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Scientists have spent lots of time making an attempt to lengthen battery life, however security and thickness matter, too. Simply ask Boeing about that first drawback — its 787 Dreamliner was grounded for months because of battery fires. Nevertheless, a gaggle of College of Michigan researchers might have discovered a solution to make lithium-ion power packs which are safer and slimmer on the similar time. The group has developed Kevlar-based mostly, nano-sized membranes that insulate the electrodes in a battery whereas nonetheless permitting lithium ions to move by way of and create a correct circuit. The additional-skinny layers shouldn’t solely scale back the probabilities of brief circuiting, however permit for extra power in a given area. You would get away with thinner batteries in smartwatches and different units with out giving up battery life… or worrying that your gadget will spontaneously combust, for that matter.
In the event you’ve been experiencing random disconnection together with your Xbox One’s controller, there could also be aid in website, based on a Main Nelson weblog publish. The newest preview includes a controller replace that is supposed to repair “(stability) points submitted by clients and preview members.” We’re unsure if meaning it particularly addresses the disconnection drawback, however we have requested Microsoft for more information. In the meantime, the controller will even hook up with the Xbox in round two seconds now as an alternative of 5, a boon solely to the really impatient. Preview members can get the repair by downloading the console replace, then connecting their controller to the console with a USB cable and following the directions right here.
How a lot do you belief your mind? We’re asking, as a result of a new research revealed in Psychological Science supplies scientific proof that it isn’t exhausting to control individuals’s reminiscences — even to make them consider they’ve dedicated a criminal offense. Researchers from the College of Bedfordshire and College of British Columbia selected 60 check topics with no earlier expenses and any police contact from eleven to 14-years-previous. They then divided them into two teams: the primary group’s interviewer satisfied them they’ve dedicated assault or theft, whereas the second group’s made them consider they suffered a traumatizing occasion, resembling being attacked and injured or dropping a big sum of money.
Snowmageddon won’t be all that enjoyable these experiencing it on the East Coast, nevertheless it might properly be affecting the remainder of us too. Beginning round 1am ET, Fb and Instagram have been each inaccessible, in addition to apps that require FB credentials. Tinder, for exmaple, additionally went down within the course of — globally. (We noticed issues accessing servers throughout the US, Europe and Asia.) We have additionally seen Hipchat and, er, AIM additionally knocked offline on the similar time. Snow within the servers? Or perhaps it was a DDoS assault? We do not know simply but. Fb and Instagram have simply come again after an hour. Apparently, as TechCrunch famous, Fb’s different app, WhatsApp went robust by means of out.
If males can have a health system for his or her nether areas, ladies definitely can, too. Minna Life has launched the kGoal, a $149 “sensible Kegel exerciser” that helps you’re employed your pelvic flooring muscle tissue (learn: the vaginal space) to be able to each enhance your sexual efficiency and battle issues like incontinence. It supplies actual-time suggestions by means of sound, contact and visuals, and you will know you are heading in the right direction by means of a companion smartphone app that gauges your progress. If all goes properly, kGoal ought to take the thriller out of Kegels — you will construct robust muscle tissues by creating a correct method and setting achievable objectives.
Now you can add “toolbox” to the rising listing of mundane objects trying to up their IQ. Enter the Coolbox, a tech-laden, “sensible” toolbox that launches at this time on Indiegogo. Along with toting your instruments, it packs a 12v rechargeable battery, two USB ports, 270-diploma LED lighting, a ten-foot extension twine with three constructed-in plugs and an iPad stand. The field additionally has a Bluetooth speaker so you’ll be able to blast music over the soothing sounds of your miter noticed. After which there’s our favourite function: the Coolbox’s constructed-in bottle opener, as a result of what pairs higher with energy instruments than beer? (Although perhaps wait to crack one open till after your undertaking is completed, huh?) Pledging $179 will get you a primary Coolbox and transfer the venture towards its $50,000 fundraising aim. Nevertheless, its creators have a good loftier goal in thoughts: surpassing probably the most-profitable KickStarter challenge of all time. So who’s the reigning champ? A souped-up drink cooler, in fact.
Together with recreation developer Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian is probably going probably the most educated individuals with regards to on-line harassment. Each have been targets of intense cyber-abuse campaigns stemming from the GamerGate motion, and like Quinn, Sarkeesian is tackling the issue head on. She’s going to proceed giving speeches and making movies analyzing media (what she calls public efforts), however the digital abuse she’s receiving has modified her lengthy-time period objective:
“There’s additionally work being executed behind the scenes in personal conferences and consultations with main social media and gaming platforms, and by partnering with different organizations to type a process pressure with the aim of ending on-line harassment.”
Look out, Hollywood, as a result of Oculus VR is coming for you. Earlier as we speak, the Fb-owned firm launched its new movie division Story Studio, because it seems to be to broaden its horizons and experiment with narrative via digital actuality. The primary brief movie to return out of Oculus VR’s in-home film lab is Misplaced, which is making its debut at Sundance. Along with that, Story Studio has revealed that it is already engaged on extra shorts with a VR twist to them, all anticipated to attraction to totally different audiences. Together with Misplaced, there’s additionally going to be Pricey Angelica, Bullfighter and Henry, plus two different movies that have not been introduced but.
How would you wish to journey the world with out worrying concerning the tedious duties of packing a bag or shopping for a aircraft ticket? When Subsequent VR’s stay broadcast goes mainstream, doing so could possibly be simpler than you thought. We’re additionally looking on the tech taking up Sundance movie pageant, and testing out Sling TV’s beta service. Learn on for particulars in in the present day’s roundup!
Rumors broke over the weekend that Google may deliver its gigabit web Fiber connection to Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, NC subsequent, however it’s not stopping there. The Tennesseean reviews Nashville has an announcement deliberate, whereas the Wall Road Journal lists all of these cities plus Atlanta, based mostly on nameless sources. Atlanta would characterize the most important metro space for Google Fiber but, and the WSJ mentions that media within the space have been invited to a launch occasion tomorrow. All 4 cities have been already on Google’s “Way forward for Fiber” listing so there is no shockers right here, however nonetheless — fake such as you’re stunned (and never jealous) when the announcement is made, it is solely well mannered.