Woodstock Wire: Tech Tickler

February 18, 2018

Track Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster in space with this aptly named website

The Verge -- Last week, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk launched his now-famous red Tesla Roadster into space, atop the first Falcon Heavy rocket. Cameras mounted on...

February 18, 2018 04:31 AM

Microsoft expands Cortana for the smart home with IFTTT integrations

The Verge -- Today, Microsoft announced that its digital assistant, Cortana, will now work with IFTTT and a number of new smart home devices, such as the...

February 18, 2018 04:12 AM

New version of the iPhone X with an even bigger screen might cost just $699 this year

BGR -- According to comments made during yesterday's shareholder meeting by Apple CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone X has a customer satisfaction rating of 99%....

February 18, 2018 03:55 AM

Eight Samsung Galaxy tricks you can't do on any other phone

Popular Science -- Make the most of your smartphone.

Samsung packs its Galaxy devices with useful little bonus features. You can try out these eight...

February 18, 2018 03:53 AM

Why Choosing Between Android and iOS Still Matters

Life -- Lifehacker - Fire up an iPhone X alongside a Galaxy Note 8 and you might not think there's all that much to choose between Android and iOS any...

February 18, 2018 03:35 AM

Testing APIs Using Postman

Enterprise -- Architects Zone - Postman is one of the most efficient applications for testing RESTful APIs. Most developers write a simple test and check...

February 18, 2018 02:28 AM

February 16, 2018

Intel's new graphics drivers automatically optimize game settings

The Verge -- Intel is introducing a new feature for its processors with integrated graphics, allowing games to be automatically optimized on systems. The...

February 16, 2018 07:34 PM

AI is helping seismologists detect earthquakes they'd otherwise miss

The Verge -- Oklahoma never used to be known for its earthquakes. Before 2009, the state had roughly two quakes of magnitude three and above each year. (Magnitude...

February 16, 2018 07:25 PM

Don't use Huawei phones, say heads of FBI, CIA, and NSA

The Verge -- The heads of six major US intelligence agencies have warned that American citizens shouldn't use products and services made by Chinese tech giants...

February 16, 2018 07:23 PM

How to block web pop-ups, alerts, and autoplaying video

Popular Science -- Restore the peace and quiet in any web browser.

Pestered by sounds, videos, pop-ups and other distractions you don't want? Here's...

February 16, 2018 07:18 PM

Amazon is worth more than Microsoft: Market value surges past $700B, now 3rd largest U.S. company

GeekWire -- Amazon's market value surged to more than $702 billion on Wednesday, making the Seattle-based company the third-largest U.S. public company by...

February 16, 2018 06:59 PM

Bill Gates warns tech giants that a government crackdown may be in their future

GeekWire -- Bill Gates believes the world's biggest tech companies are "absolutely" behaving in a manner that risks major government intervention. The former...

February 16, 2018 06:57 PM

Verisign Q4 2017 Domain Name Industry Brief: Internet Grows to 332.4 Million Domain Name Registrations in the Fourth Quarter of 2017

Infosec -- Verisign - Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the fourth quarter of 2017 closed with approximately...

February 16, 2018 06:30 PM

Hubble sees Neptune's mysterious shrinking storm

Life -- EurekAlert - Three billion miles away on the farthest known major planet in our solar system, an ominous, dark storm - once big enough to stretch...

February 16, 2018 06:11 PM

It's Me, Not You - Our Dysfunctional Artificial Intelligence Relationship

Think -- Forrester Blogs - We have a tendency to blame technology when things go wrong. I'm the first to admit that after years of working in the technology...

February 16, 2018 06:00 PM

Rethinking Mobility: There's More Than Autonomous Cars

Think -- Forrester Blogs - A first for me. I'd never been to Detroit, and now I have. Last week, I participated in a roundtable on autonomous cars, and...

February 16, 2018 06:00 PM

Integration With Zapier

Enterprise -- Architects Zone - Integration is boring. And also inevitable. But I won't be writing about enterprise integration patterns. Instead, I'll explain...

February 16, 2018 05:22 PM

I thought VR would make watching Olympic snowboarding awesome. Sadly, it sucked.

Think -- MIT Technology Review - Virtual-reality programming for the Winter Olympics shows there's still a long way to go before the tech is ready for...

February 16, 2018 05:07 PM

February 15, 2018

Split Screen Tablet Mode In Stable Channel For Chromebooks

Chrome Unboxed -- We have a few articles now talking about this much-anticipated feature finally making it to Chromebooks. We've tracked it from a commit to the...

February 15, 2018 06:47 PM

An Icy Heart

Life -- NASA Image of the day - Operation IceBridge, NASA's longest running survey of the state of polar ice, shattered records in 2017.

February 15, 2018 06:08 PM

Citizen AI: A business guide to raising artificial intelligence in a digital economy

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - As artificial intelligence grows in its capabilities, so does its impact on people's lives. Companies must 'raise' AI systems to...

February 15, 2018 05:46 PM

Laying the Groundwork: Philadelphia's Strategic Approach to Becoming a Smart City

Think -- Knowledge@Wharton - Philadelphia's Office of Innovation and Technology is creating a roadmap to ensure the long-term coordination of its wide-ranging...

February 15, 2018 05:23 PM

February 14, 2018

Google Chrome Drops The Hammer On Intrusive Ads

Chrome Unboxed -- Google and the Chromium developers have been very forward about making their cherished Chrome browser safer, more secure and as unintrusive as...

February 14, 2018 08:27 PM

Preparing for Space

Life -- NASA Image of the day - In this image from 2009, NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson is attired in a training version of her shuttle launch and entry...

February 14, 2018 07:41 PM

HackerRank raises $30M to bring code directly into the recruiting process

Enterprise -- SiliconANGLE - HackerRank Inc. offers an unconventional technical recruiting platform that can best be described as a mix of a hiring tool and...

February 14, 2018 06:38 PM

How to use iCloud Keychain: The guide

Enterprise -- Computerworld - Apple's password manager for Macs, iPhones and iPads, iCloud Keychain is designed to keep passwords, credit card details, Wi-Fi...

February 14, 2018 06:27 PM

Samsung Galaxy S9: Speed tests show Snapdragon 845 will blitz 2017 flagships

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset so far lives up to the claim it's 25 percent faster than the Snapdragon 835.

February 14, 2018 06:26 PM

Augmenting Employee Performance With AI And Other Technologies

Think -- Forrester Blogs - In a major new research report, The Technology-Augmented Employee, I take on a problem that's vexing CIOs and government leaders...

February 14, 2018 05:20 PM

Kindred AI is using human pilots to do what robots can't

Think -- MIT Technology Review - Meet the man controlling warehouse bots from thousands of miles away.

February 14, 2018 05:17 PM

Why Regulate Digital Organizations' APIs

Think -- MIT Sloan Management Review - Alphabet, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu are today's digital titans: Their services accelerate...

February 14, 2018 05:14 PM

February 13, 2018

Google needs a full year to sell as many smartphones as Apple sells in a week

BGR -- All of Google's recent moves prove that, more than ever, Google wants to be more like Apple. It wants to make the same high-end products Apple...

February 13, 2018 07:37 PM

While Amazon doubles down on Alexa, it's laying off hundreds in other parts of its consumer business

ReCode -- The cuts mark a rare pullback for the tech goliath. Turns out there are limits to Amazon's growth.

The $668 billion technology goliath has laid...

February 13, 2018 06:32 PM

HomePod teardown reveals how Apple made it sound so good in spite of its size

BGR -- After years in development, Apple finally launched its HomePod smart speaker last week. Reviews were mixed, but audiophiles seem to agree that...

February 13, 2018 06:28 PM

Google sold 3.9 million Pixel phones in 2017

The Verge -- In the 16 months since its initial release in October 2016, Google's Pixel family of phones has earned plenty of acclaim and scrutiny, but not...

February 13, 2018 06:27 PM

The State of NASA

Life -- NASA Image of the day - Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot discusses the fiscal year 2019 budget proposal during a State of NASA address...

February 13, 2018 05:48 PM

YouTuber creates an organ out of 44 Furbies

EE -- Arduino Blog - If you think Furbies have become extinct, think again, as musical hacker "Look Mum No Computer" has decided to revive a number...

February 13, 2018 04:59 PM

February 12, 2018

AmateurLogic 114: What's New with Martin Jue, K5FLU

AmateurLogic -- AmateurLogic.TV Episode 114 is now available for download. Peter's infrared experiments part 2. Tommy's Active Antenna. Emile's HF Loop part...

February 12, 2018 06:28 PM

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Help Save The Planet

FastCompany -- From smarter electric grids to automated monitoring of at-risk environments, there are many areas where technology could have exponential effects...

February 12, 2018 06:12 PM

7 women in science who will inspire you to get serious about STEM

Mashable! -- Women have long contributed to and transformed scientific knowledge, but they aren't always widely recognized for their hard, brilliant work....

February 12, 2018 06:07 PM

12 technologies that will disrupt business in 2018

Enterprise -- CIO - In 2018, disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and computer vision are maturing, going from...

February 12, 2018 06:00 PM

TPM Update For Chrome OS: Why And How

Chrome Unboxed -- For many of you who are like us, you're constantly tinkering with your Chrome OS devices, moving channels and changing Chromebooks more frequently...

February 12, 2018 05:28 PM

This Raspberry Pi Bundle Deal Is Designed For DIY Retro Gamers

Life -- Lifehacker - There are a lot of reasons to own a Raspberry Pi, but anecdotally, I think somewhere north of 90% of people buy them to build retro...

February 12, 2018 05:22 PM

NASA Should Start Funding SETI Again

Scientific American -- The search for extraterrestrial intelligence should be a part of the agency's Astrobiology mission-but thanks to a 1992 law, it's not

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February 12, 2018 01:07 AM

Harley-Davidson recalls 175,000 bikes on brake safety fears

PhysOrg.com -- Iconic US motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson is recalling nearly 175,000 bikes in the United States due to fears the brakes could fail, a government...

February 12, 2018 01:06 AM

The Pixel 2's Visual Core photo processor now works with Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat

TechCrunch -- Visual Core was a strange little surprise from Google when it revealed it back in October. The system company waited three weeks until after...

February 12, 2018 01:01 AM

New asthma treatment may help when inhalers don't

gizmag -- There may be new hope for people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory disorders such as chronic obstruction pulmonary disease (COPD)....

February 12, 2018 12:52 AM

On This Blockchain-Based Version Of Airbnb, There's No Middleman

FastCompany -- The crypto world is taking aim at platform companies, with the idea of creating true peer-to-peer networks. They just need users first.


February 12, 2018 12:35 AM

February 11, 2018

Set the Mood and Make Your Own WiFi-Controlled Lights

Design News -- For a while now, I've been working on building my own network controlled LED dimmer. I sampled some commercially available remotely controllable...

February 11, 2018 11:55 PM

Five amazing gifs and images from SpaceX's successful Falcon Heavy launch

Silicon Republic -- Elon Musk got his wish with the successful launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch vehicle into orbit, creating some incredible images.

The post...

February 11, 2018 11:51 PM