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Thursday
Sep082016

Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system

[Link] : In the first evidence of a natural intervention triggering stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system, a study in the June 5 issue of the <i>Cell</i> …
Thursday
Sep082016

Has Jonathan Ive Designed Himself Out Of Existence?

[Link] : Apple's chief design officer ushered in a great renaissance of industrial design—and helped accelerate its irrelevance.<p>Jony Ive is a man who has, almost literally, designed himself out of existence.<p>When Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, proudly took the …
Thursday
Sep082016

Apple’s Latest: What You Really Need to Know

[NyTimes] : "Apple's new iPhones and an upgraded Apple Watch have generated tons of noise and hype.<p>For those wondering what to do with the plethora of information, here is what you really need to know: You need not rush to upgrade your iPhone or Apple Watch if you recently bought one. The people who may want to …"

Thursday
Sep082016

Liberty Media Buys Formula One for $4.4 Billion

[NyTimes] : "Formula One auto racing has long been synonymous with high speeds, glamorous cars and exotic settings like Monaco and Abu Dhabi.<p>Now, the home of Ferrari and McLaren racing will be controlled by an American media company with humbler roots — Englewood, Colo. (population: about 30,000).<p>Liberty Media, …"

Wednesday
Sep072016

Employee #1: Amazon

[Link] : A conversation with Shel Kaphan, Amazon’s first employee.<p>Employee #1 is a series of interviews focused on sharing the often untold stories of early …
Wednesday
Sep072016

Setting Sail for Global Coverage—Flightradar24 ADS-B Receivers On-board a Surface Ocean Robot

[Link] : We are excited to announce for the first time that we have received and processed ADS-B signals collected by our autonomous boat. The unmanned …
Saturday
Sep032016

How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Want to invisibly spy on 10 iPhone owners without their knowledge? Gather their every keystroke, sound, message and location? That will cost you $650,000, plus a $500,000 setup/set up fee with an Israeli outfit called the NSO Group. You can spy on more people if you would like — …"

Saturday
Sep032016

No, the Internet Has Not Killed the Printed Book. Most People Still Prefer Them.

[NyTimes] : "Even with Facebook, Netflix and other digital distractions increasingly vying for time, Americans' appetite for reading books — the ones you actually hold in your hands — has not slowed in recent years, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.<p>Sixty-five percent of adults in the United …"

Friday
Sep022016

World’s Oldest Fossils Found in Greenland

[NyTimes] : "Geologists have discovered in Greenland evidence for ancient life in rocks that are 3.7 billion years old. The find, if confirmed, would make these fossils the oldest on Earth and may change scientific understanding of the origins of life.<p>Experts are likely to debate whether the structures …"

Friday
Sep022016

Alphabet Ends Effort to Create Modular Smartphone

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is dropping plans to create a customizable, or modular, smartphone with interchangeable parts, two people briefed on the matter said Thursday.<p>The decision to shelve the effort known as Project Ara comes after the company announced plans in May …"

Friday
Sep022016

SpaceX Rocket Explodes at Launchpad in Cape Canaveral

[NyTimes] : "A SpaceX rocket carrying a communications satellite exploded on the launchpad Thursday morning, dealing a major blow to Facebook's plans for expanding internet services in Africa.<p>The Falcon 9 rocket, at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, was scheduled for launch on Saturday, and its …"

Friday
Sep022016

New cloud attack takes full control of virtual machines with little effort

[Link] : Existing crypto software "wholly unequipped" to counter Rowhammer attacks.<p>The world has seen the most unsettling attack yet resulting from the …
Wednesday
Aug312016

Alexa, give me the news: How outlets are tailoring their coverage for Amazon’s new platform

[Link] : My routine most mornings these days goes like this: After snoozing my iPhone alarm at least twice, I roll over and say, “Alexa, give me my Flash Briefing.”<p>The Amazon Echo sitting on my nightstand comes to life and proceeds to play NPR’s latest newscast.<p>As I force myself out of bed to shower, brush …
Wednesday
Aug312016

Letter of Recommendation: The Useless Machine

[NyTimes] : "On the lower left-hand corner of my desk sits a wooden box, roughly the size and shape of a smallish jewelry case and featureless save for a small metal switch on its uppermost surface. From time to time over the course of my workday, I reach out to flick this switch, and a hatch opens at the top …"

Tuesday
Aug302016

The laptop's godfather dies at age 75

[Link] : <b>Washington (CNN) —</b> It's easy to take the modern laptop for granted. Hundreds of millions sell every year. The most affordable models are even less expensive than high-end smartphones. It's near impossible to walk into a coffee shop, workplace or college lecture hall without seeing a laptop.<p>Yet a …
Tuesday
Aug302016

Calm Technology

[Link] : <b>Our world is made of information that competes for our attention. What is necessary? What is not?</b><p>When we design products, we aim to choose the best …
Tuesday
Aug302016

Airbag Propellant Bound for Takata Factory Detonates en Route

[NyTimes] : "A woman was killed in her home and four other people were injured when a truck carrying Takata airbag parts and explosives crashed and detonated on a Texas road last week, the company and local authorities confirmed on Monday.<p>The immense blast — the victim's remains were not located for two days — …"

Tuesday
Aug302016

How Driverless Cars May Interact With People

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — There are plenty of unanswered questions about how self-driving cars would function in the real world, like understanding local driving customs and handing controls back to a human in an emergency.<p>Now a start-up called Drive.ai, based in Mountain View, Calif., is trying to address …"

Tuesday
Aug302016

Lightning Strike Kills More Than 300 Reindeer in Norway

[NyTimes] : "OSLO — Hardangervidda, a mountain plateau in southern Norway that is popular among tourists and hikers, is known for its natural beauty. As the seasons change, thousands of reindeer migrate across the plateau, moving between drier lands in the east, where they graze on lichens, and wetter lands in …"

Monday
Aug292016

When Technology Sets Off a Populist Revolt

[NyTimes] : "MENLO PARK, Calif. — To spend time in Silicon Valley in a year of political upheaval is, on one level, soothing. It is pleasant to hear talk of wearables, walled gardens and disruptive beverages in between updates about mass deportation.<p>But there is another conversation happening in the valley …"