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Non-invasive device monitors glucose levels using microwave

Engadget - 1 hour 13 min ago
Researchers from Cardiff University's School of Engineering have developed a glucose monitor that doesn't require you to prick your finger. It doesn't even need blood after the initial calibration, because it uses microwave to keep track of your gluc...

SpaceX lands its 'hot and fast' Falcon 9 rocket again - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 24 min ago
SpaceX has confirmed that its Falcon 9 rocket has successfully made a landing despite a much tougher mission parameter due to a faster and hotter reentry.

Canadian university invents bionic hand that lets users "feel" their fingers - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 24 min ago
Researches at the Simon Fraser University in Canada have come up with a control system for bionic hands that lets a user "feel" the fingers of the prosthetic limb.

U of M's Marlo robot uses algorithms to conquer uneven terrain

Engadget - 1 hour 52 min ago
Robots walking unaided on flat ground is tough enough as it is -- just look at last year's class of DARPA Challenge failures -- so when one can handle uneven terrain in any direction (not just a straight line), we take notice. The latest example is M...

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer defends her maternity leave - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 20 min ago
Yahoo's CEO, who gave birth to twins last year, has been criticized for taking a limited amount of time off work after having her babies and setting a bad example to her employees. That is not the case, she says.

No joke: Comedian Louis C.K. quits the Internet - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 44 min ago
Technically Incorrect: The comedian says the Web made him constantly upset. He says he's learning the joys of putting down his phone and listening to his kids.

Oculus exec Mary Lou Jepsen resigns to cure diseases - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2016-05-05 23:58
Departure comes amid explosion in interest in taking headset-wearing users to computer-generated environments.

Oculus exec Mary Lou Jepsen resigns to create new MRI tech

Engadget - Thu, 2016-05-05 23:49
Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen is well known for her work in pioneering display technology as a co-founder of OLPC, former head of the display division at Google X and lately Oculus VR, which she joined about a year ago. Tonight during the Anita Borg Institute'...

Finger-Tracking Tech Turns Your Arm Into A Touchpad

SlashDot - Thu, 2016-05-05 23:30
New submitter Keys of Cars quotes a report from Gizmag: Smartwatches may be handy, but their tiny touchscreens can easily be obscured by your fingers as you're using them on the device. As a result, we've seen various attempts to move the control surface. One of the latest, Carnegie Mellon University's SkinTrack system, moves it onto your hand and lower arm. The strap of the smartwatch features multiple electrodes, which detects a ring that is worn on your "control finger" (on your non smartwatch-wearing arm) that emits a high-frequency electrical signal. When your finger, specifically the ring, approaches and/or touches the arm with the watch, the high-frequency electrical signal is propagated through the skin. It will work even if your skin is covered with clothing! The system is reportedly 99% accurate, and can locate touches with a mean error of 7.6mm. SkinTrack was used to control games, scroll through lists, zoom in and out of maps, draw pictures, and operate an onscreen number pad.

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LinkedIn reportedly looking to rival Facebook's Instant Articles

Engadget - Thu, 2016-05-05 22:55
LinkedIn is said to be considering an Instant Articles feature of its own, BuzzFeed News reports. According to the publication, which cites sources familiar with the matter, LinkedIn recently started floating this idea to "various" publishers, inspir...

Windows phones will know where your fingers are before they touch

Engadget - Thu, 2016-05-05 22:14
Windows phones could soon learn a new trick from their Kinect cousins: the ability to see. Microsoft Research released a new video late last month that demonstrates the prototype "pre-touch sensing" system. It uses a self-capacitive touchscreen to re...

Meet The Company That Poached The FBI's Entire Silk Road Investigation Team

SlashDot - Thu, 2016-05-05 21:50
Patrick O'Neill quotes a report from The Daily Dot: The FBI team that brought down Silk Road has a new home. After headline-grabbing investigations, arrests, and prosecutions on some of America's highest-profile cybercriminals, five of U.S. law enforcement's most prized cybercrime aces have all left government service for greener pastures -- a titan consulting firm called Berkeley Research Group (BRG). BRG's newly hired gang of five includes former federal prosecutor Thomas Brown, as well as former FBI agents Christopher Tarbell, Thomas Kiernan, and Ilhwan Yum -- names that punctuated many of the biggest cybercrime stories of the last decade including Silk Road, LulzSec, Liberty Reserve, as well as the hacks of Citibank, PNC Bank, and the Rove Digital botnet; and the prosecution of Samarth Agrawal for stealing crucial code for high-frequency trading from the multinational, multibillion dollar bank Societe Generale. "Private industry provides a lot of opportunity," NYPD intelligence chief Thomas Galati told Congress earlier this year. "So I think the best people out there are working for private companies, and not for the government."

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Facebook tries out temporary reactions for Mother's Day

Engadget - Thu, 2016-05-05 21:36
While it's not the first time Facebook has reminded you to call your mother, the ubiquitous social network is using Mother's Day to test out some temporary Facebook reactions, The Verge notes. Twitter user Sreedev Sharma spotted the dainty purple flo...

India Plans To Spend $6 Billion On Creating New Forests

SlashDot - Thu, 2016-05-05 21:10
The Narendra Modi government plans to spend $6.2 billion to create new forests through the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015, which has been passed by lawmakers in India's lower house this week. The bill aims to increase India's forest cover from 21.34% of the total land to 33%. Where does the money come from? It comes from private companies and various "other entities" who paid fees to the Indian government since 2006 for allowing them to set up projects on forest land. The bill proposes local state governments be provided 90% of the accumulated funds, with 10% left with the central government. "Our forest cover will dramatically increase and it will result in achieving our target 33% of tree cover and most importantly 2.5 billion tonne of carbon sink as we have indicated in our intended nationally determined contributions (INDC)," India's environmental minister, Prakash Javadekar said on May 3rd. Naturally, some experts are concerned with how appropriately the funds will be used, as well as how exactly the government will develop forests on alternate land. According to Quartz, "Since 1980, the environment ministry has approved the diversion of 1.29 million hectares of forestlands for non-forestry purposes, according to a study by CSE." India's comptroller and auditor general has expressed his dissatisfaction with the ministry's failure to grow forests on alternative land in a report in 2013.

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Watch an opera singer in a high-res MRI - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2016-05-05 20:54
Filming opera singers in an MRI provides a surprisingly fascinating depth of information about how singing happens.

Netflix orders a series based on the movie 'Dear White People'

Engadget - Thu, 2016-05-05 20:41
As Netflix's store of original content continues to grow by leaps and bounds, The Hollywood Reporter notes it is adding another new series: Dear White People. It's based on 2014 film with the same name that took a satirical look at the experiences of...

Tesla Plans To Produce 500,000 Electric Cars In 2018, 1 Million In 2020

SlashDot - Thu, 2016-05-05 20:30
"Tesla Motors Inc said it was stepping up production plans for its upcoming Model 3 mass-market sedan and would build a total of 500,000 all-electric vehicles in 2018, two years ahead of schedule, but warned that spending will ramp up in tandem," reports Reuters. Tesla said capital spending would rise about 50% more than originally planned this year, to around $2.25 billion. Producing 500,000 vehicles in 2018 will be no easy task, especially considering the company is only on track to deliver between 80,000 and 90,000 electric vehicles this year. In addition to producing 500,000 electric vehicles in 2018, Elon Musk also said the company expects to produce nearly 1 million vehicles in 2020. These are certainly ambitious goals, even for a company that had the 'biggest one-week launch of any product ever.'

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GoPro delays its Karma drone until this holiday

Engadget - Thu, 2016-05-05 19:58
GoPro's Karma drone was due out the first half of this year, but we're already into the fifth month and it's nowhere to be found. That's because, according to the company's latest financial statements, it's been delayed. Surprise! The company now say...

Luke Skywalker blows up Seattle, porta-potties and all, in new drone video - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2016-05-05 19:53
Goodbye, Emerald City: Video mixes real drone footage from underground tunnel with famed Star Wars clip.

LAPD Hacked An iPhone 5s Before The FBI Hacked San Bernardino Terrorist's iPhone 5c

SlashDot - Thu, 2016-05-05 19:50
According to recently released court papers, Los Angeles police investigators found a way to break into a locked iPhone 5s belonging to April Jace, the slain wife of "The Shield" actor Michael Jace. The detectives were able to bypass the security at around the same time period the FBI was demanding Apple unlock the iPhone 5c belonging to San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook. LAPD detective Connie Zych wrote on March 18, the department found a "forensic cellphone expert" who could "override the locked iPhone function," according to the search warrant. There's no mention of how the LAPD broke into the iPhone or what OS the iPhone was running (Note: iOS 8, which features improved encryption and security features, came out months after the killing). The information stored on the iPhone should help in the criminal case against Jace's husband, who is charged with the May 19, 2014, killing.

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