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Virtual reality helps reinvent police training
Virtual reality is being used to train law enforcement officers for scenarios they may encounter out in the field, ranging from traffic stops to active shooter situations.A new facility incorporating a...
Brain training has no effect on decision-making or cognitive function, researchers report
A recent study found that, not only did commercial brain training with Lumosity™ have no effect on decision-making, it also had no effect on cognitive function beyond practice effects on the training tasks....
Strength not just about muscles, say scientists
Scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln say new research shows that physical strength might come as much from exercising the nervous system as it does from training the muscles.In a study,...
Oculus has created a pediatric surgery simulation
Oculus has announced that it has created a project that will help to train medical students how to respond in life-or-death situations. Oculus’ VR for good initiative, in partnership with Children’s Hospital...
A new kind of tech job emphasizes skills, not a college degree
A few years ago, Sean Bridges lived with his mother, Linda, in Wiley Ford, W.Va. Their only income was her monthly Social Security disability check. He applied for work at Walmart and Burger King, but...
The best Linux training providers 2017
Linux is no longer an obscure operating system only installed on email servers and tech boffin’s laptops – rather it has become a flexible and powerful alternative to paid-for operating systems like Windows...
Red Hat System Administration I course
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (often shortened to RHEL) is a commercially developed version of Linux which is mainly used by corporations. This is rather unusual for a Linux distro, but one advantage of being...
Google is making a big-time move in silicon that should scare Nvidia
Google has spent a decade building servers that can handle billions of web searches a day. The company is now developing chips to deliver the smartest results. At its annual developer conference on Wednesday,...
Brain stimulation during training boosts performance
New research shows that working memory training combined with a kind of noninvasive brain stimulation can lead to cognitive improvement under certain conditions. Improving working memory or cognitive strategies...
Garmin Forerunner 935
The Garmin 935 is something of a watch that straddles two worlds: the insane power of the Fenix 5 and the sleek lines of the less ostentatious running watch range from the brand.Actually, it pops a leg...
In search of the impossible: the perfect training plan for the London Marathon
I’ve just completed my final long run before the big day (a brilliant steady-speed run in the sunshine with the rest of the Runsketeer crew), and as I was looking through all my stats on Strava I nosed...
Justin Trudeau: Robots are going to steal some jobs, but Canada has a plan to help
Automation replacing jobs is inevitable, according to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But, instead of trying to ignore advancements, governments should help educate and train citizens to help...
The Garmin Forerunner 935 is a smartwatch for serious athletes
Just two months after it updated its Fenix smartwatch range, Garmin has announced another new smartwatch called the Garmin Forerunner 935.Where the Fenix range is designed for the casual outdoor user...
Linux Academy Rolls Out New Cloud-Based Training Platform
Linux Academy, an online training platform for the Linux OS and cloud computing, has announced a public beta rollout of its Cloud Assessments platform, designed to let large enterprise firms train and...
Top 5 best online business learning solutions of 2017
Staff members are, of course, critical to any business, and human resource departments have to strive to find the best recruits for their organisation, putting in place a sterling system for filtering...
How to get fit with your smartphone in less than 20 minutes a day
‘It’s raining.’ ‘It’s cold.’ ‘The duvet is too heavy.’ ‘I’ve got to be at work early.’ ‘I must stay late at the office.’ ‘I’d rather have a drink…’ Any of these gym-avoiding excuses sound familiar? Well,...
Researchers are training AI to listen just like humans
Artificial intelligence researchers are making progress towards their goals of training AI systems to understand speech from audio input alone, just like humans do.At the moment, the majority of AI can...
This Star Wars X-Wing drone will make a Starfighter out of you
If you grew up with Star Wars you probably had dreams of becoming a pilot and flying epic space battles. Well now Propel is bringing this dream from a long time ago and a galaxy far away to reality with...
New AI algorithm taught by humans learns beyond its training
Researchers have designed an algorithm that learns directly from human instructions, rather than an existing set of examples, and outperformed conventional methods of training neural networks by 160 per...
Increased Muscle Strength Can Improve Mild Cognitive Impairment
As populations continue to age, more and more people are going to begin to experience mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. It’s predicted that by 2050, 135 million Americans...
10 Training Tips for Developers as They Go for the Gold in Security
The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro caught the collective attention of the world, which watched as best-in-class athletes from countries from around the world competed for the coveted medals and...
Virtual reality helps 8 paralyzed people move again
A regimen of brain training has restored partial sensation and muscle control in the legs of eight people paralyzed by spinal cord injuries, researchers report.The step-by-step training appears to jump-start...
New Study Suggests Paraplegics Could Regain Mobility
The first clinical reports on technology that could allow paraplegics to walk again have been released, and researchers say the results suggest the future may offer significant recovery from otherwise...
Virtual reality helps eight paralysed people feel their legs
Robotic trainingAASDAP/Lente Viva Filmes/PA Wire By New Scientist staff and Press AssociationEight paralysed people have regained some feeling in their legs after training with brain-controlled robotic...
Training your staff on Google Apps just became much easier
Google has introduced a new training scheme for its Apps for Work online productivity suite.Going by the commendably straightforward name of Training for Google Apps, it's an interactive tutorial experience...
Brain training game for troops tackles effects of combat trauma
Zoning inIlan Wald, Tel Aviv UniversityBy Oded CarmeliTHE Israeli army has announced that by the end of the year all new infantry soldiers will play a computer game designed to prevent post-traumatic...
IT Security Skills Gap More Harmful for SMBs Than Larger Firms
More than half of small businesses do not have regular access to security experts, and two-thirds have no training or certification in security. The shortage of security professionals is hurting small...
What Does it Take to Become a NASA Astronaut?
For many aspiring space explorers around the world, becoming an astronaut is a childhood dream. But have you ever wondered how one becomes a NASA astronaut? As with most things, it begins with filling...
Google acquires Synergyse, an interactive training service for Google Apps
Google has acquired Synergyse, a Toronto-based interactive training service for Google Apps for Work that was launched by a group of former Google employees in 2013. As part of this acquisition,...
Master AWS for $39
Amazon Web Services is used by everyone from GE and Netflix to AirBnB and Unilever. In other words, it’s a must-know—and a skill that can help kick your career up a notch. Get the Advanced Cloud Computing...
Master CrazyTalk Animator 2 with This Bundle
A favorite among video editors, CrazyTalk Animator 2 makes it easy to create pro-level animations whether you’re a beginner or already working as an animator. Master the software with this CrazyTalk Animator...
Tampa Bay Rays are now using virtual reality for batting practice
Earlier this week, virtual reality sports training company EON Sports VR announced a partnership with Major League Baseball team the Tampa Bay Rays. This new collaboration will see the team having batting...
Master Word and Excel (and Get the Certification to Prove It)
We don’t mean to alarm you, but there’s a lot more to Microsoft than just fiddling around with font size and margins in Word until your college papers looked longer than they actually were. Make Word...
Wombat Launches Health Care Security Awareness Program
Wombat’s solution is a bundled package, offering CyberStrength knowledge assessments, interactive training modules, and security awareness materials. Security awareness and training solutions specialist...
Fitness entrepreneur pleads guilty to bilking investors
Newman, 36, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in New Jersey last week to one count of wire fraud in a scheme that authorities said bilked at least 30 investors out of about $3.1 million. The guilty...
How realistic is EA Sports UFC 2? - CNET
vMixed Martial Arts is an incredibly technical sport. In the Octagon, fighters are forced to make multiple decisions and execute difficult physical moves in seconds. But would real-life training in MMA...
Iofit Smart Balance Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET
A casual jogger with a gait problem, I lunged at the chance to try out the Smart Balance training shoes from Samsung Creative Labs-spinoff Iofit (that's an "i", not an "L"). As soon as I cinched their...
Smart physical training in virtual reality
A new system in a virtual training room is helping users practice and improve sports exercises and other motor activities. Now six research groups are working on a project to develop a virtual coaching...
Swimbot puts a swimming coach on your head
There are already plenty of music players that work underwater, along with watches that count swimmers' laps and strokes. The SwimBot can do those things too, but it also does a lot more. For instance,...
Running gives your brain a work out, say scientists
Lead researcher Professor Heikki Kainulainen said: "Aerobic exercise, such as running, has positive effects on brain structure and function, for example, the generation of neurons in the hippocampus,...
Get Your Project Management Professional Certification
Project management is growing more in-demand and more lucrative every day. And a Project Management Professional certification is a must if you're looking to break into the industry. Jumpstart your career...
Training essential for disaster response
Doctors were more likely to have completed formal disaster management courses, but nursers were more likely to have participated in mock disaster response exercises. Credit: ER24 EMS (Pty) Ltd As people...
Real-World Machine Learning: Model Evaluation and Optimization
By Henrik Brink, Joseph W. Richards, and Mark Fetherolf The primary goal of supervised machine learning is accurate prediction. We want our ML model to be as accurate as possible when predicting on new...
This photographer wants to be the first artist in space
This article was first published in the January 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content...
Spaceman school: British astronaut Tim Peake in training, in pictures
Along with astronauts Yuri Malenchenko from Russia and Timothy Kopra from the United States, Major Timothy Peake will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station (ISS) on 15 December...
Hardest part of becoming an astronaut? Learning Russian, says Tim Peake
“I felt like walking out halfway through,” he said of his language training. “The more further down the training we go the more technical the Russian language becomes. “Learning Russian has been the single...
Was enough Stem funding announced in the autumn statement?
Curriculum not the be-all and end-all TechUK recently called upon the technology industry and government to collaborate to encourage more people to take up Stem-based careers. Ritu Mahandru, vice-president...
Learning design software for life after prison
Monica Oliva, 37, who graduated from a computer design training program at Folsom Prison on Nov. 19, 2015.(Photo: Elizabeth Weise) FOLSOM, CALIF. — Monica Oliva is getting out of prison this month after...
This strap Shifts your smartwatch's viewing angle for workouts
One of the key reasons to own a smartwatch is its use as a fitness tracker. From the Apple Watch to the Moto 360 (and everything in-between), smartwatches come with a range of neat tricks designed to...
Does Cambridge University Hospital’s Epic project indicate NHS lacks capacity?
eHospital “unrealistic” A former employee who worked in IT, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that before the eHospital project the state of the trust’s IT “was bad – it had been neglected for many...
Prime Minister's celebrity trainer launches 'Netflix for Fitness'
Anyone with an internet-connected device and access to the web can subscribe to the channel for £15 a month, or pay-per-view from £3 a session. Classes will include high intensity training, Pilates, yoga,...
Alzheimer's disease: Online brain training 'improves daily lives of over-60s'
The package comprised three reasoning tasks, such as balancing weights on a see-saw, and three problem-solving tasks, such as putting numbered tiles in numerical order. Volunteers completed cognitive...
3D printing provides low-cost alternative in bronchoscopy simulation training
3D-printed tracheobronchial tree models compared favorably against other more standard models in training pulmonary physicians to perform bronchoscopy, researchers have found. The study compared the two...
The Sixers Meditate And So Should You
When you picture professional basketball players in training, you might think of weight rooms and sprint drills. You probably wouldn't picture a team lying on the floor in silence. But this has become...
Get a 13.3-inch Toshiba Chromebook 2 for $189.99
CNET's Cheapskate scours the Web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page.Enlarge Image CNET I don't know how long these...
Motorbike delivery and ride-sharing app Go-Jek boosts Jakarta's traffic-clogged economy
Three years ago, Ferly Aninditya's stall at a Jakarta food court was losing money. Deterred by the Indonesian capital's paralysing traffic, few customers were prepared to come to him. But that was before...
Cramer Remix: Why investors shouldn’t abandon Alphabet
Finally, Cramer sat down with Donald Walker, the CEO of Canada-based automotive company Magna International, to get his take on the welfare of the auto industry. Walker maintained that the global auto...
AMD stock soars 7% after strong guidance, earnings beat
Shares of Advanced Micro Devices soared after the company raised its outlook and reported earnings that topped expectations. The stock surged 7 percent in after-hours trading as more than 13 million shares...
Uber is protecting driver ratings and fixing fares to shrink turnover
Uber wants to respond better to drivers' complaints. It has been on a campaign to retain its drivers and recruit new ones, and last month, the company started by rolling out an in-app tipping feature...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark