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Army Special Operations Command reportedly ditching Android for iPhone in the field

peosold While the ordinary proving ground of the smartphone may be the mean streets of the city, devices are to be found on the field of battle, too — and if a report from DoDBuzz is to be believed, Android may soon be giving way to iOS for some special operations forces. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 19th

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Endangered ferrets are being saved by drones that drop vaccine-laced M&Ms

It's the first time that I really can get such a cute ferret portrait! Here’s your weird but interesting technology story for the day. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are using M&M dispensing drones to save endangered black-footed ferrets in rural Montana. The ferret’s main source of food are prairie dogs, which being killed by the sylvatic plague, a disease spread by rats and fleas that has existed since the 1800s. To date, biologists… Read More

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Fitz Tepper

July 13th

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Sen. Al Franken questions Niantic over Poképrivacy policy

franken-AP Always with his finger on the pulse, Senator Al Franken today sent an official request to Niantic asking about particulars of the Pokémon Go privacy policy. “I am concerned about the extent to which Niantic may be unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users’ personal information without their appropriate consent,” the letter reads. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 12th

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NASA’s newly upgraded Pleiades supercomputer delves into the mysteries of star formation

klein_pleiades_simulation NASA scientists are bringing one of the most powerful computers in the world — just recently given a tune-up — to bear on the question “Where do stars come from?” So next time your toddler asks you that, you’ll be able to say something smart, like “hyper-dense elongated stellar filaments, child.” Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 6th

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Remember hoverboards? Half a million are being recalled as fire hazards

no-hoverboards1 Hoverboards! The must-have trash gadget of the holidays, now gathering dust in a million closets and garages nationwide, is being recalled in even larger numbers than before due to “a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding.” Someone warn Justin Bieber! Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 6th

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Bulgaria now requires (some) government software to be open source

Red neon FREE sign Fans of free and open source software are rejoicing today at the news that Bulgaria will now require all software written for the government must be FOSS. But while this is a promising advance, don’t expect a major change in the way things work. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 6th

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Students’ 3D-printed fungarium and Martian mini-farm win NASA ‘Star Trek Replicator Challenge’

Teen group winner Kyle Corrette holds a (2D) printout of his design. NASA believes the children are our future. Why else would it ask them for ideas about how to feed astronauts in 2050? The nationwide “Star Trek Replicator” contest that began in February has spawned hundreds of 3D printable ideas, and the winners have just been announced: a housing for radiation-loving fungi and a tiny farm for Martian pioneers. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 5th

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Juno lead Scott Bolton talks up the tech of NASA’s Jupiter orbiter

bolton_grab The Juno probe has just made its long-awaited rendezvous with Jupiter, kicking off 20 months of unprecedented planetary science. We cornered the mission’s principal investigator, Scott Bolton, during a briefing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory — and he was more than happy to talk about all the cool new gadgets packed into the craft. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 5th

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After five years, Juno arrives in orbit around Jupiter

juno and jupiter After traveling five years through the solar system, Juno has finally reached its destination and is currently in orbit around Jupiter, traveling nearly 250,000 kilometers per hour (150,000 mph). Read More

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Emily Calandrelli

July 5th

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Zore X is a smart gun lock that raised almost $250K on Indiegogo

Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 11.07.44 AM An unlocked gun can ruin more than one life. In fact, the Trace reports that toddlers shot an average of one person per week for the 2015 year, often injuring or killing themselves, because they were able to get on their hands on a gun. Zore, like many new products on the market, aims to change all that. Zore is a Jerusalem-based startup that has built a smart gun lock. Through a connection to… Read More

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Jordan Crook

July 4th

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