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The Most Exciting Update to Dyson's New Cordless Vac Is...  a Battery Meter?

If something runs on batteries, you’ll find a battery meter somewhere on it. Your smartphone, your vape; even batteries themselves can tell you how close they are to dying. So why am I excited about Dyson’s inclusion of a redesigned battery meter on its new V11 cordless vacuum? It finally alleviates the anxieties of…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Appliances, Dyson, Vacuums, Consumer Tech, V11


Dyson's Daylight Tracking Lamp Matches the Light Outside So You Don't Feel Like Such a Shut-In

We’ve spent decades bathed in the glow of artificial light, but it’s only recently that we’ve started to realize our bodies are naturally tuned to the sun, and exposure to the fake stuff can throw off sleep schedules and even damage our eyes. Dyson, which has re-engineered everything from vacuums to hair dryers, is…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Dyson, Lighting, Lamps, Consumer Tech


A Bunch of Samsung's Speedy MicroSD Cards Are Cheaper Than Ever

We’ve seen several deals on high capacity microSD cards lately, but Samsung’s EVO is one of the fastest models out there, and its 256GB variant just dropped to $40, a new all-time low for the U3-rated card. If you need a ton of storage for Switch games or GoPro footage, this is definitely worth a look.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Storage, Samsung, Tech


This physicist has written over 500 biographies of female scientists on Wikipedia

It’s not surprising how grossly underrepresented women are in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM). Hell, in the UK, half of state schools submitted no girls to study A-Level physics. Although the stats are disheartening, it doesn’t reflect women’s ability, instead it shines an unforgiving light on the realities of the society we live in. Just 17 percent of the English-language biographies on Wikipedia are about women, and female scientists in particular  are badly re...
Tags: Startups, UK, Science, Wikipedia, Tech, Jessica Wade


Intel and Cray are building a $500 million ‘exascale’ supercomputer for Argonne National Lab

In a way, I have the equivalent of a supercomputer in my pocket. But in another, more important way, that pocket computer is a joke compared with real supercomputers — and Intel and Cray are putting together one of the biggest ever with a half-billion-dollar contract from the Department of Energy. It’s going to do exaflops! The “Aurora” program aims to put together an “exascale” computing system for Argonne National Laboratory by 2021. The “exa” is prefix indicating bigness, in this case 1 qu...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Government, China, Tech, Intel, Ibm, Supercomputers, Department Of Energy, Aurora, Cray, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne National Lab


Upgrade To an Eye-Popping Curved Monitor For $180

Curved TVs might be a gimmick, but curved computer monitors actually make some sense, because you actually sit close enough to them for the curve to wrap around your periphery. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Samsung, Tech, Computers Accessories


What can psychopaths teach us about AI?

What happens when machines learn to manipulate us by faking our emotions? Judging by the rate at which researchers are developing human-like AI agents, we’re about to find out. Researchers around the world are trying to create more human-like AI. By definition, they’re developing artificial psychopaths. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – there’s nothing inherently wrong with being a psychopath, and all AI agents are artificial psychopaths simply because they lack the full range of neurotypical...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence


Keen, a San Antonio SaaS Startup Owned by Scaleworks, Hires New CEO

San Antonio—Ben Kuhn has been promoted to become the CEO of Keen, a San Antonio startup that helps software developers with custom application programming interfaces for data collection and analytics.Kuhn was hired as the general manager of Keen in 2018, having previously worked at healthcare companies DaVita and Genentech. Most recently, he co-founded another software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup in San Antonio, Luka Health, which he left for Keen.Keen is owned by Scaleworks, an investment firm...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Science, Technology, Developer, Trends, Startup, Tech, ROI, Analytics, Developers, Software, SaaS, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Software Development


IBM’s latest trick: Turning noisy quantum bits into machine learning magic

IBM‘s figured out how to ignore noisy qubits and run machine learning algorithms in quantum feature spaces. Eureka-cadabra! The age of quantum algorithms is upon us. A team of IBM researchers created a pair of quantum classification algorithms and then experimentally implemented them on a hybrid system utilizing a 2-qubit quantum computer and a classical superconductor. Basically, they demonstrated that quantum computers can provide advantages in machine learning that classical computers, alone,...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm, Insider


Tiny claws let drones perch like birds and bats

Drones are useful in countless ways, but that usefulness is often limited by the time they can stay in the air. Shouldn’t drones be able to take a load off too? With these special claws attached, they can perch or hang with ease, conserving battery power and vastly extending their flight time. The claws, created by a highly multinational team of researchers I’ll list at the end, are inspired by birds and bats. The team noted that many flying animals have specially adapted feet or claws suited to...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Yale, Robotics, Biomimetic, Science Robotics, Biomimesis, Kaiyu Hang Ximin Lyu Haoran Song Johannes, Stork Aaron M Dollar Danica Kragic, Fu Zhang


It's a Great Day to Upgrade To Google's Mesh Wi-Fi System

Google Wifi is one of the highest profile competitors in the exploding mesh router market, and Amazon’s marking down their three-pack of Wifi access points to just $259, within $10 of the best price we’ve ever seen.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Networking, Tech, Google Wifi


Garmin Hopes People Will Pay Thousands for a Smartwatch If It's Pretty

Garmin has a solid track record when it comes to making smartwatches that don’t look like smartwatches. Its Vívomove HR manages to completely hide its smart capabilities under a non-descript analog face. Inspired by feature-packed watches from company’s like Breitling and Omega (and the big prices they command), the…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Tech, Smartwatches, Garmin, Omega, Consumer Tech, Marq


SanDisk's Ultra-Fast Portable SSDs Have Never Been Cheaper

A couple capacities of SanDisk’s tiny external SSDs are marked down to all-time low prices today on Amazon. Not everyone needs these, but they’re spacious, rugged, and compared to most flash drives, extremely fast. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Storage, Tech, Sandisk, Ssds


Samsung's All-Wireless TV Concept Is the Real Cordcutting Solution I Want

There are a few ways to hide or camouflage the bundle of cables that hang from most wall-mounted TVs—power, HDMI, etc.—but none are as truly invisible as the wireless technology that was recently revealed in a patent Samsung filed with the World Intellectual Property Office in March of last year. It eliminates cables…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, TV, Science, Television, Samsung, Tech, Patents, Televisions, Cords, Consumer Tech, Wireless Power, World Intellectual Property Office


Dr. Scholl's Found a Good Use for 3D Printing, and My Feet Are So Much Happier for It

If a large part of your day is spent on your feet, a good pair of shoes can only do so much to keep you comfortable. Every foot requires different levels of support and cushioning, and ideally, we’d all visit a pedorthist for a custom set of shoe inserts, were it not so expensive. Dr. Scholl’s has a cheaper $99…Read more...
Tags: Science, Comfort, Shoes, Tech, 3d Printing, Feet, Wiivv, Consumer Tech, DR SCHOLLS, Scholl, Inserts


The Durable Glass Bendy Phones Need Could Be Years Away

I’ve loved the idea of folding gadgets ever since Arthur C. Clarke talked about flexible “SoftScreens” in books like, The Light of Other Days. A device that can be folded and crumpled without breaking? That’s my idea of the perfect gadget, and while the bendy Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X seem like they bring…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Samsung, Tech, Smartphones, Arthur C Clarke, Huawei, Consumer Tech, Corning, Gorilla Glass, Willow Glass, Royole, Royole Flexpai, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Mate X


Robocall Hell, Divination Bot Returns, and a Fake MD: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The winds of time blow strangely here, in our unfortunate state of internet-enabled perpetual present, but how the heck is it already March? This is not a rhetorical question. If you could explain this to me, that would be great.Read more...
Tags: Google, Comics, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Dogs, Environment, Tech, IPOs, Mental Health, Genetics, US military, Volcanoes, Invasive Species, Pharmaceuticals, Biodiversity


Humans have completely destabilized land animal diversity

Species living on land make up 85 percent to 95 percent of all biodiversity on Earth today. This is especially impressive when we consider that the continents cover only 30 percent of our planet’s surface area. And that most land species are descendants of a small number of pioneering groups that invaded the land about 400m years ago. Surprisingly, though, scientists strongly disagree about when land biodiversity reached modern levels. Is what we see today typical of the last several tens, or ev...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Earth, Syndication


Koala-sensing drone helps keep tabs on drop bear numbers

It’s obviously important to Australians to make sure their koala population is closely tracked — but how can you do so when the suckers live in forests and climb trees all the time? With drones and AI, of course. A new project from Queensland University of Technology combines some well-known techniques in a new way to help keep an eye on wild populations of the famous and soft marsupials. They used a drone equipped with a heat-sensing camera, then ran the footage through a deep learning model tr...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Australia, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Conservation, Queensland, Machine Learning, Uavs, Endangered Species, Koalas, Computer Vision, Koala


Does Rolls-Royce Really Want to Make Jet Engines?

The “uncontained failure” of a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine on a Qantas A380 almost caused the plane to crash.  Subsequently all A380s with these engines had to be grounded while modifications were made. Coming from an English-heritage country (New Zealand), Rolls-Royce has always been a brand with special magic to me, and to most other people of English extraction.In decades now well past, the name Rolls-Royce was the sine qua non of highest quality, highest reliability, ultra-prestigious motor...
Tags: Travel, UK, Science, Ge, France, Miscellaneous, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Vw, Current Affairs, Sydney, New Zealand, Qantas, Airbus, Bmw


Prototype prosthesis proffers proper proprioceptive properties

Researchers have created a prosthetic hand that offers its users the ability to feel where it is and how the fingers are positioned — a sense known as proprioception. The headline may be in jest, but the advance is real and may help amputees more effectively and naturally use their prostheses. Prosthesis rejection is a real problem for amputees, and many choose to simply live without these devices, electronic or mechanical, since they can complicate as much as they simplify. Part of that is the ...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Microsoft, Tech, Robotics, Prosthetics, Medtech, Lausanne, EPFL, Amputees, Prosthesis, Artificial Limbs, Silvestro Micera


The Toys of the 1980s Are Making a Major Comeback This Year

Blockbusters like the Star Wars trilogy, as well as unregulated TV advertising to kids, helped the ’80s churn out some of the most memorable toys of all time. Thirty years later, the ’80s are enjoying a renaissance thanks to shows like Stranger Things, and toymakers are happy to resurrect and hawk classic collectibles…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Video Games, Tech, Retro, Nostalgia, Consumer Tech, Toy Fair, Toy Fair 2019


Here’s what the weather looks like on Uranus and Neptune

The outer region of the solar system may be the least explored, but scientists have managed to unravel several of its mysteries in recent weeks. On New Year’s Day, the NASA spacecraft New Horizons encountered the icy object Ultima Thule for the first time, shedding light on how it formed. Astronomers have also just discovered a previously unknown moon orbiting Neptune, which has been dubbed “Hippocamp”. Another discovery, thanks to new images from the Hubble Space Telescope, is that there’s a va...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Neptune, Ultima Thule, Syndication


Climate change kills off clouds over the ocean in new simulation

We all know climate change is affecting weather systems and ecosystems around the world, but exactly how and in what way is still a topic of intense study. New simulations made possible by higher-powered computers suggest that cloud cover over oceans may die off altogether once a certain level of CO2 has been reached, accelerating warming and contributing to a vicious cycle. A paper published in Nature details the new, far more detailed simulation of cloud formation and the effects of solar radi...
Tags: Cloud, Weather, Science, Climate Change, Climate, US, Tech, Global Warming, Earth, Noaa, Gpu, GreenTech, Simulations, Quanta, California Institute of Technology


Samsung Will Announce the Future of Galaxy Phones Today—How to Watch Live

Mobile World Congress starts in Barcelona, Spain, next week, and ahead of all the announcements from that show Samsung’s pointing the spotlight at itself today by announcing the Galaxy S10, at least a couple of other variants, and possibly even the company’s much-hyped folding mobile device. Here’s how to watch it all …Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Congress, Samsung, Events, Tech, Smartphones, Galaxy, Consumer Tech, Barcelona Spain, Samsung Unpacked, Galaxy S10, Galaxy F, Infinity Flex, Galaxy Sport, Galaxy Buds


GenCure Plans Adult Stem Cell Lab at San Antonio “Innovation Center”

San Antonio—GenCure, a subsidiary of life sciences nonprofit BioBridge Global, expects to open a biomanufacturing laboratory this year at a new “innovation center” that’s being developed by VelocityTX in San Antonio.GenCure is a regenerative medicine-focused organization that accepts and stores bone marrow and umbilical cord blood, which it uses to produce adult stem cells for research. BioBridge plans to lease 21,000 square feet of space for GenCure at the new four-acre VelocityTX complex, whi...
Tags: Energy, Startups, Accelerator, Texas, Science, Technology, Funding, Entrepreneur, Trends, Startup, Tech, Tax, Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology, Incubator, Innovation


These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon

The clean energy boffins in their labs are always upping the theoretical limit on how much power you can get out of sunshine, but us plebes actually installing solar cells are stuck with years-old tech that’s not half as good as what they’re seeing. This new design from Insolight could be the one that changes all that. Insolight is a spinoff from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where they’ve been working on this new approach for a few years — and it’s almost ready to hit your roof....
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Solar Power, GreenTech, Cto, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Solar Cells, Ackermann, Insolight, Mathiu Ackermann


Watch the historic first private mission to the Moon launch Thursday night

For the first time later this week, a privately developed moon lander will launch aboard a privately built rocket, organized by a private launch coordinator. It’s an historic moment in space and the Israeli mission stands to make history again if it touches down on the Moon’s surface as planned on April 11. The Beresheet (“Genesis”) program was originally conceived as an entry into the ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful Google Lunar Xprize in 2010, which challenged people to accomplish a luna...
Tags: Google, TC, Gadgets, Space, Science, Hardware, China, Israel, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Robotics, Seattle, Spaceflight, Cape Canaveral


300,000 Possible Galaxies Discovered

With a bunch of numbers that are difficult to comprehend, a project helmed by an international team of astronomers has resulted in the discovery of some 300,000 “previously unseen light sources” that are believed to be distant galaxies. The new map of the night sky was revealed using the incredibly powerful Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope, with many of the light sources sending radio signals for …
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Design, Tech, Studies, Black Holes, Galaxies, Linkaboutit, Telescopes


Baby's First Game Boy Teaches Your Kids the Joys of Gaming With Physical Buttons

Unless you’re a staunch advocate for your kids having zero screen time, at some point you’re going to distract them with a mobile device. But instead of putting your expensive, fragile smartphone in their hands, LeapFrog’s new RockIt Twist is like a baby’s first Game Boy that makes gaming more accessible with a bunch…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Toys, Science, Video Games, Tech, Consumer Tech, Toy Fair, Leapfrog, Toy Fair 2019



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