cool little easter eggs. Months after its UK launch