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Intel wants sensors to help you with your shopping

As quickly as technology is reinventing your shopping experience, Intel doesn't think it's moving quickly enough. The chip giant is launching a Responsive Retail Platform that creates a common set of sensors, software kits and other components for i...
Published on: Monday, January 16, 2017 | link

The heart of Nintendo's new console isn't the Switch

I spent half of last Friday tearing my way through games at Nintendo's big Switch launch event. More than any particular title, the highlight was the hardware itself: a $300 console-handheld hybrid that's harder to describe than the latest Xbox or Pl...
Published on: Monday, January 16, 2017 | link

NASA astronaut Gene Cernan passes away at age 82

NASA has continued its exploration of the moon since Apollo 17, but it has been over 40 years since one of its astronauts stepped on the surface. Gene Cernan was the second American to walk in space and the last set foot on the moon during that missi...
Published on: Monday, January 16, 2017 | link

Ambulances can interrupt your music in emergencies

When people tell you not to play music at full blast in your car, they're not necessarily raining on your parade -- there's a real concern that you might not hear an emergency vehicle until the last moment. You might not have to worry quite so much i...
Published on: Monday, January 16, 2017 | link

We've never seen global sea ice levels this low before

The world climate has passed another troubling milestone this year: global sea ice levels are at the lowest level ever recorded. New research from the US National Snow & Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado indicates that the normal winter buildu...
Published on: Monday, January 16, 2017 | link

Microsoft CEO says AI should help, not replace, workers

Artificial intelligence has gone from being something relegated to science fiction, to a buzzword every tech company is eager to slap onto their latest innovations. When it comes to the implementation of AI, though, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is urg...
Published on: Monday, January 16, 2017 | link

'Halo' developer hints it could revive a scrapped Mega Bloks game

Lately, there's been a lot of buzz around footage PtoPOnline posted of a scrapped, Mega Bloks-themed Halo action game. Why did it get the axe when its mix of shooting and construction looks like a blast to play? You're not about to get that exact tit...
Published on: Monday, January 16, 2017 | link

Bragi's latest wireless earbuds are now available for $149

Bragi announced the follow-up to its feature-packed activity tracking Dash wireless earbuds back in September. That product, known as the Headphone, was slated to ship in November, but after a short delay it's now available to everyone. The new $149...
Published on: Monday, January 16, 2017 | link

China suspends plans for 85 coal power plants

China is taking some steps to curb pollution (it doesn't have much choice), but one of its most recent steps may be more of a happy accident. The country's National Energy Administration is suspending 85 planned or in-progress coal power plants -- n...
Published on: Monday, January 16, 2017 | link

LED lights could get better with self-assembling particles

LEDs have dramatically transformed the lighting world over the past few years, thanks to their increased efficiency and life-span over past technologies. But LEDs could see even more upgrades with perovskite particles, a self-assembling nanoscale mat...
Published on: Monday, January 16, 2017 | link