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Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Apr 23, 2019.

Magical Megaphone Instantly Translates Into Three Different Languages

Magical Megaphone Instantly Translates Into Three Different Languages

Panasonic’s futuristic new gizmo may make airport employees’ lives a lot easier. It’s called the “Megahonyaku” (a portmanteau of “megaphone” and “translation” in Japanese), and it automatically spits out Japanese sentences into English, Chinese, or Korean.

Tokyo Narita International Airport, one of the busiest airports in Japan, is going to test the new product out. If more languages are...

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Apr 20, 2019.

Waiting in Line Sucks, and Google Wants to Help You Avoid It 

Waiting in Line Sucks, and Google Wants to Help You Avoid It 

Your lunch break burrito bowl awaits, but avoiding the winding, noon-hour queue is an art. But soon, you’ll be able to work around those long lines on your grub-fetching quests—or at least anticipate them—using data from Google.

The company posted the news on Google+ today: A new service, rolling out this week, will allow users to look up a place or business on Google as you normally would...

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Apr 19, 2019.

Pluto Is Bigger Than We Thought

Pluto Is Bigger Than We Thought

Pluto, our solar system’s lovably puny outlier and everyone’s favorite demoted planet, is less puny than scientists predicted.

NASA’s nuclear-powered New Horizons probe traveled over 3 billion miles in a decade to bring us this new info. Apparently, Pluto’s diameter is closer to around 1,473 miles (2,370 km), which is about 50 miles (80 km) more than previous estimates.

“A ha!” you say. “Give...

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Mar 16, 2019.

Apple Probably, Likely, Definitely Building Its Electric Car

Apple Probably, Likely, Definitely Building Its Electric Car

Technology is filled with all kinds of rumors, real and fabricated. It gives us a look at what might be and will be. BitStream gathers the whispers all in one place to divine what the future has in store.

Rumors of Apple building an electric car have been swirling for a few months now, but after more whispers—via unearthed court documents—have emerged this week, consider the plot thickened.

The...

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Mar 16, 2019.

This Rural County Is Getting Rich Manufacturing Drones for the Military

This Rural County Is Getting Rich Manufacturing Drones for the Military

Los Angeles is ground zero for movies, San Francisco for tech. And it looks like Klickitat County, Washington is the country’s hub for unmanned aerial vehicles.

According to Quartz, median income in the outdoorsy pear-growing county rose 23% between 2010 and 2013, thanks to the drone industry. Only five other counties saw faster growth, all gas-rich fracking hotspots.

But Klickitat? Its biggest...

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Mar 16, 2019.

That Major Game of Thrones Leak Led to a New World Piracy Record

That Major Game of Thrones Leak Led to a New World Piracy Record

2.2 million illegal downloads in 12 hours: That’s the piracy world record the latest Game of Thrones episode set last week.

GoT fans just love pirating: Last month , half of the current season leaked online. There were also reports that episodes were criminally viewed 7 million times in three months earlier this year. And oh yeah—the previous record for most pirated TV show? Also held by Game...

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Mar 14, 2019.

Sorry Ikea, This Robotic Arm Prints Furniture Any Shape or Size I Want

Sorry Ikea, This Robotic Arm Prints Furniture Any Shape or Size I Want
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This robot that can spin together 3D-printed furniture could really get your creative juices flowing. And maybe eventually inspire the world to nix sectional couches once and for all.

Meet Galatéa, the honking, seafoam-colored robot arm that looks like road construction equipment. “She” was invented by engineer Sylvain...

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Mar 14, 2019.

The season one finale of Mr. Robot has been postponed until next week: Wednesday, September 2 at 10

The season one finale of Mr. Robot has been postponed until next week: Wednesday, September 2 at 10

The season one finale of Mr. Robot has been postponed until next week: Wednesday, September 2 at 10 p.m. EST on USA. In a statement, the network said the episode contained “a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia,” and is being delayed out of respect to the victims. USA will rerun last week’s episode tonight.

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Feb 14, 2019.

Japan Is a Sunkissed Paradise In This 4K Drone Footage 

Japan Is a Sunkissed Paradise In This 4K Drone Footage 
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Summer’s zooming by. Wish you could teleport from your cubicle to a sandbar in turquoise waters? Well, there’s no Hyperloop yet—but thankfully, drone-shot 4K movies of Japanese paradise can make you feel like you’re there.

YouTube user egawauemon is known for beautiful, hi-def videos of scenes in Japan, and...

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Jan 02, 2019.

These Drone Videos Make Extreme Sports Look Even More Extreme

These Drone Videos Make Extreme Sports Look Even More Extreme
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We’re all fans of jaw-dropping movies filmed by drones, but throw jet skis and dirt bikes into the mix and you’ve got sports footage that makes ESPN look like camcorder home videos.

SportsByDrone.com wrangles aerial films of different athletic pursuits. Drones really add scope and scenery we can’t capture otherwise....

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Dec 03, 2018.

This Watch That Projects Movies Is Just Plain Crazy

This Watch That Projects Movies Is Just Plain Crazy

The best part about living in 2016? The increasingly wearable gadgets that make you feel more and more like James Bond—for better or worse.

Take this new smartwatch that lets you watch movies or your latest video communique from MI6, projected onto a nearby wall. It’s called the ASU Cast One. First, it’s a smartwatch running a version of Android Lollipop. Second, it’s a freakin’ movie...

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Nov 11, 2018.

The shoe-maker ASICS just announced its acquissition of FitnessKeeper, Inc., which owns the popular

The shoe-maker ASICS just announced its acquissition of FitnessKeeper, Inc., which owns the popular

The shoe-maker ASICS just announced its acquissition of FitnessKeeper, Inc., which owns the popular exercise app Runkeeper. What will ASICS do with its shiny new app and its 33 million users? It’s very unclear.

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Sep 15, 2018.

New Balloon-Like Material Could Make Smart Windows Affordable

New Balloon-Like Material Could Make Smart Windows Affordable
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The good minds at MIT have used a rubber-like polymer to predict how much light gets transmitted through a material, depending on its thinness and stretchiness. The material could lead to windows that automatically adjust the amount of light that’s let in.

We all know that some materials, like balloons, get more...

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Sep 01, 2018.

Tiny Lasers on Microchips Could Help Self-Driving Cars "See" The Road

Tiny Lasers on Microchips Could Help Self-Driving Cars "See" The Road

Since self-driving cars don’t have drivers, the cars have to perceive their surroundings themselves. Lidar is a great option—it’s like radar but with lasers instead of radio waves—but it’s big and pricy. However, a new kind of lidar from DARPA could change that.

DARPA, the U.S. Department of Defense’s emerging tech branch, announced the new tech last week: It’s lidar that’s small enough to be...

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Aug 27, 2018.

Google Is Finally Divorcing from Google+ Accounts

Google Is Finally Divorcing from Google+ Accounts

The oft-mocked Google+ is getting stripped of features that’ll be incorporated elsewhere into the Googleverse. Google has decided to “move some features that aren’t essential to an interest-based social experience out of Google+,” according to a post on its official blog today.

That includes Google+ Photos elements being phased into the Photos app, and location sharing will be moved to...

Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Jun 09, 2018. 3 comments

Watch a Mesmerizing Map of 118 Bird Species Migrating Throughout the Western Hemisphere

Watch a Mesmerizing Map of 118 Bird Species Migrating Throughout the Western Hemisphere

Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology has brewed up a hypnotizing representation of birds flocking up and down the length of two continents over the course of a year. No more complaining about your commute.

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For the first time ever, Cornell scientists have tracked 118 species of birds migrating throughout the Western...

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Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin May 24, 2018. 4 comments

US Vows to Help Japan With Cybersecurity, Japan Has Huge Hack Days Later

US Vows to Help Japan With Cybersecurity, Japan Has Huge Hack Days Later

This weekend, the US pledged to help beef up Japan’s cyber defense. Two days later, The Japan Times is reporting that 1.25 million sets of personal data from its pension system were leaked in a huge cyberattack.

The $1.1 trillion Japan Pension Service said Monday that an employee opened an emailed virus, triggering the massive breach. (A reminder: don’t open suspicious attachments, friends!)...

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Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin May 14, 2018. 3 comments

Why 2016 Will Be the Year of E-Sports

Why 2016 Will Be the Year of E-Sports

2015 was by far the biggest year for professional video gaming, with 334 million people watching the championships for League of Legends, a multiplayer battle video game. Mix in bigger sponsors, more tech company money, better hardware, and virtual reality, and 2016 could be the year this phenomenon really takes off.

E-sports are already huge, but their growth potential is staggering. Research...

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Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin May 14, 2018. 4 comments

Amazon Launches On-Demand Sommelier Service in Japan

Amazon Launches On-Demand Sommelier Service in Japan

Wine’s slowly becoming popular booze in Japan—it’s even closing in on sake in terms of consumption. So Amazon Japan’s starting a new service to meet the need: On-demand sommeliers who booze hounds can call for wine-buying tips.

For free, Japanese Amazon users can now phone the tech giant, which’ll connect them with certified booze experts who recommend which wine goes with what. The site says...

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Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin May 01, 2018. 1 comments

Flying Rescue Drones Will Claw Like Eagles and Swarm Like Bees

Flying Rescue Drones Will Claw Like Eagles and Swarm Like Bees

Nature-inspired engineering isn’t new—but engineers are still finding new ways to take cues from biology. We got the beastly lowdown at day 3 of the RoboUniverse conference in New York this morning.

Vijay Kumar, who’s recently been named Dean of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, delivered a keynote about the future of flying ‘bots. He and his colleagues look to the animal kingdom...

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