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Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism
“News spaces are no longer owned by newsmakers. The press is no longer in charge of the free press and has lost control of the main conduits through which stories reach audiences. The public sphere is now operated by a small number of private companies, based in Silicon Valley.”
journalism  news  media  tech 
3 days ago by warrenellis
Hemingwrite | Uncrate
"Typewriters are great for distraction-free writing — but not so great for digital documents. iPads and laptops are great for keeping your work in the cloud, but like a business trip to Vegas, they're full of distractions. The Hemingwrite is a happy medium. Designed in Detroit, this portable, single-purpose gadget combines a daylight-friendly, high-contrast 6-inch E Ink screen with a high-quality mechanical keyboard to offer all the focus of a traditional typewriter and all the benefits of a modern device. It sports a die-cast aluminum case with a retro design and built-in handle, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE for constant backups to Evernote and Google Docs, a built-in memory of over 1 million pages, and a battery life of over six weeks, so even if you need to take a Thoreau-style retreat, you won't have to pack along a charger."
tech 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Twitter drops Google Glass, app no longer available - SlashGear
"The bad news isn’t that Twitter addicts will go wanting for heads-up tweets. The really unfortunate bit of info here is that Twitter just plain dropped Google Glass. Cold."
tech  comms  web  net 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Bees inspire a better way to land aircrafts - Futurity
To develop a new aircraft landing system, researchers are studying how bees use “optic flow descent” to guide them down.
tech  flight 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Dissolvable silicon circuits and sensors -- ScienceDaily
"Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology. This technology suggest a new era of devices that range from green consumer electronics to ‘electroceutical’ "therapies, to biomedical sensor systems that do their work and then disappear.
tech 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
Finally, the flying car may have landed | Technology | The Guardian
"An earlier prototype of the Flying Roadster by Slovakian company AeroMobil reportedly took its first test flight in October last year. The latest version will be tested a day before its premiere, on 28 October."
flight  tech 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
The US military is spending $2.9 million to develop a soft robot suit for soldiers | The Verge
"As announced today, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued a $2.9 million contract to researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering to develop a flexible robotic exoskeleton that can be worn by soldiers — and eventually civilians — to make them stronger and more resilient. The suit could even help people with mobility issues and paralysis to move again."
war  tech  bodymod 
10 weeks ago by warrenellis
2014/09/10 DARPA Program “Grows” Lasers Directly on Silicon-Based Microchips
"DARPA’s Electronic-Photonic Heterogeneous Integration (E-PHI) program has successfully integrated billions of light-emitting dots on silicon to create an efficient silicon-based laser. The breakthrough, achieved by researchers working on the program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), will enable the production of inexpensive and robust microsystems that exceed the performance capabilities of current technologies."
sci  tech 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
BBC News - Working gun made with 3D printer
"The world's first gun made with 3D printer technology has been successfully fired in the US.

"The controversial group which created the firearm, Defense Distributed, plans to make the blueprints available online."
guns  tech  fabbing 
12 weeks ago by warrenellis
The World's First Handheld DNA Sequencer Is a Genetics Lab In a Box
"The device, called Freedom4, brings the quantitative PCR method of DNA sequencing to the field. The brick-sized machine has a six-hour battery life and can process DNA samples in one step, identifying the presence and extent of, say, a norovirus infection in under an hour."
tech  med 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Super-black nano-coating to be tested for the first time in space
"An emerging super-black nanotechnology that promises to make spacecraft instruments more sensitive without enlarging their size will be tested for the first time on the International Space Station within a year."

SUPER-BLACK
nano  space  tech 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Australian Army embraces social media in Future of Land Warfare report | Crikey
“By 2025 we may face adversaries with scientifically enhanced cognitive capacity. The land force will need to develop a better understanding of enhancing human capabilities with, for example, improved human-machine interfaces or better fusing of technology with biology … Physical and cognitive enhancements such as ‘exosuits’ or long-lasting stimulants need to be considered in the context of amplifying performance.”
war  bodymod  tech 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Behind the App: The Story of Plex
"At its most basic, Plex is an app that lets you stream media from your desktop to any other device, whether you're using a phone or a tablet or another computer. But it's slowly become an entire ecosystem of media management across virtually every platform you could think of"
tech  apps 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Typewriter-Inspired Mechanical Keyboard – QWERKYWRITER
"The Qwerkywriter is a USB, Bluetooth enabled, typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard."
tech 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Cycorp AI - Business Insider
"If computers were human," Lenat told us, "they'd present themselves as autistic, schizophrenic, or otherwise brittle. It would be unwise or dangerous for that person to take care of children and cook meals, but it's on the horizon for home robots. That's like saying, 'We have an important job to do, but we're going to hire dogs and cats to do it.'"
tech  ai  comp 
july 2014 by warrenellis
How Al-Qaeda Uses Crypto Post-Snowden (Part 1)
"Following the June 2013 Edward Snowden leaks we observe an increased pace of innovation, specifically new competing jihadist platforms and three (3) major new encryption tools from three (3) different organizations – GIMF, Al-Fajr Technical Committee, and ISIS – within a three to five-month time frame of the leaks."
tech  comms  spook  war 
may 2014 by warrenellis
SCiO Shows Off Its Molecular Food Scanner In TechCrunch Disrupt’s Hardware Alley | TechCrunch
"That’s hard to tell from the demos given at Hardware Alley, since they used some pretty basic foods during like apples, tomatoes, and blocks of cheese (which it could read even through plastic wrap, we should point out). The app would ID the food and return the basic caloric and sugars info fairly quickly. Whether the SCiO would be able to truly and accurately determine a food’s quality or ripeness, for example, as their Kickstarter project page claims, would require further testing."
tech  eco 
may 2014 by warrenellis
App-Controlled Hearing Aid Improves Even Normal Hearing - NYTimes.com
"Mr. Loizeaux had gone to the club to test out the GN ReSound Linx, one of two new models of advanced hearing aids that can be adjusted precisely through software built into Apple’s iPhone. When he entered the club, Mr. Loizeaux tapped on his phone to switch his hearing aids into “restaurant mode.” The setting amplified the sound coming from the hearing aids’ forward-facing microphones, reducing background noise. To play down the music, he turned down the hearing aids’ bass level and bumped up the treble. Then, as he began chatting with a person standing to his left, Mr. Loizeaux tapped his phone to favor the microphone in his left hearing aid, and to turn down the one in his right ear."
tech  wearables 
april 2014 by warrenellis
The Kindle wink — The Message — Medium
"A palimpsest of influence, visible to all Amazon customers who log in to manage their super-book stolen from the pages of science fiction." Robin Sloan on fine form.
tech  sf 
april 2014 by warrenellis
An iPad Mini Case with Shape Shifting Buttons Will Make Typing on a Touch Screen Much Faster | MIT Technology Review
"That technology was developed by startup Tactus Technology, which uses tiny fluid-filled channels and elastic blisters to make buttons rise up from a device’s screen and then disappear without trace when they’re no longer needed"
tech 
april 2014 by warrenellis
Reflections on Google Glass — D-RAD
"Glass is Google’s unintentional public service announcement on the future of privacy"
tech 
april 2014 by warrenellis
Berg Wants To Be The Platform To Make Any Dumb Appliance Smart | Co.Design | business + design
"ONE OF THE GREATEST DESIGN CONSULTANCIES IN THE WORLD HAS GIVEN IT ALL UP TO BUILD JUST ONE PRODUCT. BUT TO DEMONSTRATE THAT ONE PRODUCT, WELL, BERG HAD TO HACK A WASHING MACHINE FIRST."
tech  iot  berg 
march 2014 by warrenellis
"An uncoordinated mishmash of relatively unsophisticated data-gathering methods haphazardly connected to infrastructure" | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
"I’ll go out on a limb here, and say that unmanned-vehicle road-drone delivery systems are the design endgame for “self-driving cars.” They’ll probably be small, light, and inhumanly fast, like smart mobile grocery carts lined in rubber bumpers. Big, ponderous, driverless cars as we know them today are quite similar to manned spacecraft. "
tech  drones  future 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Forget AR Dinosaurs, MIT Startup Wants to Bring YOU Back from the Dead | Augmented Stories
"MIT startup Eterni.me wants to bring you back from the dead to create a virtual avatar that acts “just like you”: “It generates a virtual YOU, an avatar that emulates your personality and can interact with, and offer information and advice to your family and friends after you pass away. It’s like a Skype chat from the past.”"
tech  med  longnow 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Law Enforcement Can Identify Suspects From Reflections In Your Eye – ReadWrite
"The scientists positioned a group of eight people in front of "bystanders" and, using a 30 megapixel digital camera, photographed the latter's faces in high resolution. By zooming in on the eyes, they managed to extract facial images that—though fuzzy or highly pixelated—were still identifiable."
crime  tech 
february 2014 by warrenellis
The FDA Just Approved a PillCam The Jetsons Predicted 50 Years Ago
"After nine long years, the FDA just recently approved the swallowable PillCam. Developed in Israel, the PillCam is used as a way to examine a patient's colon without a colonoscopy. The patient swallows the small device and it slowly makes its way through the digestive tract in about 8 hours. The information is beamed to a receiver device carried on the patient's waist, and a doctor can then review the results later."
med  tech 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Want an underwater jet pack? If this crowdfunding project succeeds, one could be yours for $5,700 - The Next Web
"The current prototype system uses thrusters attached to your arm to amplify natural movements in a bid to allow scuba divers to “fly around underwater”, the company said." UNDERWATER JETPACK
tech 
december 2013 by warrenellis
Future Perfect » A Sense of Ownership
"Facial recognition will be a growing source of friction because the companies that are building businesses around connecting the physical you to some form of online identity will, over time connect people to the online you that makes them the most revenue, rather than the online you that makes the most sense to you. A lot of this will happen in the background, but there it will have sufficient visibility to be annoying e.g. a picture of your face as a search parameter triggering an advertisement for a particular kind of product."
tech  social  money  comms 
may 2013 by warrenellis
Researcher's Serial Port Scans Find More Than 100,000 Hackable Devices, Including Traffic Lights And Fuel Pumps - Forbes
"You probably remember serial ports as the ancient nine-pin plugs you once used to hook up your mouse or joystick to your computer in the pre-USB dark ages. But tracking down devices that still use serial port connections isn’t so hard, it seems. In fact, according to H.D. Moore, any hacker can find–and tamper with–more than 100,000 of them over the Internet, including critical systems ranging from traffic lights to fuel pumps to building heating and cooling systems to retail point-of-sale devices."
tech  security 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Muzzle Flash — Hidden in Plain Sight — Medium
Jan Chipchase: "On Friday I was invited into Google Labs New York and given the opportunity to try out Glass. I declined to put on a pair. Here's why."
tech 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Tracking gunfire with a smartphone
"You are walking down the street with a friend. A shot is fired. The two of you duck behind the nearest cover and you pull out your smartphone. A map of the neighborhood pops up on its screen with a large red arrow pointing in the direction the shot came from."
tech  crime  war  phones 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Path’s Dave Morin on Circa, Mailbox, and the Secret App He Invented to Talk to His Assistant | Vanity Fair
“I have two iPhones, one for day and one for the night. When the day phone runs out, the night phone takes over. I never have to worry.” Bigend-Packerism. Some even more awful quotes therein. He should have been prevented from giving the interview.
tech 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Connbox: prototyping a physical product for video presence with Google Creative Lab, 2011 – Blog – BERG
video calling as "always-on, ambient, background presence." I love it when BERG do these breakdowns.
berg  design  tech 
march 2013 by warrenellis
Time reversal findings may open doors to the future
"Imagine a cell phone charger that recharges your phone remotely without even knowing where it is; a device that targets and destroys tumors, wherever they are in the body; or a security field that can disable electronics, even a listening device hiding in a prosthetic toe, without knowing where it is."
time  timetravel  sci  tech 
february 2013 by warrenellis
The nuclear reactor in your basement
"How would you like to replace your water heater with a nuclear reactor? That's what Joseph Zawodny, a senior scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center, hopes to help bring about. It would tap the enormous power of the atom to provide hot water for your bath, warm air for your furnace system, and more than enough electricity to run your house and, of course, your electric car."
sci  tech  energy 
february 2013 by warrenellis
BBC News - Lab rats 'acquire sixth sense'
"An experimental device allowed the rats to "touch" infrared light - which is normally invisible to them."
sci  tech  bodymod 
february 2013 by warrenellis
The beginning of BotWorld « Magical Nihilism
"The world of domesticated, tiny AIs that Matt was talking about two years ago is what BERG is starting to explore, manufacture – and sell in every larger numbers."
berg  tech  little+printer  future 
february 2013 by warrenellis
Cloak of invisibility: Engineers use plasmonics to create an invisible photodetector
"A team of engineers at Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania has for the first time used "plasmonic cloaking" to create a device that can see without being seen - an invisible machine that detects light."
tech  cloaking 
may 2012 by warrenellis
Google's Augmented-Reality Headset Won't Offer Full-Vision Data Overlays | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
"Unfortunately, the lack of full data overlays also makes the headset less exciting. The type of display Google is now describing has been on the market for years"
tech 
may 2012 by warrenellis
Bee research breakthrough might lead to artificial vision
"An international research breakthrough with bees means machines might soon be able to see almost as well as humans. The Australian and French research shows that honeybees use multiple rules to solve complex visual problems."
sci  gz  drones  tech 
may 2012 by warrenellis
Chinese group breaks distance record for teleporting qubits
"In this context, teleportation is used to denote the exchange of information describing the states of two separate entities without having to move any actual information through the space between them."
sci  tech  comms 
may 2012 by warrenellis
It Exists! MIT Creates Tech For Moving Files Across Devices With A Swipe | Co.Design: business + innovation + design
"SWŸP--PRONOUNCED “SWIPE”--LETS USERS DRAG FILES FROM ONE DEVICE TO ANOTHER, JUST BY SWIPING THEIR FINGER. AND IT ISN’T JUST A COOL IDEA. IT’S REALITY."
tech  comms  comp 
may 2012 by warrenellis
The Jet That Ate the Pentagon - By Winslow Wheeler | Foreign Policy
"Claimed to be near invisible to radar and able to dominate any future battlefield, the F-35 will replace most of the air-combat aircraft in the inventories of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and at least nine foreign allies, and it will be in those inventories for the next 55 years. It's no secret, however, that the program -- the most expensive in American history -- is a calamity."
war  tech  money  pol 
may 2012 by warrenellis
BLDGBLOG: Star Garden
"An artificially excavated limestone pit in the south of France will soon host star-making technology, New Scientist reports. "If all goes well," the magazine explains, in a few year's time the pit will "rage with humanity's first self-sustaining fusion reaction, an artificial sun ten times hotter than the one that gives our planet life.""
tech  sci  energy 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Scientists develop ultra-thin solar cells
solar cells thinner than a thread of spider silk that are flexible enough to be wrapped around a single human hair.
energy  eco  tech 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Remote Sensing Tutorial Table of Contents
" Remote Sensing is a technology for sampling electromagnetic radiation comprising a signal emanating from its source target that is used to acquire and interpret non-contiguous geospatial data from which to extract information about features, objects, and classes on the Earth's land surface, oceans, and atmosphere (and, where applicable, on the exteriors of other bodies in the Solar System, or, in the broadest framework, celestial bodies such as stars and galaxies)."
tech  sci  drones  surveillance  space 
february 2012 by warrenellis
NASA Unveils Future Aircraft Designs: Stunning Models (PHOTOS)
"The stunningly innovative designs, which NASA calls "greener flying machines for the year 2025", are being developed by three firms under contract to the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate's Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project."
tech  design+fiction 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Guernica / Nick Turse: The Crash and Burn Future of Robot Warfare
"A recent McClatchy report revealed that it takes nearly 170 people to keep a single Predator drone in the air for 24 hours."
war  tech 
january 2012 by warrenellis
Our tools don’t make us who we are. We make tools because of who we are.
"Technologies change us, but we change the technologies, too. Technology is not an external force emerging from the very fabric of the universe (and, as you know, there are some Singularitypes out there who seriously believe that Moore’s Law is woven into the laws of nature); our technologies (plural, lower-case T) are cultural constructs. They are artifacts of our minds, our norms and values, our societies."
tech 
january 2012 by warrenellis
Atomtronics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The use of ultra-cold atoms leads to circuit elements that allow for the coherent flow of information and may be useful in connecting classical electronic devices and quantum computers." ATOMTRONICS!
comp  tech  sci 
december 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - Glasgow surgeon using ultrasound to treat fractures
Doctors in the Scottish city which pioneered the use of ultrasound to scan the body are now using it to heal broken bones.
med  tech 
october 2011 by warrenellis
Japanese scientist unveils 'thinking' robot
In a world first, Osamu Hasegawa, associate professor at the Tokyo Insitute of Technology, has developed a system that allows robots to look around their environment and do research on the Internet, enabling them to "think" how best to solve a problem.
robots  tech 
october 2011 by warrenellis
Paralyzed man uses mind-powered robot arm to touch
"It wasn't my arm but it was my brain, my thoughts. I was moving something," Hemmes says. "I don't have one single word to give you what I felt at that moment. That word doesn't exist."
med  tech  cyborg 
october 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - 'Flying carpet' of conductive plastic takes flight
"The 10cm (4in) sheet of smart transparency is driven by "ripple power"; waves of electrical current driving thin pockets of air from front to rear underneath."
tech 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Japanese 'Noah's ark' disaster capsule goes on sale | World news | The Guardian
"A Japanese company has developed a miniature version of Noah's ark in case Japan is hit by another massive earthquake and tsunami – a floating capsule that looks like a huge tennis ball."
tech  rescue  eco 
september 2011 by warrenellis
'Darker-than-black' metamaterial could lead to more efficient solar cells
"(PhysOrg.com) -- If typical black paint absorbs about 85% of incoming light, then a newly designed metamaterial that absorbs up to 99% of incoming light may be considered “darker than black." By taking advantage of the unique light-scattering properties of metamaterials, researchers have discovered that a hyperbolic metamaterial with a corrugated surface can have a very low reflectance, which could make it promising for high-efficiency solar cells, photodetectors, and radar stealth technology."
tech  solar  energy  materials 
september 2011 by warrenellis
The washable wearable antenna
"This wearable antenna is able to send a signal to satellites using the Cospas-Sarsat worldwide search and rescue satellite system. It is made from highly flexible, lightweight material that is robust against water exposure and moist conditions, and resistant to wear and tear."
tech  rescue  comms 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Fireball - a prototype 500g throwable sensor “grenade” from Intel allows fire... -
"Fireball - a prototype 500g throwable sensor “grenade” from Intel allows firemen to monitor temperature and levels of specific gases (ammonia, nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide). The data is sent to a server in the fire engine, then sent back to the firefighters via smartphones or other devices."
tech  rescue  sensors 
september 2011 by warrenellis
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