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Saturday
Jan102015

A closer look at the crazy car tech of CES 2015

[Link] : Over the past few years, the world of connected automobiles has exploded. Self-driving cars, heads-up displays and in-car infotainment systems have become mainstays of CES and this year was no…
Thursday
Jan082015

CES: Security Risks From the Smart Home

[NyTimes] : "LAS VEGAS — THE Internet of Things arrived in force at this year’s International CES, the huge trade show here. But while manufacturers at the event painted a rosy picture of connected"

Thursday
Jan082015

This souped up electric scooter could transform energy use in cities

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Thursday
Jan082015

Antibiotic Pulled From Dirt Ends 25-Year Drug Drought

[Link] : Source: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images While the new drug, teixobactin, hasn’t yet been tested in people, it cured all mice infected with antibiotic-resistant staphylococci bacteria that usually…
Wednesday
Jan072015

I Rode 500 Miles in a Self-Driving Car and Saw the Future. It’s Delightfully Dull

[Link] : We spent two days driving in an autonomous Audi A7, from Palo Alto to Las Vegas, for CES. Josh Valcarcel/WIRED We spent two days driving in an autonomous Audi A7, from Palo Alto to Las Vegas, for…
Tuesday
Jan062015

When Mark Zuckerberg Likes a Book, Sales Soar

[NyTimes] : "The Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg made a New Year’s resolution to read two books a month in 2015, and he’s inviting his 31 million Facebook friends to join him.Over the"

Tuesday
Jan062015

Robots are starting to break the law and nobody knows what to do about it

[Link] : Maybe it’s a sign that robots are growing up, and thus hitting the rebellious stage. The Random Darknet Shopper, an automated online shopping bot with a budget of $100 a week in Bitcoin, is…
Tuesday
Jan062015

The Smart, Angry Home

[Link] : Credit Photograph by Stephane Ouzounoff / Getty Buildings are energy hogs. They require heating and cooling; they churn out hot water; they are thick with light bulbs, microwaves, and refrigerators.…
Tuesday
Jan062015

Apps Everywhere, but No Unifying Link

[NyTimes] : "Navigating the Internet used to mean painstakingly typing the exact address you wanted into your computer. The web browser and the search engine simplified that, giving us the Internet we take for"

Tuesday
Jan062015

Tech Trends 2015

[Link] : It’s our favorite time of year – when frogs from around the world examine the state of technology’s future. Below you’ll find 15 declarations and projections from experts…
Monday
Jan052015

Former HTC execs unveil smart scooter with hot-swappable batteries

[Link] : One of the biggest barriers to owning an electric vehicle is that you have to charge it, often for hours, before taking it for a spin. But what if you could swap out its depleted battery for a fully…
Monday
Jan052015

Audi's self-driving car is traveling 550 miles to Las Vegas

[Link] : Audi is confident that its self-driving car technology is ready for prime time -- so confident, in fact, that it's about to give the platform a very public long-distance test. An A7 Sportback with…
Sunday
Jan042015

How My Mom Got Hacked

[NyTimes] : "MY mother received the ransom note on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It popped up on her computer screen soon after she’d discovered that all of her files had been locked. “Your files"

Sunday
Jan042015

Inside a Chinese Test-Prep Factory

[NyTimes] : "The main street of Maotanchang, a secluded town in the furrowed hills of eastern China’s Anhui province, was nearly deserted. A man dozed on a motorized rickshaw, while two old women with hoes"

Sunday
Jan042015

Many Identities of New York Officers’ Killer in a Life of Wrong Turns

[NyTimes] : "Clockwise, from top left: A family photo with a young Ismaaiyl Brinsley in white; a bit older, he is remembered as a generous but difficult child; a mug shot; an Instagram photo of the gun used"

Sunday
Jan042015

With limited oversight, the wealthy get a charitable tax break

[Link] : In exchange for making the nation’s third-largest individual charitable contribution of 2014, Nicholas and Jill Woodman — founders of the high-tech GoPro camera company — will…
Wednesday
Dec312014

What Just Happened?

[Link] : I’m not much for the rear view mirror. I like to look forward, not back. I guess that’s why I’m in the line of work I’m in. But I’m going to force myself to look…
Wednesday
Dec312014

Lizard Kids: A Long Trail of Fail

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Wednesday
Dec312014

Sony Cyberattack, First a Nuisance, Swiftly Grew Into a Firestorm

[NyTimes] : "LOS ANGELES — It was three days before Thanksgiving, the beginning of a quiet week for Sony Pictures. But Michael Lynton, the studio’s chief executive, was nonetheless driving his"

Wednesday
Dec312014

The Best Apps of 2014

[Link] : The smartphone in your pocket today makes whatever handset you had just two years ago look laughably bad. That's not just because of better sensors and better software; the apps that power them have…