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  • Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 5:30PM ET

    It’s Monday, which means it is time for you to listen into the recording booth when the Engadget HD podcast goes to mp3 at 5:30PM. Please be a part of it by reviewing the list of topics after the break, and then participating in the live chat too.

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  • Google Play unveils ‘surprise calendar countdown’ promo for the holidays

    Google unveils 'surprise calendar countdown' app giveaway promo, ends on the New Year

    Ah, the month of December, when thoughts turn to mistletoe, eggnog and excruciatingly painful trips to the mall. However, Android users could find solace in Google’s recently launched “surprise calendar countdown” giveaway program that promises a daily store offer until January 1st, 2013. Of course, this sort of promo isn’t unusual this time of year — the Mountain View company offered a ten apps for ten cents sale last year and Apple’s done the freebie thing over on the iOS side — but Google appears to be upping the ante this time with extra deals. For example, if you download the free Hotel Tonight application today, you’ll also get a $35 credit to be used toward a hotel stay if you use the “Google35” promo code. Sure, that won’t exactly pay for a night on the town, but it might be enough for room service. We’re not sure what other offers are in store, so we suggest checking Google Play every day from now until the new year for a bit of holiday cheer.

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    Via: TechCrunch

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  • IBM’s 5 in 5 predicts cognitive computing will complement our senses, virtualize touch

    DNP IBM's 5 in 5 predicts how cognitive computing will complement our senses

    IBM thinks cognitive computers that can adapt to their surroundings will be a large part of our future, and that their ability to take unprocessed data and find patterns in different environments will augment our sensory interactions with our surroundings. While many of us associate haptic feedback with video game controllers, IBM says that we’ll soon be able to use variable vibrations to feel physical textures while, say, shopping for garments on our mobile devices. If shopping is too material for your tastes, imagine farmers being able to touch their crops out in the fields to remotely monitor the harvest’s health.

    On the chemosensation front, scientists envision phones that can detect biomarkers in our breath that may predict when a cold is coming, before you get your first sniffle (and it might be Dr. Watson making that diagnosis). While some of this seems even a bit far-fetched to us, it’s inspiring to see what the researchers at IBM are thinking up. Check the videos in the source below to see what else could be in our future, and let’s check back in December 2017 to see how far we’ve come.

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    Source: A Smarter Planet

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