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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.
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