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iPhone XS, XS Max show off 'battery origami' in iFixit teardown - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 09:39
It also revealed some likely repair challenges for Apple's new iPhone models.

Algorithms for Quantum Computers

Scientifc America - Fri, 2018-09-21 09:30
Developers are perfecting programs meant to run on quantum computers

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If Amazon wants Alexa everywhere, it needs better language support

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 09:30
I can't profess to fully understand all of the complexities of localizing services for various languages, nuances, accents and dialects where voice recognition is concerned. However, with Amazon's Alexa ambitions ramping up after its hardware event T...

New ransomware can turn your computer into a hacker's tool - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 09:14
Virobot infects devices and then forces them to spread the malware via email.

Inboard's new e-scooter packs swappable batteries

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 09:11
Having raised $8 million and conquered Shark Tank, electric skateboard-maker Inboard Technology is now taking aim at Uber, Bird, and Lime with its first e-scooter, dubbed the "Glider". Touted as the "only scooter with a swappable battery," pre-orders...

Plasmonic Materials

Scientifc America - Fri, 2018-09-21 09:03
Light-controlled nanomaterials are revolutionizing sensor technology

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Microplastics Can Spread Via Flying Insects, Research Shows

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-09-21 09:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Microplastic can escape from polluted waters via flying insects, new research has revealed, contaminating new environments and threatening birds and other creatures that eat the insects. Scientists fed microplastics to mosquito larvae, which live in water, but found that the particles remained inside the animals as they transformed into flying adults. Other recent research found that half of the mayfly and caddisfly larvae in rivers in Wales contained microplastics. The new study, published in the journal Biology Letters, used Culex pipiens mosquitoes, as they are found across the world in many habitats. The researchers found the larvae readily consumed fluorescent microplastic particles that were 0.0002cm in size. The larvae matured into a non-feeding pupa stage and then emerged as adult mosquitoes, which still had significant microplastic within them. The researchers are now studying if this damages the mosquitoes. Professor Amanda Callaghan, at the University of Reading, UK, says it is "highly likely" that other flying insects that begin as water larvae will also eat and retain microplastics. Furthermore, animals that feed on insects, like birds, bats, and spiders, are likely also consuming microplastics.

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This iPhone XS Qi charging pad is only $5 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 08:57
Or get a Qi charging stand for $10. Either way, just please don't spend $50 at an Apple Store. And, psst, both stands work with other phones, too.

Apple AirPower charging pad: An alternative that exists and costs just $40 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 08:47
The iPM 3-in-1 pad can charge two phones and an Apple Watch, and you can get it right now.

Facebook's rumored Portal video chat device could debut soon - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 08:23
It'll be like the Amazon Echo Show with social features, apparently.

Spotify taps DJ Semtex for hip-hop culture podcast

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 08:20
Following in the footsteps of Zane Lowe and Ryan Newman, hip-hop aficionado DJ Semtex is the latest BBC Radio veteran to jump ship to a music streaming service. He'll be handling co-presenting duties alongside RCA's Parris O'Loughlin-Hoste on season...

How an inflatable sex doll and an Xbox controller are changing the game - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 08:18
The first gay football game isn't about scoring goals. It's about caring for your teammates' bodies.

How Google, T-Mobile and HTC got Android off to a crazy, awkward start - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 08:00
My, has Google's mobile operating system come a long way in 10 years.

iPhone's Face ID isn't perfect, but you can make it better - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 08:00
Face ID has its quirks. Before you get frustrated, try these tricks.

Apple lets you interact with iPhone XS and XS Max without leaving the house - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 07:54
You can compare iPhone sizes and check out the color options.

Audible comes to the Apple Watch

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 07:35
Apple's latest Watch Series 4 has enough power to free you from your phone, but apart from music, there aren't a ton of entertainment options. Now, Audible's audiobook app has come to the watchOS 5, letting you listen to books directly from your wris...

Google Pixelbook 2, aka Nocturne or Atlas: Rumored specs, features, leaks, price, release date - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 07:00
Google is said to be cooking up new convertible tablets to take on Microsoft's Surface Pro. Find out for sure on Oct. 9.

The Morning After: Amazon's Alexa-powered microwave, iOS 12 reviewed

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 06:49
The Alexa-powered Amazon microwave you didn't ask for is here. The company's big hardware splurge encompasses your car, your kitchen and even your walls. There's upgraded Echo devices, too, if that's what you were looking for. Meanwhile, Apple's iOS...

"Gambling Brain" Studies Make Clear Why It's Hard to Stop Rolling the Dice

Scientifc America - Fri, 2018-09-21 06:45
Neural regions underlying risk-taking and regret may one day point toward treatments for compulsive betting

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Four 'Star Trek: Discovery' shorts are coming to CBS All Access

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 06:15
CBS All Access is getting a quartet of Star Trek: Discovery preludes to tide you over until the show's return in early 2019. Star Trek: Short Treks is comprised of four standalone episodes, described as "short stories", each focusing on a different c...