Experts Still Think uBeam’s Through-the-Air Charging Tech Is Unlikely
A piece in IEEE Spectrum lays out why experts remain skeptical of startup uBeam, which claims it will be able to wirelessly charge your phone and other gadgets over the air via ultrasound.
YouTube Music Isn’t Perfect But It’s Still Heaven for Music Nerds
YouTube brought its music service out of “beta” this week, and the service is a great way to explore all kinds of music content–live performances, covers, etc–related to music videos you’re watching, according to this review from Engadget
Fossil’s $260 Million Purchase of Misfit Will Kick off Wearable Consolidation
This short post from ZDNet makes a few interesting points about the decision of watch company Fossil to purchase Misfit Wearables, maker of the Shine activity tracker, in a deal announced Thursday. Among them: that this is likely just the first in a wave of such acquisitions as there are a lot of activity-tracker companies and many watches will eventually incorporate such technology.
Publishers Are Underwhelmed with Apple News App
This piece in Digiday reports that publishers are upset about Apple’s news aggregation app, Apple News, which was released in September along with the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. Their complaints, apparently, range from “underwhelming” traffic to user data that publishers don’t think is detailed enough.
Gay Talese Has a Cold Reaction to The New York Times Virtual Reality App
This piece from Quartz is a fun one–the reporter showed veteran journalist and author (and, currently, octogenarian) Gay Talese the New York Times’ new virtual-reality app running on Google Cardboard, and Talese wasn’t really into it.
Why China is still obsessed with disinfecting everything
Most public health bodies dealing with covid have long since moved on from the idea of surface transmission. China’s didn’t—and that helps it control the narrative about the disease’s origins and danger.
These materials were meant to revolutionize the solar industry. Why hasn’t it happened?
Perovskites are promising, but real-world conditions have held them back.
Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid
Drugs that rejuvenate our immune systems and make us biologically younger could help protect us from the disease’s worst effects.
A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of
The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.
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