technology
AI Will Turn Regular Fitness Trackers Into Potentially Life-Saving Medical Devices

When the Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it had approved the first-ever medical accessory for the Apple Watch—a wearable EKG monitor made by the medtech company AliveCor—it was big news. Apple has increasingly invested in health tech, eyeing it as a market where the Watch might hit big. The FDA announcement suggested that bet might be paying off. Read More >>

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Watch the Historic SpaceX Reusable Rocket Launch Here 

After several delays it’s probably about time that NASA/SpaceX get a move-on and show us that incredible reused rocket launch. You can watch it below, starting at 3PM today. Read More >>

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Alphabet Swaps Project Loon Balloons for ‘Boxes’ to Bring Light Beam Internet to India

One of Alphabet’s crazier attempts to bring the internet to more rural and isolated areas was Project Loon. Using what is called Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC), Alphabet has sought to prove it’s possible to reliably send data wirelessly between balloons floating thousands of feet in the sky. However, the task of keeping balloons aloft indefinitely is tricky business, so for its next venture, Alphabet’s X team is taking the tech behind Project Loon and putting it in FSOC boxes that will be mounted all over the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Read More >>

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Drone Gang Jailed After Impressive 49-Flight Prison Smuggling Run

People have been using drones to smuggle goods for years. Porn, weapons, drugs—god, so many drugs. The tiny whirring machines have proven discreet little contraband-transport contraptions, but one smuggling operation’s astoundingly successful run just got grounded. Read More >>

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The History of Wireless Everything

Halfway between Brooklyn and Montauk, a steel cupola propped up on wooden legs once looked out over the Long Island Sound and beyond the horizon. Built in the first years of the 20th century, Wardenclyffe Tower served as the centrepiece of a real-life mad scientist’s laboratory. Lever pulling, lightning bolts, maniacal laughter—this is where that sort of thing was supposed to happen. And it almost did. Read More >>

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US Airlines Decide All Your Checked Smart Luggage Must Become Real Dumb, Battery-Free Luggage

Leading U.S. airlines have all agreed that all your expensive smart luggage is dumb luggage now, CNN reported on Wednesday. Carriers including American, Delta, and Alaska are requiring customers remove lithium-based batteries from the bags and carry them personally before stowing them in their aircraft, citing the risk that the batteries could start a fire that burns through other luggage—with one big problem being that the batteries in many smart luggage lines are non-removable. Read More >>

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This Robot Just Carried the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics Torch as It Cut Through a Wall

Robots are already coming for our jobs, and now it looks like they’re coming for our treasured cultural ceremonies, too. Read More >>

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Uber Settles Lawsuit Alleging It Obtained Rape Victim in India’s Confidential Medical Records

Uber has been accused of a lot of very, very bad things over the course of its existence, including a culture of rampant sexual harassment, spying on competitors and users, and covering up hacks by paying off the hackers. But one of the worst things it’s allegedly done was shadily obtaining the medical records of an 26-year-old female passenger raped by an Uber driver in India in order to try to discredit her account as an act of corporate sabotage. Read More >>

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Some Twitch Users Are Getting Angry About So-Called ‘Booby Streamers’

For years, Twitch.tv has been the web’s go-to for gaming live streams, crowd-sourced experiments like Pokémon playthroughs and commenter-controlled investment portfolios, and other bits of acceptably time-killing content. Unfortunately, this droll peace is being threatened by the internet equivalent of the dumb controversy surrounding desnudas in Times Square. Read More >>

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Why Google Is Poised to Hit the Next Critical Milestone in Quantum Computing

Earlier this week, representatives from automotive and airline companies, big banks, software companies, and the military met to learn the basics of quantum mechanics at NASA. And that was only a small part of it. Read More >>

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Valve: Your Bitcoin Isn’t Any Good on Steam Anymore

Valve’s Steam, the digital distribution platform which enjoys near-monopolistic control of the entire PC gaming industry, has stopped accepting bitcoins as a form of payment due to the currency’s volatility and increasingly unacceptable processing fees. Read More >>

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Report: Tesla Could Be Hoarding Batteries and Causing a Global Shortage 

Tesla seems to be working out its manufacturing bottleneck issues that were partially responsible for a $619 million (£462.5 million) loss last quarter. But the company’s solution might be causing a global battery shortage. Read More >>

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CEO of Nordic Region’s Biggest Bank: Robots Will Replace Many of My Employees

If you’re like most people, you do not like the financial industry, perhaps because they crashed the national economy nearly a decade ago and the vast majority of the recovery went to the already rich. Well, some news from the Nordic region: Our new robot overlords might wipe the billion-pound grin off the industry’s face in the coming years. Read More >>

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Facebook Has Some Intensely Thirsty Questions for You

Hey, here’s a question for you. If a random stranger came up to you on the street and started demanding you to tell them about who you’d like to be stuck in an elevator with or what your guilty pleasures are, do you think you would: Read More >>