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Elon Musk suggests L.A. Mayor open to Boring Co. tunnel network

Elon Musk says that he’s had “promising conversations” with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, regarding the potential of a network of tunnels underneath the city that would allow for a high-speed transit network unburdened by surface traffic. That’s the vision Musk’s recently founded Boring Company hopes …

Elon Musk

The e-Mosquito bites you to monitor glucose levels

Researchers at the University of Calgary have released the latest version of their “Wearable Microsystem for Minimally Invasive, Pseudo-Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring,” a watch-like wearable that “bites” you every few hours to draw blood and test your glucose levels.<p>The system uses a shape …

Virtual Reality

Researchers 3D print a soft artificial heart that works a lot like a real one

The science of prosthetics has been advancing by leaps and bounds over the last few years, and research into soft robotics has been especially complementary. The same techniques that go into making a robot arm that flexes and turns like a real one can go into making more complex, subtle organs — …

3D Printing

The ORII smart ring lets you control your smartphone using only your voice

ORII is a new smart ring that gives you full hands-free control of your smartphone. The device connects to your phone with Bluetooth and it can be used to provide crystal-clear audio, which makes it an interesting tool for those with sight or hearing issues.<p>It works using bone conduction technology …

Google Assistant

Apple or Foxconn could be building factories in the US — or maybe not

President Donald Trump surprised everyone yesterday when he told the Wall Street Journal that Apple CEO Tim Cook told him Apple would build three factories in the U.S. It’s worth quoting Trump on this one:<p>“I spoke to [Tim Cook], he’s promised me three big plants — big, big, big,” he told the WSJ. …

Donald Trump

Russian scientists put a defibrillator on a drone

In what looks like a potentially useful use of drone technology, Russian scientists at the Moscow Technology Institute have stuck a defibrillator on a drone so it can be remote piloted to a person in need of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.<p>So much like an air ambulance, but — presumably — a lot …


HP’s new Nvidia-powered backpack VR PC is designed for work, not play

HP has a new entrant in that most curious PC niche – the backpack computer. A product of the virtual reality computing wave, the backpack PC provides all the power needed to drive high-quality VR headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but with a form factor that allows the user to roam about …

Virtual Reality

Ikea begins selling solar panels and home batteries in the UK

Ikea is getting into the domestic solar power generation and storage market in the UK, with new solar panel and home storage battery system products. The products include panels that integrated with existing roofing solutions provided by Solarcentury, a UK solar power company, which includes a 25 …


High schooler makes 3D-printed, machine learning-powered eye disease diagnosis system

If, like me, you’re one of those people who worries that you haven’t accomplished much in your life, you probably shouldn’t read this profile of Kavya Kopparapu, a teenager who has probably done more in her time <i>at</i> high school than I’ve done since I graduated. Most recently, she created a cheap, …

Machine Learning
Gear & Gadgets
IOS 11

BlackPods brings your AirPods to the dark side

This is the story of a guy who found a niche and stuck with it. The guy is a programmer named Nick who was worried about Apple’s wireless AirPods. He thought they looked stupid.<p>“I didn’t have particularly high hopes when Apple first announced AirPods. I figured they would sound like their wired …

Ben Stiller

Malicious code written into DNA infects the computer that reads it

In a mind-boggling world first, a team of biologists and security researchers have successfully infected a computer with a malicious program coded into a strand of DNA.<p>It sounds like science fiction, but I assure you it’s quite real — although you probably don’t have to worry about this particular …


The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the most flexible connected video doorbell

Ring is steadily releasing new products, but the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the first re-think of its original, core product. The new version of the smart Wi-Fi doorbell that started it all still offers both wired and battery power options, but the batteries are now removable, and it’s got a few …

Home Security

AMD launches 16-core Threadripper, ‘the world’s fastest PC desktop processor’

Advanced Micro Devices is shipping a 16-core Ryzen Threadripper central processing unit (CPU) that the company says takes the speed crown away from Intel for the first time in a decade.<p>AMD said the world’s fastest CPU is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, which runs at a base speed of 3.4 GHz and a …

Computer Hardware

Undergrads build prosthetic arm for 10-year-old violinist

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the hopes of an impossibly cute 10-year-old girl.<p>Fifth-grader Isabella Nicola wanted to play the violin, but she …

George Mason University

Siri's Not Even the Best iPhone Assistant Anymore

Apple’s Siri may not be the most capable voice assistant, or the most beloved. In the race to dominate the next generation of interfaces, though, …

Smart Homes

LG facing lawsuit over mishandled bootloop issue on LG G4, LG V10

One of the biggest issues facing LG’s smartphones over the past couple of years has been bootloop problems. Over time, some of the company’s flagship devices have had hardware failures that send the phones into eternal bootloops, and the company hasn’t been very willing to help out when that …

U.S. carriers want you to buy the LG G6 so badly, they're giving out free TVs

There's a lot to like about the LG G6. After trying out the whole modular phone thing with the G5 last year, LG's returned this year with a more …

Cellular Networks

Samsung’s Note 7 disaster won’t stop people buying the Galaxy S8

In 2016, few mobile tech stories garnered more attention than the Galaxy Note 7’s exploding batteries. As you likely remember, Samsung ended up …

The Atomo Modular Electronics System is like LEGO for electronics

One of the hardest things about Raspberry Pi and Arduino is figuring out where to stick all the pieces. While both of these systems work well alone — you can have a lot of fun with just a board and an internet connection — it’s also fun to add little things like printers and screens to make fun …

Raspberry Pi

Lily Drone team says it has no timeframe for issuing refunds

When Lily Robotics announced that its self-flying, follow-along camera drone wouldn't be produced, it promised to refund $34 million in pre-orders back to its customers. That's still the plan, but according to a new refund request form, the company isn't sure when those payments will actually go …