The beacon-enabled system, being tested at PayPal’s on-campus Starbucks, lets users buy their lattes simply by walking into the store with a Samsung Galaxy wearable.
The problem? No one really wanted to share their candy-buying habits. “People got angry—playfully—with the Twitter account that sends the messages,” Hayward says. “They’d say things like ‘I thought this was our secret, why are you telling everyone I bought snacks?’”
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“I got plugged into the fact that if I focus my efforts on helping other people get sober, then I can stay sober—and that’s why giving people a second chance is so important to me.”
Today, Michael Dadashi is the CEO of MHD Enterprises, a multi-million dollar e-waste recycling company based in Austin. But five years ago he was a heroin addict who couldn’t keep a job and nearly lost his life to an overdose—and that was his turning point.
The Core Infrastructure Initiative’s goal is to make the web’s open source tools more secure.
The wearable tech has to work on its image, something nonprofit wildlife research can probably help with.
This tiny electric vehicle is a survivor: If there’s a flood, the car can float to safety.
There’s no device more simultaneously intimate and mysterious than the cell phone. It’s in your front pocket, carrying private texts and emails—and yet it’s also a voluntary tracking device and a technological black box. “There’s little DIY culture around them, at least in the west,” notes David Mellis, MIT professor and co-creator of Arduino, a popular DIY hardware platform.
But Mellis wants to change that.
When the auction and marketplace that once led the online shopping charge started to fall behind, eBay started looking for the next big thing: recording what you look at, touch, and take into a dressing room.
In a bid sure to lure binge watchers of quality programs like The Sopranos and The Wire, a new deal will bring HBO series to Amazon Prime streaming and Fire TV.
Yes, that’s Tim Cook narrating. As Rene Ritchie notes:
My best guess as to why Tim Cook narrated the “Better” video is because it speaks to Apple’s core values, and speaking to Apple’s core values is both deeply important to Tim Cook, and how he’s been positioned atop and within Apple.
You can say Tim Cook is not a product guy, but there’s no question that he knows better than anyone how Apple does what it does. And because he cares about it, he’s made that process… better.
Mark Levinson, a filmmaker with a PhD in physics talks about finding the human story behind science’s biggest breakthrough, and the documentary as science experiment.
Robonaut, installed on the International Space Station to perform chores for astronauts, just got its first pair of real legs.
NASA says that the new seven-jointed legs are designed for climbing in zero gravity and offer a considerable nine-foot leg span. Instead of feet, the legs feature “end effectors” designed to grapple onto handrails and sockets located both inside the space station and, eventually, on the ISS’s exterior. Robonaut’s end effectors have a built-in vision system—almost like a pair of eyes—that are designed to eventually automate each limb’s approaching and grasping.
With advances in biotechnology promising a future of lab-grown homes, hamburgers, and even the very shirts on our backs, a better question might be: What won’t be grown from cells in the future?
So, is coding language or math?