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  • Apple issues Meltdown fix for Macs running Sierra and El Capitan
    by Devin Coldewey on January 23, 2018 at 8:34 pm

     A wise person once said, “don’t upgrade to the latest OS X until it’s been patched a few times. And even then, sometimes it isn’t really worth it.” These words have inspired many to stay on older versions of the OS, though lately that meant remaining vulnerable to Meltdown while those on the latest version were protected. Fortunately Apple has brought old OSes… Read Mor […]

  • RED’s ‘holographic,’ ‘SOLID’ Hydrogen phone will ship this summer
    by Devin Coldewey on January 23, 2018 at 7:12 pm

     Boutique Android phone makers didn’t have a good 2017, but RED aims to reverse that trend with its high-end Hydrogen handset, which founder Jim Jannard talks up in a recent post on the company’s forums. The chunky, unique device will ship in the summer, but those who have pre-ordered will be able to test out its “4-view” display in April. Read Mor […]

  • Linus Torvalds declares Intel fix for Meltdown/Spectre ‘COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE’
    by Devin Coldewey on January 22, 2018 at 8:24 pm

     The always outspoken Linus Torvalds, best known for his continuing work on the innermost code of Linux systems, has harsh words to say and accusations to level against Intel. His evaluation of Intel’s latest proposed fix for the Meltdown/Spectre issue: “the patches are COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE.” Read Mor […]

  • Ziro’s robotics kit for kids now works with Alexa
    by Romain Dillet on January 22, 2018 at 7:07 pm

     Ziro is a nifty programmable robotics kit for kids that had a successful Indiegogo campaign last year. And the company behind it, ZeroUI, is still adding new features. By default, Ziro kits come with a smart glove to control your robots. You can use the mobile app to configure gestures based on hand movements. Ziro now also works with Alexa. Read Mor […]

  • Unbound’s Polly Rodriguez talks about the future of sexuality
    by John Biggs on January 22, 2018 at 6:45 pm

     Unbound is a self-described sextech webshop for rebellious women, and its founder, Polly Rodriguez, is a unique and fascinating representative for the site. In this Technotopia podcast I talk to Rodriguez about the future of sex toys and why sex robots probably won’t win us over. It’s refreshing to hear someone like Rodriguez talk about the future of human-to-human content and what… Read Mor […]

  • Inside Amazon’s surveillance-powered, no-checkout convenience store
    by Devin Coldewey on January 21, 2018 at 3:01 pm

     By now many have heard of Amazon’s most audacious attempt to shake up the retail world, the cashless, cashierless Go store. Walk in, grab what you want, and walk out. I got a chance to do just that recently, as well as pick the brain of one of its chief architects. (The store, in downtown Seattle, is now open to the public.) My intention going in was to try to shoplift something and… Read Mor […]

  • These high-speed ‘nano-cranes’ could form molecular assembly lines
    by Devin Coldewey on January 19, 2018 at 10:53 pm

     Things aren’t going well down at the ol’ nano-factory. They’re having trouble getting all those tiny workers to synchronize and move quickly together. But leave it to the Germans to get things running smoothly! All it took was a careful application of that newfangled technology “electricity.” Read Mor […]

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