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Sony's new tablet wants to replace paper – for a hefty price
One of the easiest ways to be a little more environmentally friendly is to cut down on paper waste. Sony's latest tablet wants to be that reusable writing replacement, though it trades the ecological...
Using Technology, China Continues Its 'Toilet Revolution'
Fed up with the theft of toilet paper from public bathrooms, tourist authorities in China's capital have begun using facial recognition technology to limit how much paper a person can take. The unusual...
Best printer 2017: 15 top inkjet and laser printers
Update: We've updated this guide with the excellent Canon Pixma TS8050 all-in-one printer/scanner combo, and the new Brother MFC-J5330DW. Plus, if you're urging for a new printer for the office, check...
O my! Paper strip test determines blood type in just 30 seconds
A quick test could allow donor blood to be matched to patients in secondsBSIP/GettyBy Alice KleinA, B, AB or O: Do you know which blood type you are? A quick and easy test might soon be able to tell you...
Sound waves could potentially be used to hack our gadgets
As technology improves, so does the sophistication of cyberattacks, making it harder and harder to secure our devices from hackers.And now there’s a new tool available to hackers to bolster their arsenal....
Tough times for Dems, Boomers and California cheese
The book, which costs about $8, has a table of contents, chapters and a bibliography, but no words on the pages other than the book and chapter titles. Baby Boomers are coming to the rescue of the beleaguered...
Article names “whistleblower” who told Congress that NOAA manipulated data
Enlarge / NOAA's updated data shows more warming in part due to better coverage of the the rapidly melting Arctic.NASA reader comments 39 Share this story On Sunday, the UK tabloid Mail on Sunday alleged...
Recyclable paper bike helmet wins prestigious award
Recyclable paper helmets just might be the future headgear of choice for bikers. While it might not yet be the norm, the foldable paper EcoHelmet got an international seal of approval by winning this year’s...
Revisiting why incompetents think they’re awesome
Aurich Lawson reader comments 177 Share this story Another election day in the US is rapidly approaching (Tuesday, Nov. 8—mark your calendars!). So for no reason in particular, we're resurfacing our close...
After iPhone 7 Apple patents... a paper bag
The tech giant applied to patent a design for a paper bag with features designed to provide unusual strength for a bag made mostly from recycled paper.White bags made from recycled paper are generally...
This Apple patent is a riveting dissection of paper bag engineering
If you've bought something at an Apple retail store, you may have been given a paper bag to carry your purchase in. It's a nice bag, with strong handles and thick paper construction. Apple is so proud...
New tech could read books without opening them
Using technology akin to X-ray vision, scientists can read closed books, identifying letters printed on stacks of paper up to nine sheets thick.This finding could lead to office machines that can scan...
True impact of global diabetes epidemic is vastly underestimated
There may be more than 100 million people with diabetes globally than previously thought, a landmark paper now outlines. The prevalence of global diabetes has been seriously underestimated by at least...
Scientific publishers are killing research papers
If I were to summarize the ideal scientific paper in four sentences, it would look like this: Look at this cool thing we did. This is how we did the cool thing. This is the cool thing. Wasn't that cool?...
When it comes to evolution, testes may play a key role, studies find
The gonads play a larger role than previously thought in evolution, a pair of studies on dark-eyed juncos has found. The first paper compares the subspecies in their expression of enzymes that make testosterone...
Buying Guide: Best printers of 2016: our recommendations for inkjets and lasers
Overview and inkjetsAlthough the need to print isn't as dire as it once was due to the advent of the smartphone, physical documentation is still essential in many cases. Printers themselves, meanwhile,...
Paper gets 'smart' with drawn-on, stenciled sensor tags
Now, connecting real-world items such as a paper airplane or a classroom survey form to the larger Internet of Things environment is possible using off-the-shelf technology and a pen, sticker or stencil...
Investors may have profited from leaked U.S. data: ECB research paper
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Investors earned millions of dollars in profits from correctly betting on market moves ahead of sensitive U.S. economic data, suggesting leaks of key indicators, a European Central...
Brother MFC-J885DW review - CNET
These days, $150 -- about £100 or AU$200 -- buys you an "average" multifunction inkjet printer. You know: the ones that do printing, scanning, copying -- and throw in good old-fashioned faxing capability...
This is the future of sustainable tech
This machine is an actual beast. ESPON has developed a solid reputation when it comes to printing products and its latest offering is a prime example of why the company is still an industry leader. Dubbed...
Wacom Bamboo Spark
A trusty pen and some paper have been the go-to note-taking essentials for ages, and remain the preferred method for many people, even in today's digital world. But keeping track of different notebooks,...
Google Now could soon work in offline mode as well shows research paper
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:March 15, 2016 11:03 am Google Now could soon work in offline mode as well, shows a new research paper. Google Now or the AI voice-command feature that we’ve all come...
DIY magnetic message board for your fridge - CNET
Alina Bradford Having a message board on your fridge is great for keeping track of your grocery lists or your weekly dinner menu. The basic dry erase boards you can buy at the office supply store are...
Google Artificial Intelligence Knows Where Your Photos Were Taken
Internet search giant Google has unveiled an artificial intelligence that can identify where a photo was taken even without well-known landmarks, geotags or GPS. The software, called PlaNet, uses a database...
Google tackles bullying in Oscars ad - CNET
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.And they lived happily ever after. Android/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET First, Oscars host Chris...
The Benefits Of Digital Drawing
According to a 2015 study of more than 4,000 designers conducted by Subtraction.com and Adobe’s Khoi Vinh, 64 percent of designers still prefer pencil and paper to begin the creative brainstorm...
Paper skin sensors for environmental monitoring
Everyday materials found in the kitchen, such as aluminum foil, sticky note paper, sponges and tape, have been used by a team of electrical engineers to develop a low-cost sensor that can detect external...
Brother PocketJet 7 PJ722-BK
Portable thermal printers like the Brother PocketJet 7 PJ722-BK ($379) are more of a niche product than even portable inkjet printers, making them easy to overlook. Compared with their inkjet counterparts,...
How to make old cast iron pans look like new - CNET
Alina Bradford Reseasoning is just like refinishing an old piece of furniture. You can do it over and over again and make even the oldest, grossest piece just like new. If you've been using your cast...
Paper waste converted into eco-friendly aerogel
Known as "frozen smoke" because of their milky translucent appearance, aerogels are among the world's lightest solid materials. Consisting of 99.8 percent air, they're highly heat-resistant and are an...
Now, paper and pencil to generate electricity
GENEVA: A small device made from household materials such as paper, pencil and a teflon tape can generate enough electricity to operate a remote control. A team from EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale...
Updated: Best printer: 15 top inkjet and laser printers
Best printerWhat's the best printer to buy? All-purpose printers are a booming market, and you're spoilt for choice, so here's our pick of the best printers on the market right now.In choosing the best...
The role of microplastics in bioaccumulation of POPs
The journal Environmental Science & Technology selected the recently published paper on the role of microplastics in bioaccumulation of POPs by northern fulmars, as Editor's Choice. This implies that the...
Ecologists warn against potential health risks of poorly planned green infrastructures
The development of green infrastructures and spaces in urban settings has been rising rapidly in recent years as society recognizes their many benefits to quality of life and public health. But in a paper...
New app 'hides' user location from third parties
Researchers have developed an app that blocks third parties from identifying an individual's location based on what they search for online. Credit: Jonathan Cohen, Binghamton University Researchers who...
Paper airplanes go high-tech at CES
The humble paper airplane has just been given a digital upgrade.Israeli firm PowerUp Toys showed off a paper plane equipped with some of the latest drone technology at this week's Consumer Electronics...
3D printer uses paper, glue and razors
A desktop 3D printer that uses paper, ink and glue to create highly detailed objects has been unveiled at the CES tech show in Las Vegas. Mcor said it was the first time such technology had become available...
PowerUp drone lets you fly like paper, get high like planes - CNET
The PowerUp FPV is part paper airplane, part drone. Claire Reilly/CNET Let's get one thing straight -- this isn't the kind of paper airplane that your grandpa taught you to make. The PowerUp FPV is a live...
How often should you empty your vacuum? - CNET
Dyson V6 Absolute dust cup Dyson If you're like many people, you probably wait to empty your vacuum until the contents of the cup or bag reaches the fill line. If you want maximum performance from your...
Net Neutrality: Trai extends deadline for comments to January 7
Comments By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:December 30, 2015 3:09 pm Trai extends the last date for receiving comments on its paper on differential data pricing by a week Telecom regulator Trai is extending...
Curious deal for Las Vegas newspaper
Curious deal for Las Vegas newspaper [...] a few weeks ago, Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul and Republican party benefactor, was better known for suing newspapers than owning them. Adelson,...
Facebook Free Basics controversy: Here’s what has happened so far
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:December 29, 2015 10:52 am Facebook has launched a big budget campaign to defend Free Basics, which has been put on hold in India after a TRAI notice. As the last day...
New Star Wars movie not evil enough, Vatican paper says - CNET
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.L'Osservatore Romano wasn't impressed with Adam Driver as Kylo Ren. Jen Lowery/Splash News/Corbis Religion and...
Paper estimates widespread tree death in Southwestern forests under global warming scenarios
A research paper published today in Nature Climate Change predicts widespread death of needleleaf evergreen trees (NET) within the Southwest United States by the year 2100 under projected global warming...
TRAI’s paper on ‘zero-rating platforms’ gets close to 6 lakh comments
Comments By: PTI | Published:December 20, 2015 2:48 pm Telecom regulator TRAI has received around six lakh comments on its consultation paper over zero-rating platforms. (Source: Reuters) Telecom regulator...
Facebook’s new campaign asks India users to ‘save’ Free Basics
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:December 17, 2015 5:17 pm Facebook has launched a letter campaign to save its Free Basics platform in India. Facebook has launched a new campaign on its site asking...
Time-lapse bio ink blooms to reveal your secret writing - CNET
Enlarge ImageSunlight makes Living Ink grow on the page. Living Ink Technologies Any kid with even a passing interest in the world of international espionage used to know that you can create secret messages...
The best tech gifts for Dad this Christmas
Tech of the PopsDads are a notoriously tough bunch to buy for; if they haven't already got the killer gift you've spent your hard earned cash on, then they'll often have an...opinion on it that doesn't...
Books vs. e-books: The science behind the best way to read
While browsing the bookstore to buy a gift for that special someone (or yourself), you may be faced with a tough decision: e-books or the old-fashioned kind? Each one has its pros and cons, and choosing...
Consultation paper issued has nothing to do with net neutrality: Trai
Comments By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:December 11, 2015 8:31 pm Telecom regulator Trai today said the consultation paper it has issued this week is not on net neutrality but seeks views of stakeholders...
TRAI floats new paper on ‘Net Neutrality’: Lists disadvantages of zero-rating plans
Comments By: Tech Desk | Updated: December 10, 2015 11:38 am TRAI, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, has floated a new paper listed on its website, questioning differential data pricing for content...
Eight must-have Xmas video games
Merry Christmas ... A new instalment in the ongoing Xbox saga, Halo 5, arrived in Australia this year. Australians spent more than $2.4 billion on video games last year, with much of it invested just before...
Paper filter vs. metal filter: Which makes the best cup of coffee? - CNET
Taylor Martin/CNET Should you use a metal or paper filter when brewing coffee?While the answer mostly hinges on personal preference, there are some important things to note about the differences in paper...
Epson unveils world’s first in-office paper recycling system
Printer giant Epson has developed an in-office paper recycling machine. Called the PaperLab, you put waste paper in, and then new, bright white printer paper comes out. Epson says this process is more...
Telstra backflips on price hikes
Price hike backdown ... Telstra has backed away from two price increases today, but others will stay. Picture: Mark Cranitch AUSTRALIA’S biggest mobile phone company has backflipped on its decision to...
Paper pinhole camera pops out of paperback (Tomorrow Daily 280 show notes) - CNET
Artist Kelli Anderson's newest project is called "This Book is a Camera," a paper book with a working pinhole camera inside. She's got DIY instructions if you want to make one for a friend this holiday...
Epson PaperLab promises the ultimate in efficiency for office paper recycling
A sizeable business will likely use a lot of paper – generally speaking, the paperless office hasn't nearly arrived yet – but what if you could take those used documents and chuck them in a...
Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam Bros reviewed: Stuck between two worlds
Game DetailsDeveloper: AlphaDreamPublisher: NintendoPlatform: 3DSRelease Date: December 4 (EU), December 10 (AUS), January 22 (NA)Price: £35 (with a cute papercraft set) | $40 (no papercraft set)Links:...
Death Star and Borg Cube paper lanterns light up your fandom - CNET
Enlarge ImageGlowing spacecraft can shine a light in your life. ThinkGeek Pick your seeemingly undefeatable enemy. Would you rather face a cyborg race of heartless killing machines called the Borg or go...
Are we ready for a world even more connected in the Internet of Things?
We are already connected in many ways through technology, and we’re about to get a lot more connected. Credit: Flickr/kris krug, CC BY-NC-ND Imagine a world that is even more connected technologically...
Why better technology won’t stop violent videos going viral
Will technology help to combat violent videos on Facebook?Reuters/Dado RuvicBy Chelsea WhyteOn Easter Sunday, a man chose 74-year old Robert Godwin Sr at random on a street in Cleveland, Ohio, shot him,...
Facebook and Apple have spent more on lobbying than they ever have this year
As Facebook has been tinkering with brain-computer interfaces and an augmented reality camera platform, it's also been cultivating some good old fashioned Washington influence. According to federal lobbying...
Facebook is looking to hire a head of news products to combat fake news
Facebook is looking to hire someone to head up its news products, a significant new role charged with helping to combat the proliferation of so-called fake news on its service. Facebook is talking to...
Facebook's moonshots: Making brains type and skin hear
It looks like just another beige office park building next to a dental office in Menlo Park, California. Yet Building 8, across the street from Facebook’s main campus, houses the social network’s biggest...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark