Friday Morning Report

By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend

Amazon lets you access Alexa on the web via Echosim.io

Amazon has released a web-based version of Alexa, the voice-activated digital assistant that powers its Echo speaker.<p>Called Echosim.io, the service simulates having an Echo — to a degree. At the user's prompting, Alexa on the Echo can access Amazon Prime or Spotify music, call an Uber, check Google …

Amazon

Amazon puts Alexa in the browser with Echoism.io

Amazon has put Alexa, the voice-powered AI software found in the Echo, Dot, and Tap, right inside the browser with the launch of Echoism.io.<p>After logging in with an Amazon account, anyone can start asking Alexa questions by clicking and holding on the mic button.<p>Amazon’s Alexa is able to answer …

Amazon

One chip to rule them all? The Internet of Things and the next great era of hardware

It’s been almost 10 years since Apple unveiled the iPhone. Since that day, the smartphone has been the overwhelming driver of innovation in the technology industry. Cameras, Wi-Fi, batteries, touch sensors, baseband processors and memory chips — in less than a decade, these components have made …

Internet of Things

The first inflatable habitat tested with astronauts in space works after second try

<i>(Reuters) –</i> Astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Saturday inflated an experimental fabric module that may provide a less expensive and safer option for housing crews during long stays in space, a NASA TV broadcast showed.<p>Designed and built by privately owned Bigelow Aerospace, the …

NASA

Robber Jailed For 17 Years, Victim Finds Him In Facebook’s “People You May Know” List

<i>We all know that Facebook keeps on looking for yourfaintest connections and uses them to suggest friends on the social media. The same happened when</i> …

Watch NASA's second attempt at inflating the first expandable habitat on the ISS

After failing its first attempt, NASA will try once again to deploy its first expandable habitat. The space agency will start inflating the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) on Saturday morning, starting at 9AM ET.You can watch the event live on NASA TV.<p>Astronauts will enter it three to …

NASA

Two-year, $25M study finds positive effect of cell phone radiation on some cancers in male rats

A major study conducted by the National Toxicology Program has found a slight, but significant, positive correlation between radio-frequency radiation exposure (like that given off by phones) and certain cancers in rats — though only male ones.<p>The two-year, peer-reviewed study involved thousands of …

Radiation

Apple's Echo rival could see you with built-in camera

The giant has been exploring including facial-recognition tech in its device, sources tell CNET.<p>Apple's rival to the Echo could know who you are just …

Apple News

Hydroponic Gardens Go Mainstream at IKEA | Homestead Guru

The kit comes with seeds, nutrients and the grow kit. All you need to do is add and maintain the water at the correct levels. You will start your …

iOS 10: Rumored iPhone & iPad features in the cards for WWDC 2016

As we approach Apple’s WWDC 2016 developer conference scheduled for June 13-17, there are more than a few reported in-development features and fixes that are likely candidates for stage time. An Apple Music revamp, Apple Pay updates, improvements for the App Store, and new features for HomeKit, …

iPhone

Oldest Known Neanderthal Construction Found In French Cave Is 176,000 Years Old

Editor's Blog Photo credit: Dating of the stalagmites puts them at 176,000 years old. Jaubert et al. 2016Deep in a cave in southwest France, closed …

Twitter open-sources Heron, its real-time stream-processing engine

Twitter is today releasing its Heron real-time stream processing engine under an open-source Apache license on GitHub. Twitter first published a paper documenting Heron last year, but the software has been proprietary, until now.<p>Written in C++, Java, and Python, Heron is a successor to the Storm …

Python Programming

Apple Patent Details Smart Walkie-Talkie Lightning Headphones

An Apple patent was published today detailing a headset and communications platform that uses point-to-point network technology instead of cellular (via <i>AppleInsider</i>).<p>The application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, called "Point-to-Point ad hoc voice communication", describes a …

Lightning

E Ink breakthrough brings full color displays that can stay on indefinitely

E-paper displays are finally able to show more than a handful of colors.<p>E Ink, the company behind the e-paper displays used on Kindle and other …

E Ink

Microsoft and SAP renew business vows in cloud

HANA for Microsoft Azure, Office 365 onramp for SAPMicrosoft and SAP are renewing their decades-old business intelligence and data partnership for …

Microsoft

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know this Thursday.<p><b>1. Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel confirmed that he secretly funded Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker.</b> Thiel says "it was worth fighting back" against the news outlet.<p><b>2. Eric Schmidt says breaking up Alphabet is "as</b> …

Peter Thiel

Watch Live As NASA Inflates The First Expandable Room On The ISS

We’ve had to wait quite a while but finally, one month after launching, NASA is about to inflate the first ever expandable habitat on the …

Some evil mastermind figured out how to deep fry water

Fried food aficionado Jonathan Marcus of Massachusetts has figured out a way to deep fry water, finally giving us a way to get our 64 ounces without sacrificing our taste buds.<p>Marcus managed to deep fry the ball of water by sealing it in a membrane of calcium alginate, then breading and deep …

Food & Dining

Stone rings found in French cave could change view of Neanderthals

Stone rings found inside a French cave were likely built by Neanderthals 176,500 years ago. A study says the structures are the oldest-known human constructions, potentially changing how we think about our ancestors.<p>Using sophisticated dating techniques, a team directed by archaeologist Jacques …

Neanderthals

Top 6 Programming Languages of 2016 You Should Know

Now a day’s multifarious apps are developed every day by the software developers and are used repeatedly and deleted as well. A developer has to take …

Python Programming

3 Years and Counting

It has been three years since we conducted our very SAP CodeJam in 2012 and I must say we have sure have come a long way since then. Since its …

SAP SE

Apple prepping thinner MacBook Pros with OLED screen above keyboard, Touch ID for Q4

According to a new note from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities and corroborated by our sources, Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year. Kuo says the device will have a new “thinner and lighter” design with design cues taken from the …

MacBook Pro

A Battery Made From Metal and Air Is Electrifying the Developing World

Is this brand new type of battery the key to clean energy and off-grid electricity?<p>Lithium-ion batteries are having a moment. After becoming the de facto battery in laptops and cell phones over the years, they’re now starting to power electric cars (like those made by Tesla) and plug into the power …

Energy

Scientists Have Actually Invented Sonic Screwdrivers And Levitation Gauntlets

Time Lords, rejoice. Scientists have invented what is essentially the prototype to a working sonic screwdriver, the device made famous by the …

Paranormal

French Billionaire Opens Free Coding University '42' In Silicon Valley

French technology entrepreneur and billionaire Xavier Niel (#129 in 2016 and #7 in France with a net worth of $8 billion) is investing $100 million of his own money to bring his Paris-based ’42′ coding school to Silicon Valley.<p>The name ’42′ is a nod to Douglas Adams’ science-fiction series <i>The</i> …

Silicon Valley

Cask from the past: archaeologists discover 5,000-year-old beer recipe

Chinese villagers could have been raising a pint 5,000 years ago, according to new research.<p>Archaeologists studying vessels unearthed in the Shaanxi province of China say they’ve uncovered beer-making equipment dating from between 3400 and 2900 BC - an era known as the late Yangshao period - and …

Beer

Display manufacturing supplier gives more evidence for OLED iPhone in 2017

Applied Materials, a firm that makes equipment to build screens for smartphones, is reporting a huge leap in orders, reports <i>Bloomberg</i>. The four-fold increase adds credence to a series of reports claiming that Apple is planning a brighter, 5.8-inch OLED display in an iPhone for a 2017 launch.<p>The …

iPhone

Archaeologists Unearth Tomb Of Genghis Khan

<b>Öndörkhaan| Construction workers employed in road building near the Onon River in the Khentii province of Mongolia, have discovered a mass grave</b> …

Genghis Khan

At the AT-AT’s birth: the improvising of a ‘Star Wars’ icon

The first thing the creators of “The Empire Strikes Back” snow walker scene want you to know: They were not inspired by the Port of Oakland cranes.

Star Wars