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Discounts abound as Apple’s laptops show their age

August 1st, 2016

Apple’s MacBook is suffering as models get stale, sales plummet, and retailers resort to discounting. During the most recent quarter ending in June, Apple sold 4.3 million Macs, an 11 percent drop compared to the same period last year, the company announced on Tuesday. That wasn’t much better than the previous quarter when Apple sold …

High-tech bracelet predicts fertility

July 26th, 2016

Medical technology company Ava is touting a fertility bracelet that works with a smartphone app. The tracker device, which is FDA approved, is worn at night. While the wearer is sleeping, it collects three million data points related to the reproductive hormones estradiol and progesterone, including pulse and temperature.

Tiny ‘stingray’ robot swims on light-activated rat cells

July 20th, 2016

Harvard researchers have created a penny–sized stingray robot that can swim using genetically-modified rat heart cells activated by LED light. It’s the latest in a new line of robotics that combines silicone with living cells. Prior to the stingray, the team, led by Kit Parker, professor of bioengineering and applied physics at Harvard University, built …

Hacker Guccifer 2.0 claims new DNC data leak

July 18th, 2016

Another batch of documents has purportedly been leaked from the Democratic National Committee’s servers by the hacker who goes by the name ‘Guccifer 2.0’. The files describe some democrats as “wobbly” on the controversial Iran nuclear deal and provide details of major celebrity donors such as director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks.

Dell’s XPS 15: The best big-screen laptop

July 15th, 2016

Dell’s XPS 15 has become the new trendsetter for big-screen laptops. Like Apple, Dell has come up with a stable, high-quality design. I try out a lot of laptops and laptop-tablet hybrids, so it’s never easy to settle on one machine for long. But Dell’s 2016 update of the XPS 15 has been my main …

Senator voices concerns about ‘Pokemon GO’ data privacy

July 13th, 2016

Just a day after “Pokemon GO” sparked controversy as characters in the game appeared in somber locations like the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery, a U.S. senator has called for the company that makes the game to give “greater clarity” about how it handles users’ security and privacy. Sen. Al Franken, …

Dallas sniper attack thrusts Facebook Live back into the spotlight

July 8th, 2016

Facebook Live, which lets users broadcast live video across the social network, has been thrust further into the spotlight following Thursday’s sniper attack in Dallas that killed five police officers. The shooting was streamed live on Facebook by Dallas resident Michael Kevin Bautista. His post, which was widely cited in the media, had been viewed …

Hellhound ATV combines tank tech and laser weaponry

July 7th, 2016

If an ATV and a tank had a baby, it may very well look, and drive, like the Hellhound. This new vehicle can drive fast and furious into enemy battlespace on missions, all while protected with smart armor— and equipped with a laser. Hellhound aims to bring science fiction weapons directly into future battlefields.

‘Ghost fish’ seen for first time deep under the Pacific

July 6th, 2016

Deep beneath the ocean’s surface, scientists have spotted for the first time a living “ghost fish,” an eel-like creature in the family of Aphyonidae. The roughly four-inch long fish has eerie white skin and a tadpole-like tail, and was captured on camera on a ridge about 8200 feet underwater in the Pacific. “I am sure …