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MIT’s Wearable Headset Can Hear The Words You Say In Your Head

The idea of humans being able to read each other’s minds has almost exclusively been the domain of science fiction and fantasy, and yet in reality we’re closer than you might think. MIT researchers have created a wearable headset that when worn can actually hear the words you vocalise in your head. That’s right. The headset works by measuring the tiny neuromuscular signals that we create when we say words in our heads. They are completely imperceptible to the human eye,…

Bio-Based Acrylonitrile Offers a Greener Carbon Fiber Alternative

The catalytic reactor shown here is for converting chemical intermediates into acrylonitrile. The work is part of the Renewable Carbon fiber Consortium. Photo by Dennis Schroeder/NREL From cars and bicycles to airplanes and space shuttles, manufacturers around the world are trying to make these vehicles lighter, which helps lower fuel use and lessen the environmental footprint. One way that cars, bicycles, airplanes and other modes of transportation have become lighter over the last several decades is by using carbon fiber…

Using Mechanical Engineering Principles to Improve Wound Healing

MIT alumnus Dennis Orgill developed a process of infusing scaffolds — collagen skin grafts — with healthy skin cells to promote a more effective regeneration. The scaffold was invented by Professor Ioannis Yannas. To most, an operating room and a manufacturing plant are as different as any two places can be. But not to Dennis Orgill. “To some degree when you do an operation it’s much like manufacturing something in a factory,” explains Orgill SM ’80, PhD ’83, who serves…

Oracle to buy construction collaboration software maker Aconex for $1.2B in cash

Oracle will pay $1.2 billion in cash to buy construction software developer Aconex, the companies announced today. Based in Melbourne, Aconex’s cloud-based software allow teams working on building projects to collaborate and share documents. Oracle agreed to pay AUD $7.80 (about $5.97) per share in cash for a total of $1.2 billion. This price represents a 47% premium over Aconex’s Friday closing price of AUD $5.29 (about $4.05). This marks Oracle’s second acquisition of a cloud-based construction software maker so…

Horizons Ventures backs AI startup Fano Labs in first Hong Kong investment

Horizons Ventures, the VC firm founded by Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-Shing, has made a rare early-stage investment after it backed AI startup Fano Labs. Horizons has invested in the likes of Facebook, Razer, Slack, Improbable, Spotify and more, and now it is putting undisclosed money into Fano Labs, which recently graduated AI accelerator program Zeroth. This deal also marks the firm’s first investment in a Hong Kong-based company. Founded by academics, Fano Labs uses speech recognition and natural language processing…

Facebook is clamping down on posts that shamelessly beg for your engagement

A lot of crap gets shared on Facebook, but coming soon the volume may be a little less after Facebook made a move to penalize contentthat shamelessly begs people for engagement. The social network giant said today that it will penalize Page owners and people who resort to “engagement bait,” which means posts that encourage users to like, comment or tag people in the comments section in order to gain wider visibility of their content. The incentives — such as “Share with…

Battery Ventures backs workforce management software company Quinyx in new $12M round

Quinyx, a Stockholm-headquartered company that offers cloud-based software to help businesses manage things like employee scheduling, communication, task-management and payroll integration, has raised a further $12 million in funding. Backing the round is VC firm Battery Ventures, which sees Boston-based Battery General Partner Michael Brown join the Quinyx board. Founded in 2005 by Erik Fjellborg, Quinyx’s CEO, after he spent the summer working at McDonald’s, the company’s workforce management software targets employers of shift-based or ‘flexible’ workers, such as those…

Litecoin founder Charlie Lee has sold all of his LTC

Charlie Lee, the former director of engineering at Coinbase, is selling almost all of his holdings in Litecoin (LTC), the cryptocurrency that he founded in 2011. Lee explained in a post on Reddit that he is selling all of his LTC coins — bar a number of physical coins he keeps as collectibles — to avoid the conflict of interest that comes with his influence and position as LTC founder. Thanks to his time at Coinbase and LTC, Lee is regarded as…

More dead commenters appear to come out against net neutrality

Two more dead commenters have been spotted commenting on the FCC’s foregone net neutrality vote, a small but not insignificant discovery considering that, while public outcry for net neutrality was high, FCC representatives dismissed most of supportive net neutrality commentary as spam. While searching a database created by the New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a designer named Morgan Knutson was outraged to find comments by his his liberal mother, Dana Barancik,, and grandfather, Frank Barancik. Dana died in 2014 and…

Springboard raises $9.5M to offer an online alternative to the master’s degree

Springboard is a platform that helps people advance their tech skills, and ultimately career. Today it took a step further to realizing its own potential after it landed a $9.5 million Series A round to develop specialisms. I wrote about the U.S.-based service nearly two years ago when it was just starting out and it had gobbled up a $1.7 million seed round. Then, Springboard had brought around 1,000 students to what was then a MOOC driven by a network of hundreds…

Earth-sized planets in nearby solar system may have a lot of water, a key sign of life

If you were to hop on a ship traveling at the speed of light and head out into the galaxy for 40 years, you might come across a cool, red star circled by seven worlds. Some of those seven Earth-sized planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1 may represent our best chance for finding life of some kind outside of our solar system. And now, the Hubble Space Telescope is starting to nail down just how much water these worlds may hold. This is…

MOTOROLA X4: FOUR TIMES THE BLUETOOTH AUDIO

  Lenovo's new Motorola X4 smartphone is half the price of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S8, but does at least one thing twice as well: stream audio to multiple Bluetooth speakers or headphones. The S8 can drive two Bluetooth speakers or headphones simultaneously but the mid-range X4 handset, unveiled at IFA on Thursday, stands out with its ability to drive up to four generic Bluetooth stereo speakers simultaneously. That's enough for a whole-home sound system, as long as your home is…

Apple will almost definitely announce wireless charging for three new iPhones

In a few weeks, Apple will challenge Samsung for smartphone dominance when it finally releases the next-generation iPhone, and rumors seem to indicate that the device — unofficially dubbed the iPhone 8 — will include wireless charging. Now, the reputable battery and accessories company RAVpower is jumping the gun to announce what it calls the first wireless charging pad made with special technology just for "next-gen Apple devices" and tells Mashable mass production has already begun. If this isn't considered a legitimate confirmation that wireless charging will be included in…

HTC U11 owners, are you using Edge Sense?

Gimmicks are a means to an end for many smartphone manufacturers. They need a way to have their device stand out in a crowded smartphone market, and one easy way to do that is to offer a new feature, or features, that can be easily installed on a bullet list placed next to a phone inside a store. Of course, some might be harder to explain than others, and even if there's a nice list a store representative might have…

How to Download WhatsApp on iPad and iPod touch

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps for iPhone that boasts more than a billion active users per month. You can share text messages, send and receive photos, videos, and voice messages, place voice calls and much more. Since WhatsApp requires users to enter their mobile number for activation, the app is made available for iPhone only. If you wish to use it on iPad or iPod touch, then you’re out of luck. Although you cannot install the…

Huawei Threatens Apple in Race for Smartphone Market Domination

Chinese manufacturer Huawei wants to overtake both Apple and Samsung to dominate the entire global smartphone market. That might sound like a lofty goal, but there’s evidence to suggest that the company is steadily moving toward it. In the June fiscal quarter of 2017, Huawei’s estimated market share rose from 9.4 percent to 10.7 percent, according to data published by research firm Strategy Analytics. By contrast, Apple’s share in the same period dipped from 11.8 to 11.4 percent — meaning that Huawei is quickly…