June 30, 2015

New Property Of Graphene Discovered

Shine a laser or just strong light on it, and it moves. Researchers don't yet know how that works, but think it's possible the laser builds up an electron charge on the graphene until the electrons are released in one direction. They also don't know why the electrons would be released that way, rather than randomly. But even without knowing why, one can see that this could be a pretty fabulous technology to build fuel-less spacecraft able to travel forever.

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Putting Siri To Shame

That's what Soundhound's voice recognition software can do (maybe). It's currently available only in beta, only for Android. Watch this video to see how quickly it responds to complex, but challenging questions:

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Artificial Spider Silk

Bolt Threads has the process and $40 million to make it commercially. Fabrics made from the artificial silk should hit the market in 2016.

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June 1, 2015

Virtual Controls

Google is working on a technology that can very precisely read the tiniest motions you make with your hands. Just pour on some tech and you could eliminate mouses and mousepads. Just gesture at the screen. Where have we seen that before?

This looks very cool and gee-whiz, but ya know, if Google has this, then so does Apple - and what do you think Apple can do with it? More than cool and gee-whiz, I imagine.

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May 29, 2015

MIT Robot Autonomously Jumps Over Barriers While Running

They call it a "cheetah," but look at it. It's a goat or a sheep. It's got hooves even! I think those MIT brains need to take a break and visit a zoo.

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May 22, 2015

Pick Up An Extra K

Be prepared for the day when your neighbor tries to impress you with his 4K television or computer display. Get the new 5K iMac. Starts at only $1,999. But with that extra K, I'm sure you'll be wanting to pack on some additional GHz, am I right? An extra two-tenths of a GHz will cost you only $300, which comes out to only $1,500/GHz. Not bad at all when you consider that our parents and grandparents made it through life with only Hz, KHz, and MHz. How did they do it?

Heinrich Hertz
Herr Hertz
, or just Hz to his friends.

At the other end of the scale there is the MacBook Air which starts at only $899 and has a 1366 x 768 display. The $899 Air comes down to $377.73/lb. The base 5K iMac is $95.19/lb.

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April 13, 2015

Professional Broadcast Link For GoPro Cameras

First, you might need to know whichever version you get, it's gonna cost you $7,500. It's called Herocast and will provide a professional quality to your GoPro cameras so that you can use them live - presumably in a sporting event, but public TV might like to put one on the end of a trombone in a symphony performance.

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April 9, 2015

Apple Watch Sapphire Screen

"Following the tests, iPhonefixed found Apple's promise of a scratch-resistant display to be entirely accurate, with not a single scratch or scuff on the screen even after all of the site's attempts at leaving a mark."

The sapphire screen is not available on the Apple Watch Sport.

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February 28, 2015

If I Had A GoPro Hero 3, 3+ or 4

I'd be all over this. A super-extended battery for those camera models. As I write this, there are still a few rewards available which will get you one of these batteries for $1 + $6 shipping! Once those are gone, you'll have to donate $35 to get one of the batteries.

This is a Kickstarter campaign and it has far exceeded its goal.

I found this video to be a little confusing. The Limefuel Epic is a battery backpack. The Limefuel Epic on its own is said to be able to power your GoPro for 7 to 12 hours. It includes a custom shell back to accommodate that big thing. It's bigger than the camera. You do not need to go around with the battery backpack plugged into a bigger separate power source. Why they put that view into the video, I don't know.

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February 27, 2015

Google Architecture

While Apple builds its giant new ivory tower in Cupertino, Google says it plans to take an entirely different approach:

You can see some images of the proposed structures here.

The lead architect, Bjarke Ingels, has a TEDx Talk here.

Apple's new campus.

Apple vs. Google vs. Amazon vs. Facebook Campus Wars.

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