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E-waste levels are surging in Asia

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:15:00 -0500

(image) If you thought our throwaway gadget culture was already having a nasty effect on the environment, watch out... it's getting considerably worse. A United Nations University study has revealed that the volume of e-waste in East and Southeast Asia surg...

ISIS has converted commercial drones into bombers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:49:00 -0500

(image) As Iraqi Security Forces attempt to drive ISIS out of Mosul, a large city in Northern Iraq that the terrorist organization has occupied since 2014, it's facing an arsenal of improvised, experimental weapons. One of ISIS' newest hand-made weapons is t...

Smart bullets will help warships fend off drone swarms

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:05:00 -0500

(image) Navies already have a lot to worry about between rival warships and aircraft, but it's only going to get worse when drone swarms of all kinds threaten to overwhelm their defenses. The US Navy might not have that problem, though: DARPA just tapped Ray...

Intel wants sensors to help you with your shopping

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:28:00 -0500

(image) As quickly as technology is reinventing your shopping experience, Intel doesn't think it's moving quickly enough. The chip giant is launching a Responsive Retail Platform that creates a common set of sensors, software kits and other components for i...

The heart of Nintendo's new console isn't the Switch

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0500

(image) I spent half of last Friday tearing my way through games at Nintendo's big Switch launch event. More than any particular title, the highlight was the hardware itself: a $300 console-handheld hybrid that's harder to describe than the latest Xbox or Pl...

NASA astronaut Gene Cernan passes away at age 82

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:32:00 -0500

(image) NASA has continued its exploration of the moon since Apollo 17, but it has been over 40 years since one of its astronauts stepped on the surface. Gene Cernan was the second American to walk in space and the last set foot on the moon during that missi...

Ambulances can interrupt your music in emergencies

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:01:00 -0500

(image) When people tell you not to play music at full blast in your car, they're not necessarily raining on your parade -- there's a real concern that you might not hear an emergency vehicle until the last moment. You might not have to worry quite so much i...

We've never seen global sea ice levels this low before

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:35:00 -0500

(image) The world climate has passed another troubling milestone this year: global sea ice levels are at the lowest level ever recorded. New research from the US National Snow & Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado indicates that the normal winter buildu...

Microsoft CEO says AI should help, not replace, workers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:10:00 -0500

(image) Artificial intelligence has gone from being something relegated to science fiction, to a buzzword every tech company is eager to slap onto their latest innovations. When it comes to the implementation of AI, though, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is urg...

'Halo' developer hints it could revive a scrapped Mega Bloks game

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:39:00 -0500

(image) Lately, there's been a lot of buzz around footage PtoPOnline posted of a scrapped, Mega Bloks-themed Halo action game. Why did it get the axe when its mix of shooting and construction looks like a blast to play? You're not about to get that exact tit...

Bragi's latest wireless earbuds are now available for $149

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:15:00 -0500

(image) Bragi announced the follow-up to its feature-packed activity tracking Dash wireless earbuds back in September. That product, known as the Headphone, was slated to ship in November, but after a short delay it's now available to everyone. The new $149...

China suspends plans for 85 coal power plants

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:51:00 -0500

(image) China is taking some steps to curb pollution (it doesn't have much choice), but one of its most recent steps may be more of a happy accident. The country's National Energy Administration is suspending 85 planned or in-progress coal power plants -- n...

LED lights could get better with self-assembling particles

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:25:00 -0500

(image) LEDs have dramatically transformed the lighting world over the past few years, thanks to their increased efficiency and life-span over past technologies. But LEDs could see even more upgrades with perovskite particles, a self-assembling nanoscale mat...

The best washer and dryer

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) By Liam McCabe This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Rea...

Samsung's Galaxy S8 reportedly helps you talk to a doctor

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:31:00 -0500

(image) Artificial intelligence might not be the Galaxy S8's only big software upgrade, it seems. SamMobile sources claim that S Health is about to get a revamp that helps you get in touch with doctors. Tie-ins with partners like Amwell and WebMD would not...

Why do Instagram and Twitter want me to buy fake Yeezys?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:05:00 -0500

(image) It's not rare for me to come across ads for counterfeit goods, particularly as I'm browsing Instagram or Twitter. And although I don't have a Facebook account, I live with someone who does and know that's an issue there as well. Targeted advertising,...

NVIDIA's original Shield TV gets the new model's smarts

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:43:00 -0500

(image) Nvidia unveiled a new Shield TV box at CES, but the list of upgrades was pretty slim. It has a funky new controller, with a mesh of triangles peppering the grips, but otherwise it's the same hardware with some extra software bells and whistles. If yo...

LG is very proud that the G6 doesn't catch fire

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:25:00 -0500

(image) What do you think the LG G6's tentpole feature will be? The extra-tall display? The slicker, not-so-modular design? Nope. If you ask LG right now, it's about... not blowing up. The company tells the Korea Herald that it will "significantly impro...

Mark Zuckerberg will testify in Oculus VR lawsuit this week (update)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:04:00 -0500

(image) Mark Zuckerberg is heading to a Dallas court to testify in an ongoing lawsuit filed against Oculus, the VR company Facebook purchased for $2.3 billion. ZeniMax, the parent company of Doom developer id Software, claims that Oculus CTO John Carmack too...

James Cameron producing history of sci-fi series for AMC

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:22:00 -0500

(image) AMC is producing a six-part series on the history of science fiction in collaboration with one of its most prolific modern purveyors, James Cameron. Tentatively titled James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction, it will examine the history of science f...

Nintendo's Switch doesn't come with a charging Joy-Con grip

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

(image) If you're dead-set on owning a Nintendo Switch, you should probably start thinking about your charging setup. In addition to the main unit, you'll need to keep the detachable "Joy-Con" controllers topped up, which could prove tricky if you're playing...

Green-hot galaxies reveal clues to the ancient universe

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:08:00 -0500

(image) Galaxies that emit a green glow make bitchin' screen-savers, but they're exceedingly rare in the actual universe. However, UCLA astronomers recently discovered that most, if not all early galaxies had a green hue due to their intense heat and special...

New York driver groups push for a ban on autonomous cars

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:02:00 -0500

(image) It's no secret that ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft dream of a day when they can depend solely on self-driving cars, and that's making driver organizations more than a little nervous. New York's Upstate Transportation Association and Indepe...

The Morning After: Monday, January 16th 2017

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0500

(image) Welcome to Monday morning. Over the weekend, we toured Dyson's UK HQ (featuring mannequins, jet engines and more), how China wants increased security for its app stores and our prediction that the best unused Nintendo Switch feature of 2017 will be i...

Smart body armor could gauge brain damage from explosions

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:31:00 -0500

(image) Explosions are insidious. Even if a blast doesn't deliver a conspicuous injury, it can inflict brain trauma that might not be evident until much later. The US Navy's Office of Naval Research doesn't want medics to wait, though. It's developing Blast...