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‘Star Wars’ returns: Trump calls for space-based missile defense

The President has announced that the Defense Department will pursue a space-based missile defense system reminiscent of the one proposed by Reagan in 1983. As with Reagan’s ultimately abortive effort, the technology doesn’t actually exist yet and may not for years to come — but it certainly holds more promise now than 30 years ago. In a speech at the Pentagon reported by the Associated Press, Trump explained that a new missile defense system would “detect and destroy any missile launched against...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Science, Government, China, Russia, Tech, Department Of Defense, Reagan, Military, United States, Pentagon, Defense Department, Trump, Associated Press Trump


Once a Musical Oddity, the Stylophone Is Now a Fully-Capable, $350 Analog Synthesizer

The Stylophone started life as a kitschy electronic toy instrument—the digital version of the kazoo, if you will—but over the years has slowly developed new sounds and features making it more than just a novelty. The new Stylophone Gen R-8 is an evolutionary leap compared to previous versions of the instrument, and…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Electronics, Tech, Instruments, Consumer Tech, Stylophone, Dubreq, Stylophone Gen R 8


The Sequel To One of Logitech's Best Mice Is Down To Its Best Price

With its ability to work on any surface, including glass, the Logitech MX Anywhere mouse has always been a reader favorite. And today, you can save on its sequel.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Tech, Logitech, Mice, Computers Accessories


Women aren’t failing at science — science is failing women

Female research scientists are more productive than their male colleagues, though they are widely perceived as being less so. Women are also rewarded less for their scientific achievements. That’s according to my team’s study for United Nations University – Merit on gender inequality in scientific research in Mexico, published as a working paper in December 2016. The study, part of the project “Science, Technology and Innovation Gender Gaps and their Economic Costs in Latin America and the Carib...
Tags: Startups, Science, Mexico, Tech, Latin America, Caribbean, United Nations University, Syndication, Inter American Development Bank IDB


Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility

Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area of research. A trio of new robotic setups demonstrate ways they can evolve to accommodate novel situations: using both “hands,” getting up after a fall, and understanding visual instructions they’ve never seen before. The robots, all developed independently, are gathered together today in a special issue of the journal Science Robotics dedic...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Ikea, Robotics, Berkeley, Eth Zurich, Goldberg, Ken Goldberg, ETHZ, Science Robotics, Ikea Assembly


CERN’s plan for 100-km collider makes the LHC look like a hula hoop

The Large Hadron Collider has produced a great deal of incredible science, most famously the Higgs Boson — but physicists at CERN, the international organization behind the LHC, are already looking forward to the next model. And the proposed Future Circular Collider, at 100 kilometers or 62 miles around, would be quite an upgrade. The idea isn’t new; CERN has had people looking into it for years. But the conceptual design report issued today shows that all that consulting hasn’t been idle: th...
Tags: Gadgets, Europe, Science, Government, China, Tech, Physics, Cern, Particle physics, Large Hadron Collider, Higgs, Hadron Collider, LHC, Particle Colliders, Colliders, Michael Benedikt


There's a Fully Working Computer, Including a Retractable Keyboard, Hidden Inside This Mouse

Some hardware hacks only exist as a way to prove they’re actually possible. Such is the case with this ‘Computer Mouse’ that was designed, 3D-printed, and assembled by YouTube’s Electronic Grenade. It’s a fully working portable computer that’s smaller than even the thinnest laptops, but at the same time infinitely…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Diy, Raspberry Pi, Youtube, Tech, Mouse, 3d Printing, Hacks, Mice, Computer Mouse, Electronic Grenade


Turns out the science saying screen time is bad isn’t science

A new study is making waves in the worlds of tech and psychology by questioning the basis of thousands of papers and analyses with conflicting conclusions on the effect of screen time on well-being. The researchers claim is that the science doesn’t agree because it’s bad science. So is screen time good or bad? It’s not that simple. The conclusions only make the mildest of claims about screen time, essentially that as defined it has about as much effect on well-being as potato consumption. Instin...
Tags: Psychology, Social, Science, Social Media, Tech, Oxford, Statistics, Oxford University, Orben, Andrew Przybylski, Przybylski, Amy Orben


The Weird, Bizarre, and Amusing Tech at CES 2019

For all the cool gadgets that get shown off at CES, there’s also a bunch of things that make even the most jaded tech bloggers squint in a mix of confusion and amused befuddlement. Some of it you’ll find on the main show floor, others you’ll find in the nooks and corners at the Sands Expo and Eureka Park.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Ces, Consumer Tech, Sands Expo, CES 2019, Eureka Park Read


This Five-Port Anker Charger Can Power Your Switch and MacBook Too

Anker’s PowerPort line of multi-port USB chargers are our readers’ favorites, and this model is one of the few that includes USB-C Power Delivery, which outputs up to 30W to power devices like the new MacBooks, or even a Nintendo Switch. It normally sells for $54, but Anker’s knocked that down to $35 today, no promo…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Tech, Power, Nintendo, Anker, MacBook Too


Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it

This weekend, I finished reading Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade (thanks to reader Eliot Peper for recommending it). Morton has a multitude of goals with the book, but there were two I think are deeply valuable. First, geoengineering is a plausible approach to solving our climate problems this century, and second, engineering the climate generates tough policy challenges, but also opportunities to make the planet more equitable. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rou...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Hollywood, Science, California, Government, China, Wordpress, Book Review, Tech, Policy, Beijing, West, Nato, Poland, Silicon Valley


Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 January 2019

Bet you don’t know what this is, where it is, and what it does (did)? See final item. Good morning It has been an exciting week, with our “next generation” daily news curation service taking shape behind the scenes.  Part of this is a new and more active Twitter feed. If you’re on Twitter, please do follow our new Twitter account, @TheTvlInsider.  If you were following our earlier Twitter account, feel free to unfollow that one, and please now follow our new @TheTvlInsider account. The new Twit...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, UK, Science, London, Trains, Disney, Siri, Tech, Aer Lingus, Karen, David, Atlantic, Britain, Heathrow, Gatwick


CES Report 2019

The annual CES event was held in Las Vegas this week. Ever since 1967, the first week in January has seen the enormous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  This year was no exception, with over 180,000 attendees from over 150 countries and over 4,500 exhibiting companies meeting in an enormous 2.5 million square foot exhibition, sprawling over the Las Vegas Convention Center and spilling into other nearby hotels and locations too. We’ve been occasionally attending CES since the mid/late 198...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Google, Amazon, Science, Miscellaneous, Samsung, Tech, Current Affairs, Las Vegas, Costco, Vegas, Harley Davidson, Alexa, Consumer Electronics Show, Cellphones & Wireless


Research finds heavy Facebook users make impaired decisions like drug addicts

Researchers at Michigan State University are exploring the idea that there’s more to “social media addiction” than casual joking about being too online might suggest. Their paper, titled “Excessive social media users demonstrate impaired decision making in the Iowa Gambling Task” (Meshi, Elizarova, Bender and Verdejo-Garcia) and published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, indicates that people who use social media sites heavily actually display some of the behavioral hallmarks of someone ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Tech, Addiction, Michigan State University, IGT, Iowa Gambling Task Meshi Elizarova Bender, Verdejo Garcia, Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale, Iowa Gambling Task IGT


IBM thinks outside of the lab, puts quantum computer in a box

IBM unveiled the world’s “first universal approximate quantum computing system installed outside of a research lab” at CES earlier this week — and with it, the next era of computing. The 20-qubit IBM Q System One represents the first major leap for quantum computers of 2019, but before we get into the technical stuff let’s take a look at this thing. All we can say is: wowzah! When can we get a review unit? The commitment to a fully-functional yet aesthetically pleasing design is intriguing. Espe...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm


With Spigen's New Over-the-Air Charging Case, We're One Step Closer to Truly Wireless Power Being a Reality

Over the past few years, Ossia has impressed us with demonstrations of its over-the-air power delivery system which promises to make charging cables and pads obsolete. But it’s always been just demos of prototypes, which feels like a constant tease of a future we want right now. For CES 2019, however, Ossia worked…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Smartphones, Ces, Power, Cases, Wireless, Charging, Ossia, Consumer Tech, Cota, Spigen, CES 2019, Ces2019, Forever Sleeve


Astronomers spot more mysterious radio signals from far outside the galaxy

Whenever some new “cosmic puzzle” crops up, you always have to be ready for the other shoe to drop. But just because something isn’t an alien message or Ringworld doesn’t mean it can’t be interesting science. Today’s shoe drop concerns “fast radio bursts” coming from a distant galaxy — but don’t expect a secret message from an advanced civilization. Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are short, intense blasts of radio waves that come from far outside our galaxy. No one knows what causes them, but they’...
Tags: TC, Astronomy, Space, Science, Tech, Mit, Puerto Rico, Arecibo, Chime, Kiyoshi Masui


There's a Cleaning Kit Hidden Inside This Portable NES so You'll Never Have to Blow on a Cartridge Again

Do I need another portable gaming device weighing down my backpack every time I leave the house? My spine says no, but the retro gamer in me loves the idea of taking an NES with me wherever I roam. As handheld consoles go, My Arcade’s RetroChamp, announced at CES this year, pushes the boundaries of portable gaming.…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Video Games, Tech, Nes, Ces, Nintendo, Consumer Tech, My Arcade, CES 2019, Ces2019, Retrochamp


Start Your Eneloop Collection With Four AAs and a Charger For $17

If you want to start collecting Eneloop batteries (and you should), the best place to start is the 4-pack of AAs with a charger, and you can get it for just $17 right now. That’s not quite as cheap as the short-lived $15 deal we saw over the holidays, but it’s still a solid value. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Tech, Power, Eneloop


IBM unveils its first commercial quantum computer

At CES, IBM today announced its first commercial quantum computer for use outside of the lab. The 20-qubit system combines into a single package the quantum and classical computing parts it takes to use a machine like this for research and business applications. That package, the IBM Q system, is still huge, of course, but it includes everything a company would need to get started with its quantum computing experiments, including all the machinery necessary to cool the quantum computing hardw...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Science, Hardware, Enterprise, Tech, ExxonMobil, Cern, Ibm, Quantum Computing, Fermilab, IBM Research, CES IBM, Cray, Arvind Krishna, CES 2019


The North Face's New Breathable, Waterproof Fabric Might Be the Holy Grail of Outdoor Gear

Preparing to head into the great outdoors has always always been a delicate balancing act. You want to bring enough gear to be prepared for any weather, without overpacking and creating a heavy pack. With its new Futurelight material, The North Face believes it’s created the ultimate fabric for outdoor adventures: one…Read more...
Tags: Outdoors, Science, Clothing, Tech, Ces, North Face, The North Face, Fabrics, CES 2019, Ces2019, Futurelight


Wacom's New Drawing Tablets Are Cheap Enough For Aspiring Artists

There’s long been a far-fetched rumor that Adobe intentionally leaks pirated copies of Photoshop and Illustrator to hook young, aspiring artists on its software before they transition into careers as professional designers. Still, many of the professional design hardware remains quite expensive for students and other…Read more...
Tags: Art, Gadgets, Science, Technology, Tech, Ces, Tablets, Wacom, Consumer Tech, CES 2019, Ces2019


Wacom's New Touchscreen Drawing Tablets Are Cheap Enough For Aspiring Artists

There’s long been a far-fetched rumor that Adobe intentionally leaks pirated copies of Photoshop and Illustrator to hook young, aspiring artists on its software before they transition into careers as professional designers. Still, many of the professional design hardware remains quite expensive for students and other…Read more...
Tags: Art, Gadgets, Science, Technology, Tech, Ces, Tablets, Wacom, Consumer Tech, CES 2019, Ces2019


You Can Ask Alexa to Change Sounds on Roland's New Keyboard While Your Hands Keep Playing

Voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa have been baked into a lot of questionable gadgets that don’t really need to be controlled through voice commands. But one device where hands-free operation makes a bit more sense is a digital piano where a user’s hands are preoccupied making music, so Roland’s adding Alexa to its…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Music, Science, Keyboards, Tech, Ces, Instruments, Alexa, Roland, Consumer Tech, Pianos, CES 2019, Ces2019


Panasonic Returns the Technics 1200 Turntable to Its DJ Roots With the new MK7

At CES 2016, Panasonic revived the Technics 1200 turntable line which had last been updated with the MK6 back in 2008. The pricey Grand Class Technics SL-1200G was targeted at audiophiles, however, while the 1200’s biggest fanbase had been mostly DJs who loved its high-torque, direct-drive platter. Two years later,…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Music, Science, Tech, Ces, Records, Turntables, Vinyl, Panasonic, Technics, Consumer Tech, Technics 1200, CES 2019, Ces2019, Technics 1200 Mk7, Technics Sl 1200 Mk7


The RetroChamp Turns the Original NES Into a Nintendo Switch-Inspired All-In-One Handheld

Thirty years after the original Game Boy was first released, handheld gaming is as popular as it’s ever been. Smartphones provide endless entertainment, and Nintendo’s current flagship console is even a portable device. But what if 1983-era technology had allowed the original NES to go portable? My Arcade’s new Retro…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Video Games, Tech, Nes, Ces, Nintendo, Retro, Consoles, Consumer Tech, Famicom, Cartridges, My Arcade, CES 2019, Ces2019, Retro Champ


Sphero's Sensor Ring Turns Everything Into an Instrument For Fidgety Finger Tappers

Hello. My name is Andrew Liszewski, and I’m an incessant finger tapper. Almost anything in reach can become an impromptu drum kit when I’m burning off nervous tension. It’s often incredibly annoying to those unfortunate enough to be in earshot, but soon my anxious behaviors could yield a future hit on the club scene…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Tech, Ces, Sensors, Instruments, Sphero, Consumer Tech, Andrew Liszewski, Specdrums, CES 2019, Ces2019


This Kettle Promises to Instantly Heat Water to the Perfect Temperature as You Pour

A watched pot might never boil, but if you blink, you’ll miss Heatworks’ new Duo carafe working its magic. Using the company’s proprietary heating technology, the carafe promises to instantly heat cold water to any temperature while it’s being poured, drastically reducing the amount of energy it uses, and all but…Read more...
Tags: Kitchen, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Ces, Duo, Consumer Tech, Kettles, Heatworks, CES 2019, Ces2019, Kettle Promises to Instantly Heat Water


Mirror's On-Demand Home Workouts Are Fun, But I'm Sweating the Small Stuff

Working out at home is part of my routine. My roommate and I set up her old ass Windows laptop on a living room chair and play legendary fitness DVD Insanity once a week when we’re not too lazy. Intense fitness guru Shaun Thompson guides us through the brutal workout that includes planks, lunges, and suicides for an…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fitness, Tech, Mirror, Not Quite Black Mirror, Shaun Thompson


Swarms of tiny satellites could act like one giant space telescope

It won’t be long before the James Webb Space Telescope is launched, an enormous and complex feat of engineering — but all one piece. That’s a good thing for now, but new research suggests that in the near future giant telescopes like the Webb might be replaced (or at least augmented) by swarms of tiny spacecraft working in concert. One advance, from Ben Gurion University in Israel, is a leap in the capabilities of what are called synthetic aperture systems. It’s a technique where a single small ...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Science, Hardware, Israel, Tech, Earth, Mit, James Webb Space Telescope, Webb, Ben Gurion University, Bulbul, Angika Bulbul



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