Skip to Content

Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending September 13, 2014)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. No More Cracked Smartphone Glass
    Ultrathin sapphire laminates could lead to durable but affordable next-generation screen covers.
  2. The Apple Watch May Solve the Usual Smart Watch Annoyances
    Apple’s first smart watch seems like the best of its kind so far, but the user experience is still a little unclear.
  3. Sapphire Screens Would Test Apple’s Manufacturing and Design Skills
    To make sapphire screens, Apple would need to source high-quality raw material and be clever about incorporating it into devices.
  4. Can a Website Help You Decide to Have a Kid?
    A startup called Cloverpop wants to help you make life’s pivotal decisions.
  5. A Nimble-Wheeled Farm Robot Goes to Work in Minnesota
    The latest in autonomous farming is a robot that weaves between corn stalks, applying fertilizer as it goes.
  6. Datacoup Wants to Buy Your Credit Card and Facebook Data
    Datacoup will pay for your online data, then use it to provide insights on consumer behavior.
  7. The Revolutionary Technique That Quietly Changed Machine Vision Forever
    Machines are now almost as good as humans at object recognition, and the turning point occurred in 2012, say computer scientists.
  8. <

Keep Reading

Most Popular

A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet. How did screenshots end up on Facebook?

Robot vacuum companies say your images are safe, but a sprawling global supply chain for data from our devices creates risk.

A startup says it’s begun releasing particles into the atmosphere, in an effort to tweak the climate

Make Sunsets is already attempting to earn revenue for geoengineering, a move likely to provoke widespread criticism.

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2023

Every year, we pick the 10 technologies that matter the most right now. We look for advances that will have a big impact on our lives and break down why they matter.

These exclusive satellite images show that Saudi Arabia’s sci-fi megacity is well underway

Weirdly, any recent work on The Line doesn’t show up on Google Maps. But we got the images anyway.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.