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Breakthrough will help keep making smaller, smarter phones

We can be a bit hard to please. We all want our devices to do more and more while consuming less power and taking up less space. And of course, they should look beautiful. But how often do we stop to think about how these incredible machines get built? The unsung heroes of these devices …

Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:30:27 +0000

Next up, wireless buds to unlock your smartphone

Can you hear me now? Good. Now, unlock that phone. University at Buffalo computer scientist Zhanpeng Jin and his team have developed EarEcho, a biometric tool that can authenticate smartphone users via their wireless earbuds. The tool uses unique geometry of human ear canals. “It doesn’t matter what the sound is, everyone’s ears are different …

Sun, 20 Oct 2019 18:00:09 +0000

Don’t believe the 5G hype

If you live in America and are dreaming of 5G to come and sizzle up your devices (which might set you back big money), it is, frankly, time to wake up and smell the hype. While U.S. wireless companies like AT&T love to talk up 5G, when it comes to sharing details on availability, they  …

Sun, 20 Oct 2019 16:20:04 +0000

Climate Neutral

Fair Trade, USDA Organic, and now Climate Neutral. Climate Neutral is a logo that is “carried by brands that measure, reduce, and offset all of the carbon generated by making and delivering their products.” The idea for the new label comes from Peter Dering, CEO of Peak Design, a camera accessories company. There are many …

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 22:26:09 +0000

Look what NASA has cooking

6 really cool advanced technologies that NASA has developed and is willing to license for commercial use. Take a look and would love to hear from you as to what they can be used for.

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:48:20 +0000

Tracking Flu Online

A fascinating look at how scientists are currently using social media and online data to track the flu trends. And it all goes back to 2008, when Google launched, well Flu Trends. Read on Nature. 

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:47:40 +0000

Files, R.I.P.

Computer files are going extinct. It is about time. And here is why.

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:25:01 +0000

Global Map of the Internet

Global Map of the Internet — no, literally. I used to feature this on my old blog all the time. It is good to see friends at Telegeography still continuing the tradition. Check it out.

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:26:30 +0000

Oh Annie

Google held its fall product launch event in New York. There were some good bits, some great bits, and there was a bit that was a head-scratcher. It involved famous photographer Annie Leibovitz, who was invited on stage to talk about the Pixel 4 phone and its photography capabilities. It was a bit of a …

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:48:18 +0000

Google’s new smart home strategy, explained

“It’s also locking down a new model for the smart home that will rely on Google as an essential gatekeeper for Nest devices. This will keep Google in the game as it negotiates with other device makers and platforms,” writes my former colleague Stacey Higginbotham about Google’s new approach to its smart home ecosystem. It …

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:35:48 +0000

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