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RED reveals more about its holographic smartphone display

When RED Camera first announced its crazy $1,200 Hydrogen smartphone with a "holographic display," a lot of folks wondered how that would actually work. Now, CEO Jim Jannard has revealed that RED is creating the screen in partnership with a company called Leia Inc. (yes, like <i>that</i> Leia). A spin-off …

Augmented Reality

This Insane 18-Day Trip Will Take You Around the World for Just $1,300

People often toss out the line "I want to travel the world!" as shorthand for their wanderlust. But what if you could literally travel around the …

US opioid abuse 'linked to jobs market' says Fed boss

<b>Widespread opioid abuse is tied to a fall in the share of Americans working or looking for work, the head of the US central bank said on Thursday.</b><p>Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she was not sure if it was a cause of the decline or a symptom revealing more longstanding economic …

Labor Economics

Nevada has a drug problem: Shops are running out of marijuana

Nevada officials have declared a state of emergency over marijuana: There's not enough of it.<p>Since recreational pot became legal two weeks ago, retail dispensaries have struggled to keep their shelves stocked and say they will soon run out if nothing is done to fix a broken supply chain.<p>"We didn't …

Cannabis

The Atomic Structure of a Key Alzheimer's Protein Has Been Revealed

Enormous Possibilities<p>For the first time, scientists have revealed the chemical structure of one of the key markers of Alzheimer’s disease, capturing …

Chinese schools are scaring kids off drugs with psychedelic VR simulations

This is one way to put kids off drugs.<p>Children in southern China experienced the "side effects" of drugs, as part of a series of activities …

Zillow doesn’t even own the photos it threatened to sue a popular blogger over

Maybe talk to people before sending the lawyers<p>Zillow caused a whirlwind of controversy yesterday by issuing a fiercely worded cease and desist letter to Kate Wagner, who operates the popular <i>McMansion Hell</i> Tumblr blog. The letter accused Wagner of copyright infringement and walked right up to the …

Neural Networks are Now Being Used to Represent Quantum Systems

Modern technology has learned to embrace the likes of artificial intelligence, including machine learning, and as a result, some fantastic tools and …

YouTube introduces new measures to curb extremist video online

Google announces four measures to tackle problem, including better detection and greater counter-radicalisation efforts<p>Google has introduced four new measures to tackle the spread of terrorist material online, saying the threat poses a serious challenge and that more immediate action needs to be …

Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs as Apple’s ‘Constitution,’ HomePod, AR, taxes, Trump, innovation & more

In a wide-ranging interview, Tim Cook has spoken about Steve Jobs‘ DNA as Apple’s ‘Constitution,’ why he thinks HomePod will be a success, wanting to ‘scream’ in excitement about augmented reality, how he thinks taxes should be applied to repatriated overseas earnings, his experience of working …

Tim Cook

Intel’s wireless HTC Vive add-on is where VR is headed

Complexity is bad for VR. The lengthy wires you need to connect a VR headset to your gaming PC or PlayStation 4 might not be a huge deal to geeks, but they're the sort of thing mainstream consumers would never live with. We know wireless is the answer. TPCast is already shipping an accessory for …

A German discount supermarket chain wants to win over the US with cheap rosé

The German discount supermarket wars are coming to America.<p>Aldi—a chain that operates in Germany as Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd—has already made big inroads in the UK, jumping from the tenth to the fifth largest grocery chain within a decade. Now, Aldi Süd is setting its sights on price-conscious …

Aldi

McDonald's looks to Snapchat to hire 250,000 for summer

McDonald's is taking a savvy social-media approach when it comes to trying to help round up the estimated 250,000 workers it's going to need to fill its ranks this summer.<p>Forget trolling LinkedIn to scroll through resumes. McDonald's is going straight to Snapchat, where teens and college-age men …

Social Media

Astronauts are going to bake bread in space, and it’s a pretty big deal

When you think of the perks of becoming an astronaut, there’s plenty to list: you get to see the Earth from a perspective that only few have shared, …

Here’s why scientists think our entire universe could be a hologram

Scientists have come up with the sort of idea that’s normally only found by exploring ‘inner space’ with the aid of hard drugs.<p>Is our entire universe …

Amazon, Kickstarter, Reddit, YC join ‘save net neutrality’ protest planned for July 12

A day of protest over the FCC’s controversial proposal to eliminate net neutrality rules has been planned for July 12, with supporters of the online action including the likes of Amazon, Etsy, Github, Kickstarter, Reddit and Y Combinator.<p>The protest website lists more than 60 participants who are …

NASA has plans of mining an asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion in metal

NASA has plans of mining an asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion in metal<p>Okay so how expensive would a rock floating about in space be worth? A few …

True Happiness Means Doing These 4 Things Every Day

Happiness isn't for a select few. Practicing these daily routines can help you find more joy in your career.<p>To be happier at work, our knee-jerk reaction is to tackle the most obvious causes of stress and anxiety: micromanagement, poor communication, inefficient tools, lack of ownership and better …

Happiness

The world’s largest floating solar power plant just went online in China

China has announced that the largest floating photovoltaic (PV) facility on earth has finally been completed and connected to the local power grid. …

This 150-foot-tall 'vending machine' will serve you a Ferrari

A 15-story tower of Ferraris and Lamborghinis in glass boxes has become a quirky landmark in Singapore. And it all started with a visit to Toys R Us.<p>Struggling with a lack of space at his sports car showroom, Gary Hong was inspired by a vertical display of Matchbox cars while shopping at the toy …

Ubisoft brings Hungry Shark VR to Daydream

If your worst nightmare is facing a shark while being helpless at sea then swimming as fast as you can only to be eaten by it, then you might be …

UK Engineers Develop Prosthetic Hand That Can 'See'

The bionic hand is fitted with a camera that 'instantaneously takes a picture of the object in front of it, assesses its shape and size and triggers …

This salamander species is solar-powered

Few animals are capable of photosynthesis, and until recently it was thought to be an impossible task among vertebrates. However, the yellow spotted …

Microsoft’s Kinect and HoloLens inventor thinks ‘the phone is already dead’

Alex Kipman, one of Microsoft’s top technical fellows, believes the age of the smartphone is over. “The phone is already dead,” says Kipman, in an interview with <i>Bloomberg</i>. “People just haven’t realized.” Kipman reportedly believes that a mixed reality device like HoloLens will replace the phone, …

Tensions Flare as Scientists Go Public With Plan to Build Synthetic Human DNA

It starts here.<p>One of the greatest ethical debates in science - manipulating the fundamental building blocks of life - is set to heat up once …

US shopper claims she found note written by Chinese 'prisoner' in new handbag

A woman claims to have found a mysterious letter in a new handbag she bought from an American branch of Walmart which appears to be written by a desperate Chinese ‘prisoner’.<p>Christel Wallace, from Arizona, opened a tiny zipped compartment of her handbag to find a note written in Chinese characters …

7 items that will instantly make you a smarter traveler

Summer is right around the corner and that means ... it's vacation time!<p>Traveling is supposed to allow you to relax and explore a new place, but we all know how stressful it can be — especially if you're with kids or a large group.<p>Here are a handful of must-have items that will make your life a …

NASA Is Developing 3D-Printed Chain Mail to Protect Ships and Astronauts

Chain mail was an essential tool for medieval warriors hoping to avoid a quick (or slow) death by a sword. But NASA engineers hope a similar …

With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don’t Believe It. - MIT Technology Review

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, by way of blogger and cartoonist Tim Urban, has revealed in a 36,400-word illustrated explainer the thinking …

Artificial Intelligence