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Ah, the Internet. Where else would you find a beloved star of children’s TV and public broadcasting like Levar Burton having fun with his fans by reading Go The F… to Sleep?
Long before Apple or Google gain the market share that would allow any reasonable consumer to have a serious conversation about ditching their physical wallet and living in smartphone-only payment nirvana, dozens of major retailers will have deployed a custom-built countermeasure that has hundreds of thousands of users.
We’ll probably never know how successful or unsuccessful Amazon’s voice-friendly Fire TV has been, but it won’t matter after today anyway. The Fire TV has a smaller brother now called the Fire TV Stick, an HDMI dongle that is clearly aimed at usurping the Chromecast as kind of the streaming sticks.
Seeing things using a virtual reality headset is a good start, but grabbing at nothingness? It’s not a very satisfying experience. That’s where Dexmo comes in.
There’s a lot of research being done right now in the field of wearable electronics. We’re already seeing this in the form of gadgets such as health monitoring wristbands, smartwatches, and sensors built into clothing. But the ultimate wearable device is one where you can forget it is being worn, and no one knows you are wearing it.
The LCD TVs we all use today are very efficient, especially since LED backlighting was introduced. However, they don’t come anywhere near the efficiency of E Ink displays, which can continue to display a static image without requiring any power to do so. However, a research team at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has managed to combine the best of both and developed an LCD screen that retains an image when the power is turned off for several years.
Talk about long overdue. The Vatican, which maintains one of the oldest, most comprehensive, and most well preserved collections of ancient texts in the world, is finally turning to technology. And far from simply being the appeasement of a liberal Pope, this initiative could actually bring with it the most traditional teachings of the Catholic Church — and a whole lot of secular history, too. I don’t care what you think of religion (really, I don’t), if you don’t think this story is interesting then you are simply boring. The Vatican is about to start digitizing tens of thousands of the rarest and most impactful books in human history.