Friday Morning Report

By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend

IBM Turns Up Heat Under Competition in Artificial Intelligence


Programmers of artificial intelligence software got a new tool to work with when International Business Machines Corp. IBM 0.33 % announced …

Machine Learning

Raspberry Pi Zero is a tiny computer that costs only $5

When Raspberry Pi first arrived in 2012, it was revolutionary not because of its computing power — although, for a credit card-sized PC, it was pretty powerful — but for its $25 price, which made it perfect for cheap, DIY projects and learning about computers.

Now, the UK's Raspberry Pi Foundation …

Raspberry Pi

President signs pro-asteroid mining bill into law

And just like that, American asteroid mining efforts are legal. President Obama has signed the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA) into law following Congress' approval, letting companies keep whatever resources they collect beyond Earth. As you might imagine, hopeful mining …

Asteroid Mining

Apple TV apps can now support Facebook login w/ the company’s new tvOS SDK

Facebook today has unveiled its own SDK for the new Apple TV’s tvOS. In a blog post on its Developers site, Facebook says that using the Facebook SDK on tvOS will allow developers to build “immersive” social experiences on the platform including tools like login, sharing, and analytics.

One area in …


Apple will embrace OLED displays starting with iPhone 8

Apple will adopt OLED displays for its handsets beginning with the iPhone 8 in 2018, according to a new report coming out of Japan.

OLED displays offer better power efficiency, contrast, and more saturated colors. Currently Apple uses liquid crystal display (LCD) technology for its iPhones, although …


Macbook charger teardown: The surprising complexity inside Apple's power adapter

Have you ever wondered what's inside your Macbook's charger? There's a lot more circuitry crammed into the compact power adapter than you'd expect, …

Apple News

Apple Has Acquired Faceshift, Maker Of Motion Capture Tech Used In Star Wars

As the market for virtual reality technology continues to grow, Apple has made an interesting acquisition that could further its role in the space. TechCrunch has confirmed that Apple has snapped up Faceshift, a startup based in Zurich that has developed technology to create animated avatars and …

Star Wars

Raspberry Pi’s latest computer costs just $5

Raspberry Pi has just unveiled the Pi Zero, a programmable computer that costs only $5 — about as much as a cup of coffee.

Available from today, the Pi Zero is the charity organization’s smallest computer ever and packs enough power and components to match up to other offerings in the Pi family. In …

Raspberry Pi

26 of the greatest natural wonders of the world to remind you how truly amazing Planet Earth is

As technology advances and space becomes less of an unknown to the human race, our amazing planet Earth can sometimes seem to take a back seat to the …

Wonders of the World

"Vampiric" Microbes May Have Initiated Billion-Year-Old Evolutionary Leap

Vampires aren’t mythical creatures. Lampreys, bats and even one of Darwin’s famous Galapagos finches engage in vampirism, along with hundreds of …

University of California

The Case That Sent an Innocent Woman to the Gallows (And the Test That Would Have Saved Her)

Few people have heard of Eliza Fenning today, but in 1815 she was the most famous wronged woman in England. Executed for a crime on flimsy evidence, …


The Tech Behind a Racing Drone


Airbus' New Idea for Cutting Plane Boarding Times: Detachable Cabins

All right, everyone. It’s quiz time. What’s the worst part about flying? “Everything,” is an entirely appropriate response, but the one thing that’s …


Here is how dinner changed over the last 100 years

It’s not the most comprehensive look at the history of food but Mode’s video showcasing 100 years of dinner is really enjoyable to watch because it’s …

Cool Stuff

What Would Happen If Earth Lost All Oxygen For Five Minutes?

Chemistry Photo credit: assistant/ShutterstockWhere would we be without oxygen?If the Earth lost all its oxygen for just five minutes, the results …


Scientists Analyzed Spiderweb DNA, and the Results Are Super Creepy

Walking into a spiderweb just got creepy. Those sticky strands clinging to your hair and face? They’re smeared with traces of the spider’s last meal, …


This Beautiful App Lets You See the Cell Towers, Wifi Signals, and Satellites Around You

You’re aware that your cell service comes from cell towers. And that your mapping app is made possible by GPS satellites. And that wifi signals …


"Mouse" Spotted On Mars

First there were the "Clangers," then there were the "Biker Mice From Mars." Now, an amateur astronomer believes he may have spotted evidence of a …


Before silicon gets under your skin, get it etched on top with a Tech Tat

If you haven’t heard already, the future of wearables is going to get under your skin – literally. Implantable technology trackers may still be a …


10 Best-Kept Business Secrets in the World

Dr. Pepper is a blend of 23 different flavors — but good luck getting that list, because only 3 senior employees are given access to the list.

Sure, there are some rip-offs, but there's only one Dr. Pepper, making its recipe a very important business secret.

Fun fact YouTube channel All Time 10s …

Top 10

You can now Google your home to see if you should go solar

Google has put itself on the map by funding more than $2 billion in renewable energy projects.

Now the search giant wants to map the amount of sunlight your rooftop receives — and help you decide if it makes financial sense to go solar.

Dubbed Project Sunroof, the recently released online tool …


Alphabet wants its startups to behave like companies

A report from The Wall Street Journal suggests that Alphabet wants its startup-like subsidiaries to behave more like financially accountable independent companies. Alphabet is the recently formed parent of Google, Google X, Fiber, Nest, and other companies previously under the "Google" banner. Under …

Alphabet, Inc.

Designed for compact portability, this travel chess set features 32 hand-polished stainless steel game pieces that stack together like a cylindrical puzzle. The leather game board rolls up into a tube & stashes inside.

Raw Studio Chess Set

Designed for compact portability, this travel chess set features 32 hand-polished stainless steel game pieces that stack together …

Google unveils Android Studio 2.0 with Instant Run, faster Android emulator, and new GPU profiler

At the Android Dev Summit today, Google announced Android Studio 2.0, the second major version of its integrated development environment (IDE). Version 2.0 adds Instant Run, a faster Android emulator, and a new GPU profiler. The latest release isn’t yet ready for all developers, but you can get a …


Moroccan solar plant to bring energy to a million people

A giant plant using energy from the Sun to power a Moroccan city at night will open next month.

The solar thermal plant at Ouarzazate will harness the Sun's warmth to melt salt, which will hold its heat to generate energy in the evening.

The first phase will generate for three hours after dark; the …


What Is Going on with Google Chrome?

Over the past 3 months, Google Chrome has gotten increasingly worse.

Super slow page loading
• Sometimes non-existing connections (or no loading at …


For Our Consideration: A really long time ago, Marvel played fast and loose with Star Wars

Enter: Luke Skywalker!

In 1976 Roy Thomas was an 11 year veteran of Marvel Comics. He had been Stan Lee’s hand-picked successor to the position of editor-in-chief at the company when, in 1972, Lee began the long process of disentangling himself from the company’s day-to-day operations. Thomas held …

Science Fiction

Apple is releasing a round charging dock for the Apple Watch

Apple is planning to release a circular wireless charging dock for the Watch, according to iGeneration (via iDownloadBlog). The Watch is laid on top of the dock, connecting to the charging port on the back.

The documentation for the Magnetic Charging Dock, as Apple calls it, suggests the device …

Apple News

This phone case contains an entire glucose testing kit for people with diabetes

If you have diabetes or know someone who does, you already know how much of a pain testing your blood sugar can be. AkibaH is trying to take some of …

Health Care Technology