Alex Leu

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Google's new $400 speaker is a room-shaking monster

The Amazon Echo and the Google Home smart speakers are pretty good at playing music. Ask them to play a song, and enjoy the surprisingly high sound quality on display.<p>Sometimes, though, you need to bring the freakin' roof down.<p>Enter the Google Home Max, a $400 speaker designed for the bass-shaking, …

BlackRock: Less than 18% of Stock Market Owned by Index-Tracking Investors

BlackRock Inc (BLK) , a global investment management firm, estimated that less than 18% of the global stock market is controlled by index-tracking …

Stock Markets

DEUTSCHE BANK WARNS: 'The dollar is in trouble'

But it doesn't look like the greenback will see a reversal of fortunes anytime soon, according to Deutsche Bank strategist George Saravelos.<p>"The dollar is in trouble," he argues in a recent note to clients, in part because of a couple of key changes that are negatives for the greenback.<p>The first …

Lithium-ion batteries finally have a rechargeable competitor

Last week, Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy and the company he currently backs, Ionic Materials, unveiled a solid-state alkaline battery design that they claim would be cheaper and safer than the lithium-ion battery.<p>"What people didn't really realize is that alkaline batteries could be made …

Need a new password? Here are 306 million to avoid

Security researcher Troy Hunt has released a searchable tool that taps the database of previously compromised passwords.<p>If you're in the market for new, unique password, Troy Hunt has a trove of what you don't want.<p>Hunt, the security expert behind the Have I Been Pwned website, on Thursday released …

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Entertainment

Researchers have found 10 faint galaxies that kick-started the whole universe!

This technique will help the researchers in better understanding of the cosmic history a billion years post Big Bang.<p>A new technology has been …

Earth’s Magnetic Poles Are Set to Swap Places - And We're Totally Unprepared

When north becomes south.<p>Earth’s magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field - protecting life from harmful solar radiation by …

Laser-Based Propulsion System Could Get Us to Mars in Record Time—Just Three Days

Scientists are gearing up for further explorations into space. But normal rockets aren’t going to cut it for missions to places like Mars and beyond. …

How your Fitbit is making you fat

In 2013, when David Stewart tipped the scales at 200 pounds, he slapped on a Fitbit, thinking it’d be a quick way to shed the weight. Instead, the …

We basically have no defences against a surprise comet or asteroid

NASA scientist says we should get building our defences right away<p>Given the terrible state that 2016 has left the planet in, you’d imagine things …

Space

Uber admits to self-driving car 'problem' in bike lanes as safety concerns mount

Engineers were working to fix programming flaw that could have deadly results for cyclists days after Uber announced it would openly defy California regulators<p>Uber has admitted that there is a “problem” with the way autonomous vehicles cross bike lanes, raising serious questions about the safety of …

San Francisco

Facebook's fake news problem, explained

News stories are supposed to help ordinary voters understand the world around them. But in the 2016 election, news stories online too often had the opposite effect. Stories rocketed around the internet that were misleading, sloppily reported, or in some cases totally made up.<p>Over the course of …

The Market Is Betting Trump Will Bring Higher Inflation and Interest Rates

The bond market is, as a rule, a more reliable guide to what global investors believe the future will look like than the erratic stock market.<p>And on Wednesday, bond markets sent one signal loud and clear: The Trump years are likely to feature higher inflation and higher interest rates than have …

Federal Reserve

How Many Planets are There in the Galaxy?

On a clear night, and when light pollution isn’t a serious factor, looking up at the sky is a breathtaking experience. On occasions like these, it is …

Scientists dropped dummies on their heads to test an inflatable helmet

It's a surprisingly safe marshmallow<p>New inflatable bike helmets may be safer than the one you’re wearing, but if you live in the US you might not get to wear one until crash-test regulations catch up to the new design.<p>To figure out how inflatable helmets stack up against their dorkier, …

Bicycle Helmets

This Handy Tool Tells You If It's Cheaper to Drive or Fly to Your Destination

Bookmark this, STAT.<p>There's nothing quite as thrilling as a good getaway. In fact, research suggests that travel is the best mood-boosting activity out there. The only problem? The time and effort it takes to plan a trip.<p>But now there's one less barrier to going on vacation. TravelMath, a website …

The global economy is caught in a trap. The only way out is creative destruction

Monetary policy is preventing the bubble from bursting and forcing central banks into more radical measures. The sooner the purge, the milder it will be<p>Almost eight years ago, the Lehman Brothers collapse plunged the global economy into recession. The interbank market collapsed, and the entire …

Economics

Fed Pivot Should Juice The Economy And Stocks

Yesterday we parsed the Fed’s message from this week and concluded a strategy pivot has indeed taken place. If we block out all of the chatter from those Fed members not named Yellen, since March, it’s been a 180.<p>Instead of promoting optimism about the future and telegraphing rate hikes to …

Stock Markets

20 Best Chili Recipes

As the temperatures continue to decrease, what’s better than coming home to a satisfying bowl of chili? Not much, we’d say. The fulfilling …

Cooking

If This Amazing Cartoon Won't Persuade Science Deniers, Nothing Will

<i>This story was originally published by</i> Grist<i> and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i>We've all heard it before: "Yeah, but …

Climate Change

Amazon Tests 30-Hour Work Week

The <i>Washington Post</i> reports that Amazon is launching technical teams whose workers will only clock in for 30 hours a week. While plenty of employees …

Turkey backtracks on age of wedding bomber

<b>Gaziantep, Turkey (CNN) —</b> The Turkish government is now backtracking on its initial claim that the attacker who bombed the Kurdish wedding celebration in southern Turkey on Saturday night was a young teenager.<p>The bombing killed 54 people in Gaziantep near the Syrian border and it stunned Turks -- …

Extremism

The ultimate US road trip? Scientist devises nerdy tour of 47 national parks

In a month that the US National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday, a road trip fanatic has devised a remarkably nerdy way to see each and every one in a single epic holiday.<p>Randy Olson, a data scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, has used a combination of genetic algorithms and …

Why Laziness May Lead to Higher Intelligence, According to Science

There may be some truth to that old stereotype.<p>Given the choice, would you rather read a book or go jogging? I'm firmly in the read a book category, but does that make me lazy or just super smart? I'm voting for the latter, and the science is agreeing with me. As the British Psychological Society's</i> …

Internaut day: The world's first public website went online 25 years ago today

On this day 25 years ago the world's first website went live to the public. The site, created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was a basic text page with hyperlinked words that connected to other pages.<p>Berners-Lee used the public launch to outline his plan for the service, which would come to dominate life …

Tim Berners Lee

We Finally Know Why Women Have Orgasms, Thanks To Science

9.8K<p>SHARES<p>In case you didn't know, we have sex to procreate. That’s kind of the only reason why we have those innate urges to take off our clothes …

The 18 best movies on Netflix you've probably never heard of

There are so many movies on Netflix that your typical Friday night is probably spent trying to find something to watch, as opposed to actually watching something.<p>The streaming service has a huge, rotating selection of movies both old and new. It is hard to navigate through Netflix's massive library …