Technology Trends

Rare noctilucent clouds dazzled Seattle with starlight this morning

Folks near and in Seattle were treated with a rare type of cloud formation early this morning, one that looked stunning with a backdrop of starlight. Images and details about the clouds were recently published by the National Weather Service, which says the clouds were visible over Lake Washington at the Service’s Seattle location earlier today

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Elon Musk says Tesla employee committed ‘sabotage’

Tesla may have more trouble on its hands than layoffs and production challenges. Reuters said it had obtained a company-wide email from Elon Musk stating that an unnamed employee had conducted "extensive and damaging sabotage." The staffer reportedly...

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Apple Watch replaces student ID cards for Alabama students

The University of Alabama has embraced the Apple Watch in a big way: students who own one can use it to replace their student ID card, at least in certain circumstances. The university announced the new change this week, explaining that users can use Apple Watch to access dorms, buy dinner, enter the library, and more.

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Amazon faces pressure to stop selling facial recognition to police

Amazon may not have much choice but to address mounting criticism over its sales of facial recognition tech to governments. The American Civil Liberties Union has delivered both a petition and a letter from 17 investors demanding that Amazon drop its...

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AR app-makers just got a huge treat ahead of HoloLens 2

Microsoft is throwing open HoloLens’ more advanced sensors, giving apps for the augmented reality headset access to its 3D mapping abilities and more. The wearable computer has been available to well-heeled developers since early 2016, but it’s only with a recent update to Windows 10 that it has unlocked its whole sensor suite. Until now, in fact, applications running on … Continue reading

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Trump directs Pentagon to form a Space Force military branch

It looks like the US could have a sixth military branch sometime in the future, one focused entirely on space.

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Google Home and Chromecast GPS location leak [Fix Incoming]

A security breach was discovered this month by a researcher with an eye on Google Home and GPS location reporting. In his proof of concept, a URL is opened on a computer connected to a Wi-Fi network that’s also connected to a Google Home or Chromecast device. If the URL is clicked and the webpage is kept open for around … Continue reading

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Dish is bringing Netflix to more hotel rooms

Dish Network began offering hotel entertainment in 2017 with an Android TV-powered box that let guests stream and watch live television in the comfort of their own hotel room.

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Polestar 1 shows carbon fiber makes perfect sense for hybrids

It’s hard to imagine a modern sports car without carbon fiber showing up somewhere, but for Polestar it’s Volvo’s first outing with the lightweight material. The automaker – which aims to give hybrid and all-electric cars the sort of halo once reserved for high-displacement gas engines in performance vehicles – has been talking up the tech that goes into cars … Continue reading

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YouTube Music and Premium come to Canada and the UK

As expected, Google has announced that YouTube Music and YouTube Premium will continue its global rollout, coming to 11 more countries. The list of nations now able to take advantage of the two platforms has swelled to include the UK, Canada, France,...

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