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Google working on native hearing aid support for an upcoming Android release

Today’s hearing aids increasingly overlap and share the same functionality as Bluetooth headphones. Google is now working to improve the experience on Android with native support through a new direct audio streaming specification coming in a future OS update.<p>Google announced a partnership with …

Headphones

This AI-Powered Robot Can Find Waldo Instantly

This AI-powered robot can pinpoint Waldo within seconds, thereby ruining Where's Waldo forever.<p>Creative agency Redpepper made a AI-powered robot that can pinpoint Waldo in 4.45 seconds (“better than most five year olds,” according to Redpepper). The robot is complete with a rubber hand that points …

Comic Books

Apple Watch helps Aussie man discover a hole in his heart

People sometimes say the loss of a loved one has left a hole in their heart. A young Australian man discovered he had a literal one. And this serious medical condition wouldn’t have been diagnosed without his Apple Watch.<p>The heart-rate monitor on his smartwatch found that his heart was beating far …

Heart Rates

Amazon Alexa now understands sign language

Abhishek Singh, a software engineer and generally awesome person, created a mod that lets Alexa understand sign language. Watch it in action!

Sign Language

These Free Online Courses From Google Will Boost Your Career No Matter What Business You're In

From product design to LinkedIn strategies, Google has a lot to teach executives and entrepreneurs.<p>Google has a lot it wants to teach us. The search giant offers a massive number of online courses, many of them targeted to students or recent graduates through Grow with Google. Others will teach you …

Online Life

Meet the $27 pen that lets you draw physical objects in midair

Whether or not you have a single artistic bone in your body, we guarantee that you will have an absolute blast with the Canbor 3D Printing Pen. This …

Printing

Algeria is tackling unemployment with their first coding school

Algeria is one of the largest countries in North Africa with a population of over 40 million. More than 70 percent of the country’s population is under 30 but the country still has a higher unemployment rate than the average in MENA.<p>On the other side, country’s digital sector struggles to find …

North Africa

Don’t know what size screw you’re looking at? Amazon’s Part Finder can help

Your days of going to Lowe’s or Home Depot with a random screw in your hand and a look of quiet desperation on your face will soon be behind you, and …

Lowe's

Girl Scouts unveils 30 new STEM-related badges, including space exploration and cybersecurity

Girl Scouts can now earn badges in robotics, computer science, space exploration, and more<p>Girl Scouts of the USA announced today that it will introduce a slew of new badges that address what it called “some of society’s most pressing needs” by homing in on STEM and technology-related issues and …

Space Exploration

Researchers use AI to predict Alzheimer’s disease progression

Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people each year. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, killing more seniors than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. It’s also expensive — early diagnosis could save an estimated $7.9 …

Machine Learning

Chinese AI Beats Doctors in Diagnosing Brain Tumors

The AI system could diagnose tumors more accurately (and faster) than 15 human physicians.<p>A Chinese AI system diagnosed brain tumors and other conditions more accurately and faster than a team of top Chinese physicians, according to Xinhua. The AI, called BioMind, was developed by the Artificial …

CERN chip enables first 3D color X-ray images of the human body

Medical X-ray scans have long been stuck in the black-and-white, silent-movie era. Sure, the contrast helps doctors spot breaks and fractures in …

MIT researchers automate drug design with machine learning

Developing and improving medications is typically a long and very involved process. Chemists build and tweak molecules, sometimes aiming to create a new treatment for a specific disease or symptom, other times working to improve a drug that already exists. But it takes a lot of time and a lot of …

Machine Learning

German student comes up with an amazing 'mobile airbag' for your phone

We've all been there: A minor fumble, and seconds later your $500 (or more!) smartphone crashes to the floor.<p>A good case and a screen protector might …

This self-driving grocery delivery car will sacrifice itself to save pedestrians

The vehicles will take part in a pilot program with Kroger in the fall.<p>Most self-driving cars are designed to carry people. That’s what Google’s autonomous vehicles do in Arizona, for example. But a company called Nuro has created a diminutive ‘bot that can drive itself down streets toting eggs, …

AI's health advice is as good as a doctor's, startup says

AI can now offer health advice as good as what you'd get from a human doctor, says a UK-based startup.<p>Babylon Health said Wednesday that it gave its artificial intelligence technology the same test required of would-be general practitioners in Britain and that the AI performed better than …

Google Launches Learning Resources, Publishes AI Principles

With the ascent of Chromebooks and G-suite, Google became a leader in American classrooms in the last few years. With a little fanfare, Google announced this month that it was launching a learning microsite, Grow with Google.<p>Google spokesperson Peter Schottenfels said, “It is our initiative to help …

Artificial Intelligence

NASA's aircraft modifications make planes 70 percent quieter

While NASA's research often makes headlines for advancements that could facilitate space exploration -- like, say, more portable nuclear reactors or X-ray navigation -- it also looks into tech to help us here on Earth, too. The agency just completed a series of flights testing out new airframe …

Implantable 3D-printed organs could be coming sooner than you think

At MBC Biolabs, an incubator for biotech startups in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood, a team of scientists and interns working for the small startup Prellis Biologics have just taken a big step on the path toward developing viable 3D-printed organs for humans.<p>The company, which was founded in …

A robot has just assisted in an eye operation

From prostate surgery to gallbladder procedures, robots are already mainstays in the operating room. Now, they’re coming for your eyes.<p>In 2016, …

iOS 12 will include a new life-saving feature for iPhone customers in the US

Apple is announcing a new life-saving feature in iOS 12 that hasn’t been publicly disclosed before today. Starting this fall when iOS 12 is released, first responders will be able to access location data “securely and automatically” when iPhone customers call 911.<p>The move is intended to …

Google Search can help you decide on which college to attend

Selecting an institution for yours or your children's higher education is a difficult process, but it's one of the most important decisions in life. …

WhatsApp is upending the role of unions in Brazil. Next, it may transform politics.

SAO PAULO, Brazil — When Lazaro Rutino needs a break from hauling beef across Brazil in his truck, he swipes on his phone and is instantly connected to dozens of other truckers. Rutino, 59, is a member of eight trucker groups on WhatsApp, the messaging service that has become a staple for …

Zedd thanks Tesla’s Autopilot for saving his life after he fell asleep behind the wheel

Tesla’s Autopilot gets into the headlines every time an Autopiloted vehicle crashes, and given Autopilot’s seeming love for stationary emergency …

Samsung users in the UK will soon be able to video chat with doctors through the Health app

Samsung users in the UK will soon be able to get AI-powered medical consultations through preinstalled technology provided by London-based tech company Babylon. Those users will be able to consult doctors through video chat and also look up symptoms through the Samsung Health app, as reported by</i> …

Skyping the doctor? Poll shows it's not just for the young

WASHINGTON (AP) — Every morning, 92-year-old Sidney Kramer wraps a blood pressure cuff around his arm and steps on a scale, and readings of his heart health beam to a team of nurses — and to his daughter's smartphone — miles from his Maryland home.<p>Red flags? A nurse immediately calls, a form of …

Health Care

Microsoft and Apple helped build new braille display standard

Accessibility is an increasingly important issue when it comes to tech; while new technology can certainly make it easier for people with accessibility issues to interact with the world, it can also end up shutting people out. Today, the non-profit USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced a new …

Newcastle University develops 3D-printed replacement corneas

3D-printed 'bio-ink' consisting of stem cells, alginate, and collagen, could be used in the future to ensure an unlimited supply of corneas for …

New Hybrid Robot Uses Living Muscles to Move

Video<p>Researchers in Tokyo say they're a step closer to creating more complex and lifelike body parts made of living tissue and mechanical skeletons.<p>Video<p>As if the line between human and machine wasn't already blurry enough, researchers in Tokyo have developed a new method for using living rat …

Find My iPhone helps save kidnapped bride from forced marriage

We’ve heard about Apple Watches saving people’s lives before, but here’s a new one: an iPhone which helped someone escape a forced marriage.<p>That’s what happened to a U.K. citizen, whose parents effectively kidnapped her by tricking her into vacationing in Bangladesh for what would have been an …