Friday Morning Report
By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend
Ofcom says wireless networks in millions of properties suffer 'interference' from electronics, including baby monitors - and even festive lights
Fairy lights on Christmas trees could cause slower broadband speeds, regulator Ofcom has warned, as it launched a new app to test Wi-Fi in homes.
Hello, Alexa, can you hear me?
Alexa, the voice behind interactive speaker Amazon Echo, can hear your Adele reference loud and clear — and respond to it cleverly, too. Capitalizing on Adele's recent album drop as well as the theatrical release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Amazon …Amazon
Human activity is affecting our planet. Big time.
Don't take my word for it, though — take the 97% of climate scientists' who believe climate change …Climate Change
Programmers of artificial intelligence software got a new tool to work with when International Business Machines Corp. announced that a proprietary …Machine Learning
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
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
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 …Facebook
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 …Samsung
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
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 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
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
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
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, …Arsenic
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 …Airbus
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
Chemistry Photo credit: assistant/ShutterstockWhere would we be without oxygen?If the Earth lost all its oxygen for just five minutes, the results …Oxygen
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, …DNA
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 …Wi-Fi
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 …Space
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 …Bluetooth
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
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 …Google
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 …
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 …Google
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 …Energy