Friday Morning Report

By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend

Intel Hades Canyon NUC is the smallest VR gaming rig I've ever seen (hands-on)

I love miniature gaming PCs, and Intel may have just trumped them all here at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.<p>This is the Intel Hades Canyon NUC, a VR-ready gaming rig that's just 1.2 liters in volume. It's small enough to fit into a messenger bag, or even a very large purse -- and yet it's got enough power …

Scientists Discover Clean Water Ice Just Below Mars' Surface

Locked away beneath the surface of Mars are vast quantities of water ice. But the properties of that ice—how pure it is, how deep it goes, what shape …

How an Apple intern and her mentor created Apple’s first 500 emoji

You’ve probably never heard of Angela Guzman, a former Apple intern and employee, but she’s likely influenced your life and how you communicate on a daily basis. For its tenth anniversary, Guzman has shared how she and her mentor designed Apple’s first emoji for iPhone back in 2008 in a Medium blog …

This New Blockchain Project Gives Homeless New Yorkers A Digital Identity

Fummi is a new app from Blockchain for Change that lets people on the streets access financial and government services.<p>Three thousand homeless people in New York are about to receive a special holiday gift: a free smartphone that allows them to manage their digital identity, access shelters and …

Homelessness

Google bought a UK startup that turns screens into speakers

Over the past year, Google has demonstrated its desire to step up its hardware game. The company bought HTC's Pixel team for $1.1 billion, designed its own imaging chip for the Pixel 2 and also hired a key Apple chip designer. <i>Bloomberg</i> reports that in its bid to gain an edge on the competition, …

Mobile Devices

Hands-on with Apple TV 4K and the new Siri Remote

Bring on the 4K HDR movie binge watching. The new Apple TV 4K is out today and we’ve got our hands on Apple’s new streaming box.<p>The reviews call it the best TV box on the market, but note its premium price means it’s not for everyone. Apple still offers the two-year old 1080p version for its same …

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Roundup: Everything Apple announced today at its iPhone X event

It’s easy to get overwhelmed on iPhone event day, especially one as jam-packed as today. After months of rumors, Tim Cook and his fellow Apple executives took to the stage at Steve Jobs Theater to unveil a trio of new iPhones, a new Apple Watch, a new 4K Apple TV, and more. Read on for a full …

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Tesla is providing batteries for the world's largest producer of wind turbines

More Power<p>Though Tesla’s batteries are generally associated with the storage of solar power, the technology isn’t limited to just one form of clean …

Kids can build a droid and learn about electronics with littleBits R2D2 kit

In honor of Force Friday II, DIY electronic toymaker littleBits launched one of its coolest products yet. The Droid Inventor Kit allows kids to piece …

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Apple Patents '3D Fabric' for Future Apple Watch Bands

Future Apple Watch bands might do a lot more than just hold the device to your wrist. In fact, Apple is actively exploring how it can add additional …

New, tiny quantum device could make quantum internet a reality

Chip-sized quantum devices<p>Advances in optical quantum networks, which transmit information by encoding data via the quantum state of photons, have …

Quantum Computing

Ancient Roman city found underwater

Part of a Roman city that experts believe was submerged in the 4th century has been found off the coast of northeastern Tunisia

Ancient Rome

'Drone detective' app aims to keep rogue pilots in check

Ms Tapsall said while most people used drones safely, there were always the odd few who pushed the boundaries.<p>“You have angels and demons, the people …

Alphabet finalizes restructuring with a new company called XXVI

Back in 2015, Google announced that it was restructuring its company into multiple parts, with a new giant company called Alphabet to oversee all of Google's various businesses. The reasoning behind the move was to essentially separate out some of Google's "Other Bets" projects into their own …

Stephen Hawking mission to find alien civilisation detects radio signals coming from dwarf galaxy

Astronomers hunting for signs of intelligent alien life in the universe have recorded 15 mysterious radio signals coming from a dwarf galaxy three billion light years away.<p>The team is part of the Breakthrough Listen project, set up by Professor Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, …

Settlers of Catan is coming to virtual reality this year

Iconic board game <i>Settlers of Catan</i> is coming to virtual reality. A new version is being developed by game studio Experiment7 — which previously created a pair of VR takes on chess — with feedback from the original minds behind <i>Catan</i>. The VR game, which is coming to both Oculus Rift and Gear VR and …

Rare Skin Disease Ruined Gaza Man's Life — Until Israeli Doctors Stepped In

Muhammad Taluli arrived from Gaza at Jerusalem's Hadassah Medical Center a few months ago and unwrapped the cloth from his hands to reveal gray and white growths that looked like tree bark. The doctors had never seen anything like it.<p>In fact, there have been only a handful of such extreme cases of …

Medicine

Portrait: Masahiro Kikuno, Japanese Independent Watchmaker

Despite being just 33 years old, Masahiro Kikuno makes wristwatches by hand in a rigorously traditional manner, inspired by the craftsmen who built …

7 Amazing 'Superpowers' That Humans Can Develop To Deal With Extreme Conditions

Compared to most other animals, the average human seems fairly weak. We live in climate-controlled bubbles and eat food that we purchase in stores. …

AI Can Predict How Much Longer You Have Left To Live

Artificial intelligence is able to make a pretty accurate guess at how much longer you've got to live, as shown by a new study published in the …

Missed the WWDC 2017 Keynote? Here Are Apple's 9 Biggest Announcements | WIRED

• Author: Arielle Pardes. Arielle Pardes Gear<br>• Date of Publication: 06.05.17. 06.05.17<br>• Time of Publication: 5:07 pm. 5:07 pm<p>Everything Apple Announced …

LEGO Macintosh classic with Wi-Fi and e‑paper display running docker

<i>tl;dr: I built a Wi-Fi enabled LEGO Macintosh Classic running Docker on a Raspberry Pi Zero with an e‑paper display. Docker deployments via resin.io.</i> …

Six Ancient Legends That Are Based On Real Events

Humans above all else are storytellers, and myths and legends ignite our imaginations.<p>The <i>Lord of the Rings</i>, a well-known contemporary fable, tells of …

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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 announces second Scottish referendum

The Scottish Government will move to hold a second referendum on independence from the United Kingdom, the country's First Minister has announced, …

Thousands of people could live in space colonies orbiting the Earth in 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 …

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 …

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