Science, Technology, Innovation, Futurism

By Ramesh Prabhu | "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." ~ Arthur C. Clarke

Here's What Was Buzzing in The Blockchain World at BlockCon

Here are a few things you need to know if you follow blockchain tech or cryptocurrency.<p>I recently attended and spoke at BlockCon, an event in Santa Monica, CA. The event was at the Flying Museum, an airport hanger filled with the history of flight and innovation. It had a great energy considering …

Blockchain

Scientists have discovered this drug fixes cavities and regrows teeth

Goodbye, Fillings<p>Dental fillings may soon be left in the ash heap of history, thanks to a recent discovery about a drug called Tideglusib. Developed …

Breakthroughs

Amazon is ‘creating future customers’ by letting teens shop solo

The online retail giant rolled out a new feature Wednesday targeting kids 13 to 17<p>Jeff Bezos is coming for your teens.<p>Amazon rolled out a brand-new …

Amazon

Amazon now letting your teenagers buy stuff on your Prime account

Amazon is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first E-reader with the announcement of the new Kindle Oasis this morning. But it also launched a new program allowing teenagers to have a more independent experience on the service using the family’s Prime membership.<p>While there are a number of …

Amazon

This Is How the World Will Shop by 2025

We asked the world's leading e-commerce technology providers to help us predict the future of online, in-store, and automated shopping.<p>PCMag reviews …

eCommerce

Here's what quantum computing is and why it matters

Researchers for IBM, Google, Intel, and others are in a fantastic scientific arms race to build a commercially viable quantum computer. They already exist in laboratories, and we’re only a few years away from the beginning of what may turn out to be an entire shift in how we think about computing.<p>A …

Quantum Mechanics

This 3D audio soundbar promises to beat your home theater setup

Surround sound is an exercise in compromise. Surround speakers are cumbersome and expensive to set up. They require you sit in a ‘sweet spot’ to achieve a decent sense of positioning, and can’t really replicate the sensation of sound getting close to your head. Headphones can position sound more …

Dolby Atmos

iOS 11, thoroughly reviewed | Ars Technica

Wide-ranging update is full of changes, but iPad benefits the most.<p>The iPad is having a great year.<p>It started with the $329 iPad back in April, a …

iOS

Here's how you can access your computer from anywhere

Phone home.<p>Even if you conscientiously save your data to the cloud, there always comes a time when you're away from your home or office and need to edit a file that's stuck on that computer. While you're sitting in a hotel room, you might need to run a program on your home PC, and while out and …

Software

How to keep your crappy cable modem from interfering with your Wi-Fi network

Internet mysteriously stop working on one device or cut in and out when you least expect it? Don't fall into a double-NAT disaster trap.<p>When I …

Wi-Fi

How I Finally Fixed My Parents Dodgy Wifi With AmpliFi

I have no idea who it was that first modified Maslow's hierarchy of needs in this fashion, but I do know that's it's never been truer than now:<p>More …

The Impossible Burger wouldn’t be possible without genetic engineering

Replacing meat with plant-based substitutes is one thing foodies and animal rights activists can agree on<p>This article originally appeared on Grist<p>The Impossible Burger has had a charmed honeymoon period. Crowds of foodies surged into fancy eateries to try it. Environmentalists and animal rights …

Agriculture

Nanomachines that drill into cancer cells killing them in just 60 seconds developed by scientists

Nanomachines which can drill into cancer cells, killing them in just 60 seconds, have been developed by scientists.<p>The tiny spinning molecules are driven by light, and spin so quickly that they can burrow their way through cell linings when activated.<p>In one test conducted at Durham University the …

Biology

A new t-shirt sewing robot can make as many shirts per hour as 17 factory workers

Sewing simple items of clothing is one of those repetitive, labor-intensive tasks that seems like it would have been automated ages ago. But getting a robot to do it right is tricky. Fabric stretches, especially the comfy, flexible knits used for t-shirts. A human can easily adjust on the spot, …

Robots

Your Eyes Aren't the Only Parts of Your Body That 'See'

Welcome to the world of nonvisual photoreception.<p><b>By Thomas Cronin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County</b><p>We humans are uncommonly visual creatures. …

New device can heal with a single touch, and even repair brain injuries

Breakthroughs

Thermomix, the magical German do-it-all kitchen appliance, is here to conquer America

In a fanciful advertisement from 1956, a limber American housewife is spirited to Frigidaire’s “Kitchen of the Future,” where she delightedly pushes buttons, gazes at flickering screens, and twirls a rotating cylindrical fridge. She skips away for an interlude of recreation involving tennis, golf, …

Cooking

Autonomous driving will bring forced obsolescence to cars

Carmakers aren’t ready for the upgrade backlash they’re about to face<p>The concept of built-in obsolescence should be familiar to anyone that has ever bought a piece of advanced consumer electronics. Back in the early 2000s, a brand new gaming PC would be out of date faster than its owner could …

Transportation

An artificial womb successfully grew baby sheep — and humans could be next

The lambs spent four weeks in the external wombs and seemed to develop normally<p>Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop — much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, …

Pregnancy

IDG Contributor Network: Serverless computing. What?

There’s a new buzzword in town: serverless computing. To the untrained reader, this can sound like an oxymoron. How can you do computing without a …

Cloud Computing

Future iPhones won't have a charging port — here's why

Every iPhone has come with a hole in its bottom. Did I say hole? I meant charging port.<p>First it was the 30-pin port on the iPhone "2G" in 2007, which …

Gear & Gadgets

Computer-designed antibodies target toxins associated with Alzheimer's disease

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have designed antibodies that target the protein deposits in the brain associated with Alzheimer's …

iOS 11: The best new features in one handy list

iOS 11 is one of the biggest updates to Apple’s mobile OS yet, especially for iPad users. Now that it’s available in a public beta, here’s our rundown of the best features so you can decide for yourself whether to install. Spoiler alert: you probably should.<p>Apple Pay takes on Venmo and …

iOS

The bot invasion is on, powered by $24B in funding

While the manufacturing sector is increasingly using physical robots to improve industrial processes, the market for virtual bots or “chatbots” is also gaining serious traction in the space where humans and computers interact.<p>Bots are essentially software technologies that automate tasks and enable …

Ethics for Designers

Tristan co-founded Apture in 2007, after stopping out of Stanford’s Masters Computer Science program. He is rated #16 in Inc. Magazine’s Top 30 …

How to prepare for employment in the age of artificial intelligence

For centuries, humans have been fretting over “technological unemployment” or the loss of jobs caused by technological change. Never has this sentiment been accentuated more than it is today, at the cusp of the next industrial revolution.<p>With developments in artificial intelligence continuing at a …

Intelligence

Scientists Store One Bit of Data on a Single Atom — Future of Data Storage

Imagine a pocket-sized hard drive capable of storing the entire list of 35 Million Songs? This isn't yet practical, but IBM has just taken a big step …

Photo Essay: Enchanting Tree Houses

Do you ever wish you could live like Tarzan - in seclusion, high above the ground, amongst trees and nature? Well, we have a solution for you: build a tree house. Creating a personal sanctuary in the sky that is modern, private and relaxing can be immensely enjoyable.<p>And lets admit it - building a …

Treehouses

Amazon's Alexa escapes the Echo and gets into cars

Amazon’s smart voice assistant takes to the road with new accessory for anything from music and audiobooks to shopping and smarthome control<p>Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is making its way into cars in the UK, bringing voice controlled music and even the ability to remotely control smart home …

Amazon