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Foam Mattresses, Explained by a Casper Engineer

by David Holm<p>Apr 11, 2018<p>David Holm is a product quality engineer at Casper. He studied chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota.<p>If you …

In ‘Listening In,’ a Surveillance Expert Warns That No Secret Is Safe

Smartphones, smart cars, smart fridges: All are connected to the web, and hackers and governments alike are all too eager to peer inside.<p>On December …

This Is The Biggest Key to Happiness, According to Science

You don't need to be happy all the time.<p>Over the past two decades, the positive psychology movement has brightened up psychological research with its …

Razer wants its smartphone to be a laptop

Hot off launching its first smartphone pitched to gamers, computer hardware company Razer is angling to make that phone your only device. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week the company introduced Project Linda, a shell of a laptop powered by the company’s smartphone.<p>Razer isn’t …

Are exoskeletons the future of physical labor?

Ford and others are experimenting with wearable robotics<p>There are 3,500 people working in Ford’s final assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan, where a steady stream of car husks are transformed into drivable vehicles hundreds of times a day. It’s what you might imagine a car factory would be like, if …

Comcast’s xFi Advanced Gateway modem is now available nationwide

It's no secret that modems provided by your ISP can leave a lot to be desired. While we generally recommend you use your own hardware when it comes to your internet connection, plenty of people just go with the standard default modem and router. Comcast is making that process just a little bit …

Wi-Fi

These 3D-printed objects don't need batteries to connect to Wi-Fi

One of the big tradeoffs that comes with the convenience of having smart devices run your home is the hassle of keeping them powered, either with batteries or by plugging them into the wall. But a new project devised by researchers at the University of Washington could one day help guide the …

Wi-Fi

Netgear’s Arlo Pro 2 is an expensive, but capable home camera system

Here’s the thing about home security systems: they are expensive, usually require experts to install them, and for the good ones you’ll need to pay a monthly fee starting at $30 to have a company monitor them. While they won’t provide the same level of security as a professionally installed system …

South Korea bombards North with propaganda about defector

South Korea is bombarding North Korean troops stationed in the Demilitarised Zone with news about a compatriot who defected across the border.<p>Large batteries of loudspeakers set up just to the south of the tense frontier are being used to inform the defector's former comrades that while he suffered …

North Korea

Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core

WASHINGTON — Jake Williams awoke last April in an Orlando, Fla., hotel where he was leading a training session. Checking Twitter, Mr. Williams, a cybersecurity expert, was dismayed to discover that he had been thrust into the middle of one of the worst security debacles ever to befall American …

Cybersecurity

Navy Ships Kept at Sea Despite Training and Maintenance Needs, Admiral Says

WASHINGTON — After a string of deadly accidents in the western Pacific, a top admiral acknowledged on Thursday that the Navy had knowingly operated warships there despite a growing number of major training and maintenance shortfalls — all to meet increasing operational demands.<p>An unusual hearing of …

Toyota claims a leap that would vastly increase electric-car range

In an unusual statement, Toyota says it is nearing a breakthrough in a type of lithium-ion battery system that has vexed researchers for decades, and …

Electric Vehicles

eBay will soon let you shop using photos

New features are due this Fall<p>eBay is introducing two new features for its mobile apps that use image matching to help customers search for products they might not be able to describe. The Image Search feature lets users shop by uploading a photo onto the app’s search bar. The Find It On eBay …

Devialet announces surround sound TV speaker with Sky

French speaker maker Devialet just announced a brand new speaker in partnership with British broadcasting company Sky. The Sky Soundbox is a single speaker designed for your TV. It’s roughly the size of a gaming console and it is supposed to produce surround-like sound.<p>This partnership is something …

Audiophile

Welcome to Radio Garden, free from the internet’s sin

How browsing radio stations from around the world can lift the burden of being online<p>It’s difficult to pick just one thing to hate about the internet, but if I had to, I’d say it was how overwhelmingly <i>relevant</i> everything is. Everywhere I turn online I see content I should click on. Advice for the …

Google Earth

Russian charged over $4 billion bitcoin laundering scheme

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has charged a Russian Bitcoin exchange operator with 17 counts of laundering up to $4 billion since 2011. Alexander Vinnik was arrested earlier this week by Greek police, and shortly afterwards, security firm Wizsec identified him as a prime laundering suspect in …

Windows 10 preview connects your Android phone to your PC

Microsoft is acting on its promise to make PCs and phones live in harmony. It just posted a Windows 10 Insider Preview (on the Fast ring) that introduces the first batch of features integrating Windows with your mobile devices. If you have an Android phone, you can link it to your PC to continue …

DeepMind working on AI that can ‘imagine’ & plan for complex, unpredictable scenarios

DeepMind demonstrated with AlphaGo that artificial intelligence research has progressed further along than was expected in our lifetimes. The Alphabet division is now tackling imagination — “a distinctly human ability” — to create AIs that are better at handling the complexity and unpredictability …

Google launches a new Backup & Sync desktop app for uploading files and photos to the cloud

As promised last month, Google has today launched its new “Backup and Sync from Google” tool, which aims to help users more easily back up the files and photos on their computer. The utility is meant to replace the older Google Photos desktop app, as well as the Google Drive client applications for …

New lip-sync tech generates scary-accurate video using audio clips

I’m not saying you should be afraid of the future, but… okay, that’s exactly what I’m saying. A group of researchers from the University of Washington has developed a method to take an audio clip of someone speaking and generate a frighteningly realistic lip-synced video with it.<p>I’m afraid, very …

University of Washington

Safe to talk? Brussels invites foreigners to call city and chat to locals

Soldiers in combat fatigues patrolling the cobbled streets, schools shuttered and the metro closed: the tranquil reputation of Brussels was battered by the four-day lockdown in November that put the spotlight on Belgium’s terrorist links.<p>In the wake of some international headlines declaring the …

The Arts

This Is the Salary You Need to Buy a House in 12 U.S. Cities

You can pretty much rule out San Francisco.<p>Making the leap from renter to owner is no small feat, but in some American cities, it's especially difficult. For example, to buy a home in the metropolis of San Francisco, one would need a salary of $153,000 a year. The housing market is equally …

Long-term study shows why bullying is a public health problem

Bullying may be responsible for nearly 30% of cases of depression among adults, a new study suggests.<p>By tracking 2,668 people from early childhood through adulthood, researchers found that 13-year-olds who were frequent targets of bullies were three times more likely than their non-victimized peers …