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Naked 360-degree body-scanning mirror tracks body transformations

San Francisco's Naked Labs has started shipping its 3D-scanning smart mirror with rotating scale. Connected to a mobile app, the Naked scales build …

San Francisco

Google is reportedly building Fuchsia OS to replace Android on all its devices (Update: not anytime soon)

Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen and Mark Gurman have a juicy scoop on Google’s secretive Fuchsia OS project, which we’ve been hearing about for the past couple of years. The company is reportedly working to flesh out the platform to eventually run on a wide range of devices, and perhaps even replace …

Material Design

Three Recent Books On Physics And Philosophy

One of the evergreen topics in my social-media circles has to do with the relationship between physics and philosophy, which generally comes up in the form of accusations that physicists are too dismissive of philosophy. This may be an indication that I need to get out more.<p>The interaction of …

Quantum Mechanics

This self-sufficient tiny house is designed to pop up anywhere

If you’ve ever dreamed of living off the grid without giving up contemporary comforts or style, you’ll love Petit Place, a sustainably minded tiny …

TaoTronics Active Noise Canceling Headphones review: Punching way above the price tag

If you're in the market for a new pair of headphones, the only ones you should seriously be considering are noise canceling Bluetooth ones. The …

Why Can’t We Find Planet Nine?

Astronomers suspect that there’s a large planet hiding out in the distant fringes of the solar system. At a recent workshop, they brainstormed ways …

Universe

The Shift From 4G to 5G Will Change Just About Everything

Telecom experts are going so far as to herald the arrival of 5G as the advent of the fourth industrial revolution. There are an ever-expanding number …

Wolfram releases neural net repository

The software company Wolfram Research is launching a public repository for trained and untrained neural network models. The Wolfram Neural Net …

Ultra-capacitor hybrid radically boosts power and efficiency of lithium batteries

Nawa Technologies' core product is a new type of carbon ultra-capacitor with a set of remarkable advantages over typical lithium-ion battery …

The 9 Best MicroSD Cards on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

<i>Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like</i> <i>pillows</i><i>), but as much as we’d like to,</i> …

Net neutrality is weeks away from dying, and the first signs of change are already showing up at Netflix and other internet companies

Investors have a new risk factor to take into account when betting on tech companies — the end of net neutrality.<p>Dozens of tech companies, from internet video giant Netflix to online dating company Match, have begun sounding the alarm that the impending repeal of open internet rules could cause …

Net Neutrality

This chart shows every major technological innovation in the last 150 years — and how they have changed the way we work

LONDON — Humanity is always moving forward with innovation after innovation improving global quality of life.<p>The last 150 years have seen the most remarkable advancement of technology in history. Electric lighting, cars, plastic, the telephone, and television are all less than 150 years old, while …

Innovation

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Earth Science

China is betting big on electromagnetic railguns and catapults

Just as the U.S. Navy is pulling away from the technology.<p>China has been making under-the-radar advances in railguns and other electromagnetic technologies, a move that's particularly notable considering the U.S. Navy has just recently reduced its efforts developing this kind of technology.<p>As …

Stopping racist AI is as difficult as stopping racist people

In early 2016, Microsoft launched Tay, an AI chatbot that was supposed to mimic the behavior of a curious teenage girl and engage in smart discussions with Twitter users. The project would display the promises and potential of AI-powered conversational interfaces.<p>However, in less than 24 hours, the …

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones [Updated]

Maybe check your data archive to see if Facebook’s algorithms know who you called.<p><b>[Update, March 25, 2018, 20:24 Eastern Time]: Facebook has</b> …

These Are the 100 Best Bodyweight Moves, All in 1 Place!

Muscles, are you ready? Because this burn is about to get intense! Using your body as the machine, these 100 moves sculpt and tone your arms, upper back, abs, legs, and booty — we've got your entire body covered! Many of these moves also burn calories as they build muscle, so high five for the …

8 WordPress Plugins to Support Activism

When we think about the impact that WordPress has had on the web, one area that often comes up is their goal to spread the democratization of …

Web Design

Can Basic Income Plus The Blockchain Build A New Economic System?

To stop society’s unsustainable demand for ever-more resources, we need to decentralize and localize our economy. Combining the new ledger technology with UBI may be the way to make that happen.<p><i>This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of</i> Fast …

TRON’s sloppy PR shows everything wrong with cryptocurrency startups

Fledgling cryptocurrency startup TRON got its first big break three weeks ago, when anti-virus pioneer John McAfee shilled its TRX coin to his 500,000-plus followers. Days after that, the McAfee effect was on full display and TRON’s value had skyrocketed from a measly 4¢ to almost 29¢.<p>But it seems …

Cryptocurrency

Former Facebook Exec: 'You Don’t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed'

This is the year everyone—including founding executives—began publicly questioning the impact of social media on our lives.<p>Last month, Facebook’s …

AI’s Cool New Thing: Capsule Networks (explained)

A buzz is about in AI circles around “capsule networks,” a new variant on neural networks that backers say could simplify, cut the costs of, …

Artificial Intelligence

The 7 Biggest Challenges Facing Bitcoin

Here are some big obstacles to bitcoin's mainstream adoption.<p>Bitcoin has come a long way in the eight or so years it's been in existence, but there's …

Germany bans smartwatches for kids and asks parents to destroy them

‘prohibitive listening devices’<p>Germany’s telecommunication agency, the Bundesnetzagentur, has banned smartwatches for kids, and is asking parents to destroy them. According to <i>Bleeping Computer</i>, (via <i>Gizmodo</i>) the regulators have deemed smartwatches targeted at kids “prohibitive listening devices” and …

Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash can('t) coexist in harmony

This is a tale of two Bitcoins. After a fork in August that created Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash BCH (BCH), we have reached yet another crossroad. While another hard fork was planned around middle of November to boost Bitcoin’s block size, this fork is now dead in the water.<p>The lack of consensus …

Cryptocurrency

Report suggests US is in a ‘pre-9/11’ cyberattack moment — here’s what you need to know

“Clear and present danger” — so suggests the authors of the recent National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) report to the White House, a task required by the administration’s May 2017 executive order (EO).<p>For those unfamiliar, the EO mandated government agencies to strengthen the …

Cybersecurity

Bose's new Noise-Masking Sleepbuds may change your life

Bose has been quietly introducing some unconventional products over the last few months, including its Hearphones and Soundwear Companion Speaker, but its upcoming Noise-Masking Sleepbuds are making an unprecedented debut -- for Bose anyway. The company is preselling prototypes by way of an …

Segwit2X is the biggest attack on Bitcoin so far

1) Financial incentives<p>Core devs own Bitcoin and most are working for free on this great open source project. Which means that their financial incentive is doing what’s best for Bitcoin in the long run.<p>The CEO’s of the NYA companies all pivoted away from Bitcoin. Jihan created and supports BCash, …

The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.

When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them. They were digitally looting an account of the Bangladesh Central Bank, when bankers grew suspicious about a withdrawal request that had misspelled “foundation” as …

North Korea

Firewalls Don't Stop Hackers. AI Might.

<b>The cybersecurity industry</b> has always had a fortress mentality: Firewall the perimeter! Harden the system! But that mindset has failed—miserably, as …