Friday Morning Report

By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend

Uncovering the magic: How serverless platforms really work!

Working with a serverless platform like OpenWhisk almost feels like practicing black magic. You insert code and it just executes that code as often …

Nicola Sturgeon just announced a second Scottish independence referendum

Scotland will hold a second referendum on independence from the United Kingdom, the country's First Minister has announced.<p>Nicola Sturgeon made the …

Thousands could live in space colonies orbiting the Earth in just 20 years, expert claims

Thousands of people could be living in floating space colonies orbiting the Earth in 20 years’ time, according to the head of a project by the …

Watch Out For Apple Watch Series 3: A Superior Digital Wrist Piece

Rumors are rife about the third edition of Apple Inc.’s popular wrist gadget. Global smartwatch sales and those of other wearable gadgets are seeing …

Smartwatches

A Quick Guide to Cutting the Cable Cord

Tired of that dusty cable box? Swap it for a sleek device and streaming app by reading this guide!<p>Switching from traditional cable TV service to an internet-based option has become easier than ever. With three major TV-streaming services and countless compatible devices currently on the market, we …

Apple TV

Google and Levi’s Project Jacquard jacket has restored my faith in wearables

Technology you wear on your sleeve — literally<p>Wearable technology once promised to take us away from our phones and to improve our lives in subtle but powerful ways. The reality, however, has been a bit less exciting. More often than not, devices have been hampered by clunky design and bad taste, …

Wearable Tech

‘Enough to carry living passengers across interstellar or even intergalactic distances’

Nick Whighamnews.com.au@NWWHIGHAM<p><b>HARVARD researchers have proposed a theory about the possibility of mysterious celestial phenomena known as fast</b> …

Astronomy

11 ridiculous future predictions from the 1900 world's fair — and 3 that came true.

Top 10 Raspberry Pi Zero Projects That Make Use of Its Small Stature

The Raspberry Pi has long been the hobbyist choice for DIY electronics projects. The Raspberry Pi Zero, which is about the size of a stick of gum, …

Raspberry Pi

How to track your sleep using Apple Watch or iPhone with these third-party apps

Sleep tracking has been one the most oft-requested features for Apple Watch, but Apple itself has yet to implement a solution. That hasn’t stopped developers from creating their own watchOS apps for doing it, though.<p>One of the more popular apps for sleep tracking with Apple Watch is called …

iOS

Alexa Voice Service now works on connected devices in UK and Germany

Since first being unbundled back in 2015 in the U.S., Alexa Voice Service — the voice-response software that powers the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot — has been one of Amazon’s chief tools to spread its services to a range of connected devices. Now Amazon is taking its strategy international. Today it …

Automation

Japan goes fishing for space junk but 700-metre 'tether' fails

Mission to clear up Earth’s orbit ends after device created with a fishing net company fails to deploy<p>An experimental Japanese mission to clear space junk from the Earth’s orbit has ended in failure, officials said on Monday, in an embarrassment for Tokyo.<p>More than 100m pieces of rubbish are …

Space

Scientists have confirmed a brand new phase of matter: time crystals

For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals — strange crystals that have an atomic structure that repeats not just in space, but in time, putting them in constant oscillation without energy.<p>Now it's official — researchers have just reported in …

Physics

The MagicBridge Turns Your Keyboard And Trackpad Into A Lap-Friendly Surface

Whether they admit it or not, one of the big reasons people buy Macs is simply because of how damn good they look. Just gaze at that thing sitting in …

Gear & Gadgets

Missing Continent Was Destroyed By India And Madagascar's Tug-Of-War

Continents have disappeared throughout Earth’s history at a rather surprising pace.<p>Around 40 million years ago, the formation of the Himalayas forced …

Microsoft launches program to take on Chromebooks in schools

In an effort to stem the academic migration to simpler, cheaper Chromebooks, Microsoft has launched the Intune for Education program. Based on the company's corporate Intune service, it helps educators manage and set up student Windows 10 PCs and apps. As part of the initiative, the software giant …

Microsoft

A Long-Lost Dark Age Kingdom Has Been Rediscovered In Scotland

Once upon a time in Britain, shortly after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, barbarians swept the lands and chaos reigned. Kingdoms quickly rose …

The Internet Of Things Could Finally Get The Common Language It Needs | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

People shouldn’t have to worry whether their smart door lock is compatible with Apple’s system, or Google’s, or Amazon’s.

Internet of Things

Here's How Scientists Invented Real-Life Sonic Screwdrivers

When it comes to science, harnessing energy is arguably what humanity does best. We often focus on the rather remarkable way we can redirect light, …

Science

Here's A List Of Every Upcoming Space Mission For The Next Twenty Years - And Some Of Them Are Unbelievably Awesome

It seems like almost every week there's a new exciting space mission announced, from fanciful journeys to Mars to serious scientific expeditions.<p>But …

Amazon Alexa Smartphone In The Works? Company Seeks FCC Approval For Mobile Bands Based Technology

An Amazon application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) emerged Saturday. The original application, which was first revealed in a …

Net Neutrality

Israel builds world’s tallest solar thermal tower in Negev Desert

Rising from the desert landscape what will be the world’s tallest solar thermal tower.<p>It is still under construction 250 meters high in the Negev Desert.<p>The project is made up of three plots, with a fourth planned for the future, each with a different solar technology. The centerpiece is the solar …

Renewable Energy

20 Vintage Life Hacks from 100 Years Ago AND THEY WORK

Back in the 1900s, cigarette manufactures used to insert stiffening cards into their paper cigarette packs to add strength and help them last …

Hacking

Hands on with LEGO Boost robotics prototype at CES in Las Vegas [News and Video]

Earlier this week we brought you the news about the newly unveiled LEGO Boost robotics system, an entry-level System-based building and coding …

Turn your iPhone into a universal remote and more [Week’s Best Deals]

2017 is off and running, and there’s already a strong crop of brand new deals that top the Cult of Mac Store. This week we’ve got a comprehensive disk utility, a comprehensive bundle of lessons in iOS development, a single place to charge and organize up to 5 devices, and a coin-sized module for …

iOS

TP-Link makes mysterious entry into Wi-Fi system market at CES

The company introduces two Wi-Fi mesh systems without providing details such as pricing, availability or even Wi-Fi standard. More to come later this year.<p>TP-Link made it clear today at CES 2017 that it's ventured into the Wi-Fi system market, with not one, but two products. What's not clear, …

Wi-Fi

Netgear's Nighthawk S8000 8-port switch gets the LAN party started

When it comes to gaming, the best way to connect your rig is via a Gigabit connection, and today Netgear brought that to a next level with the Nighthawk S8000 8-port Gaming and Media Switch (model GS808E).<p>Netgear says this is a 8-port switch designed to connect Playstation, Xbox, Wii and other …

Wi-Fi

Synaptics' new biometric solution combines fingerprint authentication with facial recognition

For example, if you’re wearing gloves on a cold day, it would be much easier to select the facial recognition method rather than removing your gloves …

I've owned an Amazon Echo for over a year now — here are my 19 favorite features

I activated my Amazon Echo for the first time in December 2015. It's since become one of my favorite tech gadgets ever.<p>Amazon's family of Echo speakers were some of the hottest gifts this holiday season — the smaller $50 Echo Dot has been the top-selling item on Amazon.com since November 1 — so …

Amazon Echo