Christal Morehouse

67 Flips | 1 Magazine | 1 Like | @ChristalMor2u2e | Keep up with Christal Morehouse on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Christal Morehouse”

IKEA and Samsung launch embedded wireless charging range

Sales of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet have been decimated

A new report published by IDC shows that worldwide tablet shipments have shrunk for the first time since 2010.<p>IDC says that Q4 tablet shipments were at 76.1 million units, a drop of 3.2% on 2013.<p><b>This chart from IDC shows the breakdown of tablet manufacturers:</b><p>Amazon isn't just the smallest tablet …

Techlist Is A Data Nerd’s Dream For Asia’s Tech And Startup Industry

Reliable startup data is tough to find and track in Asia — let alone in the U.S. or other parts of the world — and, with the region an increasingly important one, this is a problem that Techlist, a service from fellow blog Tech In Asia (<i>hi guys</i>), aims to solve. Today, Tech In Asia announced the …

Startups

Amazon’s Kindle Convert Can Turn Your Paper Library Into E-Books

If you’ve been hanging on to those paper books because the idea of having to repurchase them all as Kindle titles is daunting, Amazon has a new option for you: Kindle Convert, a program for Windows that turns print books into digital versions fully compatible with Amazon’s Kindle software, …

Flexible sensor lets humans detect magnetic fields

When it comes to navigating the world around us, we have a lot more than just five senses. The array of perceptive faculties we have is actually pretty impressive, but what we don't have is a sense called magnetoception.<p>This is a sense that allows some living organisms, such as sharks, birds and …

Japanese bank introduces robot workers to deal with customers in branches

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is employing ‘Nao’, a multilingual 5.4-kg robot, who will begin work in a branch in April<p>Japan’s biggest bank is preparing to unveil robot employees with a human touch.<p>Nao, a 58-centimetre (1ft 11)-tall humanoid developed by the French company Aldebaran Robotics – a …

Robotics

NASA wants to send an orbiter to Jupiter's moon Europa in a decade

NASA's scientists have been conjuring up mission concepts to Europa for more than a decade, but now they're absolutely sure that the Clipper concept is <i>the one.</i>So, they're asking $30 million from the government for a year of preliminary studies starting on October 1st, on top of the $100 million the …

Astronomy

Wirecard targets summer launch for its wrist-worn digital wallet

Last month, Wirecard unveiled a wristband device that functioned like a digital wallet, storing credit cards, ID cards and even tickets on the end of …

2015: The year of wireless power?

The potential of wireless charging created great excitement when it first came to prominence in 2007 when two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) successfully powered a 60-watt light bulb wirelessly, using two copper coils two metres apart.<p>They went on to create …

Wireless Charging

Teenagers sleep less when they have more computer screen time says study

Parents have long suspected it, but now doctors have proof: the more time teenagers spend on computers or mobile phones, the less they sleep - especially if the gadget is used just before bedtime.<p>The evidence is so strong, the experts said, that health watchdogs should overhaul guidelines for …

Google Gives $775,000 to Support Minority Students in Tech

Innovation<p>Google has given $775,000 in grants to CODE2040, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, with the goal of supporting minority students who want to find jobs in tech. CODE2040 and Google confirmed the grants, which were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, to NBC News. “We are so thrilled …

Wall Street

Tablet Shipments Fell 12% In Q4 2014, Its First Decline Ever, Says Canalys

As phablets become more popular, consumers are waiting longer to upgrade their tablets or eschewing them altogether. As a result, worldwide tablet shipments plunged 12 percent year-over-year to 67 million units in Q4 2014, which research firm Canalys says marks its first ever decline after several …

The first silicene transistors promise more powerful electronics

If electronics stalwart silicon and futuristic graphene had a child, it would be silicene. And silicene is growing up. A University of Texas-Austin …

Gmail Users In The UK Can Now Send And Receive Money

Google has announced that Send Money in Gmail is now available in the UK. That means users can now send and receive cash directly from desktop Gmail, even if the recipient doesn’t have a Gmail address.<p>To send money from Gmail, you just need to hover over the attachment button and select the £ icon …

Google

Paris Is Filled With Secret Gardens, You Just Have To Know Where To Look

When you think of touring Paris, you likely think of the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame Cathedral or the Louvre. When you think of enjoying your time in Paris, you likely think about lounging in one of the city's famous parks with a croissant and a classic read to feel, you know, Parisian. And while …

France

Data From Alibaba’s E-Commerce Sites Is Now Powering A Credit-Scoring Service

Alibaba Group affiliate Ant Financial Services has unveiled a new credit-scoring system that uses data from the e-commerce giant’s sites to gauge users’ creditworthiness. Dubbed Sesame Credit, the new service is an example of how Alibaba’s reach in China goes far beyond online shopping.<p>Sesame …

eCommerce

Elon Musk stars on The Simpsons

Where does Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla Motors, SpaceX and PayPal, get his breakthrough ideas? Would you believe Homer Simpson?<p>That was the premise of "The Musk that Fell to Earth," the latest episode of "The Simpsons" which aired Sunday night and gave Musk a starring role.<p>In the show, Musk …

Elon Musk

This app tells you what to wear — based on your wardrobe and the weather

We've seen hundreds of apps devoted to organizing your finances or fitness. How about fashion — specifically, harnessing the power of technology to …

Oculus Story Studio is the Pixar of virtual reality

Moments before Oculus Story Studio's new virtual reality short <i>Lost</i> reached its satisfying climax, I found myself in a compromised position. Sequestered in a private demo booth, I was involuntarily crouched down, covering my head in a defensive position and, I should add, squealing with delight. …

Last Year Saw the Worst Decline in Tech Jobs Since 2009

Layoffs at Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard pushed the number of tech jobs cut to north of 100,000.<p>The tech sector may be a growing segment of the economy, but 2014 was the worst year for job cuts in the technology sector since 2009, according to a new report from Challenger, Gray and Christmas, an …

Telecoms

Meteorite is 'hard drive' from space

<b>Researchers have decoded ancient recordings from fragments of an asteroid dating back billions of years to the start of the Solar System.</b><p>They found tiny "space magnets" in meteorites which retain a memory of the birth and death of the asteroid's core.<p>Like the data recorded on the surface of a …

Earth Science

X-rays may help us read scrolls preserved in Vesuvius' eruption

The scrolls are too fragile to unroll — but now researchers may not have to<p>Researchers may soon be able to read papyrus scrolls from a villa destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, <i>The New York Times</i> reports. And they won't have to unroll the fragile antiquities to do it, …

Fewer People Than Ever Are Watching TV

The long-prognosticated death of TV may be happening before our eyes—but at a glacial pace. A new in-depth report from tracking firm Nielsen shows …

With Nook Device Sales Down 60% On The Year, B&N And Microsoft End Partnership

Barnes & Noble today announced the termination of its commercial agreement with Microsoft surrounding the Nook business. This comes alongside word that Nook device sales and segment revenues fell sharply year over year. B&N states that ending the partnership gives the company greater “operational …

OnePlus One Smartphone Launches in India

Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has finally launched its flagship One smartphone in India today, at an event in the capital city of New Delhi.<p>The device will be sold exclusively through Amazon India, and customers will have to score country-specific invites for a chance to buy them. OnePlus …

Complete Tiny Dinosaur Skeleton Discovered In South Korea

A tiny dinosaur about the size of a house cat was recently discovered in South Korea.<p>The dinosaur's fossilized remains span about 11 inches, but scientists told Korea JoongAng Daily that it was likely about 20 inches long when it was alive.<p>“Based on the findings so far, we assume that the dinosaur …

How Apple’s pursuit of simplicity helped revolutionize the SIM card

One of the neatest and most innovative features of Apple’s new iPads is the unique Apple SIM feature, which allows users to easily switch between different carriers and plans using iOS.<p>A newly uncovered patent application dates elements of Apple’s concept back to 2009, before Apple even debuted the …

Patents

Inside The Strange And Wonderful World Of Micronations

Sounds like the stuff of fantasy novels. But some people actually make it a reality by creating their own "micronations."<p>A micronation is a piece of land that claims to be an independent or sovereign nation, but is not recognized by world governments. They are founded for many reasons, some as …

French History

eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print In 2018

PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. What does this mean? Essentially that a ebook popularity and pricing stabilizes, users will spend more on bits than they will on pulp. The resulting switch could be …