Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Gear

Marea cable on the beach

Microsoft, Facebook, and Telxius finish Marea: a 4,000 mile undersea cable

In 2016, Facebook partnered with Google and Pacific Light Data Communication Co. Ltd to build a trans-pacific cable. This undersea cable is connecting Hong Kong...
DRE voting machine at the final vote button

Virginia decertifies hackable voting machines ahead of election

Virginia Department of Elections has called for the decertification of Direct Record Electronic (DRE) voting machines in the state. The Department of Elections cited...
helicopter drone landed on ground

Elon Musk urges United Nations to ban killer robots

Elon Musk and over 100 engineers and artificial intelligence scientists have posted an open letter encouraging the United Nations (UN) to globally ban autonomous...
Train stopped at an India station

India launches a solar-paneled train to help fight air pollution

India’s legendary railway network lays out over 41,000 miles of track winding through everything from jungles to deserts to mountainsides as it reaches into...
inside of a bestbuy store

Best Buy wants to be your showroom for smart home devices

I’ll be honest. The last time I stepped inside a Best Buy was to hold in my hands a mirrorless camera I ended up...
CSCS Swiss Supercomputer

US drops to 4th on the Top500 list of world’s fastest supercomputer

Coinciding with the kickoff of the ISC High Performance conference in Frankfurt Germany, the Top500 has released the rankings of the worlds most powerful supercomputers....
Self healing polymer being stretched

Broken cell phone screens could one day become self healing

A research group lead by Dr. Chao Wang presented their work in developing a self healing polymeric material. On April 4th, Dr. Wang presented their...
Catching a ball while wearing full VR gear

Disney Research demonstrates catching a real ball in Virtual Reality

Currently, wearing a VR headset immerses you in a virtual world that can be a truly lifelike visual and audio experience. As the technology matures,...
Side of Wendy's restaurant

Wendy’s to experiment with self-serve kiosks for ordering

Companies like Amazon and Uber have embraced automation to provide their services in ways that would have been impossible before. Now fast food companies...
QSCR for Ubiquitous Wireless Charging

Disney Research demonstrates an ‘ubiquitous wireless’ charging room

Wireless charging of phones today consists of setting it on a charging pad or dock. While this is technically wireless, it still keeps you tethered...

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Facebook now uses a selfie to prove your identity

The next time Facebook notices suspicious activity on your account, they could be asking you to verify your identity via selfie. The social media...
reading a book

New study shows that learning a second language as a young child has huge...

Learning a second language can have benefits for our brain that go far beyond language itself. And when it comes to young children, research...
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Google now shows wait times for sit down restaurants and soon grocery stores

Google has once again improved the live search results returned for businesses. Last year Google added the ability to do real time crowd tracking....

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