Innovation

By Peter Wennersten | Things that change our lives

Smartphones to become pocket doctors after scientists discover camera flash and microphone can be used to diagnose illness

Smartphones will soon become mobile laboratories which can monitor bone density, calculate red blood cell levels and even predict if an asthma attack is imminent.<p>Scientists are repurposing the technology which already exists within phones, such as accelerometers, camera flashes and microphones to …

Medicine

Introducing a Portable Kayak You Can Carry on Your Back

For a lot of adventurers, a day of kayaking often involves first strapping a full-size kayak to the roof of a car and sometimes carrying it overland. …

Cool Stuff

This Week In Tesla News: Elon Musk Is 'Deluded, Deranged' And Other (Questionable) Headlines

SolarCity solar panels. (Credit: SolarCity)<p>Needless to say, Tesla Motors got hammered on all fronts this week.<p>Everyone and anyone offered their two cents about Tesla’s proposal to buy SolarCity. And two cents is being charitable. The old adage, “opinions are like [dirty scatological word], everyone …

Clean Energy

Entrepreneurs Should Always Be Dabbling in Side Businesses. Here's Why.

When we first start out in business, we need money, right? Rarely does a new business or 9-to-5 job provide enough of it. One way to make more money is through a side business.<p>Side gigs offer us another way, not as intense as full-blown entrepreneurship, but a way to earn money and have some fun …

Entrepreneurship

Virtual reality gamers are literally colliding with the physical world

The marks of a virtual reality early adopter now include red indents on the face, a bump on the head and maybe a bruise on the ass.<p>According to VR pioneers in a Reddit Ask Me Anything discussion on Monday, players wrapped up in the void may experience a jarring reminder that they are still …

Virtual Reality

Hybrid Events – Succeeding on Virtually Every Level

<b>Hybrid events are physical, onsite events that people also view online.</b> <b>The online element can be delivered either through live streaming or by</b> …

This Facebook Feature Kept People Connected During the Paris Attacks

After Friday night's terrorist attacks in Paris, you may have noticed an unusual notification appear on Facebook for the first time: "[Friend's Name] …

Facebook

Self-levitating displays allow for physical interaction with mid-air virtual objects

Combination of cutting-edge technologies bridge chasm between virtual and physical worlds<p>In what’s being billed as a breakthrough in programmable …

Apple has a crazy invention for self-drying iPhones

Apple has been taking steps to make the iPhone more water resistant than it has been previously. However, a newly-published patent application suggests the company may go even further — by using cutting-edge electrode technology to actively expel water that has become trapped in the device, rather …

Engineering

“Write a ton of code. Don’t watch TV. ” – An Interview with Data Scientist Erik Bernhardsson

Erik likes to work with smart people and deliver great software. After 5+ years at Spotify, he recently left for new and exciting startup in NYC …

Gogoro: More than the Tesla of scooters

Founded by Microsoft and HTC alumni in Taiwan, Gogoro's electric scooter is slick, stylish and might also usher in a portable power revolution.<p>The Gogoro Smartscooter is refined, stylish and edgy, like the love child of an iPhone and a Vespa with the detail-oriented hallmarks of a European luxury …

Electric Vehicles

How Technology Reacts | Global Trading

<b>Oliver Sung, Managing Director and Head of Electronic Execution, Convergex looks at the process for adapting to changing regulatory environments, and</b> …

Entomologists Say 3D Printing Key to Saving California Avocado Crop

by | | 3D Design, 3D Printing |<p>The vast majority of American-grown avocados come from California, and the rest come from Florida and Hawaii. The …

How live video on Periscope helped 'get inside' the Syrian refugees story

Bild reporter Paul Ronzheimer travelled across Europe live-streaming interviews: ‘For the refugee story, the personalisation is very important’<p>The negative side of coverage of the Syrian crisis has been dehumanising references to “swarms” of refugees, and an emphasis on numbers rather than …

Refugees

35 Hidden Podcasts You Really Should Be Listening To

Because the second series of Serial still hasn't bloody arrived yet.<p>1. <i>Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids</i> (suggested by teaganfe)<p>The title sums it up. As teaganfe says: "'Grown ups' read short fiction, diary entries, letters, and more that they wrote as young children or teens <b>to a live …

Podcasting

Beyond Pistorius: rise of 'cyberathletes' could change sport as we know it

<b>(CNN) —</b> Andy Lewis' dream died when he was 16. Just out of school, the Englishman had been accepted for an elite traineeship with the army when he was hit by a truck, which resulted in most of his left leg being amputated.<p>The available prosthetics were basic and uncomfortable, severely restricting …

Oscar Pistorius

Jonathan Rothberg’s Butterfly Network has raised $100M for medical imaging tech

Noted biosciences entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg has a health startup incubator up in Connecticut, and one of its portfolio companies, Butterfly Network, has recently raised an $80 million funding round.<p>Butterfly Network, which launched roughly three years ago, is developing a new kind of medical …

Startups

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Alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire display meets sandpaper and Joe Rogan’s mean archery skills

Last week, YouTuber Marques Brownlee got his hands on what is claimed to be a sapphire glass panel from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6. The initial video (found here) put the panel through a variety of torture tests including, knives, keys, and even a flexibility test to show off the panel’s durability. …

Joe Rogan

These Tiny Robots Are Powered by Living Tissue

Creeping machines use real skeletal muscle to power their movements.<p><b>Famed sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke called</b> them biots—biological robots that use real muscle tissue to walk or crawl. While they've been created in the lab, today's biobots are currently little more than strips of muscle that inch …

Robotics

And The Biggest Threat To The Internet Is...

…government. That’s the opinion of over 1,400 experts, from academics to engineers, consulted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.<p>The Net Threats report highlights widespread fears that nation states will increasingly block, filter and segment the internet to try and maintain security and …

Internet

Try on Any Shade With Sephora’s First Ever 3D Augmented Reality Mirror

The place we’d most like to have a makeup shopping spree in (okay, at least top 5) Sephora has a new goodie we want to test out. It’s not a wacky nail polish or a hot new shade of lipstick or a shocking shadow — it’s all of those things. They’re testing out a new 3D augmented reality mirror that …

Augmented Reality

In a connected world, the smartphone remains king

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Jason Train<p>Despite cries to the contrary, wearables will not lead to the demise of the smartphone. In fact, this …

Cue Is A Connected Lab-In-A-Box For On-Demand Health Testing At Home

The quantified self and quantified health trends frequently overlap — but few startups are quite as tightly screwed into that sticking place as Cue. Not yet anyway.<p>This San Diego-based startup, which was founded back in 2009 in the midst of the swine flu peak and has attracted more than $1 million …

Digital Health

With ingenuity and a 3-D printer, group changes lives

Mick Ebeling arrived in Sudan with little more than a toolbox, rolls of plastic and two microwave-size 3-D printers.<p>He had endured a weeklong journey from Los Angeles, with stops in London, Johannesburg and Nairobi before reaching Juba, the capital of South Sudan. From there, he flew on a small …

California