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Electronic skin can display a heartbeat on your hand

Electronic skins might not only detect health troubles in the near future, but display them for the world to see. University of Tokyo researchers have developed an e-skin that can measure vital signs like your heartbeat and display them in real time on a skin display. The design blends a breathable …

Engineering

Sqreen wants to become the IFTTT of web app security

French startup Sqreen recently launched a Security Hub with dozens of plugins to put you in control of the security of your web app. In many ways, it feels like enabling tasks on popular automation service IFTTT.<p>Sqreen participated in TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield and Y Combinator’s current …

Information Security

Digital nomads are hiring and firing their governments

The nation state has survived wars, plagues, and upheaval, but it won’t survive digital nomads, not if people like Karoli Hindriks have something to say about it. Hindriks is the founder of Jobbatical, a platform that allows digital nomads to find work in other countries and helps with the …

Innovation

PowerUp releases its phone-controlled paper airplane

PowerUp first previewed its smartphone-controlled paper airplane back in 2014, but now it's finally available to everyone. The startup has announced that a retail version of its Dart aircraft will ship in February, and is running a pre-order campaign for barebones (just the propeller module and two …

Model Aircraft

The Milk Conspiracy That I Wish I Knew When I was Seven

So much milk, so little cookies.<p>February 17, 2018<p>Raise your hand if your mother made you drink a glass of milk every damn day of your childhood. If …

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

It doesn’t look like much, but this black box pulls energy out of thin air

Melanie Gonick<p>In the search for sustainable energy solutions, no idea is too big or too small to consider. In the past couple of years, we’ve seen …

Nanotech

CRISPR Isn't Just for Gene Editing Anymore

Five years ago, when researchers first discovered that bacterial immune systems could be hijacked to edit DNA in living creatures, it was big news. …

Genetics

This DIY game console is as much fun to build as it is to play

Glued to the couch, controller in hand, the average teen morphs into an extra from The Walking Dead for about six hours each week. But that’s okay; there are worse ways to kill time than playing PUBG. Besides, gaming has some positives too: it’s been shown to improve hand-eye coordination, ward off …

Retrogaming

Intel just put a quantum computer on a silicon chip

Dutch quantum computing company QuTech, in conjunction with chip-maker Intel, yesterday unveiled a programmable two-qubit quantum computer running on a silicon chip.<p>Quantum computers are supposed to be capable of doing things no “classical” computer could possibly accomplish, such as complex …

Quantum Computing

E-waste recycler gets 15 month prison sentence for creating worthless backup discs

You may recognize the name Eric Lundgren. In 2017, he was all over the news for creating a $13,000 DIY electric car with a 380-plus mile range, easily besting a Tesla. Today he’s on his way to jail.<p>Lundgren has always been a tinkerer. His LA-based company specialized in managing e-waste from common …

Software

Pro Interview Tips That Will Help You Land Your Dream Gig

You need money. To get money, you need a job. To get a job, you need to nail the interview, which is sometimes seem easier said than done. Everyone …

Employment

Mark Bittman Loves His Instant Pot Just Like You

It's weird to live in a world where a kitchen appliance has gone viral, especially one that's a combination of the humble slow cooker and the …

Cooking

How to Stop Your Browser From Secretly Mining Cryptocurrency

There's no surefire way, a handful of precautions help keep your hardware under your control.<p>Despite a crash that saw the price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies plummet, the fever is not dead. Look no further than the race for computing power, which is reaching new and bizarre …

Software

Tesla Drivers Wake Up to a Serious Upgrade

I’m creeping up the east side of Manhattan on one of the worst days imaginable to be driving in the city. It’s rush hour, it’s been raining, …

Tesla

Google Thinks The Future Of The Web Is . . . Email

Google is making email a lot more interactive, to save you all those confusing clicks.<p>When was the last time you were lost on your smartphone? Because for me, it was just this morning. Whether on Facebook, Twitter, or email itself, I end up tapping something that takes me to a web page stuck inside …

Apps

VPN services 2018: The ultimate guide to protecting your data on the internet

Whether you're in the office or on the road, a VPN is still one of the best ways to protect yourself on the big, bad internet.<p><i>VPN: Why you should</i> …

Information Systems

The Six Laws of Technology Everyone Should Know

Professor who summarized the impact of technology on society 30 years ago seems prescient now, in the age of smartphones and social media<p>Three decades ago, a historian wrote six laws to explain society’s unease with the power and pervasiveness of technology. Though based on historical examples …

Mobile

How Misty Plans To Build The Most Personable, Programmable Robot Ever

Spun off from toy-droid kingpin Sphero, this startup wants to sell bots that only get more capable as their owners figure out all the things they can do.<p>Last fall at a hackathon inside a featureless, low-slung warehouse in north-central Boulder, Colorado, one of the first outside software …

Robotics

Do Not, I Repeat, Do Not Download Onavo, Facebook’s Vampiric VPN Service

Facebook is not a privacy company; it’s Big Brother on PCP. It does not want to anonymize and protect you; it wants to drain you of your privacy, …

Privacy

Verizon Has a Bad Excuse for Why It’s Locking Phones Again

For quite some time, Verizon has been the go-to major carrier if you wanted to buy an unlocked phone in the US. That’s because Verizon agreed to sell …

Telecoms

New DNA nanorobots successfully targeted and killed off cancerous tumors

Science fiction no more — In an article out today in Nature Biotechnology, scientists were able to show tiny autonomous bots have the potential to function as intelligent delivery vehicles to cure cancer in mice.<p>These DNA nanorobots do so by seeking out and injecting cancerous tumors with drugs …

Cancer

Google’s custom TPU machine learning accelerators are now available in beta

Google’s Tensor Processing Units (TPUs), the company’s custom chips for running machine learning workloads written for its TensorFlow framework, are now available to developers.<p>The promise of these Google-designed chips is that they can run specific machine learning workflows significantly faster …

Machine Learning

Daylight Saving Time isn’t worth it, European Parliament ministers say | Ars Technica

EU says holdover from post-WWI efficiency efforts isn't relevant in today's world.<p>Earlier this week the European Parliament voted 384 to 153 to …

Europe

Government websites have quietly been running cryptocoin mining scripts

A security researcher has discovered thousands of legitimate websites — many belonging to local governments and government agencies — running scripts that secretly force visitors’ computers to mine cryptocoins.<p>In the UK, both the websites of the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Student …

IT security

4 Myths About GMOs And Organic Food Everybody Needs to Stop Believing

Here are the facts.<p>For some consumers, the mere act of shopping at the supermarket can be full of overwhelming decisions.<p>After extended debate in the …

Agriculture

Silicon Valley’s Tax-Avoiding, Job-Killing, Soul-Sucking Machine

Four companies dominate our daily lives unlike any other in human history: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. We love our nifty phones and just-a-click-away services, but these behemoths enjoy unfettered economic domination and hoard riches on a scale not seen since the monopolies of the gilded …

Sheryl Sandberg

When You’re a ‘Digital Nomad,’ the World Is Your Office

On the far eastern edge of Miami’s Little Havana, beyond a tall black gate, sit four century-old wooden buildings made of strong Dade County pine, arranged around a courtyard with a pool. Letters on the frontmost building’s pale yellow facade identify it as the Miami River Inn. One of the city’s …

Roam

North Korea: what war with the US would look like - Vox

A full-blown war with North Korea wouldn’t be as bad as you think. It would be much, much worse.<p>Late last September, I moderated a discussion about North Korea with retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis, whose 37-year military career included a stint running NATO, and Michèle Flournoy, the No. 3 …

War

Don’t Know What You Want? Improve These 7 Universal Skills

What does success look like? What do you want from life? What career do you want?<p>Most of us answer “I don’t know.”<p>And you know what? There’s nothing …

Self-improvement

The NSA sent coded messages to a shadowy Russian on its official Twitter account

The National Security Agency used its public Twitter account to send roughly a dozen coded messages to a shadowy Russian who had attempted to sell them dirt on President Donald Trump, The Intercept and The New York Times reported on Friday.<p>It was all part of a tentative deal American spies struck …

Surveillance